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14681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Time Magazine confirms multiple Wii titles on: May 08, 2006, 02:01:11 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
It will probabily do ok, because of it's (hopefully) low price.....but the name and the "Look at me! I'm a dork!" factor of this system is what will really hurt it.


Put it in the book, Vito, but I'm calling nonsense on that. Wii is going to be huge.

As for the continued argumentation that it will be 3rd, so what?  MS and Sony are reshovelling the same stuff over and over and as anyone can tell you the biggest game sellers are sequels to established franchises.

Does this mean that Wii will be the BG&E of consoles? I don't think it does.  People are ready for something different. I know I am.
14682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Books Read in 2006 (Keep it Updated) on: May 08, 2006, 12:44:57 PM
I'm not through it, but am almost half way: The Three Muskateers.  Written in 1840, I somehow, in my travels, landed a complete and unabridged version at Walmart for 50 cents.

It's simply brilliant.
14683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 08, 2006, 12:43:35 PM
Naturally, i saw the couple first. But had no trouble finding the dolphins after reading the spoiler.

So does that make me corrupt, but repentant? slywink
14684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mercenaries 2 a PS3 exclusive? on: May 07, 2006, 10:05:05 PM
Mercs was a fine game, but not superlative.

It got so repetitive and I didn't think there was enough mission variety.  Also, there weren't enough cutscenes nor was there enough use of the marvelous voice talent.

Perhaps they'll improve it.  Seeing it with next gen graphics should make it cool.
14685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A Proposition on: May 06, 2006, 01:53:35 AM
Cross Posted from Bovine Conspiracy and Octopus Overlords

On May 17, registration for the Marine Corps Marathon opens.  It's no longer lottery based entry, it's first come first served.

Let us all, BC, GT and OO come together with a common goal: 26.2 miles.

For those who've been around, I trained for and completed the MCM in 2003.  3 years later, I'm 30 lbs over my marathon weight (10 over my pre marathon weight) and am anxious to conquer it again- only this time as a foundation for lifestyle change.

It's May.  The training plan is 18 weeks.  I used it from couch to marathon in 2003 and plan to do it again.  As of this writing, we have 25 weeks to get ready for the October 29 event.

If the concept of running 26.2 miles is beyond you right now, it won't be after a few weeks of training. Trust me.

My bad knees be damned.  I plan to overcome and do it again.  

Whose with me?
14686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Getting 5.1 sound out of your PS2? on: May 05, 2006, 09:33:41 PM
NOpe. It's not coming through as 5.1 for the cut scenes either. frown
14687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Getting 5.1 sound out of your PS2? on: May 05, 2006, 03:22:23 PM
Well that's kinda lame.

I'll have to check if, indeed, it kicks to 5.1 on the cuts.

Thanks!
14688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Getting 5.1 sound out of your PS2? on: May 05, 2006, 01:46:27 PM
So I'm playing Shadow Hearts: Covenant and in the audio options is the choice of stero, mono, and 5.1 digital.

I selected 5.1 and have made sure that in the sys config, optical sound is turned on.  I have an optical cable running from the back of the PS2 to my receiver.

However, as the sound from the PS2 plays through my converter, it is not being picked up as 5.1, rather, the receiver is is staying in the default '6 channel stereo' mode.

Any thoughts on how to fix this?
14689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: May 05, 2006, 12:39:33 PM
If they don't put in a better practice mode, I'm gonna be bitter and may end up skipping the sequel.

Hard is still too hard for me and as there's no way for me to practice Hammer ons and Pull offs except in the middle of the song, I don't see myself getting better.

Please please please.

Edit: As for the songs, I think they could have done a better Black Sabbath song.  Maybe they're only sticking with Ozzy BS, but try to tell me that Mob Rules wouldn't be a much more killer BS song than War Pigs.

I like 'You really Got me' but don't recognize any of the others.  What?! No AC/DC?
14690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How long can you stay conscious after being decapitated? on: May 04, 2006, 10:12:53 PM
Bah. If you're concious, your brain is so overwhelmed with pain that it's probably not 'true conciousness' rather than an involuntary reaction to the overwhelming nerve chatter.

Next time I happen across a beheading, I shall ask the unfortunate party, immediately after the event, "Quickly! What is 2+2?"  Anyone should, if they are truly concious, be able to answer that one.

I'll report my findings back here.
14691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite - Out in US June 11th - (for $129) on: May 04, 2006, 08:06:26 PM
Every time you post, I think you're someone else...someone disturbed.

Thanks for the heads up.

Any news on when other colors are arriving?
14692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Attention female gamers! Atari wants to hear your opinions! on: May 04, 2006, 08:05:03 PM
I am MAAAAAN, baby!
14693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite - Out in US June 11th - (for $129) on: May 04, 2006, 06:33:34 PM
Any reason to wait for another color to come along?
14694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What did you say my sweet 360? on: May 04, 2006, 06:32:32 PM
There was a guy back on GG who, for whatever reason, had been tracking every minute of every game he had ever played.

