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4841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Want to learn a foreign language for free? on: September 20, 2007, 10:48:16 PM
I like the conversations they have.  It'd be a good way to practice my listening!
4842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP wheres the 2nd nub? on: September 20, 2007, 02:56:42 AM
Or you could just not play FPS games on your PSP.  I don't have a single PSP FPS shooter and I don't plan on ever owning one (although SOCOM 2 demo was pretty cool).  I won't ever buy a FPS for a console for the same reason.
4843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hillary's legal mandate for health insurance- WTF?!?!?!? on: September 19, 2007, 01:23:29 PM
I wonder what our universal healthcare costs us Canadians per year.  Whatever the cost, I'm glad I don't live in a place where I'm forced to fend for myself.
4844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sam's, Costco, or BJ's on: September 18, 2007, 02:52:54 PM

Quote from: GGIronSkull on September 18, 2007, 04:31:56 AM

BJ's always get my vote

oh...stores?  Costco smile

Doh! Someone beat me to it  icon_frown
4845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is just 2 weeks Away! on: September 18, 2007, 09:26:14 AM
I've got it-it's good except my copy is in Japanese which makes it a little difficult to play smile
4846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We are not hardcore enough on: September 18, 2007, 02:18:47 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 17, 2007, 05:59:22 PM

This has happened a number of times in Asia.  Something wrong is going on over there.

Something such as 3 day gaming binges perhaps?
4847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass on: September 18, 2007, 01:16:57 AM
Doh he died!?  That sucks. I got to about book 6 or so before I finally gave it up.  He just dragged it out way too long.  He should have ended it earlier and taken the time to enjoy the millions he made off of us by dragging it out so long.
4848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up PS3/PSP games list for possible TGS on: September 16, 2007, 01:47:28 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 16, 2007, 11:25:44 AM

I think it's more a problem of paying to get there.  Flying to Japan isn't cheap.  Would love to get a GT reporter out there, but that'd require a lot of fundraising on our part.

Well I could fly I suppose, but it's really a lot easier for me to take the 20 minute train ride into Tokyo.  icon_biggrin

Ooh I just found out that it costs less than $10 bucks to get in on Saturday and Sunday!  Curse my working schedule!! I have to work on the weekend frown
4849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up PS3/PSP games list for possible TGS on: September 16, 2007, 11:11:22 AM
Can anybody go to TGS?  Or do you have to be an industry insider?  I would go if it was open to the general public.
4850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 16, 2007, 11:06:45 AM
Wow I want this game!!  I'll be getting the improved version for the PS3 though (when I do end up getting a PS3 that is).
4851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up PS3/PSP games list for possible TGS on: September 16, 2007, 11:05:06 AM
Oh and PSP Hot Shots Golf 2?? I am SO there day one.  Please god tell me that it has infrastructure multiplayer PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!
4852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up PS3/PSP games list for possible TGS on: September 16, 2007, 11:04:17 AM
Oh Eternal Sonota is coming to the PS3?  I JUST watched the review on Gametrailers and thought, 'Damn I want that game.'  I didn't really want to have to buy an Xbox for one single RPG though so the fact that the PS3 will be getting an improved version pleases me smile
4853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watches on: September 14, 2007, 01:43:50 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on September 14, 2007, 02:22:35 AM

Really?  Is Seiko not a good watch? 
I'm not being sarcastic - I honestly know next to zero about watches.

Seiko is a fantastic watch company-there's more allure to saying that you have a Swiss watch but they are very innovative.  A short list of Seiko firsts:

First (arguably) auto chronograph
First display back chronograph
First Quartz watch
First LCD
First Titanium watch
First Kinetic movement
First Quartz analog chrono
First LCD Chrono
First Wristwatch LCD dive computer
First Wristwatch analog dive computer
First inner rotating bezel diver
First thermic movement
First watch with a computer interface
First Springdrive movement
First 1/100 quartz chronograph

Quote from: lildrgn on September 14, 2007, 04:37:49 AM

Fixed. Go with the Orient, or as another wise poster wrote, an Omega.

That's how tru playaz roll. And, yes, I roll an Omega.

Well the truth is, any watch you buy over $200 is just jewelry.  You can get a ridiculously cheap watch that will tell you the time just as well or even better than a Rolex might.  Omega's are nice but I'm in Japan so A)It would make more sense to get a Japanese watch and B) It would be a hell of a lot cheaper (the Euro is astronomical compared to the yen).

This doesn't interest me too much but on a lot of the watch forums I've been on, people are raving about this Orient Diver's watch called "Mako."  It's only a nickname but people swear buy it.  Apparently the quality you get from this $200 watch is just ridiculous.  I'm not looking for a Diver so it doesnt really interest me.

