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9761  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Viva Pinata and College Basketball 2K7 (360) - $29.99 at BB on: December 23, 2006, 04:12:18 PM
Today, Saturday the 23rd, is unfortunately the last day of the sale.  They're trying to get some extra pre-Christmas sales and fatten the bottom line. 
9762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Santa is a Jedi Knight on: December 23, 2006, 04:11:16 AM
Of course!   icon_smile

Ever wonder how Santa Claus manages to work his way down chimneys way too small for him? Or how he seems to stop time in order to visit all of the world's good boys and girls every Christmas morning? LucasArts and TT Games know the answer: Santa Claus is a Jedi Knight whose amazing Force powers allow him to pull off such spectacular feats. A long time ago, he came to us from a galaxy far, far away to exile himself from the Jedi purge led by Darth Vader. (No... that's not official canon.)

But what would have happened if jolly olí Saint Nick had stuck around to assist the Rebellion? Find out by creating him in LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy.

In order to unlock Santa Claus as a playable character, you have to follow these steps:

Step 1: At the Mos Eisley Cantina, enter the following two codes:
CL4U5H (for Santa hat and red clothes)
TYH319 (for white beard Extra)

Step 2: Go to the Character Customizer and create the proper costume. Use a human head, the appropriate red clothing...and don't forget the red cap! Santa can wield the weapon of your choice -- we recommend the green or red lightsaber to seasonally complement his shiny red duds. (Remember, the color of his lightsaber decides whether his Force powers are naughty or nice.)

Step 3: In the Extras menu, activate Disguise 3.

Step 4: Enter the character-based level of your choice in Free Play.

Step 5: Spread holiday cheer to a galaxy in pieces.
9763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where are you spending the holidays? on: December 23, 2006, 02:25:39 AM
Here in my apartment.  Alone.  Oh the joys of holidays.  :icon_sad:
9764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you dreamin of a white Christmas? on: December 23, 2006, 02:18:21 AM
I grew up in the snow blasted plains of North Dakota, and I really miss the snow living out here in western Washington.  I don't miss the sub-zero temps and biting cold wind so much, though. 
9765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of PC - Prelim on: December 23, 2006, 02:07:45 AM
I didn't buy much new stuff for the PC this was mostly older stuff or console.  Maybe somebody should buy me a new computer. 

Battlefield 2142
Sam & Max
FlatOut 2
Half-Life 2: Episode One
Titan Quest
9766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 setting sales records in the US on: December 23, 2006, 01:50:43 AM

Quote from: Misguided on December 23, 2006, 01:44:48 AM

ROFLMWO  icon_lol

laughing your weiner off?
9767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of Xbox - Prelim on: December 23, 2006, 01:49:57 AM
Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Flatout 2
9768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of 360 - Prelim on: December 23, 2006, 01:49:04 AM
Gears of War
Saints Row
Just Cause
Lego Star Wars 2
9769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft extends Xbox 360 warranty to 1 year. on: December 22, 2006, 03:47:50 PM
Looks like it's official.  Here's the press release from the GT news page.  Huzzah!
9770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 BC problems on: December 22, 2006, 03:46:36 PM
I don't have either of those two games, and I run on a VGA cable, but since those were both added in the last update perhaps there is some problem with them.  You may want to check the game-specific sections of the XBox forums and see if it is a common problem and has a solution.  Sorry, that's the best I have. 
9771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Savior is Born! Long Weekend Edition 22/Dec/06 on: December 22, 2006, 03:43:59 PM
I'll be playing a bunch more of Saints Row.  I'm already sitting at 20x Respect bar from doing so many activities (finally figured out to just crash my car for the insurance frauds), so I think I'm going back to finish the other two storylines and then a few more of the extra activities just because they're fun. 
9772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown! on: December 22, 2006, 03:36:31 PM
Yay, finally I'm not alone in my anticipation!  icon_biggrin
9773  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Viva Pinata and College Basketball 2K7 (360) - $29.99 at BB on: December 22, 2006, 05:59:28 AM
I was also not a fan of Gun.  I picked it up when it hit $20 for the PC and after making myself play it for a couple hours I just never wanted to go back to it.  Bleah. 
9774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft extends Xbox 360 warranty to 1 year. on: December 22, 2006, 04:24:26 AM
I'm praying this is true.  I bought mine online and unfortunately I thought I could wait until the standard warranty ran out before I had to register for an extended warranty.  There are just too many reports of systems crapping out around here for me to sit comfortably with no warranty. 
9775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Deer butts on: December 22, 2006, 04:20:44 AM
I'm just concerned about why you're focusing on their butts...
9776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crackdown! on: December 22, 2006, 04:14:44 AM
Crackdown is one of the 360 titles that I have been anxiously awaiting, sitting out delays and just hoping it comes out decent.  Along with the annoucement that it is apparently now dated for February 20th (a couple months earlier than I expected), the almighty KD posted two new videos that get me excited all over.  icon_biggrin

