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3361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity DVD out the 20th! on: December 14, 2005, 02:53:47 PM
Joss Whedon has said in interviews -- one of which appears on the Serenity DVD itself -- that he put out the very best movie he could and had no intention of releasing any "Director's Cut" of the film.  It's possible that on some future project, due to time restraints or interference from the studio, he might want to issue a Director's Cut of something, but he intensely dislikes the practice of changing a finished, published work in any way.

I can't guarantee whether or not Universal would ever decide to reissue another edition of the Serenity DVD, but if that ever happens, it won't include any changes to the film itself.

-Autistic Angel
3362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy IV Advance [gba] on: December 13, 2005, 06:57:01 PM
3363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hammer & Sickle Demo on: December 13, 2005, 06:46:49 PM
My local Electronics Boutique had a few copies of Hammer & Sickle available.

-Autistic Angel
3364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 'Silent Storm Gold' Available...Where? on: December 13, 2005, 06:45:21 PM
Does anyone know of any brick & mortar stores which are carrying Silent Storm Gold?  Electronics Boutique and GameStop both seem to disavow any knowledge of this package, and although my local EB had copies of Spellforce Gold, Gothic II Gold, and The Guild Gold on the shelves, but nothing for Silent Storm.

Does anyone have any tips on where I could pick up this package?

-Autistic Angel
3365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends 2 (RoA) - Ruined by Mikhail battle on: December 12, 2005, 12:14:11 AM
I've been playing X-Men Legends II over X-Box Live! with a friend, and we beat Mikhail without any problem at all.  For the record, we've been using Colossus, Nightcrawler, Cyclops, and Jean Grey pretty much exclusively since the beginning of the game.  (We started with Iceman in place of Jean Grey, but while Iceman was a superlative support character in the first X-Men Legends, he seems much more like an all-purpose fighter in the sequel.)

Those boss fights are typically multi-stage -- is there a specific segment you're having a lot of trouble with?  Maybe we could help out with some tips....

-Autistic Angel
3366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hammer & Sickle Demo on: December 10, 2005, 10:12:45 PM
Dave didn't like H&S, but we'd like to hear more of why you did. I don't think Dave is dumb for not liking it, its just his preference.

I like the fact that Dave panned Hammer & Sickle for being so rife with bugs that he found it completely unplayable, and the low score is classified as a "preference."

-Autistic Angel
3367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Dilemma on: December 10, 2005, 05:14:43 PM
If someone I knew were making me that offer, I would take it.  I have no expectation of finding an X-Box 360 for myself before next year, and considering the prices I would have to pay most sources to fix that, $100 over retail is pretty reasonable.

-Autistic Angel
3368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Updated Backwards Compatability List on: December 09, 2005, 09:50:40 PM
I'll be interested to hear if any current or upcoming emulator updates fix the widely reported slowdown problems in Ninja Gaiden: Black.  I'm operating solely on what I've read from other people, but a lot of people have complained about a choppy, unplayable framerate in that game.

Any inability to play Ninja Gaiden on the X-Box 360 will ensure that I buy a brand-new X-Box before they go out of production.  (My system's Thompson drive is making some nasty sounds and isn't long for this world....)

-Autistic Angel
3369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 12/06/05 on: December 08, 2005, 04:20:07 PM
I'll definitely be picking up the second season of Gargoyles.

-Autistic Angel
3370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gizmondo RULES!!!!! on: December 07, 2005, 06:29:18 PM
Oh, I never mistook it for a serious advertisment.  That would have been hard to do with a line like, "...why not pick up an obscure system that no one has heard about or seen!!!!"

The overly enthusiastic pitch about the features of a poorly marketed system just reminded me of those Nokia "special forces" people (or whatever they were called).

-Autistic Angel
3371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gizmondo RULES!!!!! on: December 07, 2005, 04:19:29 PM
Wasn't Nokia doing something at one point where people were trained to annoy the hell out of other people on the street about why they should go buy themselves an nGage?  Maybe this is like the internet version of that?

-Autistic Angel
3372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 07, 2005, 01:25:48 AM
Does anybody know if there are still K.K. Tunes in the game, or will we have to wait until Saturday night to find out?

