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9321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Facial Hair on: February 27, 2008, 02:44:50 AM
Other than about a year when I worked as a security guard, I've had a goatee for most of the last 12 years or so.  It's quite thick and full, but for some reason my cheeks are a bit thin so I can't grow a full beard.  Or at least I've never been willing to look crappy for long enough to try. 

I've never quite understood jobs where you can have some types of facial hair but not others.  Working at a grocery store we could have the bushiest fucking mustache you wanted, but not a trimmed goatee.  As a security guard I could have a mustache or full beard, but no goatee. 
9322  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Games and Hardware FS (Price Drops and More Adds Later) on: February 26, 2008, 09:27:01 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 26, 2008, 05:56:36 PM

What do you have against new threads for new sales?

I mean, 2900 views for a freakin' garage sale is impressive... HOWEVER it sucks to have to jump to the first page to see what's on sale. Tongue

Word.  Start fresh.
9323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/25) on: February 26, 2008, 02:38:58 AM
I'm picking up Patapon and keeping an eye on reviews for Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, although I don't expect it to be drastically better than the demo.
9324  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: HKO enters Closed Beta on: February 26, 2008, 02:04:04 AM
Fuck yeah!
9325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pilots asleep at the stick? on: February 26, 2008, 12:55:35 AM
With the modern control systems on commercial airliners I've actually heard pilots say that they have gone several weeks without actually flying the thing.  I mean, it can handle take-off, landing, flying...pilots are really more like fail-safe monitors than anything.
9326  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 360 HD-DVD player $49.99 at Bestbuy on: February 25, 2008, 11:51:43 PM
Since I don't have any high-def movie player I like the idea of getting an HD-DVD player with 5 free movies for $50, but I really don't want to see it sitting completely unused in 6 months or whatever. 
9327  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Viva Pinata Party Animals - dead deal on: February 25, 2008, 03:52:14 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 25, 2008, 01:31:25 AM

If you add Fusion Frenzy 1 and 2 into the mix, you have EVERY SINGLE MS "Party" game released for Xbox.

KFC is the only one worth owning (although FF1 wasn't bad either).

Party Animals doesn't even let you SELECT WHICH MINIGAMES to play. It's a shame really; the game could have been fun. frown

I guess I never really considered Kung Fu Chaos to be a party game.  I thought it was more of a 1-4 person brawler type thing. 
9328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2008 Oscar Nominations are in on: February 25, 2008, 07:09:56 AM
I haven't even seen most of the movies yet since I'm wating for them on DVD, but I was very glad to see Once won for best original song.  That's a great movie with some wonderful songs (and this coming from someone who does not like musicals at all). 
9329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CryEngine 2 comparison. on: February 25, 2008, 01:16:49 AM
I agree that the CryEngine 2 demo is incredible looking, but the funny thing is that if you watch carefully you can see some of the teapots disappear in the middle of a bounce. 
9330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EA attempting to purchase Take Two for $2 Billion on: February 25, 2008, 01:03:30 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 25, 2008, 12:57:49 AM

They spent like $800M to get Bioware & Pandemic, right?

Sorta, yeah:
EA will pay up to $620 million in cash to the stockholders of VG Holding Corp. and will issue up to an additional $155 million in equity to certain employees of VG Holding Corp., which will be subject to time-based or performance-based vesting criteria. EA will also assume outstanding VG Holding Corp. stock options. In addition, EA has agreed to lend VG Holding Corp. up to $35 million through the closing of the acquisition.

You also have to realize that this would be several studios with some big franchises: Take-Two, Rockstar, Irrational, Firaxis, Visual Concepts/2K Sports, etc.
9331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: To Wii or not To Wii? on: February 25, 2008, 12:58:01 AM
My overall verdict is that I use my 360 much, much more than my Wii.  I generally only play the Wii if there are some non-gamers visiting (like family).

Having said that, there are some decent games for the Wii if you end up getting one (like Zack and Wiki, Mario, Zelda, etc).  It doesn't have Rock Band yet, but does have Guitar Hero 3 (minus the downloadable content, I believe).  

It can go online, and there is no fee, but very few games actually have multiplayer support and their Friends Code system is terrible.  You can download old NES/SNES/etc games on it (for money), though.

I think the only realy "brain game" is the Big Brain Academy, and it scored pretty mediocre.  I don't play sports games so couldn't give you feedback on them.  

If you're looking to track one down, keep an eye on the weekly deal thread over at the Cheap Ass Gamer forums.  The have the circular ads for stores a week or two ahead of time, and if the Wii is featured in an upcoming ad that generally means the store will have a minimum # of them available so you can get there early.  
9332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EA attempting to purchase Take Two for $2 Billion on: February 25, 2008, 12:47:59 AM
Yeah, rather than buying all of the sports licenses, they just buy out the competition.  And of course do it right before GTA IV hits so they wouldn't have to contribute to it's development costs but reap all the benefits. 
9333  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Viva Pinata Party Animals - dead deal on: February 25, 2008, 12:45:25 AM

Quote from: Purge on February 24, 2008, 08:14:02 PM

You won't be when you get it.

