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14521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Excited about Assassin's Creed on: June 12, 2006, 01:58:57 PM
Quote from: "DiscoJason"
Quote from: "ATB"


What does <3 mean?  I see it everywhere now..


Well, take a look at the shape of it and tell me if it reminds you of anything.  You might perhaps look in your lap for reference.


I sir, do not have the head of a mouse in my lap. ?!?!
14522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero = YES on: June 12, 2006, 11:31:13 AM
Quote
Guitar Hero = YES


Um. Duh?
14523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 12, 2006, 11:30:11 AM
Quote from: "Canuck"
Quote from: "ATB"


So far I'm enjoying it, but I'm not BLOWN away.  I don't know that I expected it to be


You started a countdown thread for it for gawd sakes.


Touche!

That said, I enjoy the device very much, but hmm.  Maybe it's the external circumstances of life that have changed rather than my reaction to Lite itself. Oh and did I mention that I haven't had good sleep in nearly a week.

However, it's wonderous to be playing SMB again and only now do I remember how bad I am at those games smile. Meteos is fun, if a bit confusing and I still have 2 more games to take a look at.

Overall I'd give the Lite 8 Marios after a preliminary 2 hrs.  I've not made use of wifi nor do I really understand how to use the device at this point.
14524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Excited about Assassin's Creed on: June 12, 2006, 11:26:50 AM
I really liked the trailer, but that's all I've seen.

What does <3 mean?  I see it everywhere now..
14525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 12, 2006, 02:18:28 AM
I opened up the 2nd unit. No dead pixels. I shall be returning the other one tomorrow.

So far I'm enjoying it, but I'm not BLOWN away.  I don't know that I expected it to be and the DS Lite will be a nice compliment to my usual gaming habits. Can't wait for my next business trip to carry it along with me.  W00t!
14526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 11, 2006, 03:53:03 PM
Quote from: "GGMark"
no, the Eb I go to, the guy I usually go to talk to is pretty cool.  I been going to the same store for years now.

They didnt have more than 20 in the store.

I started mine up in the car, to make sure everything was Kosher, it looked Ok, but now that I am home.  I will double check for dead pixels.  Wow that would suck.


So does that mean it's defective or is there a wear in time?
14527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 11, 2006, 03:02:11 PM
Charged up. System set up done.  Load up NSMB and what do I see?

A dead pixel on the touch screen.  It's light green.

What do I do?  Will it clear up or is this one defective?

GAAH!
14528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 11, 2006, 12:47:35 PM
W00t!

I am now the proud owner of 2 DS Lites.  The one I plan to keep is charging right now.  I purchased the 2nd just in case of:

* Other gamer need (shipped at cost + shipping) if there's a shortage
* Potential profiteering (depending how bad a shortage there is)
* Return to the store if neither of the above occurs.

Can't wait till it charges.

There were about 20 people there and all proceeded politely and orderly.  Someone said that they'd called target and they had 40 in stock so I felt comfortable buying 2.  Others did the same.

Met a very nice lady there with her 10 year old. The 10 year old was way past excited.

There was also a 16/17 year old who was volunteering information about the system, its capabilities and how EB was already oversold. Nice kid, so I let him geek out and decided not to grab any of the spotlight  Cool

Sweet!
14529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 11, 2006, 12:25:19 AM
W00t! 12 hrs.  I shall be heading home to put my new DS Lite on the charger and then running out the door to church in no time!

W00t!
14530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chronicles of Riddick. How did I miss this? on: June 10, 2006, 01:45:51 PM
I found Riddick to be one the most overrated games I've ever played.

It has some neat story elements, but it wasn't the be all and end all that everyone made it out to be.

It was a good game, but not "!!!!GREAT!!!!"
14531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 10, 2006, 01:43:56 PM
In less than 24 hrs it will be in my hands! IN MY HANDS! <lightning bolts>
14532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 09, 2006, 09:38:05 PM
Sadly, my enthusiasm has been tempered by some tough RW news...but I'm past the shock and pumped like a Reebok about the Lite again.

48 hrs from now I shall be neglecting my family to play it! w00t Tongue
14533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 09, 2006, 06:57:54 PM
2 Days suckas!