-Autistic Angel
3373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / POLL: XBOX 360 - Report problems or lack thereof on: December 03, 2005, 08:11:15 PM
For the few people who might not be aware, it seems like a good number of people have solved lockup and crashing problems by making sure the 360's power brick is properly ventillated.  If you're having trouble with your unit, try elevating the power supply, perhaps even using a string to suspend it in mid-air so it can use its entire surface area for cooling.

-Autistic Angel
3374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] 'second shipment' = Absolutely Nothing on: December 02, 2005, 02:48:37 PM
Now if we could just get him to admit his intention to marry a carrot....

I think it is a big plan by MS to keep demand for the 360 very very high not just through Christmas but until the PS3 comes out.

That seems like an awfully risky plan to me.  The original X-Box was launched significantly after the PlayStation 2, and the more powerful hardware typically assured that multiplatform game looked and played better  on the X-Box.  It seems to me that this time around, Sony has a chance to reverse that trend by using the extra development time to ensure their system is more powerful and designer-friendly than the 360.

Microsoft's best strategy is to establish as large of an installed user base as they possibly can over the next year -- that's the whole point of being first on the scene.  The fact that the hardware shortages are severely limiting sales of the system makes me think that this situation is more the result of incompetence than some stroke of machiavellian brilliance.

-Autistic Angel
3375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] 'second shipment' = Absolutely Nothing on: December 02, 2005, 02:10:59 AM
In addition to my listing in Purge's Seeking 360 List, I've been doing my own legwork to see if I can save someone else the trouble.  Despite scattered reports in my area that Wal*Mart and Best Buy have received their second shipments, I couldn't find one to save my life.  Some of the sales representatives have gone so far as to say, "We're not going to be getting any in at all; we don't carry that any more."  I've also had to give up on phoning around since, no matter how politely I phrase the question, I'm usually given a terse, "Out of stock!" and then swiftly hung up on.

The part that's really starting to bother me is that when these stores *are* getting new stock in, there are still people who are successfully buying two, three, four 360 units and then turning around to sell them on E*Bay.  I get that people recognize a hot commodity when they see it and are taking advantage of the situation, but when someone who was desperately seeking a 360 for themselves suddenly posts that they found not only one, but also five more they can sell for a profit, it's extremely frustrating.

Unless some kindhearted people decide to give up a potential profit in order to fill some of the Christmas wishes in Purge's thread, I don't have any hope of finding a 360 for a good long time. frown

-Autistic Angel
3376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tonight's 'Lost' spoilers on: December 01, 2005, 10:36:38 PM
In fact, there is NO mention of anything 'bad' as far as the incident was concerned. He says there "was an incident, and since that time the following protocol has been observed"- where is the mention of anything 'bad'? They could have changed the protocol because 'the incident' showed them that they had overlooked a flaw in the system and needed to fix it to protect the validity/credibility of their experiment- nothing 'bad' about that.

Here is a transcript of the part in question, typed from the original film in Episode 203: "Orientation."  The emphasis shown reflects Francois Chou's tone of voice -- you can see the video for yourself here.

You and your partner are currently located at Station Three, or "The Swan," and will be for the next five hundred and forty days.  Station Three was originally constructed as a laboratory where scientists could work to understand the unique electromagnetic fluctuations emanating from this sector of the island.

Not long after the experiments began, however, there incident...and since that time, the following protocol has been observed:

Everyone one hundred and eight minutes, the button must be pushed.  From the moment the alarm sounds, you will have four minutes to enter the code into the microcomputer process-

[film skip]

-duction into the program.  When the alarm sounds, either you or your partner must input the code.  It is highly recommended that you and your partner take alternating shifts.  In this manner, you will both stay as fresh and alert-

[film skip]

-utmost importance that when the alarm sounds, the code be entered correctly, and in a timely fashion.  And do not attempt to use the computer for anyth-

[film skip]

Congratulations.  Until your replacements arrive, the future of the project is in your hands.  On behalf of the DeGrutes, Alvar Hanso, and all of us at The Dharma Initiative: thank you, namaste, and good luck.