Seriously, a free-roaming GTA-esque world with a character that basically evolves into the Hulk?  Massive jumps, kicking cars, throwing can you not love that?  Oh, and it has full co-op support over Live. 

Ok, I'll admit this likely won't be the second coming, but if the extra time has allowed them to polish it up and it is half as fun as it looks, I'm all over it!
9777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2000 posts: a CeeKay retrospective (NSFATB or NSFW) on: December 22, 2006, 03:51:42 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 22, 2006, 12:47:24 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on December 21, 2006, 08:43:48 PM

2.  Who's that in the top picture?  Me likey!

I'm not sure.  I just google'd naked hot chick and grabbed random pictures  icon_biggrin

What?  I can't imagine anybody ever using a search engine for such nefarious purposes!  For shame, sir.  For shame!
9778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mastercard commercial on: December 22, 2006, 03:41:34 AM
I love MacGuyver.  And blowjobs.  I mean, not like that.  Separately.  Definitely separately. 
9779  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Support GT page with shop links? on: December 22, 2006, 03:34:04 AM
Funnily enough (funnily?), I was thinking of this exact same thing yesterday as I was checking out the donation threads.  Get on it, KD! 
9780  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Viva Pinata and College Basketball 2K7 (360) - $29.99 at BB on: December 22, 2006, 03:31:05 AM
Best Buy also has the 360 versions of Rainbow Six: Vegas, Lego Star Wars 2, Cars and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance for $44.99. 

Circuit City has Saints Row, Dead Rising, Madden 07, Smackdown, and R6: Vegas for $47.99. 

9781  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2000 posts: a CeeKay retrospective (NSFATB or NSFW) on: December 21, 2006, 03:43:17 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 21, 2006, 02:30:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 21, 2006, 07:01:00 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 21, 2006, 05:33:10 AM

Geoff Tate in a bowler hat doesn't frighten me. I bought Mindcrime II.  retard

who?  (and that's a fedora)


Lead singer for what was one of the best bands of the 80s early 90s who have tried unsuccessfully to recreate the magic by releasing a sequel to their seminal album Operation Mindcrime!?!?

I still have to say: Who? 
9782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PLEASE READ ALL FORUM GUESTS & LURKERS (members too) on: December 21, 2006, 04:09:03 AM
Unfortunately it looks like we only have one new member so far.  Time for the lurkers to come out of the shadows, stand up and be counted!  If for no other reason than to make these wishy-washy bastards pay!  icon_biggrin
9783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Overweight man sues Air France over seat row on: December 21, 2006, 03:15:50 AM
It doesn't help that these days you can barely fit a normal sized person in a coach airline seat, let alone somebody who is overweight, broad shouldered or extra tall. 

Although at over 350lbs, I think you might to assume that you need to get a business/first class seat or pay for two.  It is a policy I have seen on other airlines/tickets so I can't see the point of suing over it. 
9784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: December 21, 2006, 03:03:02 AM
I throw my chips in with th'FOOL.  It may make for a half-decent popcorn flick, but so far it doesn't look like one for the ages. 

