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10321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The perfect ass on: August 26, 2006, 04:34:49 PM
Do a google Image search for "Keyra Maxim" and you get some nice NSFW pictures from the Argentinian Maxim.   :icon_eek:
10322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: August 26, 2006, 04:26:43 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on August 26, 2006, 06:33:16 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 26, 2006, 02:17:45 AM

I would like to see some Rage Against the Machine.  Some funky wa-wa rock would rule!
Rumor off of the GH2 forums :
I'm reading the latest Official Playstation Magazine (Sept 06) and there's a part on page 26 where it talks about Raul Renteria, a QA tester who is really really good at the game. "To prove this, Renteria played Rage Against the Machine's 'Killing in the Name' on Expert with his back to the screen, racking up a near perfect score."

Oh sweet jebus...
10323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What new shows are you looking forward to? on: August 26, 2006, 06:06:07 AM
Sadly, two of my favorite shows right now (Monk and Psych) just ended their season until January.  It seems like they just started with the new episodes a couple weeks ago.  KHAAANN!

Of the new shows, I might check out 20 Good Years, 30 Rock, and Help Me Help You.
10324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amazing looking PS3 game. on: August 26, 2006, 04:11:56 AM
I have no idea if this will be anything more than a mediocre launch title used to fill a market void, but the one interesting thing they have said about the game is that the vehicles are supposed to leave physical ruts in the ground that affect your driving.  While that is an extremely important fact in real off-road driving, I'm not sure if it will be implemented in a way to be fun or just frustrating. 
10325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood Summer Movie Season on: August 26, 2006, 03:52:41 AM
Little Miss Sunshine kicked all their asses.  icon_biggrin
10326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't Download This Song on: August 26, 2006, 03:46:34 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 26, 2006, 03:18:50 AM

I was kinda 'meh' up until the freaking sharks, and then I was like 'check out these motherfucking sharks in this motherfucking video!!!' and everything was good.  Except Tony Danza.  He's just bad.  Discuss.

I was kinda 'meh' up until...well, the whole damn thing.  Meh. 
10327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever had your hair cut by fine young women? on: August 26, 2006, 03:35:19 AM
I think she was probably just looking for some fat tips. 
10328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NEW TEAM FORTRESS 2 TRAILER!!!! on: August 26, 2006, 02:54:27 AM

Quote from: Dafones on August 26, 2006, 02:00:22 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 25, 2006, 11:01:07 PM

Looks great but I fail to see why we've been forced to wait so long...and still waiting. Hope its free.

I think it comes bundled with the purchase of Episode II. Along with Portal.

Which was just delayed until next February (at the earliest). 
10329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 connected to PC??? on: August 26, 2006, 02:48:12 AM
If you don't get the DVI working, you can just get a VGA switch-box to which you connect your video card and 360, and then connect the box to your monitor with a third cable.  That allows you to switch back and forth on the fly between the two inputs and costs less than $20 I think. 
10330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Woohoo! US gets pink and black DS Lites on September 13th! on: August 26, 2006, 02:43:57 AM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 25, 2006, 02:00:31 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 25, 2006, 01:07:49 AM

It has always struck me as weird how Nintendo seems so reluctant to release their portable systems in the colors most wanted (black, silver, etc) even when they are available in other areas. 
Weird? It's just hardcore milking.  It's how Nintendo stays in business.

What I was saying is that if you never release a black version of the GBA in the US, for example, you are just not appealing to the total market.  Why they were so reticent to do such things is what baffles me.  Sure, release it a year later and milk the market, but to never do so when those colors are available elsewhere is a bit baffling. 
10331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: August 26, 2006, 02:17:45 AM
I would like to see some Rage Against the Machine.  Some funky wa-wa rock would rule!
10332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just recently got a 360 and I need some help. Plz help me! on: August 26, 2006, 01:01:31 AM
Just a wild stab in the did set up a Live Gold account, right?  With the free silver you can still download demos and use the marketplace but you can't play multiplayer games.  Setting up your Live account and registering your system online should net you a free month of Gold, so I would assume you did that but figured it's one more thing to check.  
10333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause Demo on: August 25, 2006, 04:58:54 AM
Well I had a bit of fun with that demo, but I don't think that literally dropping the player into the game like that is the best way to start off.  Trying to line up for the drop onto the car for that first mission gave me flashbacks of Pilot Wings, and it wasn't pretty. 
10334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NEW TEAM FORTRESS 2 TRAILER!!!! on: August 25, 2006, 04:01:49 AM
The only thing I didn't like is that it looked like the bullets coming out of the heavy gunner's weapon were going all over the place.  I can understand some spreading and innacurracy, but that looked nearly impossible to aim skillfully. 
10335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [GBA] This slipped right under my radar! on: August 25, 2006, 03:23:16 AM

Quote from: stiffler on August 25, 2006, 02:23:55 AM

Ninja Five-O is f'ing HARD.

