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8841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why High School Music is popular, I don't know... but it needs to die on: January 09, 2008, 08:20:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 09, 2008, 04:23:53 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on January 09, 2008, 02:45:48 PM


so why were you hanging around in the mens shower room then?

what, you want the steamy details? 

no, wait, don't answer that....

no weaseling out of this one.
8842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EGM gets blacklisted for 'poor reviews' on: January 09, 2008, 07:53:02 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 09, 2008, 04:48:54 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 09, 2008, 04:42:18 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on January 09, 2008, 04:38:31 PM

Personally I'd be very happy if EGM just went out of business.

To the detriment of the industry as a whole.

Meh, I've pretty much boiled down my review reading to GT/OO impressions, Zero Punctuation, and Eurogamer.

LOL.  That's my process as well.

same here, even though i do get subs to egm, oxm and gfw.  all were free and once the sub runs out, i won't be paying for it.  the amount of info i get there does not equal what i get from the net for free.
8843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Backstreet Boys..I want it that way on: January 09, 2008, 12:04:55 AM

Quote from: Laner on January 08, 2008, 11:24:44 PM

I see what you're getting at, Daehawk... I completely relate music to certain time periods in my life... whenever I hear "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow, I'm immediately taken back to late 1994, for example.

But really... Backstreet Boys? slywink j/k

whenever i hear that song, i turn the station.  hate that song with the fire of the brightest sun i would surely throw sheryl crow into.

i do agree with the sentiment though.
8844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am I Less of a Man for Using Body Wash? on: January 08, 2008, 09:45:52 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 08, 2008, 07:44:35 PM

I'm disturbed to see a thread about ATB washing taking two pages of responses.

lack of oddball news so we gleam onto anything bizarre.
8845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 08, 2008, 09:39:45 PM
it's funner to point to sony as an evil corporation among saints.  imagine the other guys as being non-profitable charities with no stakeholders and it will be easy to see how evil sony can be, what with it's profit-mindedness and industry friendly technologies. 

then remember what it was like when the ps1 was the underdog and how much nintendo and sega were the bad guys.  remember Corporate entities, if you get too big or too successful, we will hate you for it.
8846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why High School Music is popular, I don't know... but it needs to die on: January 08, 2008, 08:59:06 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on January 08, 2008, 08:32:21 PM

Oh you closed-minded fools!  ninja

I watched both High School Musical and High School Musical 2 with my kids and the movies are actually fun to watch.  We've watched them several times now.  The music is key and most of the songs are pretty darn catchy and quite good.  The characters are over the top to some extent but that's what makes it fun.  There is not a single character in the cast that is annoying.  Like fyedaddy said Grease for this generation is exactly how I would classify it too.  The problem is that Radio Disney overplays the High School Musical songs way too much which is probably why you curmudgeons are disliking the movie.  icon_wink

Oh yeah, and Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana are fun to watch too!  Kim Rhodes is hot and delicious!

Foul.  Loss of man card.  You will send yours to Peterock until such time as he visits the spa.  that is all
8847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 08, 2008, 08:52:07 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on January 08, 2008, 08:34:22 PM

What pisses me off about this entire thing is how one company has the power to do this to the industry.  It sucks.

not just one company though, unless sony single-handedly bought out every other studio's production rights.  that would be an expensive bill if it's true. 

i didn't think the war would end this soon.  now it could be all but done in 6 months.  amazing.
8848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official response for LIVE--someone is now sueing MS over live on: January 05, 2008, 04:09:43 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on January 05, 2008, 04:04:52 AM

just saw this posted in a comments section of the MN blog.

for those who don't like links....

Microsoft sued over Xbox outage
Posted by Ina Fried
Microsoft now faces a lawsuit over recent problems with its Xbox Live online gaming service.

Three Texas residents filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of themselves and others who have had trouble connecting to Xbox Live in recent weeks.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Houston, claims Microsoft's outages represent a breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation for which the software maker is liable. The suit doesn't claim specific damages, but notes the amount is in excess of $5 million.