Kung Fu Chaos is a better game. Too bad it's not on the backwards compatible list.

What on earth does Viva Pinata Party Animals have to do with Kung Fu Choas? 
9334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New X-Files on: February 25, 2008, 12:41:26 AM
I always loved the X-Files episodes that had nothing to do with their main storyline.  The other episodes got old pretty quickly with nothing ever really being revealed.  I'm sure I will see this on DVD or something, though.
9335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Optimus Keyboard review on: February 24, 2008, 01:32:40 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on February 23, 2008, 11:44:42 PM

Every key on the keyboard is an individual OLED display. You can assign images to each key and so forth, and every key is macroable.

And it's fifteen hundred freaking dollars!  A keyboard more expensive than my computer itself is useless.
9336  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Viva Pinata Party Animals on: February 24, 2008, 01:07:44 AM
Must have been a short-time offer, because it's back up to $30 from what I see. 
9337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console games you want to love but can't on: February 23, 2008, 07:34:19 AM
God of War.  The new PSP demo just proved to me again how much I dislike these games despite really wanting to enjoy them.  Tons of the same old boring button mashing, stupid Dragon's Lair "minigame" button timing crap, making me walk across a tiny board when I have no control over the camera, boss fights where they gain back nearly all of their health if I don't hit the right button... so much potential ruined by these shitty elements. 
9338  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: MMO keynote roundtable discussion at GDC on: February 22, 2008, 08:47:58 PM
I don't think that anyone is saying the runaway success of WoW is slowly destroying the MMO genre (at least not that I read), but more of a case where it is very hard to compete against that 800lb gorilla.  And now that it's been out for a few years, patched, fixed and expanded upon that is an even bigger challenge.  People tend to forget that even though WoW has always been great, it had several problems early on that took quite a while to fix, not to mention all of the things that have been added and tweaked. 

Not many companies can afford to have a couple hundred people working for 3 or 4 years to develop something which can compete with that game.  Hopefully that fact will actually drive them to look at what other angle they can approach the MMO market from, rather than trying to directly compete. 
9339  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO 9.99 referral? on: February 21, 2008, 07:04:07 AM
I think he was referring to the Founder's pricing, which was always $9.99 and you could refer friends who would get the same price. 

Unfortunately I'm not a Founder, but I jumped on the holiday price of $9.99 if you get 3 months at a time.  They are now running the same sort of deal, except you have to sign up for 6 months at a time. 
9340  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: February 21, 2008, 01:34:21 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 20, 2008, 09:37:16 PM

I really like the art direction and the graphics, it looks like a living comic book.

Honestly I think some of those shots look a lot like Crackdown.  Not that that is a bad thing, and the one with the tangled web stuff looks very comic book-ish and cool. 
9341  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Suggestion: Add a "Forum Rating" to the game reviews. on: February 21, 2008, 01:15:41 AM

Quote from: davidf on February 21, 2008, 12:47:24 AM


Kate Beckinsale doing video reviews in the nude?

How about Kate Beckinsale doing video reviews in the nude at my houseeek

In that case, who gives a crap about the reviews?  slywink
9342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox GDC announcements... on: February 20, 2008, 07:55:17 PM
I think that's actually a good idea for the XBLA game tied to Fable 2.  I could see putting some time into that to earn in-game money if it's cool. 

Hopefully this time they are able to actually finish Gears, otherwise I say screw their November release dates.
9343  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone got Project Gotham 4 for sale? on: February 19, 2008, 04:50:55 AM
You need to open up your copy of Stuntman!  It's an awesome game.
9344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Knight Rider - tonight on NBC on: February 18, 2008, 12:07:57 AM

Quote from: disarm on February 17, 2008, 10:21:35 PM very well might suck, but if you don't watch and it turns out to be worthwhile, you will have missed out and may not get another chance.

Well, first off it is going to suck, but if it doesn't do you really imagine that in this day and age of constant repeats and transfers to DVD that you wouldn't get a second chance to see it?  It's not like there's a lot of freshly written shows going to take it's time spot (or the 20 others that are all showing reruns).  
9345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Patapon for the PSP looks awesome - demo impressions! on: February 17, 2008, 07:23:16 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on February 17, 2008, 06:08:40 PM

Thanks gellar.  So, I've never downloaded a demo for my PSP before.  How do I, you know, get it on the PSP?

Here's the directions swiped directly from the PSP Fanboy demos page (also check out there for more PSP downloads).