Hell yeah it is.  But as one of the few other grappling hook games, I still love it!  icon_biggrin
10336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Test Drive: Unlimited demo on: August 25, 2006, 03:21:27 AM
Interestingly enough, the XBox Live demos have so far more convinced me to not buy more games than it has convinced me to buy (or want to buy).  Pretty much the only one I've played so far that has made me want the full game was Lost Planet.  And that won't be out until next year!
10337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No freakin way!! I'm a multimillionare!! on: August 25, 2006, 02:10:12 AM
Goddamn, you are so lucky!  If only such a thing would fall into my lap!
10338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Megatron! [Spoilers] on: August 25, 2006, 01:52:54 AM
If you're worried about a file getting yanked from somebody elses server and don't have space of your own, just post them here using the Attatch function so they are hosted locally. 

And how in the fuck does that look like Megatron in any way?  Jeepers...
10339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mushrooms - love, hate or indifferent? on: August 25, 2006, 01:50:09 AM
I never request them on anything but I won't really pick them out if they come on pizza or something.  The flavor doesn't really do anything for me and the texture is pretty horrid.  Like trying to eat slimy slugs or something. 
10340  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: FlatOut 2 $18 on: August 25, 2006, 01:47:31 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on August 24, 2006, 05:43:17 PM

I would love to.. but...


Not in the North American release.  The are using SecuRom here. 
10341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NEW TEAM FORTRESS 2 TRAILER!!!! on: August 25, 2006, 01:42:09 AM
That game looks full of style.  I give major props to Valve for not just phoning this one in (especially since it is to be released with Episode 2). 
10342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lumines = $23.75 and not $15? on: August 25, 2006, 01:39:37 AM
I am not a fan of this practice of holding certain content back (especially content that allows you to actually "complete" the game) and then releasing it later for extra transactions. 

As an aside, if you buy your Marketplace points at Best Buy using one of the Gamer Gift Card $5 off coupons you can get them for $1 per 100 points.  A better deal and makes things much easier for the head math.   icon_wink

1600 points = ($19.99 - $5) * 1.08 = $16.19

Preemptive explanation of Gamer Gift Cards - These are just a gift card that you buy and put money on like any other, but they come with a coupon for $5 off a game/accessory of $19.99 or more.  Just get the card and put a few dollars on it in one transaction, and then use the card and coupon to purchase your game/accessory.  Just be sure in that second transaction they scan the coupon before the gift card or the register jockey will get confused and then have to get the manager over there to void it and start over. 
10343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness on: August 25, 2006, 01:18:33 AM
I enjoyed Riddick a lot.  I played the Developer's Cut version on the PC and ended up playing it through a second time (a very rare thing for me) to listen to all the developer commentary.  A total blast.  One of the best games I've bought for less than $20. 

Having said that, I am obviously interested in this one.  I'm not familiar with the comic story, but from what I've read it should allow for some pretty crazy and gruesome gameplay. 
10344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [GBA] This slipped right under my radar! on: August 25, 2006, 01:16:02 AM
I still have my GBC version of Bionic Commando for use in my GBA.  That is one of my favorite games ever.  Bionic grapple arms rock!
10345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause Demo on: August 25, 2006, 01:11:18 AM
Downloading this one on my 360 right now.  The last trailer they released was mediocre at best, but I've read some things and seen other movies which make it seem like it could be a good kind of super-Bond doing GTA tyep game.  Crossing my fingers that it's good. 
10346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Woohoo! US gets pink and black DS Lites on September 13th! on: August 25, 2006, 01:07:49 AM
It has always struck me as weird how Nintendo seems so reluctant to release their portable systems in the colors most wanted (black, silver, etc) even when they are available in other areas. 
10347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need help recovering Xbox Live account on: August 24, 2006, 02:19:34 AM
You can always try to call 1-800-4MYXBOX and see if they can help you out with the information that you do know.
10348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2006 (Keep it Updated) on: August 24, 2006, 01:26:16 AM
Wow, I have a bit of catching up to do with my list.  Not sure if I will remember them all, but here goes...

Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Caught Stealing - Charlie Huston
A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
Going to Pieces without Falling Apart - Mark Epstein
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Mother Night - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
God Bless You, Mr Rosewater - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Down to the Dirt - Joel Hynes
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
The Wind-up Bird Chronicles - Haruki Murakami
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
Lucky Wander Boy - D.B. Weiss
Torpedo Juice - Tim Dorsey
Florida Roadkill - Tim Dorsey
Hammerhead Ranch Motel - Tim Dorsey
The Stingray Shuffle - Tim Dorsey
Tourist Season - Carl Hiaasen
Apathy and Other Small Victories - Paul Neilan
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon
The Best American Non-Required Reading 2004 - various, edited by Dave Eggers
The Belle Jar - Sylvia Plath
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Hunting the Jackal - Billy Waugh with Tim Keown
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
East of Eden - Jon Steinbeck
Six Bad Things - Charlie Huston
A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
Last Call - Tim Powers
Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
The War of the Flowers - Tad Williams
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
Beowulf - translation by Seamus Heaney
Thud! - Terry Pratchett
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
Contact - Carl Sagan
MiddleSex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
A Million Little Pieces - James Frey
A Dangerous Man - Charlie Huston
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler
Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan
Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
The Prestige - Christopher Priest
A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin
Heavier Than Heaven - Charles R. Cross

currently reading: The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
10349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 08/22/06 on: August 23, 2006, 02:29:52 AM
I've got "Film Geek" in my Netflix queue. 
10350  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: FlatOut 2 $18 on: August 23, 2006, 02:04:54 AM

