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1561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] How does it look on larger HD sets? on: April 19, 2008, 01:38:45 PM
Looks fine on a 42' Panasonic Plasma (720p). One thing not mentioned with image quality is calibrating the picture. I had forgotten to calibrate the video input I hooked the PS2 up to and games looked horrible. The color was washed out and a lot of jaggies. I figured it was just how the system looked on an HDTV.

Then I figured out I didn't calibrate the picture settings and it was using the TV's default vivid setting. After I calibrated it the picture games looked a hell of a lot better. No more washed out colors and the jaggies decreased significantly.

I would not expect the crispness of the 360 visuals. But if you're having fun playing the games you won't give a damn.
1562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CGW..or if you must call it GfW is no more on: April 09, 2008, 07:06:07 PM
Definitely bummed by the news. I was buying CGW magazines since the late 80's, so tough to see it go.  icon_cry

I'll have to pick through select issues to save with my other defunct magazines before throwing any others away. "CGW meet Family Computing. Family Computing meet the new guy CGW."
1563  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zombie Strippers [movie] on: April 07, 2008, 06:34:13 PM

Quote from: Doopri on April 05, 2008, 10:12:23 PM

wow no kidding - what freakin' movie was i JUST watching that had a preview for this in the preview section??? damnit its going to drive me nuts!

It was on the Resident Evil: Extinction DVD. The trailer had us bawling at the deadpan line "They're zombies", "No, they're strippers", "They're zombie strippers." That trailer was better then the whole RE:E film, which probably isn't saying too much but at least this one is attempting to be bad.
1564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh...Oh NO. NKOTB Reunites. Tour Planned. on: April 03, 2008, 10:01:49 PM
Given their age it would be strange to still call them New Kids. Old Men on the Corner seems a more appropriate name.

Two female coworkers are discussing getting tickets just for the trainwreck factor, although I have my suspicions that's a cover as they admitted they were diehard fans in HS. But I hope they go as I'd love to hear a 3rd party account of the concert - uh, for the trainwreck factor of course.  ninja
1565  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deal: Prey $4.95 this weekend only! on: March 30, 2008, 03:05:03 AM
That's a no brainer. It's a great game. I think I paid about $35 for it and was more than happy at that price.
1566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC games you want to love but can't on: March 02, 2008, 05:01:26 PM
Jade Empire: Special Edition. It looks like they spent a lot of time on the PC version but I'm having a difficult time getting in to the game. I like RPG's, I like Kung Fu, but something about this game just isn't clicking. I boot it up every once in awhile and play for 15-20 minutes then get bored and stop.
1567  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New computer ordered... whoo! on: February 04, 2008, 07:55:42 PM
I got two of these from this deal and got them on Friday. Had the weekend to play with them and am generally pretty happy with it for a inexpensive upgrade over my aging rig.

I love how quiet this computer is. I didn't think my old rig was that loud, but wow, what a change.

It also delivers the performance boost I was hoping for with my games. Even was happy with Crysis running on Very high at 1024 x 768 with no major performance issues (1280 x 1024 things got less playable).

The only downsides I've found are uninstalling all the software applications Dell installs (thankfully a one time uninstall process) and Vista. Vista is taking some getting used to the layout and how things works. It's alright but I perfer XP. Vista does seem to perform slower than XP on my previous rig, particularly when loading Vista applications. I don't know if its Vista or the hard drive it comes with the XPS 420.

A minor inconvenience though since games seem to load fine which is what I'll be mainly using it for.

Overall though, for the price, this was a great purchase.
1568  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: January 30, 2008, 10:39:52 PM
You should start coming upon more and more fellowship quests in the 20's. Some are just not possible to solo or do with two people - even when they turn green (damn you Return to Weathertop!). But I found when one area has quests that either turn to fellowship reccomended or are too high level you can find another area that will be just right and have plenty of solo quests.
1569  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Streaming Blu-Ray Video to XBox 360 on: January 29, 2008, 05:00:31 AM
Oh well. Guess I'm shelving that idea. Thanks for the input everyone.
1570  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Streaming Blu-Ray Video to XBox 360 on: January 25, 2008, 10:16:39 PM
So I took advantage of the Slickdeals.net dealie on a Dell 420 computer. It comes with a Blu-Ray DVD Player/RW disk drive. Is there a way to stream Blu-Ray media to the XBox 360 to display on my TV?