Although Francois Chou's character does not explicitly say, "...or else something horrible will happen," it definitely sounds to me like a fairly dire warning about the consequences of not maintaining the status quo.

-Autistic Angel
3377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tonight's 'Lost' spoilers on: December 01, 2005, 05:48:16 PM
As Mike himself said, the only reason they are pushing the button is because they believe it's necessary due to what Desmond told them, and what Desmond told them is based on that movie(or what his partner told him, but the partner is motivated by the same movie so it's the same thing). Now here's the key part- There is NO mention in the movie about any bad ramification to not pushing the button! None, zero, zilch. It just says that the experiment or whatever is in their hands.

The original movie alludes to an "incident" which was bad enough that, in order to prevent a reoccurrence, the 108-minute timer and number code needed to be introduced.  The reasoning behind this, like everything else in the film, is incredibly vague, but the implication is that something bad happens if they don't maintain the system.

Consider this: even if the only consequence of letting the timer lapse is that the facility shuts down, the survivors would still be losing a source of electricity.  The timer doesn't have to destroy the world for the consequences to be bad for the people on the island.

In fact, because they believed pushing that button was so important, logic would indicate that the FIRST thing they(Locke & Co) would do is train EVERYONE on how to enter those numbers. So that if anyone was sick, died, or unavailable for some reason, those numbers would still be pushed.

But because they showed us Locke having to explain it all to Mike, we see that apparently they haven't told anyone beyond their inner circle and have been keeping it on a 'need to know' basis, which makes absolutely no sense. Especially since they let a unknown newbie like Eko wander around freely, even around their weapons. If Eko was allowed free hatch access immediately, why haven't all their original co-survivors been brought up to speed?

Just because Michael didn't know about the button until he spoke with Locke, I wouldn't infer that nobody else knows about it.   Locke explained in this episode that he'd set up a series of six-hour, two-person shifts to press the button, and that "everybody" is on the schedule.  I didn't take that statement to be limited to the series main cast -- if it were a secret, he would have specified who did or did not know about the button.

When the discovery of the hatch was being kept a secret, Locke explicitly told Boone (and the audience) that nobody else was to know about it.  When Kate discovered Sun could speak English, Sun explicitly asked her to keep the secret from everybody else.  This show is pretty good about making it clear who is privvy to what information, so unless we hear otherwise, I think its safe to say that all of the survivors know about the button.

-Autistic Angel
3378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tonight's 'Lost' spoilers on: December 01, 2005, 04:37:56 PM
First off, because there was onscreen acknowledgement of certain issues. Such as Mike pointing out there was no reason to keep pushing the button....

They're trapped on an island where compasses don't work, invisible monsters tear trees out of the ground by their roots, two unrelated inhabitants (Danielle and Desmond) rant about a mysterious illness whose only cure is a gunshot to the head, entire seventeenth-century slave galleons can be found intact in the middle of the jungle, and a tribe of barbaric "Others" sweep out of the wilderness every once in a while and drag people away forever.

What exactly makes you so sure that there's no reason to keep pushing the button?

edit: oh yeah two other things: As per usual, we find out no one has been telling anyone anything. Mike is all over that bunker, finding blast doors no one else saw, but never asked or was told about those numbers ticking down?

Michael did speak to Locke about the computer console and the timer, which was why he started examining all the other equipment in the room.  The conversation probably could have gone on another five minutes as Locke provided a detailed on-screen explanation of everything that had happened in the first three episodes of this season, but then people would be complaining that they wasted too much time on recapping things the audience already knows.

-Autistic Angel
3379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] Bush says "Not leaving" on: December 01, 2005, 02:08:50 AM
Once the Bush administration was forced to admit that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, no involvement in 9/11, and no ties to al Qaeda, the mission in Iraq was revealed to be an attempt at nation building: taking an area of deep ethnic and religious divisions and establishing a peaceful representative democracy.  In order to do this, the United States must train and supply enough Iraqi troops that they can maintain the current level of "peace" and defend the government we've created after we leave.

Democrats have asked how many Iraqi troops will be required, but the Bush administration won't answer.

Democrats have asked how long it takes to train a battalion of Iraqi troops to "Level 1" operational status, but the Bush administration won't answer.