In the suit, the plaintiffs allege that Microsoft should have known strong holiday sales would tax its servers. "Microsoft knew the increase in subscriptions would increase game-play on its servers, yet failed to provide adequate access and service to Xbox Live and its subscribers."

Microsoft has apologized for the outage and said it would allow Xbox live subscribers to download a free game.

A Microsoft representative was not immediately available for comment.

Ummm get fucking life.  It is a service and in the terms of service they give a disclaimer.  I think people need to just chill out......

wow, that is dumb.  trying to file a class action lawsuit over a week's worth of subpar service is really reaching for it.
8849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: January 04, 2008, 07:57:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 03, 2008, 01:55:16 AM

OMG the final animation during the credits is priceless!!!!!

did anyone else feel like he's slowed down a bit when talking?

damn, that will be an animated gif avatar on countless boards in no time.

and yeah, he did sound slower this time.
8850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official response for LIVE on: January 04, 2008, 07:29:26 PM
haha, they said 'some users' and 'intermittent issues.'

what a crock.  how about not being able to play any cod4 public matches for over a week.  and 'not completely offline' is like saying your car is not completely broken because the windows still roll down after it's totalled. 

i'll wait to see what they want to give us for compensation.  and yeah, if they give you a game you already paid for, they should credit you back the points.  not sure why they didn't do that before.
8851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone try the Kane and Lynch Demo on Live on: January 04, 2008, 07:22:31 PM
played it and while it screams meh! in the loudest voice possible for a flatlined OD'ed crackhead, it wasn't half as bad as i thought it would be.  the swearing is so prevalent, they must have run out of script writers and just used the first 14 y/o live player who kicked their butt in halo 3. 

this seems to be a decendent of freedom fighters in that your aim is more of an approximation than an actual aiming.  kind of like tomb raider legends.  i hate it when a game makes you inaccurate for no reason. 

not sure when i'll rent this as the more time goes on, the more games worth playing come out.  oddly enough, it's always in low availability on gamefly.  probably due to their low quantity due to expectations.
8852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm about ready to stop chatting during games on XBOX Live on: January 04, 2008, 07:16:46 PM
this is why i have only wanted to play cod4 within a party of gt/oo'ers.  at least that way, we can eliminate or reduce the level of smacktard-ness during a match.  sure, you got to hear the tards blather around during the pre and post game, but it's small beans and i usually drift out during that time anyways.

i really hate the ones who rap during a match.  not only are they coming off as the biggest douches for clogging up useful team talking, but they are horrible rappers with no rhyming or lyrical ability.   
8853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh! Oh! wind up Bender on: January 03, 2008, 12:53:53 AM
too cool.  i'll be grabbing one as well.
8854  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: January 02, 2008, 11:27:01 PM

Quote from: Laner on December 27, 2007, 07:33:17 PM

+1 to Caine for Assassin's Creed     
and a +1 for fast payment.
8855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My sister is in an e-Bay ad. on: January 02, 2008, 11:23:54 PM
and here i was thinking your sister was putting herself up for sale.  glad that's not the case.  (not implying state of sale worthiness of said sister, btw)

that's pretty cool that she won something.  make sure you take lots of photographic evidence for later convincing.  biggrin
8856  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Buy One - Get one free Blu-Ray Movie on: January 02, 2008, 11:19:11 PM
sweet deal.  also grabbed the hp movies.  now, with this and my recent purchases of ratatouille and blade runner on bd, i have finally joined the hd movie generation. 
8857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How's the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movie? on: January 02, 2008, 11:15:36 PM

Quote from: rickfc on January 02, 2008, 10:56:08 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 02, 2008, 10:50:22 PM

Quote from: rickfc on January 02, 2008, 10:27:22 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 26, 2007, 07:27:10 PM

i would have laughed at him.  what a way to ruin a good movie/trilogy.  it would be like seeing matrix 3 first. 

