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13641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apologies on: October 19, 2006, 04:08:56 PM
I want to apologize for being a GT contributor of such unparalleled magnificence, that Deadzone shall never be able to contribute anything even remotely as cool or interesting and for the resulting blows to his self-esteem.
13642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Thoughts on Tiger Woods 07 (360) on: October 19, 2006, 04:05:16 PM
Tiger Woods with a 9 iron vs. Brian Urlacher in full pads. Who wins?
13643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimate Nintendo easter egg: Totaka's Song on: October 19, 2006, 01:48:46 PM
Watching that video is agonizing.

Which leads me to this question: So what?

Which leads me to another question: what kinda rock bottom loser leaves his screen sitting for 2:30 in every game to find this 'little gem?'  disgust

13644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game collecting, rare games and their value etc. on: October 19, 2006, 12:09:48 PM
Only problems with the ones they sell today with the multiple games in them is that they're very cheaply constructed....
13645  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did You have a Tonka Mighty Dump Truck Growing Up? on: October 19, 2006, 11:58:06 AM
Looks like this is the current model:



 icon_frown


Looks like the search is on for the original.
13646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 18, 2006, 06:48:57 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on October 18, 2006, 06:38:23 PM

eek (about a billion times)
 saywhat (about a trillion times)

I'm keeping my glasses.

It's very intense but not horrible.  If you have the op, 5 minutes of pain for a lifetime (God willing) without glasses is so worth it.
13647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Miss me?.....need hardware help on: October 18, 2006, 05:38:41 PM
It is getting a little ridiculous.
13648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 18, 2006, 04:05:49 PM

Quote from: Punisher on October 18, 2006, 03:35:02 PM

2 things...

1) My biggest fear is that I flinch and look away from the light. It's good to know that's not an option.
2) Not being able to see the knife and whatnot is probably better than being able to see it.

Trust me. you cannot move.  you're so focused on not moving that you don't move.
13649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, why was Xbox Live down yesterday? on: October 18, 2006, 03:32:30 PM
I have a questiona bout live:

Does your local profile have to be the same one you use for Live?

Also, DR specific, it says to have multiple saves use different profiles. But how does one do that and still have the same progress?

Lastly, with a silver account can one pretty much do everything except play multiplayer?

With a new 360 do they give you a few days of Gold for free or no?
13650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did You have a Tonka Mighty Dump Truck Growing Up? on: October 18, 2006, 12:52:16 PM

Quote from: gameoverman on October 17, 2006, 11:02:24 PM

It has since become a dream of mine to someday buy that house just so I can dig those trucks up.  They were built to last, I have no doubt they are still in working order, preserved like dinosaurs caught in the tar pits of my misspent youth.

That is such a fine paragraph.  Just perfect.
13651  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 18, 2006, 12:49:46 PM
He's probably still groggy from teh drugz and a good night sleep. Prior to posting, he'll probably have his follow up appointment.
13652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game collecting, rare games and their value etc. on: October 18, 2006, 12:45:44 PM
I used to buy only new games as I wanted the whole 'experience.' I then used to keep all of my games- not necessarily for collecting reason, but just cause.  However, as a result of the trade lists on GG then CG, I really found hanging on to games that I'd never play again just was a waste of space and trade value.

I now only keep the games that have me at hello and that I know I will someday go back to.
13653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 17, 2006, 08:22:53 PM
Anyone else not able to finish reading the previous two posts? I literally got lightheaded.   retard
13654  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Miss me?.....need hardware help on: October 17, 2006, 06:48:45 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on October 17, 2006, 05:57:02 AM

Without this computer then in my free time Im looking at 4 walls and a ceiling.

I didn't read the whole thing nor do I know what health problems you may have, but how about taking up running or walking or getting some exercise?
13655  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / The 'New' Button on: October 17, 2006, 04:59:53 PM
Let me say, without hyperbole, that it is the greatest feature implemented in the whole forum upgrade...and possibly in the entire world/universe.
13656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 17, 2006, 04:52:37 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on October 17, 2006, 04:01:12 PM

anything dealing with messing with eyes makes me squirm.

I watched a video of my Mother getting her procedure done and almost threw up.

GOOD LUCK!

Ditto. I'm very squeamish about eyes.  I wouldn't watch the vid of my moms and I requested that they not tell me anything specific about the procedure.
13657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully. Who's getting and who's got impressions. on: October 17, 2006, 03:45:38 PM
Have it on order from Outpost.  Can't wait to play it.
13658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Did You have a Tonka Mighty Dump Truck Growing Up? on: October 17, 2006, 02:21:13 PM


I'm going to buy one for my son for Christmas...he's a bit young for it, but I can't wait for him to have it.