FYI- The targets around here open at 8:00 AM! I will be hitting target before church! w00t!
14534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS3: Back on the Shelf for Now on: June 09, 2006, 01:56:50 AM
New Control Scheme. New Era. New mechanics. New characters. New New Camera. New Aiming System. New blah bla blah. Too much new.  

It feels like work right now (though seeing a young Ocelot was cool), so I'm putting MGS3 back on the shelf for now.

I've replayed the entry to Dr. Sokolov so many times now that I'm too impatient to stealth my way any further.  

Maybe in a month or two.

On to God of War.
14535  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / More DS Reviews! on: June 08, 2006, 06:34:43 PM
It's what the people want!

Need a reviewer? I could take a swipe at something once my Lite is on site.

W00t.
14536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Goddamn it...I just lost my roof. [56k] on: June 08, 2006, 05:52:56 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Ive never seen an AC unit sitting on top of a house before.


Cold air sinks, dontchyaknow!
14537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Goddamn it...I just lost my roof. [56k] on: June 08, 2006, 03:13:47 PM
I remember Cave Creek rd. I lived off of Green way by Horizon High School. That ring any bells?
14538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS3: Back on the Shelf for Now on: June 08, 2006, 01:17:17 PM
Quote from: "weleavefossils"
I believe it's all or nothing..cause once you kill one person you don't get the "extras" at the end.  


Generally speaking, what are these extras?  Is it worth slogging through not killing anyone to get them?
14539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS3: Back on the Shelf for Now on: June 08, 2006, 12:01:38 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
The green frogs are an easter egg sort of thing - there is one in each section (?) of the game.


As in one per screen?  That's a lot of extra time for a camo suit. Is it like a super camo suit? Is it worth the effort?
14540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 08, 2006, 11:59:20 AM
3 more days.  Is it coincidental that this has been a slow week?  As my GT bretheren seem not to be as stoked as I am about the release of the DS Lite, the week is taking even longer.  

Random T-Minus 3 Day countdown questions:

1. It's fun to say 'Koopa Troopa' over an over <giggle>
2. Wouldn't Nintendo's Pro Wrestling be a great updated wrestling game for the DS?  I think so. Bring back all the classic characters. I think it's time for a new generation to behold the bad assness of King Slender, the subtle bad guyness of Kin Corn Karn and the absolute uselessness of Fighter Hayabusa.
3. I'm hankering to find my brother's old N64 and play Ocarina of Time.  I never made it through the whole thing...in fact I only made it about 3 hrs.  I always seem to lose my direction in Nintendo RPGs
4. I have a man crush on Mario.  How could you not?  I mean, every time I hear or say the words 'Ittsa me, Mario!' my heart lightens
5. I downloaded a trailer...yes a trailer. SSB Brawl.  It's still a great trailer. Who is MetaKnight?
6. I know already that because I'm grown with grown up responsiblities, the Nintendo rebirth into my life won't be exactly the jovial care free times that they were when I was a kid, but I'm hoping that some of the magic will be rekindled.
7. Who is Kirby and why does have his own games?
14541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Goddamn it...I just lost my roof. [56k] on: June 08, 2006, 02:06:48 AM
I'm glad to see the cinder block fences haven't gone out of style.


Oh and time to trim the shrubs! smile
14542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Goddamn it...I just lost my roof. [56k] on: June 08, 2006, 02:05:57 AM
What part of AZ.

Back when I lived in Scottsdale (late 70's to mid 80s) we NEVER had anything like that.

AL GORE WAS RIIIIIIGHT!
14543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS3: Back on the Shelf for Now on: June 08, 2006, 01:15:01 AM
Okay- thus far I'm enjoying but progress is super slow as I figure out the game.

Questions: Is it better just to kill the enemies?  I've been tranqing and choking them out, but not killing them.  When they wake up, do they immediately go on alert?  I was 90% camoed and rose to my knees with no guards around.

Suddenly I hear 'WE're under attack.' So i hit the deck and go to 90% stealth and am in 'Caution' mode. The search patrol comes around and says 'we're under enemy fire', the assualt team arrives, finds me and hi hit reset- now at this point I've fired exactly 2 tranq darts on this section of map. One at a guard who I hid well out of sight and the other at a snake.  There's no way my presense was known unless someone woke up and called hq. Tips?

