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13561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 03, 2006, 07:16:39 PM
I try not to do general advice threads, but here we are and what the heck.

Okay, the 399.00 shipped 360 premium with free Gears of War has me like this:  saywhat  and I'm ready to pull the trigger on it as that's about 100.00 in savings.

however, if I buy the 360, I won't be able to afford the Wii.

I want the Wii very badly as if you've been reading here you've seen and I'm anticipating it greatly.  But, admittedly, there are several games upcoming (next 6+ months starting with GoW) that I'd very much like to play on the 360.  I figured I'd get one eventually, but not this soon.

However, the deal is making me  saywhat. Wait did I say that?

So all things being equal- I will like both consoles and the games available for each...., what should I do?

Oh, what should I do?
13562  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBOX 360 w/ Gears of War for 399.99 on: October 03, 2006, 04:53:06 PM
whoa whoa whoa.

So you get this: Awesome Bundle for 424 dollars?  Except I don't really care about PGR...

Argh.
13563  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBOX 360 w/ Gears of War for 399.99 on: October 03, 2006, 04:16:13 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 03, 2006, 03:57:39 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 03, 2006, 02:45:22 PM

There have been a lot of 360 deals lately. I wonder if this is a sign of an impending price drop.

Microsoft already officially said "No price drop".   However that is their "Official" line, I have been seeing instant rebates, package deals, free game deals popping up.  Costco started with $20 off instantly, then moved to $50 off instantly as an example.

So unofficial price drop yes.. Microsoft acknowledged - no.

So is that 50.00 off of their 499.00 bundle?
13564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How Many Games Have You Finished This Year? on: October 03, 2006, 03:04:13 PM
I know there's a horribly neglected sticky thread about this (which I and a few other faithfully keep updated), but as we enter deeper into the 10th month of the year, I'm curious as to how productive everyone's year has been from a finishing a game perspective.

I guess the criteria is as follows:

You played the game all the way through to the end or you've played a never ending game (brain training, sports titles,WoW) enough that you are 'finished' with it having gotten good value for your $ on it.

I've actually completed 11 full games with another 4 that I would say fall into the second category.


13565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes premiers tonight on: October 03, 2006, 02:52:52 PM
Welp, missed it.  Not too upset about it, but the raves about the ending have me wondering...
13566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Plasma Vs LCD Projection on: October 03, 2006, 02:51:19 PM

Quote from: Devil on October 03, 2006, 02:48:09 PM

80 inches

 saywhat




Picture please.
13567  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBOX 360 w/ Gears of War for 399.99 on: October 03, 2006, 02:50:13 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 03, 2006, 02:45:22 PM

There have been a lot of 360 deals lately. I wonder if this is a sign of an impending price drop.

Well technically this would be a 60.00 price drop....as I believe GoW is 60.00

But man if I launch all my ducats at this, I won't be able to buy a Wii for some time...
13568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chicago Bears on: October 03, 2006, 02:41:10 PM

Quote from: Semaj on October 03, 2006, 02:01:23 PM

then minnesota went and got pounded by Buffalo.


I don't know if I'd call it a pounding as they were one dropped catch at the end from winning the game.
13569  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / XBOX 360 w/ Gears of War for 399.99 on: October 03, 2006, 01:19:02 PM
As reported on CAG.

Must....resist...must...resist.   drool
13570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tallest Dog Ever on: October 03, 2006, 11:16:10 AM
Meh. When I was a kid, dogs were at least three times that size...and they'd chase us...with knives.  It was us or them and I'm still here..., though a lot of my friends arent.
13571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: October 03, 2006, 11:11:29 AM
What is going on with you!?  Up down up down up.....DOWN.

Me, I'm closing in on the precious 180s where I've spent most of my life.  I should be there by the end of the week and will post a number once I am.
13572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock- What's the Big Deal? on: October 03, 2006, 11:10:02 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 02, 2006, 08:21:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 02, 2006, 07:28:23 PM

I didn't know it was Ken Levine.

I...will...buy...it...

If I ever have a 360...

Its for PC too. smile

My PC was modern when I built it in November of 2001. 
13573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is a lot of fun on: October 03, 2006, 11:08:21 AM
I think most people are going to say no because WW has two endings and unless you bust your butt you won't get the one that TTT starts with anyway.

I would say yes, but that's because I love the trilogy and prefer to play games in order seeing the whole story. 

If you think it will just be an exercise in frustration, then skip it as TTT is a better game.
13574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wario Ware : Smooth Moves demo on: October 03, 2006, 12:15:51 AM
Controls look good. Game looks ponderously stupid.
13575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chicago Bears on: October 02, 2006, 07:31:18 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on October 02, 2006, 06:25:12 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 02, 2006, 06:22:08 PM

Quote from: Scott on October 02, 2006, 03:35:39 PM

Wow.  They look pretty good.  Are they for real this year? 

