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14241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: September 18, 2006, 11:57:42 AM
193 as of this morning.  That's 13 lbs off my all time high. 

I've had some really good eating days and it appears that I'm in the zone in that regard at least for now.

Ran 15.5 miles yesterday, so hopefully that will contribute to additional losses over the next day as I rest my legs for another 10 or so tomorrow.
14242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: September 17, 2006, 04:33:21 PM

Quote from: Arkon on September 17, 2006, 12:15:39 PM

9/17/06 250.8 lbs

Suprised at my weight this morning to be honest.  Had my nephews birthday party last night, had cake and ice cream and a big dinner.

Sometimes it takes a few days for indulgences to hit the waistline. Hopefully, though, you're burning enough calories that it won't happen.
14243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami? on: September 16, 2006, 07:30:59 PM
Well, I think I've decided to get it day 1. I shall be changing this thread from 'Okami?' to 'Okami!' for impressions  icon_wink
14244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 16, 2006, 12:51:00 PM
I smell a JasonConan and Knightshade death match coming up.

Woohoo. What neutral state should have it in?

Just so I have skin in the game, I'll fight both of you at the same time first.  Of course my fighting consists of you two standing very close to each other, me pointing behind you and saying 'Hey it's Miyamoto giving away free Wiis!' and then promptly dashing off into a ten mile run.
14245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SD Memory for the Wii- How much will we need? on: September 16, 2006, 12:46:08 PM

Quote from: egrudzin on September 15, 2006, 11:33:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 15, 2006, 10:55:36 PM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on September 15, 2006, 09:04:14 PM

Wonder if its possible to copy the files from the SD to a PC for storage. Then just recopy the games you want to play. That way you dont need lots of different SD cards.

I know it would work in theory but not sure if any DRM it might use would make it not work, though since its back into the same Wii maybe it wouldnt be any issue.

Hmmm....

Now that is a very interesting theory. That'd be awesome if it worked...I'm doubtful though.

If you can drop pictures and things on the SD card for the Wii to display that means that a PC (or Mac) has to be able to read what's on the card.  And that means that the card is probably formated with a standard file system (FAT or FAT32 I think).  I guess this doesn't have to be true.  But I imagine that if a PC can't read the data on the card naitively, someone may write a program that will be able to read the data and pull it off to a hard drive. 

I would be you're right. It's so obvious...unless N pulls a Sony and makes it some kind of proprietary file system so that you can only view them on the Wii...
14246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 15, 2006, 11:01:39 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 15, 2006, 10:08:47 PM

I have deep respect for Nintedo.  But without the handheld market they would be dead in the water.  I applaud them for trying to bring a new angle to the home console market as well.  The path they took with the Wii was realistically the only way they could go.  I think the Wii will be massively popular in Japan.  I am am skeptical about North America though.  I hope I am wrong.  Sony and Microsoft need a company like Nintendo to keep them honest.

Alot of people my age identify Nintedo's characters with the golden age of gaming because that is what they started out with.  Somwhere along the way alot of people started identifying with Halo, GTA, Metal Gear Solid and Madden in THEIR golden age of gaming.  Those are the people Nintendo has to reach with the Wii, I have serious doubts that they will.  But time will tell.

Now that was a great post and I think it's spot on. Nintendo would definitely be in deep trouble (if not gone) if it weren't for the handheld.  Luckily it's there.

Your last paragraph rings very true as well and my position is that they will do just that.
14247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japanese DS Lite Questions on: September 15, 2006, 10:56:30 PM
I hope you succeed in finding one...they're still supposed to be impossible to find in JPN.
14248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SD Memory for the Wii- How much will we need? on: September 15, 2006, 10:55:36 PM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on September 15, 2006, 09:04:14 PM

Wonder if its possible to copy the files from the SD to a PC for storage. Then just recopy the games you want to play. That way you dont need lots of different SD cards.

I know it would work in theory but not sure if any DRM it might use would make it not work, though since its back into the same Wii maybe it wouldnt be any issue.

Hmmm....

Now that is a very interesting theory. That'd be awesome if it worked...I'm doubtful though.
14249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 15, 2006, 07:40:13 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 15, 2006, 07:17:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 15, 2006, 04:40:05 PM

I'm gonna go back on record here and say that the Wii outsells the PS3 and the 360 this gen.

Overall maybe.  In North America I simply cannot see that happening.

