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4881  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
4882  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.
4883  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).
4884  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!!!!!
4885  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
4886  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!
4887  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)
4888  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.
4889  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?
4890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Japanese anime on: September 11, 2007, 01:40:54 PM
Oh right, forgot about that! thanks!
4891  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
4892  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.
4893  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).
4894  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.
4895  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
4896  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?
4897  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?
4898  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?
4899  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.
4900  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.
4901  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.
4902  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?
4903  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!
4904  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.
4905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bush Reveals the Newest Threat on: September 06, 2007, 12:47:37 PM
That was awesome.  Very professional.
4906  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.
4907  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.
4908  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?
4909  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!
4910  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?'
4911  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!!
4912  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
4913  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.
4914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College football....First HUGE upset of the season on: September 03, 2007, 12:42:47 PM
So this would be like the Plymouth Whalers beating the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final right?  Talk to me in language I understand people! smile  I really don't get how you Yankees go crazy over college football.  I bet you most Canadians couldn't tell you a single Canadian university football team if you asked them.
4915  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your [other] hobbies on: September 03, 2007, 12:38:01 PM
*study Japanese
*play some boardgames (Shogun, Heroscape, Battlelore (yet to be played)
*make models (havent done this in a while though)
*oggle every goddamn gorgeous Japanese girl I see walking down the street (this one keeps me busy, believe me you)
4916  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Font size on: September 03, 2007, 03:09:32 AM
Thanks for enabling that!  I see that Ceekay (in a perfectly appropriate manner) has already used it for his BSG conspiracy theory slywink
4917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College football....First HUGE upset of the season on: September 03, 2007, 03:05:32 AM

Why are those two teams even playing each other if they're in completely different leagues?
4918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College football....First HUGE upset of the season on: September 03, 2007, 02:23:43 AM
I know nothing about college football.  I just happened to see the last 2 minutes of the game on YouTube though.  Can someone please explain why this is an upset?
4919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post-Apocalypse Now (AE AAR) on: September 01, 2007, 01:30:46 PM
Ok next turn.  I'm going to keep moving my Infantry west because I'm hoping that abandoned town might have some resources for the to take advantage of or maybe some sort of squatters.  I right click on my unit and then click on their name to move them....

Doh! There's something there alright! But they aren't squatters!  Independents.  Some random warlords perhaps. You can see in the information box that they have three units and one terrain bonus. Doh doh doh!  If I had had a recon unit, I would have had it in stealth mode and it would have been able to move on.  Unfortunately my infantry don't have stealth mode so they're screwed.  Looks like I'm going to have to show you how combat works a lot sooner than I had hoped.

Combat!  I don't have any choice in the matter unfortunately-they attack me.  I do have initiative in this battle though which means that I get to make the first attack.

Attacking is fairly simple.  You just right-click on the unit you want to attack with, then click on "Combat Attack" and then click on the unit you want to attack.  Observe below.

I chose to attack the unit directly in front of me.  Could I have attacked the unit to my far right?  I honestly don't know-I haven't read the manual yet lol.  Anyways, he's the one we're attacking.  The tentacle beast has an attack of 4 and a defence of 3.  I have an attack of 3 and a defence of 3.  So he rolls 3 die and I roll 3.

Shazbot.  I roll a 2 in attack but he rolls a 3 in defense.  To make a long story short, I'm screwed.  I missed.  It's now their turn.  They roll to attack me.  They beat me by 1.  Now despite the fact that my unit has 4 hit points and I only lost the roll by one my unit was destroyed.  I'm not sure exactly why that is.  I'm wondering if it has somehting to do with the "Neuro Toxin 4" that you can see on the Tentacle Beast card.  Anyways that's it for me this round.  I have lots of action points because I had no units to use them with so I'm able to deploy my Grenadiers and I also draw another card which gives me some sort of Intelligence centre.

*edit* after some reading of the manual it appears that when a unit wounds their opponent with the neuro toxin attack, they automatically take off 4 minus whatever I roll for my resistance.  If you go back to look at the Imperial infantry card, you can see that their "resistance" is only 1.  Which means even if I would have rolled perfectly (with only one die) it would still have been 4-1.  So the orignal attack of one and then the extra 3 from the neuro toxin special completely killed my unit.  DOH!

4920  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Say hello to Simba's new little sister [56k asplosion of photos] on: August 31, 2007, 03:10:56 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 31, 2007, 02:53:57 PM

Quote from: Canuck on August 30, 2007, 11:29:03 PM

Well she's just the cutest little thing alright!!  But I personally think anybody who wants to have two huge dogs like that is crazy!  The first one must eat you out of house and home as it is! Are you by any chance one of those couples who has decided to forgo having kids and have dogs instead?  My aunt and uncle have done that.

We're not planning on any kids at the moment, and our dogs aren't necessarily an intentional test-run (even though they require almost as much responsibility), but we just enjoy dogs and love raising friendly, well-behaved animals.  It's very fulfilling and rewarding for us. 

Simba actually doesn't eat us out of house and home.  He weighs 85 pounds, but the puppies actually wind up eating more than adults during their growing phase, but once they reach full-size you switch to adult food and cut back the quantity.  Nala currently eats two full cups of dry food a day (1/2 cup in the morning, 1/2 at night), and she'll eat even more as she nears 1 year (as many as 4 to 5 cups a day), but once she reaches full size I'll have to cut back the quantity and change into an adult food or else you risk obesity problems.  Simba only eats 3 dry cups a day (1 1/2 in the morning and 1 1/2 at night), and he's fit, healthy, and never begs for food or scavenges off of Nala's leftovers.  It's misleading just how much a dog has to eat to remain healthy (many people wind up overfeeding their dogs, hence my in-laws' 120-pound lab/golden mix  icon_eek). 

The food isn't too expensive (we buy the Natural Choice Nutro line), it lasts a while, treats are given in moderation, and now that we have discovered a line of dog toys that are tested with tigers, we are even saving some money on replacing shredded toys because the new ones last so much longer.  So all in all the dogs aren't too terribly expensive (unless you factor in obedience training, boarding when we travel, annual vet bills, etc).  But even then it's not really that bad.  It costs me more time than money, and I'm okay with that.

Interesting-I love dogs but I think I love cats more.  They're so much less work!
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