Democrats have asked how many Iraqi battalions we're training at a time, trying to determine how many could potentially be ready "soon," but the Bush administration won't answer.

During sworn testimony in front of Congress, General George Casey testified that the number of "Level 1" Iraqi battalions has gone from three to one in the last few months.  Considering that this is the closest thing we have to measure our progess in Iraq, we know that we've lost 66% of the progress we've made in the last 2.5 years.

By every standard, the War in Iraq is a tremendous failure so far: two thousand American servicemen killed in action, scores more *seriously* wounded with life-changing injuries, and absolutely no idea of where we stand, where we're headed, or how long it will take to get there.  The failures in the planning and execution of this operation on every level, from failing to establish order in the weeks after the invasion to the lack of body armor and ammunition for troops on the front lines, are on a scale so epic that it may take decades to fully grasp the level of incompetence at work.

Unfortunately, pulling out is not an option.  For better or worse, Iraq is our responsibility now, and we don't get to abandon it just because Paul Wolfowitz's predictions of flowers and chocolates didn't come true.  We *desperately* need a new strategy, increased participation from other nations, a massive increase in the number troops on the ground to establish order, and a set of measureable goals we can begin to work towards, but shattering this country and leaving its people for dead is not a choice we can make.

-Autistic Angel
3380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 06:39:55 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
I sense much anger in this thread...

Speaking for myself, I'm disappointed in the situation, but I follow the political situation here in the United States much too closely to have anger left over for a videogame console shortage.  Let me know when people are using E*Bay to profit off of insulin shortages.  smile

That said, I wouldn't judge people too harshly for voicing their frustration.  If I'd been given a free X-Box 360 and then successfully turned around and sold my extra unit for a good profit, I'd probably feel pretty satisfied with the launch, too.

-Autistic Angel
3381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 04:33:22 PM
SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS: They are losing all the launch day hype and quick software sales. Now people will pick up their 360 preorder in 2006 and grumble and MAYBE buy one or two titles, instead of happily buying 4.

Whenever it is that I receive an X-Box 360, I intend to buy Kameo, Project Gotham Racing 3, and Perfect Dark Zero...unless, of course, there are other, newer games out at the time that pique my interest.  Since I know I'm not alone in my predicament, I have to conclude that some of these software developers will be genuinely hurt by limited sales due to hardware shortages.

-Autistic Angel
3382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Canadian Government Toppled on: November 29, 2005, 03:37:03 AM
Oh no!

-Autistic Angel
3383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PC Gamer mag on: November 28, 2005, 03:00:57 PM
In the span of that article, TheVede promises that the magazine has been redesigned to be a million times better than it's ever been before, but instead of going into any details at all, he procedes to squander most of his space in contemplation over the power of orange construction cones on the highway.

Is that really a sign that PC Gamer is now the best, most relevant gaming magazine I've *ever* read?

-Autistic Angel
3384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forget 360, may get PS2 to play Shadow of the Colossus! on: November 28, 2005, 02:53:28 PM
As best as I can tell, Hetz and DiamondDecision came to an understanding and set their differences aside about halfway down Page 1 of this thread.  Why are so many people determined to keep slamming Hetz about this thread, and who do they think they're helping by trying to provoke some big confrontation here?

-Autistic Angel
3385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would anyone recomend Kameo? on: November 26, 2005, 01:05:43 AM
No, you haven't.

-Autistic Angel
3386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would anyone recomend Kameo? on: November 25, 2005, 10:23:30 PM
I haven't played Kameo, but I find that I tend to use Up = Up controls for console games, and Up = Down controls for PC games.  It's just how I was raised.

-Autistic Angel
3387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST? More like SUCK. on: November 25, 2005, 10:20:23 PM
One of the things that I think has a big affect on my enjoyment of Lost is the way I'll avoid spoilers of any kind, including previews and commercials for the next upcoming episode.  I've taken this approach with every show I watch this season (Supernatural, Grey's Anatomy, Alias, Boston Legal, Smallville, etc.) and I find them all a lot more engaging to watch when I have absolutely no idea what the episode will be about.

