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9681  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.
9682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 05, 2008, 09:09:03 PM
jack daniels
9683  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"
9684  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)
9685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 05, 2008, 08:10:53 PM
jack and the beanstalk
9686  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
9687  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?
9688  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
9689  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.
9690  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!
9691  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,

[email protected]@n|-h@
9692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Area51 and other government lies on: December 04, 2008, 09:07:09 PM
or being terminated with prejudice.
9693  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. 
9694  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. 
9695  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.
9696  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)
9697  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.
9698  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
9699  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.
9700  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.
9701  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. 
9702  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. 
9703  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. 
9704  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.
9705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 on: December 03, 2008, 07:06:17 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 03, 2008, 07:03:34 PM

Latest that was revealed was that it was Ubi Montreal doing SC5 but obviously not the Farcry 2 team, PoP team, Assassins' Creed team, etc (Ubi Montreal is huge).  However it looks like SC5 was pretty much scrapped and sent back to the drawing board so I'm not sure anyone outside of Ubi knows what it's status is or who's handling it now. 

I hope it's not Ubi Shanghai though- while I did enjoy SC 2&4, they weren't nearly as good as the others. 

sc ct also stands as my favorite of the series.  i do need to pick up the xbox 1 version of da though.
9706  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 03, 2008, 07:04:31 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on December 03, 2008, 06:17:38 AM

I was a big fan of the guys trying to glitch on Castle saying they were doing it to "see how far they could go".

What a rout that was.

i wasn't there for that, but i did see one going under the game world on our team.  not sure if he even contributed to the team score or not.

i had a good run with mostly strangers and tromik and some of his buds.  not sure why, but it always takes me a round or three to get ramped up to be effective, which always thrashes my K/D ratio.   maybe i should load up a sp mission as training, but where i am now in the campaign, i would likely join a group while channeling fuzzball's angry side.  slywink
9707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destroy All Humans!: Path of the Furon on: December 03, 2008, 07:00:52 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 03, 2008, 01:05:40 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 02, 2008, 07:03:42 PM

well, once pandemic left the independents and went with the ea mothership, the 2nd string developer couldn't quite cut it and doesn't have the same chops apparently. 

i may put this on the rental list, but not until i get my fill of l4d and codwaw, which will be a long time i think.

Yea, I'm not quite sure why Sandblast was assigned a franchise title like this, but they all knew they were closing their doors during the end of development.  You have to know that this knowledge will seep into the game, ya know?  How well would you work knowing that this title spells the end of your job?

well, personally, i would have left a big fat easter egg in the game mocking my former company for dumping us out on the streets before xmas right after finishing a game.  slywink
9708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia screenshot on: December 03, 2008, 06:59:20 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 03, 2008, 04:53:04 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 03, 2008, 04:51:38 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 03, 2008, 04:46:41 PM

  I don't think I've had a new release game come that fast though.

Happened with me on Mirror's Edge- shipped on Wednesday, arrived on Thursday.  Last Remnant was also a day in terms of the shipping chain (sent out on the 1st, received on the 2nd) but on that one Amazon took an extra day to process my order. 

Damn you guys, they really are two day shipping for me.  I an in the Bay Area of CA and even if it's shipped from NV I get it in 2 days frown

if it's any consolation, i live in the same damn metropolitan area as their HQ and still mange to get most shipments after 2-3 days.  only exception was the fast 3 days shipping on a standard 5-7 on the fallout 3 guide.
9709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 on: December 03, 2008, 06:56:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 03, 2008, 02:45:50 PM

I was just playing along when an achievement popped up: Soprano.  I wasn't really doing anything, but was on my way to a hit on a motorcycle, which I thought might be related.  I pulled up the dash and saw this description: "Sung along to the radio."  Sure enough, when I got back into the game, my girl was singing along to "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."  Badly.
\
that's fricking hilarious.  i haven't even looked at the ach lists for sr2. 
9710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 on: December 03, 2008, 06:53:44 PM
is that team behind the next SC or is the more action styled sc dev responsible for # 2 and 4?
9711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Gen Chronicles of Riddick still coming? on: December 03, 2008, 06:52:01 PM
despite playing through the first one on the pc, i am excited that this one hasn't been canned.  looks good and i can't wait to revisit the game. 
9712  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Spore, Sword of the Stars CE FS on: December 03, 2008, 06:45:36 PM
it could be a bit tricky.  let me check with the guy in shipping for international requirements and a base cost for shipping.  you could also drop the box and novella and just get the disc as the manual is in electronic form anyways, but even with those parts added in, it doesn't weigh all that much.
9713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: your 2008 sleepers on: December 03, 2008, 01:20:23 AM

Quote from: EddieA on December 02, 2008, 08:54:40 PM

A Kingdom For Keflings on XBLA.  It looked interesting from the screenshots, but it's quickly become my favorite game on XBLA.

have to agree so far.  i played this last night instead of all of the great stuff i have now.  crazy that an arcade game gets my attention that far.
9714  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Holiday Game Giveaway on: December 02, 2008, 11:34:02 PM

Quote from: frost on December 02, 2008, 11:32:49 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 02, 2008, 11:13:38 PM

a big thank you to win95.  when i finish this, it will go back in to the trade pile, btw.  as a gesture of my own, i offer up:

Timeshift PC

same offer applies.  first to pm gets it

This looks like a PIFF in the making

eh, why not?  it's been a while since that thread died out.  not saying others should do the same, but i wanted to pass something along myself. 
9715  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Holiday Game Giveaway on: December 02, 2008, 11:13:38 PM
a big thank you to win95.  when i finish this, it will go back in to the trade pile, btw.  as a gesture of my own, i offer up:

Timeshift PC

same offer applies.  first to pm gets it
9716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man makes working Gears of War gun/chainsaw on: December 02, 2008, 08:29:08 PM
kick.  ass!  EOL



9717  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 02, 2008, 07:34:59 PM
last night was pretty fun.  we had a group of 5 against a team with 3 people under level 5 and the other three no higher than 30 in hardcore.  you can really tell when someone is new to this game in HC as they make the dumbest mistakes (even dumber than i have made, mind you).  at one point, i had a tango pop out from cover in a doorway, see me, then make a half-step back leaving his arm and leg exposed, then a half step back out where i popped him in the head while prone. 

let's hope the post xmas rush of newbies doesn't kill live this year. 
9718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: December 02, 2008, 07:22:25 PM
this may get a nod for best coop or something, but not overall goty.  if the mp was on top of a full developed sp game world sandbox style with rpg elements and a storyline, then i could see it getting better awards.  
9719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destroy All Humans!: Path of the Furon on: December 02, 2008, 07:03:42 PM
well, once pandemic left the independents and went with the ea mothership, the 2nd string developer couldn't quite cut it and doesn't have the same chops apparently. 

i may put this on the rental list, but not until i get my fill of l4d and codwaw, which will be a long time i think.
9720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BC PS3s - Still in the Wild? on: December 02, 2008, 06:54:17 PM

Quote from: Misguided on December 02, 2008, 11:47:15 AM

That's kind of the story for all the next gen systems. I fiddled with Panzer Dragoon Oorta and Phantom Dust on Xbox. I played Odama and Smash bros Melee on GC (bought Eternal Darkness but haven't gotten around to it).

odd.  i have both of the xbox games you mentioned and eternal darkness as well but put very little time into either one.  phantom dust is still in the plastic. 

plus phantom crash, psychonauts, crimson skies, indigo prophecy, re4 gc, and few other gc games i can't remember.

nevermind the ps2 shelf.   paranoid
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