It kind of reminds me of Godzilla '98.  Which was shit. 
9785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me fill back up my Blockbuster queue. on: December 21, 2006, 02:51:18 AM
For TV series I really like The Office (both the US and UK versions), Monk, the Sopranos, and I just started watching Weeds, which is entertaining.  Just be aware that the Sopranos is from HBO and Weeds is from Showtime, so they have non kid-friendly content.  Adult-oriented cartoon series would be Invader Zim, The Tick, and Dr Katz.

Recently watched movies I might recommend off the top of my head, depending on your tastes:

    Little Miss Sunshine
    Thank You For Smoking
    The World's Fastest Indian
    Sling Blade
    The Big Lebowski
    American Movie
    Bottle Rocket
    Good Night and Good Luck
    Grosse Pointe Blank
    The Squid and the Whale

I don't want to turn this into a Netflix vs Blockbuster thing, but I will say that the Friends feature of Netflix is probably my favorite thing about it and the only reason I use it instead of Blockbuster.  It allows me to see what is in my friends' queues, what they have rated other movies and notes they left about them, compare our lists and recommend movies to each other.  This is a totally awesome feature since have a couple good friends with similar movie tastes but they live halfway across the country.
9786  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Buy a PS3/2 Games/Extra Controller for only $1! on: December 21, 2006, 02:33:11 AM
Or you are just submitting your ebay ID and email address for a big spam list. 
9787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 - Huge combos? on: December 21, 2006, 02:09:27 AM
Huge combos!!!

9788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 12/19/06 on: December 20, 2006, 03:40:42 AM
I picked up Little Miss Sunshine (one of my favorite movies of the year) and will be adding A Scanner Darkly, Jet Li's Fearless and My Super Ex-GF to the Netflix queue. 
9789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: Updated. Backlog Pared Significantly! on: December 19, 2006, 03:11:56 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on December 18, 2006, 09:28:29 PM

Then there's those of us who are content with the film versions and have no desire to read the books. icon_twisted

We have a word for those kinds of people: heathens!  The unwashed masses!  Heretics! 

I agree that if I'm not in the mood for a movie, it's best to send it back and re-add it to the queue.  If I let it sit until I am in the mood, it will most likely sit there for two weeks and not get watched. 
9790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row - I was wrong on: December 19, 2006, 03:01:25 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 18, 2006, 09:05:04 PM

I finished two of the storylines...and absolutely hated how I had to complete side-missions to keep the main stories going.  I didn't find any of them particularily engaging, either.  That said, the physics engine made Saints Row pretty special in terms of the free-roaming sort of game.  It had funny moments, but usually of the roll-eyes variety.

I can see how having to fill up your respect meter to do missions would be a pain in the butt, but I've never had a problem with it.  In fact, I felt kind of stupid because I didn't fully realize how that system of "buying" missions worked until over 10 hours into the game.  I think I currently have x8 full respect bars and usually have to make myself go do story missions because I'm having so much fun just screwing around.  So far I've only finished the Vice Kings storyline and a couple missions from the other guys. 

Also, you can actually gain respect just by killing rival gang members and get Respect multipliers with "upgraded" clothing, tatoos and such. 

I really want to like the Chop Shop missions, but most of the time it seems like I don't find any of the car I need in the zone they say it should be in, and then when I finally give up after driving around in circles I find like 4 of them in a different area. 

Another thing that annoyed me was that I was earning something like $3000 a day for all of the neighborhoods I had taken over, but since my damn house only held $2000 (until I finished a storyline and got another crib) I think most of that money just disappeared.  Bastards. 
9791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap - 12/18/06 on: December 19, 2006, 02:27:43 AM
I agree that Voodoo Vince has an awesome score/soundtrack.  It really helped give the game an awesome vibe.  I was hoping it would hit the backwards compatibility list soon so I could replay it.

As for me, this weekend I played about 15 hours of Saints Row and am still having a ball.  Good stuff. 
9792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Saints Row - I was wrong on: December 18, 2006, 04:39:15 AM
I have to admit it, I was wrong to write off Saints Row when it was released.  The demo really put me off with the overly "gangsta" style and things like "Freckled Bitches" and the prostitute mission, but I played the demo again recently and decided to buy it used off ebay since it was under $30.  Now that I've been playing the full game for a while I have to admit that it is a very fun and polished game. 

