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13521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Military Folks- Abu Ghraib Question on: December 11, 2006, 12:35:30 AM
So there's a story on 60 minutes tonight about the guy who blew the whistle on the AG situation.

He is so unpopular now, that he has to live in a secret location. His lifelong friends abandoned him and he's viewed as a rat.

Military people/former or current- Is the bond between soldiers SO strong that morality must be eschewed to protect that bond?

He's drawing lots of fire because he exposed the prison scandal. It's 'bad for America'. 

The quote that really got me is 'Never put the enemy before your fellow soldiers'.

I was flabberghasted at that!

I cannot understand the band of brothers phenomenon as I've never served, but how can a man be considered a traitor for upholding a moral code that is even greater than that of the military?

I'm not asking the question well, but this story has shaken me.
13522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weird 360 Sound Issues on: December 11, 2006, 12:16:46 AM
It appears to be my receiver being wonky.  I had it fixed when I left town so hopefully it'll stay fixed.
13523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 11, 2006, 12:14:01 AM
If that Wii number is true:  eek
13524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 -- Keep it or sell it? on: December 10, 2006, 12:11:45 AM
A quick look of closed ebay auctions just now shows that the prices have come down drastically.  They're hovering in the 750 to 850 ranges now.

With ebay and paypal fees your profit margin is slipping.

However, you could wait it out and see if there's a spike at Christmas and then sell it or just keep it.

Personally, there's nothing out there I want to play on PS3. Resistance is the only title that looks good to me and nearly every review I've read/heard/whatevers says that it's rather derivative.
13525  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW 10 PM EST 12/8 and 12/9 <giggle!> on: December 09, 2006, 10:40:13 PM
I'm not in tonight, but my 1 week anniversary of playing MP (last night) was a blast.

Hope to try again next week.

13526  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: I'd like to ban Superhiro on: December 09, 2006, 02:29:06 PM

Quote from: Calvin on December 09, 2006, 07:05:57 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 09, 2006, 07:02:29 AM

Not to stir up another hornet's nest, but I was playing GoW multi with LE tonight and he's a rather nice, cordial fellow.

He was racking up kills like nobody's business, but he didn't brag or trash talk...and when someone got the drop on him he gave credit where credit was due.


Wrong thread? LE is usually good at games, thast probably why. I will so kick his ass at GoW though. Guaranteed.

Big talk from a schmo who never accepts invites.  I think you're a sally.
13527  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: I'd like to ban Superhiro on: December 09, 2006, 07:02:29 AM
Not to stir up another hornet's nest, but I was playing GoW multi with LE tonight and he's a rather nice, cordial fellow.

He was racking up kills like nobody's business, but he didn't brag or trash talk...and when someone got the drop on him he gave credit where credit was due.

13528  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is Lord Ebonstone banned? on: December 08, 2006, 11:29:13 PM
And we've come full circle.

Let's hug and move on. 
13529  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW 10 PM EST 12/8 and 12/9 <giggle!> on: December 08, 2006, 07:59:31 PM
I may actually be on tonight instead. Date night has been moved to saturday.
13530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weird 360 Sound Issues on: December 08, 2006, 07:58:53 PM
I'm getting so sound from the dashboard (you know the up sound or side to side sound).

Also, i'm playing dead rising and while I am getting great sound for the most part, there are areas where I"m getting none.

For example when otis calls I can't hear the chime.

Sound is registering in the receiver as 5.1 but it's acting very finicky.

Is this a greater known issue or do I just need to check my speaker wires...?
13531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A friendly reminder about images in signatures on: December 08, 2006, 06:16:24 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 08, 2006, 04:19:11 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 06, 2006, 06:01:14 PM

Not Purge, he should just be banned....
Was that...  saywhat a dig? From ATB? Ooo, hold on a sec... I know I left my "Surprised look" around here somewhere..

oh, wait.. here it is!  disgust

Winnar!
13532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 -- Keep it or sell it? on: December 08, 2006, 06:12:26 PM
Sell it. I sold mine. Didn't make as much as I thought I would, but did pretty well.

Prices may spike at christmas, but if word gets around that the console sucks (bait) then prices will continue to drop.

Or you could sell it to me for retail and I'll sell it. slywink
13533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 08, 2006, 02:40:06 PM
Given all the talk of how PSP is having its lunch eaten, one must notice that 400k units is a very strong number given that Sony hasn't dropped the price or created any killer bundles.

True as compared to the DS/GBA combined it's small, but overall it's far more impressive than I expected, as many of the gaming insiders consider the PSP a nearly dead platform and repeatedly state that Sony MUST DO SOMETHING (redesign, price drop etc) to get it back on the map...

13534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist 8/Dec/06 on: December 08, 2006, 01:57:09 PM
I'm gonna try to ease off this weekend as I have been playing entirely too much this week.  paranoid What an irony.