But you're implying that the Matrix trilogy was good.  The first movie was groundbreaking and refreshing.  The two sequels were, and still are, nothing but a pile of craptastic crap.

no, not implying anything about their quality, just that watching the last one totally destroys the first third of the first one.  and seeing how it ends destroys the last 2/3rds. 

note how i said 'ruin a trilogy', not 'ruin a great trilogy'

Correction: you said GOOD trilogy.  biggrin 

But I do agree...My niece watched X3 before watching the first two and thought at the time that it was a pretty cool movie.  I let her borrow the first two and she couldn't believe how shitty X3 was in comparison.  smile

yeah, yeah?!  well, Tongue to you.  Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue 

biggrin  watching x3 before the first two should be a punishable offense.  no one should watch x3.  unless you mean watching the disc fly off in a skeet shooting range.
8858  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How's the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movie? on: January 02, 2008, 10:50:22 PM

Quote from: rickfc on January 02, 2008, 10:27:22 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 26, 2007, 07:27:10 PM

i would have laughed at him.  what a way to ruin a good movie/trilogy.  it would be like seeing matrix 3 first. 

But you're implying that the Matrix trilogy was good.  The first movie was groundbreaking and refreshing.  The two sequels were, and still are, nothing but a pile of craptastic crap.

no, not implying anything about their quality, just that watching the last one totally destroys the first third of the first one.  and seeing how it ends destroys the last 2/3rds. 

note how i said 'ruin a trilogy', not 'ruin a great trilogy'
8859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Live is 100% FUBAR on: January 02, 2008, 08:39:04 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 02, 2008, 08:00:45 PM

The PS3 Folding@home project is actually distributively computing various ways to bring down the Xbox Live network.  The little lights it displays on the globe are the 360s around the world currently targetted for attack.

also responsible for: RRoD, DS Lite cracked hinges, broken Wii straps

ooh, evil.  i like this one. 

it also explains why f@h isn't available on live.  we can't have the system working for the cause of it's own destruction.
8860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: January 02, 2008, 08:36:21 PM
finished this up last night.  fun game, even though the late game plot change is cringeworthy.  the last fight is a very cinematic and feels like how an indy movie would end. 

i found about half of the treasures and i was very careful about finding them, so they must be in some interesing locations.  oddly enough, i paused about 60% through the game and played and finished tomb raider legend.  this game beats tml in every way except one.  plot, level architecture and graphics, shooting (loved the cover mechanic) and enemy ai.  the only area it comes up second is in the puzzles uc gives it away too easily and re-uses the same tricks.  i hope the eidos people look and learn from this one.  i also hope ND goes for a sequel despite the financial prospects.  the've made a beautiful game in many ways and deserve to be recognized for it.
8861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games finished in 2008 - console and PC... go! go! go! on: January 02, 2008, 07:44:26 PM
i suppose i should do this properly considering i didn't do it last year.  at least i can claim a finished game to start my list.

Uncharted - 1/1/08
R&CF: ToD - 1/18/08
Portal - 1/08
Burnout Paradise - Burnout license 1/08
Professor Layton & the Curious Village - 02/22/08: 103/108
Sins of a Solar Empire 1vs1 (1) 1vs3 (1)
Syphon Filter Logan's Shadow - 2/15/08
LoZ: PH 3-25-08  went back to finish it before trading away.
R6V2 - 4/12/08
Viking -
The Godfather - level 48, Don of NYC, most side missions done.  sold before hitting level 50
Lost: Via Domus - totally finished, 1K achievement points. 
Mercs 2 - ~September 20th
Star Wars Force Unleashed
Fable 2
Braid - all levels passed, still working on random puzzle pieces.
Kingdom for Keflings - decently fun strategy lite ala settlers
CoD: World at War - Hardened difficult is a pita
L4D - 2/4 campaigns beaten.