On that note, I enjoyed this week's episode of Lost and would continue to rank it as one of my favorite television series.

I'm not sure that the writers are trying to soften Ana Lucia's character so much as looking to offer an explanation for why she acts like such a horrible human being.  Either way, I have no problem with an obnoxious or dislikeable character so long as the other characters react to her in a believable way, and this episode finally saw that happen.

Also, I found Locke's first encounter with Mr. Eko immensely satisfying.  I want to be very clear that I'm not being sarcastic -- I thought their exchange was *perfect.*  biggrin

I'm beginning to wonder if the writers feel they've taken Kate's backstory as far as it can go, or if they're planning to bring her back to the forefront during the last half of this season.  She remains one of the most enigmatic characters to me -- I don't trust her at *all* -- and I hope we'll get to see more of her flashbacks.

Regarding the end of his last episode:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I was tearing up when Jin and Sun were finally reunited.  Rose and Bernard are a nice couple, but I am *so* into the Kwon backstory that seeing them back together really got me.  :oops:

-Autistic Angel
3388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the year so far - 2005 PC edition on: November 24, 2005, 07:45:18 PM
Yes, we've all played bad games, but rare is the game which actually makes you feel personally deceived and physically angry.  MOO3 for teh win!!!

-Autistic Angel
3389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the year so far - 2005 PC edition on: November 24, 2005, 07:06:30 AM
GameSpot recently inducted the original Master of Orion to their Greatest Games of All Time list.

Quote from: "GameSpot"
Master of Orion III, on the other hand, is akin to the Heaven's Gate of PC strategy gaming. It arrived in 2003 after much development and to greater anticipation, only to dash all the hopes of fans and gamers alike with incomprehensibly bad and busted gameplay. Even after it was supposedly patched, the bizarre design decisions that went into that game make you wonder about the sanity of the people responsible for it.

I couldn't have said it better myself.  That's right: the most God-awful, Obnoxious, Annoying, and Terrible game of 2005 is 2003's:

-Autistic Angel
3390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gaming and HD: N00b Questions on: November 24, 2005, 02:40:43 AM
I will be on the market in the next 60-90 days for a 32-37 inch tv. Right now I'm leaning toward LCD...

I think LCD is the superior choice for gaming.  You hear a lot about people gaming on huge plasma screens, but I've read too much about permenant burn-in problems for me to ever feel comfortable gaming on one myself.

Anyhoo- You see HD ready sets and those with HD built in. As best as I can surmise, the former means that you need an HD 'converter' to get an HD picture.

HD-Ready sets are capable of displaying any high-definition signal they're fed, but do not have a converter of their own built-in.  This means that in order to watch high-definition television, you would have to have an external converter box.

For everything else -- DVD playback, gaming, etc. -- you need only to feed the HD signal into your television via high definition cables.  This can include component video cables, a DVI cable, HDMI, and perhaps a couple other standards.

You should be certain to get a TV that supports the three major high-definition formats: 1080i, 720p, and 480p.  Many EDTVs ("enhanced definition televisions") only support 480p, so you should be very clear that you're purchasing a real HDTV.

So lets say I buy an HD ready TV and plug my XBOX with an HD game in it. Does the X act as a 'converter' or would I still need an external box of some sort?

The system is natively capable of producing its own HD signal, so no additional converter is needed.

What would the price difference typically be on a tv- all things considered- that has one that is HD ready and HDTV built in...

I don't know the price difference, but I don't think it would be worth it to purchase a TV with a built-in converter.  In my case, my digital cable box acts as both an HDTV converter box and a digital video recorder, so even if I'd paid extra to have a built-in HD tuner, I would have wound up ignoring it in favor of this external box.

On the other hand, using an internal HD tuner would free up a set of inputs on your television which you could use for something else.  Personally, my X-Box, GameCube, DVD player, and digital cable box are using up all my HD inputs, so unless I spring for an HD splitter, I don't have the capacity to use HD cables with my PlayStation 2.

What type of peripherals would I need to game in HD, I guess is the quesiton...


-Autistic Angel
3391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gaming and HD: N00b Questions on: November 24, 2005, 02:06:30 AM
So lets say I buy an HD ready TV and plug my XBOX with an HD game in it. Does the X act as a 'converter' or would I still need an external box of some sort?