If it doesn't, Kobra will eat his pants.
14250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 05:59:45 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 15, 2006, 05:43:48 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 15, 2006, 04:27:04 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 15, 2006, 03:21:54 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 15, 2006, 01:57:48 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 15, 2006, 01:51:23 PM

It may be well worth the cost of admission, or it may just simply make Nintendo look like they can't compete with the big boys and tried to divert everyone's attention from that fact with a gimmicky controller. 

IMO, that's beyond the realm of the possible.
Spoken like a true fanboy  icon_wink

As the DS is the first Nintendo anything I've owned since the NES, I don't think I can be labeled as such, sir.
Irrelevant.  Let's see... a statement claiming a product's success in no uncertain terms, before it's release, without allowing for the possibility of failure, and without actually having used said product.

That's pretty much a textbook "fanboy" response.

Personally, I hope they succeed.  I hope the Wii control scheme catches on with millions of non-gamers, and the trusty old franchises capture the imagination of lots of 20/30 somethings that haven't touched a console since the NES.  But I recognize the possibility that it very well may not - Nintendo is taking a big risk here, and with risk comes the chance of failure. To simply say you can't see that possibility is naive at best.

Let's revisit in a year.
14251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New 9/11 Footage on: September 15, 2006, 04:46:53 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 15, 2006, 04:38:36 PM


http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20050714.htm
Fourteen eyewitnesses verify WTC janitorís story about a massive basement explosion just seconds before the airline strike of the north tower.

So it would be easier to have all of the networks, the airlines and the entire government be lying than to believe 15 people came up with something to get press?  saywhat

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If the buildings were pulled via demolitions, that leaves several possible explanations, the two most logical (based on motives) being: the terrorists planted bombs as well or someone in the government arranged it (be it the military, intelligence, or at the behest of the administration).

Unfortunately, we now know that Marvin Bush (GW's cousin), was princple of the company in charge of WTC security, and there was at least 2 large powerdowns of the building which rendered cameras inoperable leading up to 9/11. (both on 9/8 and 9/9 as indicated in reports from the IT departments of various floors who had to handle the power up conditions of the servers)


This complicated of a mission only took several months in into GWBs term to plan and execute? Especially considering they had to pay off THOUSANDS of people to keep quiet?
14252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 15, 2006, 04:40:05 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 15, 2006, 04:18:48 PM


Ok, let me ask you this; do you REALLY think the average 13 year old snot nosed kid wants to play games with a throwing motion? I don't, and I doubt he does either. Add to it that all his friends will have a PS3 and 360, which are shiner, flashier systems, with more internet integration, and I say hands down the Wii loses when its stacked up against those other consoles, with most people out there.

I say the reverse of this is true.  Those with 360s and PS3s will see the kid with the Wii having a helluva good time while they're stuck doing the same old thing.  Kids love new technology which is another huge selling point for Wii.

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You Nintendo fans (and I say that without malice and in a non-smarmy way) are thinking like enthusiasts, which is what most of us are, and not like average consumers, who know the Playstation and XBOX, and will be leery of "novelties" like this funky controller, and will be put off to an extent when they see the Wii games side by side against PS3 and 360 games. Hell, I'm an enthusiast and I admit the controller turns me off a bit, though I will reserve judgement for the time being.

I'm gonna go back on record here and say that the Wii outsells the PS3 and the 360 this gen.
14253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 04:29:51 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 15, 2006, 04:14:28 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 15, 2006, 01:57:48 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 15, 2006, 01:51:23 PM

It may be well worth the cost of admission, or it may just simply make Nintendo look like they can't compete with the big boys and tried to divert everyone's attention from that fact with a gimmicky controller. 

IMO, that's beyond the realm of the possible.

Why?

I cannot forsee any context in which the Wii will not be a runaway success. 

The games will suck!  I can't see it.
Control is a gimmick! So was the second screen on a handheld
I'm lazy. It's too much work to actually move!  Uh?
14254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 04:27:04 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 15, 2006, 03:21:54 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 15, 2006, 01:57:48 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 15, 2006, 01:51:23 PM

It may be well worth the cost of admission, or it may just simply make Nintendo look like they can't compete with the big boys and tried to divert everyone's attention from that fact with a gimmicky controller. 

IMO, that's beyond the realm of the possible.
Spoken like a true fanboy  icon_wink

As the DS is the first Nintendo anything I've owned since the NES, I don't think I can be labeled as such, sir.
14255  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Costco $20 instant rebate on Xbox360 bundles. on: September 15, 2006, 02:43:59 PM
What's it have in it?
14256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New 9/11 Footage on: September 15, 2006, 02:36:50 PM
So if it was the government's idea, what was the motivation? To invade Iraq?  To send the country into recession?  Perhaps is was all big oil's fault.  Of course in game planning they didn't think that such an event would raise gas prices so astronomically it would virtually bring about the bankrupting of two of the big 3 auto manufacturers.