You know, the Arizona Cardinals say this every single year. And we all know how crappy of a team they are.  icon_biggrin

I dont think anyone is saying that about the Cardinals this year...  Also, the Bears dont need to be for real, they get to play Green Bay and Detroit twice each.  4 wins right there.

I bet they lose one to green bay.
13576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock- What's the Big Deal? on: October 02, 2006, 07:28:23 PM
I didn't know it was Ken Levine.

I...will...buy...it...

If I ever have a 360...
13577  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: South Carolina official says, "Sterilize bad parents." on: October 02, 2006, 05:18:12 PM

Quote from: warning on October 02, 2006, 04:45:56 PM

It's amazing to me that people need a license to fish but not to procreate.

That's quote worthy if I ever saw something that was.

13578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chicago Bears on: October 02, 2006, 05:17:22 PM

Quote from: JLu on October 02, 2006, 04:07:58 PM

Superbowl XLI -- a Patriots Bears rematch!

Woot! Dig McMahon up and he can have a cameo in the Superbowl shuffle reissue!
13579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chicago Bears on: October 02, 2006, 03:48:31 PM
Bills are  this |--| close to being 4-0.  But they stink so, you're possibly right.  Baltimore is so solid, but I'd have to say the Bears are playing the best right now.  Cincy would have been arguable if they hadn't gotten smacked around. Same with Jax.
13580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is a lot of fun on: October 02, 2006, 03:42:20 PM
I don't remember the final boss...but needless to say, it's nowher near as difficult as the hammer brothers...
13581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My 360's Blog on: October 02, 2006, 03:41:32 PM
Whoa. That's pretty cool.

Followed a couple of links. Some people have gamer scores in the 70k range.  They had better be game reviewers!  eek
13582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock- What's the Big Deal? on: October 02, 2006, 03:36:11 PM

Quote from: kathode on October 02, 2006, 02:20:15 PM

We're putting a stake through the heart of all those FPS cliches.  Watch out for that security camera!!!


Precisely.

Hit the security station to turn the robots off.......blah blah.

Oh and the gun looks ridiculous  icon_evil

13583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 02, 2006, 02:23:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 02, 2006, 12:32:18 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 02, 2006, 12:23:03 PM

I typically allow myself 2 sodas per week, but there are times that a meal- at least in my mind- requires one.

Mexican food (specifically Taco Bell), Pizza...hamburgers and hotdogs with chips.

As The Dew is my preferred soda, if I stand firm this month, I can effectively eliminate 1530 calories from my diet (4.5 weeks x2 MT Dew (170 cals per) = 1530.
Are your two sodas/week always cans of soda? I'm only curious because you mention eating at Taco Bell.  A single cup of soda at the self-serve fountain could easily be 24 ounces (2 cans) or even more if you ever get refills.

Oh I know it!

I have been to TB possibly 4 times this year so it's not a frequent occurence.  But yes, it throws off the curve something fierce on those weeks.
13584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 02, 2006, 02:22:20 PM
This

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 02, 2006, 01:33:40 PM


Probably a little less than a twelve pack plus the occassional soda when we go out to eat (I normally have unsweetened tea at restaurants).  No calories though- I prefer diet sodas. 

+
Quote
I'm in the same boat.  During the week, 24 oz cup in the morning, 20 oz cup in the afternoon, brew a pot after dinner (though it's rare that I polish off the entire pot.  2/3 is probably pretty typical). 

On weekends, full pot in the morning and usuallly a full pot at night. 


How is it that you are not:

1. Suffering absolute kidney/liver failure
2. Dead

?
13585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/2) on: October 02, 2006, 02:05:53 PM
Nada until Bully...if the reviews are good.
13586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick, name a video-game franchise you dislike on: October 02, 2006, 01:29:40 PM
Street Fighter



13587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock- What's the Big Deal? on: October 02, 2006, 01:13:54 PM
System Shock 2 was a masterpiece. Except for 'The Many' intestinal rectum level which I never finished.
13588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Number of Sodas per week. on: October 02, 2006, 12:23:03 PM
As I embark on a soda free October, I'm curious as to how vice addled my fellow GTers are.

I typically allow myself 2 sodas per week, but there are times that a meal- at least in my mind- requires one.

Mexican food (specifically Taco Bell), Pizza...hamburgers and hotdogs with chips.

As The Dew is my preferred soda, if I stand firm this month, I can effectively eliminate 1530 calories from my diet (4.5 weeks x2 MT Dew (170 cals per) = 1530.

Not too shabby.
13589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioshock- What's the Big Deal? on: October 02, 2006, 12:16:23 PM
I saw a 15 minute narrated trailer on Bioshock and the guy's all look at our revolutionary AI. They show a robot walking around trying to find a little girl.  Then the little girl comes out and you can 'scare' her.  The robot warns you, blah blah.

How is this revolutionary in any regard and why is Bioshock getting so much 'OMG it's amazing!?' coverage.