No. Cool

-Autistic Angel

Edit: ...providing you use the HD cables for the 360 which are provided with the Premium system.
3392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GamingTrend OFFICIAL XBOX360 Request Thread [COMPLETED] on: November 23, 2005, 10:26:03 PM

I am in line for an Xbox360. I am located in
West Hartford, CT, United States and am willing to pay shipping and cost for :

( ) Core System
(1) Premium System
( ) Bundled Core System
( ) Bundled Premium System
( ) Other Accessories ______________________________

[Edited 12/19/05] -- Still unfulfilled; camped out twice and came up empty.

[Edited 12/22/05] -- GT Transaction Pending....

[Edited 12/23/05] -- PayPal Payment Submitted...

[Edited 12/23/05] -- Unit Shipped Via UPS...

[Edited 12/24/05] -- UPS Delayed Estimated Arrival Date by Four Days...

[Edited 12/26/05] -- Phoning UPS For Explanation...

[Edited 12/27/05] -- Unit Delivered By UPS In Good Condition.  Transaction Complete.
3393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lines Already Forming for XB360 on: November 22, 2005, 07:29:08 PM
I waited outside in the rain from about 5:00am until the local BJs Wholesale Club opened at 8:00.  Fifteen minutes before opening, an employee came out, handed ten tickets to the first ten people in line, and told them they were guaranteed an X-Box 360 Premium.  I was second in line at that time.

When the store opened at 8:00, the employee opened the doors only after cautioning everyone not to run or act crazy because everyone with a ticket was guaranteed a system.  Believing him, I didn't bother trying to push to the front of the very short line.

The final X-Box 360 sold to the person in front of me.  The cashier, under the watchful eye of an extremely professional supervisor and an extremely unprofessional assistant manager, had sold ten 360 systems and only collected nine tickets.  The assistant manager, Paula, started by telling me I was wasting my time asking what had just happened, and proceeded to intimate that I had either swiped someone else's ticket or had produced my own from thin air.  This ended somewhat after the supervisor pointed out that the number on my ticket matched in perfect sequence with the others, but the assistant manager succeeded in vanishing without even the most insincere apology.

Actually, if I want to be completely accurate, the last 360 was in the process of being sold when I held up my ticket and asked for an explanation.  Since the cashier couldn't remember if the buyer had given her a ticket, the supervisor tried to stop the transaction from going through until the issue was solved, but the assistant manager wound up ramming it through a short time later.  I probably could have raised a stink about that point, but since I'm confident that the buyer really was entitled to a system, there was no way I was going to levy a bad-faith accusation against him just so I could take his system from him.

Anyways, it'll be a few weeks before I'll be getting my 360, I guess.  On the plus side, I've already spoken directly with BJs Wholesale Club's VP of Branch Management, and while I may have put the supervisor on the fast track to promotion, I think the assistant manager is going to be wallowing in place for a while.  I'll be sure to drop off a duplicate of the formal written complaint at the local store, and I'll get to look the assistant manager in the eye when I do

I don't really care much about waiting for the X-Box 360, but I react badly to being called a liar, especially when every shred of evidence is on my side.

-Autistic Angel
3394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lines Already Forming for XB360 on: November 21, 2005, 09:32:59 PM

That is going to be a pretty funny video to watch....

Sounds like a pale imitation of that old prank where they took bags full of new, donated toys and methodically destroyed them on the lawns of local orphanages to "teach the kids a lesson."

Now *that* was hilarious!

-Autistic Angel
3395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: EMERGENCY! SEASON 2 on DVD! on: November 21, 2005, 05:33:45 PM
And, just for the sake of curiosity, what reigns supreme for you between these two?

Star Wars (and all things related)



c) Ellen Pompeo.

-Autistic Angel
3396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - - IN STOCK on: November 20, 2005, 06:10:00 PM
Oops!  Wow, contrary to the evidence, I actually have read this thread.  I don't know how I glossed over the other half-dozen posts that also mention the $400 shipping charge.  Sorry. :oops:

Did anyone whose card has been charged select the one-day shipping?  Did it really go through as $400?

