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9641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Urgh! HDTV Indecision 2006 on: October 12, 2006, 02:09:17 AM
Just out of curiosity, what is the Costco return policy if you are no longer a member?  Do you have to have a current membership to return something?  What if you go for a couple years without renewing and then get another one just to return your broke-ass TV? 
9642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: October 11, 2006, 02:57:07 PM
Oh, I like rock and I think it's good that this game is aimed for that rather than something like techno or hip-hop (ugh!), but my problem is that I really despise hair-bands and most of the 80's, which have a number of tracks on there. 

I understand it's all a balancing act for them, trying to get a broad enough range to appeal to lots of different people's tastes.  That is a very hard thing to do.  Plus they have the problem of licensing costs and trying to convince the license holders it is a good move to do this with their music. 
9643  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming words on: October 11, 2006, 03:33:04 AM

Quote from: namatoki on October 10, 2006, 05:18:07 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on October 10, 2006, 02:30:39 PM

"Babo" is used by Korean MMO players as an insult similar to that of Noob

"Babo" in Korean means stupid or idiot.  nod

Unlike Babar, which is a small elephant.  icon_wink
9644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2006 (Keep it Updated) on: October 11, 2006, 03:29:18 AM

Quote from: PaulBot on October 10, 2006, 07:03:45 PM

I keep forgetting to update my list, but thought I'd bump this to remind others to do so.

Part of the problem is that just going back to edit my post doesn't update the thread itself so it stays buried even when getting updated. 
9645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/9) on: October 11, 2006, 02:46:30 AM

Quote from: stiffler on October 11, 2006, 12:56:30 AM

MK: Armageddon (Xbox on the 11th, happy with $39 price)

The 11th?  That's tomorrow!  I thought it wasn't until next week.  Hmmm, I might just have to pick it up for the weekend then. 
9646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: October 11, 2006, 02:40:19 AM
Maybe I'm alone in this, but my problem with this whole thing is that there aren't even 10 songs I am excited about, while there at least as many that I really hate and the rest I have differeing degrees of apathy towards. 
9647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Sensor Troubles on: October 11, 2006, 02:34:42 AM
I may be mistaken, but wasn't it also brought up months ago that the sensor system had some problems with bright flourescent lighting?  I seem to remember this being bandied around E3 and the potential problems it would cause in stores such as Target that have brighter overhead lighting. 
9648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 weeks and no Xbox 360 games.. on: October 11, 2006, 02:28:24 AM
On the one hand I'm kind of disappointed that there hasn't been much coming out lately and a couple titles I was looking forward to have been delayed. 

On the other hand I don't mind not being overwhelmed with too many games to play and not enough time and money.  I'm having plenty of fun with the games that have come out and there are still a few on the near horizon to keep me entertained into the holidays and well beyond.  I certainly don't need a new, full priced game every week. 
9649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Sensor Troubles on: October 10, 2006, 02:58:31 PM
You know, it just occurs to me that there are no problems with the Wii. Nintendo is making money.  icon_biggrin
9650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bloodrayne II (New Uwe Movie) on: October 10, 2006, 03:48:39 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 10, 2006, 03:31:29 AM

and definitely the only person here who emailed Uwe directly suggesting he do a sequel! 

Until Bloodrayne II, we'll have Dungeon Siege and Postal to hold us over.  icon_biggrin

Cripes, now we know who to blame!!!   icon_evil
9651  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming words on: October 10, 2006, 02:56:09 AM
I don't know if any of these words strike me as weird, per se, but they have been added to the broader lexicon for better or worse.  For the most part they are no different than the dialect that springs up from most any competitive sport, this one with the help of millions of games going on constantly with people from all over the country and world. 

Obviously "gay" (or "ghey") is one that has been thrown around for years to describe anything/anyone that is lame and I noticed really gained ground when Counter-Strike first hit the mod scene. 

And where would we be without "grinding"?  (and not the fun kind...)
9652  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin 10/8/06 - Asian Edition on: October 10, 2006, 02:35:54 AM

Quote from: Farscry on October 10, 2006, 02:07:34 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 10, 2006, 01:00:58 AM

Lucy still looking good..still remember her sexy near-lesbian dance with Ally McBeal (TV) at the club years back.
Although isn't she approaching the big 40 soon?

Hey, there are a lot of smoking hot ladies still post-40.  Just gotta find the right ones.   icon_biggrin

Did you see her in Lucky Number Slevin?  I found her very attractive in that movie.  Very. 

