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9801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: People Magazine: Drew Barrymore tops Most Beautiful Person List on: April 26, 2007, 08:35:37 PM

Quote from: Austin on April 26, 2007, 07:41:22 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 26, 2007, 06:49:02 PM

Ew. Shes totally gross. No really, yuck.

Girls are icky?

Well, he is the president of G.R.O.S.S.   Tongue
9802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja myths on: April 26, 2007, 06:38:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 26, 2007, 01:28:17 PM

Did they get any ninja moves to work?  I don't get the channel and I'd love to know what ninja feats I can try at home.

I'll spoiler tag for those that want to watch later in the week.

Spoiler for Hiden:
It was a bit disappointing for those of us looking for sweet ninja action.  As tested they didn't really get any of their moves to work but they used pretty narrow ideas for their tests. 

For instance, with the catching a sword myth they went with bare hands trying to catch a sword coming straight down over their head by clapping their hands together, whereas the ninjitsu master had wraps on his hands that had plates in the palm so he could stop the blade more flat palmed. 

As Ralph mentioned, the bow and arrow thing was at a very close range which was obviously done so they could have a predictable arrow path for the mechanical arm to grab, but it's not very realistic to demonstrate the reaction time a ninja would have at much longer distances. 

Their walking on water tricks were pretty weak because not only were they only doing it on pool water (not salt water or rice-paddy mud, etc) but they had uncoordinated Adam basically just jumping in and flailing as he fell over.  A ninja would likely be much lighter than him, and far more coordinated and much better balance.  I've seen the ninjitsu masters competing against some other martial arts walking up balance poles and the ninja's balance put the others to shame.  And Adam is no martial artist.  I would doubt he could even get up by skiiing behind a boat.  slywink

And finally, a lot of the ninja mystique was the tricks they used for misdirection and misinformation, which Mythbusters did mention but of course didn't (and couldn't) take into account. 

9803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: People Magazine: Drew Barrymore tops Most Beautiful Person List on: April 26, 2007, 06:12:35 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 26, 2007, 06:01:16 PM

Drew Barrymore can be incredibly sexy/hot; it just depends on the day I think.

Yeah, she is one of those women that can go from very blah to very cute, depending on the day or movie or whatever.  Certainly wouldn't go in my top 100.
9804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ACK!!! I swapped out my 360 twice today and guess what!?! on: April 26, 2007, 03:17:00 PM
Yeah, when my 360 boots up (both from the controller or the system itself) the green lights on the console do a couple circles and a blink as it's searching for controllers.  
9805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crackdown DL content on: April 26, 2007, 05:44:54 AM
No, it's not out yet but one of the staff posters over at the Crackdown forums posted some info about the new content they should have coming. 

Hello All - Hopefully the PR snipers won't take me down or this image, but here's a quick look at a piece of content coming to you "soon".  I'll let the pic do the talking, but essentially you are going to see a new game type and a new type of vehicle when you click the below link.

That's all I can tell you or show you for now. 

It appears as if they have a dune buggy vehicle coming as well as a new 4 player game mode for racing or something. 

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9806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 26, 2007, 05:01:04 AM
9807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: April 26, 2007, 04:54:42 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 26, 2007, 04:30:39 AM

Thanks Ron.  Bummer about any mid-mission saves.  Some of the gigantic missions of the previous games were fantastic, right up until either the insta-death or boss fight you couldn't quite figure out.   Side note:  This is something else I've never been able to figure out about the Tenchu series.  Why is it that you sneak around the entire level, avoiding any and all detection, then they always throw you into a giant melee battle against the level boss?  That always seemed silly to me.

Yeah, that part was always a bit of a frustrating mess that didn't make sense to me.  I would love to see some other sort of end-level scheme implemented, but I'm having a hard time coming up with one that wouldn't seem a little anticlimactic since you would just assassinate the last target like you did for 50 other guys on that level. 

At the very least, if you're going to have a boss fight, make a save point right before you walk into his door.  Nothing sucks more than having to go through a half hour of level to get back to the same frustratingly difficult boss battle. 

Quote from: Gratch on April 26, 2007, 04:30:39 AM

The smell thing sounds pretty gimmicky to me.  Is it implemented well?

