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6681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/08) on: December 08, 2008, 10:31:28 PM

Quote from: KC on December 08, 2008, 08:41:29 PM

I sold DQ4 to Laner and ordered Chrono Trigger.  I also bought Little Big Planet and Animal Crossing for $20 off each from today's Amazon holiday deal.  This season is proving to be too expensive.

damn.  i would have grabbed lbp at that price.
6682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/08) on: December 08, 2008, 07:53:28 PM
possibly meteos wars, but after the demo is played. 

as persona 3 fes is still in the shrinkwrap, i will not be getting p4.  my honeymoon with jrpg's is over.
6683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: December 08, 2008, 07:49:44 PM
had something to do other than be a glorified dvd player.
had shipped with the ds3, trophies, home, and better online functionality at the same price as the 360.
allowed you to use the keyboard/mouse for games.
6684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the 360... on: December 08, 2008, 07:44:39 PM
had a cheaper 3rd party wireless headset or a price drop on the ms version.  $60 is too much when i have two of the wired ones right now.
allowed you to use a usb headset with mic for both music/voice. 
6685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the Wii... on: December 08, 2008, 07:37:27 PM
had something on the horizon that wasn't;

a barely improved sequel to one of the established 1st party games.
a barely improved release of a gamecube 1st party game.
a badly implemented port of a 360 game.
a badly implemented port of a ps2 game.
a cheaply developed movie tie-in.
based on using a 1st party peripheral that will likely go dormant after less than 5 games implement it (only 2 of which use it well)
6686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: December 08, 2008, 07:29:27 PM
is it not possible to join a friend's game when it hits the finale?  i wanted to get in with your game the other night SL, but despite having an opening, it wouldn't let me.  i ended up playing through the last 3 parts of blood harvest with some strangers.  good group that stuck together through the end and we did very well, despite having a rather bad turn of luck after radioing for help.  we finally just made the run after the apc showed up and all got out in one piece. 
6687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help restore my faith in the youth of today... on: December 07, 2008, 07:02:55 PM
trading places
strange brew
the jerk
scrooged (if he hasn't seen part of this, then i would be surprised)
groundhog day

it's sad to think he doesn't know the answer to "who ya gonna call?"
6688  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: spoiler not working for me on: December 06, 2008, 07:47:46 PM
will the nuke take out the posts too, or just the upgrades?
6689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So what's the best JRPG for the Xbox 360? on: December 06, 2008, 07:45:23 PM
if it's any consolation warning, i haven't played any of the others except LO either.  and that one i only got the barest exposure to.  not sure why, but my tastes in console jrpg's is dropping off and has been for a while, and that's evident in my ps2 unplayed catalog.  star ocean 3 and rogue galaxy, and ff12 to a lesser extent did not grab me the way they used to. 
6690  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF pc case on: December 06, 2008, 07:32:35 PM
i would need to check, but the case i have is one of the lighter build variety, so if laner's is too heavy and drives the shipping up, lmk.  it's still in pretty decent shape, but it's a unknown brand, so a good thing the power supply isn't needed. 
6691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Friends List Etiquette on: December 05, 2008, 11:19:04 PM
a 'Dear Pete" letter?   icon_wink
6692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 05, 2008, 11:16:58 PM
Dune
6693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator: Salvation First Look on: December 05, 2008, 11:16:22 PM
there were at least two that i read from s.m. sterling which took place between 2 and 3 and in some ways, reminds me of the SCC, and seemingly influenced both it and t3.  not bad reads either.

as for t3's continuity, it (and t2 to a lesser extent) changed the fundamental approach skynet took to combatants (t-1000, t-1001) and all of the little HK's instead of jets and hurking tanks. 

the future in t1 and going into t2 put skynet's forces into an western style army with infantry, heavy armor and air superiority against human's guerrilla warfare and light vehicles.
6694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident evil 5 demo for Japan..360/PS3 NA/EU coming soon on: December 05, 2008, 09:57:57 PM
yeah, they need to release it before the week long gold priority period lapses for my japanese account.
6695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 05, 2008, 09:42:39 PM
stephen lynch
6696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator: Salvation First Look on: December 05, 2008, 09:41:56 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 05, 2008, 09:37:07 PM

I hate it already.  It is directed by a guy call McG, stars people named Moon Bloodgood, Common, and Jadagrace.  These are their real...well legal names.  I hate it already.

yeah, nolan and bale really screwed this up good, didn't they?  slywink
6697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator: Salvation First Look on: December 05, 2008, 09:12:41 PM
well, it's supposedly set in 2018, or 11 years before the events portrayed in t1 and 2's future, supposedly before the t-800 human models, so maybe they haven't uncorked him yet.  the wiki entry does mention the plot revolves around the t-101 (a early model of the endoskeleton terminator, i believe) so it's still possible though that he'll have a scene as a prototype or something. 

nevermind what the last film did the continuity.  not sure how they are going to deal with that myself.

btw, be careful what you read on the wiki site or elsewhere, it has what would have been a pretty cool revelation spoiled in the first paragraph of the wiki entry.