Oh and yes I think we're all agreed that the Orient looks far too "busy" (well everybody but Wonderpug that is).  But people you have got to see that thing in motion!!  The super smoove movement of the second hand (not the silly ticking) and watching those little gears turn round and round.  It's just poetry in motion I'm telling you!
4854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watches on: September 14, 2007, 03:28:51 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 14, 2007, 02:13:44 AM

You would get an engraving on a present to yourself?

Well it's not going to say "Dear Canuck, thanks for being there, through the good times and the bad, Love Canuck"

I thought I would get 日本 東京 2007 or "Nippon Tokyo 2007"  It's just one of those things that you can look back on.  Maybe in 20 years a little girl will say "Daddy what's this strange writing on your watch?"  and I can say to her "Well dear, I picked up that watch in the same country where I picked up your mother." biggrin

As for the mechanical vs quartz thing, not many people would even know the difference.  But people who are watch purists tend to go with mechanical watches-it's more romantic I guess.

And yes I'm not a fan of all that clutter on the other watch either-It has a slide rule which is cool if you use it but I know I never would.  But being able to see the jewels in your watch and watching things move is just mesmerizing for me (sort of like anime boobies! smile)
4855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watches on: September 14, 2007, 01:52:36 AM
 Not too expensive (relatively).  The Seiko is 73,000 yen and Orient 45,000 yen.  So that would be about $650 and $380 respectively.  So not too expensive compared to those high end watches (Rolex?) but on the other hand, it's way more than I've ever paid for a watch before ($120).

It seems a little silly to walk around with the monetary equivalent of a PS3 on your arm or even a widescreen HDTV.  On the other hand, that $2000 HDTV will probably be hopelessly obsolete in 10 years time (PS3 even less) whereas you'd probably still be wearing that same watch in 40 years.
4856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Watches on: September 14, 2007, 12:26:02 AM
My birthday is coming up Sept 30th and I'm planning on picking myself up a little birthday present. I'm thinking either:

Seiko Perpetual Kinetic SNP004                               Orient something or other

What I like about the Seiko:

*it's kinetic so there's no need for a battery
*it's perpetual so I wont have to change the date until February 2100 (assuming I can make it smile)
*it has a 4 year power reserve so if you stop wearing it the hands stop moving but the date keeps advancing and when you start wearing it again, the hands automatically move to the correct time
*It's a quartz so it keeps pretty accurate time
*It has a solid back so I can get it engraved- perhaps "Nippon Tokyo 2007" or something

What I don't like about the Seiko:

*It's a quartz so all those mechanical elitists will laugh at me
*It's a quartz so it has the "ticking" second hand

What I like about the Orient:

*It's mechanical so I can give smug looks of superiorty to all those quartz users
*You can see the insides which is amazingly addictive to watch
*It's mechanical so it has the "sweeping" second hand movement
*The case back is clear
*It's kinetic

What I don't like about the Orient:

*It has a clear case back so I probably couldn't get an engraving
*Mechanicals aren't as accurate as quartz
*The dial is a little cluttered-I really don't need a slide rule
*It doesn't have a memory so if I stop wearing it I'm going to have to manually reset the time
*There's no day or date or anything

Anyways that's my conundrum right now. I don't know if many of you even know Orient. I've certainly never heard of them before.  They seem to be highly respected all over the world but not so much in North America.  Everybody says they're an amazing high quality watch for what you pay, comparing them to more expensive Swiss watches.  I may end up buying a completely different watch all together.  So do we have any watch enthusiasts here?  What do you like to wear on your wrist?
4857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Japanese anime on: September 11, 2007, 01:40:54 PM
Oh right, forgot about that! thanks!
4858  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Japanese anime (NSFW) on: September 11, 2007, 12:39:51 PM
Yes there's probably something wrong with me but I found this mesmerizing (and catchy!)  icon_biggrin
4859  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Dad! on: September 11, 2007, 01:15:26 AM
Wow, a baby that isn't ugly.  You don't see that very often.
4860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 10, 2007, 04:25:05 PM
Final Fantasy Tactics.  Fun game, interesting story, shocking ending (for me anyways).
4861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Crisis Core:Final Fantasy VII intro(look familiar?) on: September 09, 2007, 08:59:04 AM
Ahh yes, it's a great time to be a PSP-owner.  The game comes out in Japan in 4 days.  If my Japanese ability were better I would definitely be picking this up on day one.
4862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: juniordian on: September 07, 2007, 02:55:09 PM
I don't know about that bunch over at QT3.  I've started lurking their a little but it seems a little too elitist for me.  I like the family atmosphere we have going here smile
4863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ATB needs a Fire Emblem thread on: September 07, 2007, 02:51:43 PM
LOL! Wow you mean you can actually do stuff like this to thread derails?
4864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: monster hunter: freedom 2 coming 09/07 on: September 07, 2007, 12:32:39 PM
I look at this game and think 'Pokemon for adults'.  Am I off base here?
4865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: September 07, 2007, 02:02:47 AM
Isn't Lost Odyssey out for the PC? or am I thinking of another game?
4866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: monster hunter: freedom 2 coming 09/07 on: September 07, 2007, 12:38:35 AM
Is there no love for this type of game on these forums?  I don't recall ever seeing anyone talking about it (I admit, I didn't do a search).  I've been checking out some reviews and it looks like it has a lot of potential.  Have you played it? What do you think?  I know that people go nuts for it over here in Japan.  Is this game even out yet in America?  Someone must have impressions!