It was one of my favorite toys ever.  Anyone else?
13659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 N00bz Journal- Updated 22/Oct/06 on: October 17, 2006, 12:48:50 PM
So the 360 arrived yesterday at the start of my work day.  Being the responsible employee (and father) I waited until the work day was done and the kids were in bed before I hooked it all up.

First off, removing the 360 premium box from the shipping box almost gave me a hernia.  I couldn't believe the heft.  Zounds.

I do like the packaging. I enjoyed that each component has a 'special' plastic bag labeled with what the item is for:  "Connect,""Power," Talk," etc.  Everything was neatly packed and in place and the smell of new electronics greeted my nostrils.  Ahhh.

I unpacked the items and set to reading the hook up instructs.  Seemed pretty clear so I set to my hookups.  The cabling is quality as far as I can tell and I was pleased that the network cable was a good length (thought thanks to Purge <my hero  bowdown>, I now have a network jack right behind the tv unit and didn't need too much length).  I plugged the component cables into the tv, then fed them down to my new 360.  I switched the selector to HDTV and hooked in my optical cable.  This leads to my first complaint. 

The optical jack seems to be poorly 'machined' and the optical cable seems to pop out very easily.  I guess this won't be an issue with the unit in place but I wasn't used to things just popping out.  Is this how they all are?

Next up the power cord.  Good heavens is the power brick enormous and the connector that goes into the back of the console looks like it should be powering SHODAN.  Anyway, I set the power brick on the shelf below the console so that I don't have duelling heat sources.

Time to turn it on. Power button go.

RED RINGS OF DEATH.  Oh nos.  I've read the horror stories. Is mine dead out of the box? No. I just didn't push the AV connection in far enough to 'pop' into place.  Quick fix and away we go.

On comes the 360, not as loud as I thought it would be.  The boot up screen comes on. I don't find it as impressive as the Xbox's, but anyway.

After reconfiguring my hand to be used to the controller (I love the wireless!, but am so perfectly attuned to my Dual Shock 2 that it will take some getting used to), I set forth into the settings.

Cool. Controller is responsive and there's no cords to shift around my knees.  I tool around the dashboard and decide to light up my first game. Dead Rising.

Pop it in. NOW I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE NOISE COMMENTARY IS ABOUT.  When the disc is spinning it's pretty loud, but, I must say it's not orders of magnitude louder than the Xbox.

Opening of the game is fine, controls are reversed from what I like but that can be fixed.  I take a few snap shots, struggle through the tiny text (I'm on a 30 inch widescreen HD set...) investigate the rooftop a bit, hit the first save point, power down and fire up Killer 7 on my PS2.

So far so good, but I wasn't in the mood to work through the DR manual or deal with setting up the network connectivity.  I only had 15 minutes left before Antiques Roadshow and wanted to get some gaming in so returning to Killer 7 isn't an indictment of my lack of zeal, but rather how engrossing that game is and the time constraints I was under.

So far my impressions overall are good. The dashboard seems very intuitive and user friendly. The console isn't super loud by my estimation. I love the controller and the ability to power off using it.  I'm wary of it breaking given all the horror stories, but I guess I'm vested now and am going to have to roll with it.

I'm pondering the warranty, but am leary given the recent shipping cost thread.

More later and I hope to see folks online later today...though I'll probably stay at the Silver level for the forseeable future.

13660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft charges YOU for shipping of busted 360s on: October 17, 2006, 12:29:01 PM
The one I just got was built in June 06.  Are there known manufacture dates that have more trouble than others?
13661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need to Research Digital Video Cameras: Advice Sought on: October 17, 2006, 12:24:46 PM
Also, I'd prefer one that records on a memory card...or do they all do that?
13662  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Secret to stonehenge? on: October 17, 2006, 12:16:03 PM
That's pretty cool.

I'm not sure I understood the rock under the block thing.

If teh block weighs 1600 lbs, how does he lift it on top of the stone?  Even with those handles, he's still got to muscle at least a significant portion of that weight vertically.

Also, can someone explain how he used that technique with that barn? 
13663  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need to Research Digital Video Cameras: Advice Sought on: October 17, 2006, 12:14:03 PM
I'm hoping this will be the last dime I spend on anything technological for a long time...The family is in 'need' of a digital video camera and as I'm not a technofile, I know nothing about anything until the time comes to need to know.

So I'm calling on the GT techno-studs for another assist. Good non-Sony brands? Good sites for researching different features (besides CNet)...etc.