btw, if you do want more details on the t-800 and arnie's involvement, the wiki is a good source.  just don't berate me if you feel spoiled afterwards. 

nm on the 101.  that's the model of the 800 with skin. 

great little fan vid to get excited about and pretty well put together.
6698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 05, 2008, 09:09:03 PM
jack daniels
6699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Designing characters, the SquareEnix Way! on: December 05, 2008, 08:17:10 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 05, 2008, 04:54:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 05, 2008, 03:37:25 PM

or have they already done that?

how would you be able to tell?

ceekay checks them out "personally"
6700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: December 05, 2008, 08:14:23 PM
goddamnit, true for me too.  i think it's probably true for most guys (who aren't jerks)
6701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 05, 2008, 08:10:53 PM
jack and the beanstalk
6702  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon - 15 days 15 VG deals on: December 05, 2008, 07:18:52 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 05, 2008, 04:17:55 PM

Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts for $25?  If I didn't already own it I'd be all over that!

damn tempting. 

fallout 3 pc is also at 35
live 13 month card at $40
6703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Funny blog post found while stumbling... on: December 05, 2008, 01:18:25 AM
one of the guys i knew in HS was named thomas pickle thompson.  as was his grandfather, and his before him.  how's that for screwed up name?
6704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: December 04, 2008, 09:31:12 PM

Quote from: Brendan on December 04, 2008, 09:03:10 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 04, 2008, 08:51:56 PM

Kind of funny that they didn't include any snow pants.

That's because Microsoft is a pants-optional workplace.

pictures?  DO NOT WANT
6705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the cost of parenthood? on: December 04, 2008, 09:28:54 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on December 04, 2008, 12:34:58 PM

Yeah, but you should eventually get grandchildren out of the deal. That's worth damn near any price.

-Randy

yeah, at least 3 grand a pop.  tell your kids that you are just balancing the books.
6706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need Christmas Gift Advice for Girlfriend on: December 04, 2008, 09:26:24 PM
give her the gift that keeps on giving.  you can even share it with her and the sales lady. 






the clap!
6707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Funny blog post found while stumbling... on: December 04, 2008, 09:22:04 PM
god, what's next?  kids born with leet speak names? 

i would like you to meet my daughter,

5@m@n|-h@
6708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Area51 and other government lies on: December 04, 2008, 09:07:09 PM
or being terminated with prejudice.
6709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Creed to reunite? on: December 04, 2008, 09:04:11 PM
i think a lot of the hate is due to the generally accepted belief that it sounds too derivative of other, better bands.


and also that scott is a dick. 
6710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: December 04, 2008, 08:40:45 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 04, 2008, 08:34:50 PM

Apparently there's some new winter clothes out
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/avatars/

yup.  tried them last night.  not too bad, but now i look the part for winter. 

for reference, you don't need to d/l these anywhere, they just show up in your avatar customization tabs. 
6711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Gen Chronicles of Riddick still coming? on: December 04, 2008, 07:24:18 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 04, 2008, 07:19:49 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 04, 2008, 07:03:06 PM

i thought it was only considered a decent movie when it came out.  i liked it and chronicles, but i really wish it had done well enough to warrant a sequel.  not sure how that would have panned out though, but maybe they could do a prequel or something?  further run ins with the bounty hunter would be kick ass.

efbb is a great part of the storyline and worth going through just for the intro (and ending too)

Have you seen the cartoon? That's the only part of the trilogy I haven't watched any of yet.

no.  i'll probably pick it up though once this game comes out though.
6712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Gen Chronicles of Riddick still coming? on: December 04, 2008, 07:03:06 PM
i thought it was only considered a decent movie when it came out.  i liked it and chronicles, but i really wish it had done well enough to warrant a sequel.  not sure how that would have panned out though, but maybe they could do a prequel or something?  further run ins with the bounty hunter would be kick ass.

efbb is a great part of the storyline and worth going through just for the intro (and ending too)
6713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At What Point is it Stealing? on: December 04, 2008, 01:52:44 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 03, 2008, 11:43:41 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 03, 2008, 10:10:25 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 03, 2008, 08:59:40 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 03, 2008, 08:49:46 PM

had i gone back with the item as-is, what manager would have believed me, even with a receipt? 

Um, most?  Especially with a receipt. I find it extremely hard to believe a store would refuse you and if you would have as a clerk then I'll say that I'm happy that I never shopped there. 

Had that happen a few years ago with a DVD and we didn't have any trouble taking it back to the store with a gift receipt and returning it.  They even let us swap it out for a different movie because the gift wasn't one my wife had a particular desire to have in our collection. 

it may be the locations i worked at ingrained in me a certain level of disbelief.  we had all kinds of tricks attempted on us by those with the guile to try something.

this store in question has a return section which forms as soon as you enter the store and there are those waist high barriers to separate this part from the main store, so it's not exactly easy to take a product off the shelf and return it without leaving the store and coming back in.  the exits and the entry are also separate, as opposed to best buy or cc. 

my concern was that the anti theft device in the package (which oddly did not trigger anything on the way out) would instantly make anyone looking suspicious that i had somehow got it out of the store.  as a manager, i would also wonder why the clerk, the customer, and the bag checker somehow all missed the shell.  occam's razor works against you in this kind of situation. 