I imagine I would need to covert it in to MPEG or some other format before I can stream it. Is this the way to do it or is it even possible? What would I need?

Thanks.

1571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wing Commander Ship Blueprints on: January 12, 2008, 01:31:48 AM
Last time I visited home I took a bunch of photos of some old game boxes, game manuals and other game related stuff I had left at the house. Here's some more WC nostalgia from then:


The manual


Some of the character descriptions


A WC and WC2 pamphlet. Speech Packs!


I didn't get a PC till late so when I finally got one the deluxe edition was out.
1572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone try Shadowgrounds Survivor yet? on: January 01, 2008, 05:47:01 PM
I have it but haven't played more than the first few minutes so can't speak to length.

But did want to mention you can get both Shadowgrounds games for $12.95 on Steam (which is where I got them). I think that price goes away sometime today.
1573  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What MMO's are everyone doing these days? on: December 28, 2007, 09:37:30 PM
I played D&D Online for the first time last month and ending up canceling after the free month was done.

I did like the novel concept of the game where you level up by, not by killing monsters, but by completing dungeon quests. Battles were more action oriented than standard MMOs. Instead of just going up to a monster hitting "Q" on the keyboard to initiate an attack then clicking a few icons you actually had to click the mouse button each time you wanted to swing your weapon. Or hold down the mouse button to block and attack. Positioning mattered too where more damage would be done if you attack a monster from the side or back. And to spice things up you also had spells and abilities to use during battles. And if that wasn't enough you could hold down the shift button to dodge or roll out of the way of monsters.
 
So while the concept was neat in practice it didn't work so well. Battles ended up being click fests so you could swing your weapon as fast as possible. At some point though your character animation would fall behind your frenzied clicking so when you tried to initiate a timely spell, ability, or heal you would have to wait for the swinging to catch up. So many battles I would end up using abilities when the fight was almost over or my partner was crumpling to the ground because I didn't heal in time "sorry! still swinging!"

I never did figure out how rolling or dodging benefited me. No matter how acrobatic and crazy I was in my maneuvering, monsters always faced me. Even zombies possessed some type of heat seeking radar to keep me faced in front of them.

I'm sure there was some type of finesse to the combat I was missing but I couldn't figure it out. So I basically turned in to a Street Fighter II button masher.

Now if the game had any room for finesse, at least in the early levels, Turbine wasn't making it easy to discover. Get this, almost all abilities/buffs last 15 seconds. Yes, the actual ability/buff description says it lasts 15 seconds. How is a 10% dodge increase for 15 seconds going to help in the course of a battle exactly? In the time it takes to hunt down the ability icon you could get in 8 or 9 more mouse clicks! Instead of spending time

It basically meant all those pretty icons were useless with the exception of DD spells, heals and out of combat abilities.

Couple this with the fact that you could only use those buffs/abilities a set number of times per "day" made them particularly tempting to just ignore all together.

The other thing that drove me nuts was that equipment, particularly weapons, took damage so easily and when you repaired them you didn't get the full "health" of the item back. Slimes are a menace to equipment and should be banned from all lower level dungeons. They particularly love to eat through maces to the point where I was bringing 3 of those weapons with me so I could last the entire dungeon crawl.

Despite all that I did have fun with the game for that month. Some of those dungeon quests were neat and well written. But I couldn't see forking over $14 a month for a game I would mainly button smash with.

Just a week ago I started playing Lord of the Rings Online and am enjoying that one quite a bit. With the holiday pricing of $10 a month I'll probably keep that one going for awhile along with my regular standby EQ2.
1574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever Tomorrow!!! on: December 19, 2007, 10:43:11 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 19, 2007, 06:48:15 PM

I still laugh till I cry at THIS DNF ventrillo server verbal assault hehehe. Its  NSFW due to language. Some guy in Vent starts using Duke voice clips to harrass some bi%$#. Really pisses her off till near the end she's freaking out. Goes on like 40 minutes heheh.

They need to add mini game based on this and include it in the actual game. That was hilarious.
1575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Golden Compass on: December 16, 2007, 06:28:49 PM
I saw the film the other day and didn't think they did the books much justice. The pacing was way too fast in some areas and they seemed to leave out a lot of the dialogue that built the characters in favor of action/special effects. I didn't quite see where the $200m went in to the film. There were a lot of special effects but I've seen other movies with about the same amount that cost far less.