fallout 3
gears of war 2
saints row 2
far cry 2
Condemned 2 - still spooking me
EDF 2017 - probably burn out on this one before i finish it, but it's fun.  sold before i finished.
Okami - about 25 hours in.  great game all around and a perfect opposite to the usual fare.  stopped
Lost Odyssey
Universe at War 1 of 3 campaigns done.
Rock Band
mass effect - stalled
orange box - stalled
SC:DA - stalled
just cause - stalled
Bourne Conspiracy - burned out on it with the timed fight in a burning building. 
8862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wall-E on: January 02, 2008, 07:21:41 PM
finally saw ratatouille the other night and i really liked it.  not my top pixar movie, but a solid movie all around and it looks amazing. 

i must be the only one who really likes a bug's life, from what i've read here.  not sure why, but i liked it quite a bit.  the incredibles is still my favorite though. 
8863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Live is 100% FUBAR on: January 02, 2008, 07:06:55 PM
give us some points ms.  that would help a bit.  there's always a few more arcade games i'd like to keep. 

even though i'd rather shoot up fools online for that little bit of crack, er, xp, i had a lot of fun last night playing the custom games. 
8864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOTY Winners so far.... on: January 02, 2008, 07:00:32 PM
i got a feeling yahtzee will also pick portal.  it's the only game he didn't bash on. biggrin
8865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me a DS game on: January 02, 2008, 06:45:45 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 02, 2008, 02:54:01 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on January 02, 2008, 02:48:11 PM

Maybe Front Mission?

I don't really want to have to strategize.

it's not on the level of panzer tactics.  it's smaller in scale too, with only a dozen units under your command at most.  in many ways, it's simpler than age of empires was.  (fewer weapon classes, no rock-paper-scissors balancing, no base building or unit creation, straight forward mission goals.)

i've gone through a number of pick up and play games, and geometry wars is the current go to game for that.  simple to play, fun to control and can be played in short doses without losing your place.

past games were:
puzzle quest.  one of the best ds games out there.  if you haven't played this, you should buy a copy as soon as you find one.
picross.  i like this more than sudoku and you get a huge number of puzzles to figure out.  plus, in japan, you have access to a lot more because of the downloadable content they have been slow to release here.

so far, these games have all been those which had a semi permanent home in the ds until i finished them. 
8866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdom Under Fire: Cirlce of Doom demo on: December 31, 2007, 09:30:44 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 31, 2007, 08:17:13 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 30, 2007, 04:31:37 AM

Was anybody able to figure out the "Sythesize" mechanic?  I joined a couple weapons and items but all it seemed to do was average their qualities rather than add them up or create something new and unique.  Why would I pay to create something that seems worse than one of the original items?

Some qualities need to be averaged... recovery vs dmg... on top of which, synthing weapons or items that have abilities that you have no use for (lets say a katana with health-draining, but you want to use katsuragi (sp) (sickle on a chain) that already has one ability; it would make more sense to synth them.

Also, you may find items that aren't for your character but have some abilities you want to put on something else.

I am so EFFIN IN for KUF:COD now that I've played the demo to the end... it's like Diablo 2 meets Dynasty Warriors. Random weapons/items/maps, 4 player co-op.

I has the goosepimples.

that sounds good.  i'll try this out when i get home. 
8867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 Questions on: December 31, 2007, 09:25:39 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 30, 2007, 10:22:38 PM

I've heard a lot of people who really ended up enjoying the final game were turned off on the demo.  Like I said earlier, it takes a little while to pick up. 

Somebody (Best Buy maybe?) has it on sale for $39.99 this week. 
i'll be the one to confirm this personally.  the demo really wasn't a good piece by itself.  it would have been much better paired with an earlier level thrown in to get you up to speed.  i wouldn't have bothered by i got a trade with someone here and i'm glad i did.  it's definitely grown on me since i started from the beginning.  it takes a bit to get going, but by the time you get comfortable with the gameplay, it picks up nicely.  and the sale price is a great reason to try it out.

i haven't watched it yet, but the blade runner 5 disc version is supposedly very nice looking.

you have the two best action games on the system right now. 
8868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Years Eve plans on: December 31, 2007, 09:16:07 PM
let's see.  wife, 7 months pregnant, works until 11:30.  if she's lucky, she'll be home before midnight.  not counting on it much though.  she'll be tired and will go to bed by 1. 