Why is the customer's job to check the shell?  Some places intentionally don't take the shells off because it's designed for the customer to cut off.  And even if it isn't then it's easy for a customer to miss if they are buying quite a few items.  At most stores baggage checkers don't check every bag (Sam's Club is the only place I shop at that does this regularly) so that's not a factor either. 

As for anti-theft devices- half the time the clerks don't clear them properly and it's a toss up if the bag checker actually looks in my bag or just waves me through.  So I've had plenty of times I've entered the store with a return only to have it alarm when I enter.  No one bats an eye. 

this was one of those hard "tamper proof" devices like the ones you see used in gamestops or best buy.  not something designed for the customer to take off themselves.  quite the opposite in fact.  it took quite a bit of prying to get the damn thing off with the screwdriver. 

and not implied that it's the customer's job, but that if i had missed it along with everyone else, it makes it look less like an accident and more like i pilfered it.  "what, so you want me to believe that a clerk, the bag checker, and you didn't see this big honking thing on your game until you got home?"  that's the kind of reaction i was expecting.
6714  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF pc case on: December 04, 2008, 01:45:34 AM
i may have one which is either empty or close to it.  let me check when i get home dae
6715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the cost of parenthood? on: December 03, 2008, 11:13:36 PM
two kids, $500 per month daycare at 10 days per month and for 5 hours.

the younger one goes through a can of formula a week, and now eats a variety of solids ~170
diapers run about 70 per month
clothes about 50 per month due to the constant growth

the older one eats what we do, doesn't use diapers except as a sleep insurance, and has been getting hand me downs from relatives, so it's not as much.  we do buy about 60 bucks worth of milk per month though.
6716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't want to be too premature but... on: December 03, 2008, 11:06:47 PM
Cool news man! 

just wait till you find yourself telling #1 all the things they can't do to the baby.  it's a very unusual list if my two are any indication.
6717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At What Point is it Stealing? on: December 03, 2008, 10:10:25 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 03, 2008, 08:59:40 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 03, 2008, 08:49:46 PM

had i gone back with the item as-is, what manager would have believed me, even with a receipt? 

Um, most?  Especially with a receipt. I find it extremely hard to believe a store would refuse you and if you would have as a clerk then I'll say that I'm happy that I never shopped there. 

Had that happen a few years ago with a DVD and we didn't have any trouble taking it back to the store with a gift receipt and returning it.  They even let us swap it out for a different movie because the gift wasn't one my wife had a particular desire to have in our collection. 

it may be the locations i worked at ingrained in me a certain level of disbelief.  we had all kinds of tricks attempted on us by those with the guile to try something.

this store in question has a return section which forms as soon as you enter the store and there are those waist high barriers to separate this part from the main store, so it's not exactly easy to take a product off the shelf and return it without leaving the store and coming back in.  the exits and the entry are also separate, as opposed to best buy or cc. 

my concern was that the anti theft device in the package (which oddly did not trigger anything on the way out) would instantly make anyone looking suspicious that i had somehow got it out of the store.  as a manager, i would also wonder why the clerk, the customer, and the bag checker somehow all missed the shell.  occam's razor works against you in this kind of situation. 
6718  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At What Point is it Stealing? on: December 03, 2008, 08:49:46 PM
had a similar occurrence happen 6 months ago.  bought a game that was sealed up in one of those hard turtle shell anti theft devices and when the clerk took the game, she didn't remove it.  i didn't catch it (nor did the store checker) until i got home and tried to play it.  after reading reviews, i decided to return it, but faced with what looked like an obvious theft to a manager, couldn't take it back with the shell on, so i had to break the sucker off. 

had i gone back with the item as-is, what manager would have believed me, even with a receipt?  their experience (and mine btw.  i worked retail as an assistant manager in a RatShit store) would tell them that i was full of bs and just trying to keep the game and the money at the same time. 

my point?  managers hear all sorts of bullshit from customers, and tend to be skeptical of anything that sounds fishy.  if a game you had in your possession wasn't paid for, my first instinct would be to question your motives.  perhaps you stole it and then had a pang of guilt over it?  either way, i would be watching you on future visits. 
6719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Creed to reunite? on: December 03, 2008, 08:26:30 PM

Quote from: cheeba on December 03, 2008, 07:29:20 PM

Creed broke up?

you should have seen it.  i do believe that eddie vedder smiled that day. 
6720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia screenshot on: December 03, 2008, 07:07:57 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 03, 2008, 07:04:50 PM

FWIW, I think Chaz and I are talking about Amazon Prime where 2 Day shipping is free.  If packages were taking 3 days to get to me I'd be pretty pissed since that's not what I'm paying for. 

gotcha.  just chiming in that i tend to think amazon's shipping is slower than advertised.
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