I do have to say they did a good job with the polar bear fight. Usually CG creature battles are pretty lame but they got enough through that you actually cared about the outcome.

I'm mixed on if I want them to continue making the movies. The second book was my favorite and I could hardly put it down. But after the lackluster first movie I'd hate to see them water that one down too in favor of action/special effects.
1576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HDTV Comparisons on: December 03, 2007, 10:59:26 PM
I would definitely check out other electronic stores to see TVs in action. I found Circuit City and Best Buy had the worst set up for video source and no callibration for their TVs. I went to Tweeter and Abt Electronics and they had most of their TVs running off of DVD players (upconvered or blu-ray) or from an obvious HD source giving me a much better idea of what I was in store for. Tweeter in particular was running some Discovery HD promo videos which had my jaw dropping - I was happy to find out that the actual broadcasts from Discovery HD were just as amazing when I got a TV home.

You may want to bring your own DVDs too and have them play on the sets (Tweeter was totally cool with me doing that). You're familiar with how they look on your own set so will be able to see the difference. If you want to test how the black levels look on the set you can bring a DVD that has a lot of black in it such as Alien or Sin City.

I bought a plasma and have had no issues with anything mentioned here (glare, heat, burn-in) but with these latest gen of technology you probably won't notice a huge difference between the comparable name brands.
1577  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is TiVo worth it? on: November 28, 2007, 10:19:23 PM

Quote from: warning on November 28, 2007, 02:17:02 PM

I'm wondering what the Tivo to go thing is and how it works?  I understand that in some way it lets you make copies of the stuff you've recorded right?  Does it let you remove the commercials?

TiVoToGo allows you to transfer shows from your TiVo to and from your computer/portable media device. So you can transfer shows to your computer/portable device, watch them there, or burn them to DVD (need to purchase specific software to this). Being able to transfer shows from the PC to the TiVo is a nice feature as it allows you to use your computer hard drive to store TiVo recorded shows. You can also transfer any MPEG-2 video files to your TiVo to watch.

Transferring doesn't remove commercials. You can do that with the DVD burning software but from what I've read its a time consuming process to both remove and re-encode the video once the commercials are cut. It sounds like it's not worth it unless you are dead set against seeing any type of advertisement.
1578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Blackest of Fridays 07 - Post Your Loot! on: November 24, 2007, 05:16:35 PM
Yeah, it seemed like Best Buy was the store best prepared for the crowds. The first Circuit City I went to was a total mess. I made my way to the registers where there were a few lines. I was stopped before I could get there and told the line started in middle isle of the store. So I went to the middle isle and decided to walk out of the store. There were what looked to be three huge lines snaked off of the main isle with no one directing. One went down one of the DVD isles where no one could get by. Another was snaked around the back of the store ending up god knows where. The other one was straight down the middle of the isle. No orginization at all.

So I put back what I had (2 games) and went to another Circuit City near a Target I wanted to hit and there was no wait at that one.

Made out with the following loot:

Circuit City:
Super Mario Galaxy Wii $34.99
Halo 3 XB360 $59.99 (w/ $10 giftcard, which they just took off the game)

Target:

Gears of War XB360 - $38
Call of Duty 4 - $48

Best Buy:

LOTR Online x2 - $9.99
Panasonic 5.8GHz Digital Cordless Phone Set w/ 2 Handsets - $59.99

Gamecrazy:

Dead Rising - $19.99
1579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: gametap favorites on: November 24, 2007, 04:52:44 PM
Overlord is a must if you haven't played that yet. Hopefully they worked some of the kinks out of it. There was a period there where I had to uninstall and reinstall the game to get past certain parts of the game.

I would put Uplink: Hacker Elite and Space Colony on your list of games to check out too. Those two were surprises for me on how fun they were.

But yeah, the amount of choices are overwhelming.

1580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zack and Wiki review from IGN on: November 06, 2007, 08:53:50 PM
We're at the Lava area now and really enjoying the game so far. With the two of us we've been able to figure out all the puzzles without assistance. The puzzles tend to be logical and I love that you can usually reason solutions out once you have all the pieces or a little trail and error.

So far the only puzzle that really had us stuck was the last ice level. You die a lot in that one and each time you die the solution changes, which is REALLY annoying. We finally had use pen and paper to help us finish the level; when we did finally finish it we had the highest score so that was a small comfort.