Of course it is derivative of the recent GTA games, but it does everything so well that I don't mind at all.  The graphics are quite nice, character customization is extensive, the vehicle physics are great fun, the missions are well done and there is enough extra stuff to do to keep me entertained for what looks like quite a while.  Hell, I'm having fun just trying to get one of every car in my garage (I love that you can put in as many as you want!).

It doesn't have nearly as big of an area as San Andreas but a lot of that was open ground and I got sick of driving all over hell anyway.  That was one of the reasons I quit playing it.  There is also lots of room for more vehicle types like motorcycles, boats and such like the GTA games added as they went along, but I don't miss them much. 

Anyway, it's very fun game and I'm glad I picked it up! 
9793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HDMI Cables on: December 18, 2006, 03:29:10 AM
Just buy the absolutely most-expensive cable you can find and you should be fine.  If it's really expensive, you know it's better. 

Hehe, sorry.  Just wanted to give some people around here a heart attack. 
9794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 is slated for a March release on: December 18, 2006, 12:42:56 AM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on December 17, 2006, 10:26:09 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 17, 2006, 07:58:40 PM

My new GFW mag has a big multipage preview of it and reveals the 3rd faction. Still have'nt read it though.

Ugh, I want to know what the third faction is.  I cannot wait for this game to come out.  I hope they don't screw it up. 

If you really must know, to quote from the magazine:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Tiberium Wars' third faction is revealed: Tiberium-hungry biomechanical aliens.  The Global Defense Initiative treats them as foes.  The Brotherhood of Nod welcomes them as visitors.  The truth's probably somewhere in between.
9795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Something I've always wondered about on: December 17, 2006, 10:03:42 PM
Little did I know that Express Mail is actually delivered "to most locations 365 days a year, including Sundays and holidays at no extra charge".  I've never seen or heard of anyone getting something delivered on a Sunday or holiday.
9796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SIN Episodes... over? on: December 17, 2006, 08:44:29 PM
Yeah, this wouldn't surprise me considering that the first episode was mediocre and from all appearances not too well received and there have been numerous staff departures mentioned in the last month or so. 

Plus, unless you are Valve, it's hard to get away with releasing episodes a year apart. 
9797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Something I've always wondered about on: December 17, 2006, 08:39:34 PM
Yeah, I was going to say that of course years ago nobody worked on Sundays, and the Postal Worker's Union would likely want to keep it that way.  

It does surprise me that competing companies like UPS don't expand to deliver then, because they would open up a new market and certainly endear themselves to many households.  It may have to do with the government laws regarding the postal statutory monopoly and restrictions it applies on them.  
9798  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Great deals starting 12/24 at Circuit City on: December 17, 2006, 05:10:26 PM
That looks like the magic price for me to pick up Most Wanted for myself. 
9799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed - The Plot Twist? on: December 16, 2006, 03:44:24 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 15, 2006, 07:49:13 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 15, 2006, 06:01:09 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on December 15, 2006, 05:08:22 AM

Quote from: EddieA on December 15, 2006, 03:11:04 AM

It sounds more like the frame story than a spoiler to me,  just like the clever use of the Prince narrating the story in Sands of Time.  If so, you'd probably learn this at the beginning of the game.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I would hope so but it still stikes me as completely unneccessary. Why not just have the whole thing focus on the era of the Crusades, or whenever it is? Why not leave well enough alone? WHY UBISOFT WHY?!?!?!

Spoiler for Hiden:
One word:  sequels!  This way they can go to where/whenever they want and it can be part of the "story" or something.  Still seems retarded to me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
baby jesus hates you

Interesting twist on the game though......

Oh, come on.  Do you really think that Ubisoft is not approaching this as their next yearly-installment franchise?  This is how they do anything that is even nearly successful. 
9800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Retail demand for PS3 dropping below supply level? on: December 16, 2006, 03:39:21 AM
The price has a major impact on parents that are buying gifts for kids.  $250 with included games is much more manageable than the PS3 equation.  I'm willing to bet that the majority of people more excited about the PS3 are 20-35 year old males who would be buying it for themselves. 
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