What are those green frog toys that are scattered all over the map...if you shoot them they make a funny noise. Any ideas?

Is there any easy way to tell which trees you can climb?

Is there any way to tell the encumbrance value of an item when you carry it on your person?

How do you get more batteries?
14544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 07, 2006, 12:36:28 PM
So last night, to ring in T-Minus 4 days, I opened up my first DS game to be played: New Super Mario Bros.  MAN! That cartridge is small!

I inhaled deeply and smelled the glossy manual and was instantly transported back to the late 80's and early 90's.  Nintendo was back in my life after 15 +/- years.

I played some Mario Kart in college, but by and large was a PC gamer for all of the 90s through 2002.

Oh Mario, I embrace you as kin once again!
14545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 06, 2006, 09:10:57 PM
So I went ahead and bought New Super Mario Bros today.  It shall be my first DS game!
14546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Get ready for 06-06-06 on: June 06, 2006, 04:32:18 PM
Quote from: "Darren8r"


National Day of Slayer
6.6.06 isn't a date that comes around very often (once per millennium, to be exact), and while plenty of stupid horror movies and terrible albums will be released or bands that haven't been relevent for more than a decade will drum up some lame pub stunt...[/quote]
14547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 06, 2006, 03:06:42 PM
No. It's for the DS Lite, silly!
14548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 06, 2006, 11:08:31 AM
For the 5 day celebration, I'm going to discuss which game I shall fire up first on my new DS Lite (after charging of course).

Right now I have Meteos (en route, purchased used), Mario Kart and Advance Wars and though I'm interested in playing each, I don't know that any one of them will be my first foray into handheld gaming.

I'm thinking I may buy New Super Mario Brothers, but I have a big problem paying full price for any game and I missed the circuit city sale on the game by mere seconds before it went out of stock online.

However, that game seems like it would be perfect for the beautiful bright screen and new handheld goodness.  Sadly, the cost is the biggest issue. What shall I do?
14549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Videogames seized in murder investigation on: June 06, 2006, 11:05:21 AM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
I wonder if he considers games like Rumble Roses to be PORN simulators?



No, he probably just considers RR stupidly lame like the rest of us.
14550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Videogames seized in murder investigation on: June 06, 2006, 01:36:01 AM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Now this event isn't funny, but whenever Crazy Jack Thompson is involved, he's bound to say something worth laughing at.  He gave a tip to police to look for videogames after he thought the murder resembled something from GTA.

Full story is here.

...and here's the quote from Thompson that's pure comedy gold :

Quote
"Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless your a hitman or a videogamer," Thompson told the paper.

 :lol:


What there's a lot of truth to that  :shock:
14551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: MGS2. !!!WOW!!! on: June 06, 2006, 01:35:05 AM
You guys weren't kidding.  Man, it's a whole new ballgame.

I like the new innovations, but I hate that first person view is now mapped to the R1 instead of the L1.  Maybe that will make it easier.

Otherwise, I'd say that this indeed is a steep learning curve over the previous two (though I still hit the wrong buttons all the time in MGS2).

I'm 1.5 hrs in and have just encountered my first enemy troop (i listened to EVERYTHING anyone had to say) just in time to shut it off so my wife could watch apprentice. Tongue  Here's to tomorrow!
14552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: MGS2. !!!WOW!!! on: June 05, 2006, 12:26:11 PM
Quote
Also, hope that you are playing the Subsistance re-release.


Yep!

Quote
i mean...really out of it


It did get a little preachy, but I loved the interactions between Solidus and Jack.  The final battle was great too.
14553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 05, 2006, 12:23:21 PM
Let's chat about colors to ring in T-minus 6 days.

I usually like cool colors on my stuff- and more often than not, I like dark colors- black, navy blue, hunter green, blah blah blah...but as I've gotten older and more um, practical, I find that dark colored stuff is a pain in teh tuckus.

For example: I used to have an umbrella that was black.  If I was to ever do a quick visual search for it in my closet or on the floorboards of my car I could never see it.  Ditto my walkman or any other old electronic thing.