The game did start to get nasty on the lava levels as you can find yourself near the end of a puzzle and make one fatal mistake that means you either have to start over or use up a life.

In any case I noticed the same thing with the treasure you get from the rabbit who goes out on the map. I can't find where it is documented either. So far I've only been able to complete one of those songs - and that took forever. The other two I've come across have been impossible. The song guy needs to be a lot more forgiving.
1581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Happy 30th Atari 2600 on: October 01, 2007, 09:06:23 PM

Quote from: warning on October 01, 2007, 02:21:37 PM

I remember when Pac-Man came out for the 2600.  My friends and I went apeshit - "You mean we can play Pac-Man and won't have to pay a quarter??!!"

Which quickly became "What is this shit?"

I think my father ended up paying something in the neighborhood of $80 for Pac Man around X-Mas time from Sears. We were very disappointed in the game but I played it any ways. It does have it's memories though. I can still clearly remember the 'bonking' sound of eating pellets.

In any case my general memories:

- Playing a single game of Missile Command for about 6-7 hours in to the wee hours of the morning and flipping the score
- Turning over the Chuck Norris Superkicks cartridge over to play some Artillery Duel
- Excitedly purchasing 99 cent games near the time of the video game crash and then realizing they were crap
- Blowing in to the cartridges to get the dust out
- Discovering you could 'cheat' in Decathlon using the Powerstick joystick by placing it upside down on the ground and wiggling; consequently I broke several of these mini-joysticks playing in this manner but had some amazing scores, particularly in the pole vault - joystick picture url http://www.amigau.com/aig/joysticks.jpg
- The blaring noise the 2600 made if you didn't push the cartridge in far enough
- Flipping through the 2600 game catalogs
- Knowing I should have asked for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back instead of James Bond

Was a great console for a time when I spent too much of my time playing video games both at home and in the arcades.
1582  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Titan Quest (original game) $9.98 Target Clearance on: September 30, 2007, 12:34:53 AM
I picked it up for $10 as well. Then got it home and realized it was the add-on. Bah.

Also Jade Empire was $15 which I picked up as well.
1583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name that RPG on: September 10, 2007, 07:16:02 PM
Origin's Knights of Legend by any chance? Think one of the races had a wings.

The games most distinguishing feature on the C64 was having to swap disks continually. I really wanted to play the game but the amount of disk swapping that needed to be done was just inane.
1584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Merging Accounts (?) on: September 10, 2007, 07:02:38 PM
So a fewweeks ago I broke down and purchased an Xbox 360 as I REALLY wanted to play Bioshock. I created an account for the Box "Crawley" and started playing Bioshock. It wasn't until several days later that I hooked the 360 up to my router. When I went on to Live it said my name was already in use (no surprise there) so I just created a new name.

I went on using the 360 and playing Bioshock when I noticed that I had two log in names. One, "Crawley" had all my Bioshock achievements, and my Live account name didn't have any. When I would log in with my Live account name and play Bioshock none of the saves were there either.

Is there a way to merge these two accounts in to one? I suppose it's not a huge deal as I'll just delete the "Crawley" account once I finish Bioshock but it would be nice to send over any achievements I did accomplish for the game to this other account.
1585  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Legends of Norrath on: September 06, 2007, 07:11:28 PM
I played through the tutorials yesterday (there's like 11). They certainly put a lot of thought in to the game as there's quite a lot to it.

Other than playing Magic a bit I haven't tried any of the other collectable card games but it seems similar in some ways to Magic. LON has got 2 players, you play monster/spell/ability cards that have certain stats, you have a mana/health pool, etc. Where it might get a bit different is the way to win. You either win by reducing the other players health to 0 or by completing quest cards.

The quest cards basically boil down to sacrificing other cards (ability cards) to complete them. After completing 4 quests you win.

It can get nasty as your opponent can be working on the same quest as you (there are 2 in play at any given time) and if you complete the quest before them they lose any points they have put in to it.

There's a few other nuances to it beyond just the cards but it looks like it could be fun.