To add on to this question, is there some sort of visual cue for this system?  Little smell clouds coming off you?  Or just a general stink-ometer?  I would kind of like to see little clouds or waves that get pushed by the wind so you would have to get around upwind of dogs and such. 
9808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 26, 2007, 04:45:30 AM
Hell, you can always go to your bank (or possibly call them or go online) and get that check cancelled before it gets to him and gets cashed.  I would do that as soon as possible.
9809  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ninja myths on: April 26, 2007, 04:10:38 AM
In perfect time to coincide with the preview of Tenchu, Mythbusters' episode tonight is covering Ninja myths.  The specific myths they are covering are: walking on water (or the illusion of), catching a samurai's sword with your hands, and catching an arrow.  It looks like they've also got a ninjitsu master on hand to help demonstrate some moves. 

If you are on the west coast it's on right now (9pm), but as with all things Discovery it will be replayed later in the night (1am) and again on the weekend.  Or just check out their website for showtimes and special web episodes of Ask a Ninja with Adam and Jamie. 
9810  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ringtone royalties are teh suck on: April 26, 2007, 02:53:56 AM

Quote from: Lee on April 26, 2007, 01:50:07 AM

I just bought my first ring tone. It didn't say anything about it lasting only so many months. Verizon, paid $3 for it.

Curse you, you consumer whore!  You've damned us all!  Damned us all to hell!!  slywink
9811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW - Robosapien Love - NSFW on: April 26, 2007, 02:08:16 AM
I didn't see the video, but I just want to comment that everytime I see the name "Gizmodo", I think of the absolute failure that was the "Gizmondo" device.  Hell, for a while there I didn't pay much attention and thought it was the same name. 
9812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 26, 2007, 01:42:51 AM

Quote from: ATB on April 26, 2007, 01:17:23 AM

GOTY from who?

It's won a number of awards.
9813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: April 26, 2007, 01:40:53 AM
Wow, smell is a factor?  That might add some complexities to the sneaking around. 

Hmm, that's basically four of the senses covered...I think it's safe to say they won't ever implement a "taste" stealth detection.  At least I hope not.
9814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii - Browser, any way of hiding the Toolbar on: April 26, 2007, 01:36:14 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on April 25, 2007, 07:38:06 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 25, 2007, 06:29:06 PM

I'm writing this on my Nintendo Wii right now!

“You know, with the exception of one deadly and unpredictable midget, this girl is the smallest cargo I've ever had to transport, yet by far the most troublesome.”

-Autistic Angel

Oh good God, what is that quote from? It's right on the tip of my brain too.

Google tells me it's Firefly, which I'll assume is correct since I've never seen it.
9815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSTriple] Warhawk... will blow your mind into oblivion on: April 26, 2007, 01:18:41 AM
This doesn't exactly "blow my mind", but it certainly looks like it has the potential to be an impressive Battlefield type game on the PS3.  I don't see it being a killer app, but I bet it will find a good, dedicated audience like the SOCOM series did. 

Of course they seem to have abandoned the point of the Warhawk name by eliminating the single player and making it infantry and ground vehicle based. 
9816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: April 26, 2007, 01:14:09 AM
Yeah, the screenshots don't look great and the Japanese demo they released last year (which I tried on my 360) was pretty dang low tech.  Didn't look much better than some original XBox games, although it did look better than the Tenchu game on the XBox. 

Honestly, the graphics have always been pretty bad for the Tenchu series, way back to the terrible texture problems of the first one.  I wish it looked as good as something like Ninja Gaiden, but it has the gameplay I want so I put up with it. 
9817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario and Zelda-I Just Don't Get It... on: April 26, 2007, 12:54:24 AM
I enjoyed the older (ie: 2D) Mario games quite a bit, but I never thought that Mario 64 was as incredible as everybody said (I disliked the camera) and I got pretty bored with Mario Sunshine after a short time.  
9818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: April 25, 2007, 11:43:30 PM
Nice to see a local preview of this one and I'm looking forward to the next part of it.  I enjoyed the previous Tenchu games despite their obvious problems, so I think this one will be a no-brainer purchase for me.  

Also, if you want to be a stealthy ninja sneaking around rooftops, zipping around on your line and executing evil bastards in brutal ways, you really don't have any other choice.
9819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Halo 2 for Vista - ALL PC GAMERS READ!! on: April 25, 2007, 05:54:54 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 25, 2007, 05:50:51 AM

I don't think Halo 2 will be the breakaway title which kick-starts Live for Windows, but it's definitely the wave of the future.  My vote for Live's killer app is Shadowrun.  Even if it isn't, you have to admit that the Live Silver membership is still a thousand times better than any other game matchmaking service out there on the PC.