1. Download the demo zip file.
2. Extract the contents of the zip file.
3. Connect your PSP to your computer using a USB cable.
4. Go to the PSP/GAME folder.
5. Copy NPJG90016 (insert actual filename) folder into the GAME directory. Make sure there are no sub-directories in this folder.
9346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: mythos invite- on: February 17, 2008, 07:19:21 PM

Quote from: Travis on February 17, 2008, 06:24:11 PM

Anyone have an invite left?  I would like to give it a spin.

Sure thing, I have 3 more.  Just PM me your email address and I'll get the key sent.
9347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360...Discontinued? on: February 16, 2008, 10:23:40 PM
My guess would be that they are just making new SKU's for new models or something, so they are selling out of these older ones to get rid of the ones with lower-quality parts. 
9348  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Dungeon Runners (NCSoft's free MMO/$4.99 premium option) on: February 16, 2008, 05:36:22 PM
I tried to play it a while back and I really enjoyed the humorous items and descriptions, but the game itself kind of bored me after a bit.  They've released some new content "Chunks", as they call them, since then though. 
9349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: mythos invite- on: February 16, 2008, 05:34:33 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on February 16, 2008, 03:17:07 PM

If anyone has an extra invite, can you send me one please?

I just sent one to the email address from your profile.  If that's the wrong one let me know and I can send another.  Enjoy.  smile
9350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones trailer on: February 16, 2008, 05:17:11 PM
I like Indy quite a bit, but that trailer didn't get me nearly as excited as I expected.  I hope it doesn't blow. 
9351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pineapple Express - Red Band trailer on: February 16, 2008, 05:15:13 PM
Anyone have an alternate location?  They can blow me if they think I'm giving them my name and zip code just to see a trailer. 
9352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Things you never want to do again in a game on: February 16, 2008, 02:54:28 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 16, 2008, 02:13:21 AM

I never want to have to look around for a key to a wooden door when I have a FUCKING ROCKET LAUNCHER in my inventory.

9353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vigilante 8 remake coming to XBLA on: February 16, 2008, 02:51:23 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2008, 05:07:22 PM

If they ever do remake I76, they better not touch the soundtrack.

Yes, that freaking sweet soundtrack.  I wonder where one could get that?  slywink
9354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Facebreaker - (EA) Boxing Game on: February 15, 2008, 03:43:30 PM
Yeah, it's a brilliant decision to can one of their best sports series and recreate it to be all "fresh" when they run other mediocre ones into the ground year after year. 
9355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vigilante 8 remake coming to XBLA on: February 15, 2008, 03:41:30 PM

Quote from: Ridah on February 15, 2008, 08:00:46 AM

I wish the vehicular combat genre would make a comeback, I drool over the idea of a Twisted Metal for PS3.

Well then I'm sure you were happy to hear that they're working on it.  Personally I used to love those games back in the PS1 days, but I don't know if I could play them as much now.  Trying to wrangle the crappy handling just got to me after a while.  

Of course if it was an updated Interstate '76, I would buy that in a friggin heartbeat.  

Edit: Heh, looks like Bullwinkle and I are of the same mind.
9356  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Woot-Off in progress! on: February 15, 2008, 03:33:17 PM
"Server is too busy."
9357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which is better for me? Oatmeal or Cream o' Wheat? on: February 15, 2008, 03:32:00 PM
I would think that oatmeal is probably the healthier choice.  Personally I like putting raisins in it for a sweet taste that also has fiber. 

Here's a random site that I found for nutrition info of Cream of Wheat.  They also have About 30 kinds of oatmeal listed, depending on if it's the instant stuff, quick-oats, natural, whatever. 
9358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Human Tetris Coming to American TV on: February 14, 2008, 03:54:57 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on February 14, 2008, 04:33:26 AM

Quote from: Canuck on February 14, 2008, 01:23:49 AM


I LOVE human tetris!!! Best show ever.  I don't know if Americans could do it as well as Japanese though.

I'm scared about how they'll americanize and foxize the show. Not that I know anything about it but what I've seen on youtube, but I don't really want 3 minute interviews with hulk hogan and a pre-tentious contestant, cuts to commercials when you see the holes... comments like 'she made it through the 10,000 dollar hole, but if she makes it through this hole she'll get 25,000. But if she fails, she'll go all the way back down to 5,000.

Mark my words, it will be bastardized. Everything 'reality' on american based tv is.

Word.  Not to mention all the holes will have to be round to make way for our big, fat American asses.  slywink
9359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ever pre-order and not get it launch day? on: February 14, 2008, 03:26:10 AM
That Gears of War fiasco must have affected more than just the Eastern US because I was in Washington (the state) and they had the same problem.  One of the few times I've preordered and also the last. 

I've also had other cases where my preorder had not come in yet but I could go to a different store and buy it.  I generally say fuck preorders these days. 
9360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Come fold with us - team GamingTrend - 60205 (PS3 & PC) on: February 13, 2008, 04:01:34 AM
And waste tons of extra electricity!  smile
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