I haven't tried playing a live game against anyone yet (took me like an hour and a half to get through those tutorials) so can't comment on how that works. But looking forward to it and getting some in-game items from playing.
1586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlord coming to Gametap on 8-9-2007!!! on: August 24, 2007, 03:31:02 AM
My wife and I are totally addicted to this game and absolutely love it. It's kinda surprising for her to like this game as she pretty much only plays adventure games. This game is basically a retooled version of Pikmin. I would not have regretted playing full price so paying the Gametap price makes it a steal.

Plus there's more goodies in the "coming soon" section of Gametap including Grim and Jericho.
1587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally - an accessible HD Tivo! on: July 25, 2007, 12:20:39 AM

Quote from: Chaz on July 24, 2007, 08:25:19 PM

With cable cards, do you have to rent, or do you buy them, and how much do they generally go for?  Is it cheaper than having the full cable box?  VOD isn't really something we use at all, so that's no loss.

You rent the cable cards from the cable company who will need to come out and install and set them up. There's nothing to it for the install but they need to sync some information up from the cards, your TiVo unit, and the cable mothership before it will start working.

The price is all over the place. They're supposed to be an inexpensive alternative to the cable box but it was left open to the cable operators what to charge. So you'll find prices ranging from free to about $5 a month. You need to call your cable operator to find out what they are charging per card.
1588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally - an accessible HD Tivo! on: July 24, 2007, 07:05:18 PM

Quote from: Chaz on July 23, 2007, 09:21:27 PM

So, this cable card thing.  What's the deal?  Does it eliminate the need to have a cable box?  Does it cost anything to get the cable cards?  And have they talked price for the external storage thing?

Yes, the cable cards replace the cable box. The TiVo HD also supports the M-Card (multistreaming) which means you only need a single M-Card for both tuners. So it should be cheaper to use a single cable card than two. Problem is the M-Cards are new and pretty rare so most markets won't have them right off the bat. But good for future knowledge as you'll be able to cut down on an extra $3-$4 a month on the second cable card.

The problem with the current crop of cable cards is none of them support VOD. It's a big deal to some people. So until a cable card that supports 2-way communication comes on the market you're out of luck with that short of getting a separate cable box.

As far as external storage there is a SATA port on the back of the unit where you can hook up an external SATA hard drive for additional capacity. The official word is that this support is coming late 2007. Series 3 owners are currently enjoying this feature by using a back door code. It's not officially supported but TiVo seems to be looking the other way right now with people who have used it. It's still unknown if the TiVo HD will have this back door code with it, so best to set expectations that you'll be waiting to the official feature roll out.

But the TiVos have always been "easily" upgradable by replacing the internal hard drive with a larger one. If you don't want to do it your self there are companies like Weaknees and DVRUpgrade that either do it for you or send you the kits to do it. Both of those sites are already accepting pre-orders for upgraded TiVo HDs - the most expensive, offering 125 hours of HD recording, costs about as much as a Series 3.
1589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quake Wars tries to do in game ads right on: June 20, 2007, 07:09:08 PM
So what does the in-game advertising in BF2142 actually look like? It's been awhile since I uninstalled it but when I was playing it heavily I never noticed the ads appearing.
1590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap - free version on: June 01, 2007, 07:02:22 PM
I didn't notice any major downloading slowdown (paid version) but I would imagine with yesterdays launch there were a lot of people trying it out all at once. The only thing driving traffic spikes going forward will be quality of the free game selections each Thursday.
1591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 05/22/07 on: May 23, 2007, 02:52:30 AM
I'd highly reccomend giving Dorm a try. The trailer bills it as another j-horror flick but it's actually a real nice coming of age story, almost like a Stand By Me. I sat down to watch it a few nights ago. My wife, who was on her way up to do something on the computer, decided to check out the beginning. We ended up watching the whole thing together and both enjoyed it immensely.

There's a lot of nice little mystery plot elements at the start, all of which all get answered throughout the film. It's got a few scares, a couple big laughs, and some touching moments to make a well rounded film.

This is Thai film so there is a bit of cultural elements that I can see being very odd to a Western audience when they pop up (apparently the Thai like there pissing scenes) but it's well grounded enough on the basic elements, that it makes the film easy for universal consumption.

So give it either a Netflix/Blockbuster rental.
1592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London subscription 'bonuses' announced on: May 09, 2007, 09:45:34 PM
Its difficult to say how much of an impact on the game most of that will have until you actually start playing it. It may not even turn out to be that big deal to have more locker or character slots. I can't see many people buying in to this right away until they see how this impacts them.

