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9241  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / [XBLA] 1600 Marketplace Pts for $15 at Target on: August 11, 2008, 12:14:23 AM
1600 point cards for $14.99 at Target this week.

With all of the awesome upcoming games this might be a good time to stock up on cheaper points.  Last week had Braid, this week is Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Castle Crashers is coming...might as well save $5.
9242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL]360 game installs on: August 10, 2008, 10:58:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 10, 2008, 10:56:24 PM

<shrug> my games run fine they way they are.

9243  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: August 10, 2008, 10:54:21 PM
I don't know the movie, but that is a slogan Woodie Guthrie had on his guitar:

9244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: August 10, 2008, 09:35:26 PM
Haha, I thought we had done that movie but didn't realize it was the exact same picture.  Try another one Simon.
9245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo this thursday? on: August 10, 2008, 09:32:54 PM
That would be nice.
9246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: August 10, 2008, 09:18:31 PM
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
9247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 10, 2008, 09:16:30 PM
9248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now Isaac Hayes has left us on: August 10, 2008, 09:07:12 PM
I guess the great Thetan masters decided it was time to take him back.  Hopefully they don't punish him for his complience with the SouthPark conspiracy.  slywink
9249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: Where have you been all my life on: August 10, 2008, 07:50:19 PM
It's kind of nice to see that not everyone has the same favorite seasons, so it's not as if it totally went downhill for a couple years or something. 
9250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 10, 2008, 07:49:12 PM
I certainly wouldn't object to a mod killing that picture once and for all. 
9251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shrinky Dinks As a Threat To National Security on: August 10, 2008, 07:48:29 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 10, 2008, 05:44:06 PM

What are Shrinky Dinks?

They were (and apparently still are) a kind of clear plastic sheet that you could color in, cut out and then put in the oven to shrink and harden them. 
9252  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Banjo Kazooie and Viva Pinata 2 preorders for $37 @ NewEgg on: August 10, 2008, 05:08:16 PM

Quote from: Azhag on August 10, 2008, 01:55:38 PM

It's looking like $40 could be the MSRP on Banjo, though it's hard to tell. I see Viva listed for $40 at one or two and $60 at other places. In any case, you still can't be hurt by the newegg prices.

Well if that's the case then I guess this isn't such a great deal, but that is pretty awesome for Microsoft to do! 
9253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Late to the party - Gears of War on: August 10, 2008, 01:27:54 AM
I wouldn't go quite so far as to say it sucked, but I also felt it was overrated. 
9254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 10, 2008, 01:12:19 AM

Quote from: warning on August 10, 2008, 12:21:12 AM

I hate The Sound of Music.  Hate it.  Actually I pretty much hate all musicals.

Yes, musicals can pretty much all die. 
9255  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blizzard apparently losing customers - finds a Zhevra mount to give away on: August 09, 2008, 11:31:02 PM

Quote from: drifter on August 09, 2008, 10:56:44 PM

I and pretty much everyone I know that played at that time (release) had zero issues.

Not to be rude, but you must be forgetting the terrible city lag that wasn't fixed for at least 6 months, or the several cases of downtime that they had to reimburse free days for, or the reason they had to add server queues and the wait in those. 
9256  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Banjo Kazooie and Viva Pinata 2 preorders for $37 @ NewEgg on: August 09, 2008, 09:52:55 PM
The title pretty much says it all: $36.99 preorders for these two 360 games at NewEgg.  I saw this over at CAG:

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Viva Pinata 2
9257  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blizzard apparently losing customers - finds a Zhevra mount to give away on: August 09, 2008, 09:37:34 PM

Quote from: drifter on August 09, 2008, 09:18:29 PM

Actually at release time Blizzard was pretty much the only company that had enough servers to support every box they put out.  I do not think any company has done that.

What about Asheron's Call 1&2, LOTRO, and City of Heroes/Villians?

And WoW had serious troubles and performance issues for the first few months, most of which was related to database problems from what I hear.  Not disastrous, but certainly not smooth.
9258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: Where have you been all my life on: August 09, 2008, 09:28:10 PM
Huh, I may just have to put this in my Netflix queue.  I had a friend who was raving about it but I just never started watching it and I tend not to start a series in the middle.
9259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight spoof on: August 09, 2008, 07:29:03 PM
"Ok.  Not gonna help.  The hitting."

9260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 09, 2008, 07:18:30 PM
JC Angelo (and also, your picture link is broken, rickfc)
9261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 09, 2008, 07:00:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 09, 2008, 05:31:27 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on August 09, 2008, 04:58:39 PM

I couldn't wrap my head around someone dismissing ALL anime in one stroke. All the serious stuff with pretentions of depth?  Or all the humorous stuff with juvenile leanings?  Moral Dramas?  Seriously, I don't understand how you can dismiss one entire medium.  That seems perilously stupid and short-sighted to me.

I was going to say something along those same lines, but couldn't figure out quite how to put it.   Like you said, I don't think you can categorically dismiss an entire medium.   It's like someone saying "I hate books.  All of them.".

Well, I guess I hate the animation, character designs and voices for all the anime I've seen and have no desire to see any more.  How's that?