I'll be playing Elite Beat Agents throughout the weekend.  Also, might do some Gears of War multi on Saturday night...but as I said, I might take that night off.

Also, I'm totally back into Dead Rising as I try to experience some of the story (and psychopaths) I missed the first time.
13535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot 360/PS3 Graphics comparison on: December 07, 2006, 10:48:47 PM

Quote from: Windows95 on December 07, 2006, 08:09:59 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 07, 2006, 07:53:33 PM


Most excellent but I think we need to see a shot of the Wii version to be sure...

 nod

Fixed:



WOW!  That is just legendary.

Quote from: Gellar
BTW, in another news flash, I like my PS3 and think it is well worth the money.  saywhat

Yes but due to your vast fortune, you have absolutely no concept of money.  (awaits Kobra's admonishment)
13536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you divide by zero? on: December 07, 2006, 08:48:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 07, 2006, 04:31:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 07, 2006, 02:31:14 PM

NEW AMAZING BREAKTHROUGH IN MATHEMATICS

I've discovered the last number of pi!

It's called "jimmajamma."

Mr. T ain't got no time for jimmajamma foo'!

I was gonna say, that Mr. T actually discovered it about 23 years ago: JibbaJabba.
13537  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is Lord Ebonstone banned? on: December 07, 2006, 08:45:36 PM
The point is he has the history.  He's been temp banned before, no?  He knows the rules.

I'm all for his usual wit and insight, but why should GT enable him?  Let him move on to somewhere else...
13538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Line for BD in Japan...world ending soon on: December 07, 2006, 07:45:27 PM

Quote from: Hetz on December 07, 2006, 07:40:43 PM

Launch



vs
 
Blue Dragon


 eek

Congrats, MS. Hell has frozen over...  icon_smile

Well done, sir!
13539  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is Lord Ebonstone banned? on: December 07, 2006, 07:44:19 PM
I noticed he had the Banned tag when I was digging up the stats for my retrospective.

I thought it was a joke tag.

Oh well.

He had been pretty money lately and I even commented to him that I appreciated his insights, but I think he's had enough chances. 
13540  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War Teams on: December 07, 2006, 05:18:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 07, 2006, 04:15:48 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 07, 2006, 06:59:21 AM

However, I think I'll avoid ranked, it tends to bring out the worst in some players.

+1.  I play to have fun and some of those people playing ranked games can get a bit 'intense'  paranoid

Yes yes. But if we're all together it will be lovely.
13541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: apocalypto, mel gibson's latest on: December 07, 2006, 02:24:33 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on December 07, 2006, 02:22:42 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on December 07, 2006, 02:06:43 PM

I just saw the trailer for it yesterday. Quite impressive. I see were the Mayan decedents are complaining it makes their ancestors look too savage and warlike. Odd reaction considering the sacrificed live people back then.
I didn't complain when Braveheart made my ancestors look savage and war-like.  icon_biggrin

Me neither! 
13542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: apocalypto, mel gibson's latest on: December 07, 2006, 02:00:11 PM

Quote from: jblank on November 24, 2006, 03:30:52 AM

Ditto. Just like The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love,


If you know Shakespeare, you realize how brilliant Shakespeare in Love is. The writing makes that film a masterpiece.

As for English Patient.  That is probably #1 on my Worst Movies Ever list.
13543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: apocalypto, mel gibson's latest on: December 07, 2006, 01:57:19 PM
It's Mel Gibson's Best Movie according to MSNBC.
13544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Let's War! What's your Most Fun Game of the Year? on: December 07, 2006, 12:55:00 PM
I would say Dead Rising hands down, but I'm a few days into Elite Beat Agents and, man, a smile is plastered on my face the whole time I play it.

Gears of War MP is superfun too.

Game that is not the most fun, sadly, Guitar Hero II. frown
13545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot 360/PS3 Graphics comparison on: December 07, 2006, 05:51:00 AM
It says that the 360 shot is the default. Mouse over for the PS3.  If that is indeed the case, then the 360 images look washed out. not the ps3.
13546  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War Teams on: December 07, 2006, 01:45:21 AM

Quote from: mikeg on December 07, 2006, 01:05:50 AM

I would but you obviously want good players.  I will surely be cheering you on from the balcony of losers.

Get lost clown.  All are welcome.  I stink in real competition.  But I'm learning.
13547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help Me Buy And Set Up an OTA Antenna on: December 07, 2006, 01:03:46 AM
D00D.

I bought an 80.00 antenna at Radio Shack back in January. I get all the major networks in High Definition and the picture is fabulous. 

I have the antenna in my attic (it's 'electrified' as plugging it in boosts its strength).

Works fabulously.

Of course, you don't get cable channels that way.
13548  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Gears of War Teams on: December 07, 2006, 01:00:41 AM
Here's how I've seen it done against me, so here's how we can form together as a team in ranked games.