They probably should have done the pricing structure where you can just do single purchases for all this "extra stuff."

- $1 for extra character slot
- $1 for bonus armor set
- $0.10 to travel to area x

So if it tanks initially I would start expecting a cheaper "new subscriber" offer to show up within a few months. Or if really poor sales they just give this stuff away for free on the games anniversary.
1593  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TiVo Series 3 Price Drop? (Please!!) on: April 24, 2007, 06:48:49 PM
Can get a S3 for $500 from TiVo and it comes with their wireless adapter: http://www.tivo.com/0.11.welcomeback.asp
1594  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TiVo Series 3 Price Drop? (Please!!) on: April 18, 2007, 06:40:16 PM
Home Video Movie Sharing (Yes) - http://www.tivo.com/4.9.26.asp
TiVoToGo Show Transfers (No)
Multi-Room Viewing Transfers (No)
1595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Dragoon coming to Gametap. Cool? on: April 13, 2007, 03:04:50 AM
It's supposed to be Saturn emulation from what I read. It wasn't a console I owned (nor many people I guess) so looking forward to trying out the Saturn library. Really impressed with the service, the games they get on there, and the frequency they appear. Got in on that great September deal with a lot of skepticism about the service (saw a few games I wanted to play that I never had but not much else) but if I had to right now I would renew the subscription - but thankfully I'm good till October.
1596  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: April 06, 2007, 06:43:25 PM
I thought you were able to play actual notes in LOTRO composing your own music. Is that the case or is it just selecting various combinations of predefined sequences of notes?
1597  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: March 19, 2007, 08:26:29 PM
I saw a story on Joystiq the other day showing how musical instruments are actually playable (through the keyboard). Has anyone tried this out and have some feedback on it? This actually sounds like a pretty unique intergration that has me rather interested.

Here's the Joystiq blurb on it - http://www.joystiq.com/2007/03/18/lord-of-the-rings-online-music-system/
1598  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Nod32 Antivirus - half off deal. (great AV, one of the best) on: February 28, 2007, 10:48:53 PM
Very nice. After McAfee kept getting overloaded with junk and an overally complicated menu system I asked for opinions of virus checkers here. This was one of the ones that was suggested. After doing the trial I haven't used anything but as it did everything I wanted.

Highly reccomend it. Very small footprint on your computer, easy to navigate, automatically scans new files before you open them and very fast.

My wife for some odd reason chose to stay with McAfee, even though she complains about it, but hopefully the price point will get her to finally ditch it.
1599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name! This! Movie! on: February 23, 2007, 07:00:09 PM
There was 60's monster movie called Navy vs The Night Monsters where they ended up napalming a valley full of plant creatures. So it meets the criteria but I'm not sure how you could mistake one movie for the other. Basically Navy vs The Night Monsters is a film to be played on the MST3K ripoff shows.
1600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Wii Play at Target, Overland Park, KS! on: February 14, 2007, 08:04:41 PM
Picked it up yesterday. I was really anticipating this one as it would be another Wii Sports type dealie but it was pretty disappointing. The Table Tennis in particular since, as described above, it is nothing more than Pong. Was hoping for a more frantic version of Wii Tennis.

Fishing was also a disappointment. It's a single small watering hole where you can already see the fish. You basically just need to position your line over the pool, wait for a nibble, and pull back on the remote. You don't even get to cast the line.

Billiards seems the most full fledge one but looks like you can only play 9-ball. I didn't get to try the 2 player mode out as my wife was having a hell of a performing the motions to hit the ball. I have no idea what was wrong since I asked her to let me try and I was able to do it just fine. It was funny to see her make a stabbing mation over and over again without any affect - my added "Kiyaah!" and "Banzai!" shouts kept me entertained but seemed to frustrate her more.

She was a master at Find Mii, which I sucked at. She was at level 35 or something insane like that before she finally got stumped. That one only has limited replayability. Same goes for Pose Mii which was fun but I can't see playing it often.

Probably the most fun game we played together was Charge!. But it again felt more like a test demo as there was just a single track and nothing new once you went through the race once.

All in all pretty disappointing so I was thankful I had a $5 off coupon and used some Rewards gift cards to pay for it. There's potentail to make some nice full fledged games out of some of these mini-games so hopefully they'll do that as this was pretty lacking.
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