Additionally, it talks about how the environments are different. Looks like a bunch of corridors to me.

Splain?

This is PC and 360 so I'm putting the thread here...
13590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super-Happy Birthday Party #8! on: October 02, 2006, 10:40:05 AM
Soooo Good! thumbsup
13591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Recap 2/Oct/06 on: October 02, 2006, 10:38:00 AM
Between parties, yardwork, hanging with the fams and marathon training, this was a very scant weekend of gaming for me:

1 hr of Battles of Prince of Persia

20 minutes of Killer 7

40 minutes of Okami- all of which was lost because there wasn't a save point when I needed one (Makeover home edition was coming on for teh w1fe).

Total game time 2 hrs.  Total productive game time: 1 hr 20 mins.
13592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: October 01, 2006, 08:24:50 PM
As further incentive to buy a pink DS: Any pink DS purchased at Target this week will have 100% of the profits donated by Nintendo and Target to fight breast cancer.
13593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: October 01, 2006, 05:20:49 PM
17.2 miles this morning. 2 hrs 46 minutes and 28 seconds for a per mile time of 9:41. Not too shabby, but man I'm sure the extra 15 I'm carrying is really hampering my endurance come the later miles.

Strict diet October is here.  No sodas, extremely limit junk food and I'm going to try- for the first time in my life- to limit carbs to day before runs days.

Zounds. I'll weigh in tomorrow or the next day to see how quickly (hopefully!) things drop off.
13594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is a lot of fun on: October 01, 2006, 05:16:41 PM

Quote from: Dafones on October 01, 2006, 04:26:27 PM

Still playing, still enjoying, but man, man did that sub-boss fight after the second chariot race drain my spirits. It's not necessarily a bad fight on it's own, but I must have attempted a dozen sessions against the sword-and-axe twins without scratching them before I was sent weeping to game faqs to see just what I was doing wrong.

O RLY?  slywink

Really no other comment as the linked rant pretty much sums it up.

13595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $2,000,000,000.00 Per Week. on: September 29, 2006, 11:42:00 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 29, 2006, 09:44:47 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 29, 2006, 09:37:31 PM

Bah, I can't even stand looking at him anymore

I want vomit everytime I look at that bastard. I regard him no better than the piles of dog shit in my neighbors back yard. Thus.. 2 more years of this shit.   crybaby What would you pay to get into a ring with Bush at one of those UFC matches so I could legally pound the living hell out of him and fix that smirk once and for all??  A lot I bet.  nod

As bush is considered the fittest president in decades, he'd probably knock your out of shape butt inside of two rounds.
13596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $2,000,000,000.00 Per Week. on: September 29, 2006, 09:25:37 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 29, 2006, 09:07:57 PM

Sure I would, an illegitamate war is an illegitamate war, regardless. 

What pray tell, is a legitimate war?
13597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $2,000,000,000.00 Per Week. on: September 29, 2006, 08:35:10 PM

Quote from: Doopri on September 29, 2006, 07:39:09 PM

maybe you like kobra, maybe you dont.  maybe you like president bush, maybe you dont.  but come on wheres the outrage? this is our money!  or i guess more accurately our childrens and grandchildrens money - theyre the ones who will have to deal with outrageous interest rate jumps or a vastly depreciated currency (at best).  if i went into your house and stole your lousy 600 tv youd be furious - i guess this goes to show you if youre going to do something, do it on a scale so large its numbing to even comprehend

Are we still paying for WWII? Korea, Gulf I, Vietnam or the Revolutionary war?

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will have to deal with outrageous interest rate jumps or a vastly depreciated currency

Let me get this straight: Because we're spending 100 billion dollars a year on a war, the whole country is going to collapse and our children will be defending their cardboard box homes from Pirannah men?  
13598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $2,000,000,000.00 Per Week. on: September 29, 2006, 07:23:20 PM
Quote
Bush is going to leave this country in tatters,

Ok. Come on now.  Tatters?  Darfur is tatters.  Any of another dozen African countries are tatters (but we shouldn't help them as we need to money! -sorry, I editorialized that-).  Parts of the former Soviet bloc are tatters.  The US tatters?  

When the roving bands of genocidal militia start circling or when we're machine gunning poor people looking for a better life for themselves and their children, then I'll agree, we're in tatters.

13599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $2,000,000,000.00 Per Week. on: September 29, 2006, 06:02:53 PM
Of course schools were in tip top shape when Bush came into office and they've since begun an unprecendented slide-30+ years of decline!  And everyone was insured too before him too.

Of course, if Bush was offering funds for land mines and machine gun nests on the Mexican border, there'd be no problem then would there?
13600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 29/Sep/06 on: September 29, 2006, 03:13:31 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on September 29, 2006, 02:54:56 PM

Arkon - You could always take up knitting.

On my way to the car dealer for some work, there was an interesting report on knitting on NPR.  I'm thinking it might be a good hobby to take up to bond with my wife and daughter.
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