How would they get the airlines' complicit agreement to subject themselves to trillions of dollars in losses?

Who would they get to pilot the planes?  Did the people who died on the planes not really exist?  Was the pilot an inflatable doll a la Airplane and they were remote controlled into the buildings?

Why would they hit the pentagon? To get the army fired up?  I bet Clinton actually hated Al Gore so much the original plan was that the pentagon plane was to hit the white house and shut him up as well as his harpie wife. But then, the Supreme Court (despite also being in on the plan) feinted and put Bush in the white house. Can't kill the republican pres or else we'll be found out!  Change the target to the pentagon!

14257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 01:57:48 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 15, 2006, 01:51:23 PM

It may be well worth the cost of admission, or it may just simply make Nintendo look like they can't compete with the big boys and tried to divert everyone's attention from that fact with a gimmicky controller. 

IMO, that's beyond the realm of the possible.
14258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SD Memory for the Wii- How much will we need? on: September 15, 2006, 01:55:53 PM
Has anyone read anything about file saves or anything of that nature on the Wii? I'm curious if I need to start shopping for a deal on an SD card now in order to ease the total costs on launch day.

I have a 512 for my camera, but won't be doing double duty in that regard.

Ryan Davis at Gamespot says:

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. A 64MB SD card costs about $10, while a 64MB Xbox 360 memory unit costs $40, and you can get SD cards as big as 4GB, which still only cost about $80.

Do we need 4 GBs? Should we plan to get a 1GB? Any news on what Nintendo recommends?
14259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo dumps the Gamecube on: September 15, 2006, 01:40:59 PM
At least they're not dumping it as hard as MS did the XBOX.
14260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 01:37:20 PM
I believe graphics are very important, and will occaisionally base a game purchase on whether they're good or not. But I learned that chasing the graphics cycle is a lose/lose proposition (at least on the PC).

That said though- in the name of graphics, I have spent a ton of money (graphics cards for PC) and missed whole generations of gameplay.

I never bought a GBA because I thought 'Man, those graphics suck.'  Look at all the fun I missed because of that bias.

I prefer innovation over graphics 90 times out of 100.  That's why I went with the DS over the PS2...er PSP and why I will make the Wii my first next gen console.

The reasons people cite for preference of xbox (online play, points etc) are innovations of a sort, that's for sure.  But a prettier 3rd person shooter/FPS/RPG/action game is still just a revision of something we've already played.  The Wii is a whole new paradigm.
14261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 15, 2006, 01:11:23 PM
How is the DS vs PSP argument even valid anymore? DS is landsliding the PSP in terms of both sales and game play.
14262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 250.00 In or Out on: September 14, 2006, 09:01:56 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 14, 2006, 06:45:36 PM

Looks like I have to eat some crow

Don't you mean pants?
14263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 05:46:31 PM
Also from bill:

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The Wii is the console that people will be talking about ten years from now, not the 360 (although I'll remember it fondly) or the PS3. The Wii isn't even competing with the 360 or the PS3. If anything, it's competing with the PSP.

Same price (for now). Which one would you rather have?

He really thinks a lot about this stuff, doesn't he.
14264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 05:31:20 PM
Wow. He hit it right on the head.  Zounds!

Watching the press conference, I'm a bit more optimistic about definitely getting one. Wii's Mii feature should be a hoot and I loved teh photo viewer.
14265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 04:43:54 PM
I just saw vid of the photo and Mii channels. Looks like fun smile
14266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 04:33:32 PM
Is it 100% confirmed that Wii is wireless?

Oh and has it been confirmed that the retro conroller is free with 5000 wii point purchase. I dont' remember where I read it.
14267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In Honor of My New Firearm... on: September 14, 2006, 03:57:34 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on September 08, 2006, 11:42:36 PM

My Dad gave me this for my 21st birthday:

How long did it take you to arrange that silk to make it look so dang sexy? icon_smile
14268  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Obesity: One in Five Children Obese by 2010 on: September 14, 2006, 03:55:20 PM
And we think there's a healthcare crisis now? Just wait until these kids hit middle age. They'll have no medicare and us guys will be footing the bill to keep them 'well'.

Jared, you're needed now more than ever!



14269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 250.00 In or Out on: September 14, 2006, 03:50:57 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 14, 2006, 03:36:10 PM

The price is just where I expected it to be, but I'm waiting on reviews.