I'm not so sure that Shadowrun is going to be a hit with the PC kids as much as the consolers.  Check out IGN's hands-on preview comparison.
9820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 24, 2007, 11:20:39 PM

Quote from: mikeg on April 24, 2007, 11:17:15 PM

I just read a rumor at gamespot that it may be delayed til September.  Man, I hope not.

Hehe, and we have come full circle.  (this was the rumor that started the whole sidetracked thread)
9821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Desktop Tower Defense - go Gaming Trend team! on: April 24, 2007, 10:49:07 PM
Nice work on that Hard level, Warning.  Those stronger guys beat me down before my plans come to fruition.   
9822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I'm checking out Kotaku ... (ad related). on: April 24, 2007, 06:39:00 PM
If that isn't art then why is a picture of a flower art?  Or a baby dressed as a flower?  You can argue about art all damn day long and never get any resolution. 

But I will agree that their GawkerArtist ads are pretty much never appealing to me and stick out like a sore thumb. 
9823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Halo 2 for Vista - ALL PC GAMERS READ!! on: April 24, 2007, 05:29:41 PM
That much has been relvealed in press releases before.  Hell, a google search found this one as the first hit.

Silver Membership Features
·        Single gamertag
·        Common gamer profile
·        Common gamerscore
·        Single player achievements
·        Private chat via text and voice
·        Common friends list and online presence
·        PC only multiplayer including browsing a list of active PC games

Gold Membership Features
·        All Silver membership features
·        Multiplayer matchmaking with friends
·        TrueSkill™ matchmaking
·        Multiplayer achievements
·        Cross-platform gameplay

Pretty sad when a random internet guy knows more about a product than it's PR reps. 
9824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Halo 2 for Vista - ALL PC GAMERS READ!! on: April 24, 2007, 05:04:50 PM
You can still play multiplayer with the free Live Silver account, you just can't use the group-joining and matchmaking services. 
9825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Media Streaming on the Wii on: April 24, 2007, 04:57:39 PM
You can also check out Orb, which works for 360, PS3 and Wii
9826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Double Shot this Week - EETS and Pinball FX [56k] on: April 24, 2007, 04:54:50 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 24, 2007, 11:17:57 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 23, 2007, 08:01:48 PM

Instead of doing double-shots like this why don't they release one game a week so they can guarantee releases for later in the year.  I would prefer that to having so many weeks with nothing coming out, and it would give each game a better shot at the spotlight as well as just looking better in their PR not to have gaps like that. 

As for these two games, they both look interesting but I'll try out the demos and debate the pricepoint. 

Wouldn't having two games come out every week without missing a week be better?  Could be they finally have enough in the pipeline to do that.  Perhaps not, though.

Maybe, if they can reliably release two games every week for the rest of the year and beyond, that would be fabulous.  Not going to happen.  I'd be very surprised if they can do that into Fall. 

I guess I would just be a little bit more conservative with releases after so many missteps in the past.  Fans are much less forgiving about missing weeks than they are with "only" getting one title every week, as we have seen around here.  Unless that only new game is something like New Rally-X...
9827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 24, 2007, 04:39:59 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 24, 2007, 03:29:41 PM

IF I were at the end of the world, alone and Jade Empire was the only game left in all of existence, I wouldn't play it.

It's. SO. BAD.

Hyperbole much? 
9828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock collector's edition on: April 24, 2007, 07:16:25 AM
I don't know, for $10 extra that seems to be a pretty good selection of stuff for collectors.  What sort of more were you expecting? 

What's more annoying is the "exclusively available at GameStop and EB" stores. 
9829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 24, 2007, 05:48:34 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 24, 2007, 05:17:53 AM

the darkness,stranglehold,blue dragon,too human,forza 2,mass effect...are all dead certs for me...while things like the movie tie-ins,pirates 3,spidey 3 and the like are all...'prolly pick up'...still mass effects 'rumoured' june/july release date was still preffered as it fitted in we have blue dragon,halo3,GTA4 and mass effect all coming out in 3 months.....anyone know what has happened to lost odyssey and alan wake?, these are two titles i am waiting for as well

I'm pretty sure Alan Wake has been pushed back to 2008, but I'm not sure about Lost Odyssey.  Last I heard was "Holiday '07", which is pretty broad and very open to delays. 