I'd like to find him and see what some of his biggest/best numbers were are.

Hmm. I wonder who that was...
14695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How fast is your internet connection? on: May 04, 2006, 03:39:11 PM
Can someone tell me why upload speed is so much slower?

Seattle:

Download Speed: 4807 kbps (600.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 356 kbps (44.5 KB/sec transfer rate)

Washington:

Download Speed: 4805 kbps (600.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 360 kbps (45 KB/sec transfer rate)

Texas:

Download Speed: 4813 kbps (601.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 359 kbps (44.9 KB/sec transfer rate)

Pretty consistent.
14696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mario - new moves, new powerups on: May 04, 2006, 02:18:52 PM
How is it that this thread isn't 600 pages long?  This is all we should be talking about.
14697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Nervous] Drifting away from Console Games... on: May 04, 2006, 02:18:12 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Quote
Oh and if  this  doesn't make you giddy with gaming delight then you may really be in trouble Wink.

I've never understood how jumping around on flowers with a short italian plumber is fun for anyone!

 


Ban him!
14698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 1,200 LB man...put down the Twinkies on: May 04, 2006, 01:26:15 PM
I wash maself with a rag on a stick.

14699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Nervous] Drifting away from Console Games... on: May 04, 2006, 01:23:56 PM
Oh and if this doesn't make you giddy with gaming delight then you may really be in trouble slywink.
14700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Nervous] Drifting away from Console Games... on: May 03, 2006, 05:21:58 PM
It happens, amigo!

I went 13 solid weeks- edit: which is the longest dry spell ever for me-  with no gaming whatsoever, but I'm back now and in full effect.

I think all gamers go through phases where there's nothing appealing to spend time with.

I'd tell you to go back and play KOTOR II again, but...you know.
14701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Canceled OXM on: May 03, 2006, 03:54:28 PM
Got my refund check of 14.55 last week.  This week Issue 58 arrived.  

Bonus!...or not as now I'll have to read through it's limp, vapid pages in hopes that something in the content contains balance and or interesting information

.
14702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Confirmed list of 360 games at E3??? on: May 03, 2006, 03:19:26 PM
And you sig is way too big, too. :cry:
14703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mario - new moves, new powerups on: May 03, 2006, 03:13:50 PM
Ok Ok. Maybe I'm being irrational here, but I'm officially pumped beyond reckoning about this.

Why oh why did I click this topic?
14704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mario - new moves, new powerups on: May 03, 2006, 03:08:28 PM
I never thought I'd say this about a single game, but that may be a system seller for me.

Yowza!
14705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mario - new moves, new powerups on: May 03, 2006, 03:03:59 PM
Gah. I just installed flash 8 and i"m still getting the this site requires flash 8 screen.

smbdy help!
14706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Booth Babe photos on: May 02, 2006, 07:31:40 PM
No and I know.  It was an optimistic if foolhardy thing to say, was it not?
14707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 02, 2006, 03:00:01 PM
And that's what makes this one so amazing.

Watterson was always very thoughtful and very headsy. I bet, given the current climate of dope up any kid with too much energy, he'd admire the sentiment (if not the fact that its an illegal replica).

It's a really strong strip if you were a fan of C&H because it is SO appropos given today's attitudes toward 'HDD/AD' and realistically what probably would have happened to Calvin had he been a real boy.

Very moving.
14708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / You need a component Switch Box? I got yours right here. on: May 02, 2006, 01:10:14 PM
THE PRICE!

What is the PRICE!?
14709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Booth Babe photos on: May 02, 2006, 12:47:50 PM
Quote from: "pr0ner"
Quote from: "ATB"
Please. No.


Umm, why?


Because it confirms that many gamers are desperate losers who gawk longingly at women who will never have anything to do with them.

It's about the games, man. THE GAMES!
14710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: POP:TTT on: May 02, 2006, 10:01:57 AM
Well, I started this game a LONG time ago and since I began it I have been wholly consumed by PS2 for my gaming time.  Finishing Devil May Cry seemed like as good a spot as any to revisit it since I was about 90% of the way through anyhow.

I've Loved POP:TTT and I've hated POP:TTT, but overall my initial impressions were correct.  It's a fabulous game, with great pacing and story elements and as always some amazing platforming.

I was a bit disappointed in the ending, but it ended as one could have presumed.  I would like to have seen

Spoiler for Hiden:
the story somehow end back at the very beginning where the Prince is standing before the hour glass and chooses not to obey the vizier and thusly the whole series would never have happened.  this would have all happened using the original graphics engine to really contrast the times before the SoT and the times that had happened during and since. However, it was clever, but again not wholly unexpected, that it ended with him running through the forest on his way to talk to Farah for the first time.  Not quite the effect of the ending of the first one, but...good


My inclination is to give it an A, but had I not had the PS2 diversion and thus played it straight through rather than take almost 4 months with it, it would still get an A+ so that's what I will give it.