And yeah, she's 38! 
9653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Scarface - Is that your little friend or are you happy to see me? on: October 10, 2006, 02:26:00 AM
The reviews seem to be up and down on this one.  I just read the OXM review and it was a very unimpressive 4.5.
9654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause on: October 10, 2006, 02:14:16 AM
I finished up the main storyline missions last night and I can say for certain that the difficulty does ramp up towards the end.  The last series of missions is quite lengthy and difficult since you aren't going back to your base and starting fresh each time.  One hint for when you near the last missions:
Spoiler for Hiden:
When you go into the mission (19?) where you are going out to El Presidente's Island I HIGHLY suggest you take along the grenade launcher that carries 16 rounds.  You will need them to take out the tank there.  If you don't have access to this weapon yet, do some more damn missions!  icon_wink

I will agree the difficulty levels could have been tweaked a bit.  For the first 10 missions or so everything is extremely easy because all you are facing is infantry or maybe jeeps.  Once the missions get longer and the enemies have scout tanks, helicopters, anti-air rockets, etc it can get much more difficult.  My main frustration was when a scout tank would shoot me, bouncing me into the air, and by the time I regain control another shot lands right near me bouncing me up again.  Repeat until dead.  Infuriating.  Overall, if the infantry had been just a bit more difficult and the scout tanks a little less deadly I would have been happier. 

I really liked the auto-target and thought that it added a lot to my enjoyment of the game by keeping things moving quickly and decreasing the frustration that often sets in with console aiming.  Making it optional is always better, though. 

I have yet to see a submarine, but there is one of those things that looks like an underwater jet-ski that you use towards mission 18 or so.  Unless you know where to find it and that you have to hit a button to drop it down I don't think you would ever find it just wandering around. 
9655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good ps2 game for 4 yr old? on: October 09, 2006, 02:53:07 PM
There have been a number of Sponge Bob platformers, some of which have gotten pretty good reviews and they're probably $20 or less these days.  
9656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: How'd it Go on: October 09, 2006, 02:49:00 PM
I played a bunch of Just Cause again.  I finished the story mode last night and only have about four provinces left to liberate but I want to get a bit more Rioja respect to gain access to their last goodies. 

I downloaded the 2142 demo but didn't actually bother to try it out yet. 
9657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/9) on: October 09, 2006, 02:46:56 PM
Another week of nothing for me.  I'm sure the Dawn of War expansion will be cool, but I'm burned out on RTS's and I hardly even played the Winter Assault one.  

I can't quite understand why the MK:Armageddon for PS2 ships a week earlier than the XBox.  Bastids.  
9658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii VC tidbit on: October 08, 2006, 07:05:32 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 08, 2006, 07:03:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2006, 06:10:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 08, 2006, 05:00:31 PM

I saw this little comparison graph over at Kotaku earlier in the week, but honestly how large or small a console is doesn't really mean a damn thing to me:
When you're running out of space in your entertainment center it can matter alot-  that's why I like how small the slimline PS2 is.  Does anyone know if the Wii has to stand vertically, or can you lay it flat?  Laying flat would be good as otherwise I currently don't have room for it.....

I hope it can sit flat. My entertainment center can't hold any consoles vertical period. That, and I wouldn't want it to tip over.

It can sit flat.  When it's vertical it's just sitting in a little plastic piece that holds it at an angle. 
9659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin 10/8/06 - Asian Edition on: October 08, 2006, 06:23:17 PM

9660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 7 Gears of War multiplay vids on: October 08, 2006, 05:19:16 PM
Man, that is like the worstest looking game evar!  icon_wink  I could have done without that voice-over, though.  And yeah, I kept expecting to hear "50 DKP MINUS!!!". 
9661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Scarface - Is that your little friend or are you happy to see me? on: October 08, 2006, 05:12:17 PM
Heh, I was thinking the same thing.  I had written the game off as a crappy movie game but the reviews are turning out higher than expected.  I'm interested, but not interested enough to drop full price on it since we've already seen something similar in GTA:VC and graphically this one is behind the times. 
9662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii VC tidbit on: October 08, 2006, 05:00:31 PM
I saw this little comparison graph over at Kotaku earlier in the week, but honestly how large or small a console is doesn't really mean a damn thing to me:

9663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best place to buy a PS2 locally on: October 08, 2006, 05:28:21 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on October 08, 2006, 03:36:24 AM

Quote from: Xmann on October 08, 2006, 03:12:42 AM

As i mentioned, he has no Costco locally and Brandsmart is not near him as well.  I think he's going with Wally World i believe.
Reading is hard.