And it's not equivalent to "I hate all books", it's more like "I hate all sleazy romance chick-lit".  It's a subcategory of a subcategory of a medium.
9262  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Has Art regressed? on: August 09, 2008, 02:10:01 AM

Quote from: The Grue on August 09, 2008, 12:33:04 AM

Quote from: Biyobi on August 09, 2008, 12:23:11 AM

Quote from: The Grue on August 09, 2008, 12:01:16 AM

Quote from: helot2000 on August 08, 2008, 10:38:36 PM

My son looked at a huge white canvas with a few squiggles of black on it and said "Dad, even I could do that." 

Yes, but your son didn't.  We look at it afterwards and it seems so simple, but the creation of it wasn't and there is a message behind it.

The "message behind it" could be that the son doesn't have the sales skills to convince someone that his "Doodles on a Sketchpad" collection is worth money.  Maybe if he put on a beret and complained tragically of a lack of inspiration his "Hashmarks on a Field of White" will sell to a pretentious someone that appreciates the difficult creation process.  The rest of us will look at it and see graph paper, and think "WTF".

And maybe you're just being a dick now.  And I mean this in the nicest possible way.

Actually, let's not just leave it there.  Let me try to put this concept into another art  Let's try something like Punk.  People could sit there and argue that Punk music is just people string 3 chords together and convincing someone that it represents pent up anger about our bullshit capitalist society and how "The Man" is keeping us down.  The fact that it was just 3 chords doesn't make it any less artistic than Mozart's "Queen of the Night."  It is still art in that, to some, they get the whole "pent up anger" thing and it meant something to them.

If it was a 2 second song with 3 notes and some dude yelling "Crap!" then I would agree with your comparison.  
9263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 09, 2008, 02:05:08 AM
Olympics?  Is it winter already?
9264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 09, 2008, 02:04:36 AM
Oh, and I'll also add The Blair Witch Project and Titanic. 
9265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 09, 2008, 02:01:38 AM
I have a deep-rooted dislike for anything having to do with Firefly and the feature film Serenity. I think Joss Whedon is severely overrated.

YES!  Thank god there is at least one other sane person out there.

I also hate the Shrek movies.  And anime.  All of it.
9266  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/FT: Age of Conan -new- on: August 09, 2008, 01:44:07 AM

Quote from: mirage775 on August 08, 2008, 09:27:27 PM

Quote from: Vinda-Lou on August 08, 2008, 04:08:24 PM

I thought it was a popular game... 

I thought it was supposed to be pretty cool too and I played it a couple days this week and I doubt I'll play anymore.  I hate the fact that you're out on a quest and anyone, including your faction/race can come up and kill you for no reason and take some of your gear too!  That really does suck.

Only on free-for-all PVP servers.  And also, when did they add the taking your gear bit?  That wasn't there the last time I played. 
9267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You know what sequel we need in the current generation? (poll building) on: August 09, 2008, 01:37:36 AM
I agree with a bunch of those above, and here are my most wanted even though a lot of them aren't "last gen" per se:

Interstate '76
Full Throttle
Grim Fandango
Giants: Citizen Kabuto
Dungeon Keeper
9268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Braid on: August 09, 2008, 12:18:47 AM
So...anybody have a decent place to find hints for this game?  I realize the official stance is "do not use a walkthrough", but I don't play games to be frustrated and Jonathan Blow can screw off.   If I get stuck in Sam & Max I don't feel like I've cheapened the experience by reading a hint that says I need to use the lobster with the clown or something. 

Maybe some of the puzzles become obvious after you have gone much farther in the game, but it didn't seem to from what I've played.
9269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: August 08, 2008, 03:01:34 AM
Ernest Goes to a Crypt?
9270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Braid on: August 07, 2008, 02:58:57 PM
The thing that kind of sucks is that they don't teach you how to play at all.  If you don't figure it out right away, you're pretty much hosed.  Like in that first world I can't figure out how to get to a couple of the pieces, and no amount of jumping in one place and rewinding is going to get me high enough to reach it.
9271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Entourage returns next month! on: August 07, 2008, 02:46:04 PM
I just started watching the reruns when I got HBO this last winter and I have to say that I enjoyed it much more than I expected to.  It's a bit of a "guilty pleasure" show, but it's fun so who gives a crap. 
9272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Band of Brothers on: August 07, 2008, 02:27:35 AM
It was pretty good.
9273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Knight-Templars heirs sue the pope on: August 06, 2008, 06:49:23 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 06, 2008, 06:19:13 PM

Interestingly enough, according to wiki, the roman catholic churcs current position is that the persecution was injust, and the templars wrongfully accused. Furtheremore, there's a document, called the Chinon Parchment that says that in 1308 the Pope Clement V secretly absolved the knights templars as, they ARE absolved??

Ah, but secretly absolved isn't worth crap.  People want to be publicly absolved.
9274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 in November on: August 06, 2008, 06:31:25 PM
Hmm, 7 months after the console releases.  Just like the other modern GTA games.  What a shocker. 
9275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paris Hilton For President Ad on: August 06, 2008, 02:42:37 PM
I don't participate in the R&P forum, can someone fill me in on how McCain used Paris in his ad?
9276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 06, 2008, 03:13:32 AM
You forgot the random hot chick(s) for the start of a new page.  Get on it!  Tongue
9277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: August 05, 2008, 03:29:05 AM
Heh, I just watched that movie for the first time about a month ago. 
9278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 05, 2008, 01:55:53 AM
9279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/4) on: August 04, 2008, 02:57:05 PM
I'll try out the demo for Braid and probably pick it up if it's as good as everyone says.
9280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 04, 2008, 02:54:07 PM
grr, attached then:
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