-Autistic Angel
3397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - - IN STOCK on: November 20, 2005, 05:52:32 PM
I'm looking at that Wal*Mart page right now.  It says they still have 360s in stock, it says that one-day shipping can have one at my house on either the 22nd or the 23rd of this week...

...and it calculates the shipping cost *alone* at $400.  That brings the grand total up to $799.92.  This has got to be a bug on the webpage, right?

-Autistic Angel
3398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Least Objectionable Change to Next 'God Of War?' on: November 18, 2005, 08:41:01 PM
I'm curious who voted for "Prominent Pepsico Product Placement."

Aretmis: Congratulations Kratos: you have bested the two-eyed cyclops and earned your reward: and ice-cold Pepsi One (TM)!

Kratos: Gragh!  If feel so refreshed!  My thirst has been completely quenched!  How are such wonders possible?  Surely this is the nectar of the gods themselves!

Artemis: Alas, if only it were so.  Pepsi One (TM) is not only sweeter in taste and bouquet, but with only a single calorie, our divine figures would be even more divine.  But our respite has past!  Quickly: Chalchiutotolin, the Aztec God of Pestilence seeks to unleash the dark force Kohk'Ehkola against our innocent peoples!  Make your way to the PepsIgloo for a full (and bubbly!) briefing!

-Autistic Angel
3399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Least Objectionable Change to Next 'God Of War?' on: November 17, 2005, 11:55:58 PM
You have just read a preview of the next entry in the popular God of War series which announced they're planning to "try something new" with the franchise.  Which of the following possible changes would you find the *least* objectionable, and why?

- while there's significantly less emphasis on combat, there's a great many more jumping puzzles

- average time to complete the game is around four hours

- replacing the backdrop of Greek mythology with one adhereing strictly to R. L. Stein's Fear Street series

- soundtrack performed entirely by 80's rock band Wham!

- PepsiCo product placement throught the game

- Wind Waker-esque cel-shading

- new main character: Ellen Pompeo

-Autistic Angel
3400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 11/16/05 on: November 17, 2005, 11:09:33 PM
re running away: If you are too weak to fight her, then you are too weak to go trampling through a strange jungle(with no map or compass) in the only obvious direction(the beach everyone knows) and keep away from her. You have no way of knowing if that guy who let you out will ever spill his guts that "oh yeah, he said he was headed to the beach".

Sayid walked the beach for several days before stumbling on the cable that lead him to Danielle, and never discovered any evidence of any other survivors.  "The Beach" is not a small area to search.  Assuming Ana Lucia was actually willing to abandon this (apparently) safe jungle haven to go after you, her only reasonable chance at catching you is if you arrive on beach and promptly light a smoky signal fire to mark your location.

So yeah, she is a threat to you as long as she is alive, you HAVE to deal with her. Logically, the best time to do that is immediately before she can find out you have escaped, since her knowing that would put her on her guard. She has a small buck knife, so what? She's a woman for crying out loud! Sneak up on her with a rock and let her have it.

This sort of reasoning is exactly why people making out on the shores of Crystal Lake always go investigating strange noises in the nearby woods.

When someone nearby, female or not, is considering killing you with a knife, you and your lack-of-knife should move in a different direction as quickly as possible.  That's simply common sense.  If you're starving, dehydrated, and exhausted, that's more reason why picking this fight not a good idea.

Then you tell the other survivors she was insane and you are not an 'other', then tell them you will leave and go on your own if they don't feel comfortable having you around. People were sneaking you food, and someone else let you out, obviously they are not comfortable with her behavior at that point.

If the one person sneaking you food were willing to take your side in a fight against Ana Lucia, he would have let you out of the pit himself.  Assuming that the entire camp is willing to join your mutiny just because Person A snuck you a tiny amount of food and Person B was reluctantly willing to help you escape is a bad gamble.

You're on an island teeming with fruit trees, where oysters wash right up onto the shore.  On your own you can recoup your strength, find a weapon, and return to your group later on your own terms, maybe even speaking with people in privacy before Ana Lucia knows you've come back.  It just makes sense.

-Autistic Angel
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