*edit* oh and I read in a review that it now loads on the go so now loadtimes are minimal (non-existent?) so there goes one major complaint from the first game.
4867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fantasy Wars & Galactic Assault [TBS Fans] on: September 06, 2007, 11:55:29 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on September 06, 2007, 02:31:58 PM

I am curious why they should not be 3D? 

What's the point?  There's barely any animation and the game looks cluttered as hell.  I don't include CM because it's so realistic and there's no grid.  You're basically playing a real time game with pauses.  I don't know.  I played Massive Assault and futuristic one in America and it totally turned me off these style of games.
4868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So they're making us choose... on: September 06, 2007, 11:51:32 PM
Perhaps not-but it plays like a deathmatch game.  I don't recall much teamwork whatsoever.
4869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I just won the UK National Lottery!! on: September 06, 2007, 11:48:50 PM
Don't you guys have some kind of spam filters in your inboxes or something?
4870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So they're making us choose... on: September 06, 2007, 01:03:28 PM
Wow I just saw a video of teamfortress-looks like absolute crap in my opinion (although the video resolution was very low).  And didn't that sort of deathmatch gameplay die out at least 5 years ago?  Counter-strike, Day of Defeat, and Red Orchestra are the way of the future!
4871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fantasy Wars & Galactic Assault [TBS Fans] on: September 06, 2007, 01:00:33 PM
Meh from me.  Turn-based war games should not be 3D.
4872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bush Reveals the Newest Threat on: September 06, 2007, 12:47:37 PM
That was awesome.  Very professional.
4873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 Crisis Core bundle on: September 06, 2007, 12:02:37 AM
I doubt America even has the correct technology.  In Japan (in the big cities anyways) we have something called one seg which is a digital broadcast and the picture comes in clear as day.  It would be really handy to watch.
4874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: September 05, 2007, 11:57:17 PM
Not a day one purchase for me-I'll be waiting for the reviews.  But if they're good then I'll definitely be picking this one up.
4875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New iPods announced on: September 05, 2007, 11:47:37 PM
I think this is hilarious news!  I laugh at the early adopters.  Serves you all right for buying an Apple product.  I'm not sure why you are so surprised by this news.  Doesn't the fact that Apple obsoletes their Ipods every four fucking months give you a clue or something?
4876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your [other] hobbies on: September 04, 2007, 03:53:02 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on September 04, 2007, 03:24:54 PM

Learn Japanese - I would love to do this as I have an incredible fascination with Japan.  It's the home of Godzilla after all!  I would love to go there someday and if I ever decided to start dating again and remove my animosity towards women, it would be a beautiful Japanese woman to be the one to do it for me.


You'd be coming to the right place! I accidently gave myself whiplash today trying to look at all of the beautiful women at once!
4877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: From the 'DUH!' Files on: September 04, 2007, 03:50:45 PM
I read that today and thought 'you bunch of jackasses-why don't you go cure cancer or something?'
4878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 04, 2007, 02:11:20 PM
I'm still waiting for the game to arrive frown  Tomorrow, tomorrow!!
4879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where is your Armageddon Empires thread? Cause this game is excellent... on: September 04, 2007, 02:18:17 AM
UI Change

Cards drawn from the deck or added to the hand from a menu now always appear in the last visible slot on the right.

This one itself is more than worth it! Finally I can tell what damn card I've drawn! lol
4880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I don't have a (fill in the blank) console because.... on: September 04, 2007, 12:37:37 AM
I dont have any next gen system because:

1)They cost too much (waiting for a console to DROP to $400???)
2)I don't have an HD tv.  If I cant take advantage of the next gen graphics, why bother?
3)I just don't find myself playing console games much any more.  No time, too inconvenient.  The PC and PSP are getting all my attention now.
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