I'm hoping there's a good mid level digital camcorder in the $500-600 range

Thanks.
13664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft charges YOU for shipping of busted 360s on: October 17, 2006, 10:29:25 AM
Hmm. Does anyone know if Frys offers an extended warranty plan through their website?
13665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Customer Service Angst on: October 16, 2006, 07:58:25 PM
Huzzah! Verizon will give me my due.  Greatest day in customer service evarz!
13666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Customer Service Angst on: October 16, 2006, 07:07:39 PM
Amazon can be scratched off the list due to my cancellation of the order.

Best Buy credited my account for the points today. John, Customer Service Supervisor in San Diego CA, you magnificent bastard! You did it!

I'm going to press my luck and call Verizon right now.
13667  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 16, 2006, 06:48:41 PM
No matter how much you hate them, WEAR THE GOGGLES WHEN YOU SLEEP.  Do it faithfully for 3-4 weeks.  It's annoying, but man it will save your eyeballzorz.
13668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/16) on: October 16, 2006, 06:44:43 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 16, 2006, 06:33:50 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 16, 2006, 04:08:11 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 16, 2006, 04:04:05 PM

Me too, but if its a Wario-ware type game I think I will just pass on it.

It's an RPG from the makers of Killer 7. 

Drawin' a blank on that one too.

What Kevin said.  I'm playing through Killer 7 right now and it is absolutely a love hate relationship.

While it is a brilliant game, I'm not sure why it's a brilliant game yet.  I love it, but I don't know why.  The story is intriguing but I don't know why.  The style just clicks pefectly with me but...I don't know why.

Watch Kasvan's video review of it on Gamespot.  It sold me on it. It might sell you on staying far away from it.

It's just one of those games.
13669  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 16, 2006, 04:41:51 PM
I was -9 and off the charts. Astigmatic in both eyes too.  I was a mess.
13670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: John Woo's presents Stranglehold on: October 16, 2006, 03:49:22 PM
I have HB on videocassette. The only way to view it!  retard
13671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 16, 2006, 03:41:06 PM

Quote from: JLu on October 16, 2006, 03:38:41 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 16, 2006, 03:34:54 PM

If you don't mind me asking, how much does Lasik cost these days?

It's pretty cheap at Costco, and you can return your eyes if they mess it up!!   thumbsup

Winnar!

I had mine done in February.  That thread is the saga leading up to and after.

I was on the high end of -9 and am now seeing 20/20 in my left and 20/25 in my right.

Side effects: halos at night (not terrible) and when the seasons change I need lubricating drops.

Cost: 2650 per eye for me.

WOuld have been worth it at double the cost. I now have movie star good looks. thumbsup
13672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/16) on: October 16, 2006, 02:12:46 PM

Quote from: siege on October 16, 2006, 02:11:53 PM

Just Contact for me.

Might get this if reviews are good/similar to Killer 7.
13673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 16, 2006, 02:11:34 PM
Sorry! By selling the 2 bundled games I'm still only in the 1 game at a time parameter.

Wahh wahh wahhhh  :slywink:
13674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/16) on: October 16, 2006, 02:09:02 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on October 16, 2006, 02:06:03 PM

BULLY!  This is my first PS2 day one purchase.  Please don't turn out to be a bad game!

1up Yours Podcast seemed to be glowing about it.  Can't wait for it.

Have had it as my background on my PC since forever.
13675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/16) on: October 16, 2006, 02:04:53 PM

Have bully pre-ordered at Outpost. 35.00 shipped!

Huzzah!
13676  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 360 Premium +3 Games $449.99! on: October 16, 2006, 01:59:37 PM
Did this deal. Ordered it Friday. It just arrived DHL! Huzzah!
13677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 16, 2006, 01:59:07 PM
Wow! It just arrived!  Two days later and it's here. Amazing!
13678  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 16, 2006, 10:29:48 AM
Had my first soda of the month at my son's birthday party.
13679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ideal Game Length For You? on: October 16, 2006, 10:10:37 AM
Might should be in general gaming, but...

What's your ideal game length? 

Based on a comment by Kevin Grey in some thread somewhere and listening to an old 1up Yours podcast, the topic has been on my brain.

There are many variables to consider 10 hrs of genius is better than 30 hrs of crap. Additionally there's cost to time played ratio, but if you parse it down to what your schedule is, your RL commitments, etc,  overall what's your ideal length for a game.

I'll stick to what I replied to KG and go with 11-20 leaning toward the upper end of that range as a game of that length, unless I stay up late and neglect sleep, will last me weeks and weeks.  20 to 30 hr games also fit within the sweet spot. 
13680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 16, 2006, 10:00:36 AM
Update:

Well, instead of waiting around on Amazon, I jumped on the 360+3 games for 459.00 shipped from outpost.

I'm planning on selling Saint's Row and Test Drive Unlimited on Ebay and making Dead Rising my first 'next gen' experience.

Hopefully, I'll find time to have it done by GoW's release date.
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