The It works and isn't quite underhanded way:

With one of us hosting, we all input the same custom search parameters.  Min rounds, max rounds, weapon switching, friendly fire and game type.

Then we key in on the game held by our host.

That way all join that game and have people move to the other team.  Typically folks comply.


Second way:

We host and kick anyone who joins our team and move over to the team.

I've seen this done probably a half dozen times in my short MP experience.

What say you?

Who wants to try forming a team besides myself, Kaigen, PeteRock and Calvin.  Jancelot?
13549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot 360/PS3 Graphics comparison on: December 06, 2006, 10:30:22 PM
Hmm it seems that the main difference is that the 360 graphics look a bit more washed out with the lighting...  I'm sure the full power of the PS3 over the 360 won't really be noticable until it has been established for 6 months to a year...
13550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Bowling has improved my bowling IRL! on: December 06, 2006, 06:22:53 PM
I feel the same way about Gears of War and my ability to curb stomp.
13551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Video Game Character of All Time on: December 06, 2006, 06:20:05 PM
Ahhh.

That was one series I never played.  Pity me.
13552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Video Game Character of All Time on: December 06, 2006, 06:13:34 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 06, 2006, 06:07:51 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 06, 2006, 05:55:03 PM

Quote from: KC on December 06, 2006, 03:11:50 PM

Guybrush Threepwood

Who?

You serious Clark?

Yes.
13553  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW 10 PM EST 12/8 and 12/9 <giggle!> on: December 06, 2006, 06:03:40 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 06, 2006, 03:19:13 PM

Guests are coming in on Friday and will be staying with us until Monday afternoon.  We plan to play a fair bit of Halo 2 multiplayer, but a few games of Gears of War may be an option.

Does anyone know if you can play Gears of War with two players on the same 360 over one Live account?  I think this is possible with Ghost Recon, but for some reason I thought I read somewhere that in order to play Gears of War over Live both players need online accounts on the same Xbox.  If not, and two of us can play over Live with one account, then you can count me in, as my friends and I can rotate in two at a time.

Paging Depward and TML. They were split screening the other night but the definitely had two accounts. Perhaps they know.
13554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A friendly reminder about images in signatures on: December 06, 2006, 06:01:14 PM
Agreed. Everyone should only have text in their sigs unless it's me and ...I was going to say Ed X but he'd probably have pics of men kissing. Hmmm. Not Purge, he should just be banned....Definitely not Ceekay lest he 'anime himself' again.  Kevin? Nah. Probably post a real time paint drying gif.  Hmmm.  Juniordan!

And we have come full circle.

Perfect.
13555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10% of all people born in Mexico, now live in the USA. (Illegally) on: December 06, 2006, 05:57:38 PM

Quote from: Exodor on December 06, 2006, 05:33:14 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 06, 2006, 02:57:31 PM

Point is that yes we need to regulate immigration, but we don't need to treat people who are merely trying to better the lives and take care of their children as the enemy.

Does this same logic apply to welfare cheats?  Thieves?

Is breaking the law permissible if it's done to "better their lives and take care of their children?"


My daughter would probably really enjoy an HDTV.  I think I'll go visit Best Buy at 3 AM tonight and liberate one using the ATB Doctrine.

Smells like Red Herring in here.
13556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Video Game Character of All Time on: December 06, 2006, 05:55:03 PM

Quote from: KC on December 06, 2006, 03:11:50 PM

Guybrush Threepwood

Who?
13557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10% of all people born in Mexico, now live in the USA. (Illegally) on: December 06, 2006, 04:02:56 PM

Quote from: jblank on December 06, 2006, 03:07:44 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 06, 2006, 02:57:31 PM

Point is that yes we need to regulate immigration, but we don't need to treat people who are merely trying to better the lives and take care of their children as the enemy.

Are you this soft on citizens that break the laws of our country? Personally, I don't care where they come from, what I care about is having our laws upheld by our government, and when people break those laws, the government enforcing them and punishing the offenders.

If I, jblank, a US citizen, have to follow the law of the land, then an outsider should also, and be subject to punishment if they don't.

Which immigration laws are you following again?
13558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite Video Game Character of All Time on: December 06, 2006, 03:06:29 PM
Simple. What's yours and why?
13559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did you know that .... on: December 06, 2006, 03:05:47 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on December 06, 2006, 03:03:38 PM

It's an anagram for Tab, the popular 80's soft drink that still contains saccharin.

Like you need to explain to this audience what Tab is.
13560  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10% of all people born in Mexico, now live in the USA. (Illegally) on: December 06, 2006, 02:57:31 PM
Point is that yes we need to regulate immigration, but we don't need to treat people who are merely trying to better the lives and take care of their children as the enemy.
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