daughter, 2 years old, threw up 3 times yesterday with little cause.  she seems ok now, but you never know.  that pretty much stops the party my brother in law is having from including us. 

so i guess the majority of my day will be playing whatever game grabs my attention when i get home, drinking a bottle or two of the beer i plan on grabbing, and then staying up late to game. 
8869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 31, 2007, 09:00:48 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 31, 2007, 08:32:19 PM

Rumer Willis is Mr. Incredible

proof that bruce willis + demi moore != hot.  sure, she could technically be hot, but the whole does not add up to the sum of its parts. 
8870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIAA: Ripping purchased CDs is illegal! on: December 31, 2007, 08:28:23 PM
i like how they are always looking for new ways to sue you.   ripping purchased songs = illegal copying?!  next they'll say that apple is breaking the law by selling drm-free music. 

hooray for riaa!  soon we'll all be able to pay for the "privilege" of listening to a cd at a friends house.   ban riaa please?

8871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sumo Omni: Worth the money? on: December 31, 2007, 08:21:10 PM
sounds nice.  how high off the floor is your keister when you sit on this thing?  i was thinking of a new gaming chair instead of the couch. 
8872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wall-E on: December 31, 2007, 08:19:50 PM
the premise just didn't grab me with cars.  i did like the credits sequences with the car versions of the pixar movies in them though.

had bb had any copies of the rat movie on blu ray, i would have grabbed a copy.  it should look awesome in high def.
8873  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: "Free" Goerge RR Martin - A Storm of Swords - HARDCOVER - A Song of Ice and on: December 31, 2007, 07:53:41 PM
ooh, i'll take it.
8874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need for Speed: ProStreet - not that bad after all on: December 31, 2007, 07:45:39 PM
it's also on sale at bb for $40 this week, and they had a bunch of copies when i checked last night
8875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/31) on: December 31, 2007, 07:45:07 PM
agreed.  there's a pretty good lineup come february. 

if i get anything this week, it could be a ds game.  possibly rune factory.
8876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wall-E on: December 30, 2007, 10:02:40 AM
this will be my most anticipated animated flick this year, mainly because pixar is about the only good thing about disney's camp at this point.

8877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official prediction: DNF, a bust or not? on: December 30, 2007, 10:01:01 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 28, 2007, 02:03:56 AM

Quote from: Caine on December 27, 2007, 08:09:05 PM

Quote from: Calvin on December 27, 2007, 02:23:21 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 27, 2007, 02:00:47 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 26, 2007, 08:27:07 PM

no chance this will live up to the hype.  it might be a technically decent shooter, but i don't see how it can compare to our expectations.

Since the hype is so negative, it'd be a really good think if it didn't live up to it!

that said, i don't expect that a game developed over 10 years will actually be any good.  these guys are out of practice.

let me clear that up.  valve has released a few games since tf2 was announced and shown to the world.  since dnf was first unveiled, what else has 3dr put out that wasn't someone else's work?  substitute 3dr for whatever team george b is on.  it's late and i'm too tired to look this up atm.

I'd tend to agree, but Team Fortress 2 defied that expectation.

Valve is an infinitely more talented developer.

valve has also released a few games since then. what other games have they released since work on dnf started? 

er... I think Valve has released all of their games since DNF work started.....
8878  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Perfect condition PS2 with wired and wireless controller and a few games on: December 30, 2007, 04:20:38 AM

Quote from: faide on December 29, 2007, 08:24:23 PM

You got PM

ygpm as well
8879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdom Under Fire: Cirlce of Doom demo on: December 30, 2007, 02:50:30 AM
cool and unexpected.  the videos looked good enough to warrant a look at the demo and if nothing else, i'll put this in the gamefly queue.
8880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3]the club demo on: December 30, 2007, 02:40:27 AM
always thought it was an odd idea anyways.  an fps designed as a racer by a dev known for racing games. 
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