Now I have a nice yellow umbrella that sticks out against dark backgrounds and is easily visible. I have a fire engine red mp3 player that is easy to spot in the bottom of my computer bag....and that's why I will be getting the stark white DS.

If I get a black one or a blue one or a whatever one, I'll never be able to find it. With a bright white one, I shall be able to see it in my car, my bag, in drawers, in pockets, in my dog's belly, etc.

Vive Polar White!
14554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: MGS2. !!!WOW!!! on: June 05, 2006, 02:07:43 AM
Yep, there's another thread, but I just finished it and wanted a new one.

Masterful storytelling at its best.

Excelelnt character development

Amazing plot twists

Amazing plot twists

Well thought out storylines that converge magnificently.

Excellent drama

Amazing emotional manipulation of the player (I got chills at one point)

Fabulous.

MGS2 is a true masterpiece.

Good variety in the gameplay (sniper missions, sneaking, boss battles, sword fights, naked sneaking (!))

All around awesome.  I have three all set to go and may fire it up tomorrow.
14555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 04, 2006, 09:11:44 PM
Actually less, but I'm not going to be tracking hours.  And some of you lucky schlubs already have it...but for the rest of us:

Whose jumping into the handheld market for the first time?  

Whose upgrading from a DS/PSP to a DS Lite?

For those of you in the first category, what purchases have you made in preparation for your new toy?

I'll start!  biggrin

As mentioned somewhere, this will be my first handheld gaming system in 25 years.  I'm thrilled beyond all get out and it was pretty much New Super Mario Brothers that pushed me over the edge- that and needing an easy way to get a gaming fix when the TV is occupied of when I'm on a trip.

I have spent mucho dinero already on the DS:

The system  (116.00 at Overstock), a 10.00 case, 4 games (Meteos, Mario Kart, Advance Wars and Phoenix Wright (re-issue preorder <4 of em>).  Other things I might want to buy are screen protectors as it seems lots of people recommend them, Castlevania, New Super Mario Brothers (natch) and some of the other quirky games like Brain Age and Big Brain Academy and Kirby: Cursed Canvas).  All of it mostly financed by the selling of old games.

I'm most excited about the features of the DS including wifi- I'll need players to house me on MK in the coming days- as well as being back in touch with my Nintendo side for the first time since the NES.

I'm super excited and it's neat to be able to buy my second console in a year (PS2 in March) and feel like a gaming N00b with all of the requisite excitement that comes with it.  Now I've got to not go overboard and somehow save up some cash for the Wii.

Anyhew-  Can't wait!
14556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying KotOR II (paging Starshifter & ATB) on: June 04, 2006, 08:04:00 PM
Well for me it has been 18 months since I finished it....the details are shady at this point...
14557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying KotOR II (paging Starshifter & ATB) on: June 03, 2006, 11:46:59 PM
I played through 3/4 of the game as a good character, started over and made an uber bad to the bone sith lord.  The Dark Side is much easier to play imo because the force powers are much more powerful.

Force Lightning is a must.  It kicks butt.

Max out on the lightsaber abilities too (throw for example) to balance out your lack of physical strength (as you'll be putting most of your points into wisdom).

There's another power that paralyzes people. It's  a must too as it gives you a total advantage.

Kill everything and everyone you can cause the further you get along on the dark side the better your casting ability (less force pts).


As for armor, i have no idea.  Once you get along on the dark side path, you're pretty much untouchable....at least my guy was.

Starshifter will be glad to know that I've recently sold both my KOTOR games as, well, there's no going back :p
14558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Top 10 Headline Predictions for 2007? on: June 02, 2006, 02:04:25 AM
A: Wii Firmly in 2nd place with # of systems sold.  360's lead evaporating.
14559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS2: Sons of Liberty... I tried on: June 01, 2006, 05:59:56 PM
Man! I just hit an awesome part of the story again involving Vamp.  Wow!  I'm loving this game.
14560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Target and Walmart Break DS Lite Street Date on: June 01, 2006, 04:20:47 PM
Final word apparently is that the getting was good but now retailers have caught up.

No more until the 11th.
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