I voted in, but it's not an automatic anymore.  $400.00+ take home costs are significant and reason for pause.

Surprising how much that extra 50.00 kinda hurts.

Don't. Know.
14270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 03:45:44 PM

Quote from: Dafones on September 14, 2006, 03:14:33 PM

I'm Forty for the stick, twenty for the nunchuck?

Yep. That's the real kick in the teeth if you ask me.  That's way too much scratch for a controller. No doubt.

But if Zelda is out on launch looks like I'm going to be dropping nearly 400.00 on launch day.

  • Console = $250.00

  • Extra Controller(?) = 60.00

  • Zelda= 50.00

  • Wii Points = 50.00 (with free retro controller?)

  • Game X = 50.00


That's $460.00 + tax = $490.00ish.  Whoa. I'm really gonna have to think this through.

Good thing I have some reward zone certs, but man. That's some load of change.

BTW- Zelda games don't have one continuous story right? They're all new ones as will this one be, eh?
14271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 01:08:50 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 14, 2006, 12:49:56 PM

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The $250 price is disappointing, made worse by the $5-10 virtual console game price.  I was really hoping that by some miracle they'd cap the retro games at $5.  I'd pay $2-3 for R-type and $5 to (re)buy Zelda, but $10 a pop for each "premium" retro game is out of my impulse buy range.

A comment on this from QT3 seems to indicate that the pricing is tiered by system- ie approximately $5.00 for NES games (which would include Zelda presumably), $10.00 for N64 games, with SNES in between.  Sounds pretty damn fair to me. 

I wonder if a subscription based service would be better.  That way we'd be able to try games that we didn't already like.

Oh and what are Wii points? Are they the same as MS points?
14272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: September 14, 2006, 12:49:25 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 14, 2006, 08:46:49 AM

They've wanted AC/DC on both but the band wouldn't cooperate according to the official forums. 

But they'd let the gap bastardize one of their signature songs in a commercial? Red Octane must not have paid enough.

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Update to add "Hangar 18" by Megadeth   

Hanger 18 is a terrible choice from the Megadeth catalog.

14273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii game lineup video on: September 14, 2006, 12:42:10 PM
Yeah, baby!
14274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: September 14, 2006, 12:22:30 PM
PS. I'm grouchy and achey and I'm eating whatever the heck I want today.  drool
14275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: September 14, 2006, 12:15:32 PM
40 miles this week is out the window.

My wake up times the last three days due to grouchy boy:

3:11 AM + 10.4 miles
4:00 AM
3:30 AM + 1.0 miles.

Once awoken up that late in the mornign, I cannot fall asleep. I valiantly tried to run this morning, made it one mile and was completely out of gas.

Scale is not going to be my friend for a while.

If get rest tonight, I might attempt a 10er tomorrow and 15+ on sunday. Otherwise it may just be a repeat of last weekend, 13.8.

so. tired.  disgust
14276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Would you Buy the Wii for $229? on: September 14, 2006, 12:10:47 PM

Quote from: Mookee on September 14, 2006, 10:40:05 AM

Quote from: Kobra on August 22, 2006, 05:34:03 AM

The source is my buddy, who is a suit at EbGames, and if I told you his name, he'd be fired.  But he has been 100% reliable so far, so I will say I believe him..

$169.99 it is, if not, I will eat my shorts.

What do you mean "Different Versions" of Zelda?

Will the event be taped?

What kind of pants will they be? I'm suggesting parachute to ease the digestion. icon_twisted
14277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 12:02:28 PM
I don't know why people keep confusing me with Arkon. Must be the Captial A throws people off.

I'm still in at 250 and I'm not the one whose losing weight faster than should be possible. biggrin

Someone somewhere wrote that maybe the NYT is wrong on some of the details. I guess we'll find out in a bit...
14278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 10:32:48 AM

Quote from: siege on September 14, 2006, 05:09:34 AM

So $50 less than a 360? You've got to be kidding me.

For the core system that no one wants...but still you have a point. However, with the Wii you'll have a game and 2 controllers for 300.00.  Not as great as I was hoping, but not terrible.

Still kinda down about the pricepoint, but I'm all in still at this point.
14279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 09:19:03 AM
$250?  Kobra's inside man at EB is a punk   retard

199.00 is what it should have been.   crybaby

I'll still be getting one me thinks...but at that price they should have put in two controllers.

Meh.
14280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / She's back on the market!! on: September 13, 2006, 10:44:47 PM
Get the cologne ready all you single guys, Whitney Houston files for divorce!

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