To be fair, he only mentioned a few stores he was considering and never mentioned that there was no BrandSmart near him.  I was just going by corrupt's claim that BS was a Florida/Georgia chain and the fact that Tampa is a significant metro area.  And it looks like there are a couple Costco's within a 15 mile area of Tampa, also.  If the only advice sought was between a certain set of retail stores with no sales or warranties then I fail to see the point of seeking advice. 
9664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii VC tidbit on: October 08, 2006, 05:19:06 AM
This is good to hear, but really it has been the standard for a few years now and I would have been extremely surprised (and disappointed) to hear any different. 
9665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause on: October 08, 2006, 02:28:43 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on October 05, 2006, 04:17:45 PM

Today's lesson:  Don't piss off the cops when you are sitting near a military base if you are not prepared.

One helicopter is no big deal.  Two helicopters... not much of a problem.  3 helicopters, regular police, scout tanks, lav's and more all at the same time start to get really painful in a hurry.

Heh, no kidding.  I've found that I have to take along the rocket launcher on some of those missions just to get rid of the ground armor.  Otherwise they often take me out before I can hijack one for myself. 

I finally got that damnable 1000m Base Jump Achievement last night.  I ended up using the peak next to Eagle's Nest instead of that one as I found it had a longer valley/trough without many hills that I could cruise down.  It still took me a few tries (I was stuck at 997 for a if that's not frustrating) but I finally got the right combination of location and my drop angle. 
9666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best place to buy a PS2 locally on: October 08, 2006, 12:35:45 AM

Quote from: Xmann on October 07, 2006, 01:37:29 PM

he's down in the Tampa area so i'll tell him Wal Mart then. 

Last time I looked Tampa was in Florida, so maybe it's worth checking out that Brandsmart store corruptrelic mentioned since that sale it is $30 cheaper than normal price.  I wish that wasn't such a regional store or I'd probably end up buying one, too. 
9667  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 07, 2006, 08:00:06 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 07, 2006, 07:33:34 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on October 07, 2006, 06:58:26 AM

It isn't too bad once you get past the caffeine headaches.

Coffee fixes that up right quick and has no calories.  Or add some cream, 90cals, big deal.

And it tastes like hot dirt water, the best of both worlds!  icon_wink
9668  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearances on PC Games on: October 07, 2006, 07:52:44 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on October 01, 2006, 08:57:41 PM

Anyone willing to pick up a copy of D&D Online and the Station pack?  I won't be able to pay for a few weeks, but...?

Preference is for D&D Online, as I've already got EQ, SWG and EQ2 (the only reason I'd want it is for MxO).

Zarkon, did you still want a copy of D&D Online and/or the Station pack?  I was just in my Target and they still have copies of both. 
9669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NDA lifted, Preview for COD3 posted. on: October 07, 2006, 05:48:31 PM
Part of the issue is likely that the GameCube and Wii graphics chip doesn't support any kind of vertex or pixel shaders so games for those platforms have to be designed with that in mind to look as good as the best games on the Cube looked. 
9670  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are vegetarians allowed to eat fish? on: October 07, 2006, 07:36:40 AM

Quote from: GGMark on October 07, 2006, 03:10:58 AM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on October 06, 2006, 01:42:25 PM

Her name wouldn't be 'Lisa', would it?  icon_lol

I'm a 7th level Vegan: I don't eat anything that casts a shadow.

So when its sunny out, the plants cast shadows dont they?  So does that just leave you with things like Moss, and low cut grass to eat?  or well, what about bugs and such that NEVEr leave the darkness of a cave?  they dont cast shadows.


I can understand becoming a vegitarian for 'humaine' reasons.  Where you dont like the treatment of animals.  Don't force this idea on me though.  (not you personally Lonestar, I am just generalizing).  I dont understand the arguement of humans shouldnt eat meat.  We are omnivorse.  With teeth designed to eat everything.  I also like the arguement of well apes dont eat meat.  Yes.  Yes they do.  They also commit murder, rape, and war on other troops of apes. 

Working in restaurants as long as I did, people would come in all the time and say they were vegetarian and couldn't have any sort of animal product, then turn around and eat something made with Eggs, or cheese, or milk, whatever. 

It seems to be a trend in younger people today to NOT eat meat.  I don't know why.

Lonestar was referencing an episode of The Simpsons.  I'm pretty sure he's not a 7th Level Vegan.  icon_wink
9671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NDA lifted, Preview for COD3 posted. on: October 07, 2006, 02:25:35 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 07, 2006, 01:43:30 AM

Uh oh, I think digg is overloading the article a bit.