I hope that there will indeed be a new story arc, perhaps long before the SoT storyline- perhaps it could be set in the battles prior to conquering Farah's kingdom....or it could happen after TTT and be more of a re-establishing Babyon story.

Either way, it definitely gets a reccomend from me.
14711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 02, 2006, 01:06:17 AM
Quote from: "lildrgn"
Quote from: "Biyobi"
Quote from: "ATB"
Quote from: "Andrew Wonser"


Wow.  That is just heartbreaking.  I feel like I've been punched in the gut.

frown frown frown :cry:

No kidding.  +1


I can't say that I get it.

Either Hobbes is propositioning Calvin

or

Calvin is on drugs

or

Hobbes is just sitting there being a stuffed animal and there is no communication between the two.

What am I missing?


He's been put on ritalin and is no longer able to sustain his imagination, thus hobbes has become just a stuffed tiger.
14712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A Day Without Immigrants on: May 01, 2006, 08:51:42 PM
Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
Quote from: "msduncan"
Uhh... if they are illegal they shouldn't be in our schools at all unless their parents have a permit to be here.


Of course, you're aware that children born in the United States are automatically considered citizens of this country regardless of the immigration status of their parents.

That means you're assuming that the Hispanic students rallying here in Connecticut are all illegal immigrants themselves.  I'll ask you the same question I asked Graham: what is the basis for that belief?

-Autistic Angel


And this point makes for great difficulty: send back the illegal parents and who will care for the citizen children?

That's why a gradual 'grandfathering' of citizenship needs to occur.  They still have to do the right thing- sign up blah blah and take the tests, but they aren't granted immediate citizenship or expelled.
14713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: Devil May Cry- Questions abound! on: May 01, 2006, 07:01:28 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
I enjoyed the game when I first started it, but between one boss battle and constantly fighting guys "off" the screen I quit.  Are the newer ones any better in this regard?


I never really had to fight guys off screen.  Arkon, if you move the analog stick, Dante will move in that direction. slywink
14714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Booth Babe photos on: May 01, 2006, 06:29:10 PM
Please. No.
14715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A Day Without Immigrants on: May 01, 2006, 06:28:40 PM
As I said earlier, I don't know what the solution is. i don't think blanket immunity shoudl be given nor do I think all fo them should be deported.
14716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A Day Without Immigrants on: May 01, 2006, 05:25:32 PM
Quote from: "hepcat"
Quote
Not only have you overcome that, but now you have insensitive and spoiled American 'patriots' who have had everything in their lives handed to them (yet still bitch)  


it's good to see that bigotry can come from anywhere.  it truly is universal, don't you think?


Indeed except that I am one of those spoiled American patriots.  I'm just on the other side of this argument.

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They are committing a crime.


I'll bet the process for getting in is like all things beauracratic and in need of fine tuning to improve efficiency.  If you're kid is starving to death, are you going to wait a year for 12 levels of government workers to look at your paperwork only to have it voided because you forgot to put an x somewhere?
14717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A Day Without Immigrants on: May 01, 2006, 04:56:49 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
Quote
Y'know what? I'm sorry, you walk out of school / work? Fire 'em. Suspend 'em.


You think the penalty for missing one day of school should be to miss *more* days of school?

-Autistic Angel


If they don't want to be there?  Kick 'em out, let 'em live with bad jobs for the rest of their lives.


You're a real humanitarian.

Remember you had nothing to do with where you were born.  Imagine you're in mexico and your family can't make it on what you're paid so you risk your life and go to a country where you don't know the language so that you can earn a few bucks to support your wife and children.  

Not only have you overcome that, but now you have insensitive and spoiled American 'patriots' who have had everything in their lives handed to them (yet still bitch) saying you should get out of 'their' country cause you happened to have been born in the wrong place.

I don't know what the solution is, but brandishing the us vs them mentality is done in complete ignorance.

If I were in their situation, I would do the same daggon thing.
14718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: Devil May Cry- Questions abound! on: May 01, 2006, 01:45:08 PM
Sounds completely unrelated to anything in one.

Oh well.
14719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: Devil May Cry- Questions abound! on: May 01, 2006, 01:34:01 PM
never mind. found it!
14720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: Devil May Cry- Questions abound! on: May 01, 2006, 12:16:10 PM
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On every single HTML page of GameFAQs is the following request:
Feel free to link to this page, but not directly to the FAQs..
You're seeing this error message because it appears that you're linking from an external site directly to one of the text files stored at GameFAQs. GameFAQs is not a free public file server. Bandwidth costs money, and when sites link directly to files stored on the site, it becomes both a financial and resource drain. We've tried asking, but some sites simply don't care, so now we've implemented a technical solution.


If you could tell me which guide you used, I'll check it out. Thanks!
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