Quote from: Goldchamp on August 22, 2006, 07:07:17 PM

Fry's has it for same price this week also

So buy it!  Buy them all!!!   Hahaha hahah
10351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/21) on: August 23, 2006, 01:59:15 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 22, 2006, 02:01:09 PM

Quote from: siege on August 22, 2006, 03:51:45 AM

Not a thing. I'm a huge football fan, but the Madden series is the biggest ripoff of all time. It's essentially a roster update every year.

And (not surprisingly) the game is buggy. Again. At least the 360 version is.

And yet they will all buy it again next year.   Roll Eyes
10352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Random Assorted 360 Questions on: August 23, 2006, 01:55:28 AM
I have my 360 hooked up to a 20" monitor and I sit in my recliner which I would estimate is about 7 feet back from head to screen.  If there is a game with a lot of smaller text to read I might scoot forward a foot or so.  But I also need new glasses, so that could be part of the problem.   icon_wink
10353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 22, 2006, 03:01:35 PM
For all the reasons above (easpouse, buying the NFL license to avoid competition from better products) and more.

Over the years they have also bought a number of very good development houses and then proceeded to gut and destroy them (Origin, Bullfrog, et al).

Also, their whole mindset is based around the yearly sports releases, even for non-sports titles.  They continue to release new Battlefield games and expansions and yet never properly fix the old versions before dumping a new one on the market (with it's own problems).  In general, they release a lot of games that are small iterations on previous releases without fixing some of the most glaring problems.

Part of their contract with Microsoft also allows them to control what XBox Live games get support, forcing people to buy the newer versions if they want to continue to play multiplayer games.  It has also been noted that compared to other XBox Live games the EA ones tend to have spotty lag problems.  

And despite all this shit there are still people who go out every year and put money in their pocket for half-baked games.  
10354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I thought I spent a lot of time online at the GT forums... on: August 22, 2006, 02:07:21 AM
Sheesh, I didn't realize I would be in the top 10.  I will often have the GT forums open in the background as I read an article that was linked or check out some news, movies, etc. about something we were discussing. 
10355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Savage 2: Whos stoked? on: August 22, 2006, 01:59:05 AM
I'm pretty psyched for Savage 2.  I'm not as big a fan of some of the character designs as I was in the first one, but hopefully the gameplay is there and it kicks all sorts of ass.  I also hope they have done something to help the problem of the commander having so much influence in the direction a map goes.  In the first one if you didn't have a good commander in the seat right away it was an uphill struggle with very little hope of success. 

Project Offset doesn't really have enough information for me to form an opinion about yet.  I'll give it another look when they start releasing in-game shots and movies. 
10356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Let's nitpick our favorite games! on: August 22, 2006, 01:47:23 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 21, 2006, 08:06:37 AM

- Bots don't play the dark ops game modes unless you download a patch. Since I dont have Live, how the hell am I going to get the patch? I've emailed OXM a couple of times about maybe putting it on one of their demo discs but they never answer.

If you have broadband all you need is the free Live Silver membership to download updates and use the marketplace.  If you don't have broadband then you are indeed hosed. 
10357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/21) on: August 22, 2006, 01:40:38 AM
This week I'm only picking up Texas Hold 'em because it's free. 

I almost picked up a used copy of Conker last week and seeing the lack of releases for the next couple weeks I think I will go try to find it or some other game I never got around to playing when it was new. 
10358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 8/20/06 on: August 21, 2006, 02:43:00 AM

Quote from: gellar on August 21, 2006, 01:26:09 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 21, 2006, 01:18:26 AM

Am I the only one who finds those three Asian ladies way hotter than the "focus" of the first picture?

Well, except for the one on the left...
You. Are. Wrong.


10359  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: "You have already made a post." on: August 20, 2006, 11:26:04 PM
I've had that same problem a couple times.  I'm not sure if the forum has a timer that limits how many posts you can make within a certain time limit or what.  Usually if I just go back to the thread and try to post again it works, or else I repeat that a couple times and it works. 
10360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tom Chick disses GT! on: August 20, 2006, 11:15:50 PM
Jiminy jillickers ... to change the subject to something more pleasant: 5/5 for Dead Rising, Tom?   icon_wink  I understand you use the rating to convey "the reviewer's enthusiasm for a game", but shouldn't that enthusiasm be tempered with the pitfalls that are also present in a game?  Considering you are writing your reviews for gamers, doesn't the fact that many people have serious problems with certain aspects of the game (saves, dumb AI, enless escorts, controls, timed, forced restarts, etc) lead you to think that perhaps you were a bit over enthusiastic?  If not, can you explain why?  (that's not an attack, I would honestly like to know your feelings on the subject)
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