Yar, could be.  I noticed the Latest News shorts on the front page now says "Doh! DB is borked" and New Content "Update Unavailable".  icon_biggrin
9672  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bra unhooking record attempt (w/Video!) on: October 07, 2006, 02:14:43 AM
I actually saw this one quite a while ago.  The third guy is unbelievably fast. 
9673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies I wish had made it to DVD format on: October 07, 2006, 02:11:16 AM

Quote from: Purge on October 06, 2006, 05:32:28 PM

Rats of Nimh (WS)

I think that was called The Secret of NIMH, and funnily enough I was just thinking about this movie earlier in the week!  I haven't seen it in ages but would love to see it again.  Apparently it was released on DVD and can be had on Amazon for only 8 bucks. 

Quote from: wonderpug on October 06, 2006, 05:42:31 PM

Star Wars

Umm, what?  You are aware that they have been released on DVD, right? 
9674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA buys DICE then shuts it down on: October 07, 2006, 01:46:59 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 07, 2006, 01:31:52 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on October 07, 2006, 01:11:23 AM

What a wonderfully misleading thread title there.  Roll Eyes

So they closed down a small satellite office. Anybody take the time to look up what stuff these guys produced? Here's a hint, it was arguably some of DICE's weakest stuff IMO.

Also are people here naive enough to think EA is the only company that has ever shut down an office?

But it does give people anohter chance to say F*CK EA.

Plus, as someone over at QT3 pointed out, DICE themselves laid off everyone in their New York studio earlier this year (the guys that did Desert Combat). 

That was the former Trauma Studios as I mentioned above.  In that situation they were given the option to relocate to the Swedish studios, but they decided to stay in the States and form Kaos Studios (working on Frontlines: Fuel of War) instead.  Although due to that closure DICE also didn't pay the final $200k supplement for the earlier purchase of Trauma, but I'm no financial analyst. 
9675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Oct. 6-8 on: October 07, 2006, 01:36:35 AM
More Just Cause for me, and if I decide to mix it up maybe a little bit of Lego Star Wars 2. 

I think I'll also be trying out the demo for BF2142 just because it's there (and free). 
9676  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / ParaWorld 48 Hour Madness on: October 06, 2006, 02:53:38 AM
Over at GoGamer they have ParaWorld as part of their 48 Hour Madness for only $22.90 with shipping of $2.59 (Total: $25.49).  Their "48 hours" used to last much longer than that, but with the new redesign they may actually be that short.  Hurry, buy now!  icon_wink

I'm sure Ron and the kids would appreciate using the link provided or the one that sometimes appears on the Front Page
9677  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Quick, Halloween is approaching - what's your favorite Halloween CANDY on: October 06, 2006, 02:38:49 AM
I am now 28 years old.  For every holiday my mom still sends me a package of Peeps in the mail.  Bunny Peeps, pumpkin Peeps, pine tree Peeps, whatever.  The kicker is that I don't even like Peeps!!  They sit around for a couple weeks until I eventually try to eat one and then throw out the pack, but I just don't have the heart to tell her that I hate them. 

As for candy I do like, I'm a sucker for Snickers.  Chocolate, nuts, carmel...these are a few of my favorite things. 
9678  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: October 06, 2006, 02:29:17 AM

Quote from: Jag on October 05, 2006, 01:55:02 PM

I started reading the Tim Dorsey series, but the graphic violence hit a little close to home being in Fla and all. Not something for a light bedtime read. I like his writing, but i'm not a fan of 'realistic' violence. I get that from the news.

Sorry to hear that you didn't dig Tim Dorsey.  Out of curiosity, which one did you try reading? 

I recently finished Anansi Boys and enjoyed it, although for some reason it seemed to loose steam for me towards the end.  I had previously read American Gods and Good Omens and have just started on Neverwhere. 

The newest Terry Pratchett book, Thud!, was excellent, as always. 
9679  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Never Delete Any Email Ever on: October 06, 2006, 02:20:51 AM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on October 05, 2006, 03:30:23 PM

And believe me, for every email you're glad you still have, I've seen one that people wish was deleted in the routine course of business.

It's my opinion that if you are worried about an email you sent incriminating you, you need to rethink what you are doing in the first place. 
9680  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!! on: October 06, 2006, 02:14:57 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 05, 2006, 10:01:24 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 05, 2006, 03:08:57 PM

While it may be done in the same visual style as Sin City, I sincerely hope it's not all look and no fun as that film was.


Shut.  Up.

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