I forgot about one of my must-buys for the summer: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage.  I have a weak spot for that series. 
9830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Trailer on: April 24, 2007, 03:10:09 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on April 24, 2007, 02:13:52 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 24, 2007, 01:17:53 AM

That trailer looked pretty cool.

The thing that always bugged me about the Harry Potter series (and don't get me wrong, I enjoy the books) is that after the first few times you would think that people would be a little more accepting of the fact that Voldemort is back and bad shit is afoot. 

Or you'd think that after the 4th or so time Harry would just learn that things would be much easier if he just told Dumbledore his suspicions/worries right off rather than try to solve everything himself.

Exactly.  That same scene plays out in nearly every book and Harry is always a dumbass and doesn't say anything. 
9831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Giant Nazi Robot attacks! on: April 24, 2007, 03:09:05 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 24, 2007, 02:28:26 AM

I wish that were a computer game.

You and me both. 
9832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Trailer on: April 24, 2007, 01:17:53 AM
That trailer looked pretty cool.

The thing that always bugged me about the Harry Potter series (and don't get me wrong, I enjoy the books) is that after the first few times you would think that people would be a little more accepting of the fact that Voldemort is back and bad shit is afoot. 
9833  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Boobs are Ok (yes, yes they are...) on: April 23, 2007, 11:42:42 PM
Oh, hooray.  Another mindless model/actress/singer slut with horribly oversized fake breasts.  The world really needed another one.  I hope all the young girls are watching so they can learn lessons that will destroy their self worth later in life. 
9834  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Giant Nazi Robot attacks! on: April 23, 2007, 11:08:59 PM
Despite some less than great voice acting, you really can't go wrong with a Giant Nazi Robot!! 
9835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Desktop Tower Defense - go Gaming Trend team! on: April 23, 2007, 10:10:18 PM
Yeah, the flying waves is a great time to send the next ones early (especially since they are always two Normal waves after the flyers) as long as you have some decent anti-air towers up. 

I've found I can usually only get the flying bosses down if I have at least one flying tower (preferably 2 or 3) up to max upgrade.  That really increases the range, damage and speed of firing for them.  It just really hard for me to sit there and do nothing while building up that 310 gold to do that final upgrade. 
9836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 23, 2007, 09:26:05 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 23, 2007, 04:24:49 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on April 23, 2007, 04:13:05 PM

Well, F. What are the other AAA titles that come out before September? Seems like a big drought is about to hit.  icon_cry

Rumors say Quake Wars.  smile

Yeah, but that's PC only and some of us (not naming names) don't have top of the line PCs anymore. 

As for 360 games for this summer, they may not all be AAA, but some scheduled games I'm looking forward to checking out: Forza 2, Shadowrun, Tenchu Z, The Darkness, Dirt: Colin McRae Off-Road, Overlord, Two Worlds, Stranglehold, Stuntman: Ignition, and Sega Rally Revo.  I'm sure some of those will get delayed, too. 
9837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 08:58:38 PM
I would put Tool's Aenima as one of mine, ahead of Lateralus. 

And the same old Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon and to a lesser extent The Wall. 

I'd also say White Zombie - Astro Creep 2000.  It is just such a perfect mix of heavy music with a real groove to it.  Nothing can quite get my adrenaline pumping like this album.  Add in things like organ grinder music, middle-eastern drum beats, funky wa guitar and it all adds up to awesome. 
9838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Desktop Tower Defense - go Gaming Trend team! on: April 23, 2007, 08:36:50 PM
Yep, every second earlier you send the next wave gives you bonus points.  I usually end up with around 500 bonus points by doing this.  I think you might also get bonus points for how much gold you have left at the end of the game. 

My big problem is that sometimes I forget to look at home much time is left before the next wave and by the time I click on the Send Next Wave button the timer has run out so I basically get two waves at the exact same time.  That usually doesn't go so well with the later waves.   
9839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360BC] Mercenaries. on: April 23, 2007, 08:15:33 PM
I was playing Mercs the other day and didn't run into any crashes or minimap problems, but I only played for a couple hours. 

I noticed at my local GameStop that the sign for 2-for-1 was only for the XBox section and not elsewhere.  I wanted to pick up a couple older Cube games to play on my Wii but decided to take a pass since the signs weren't up for those (and the counter-jockies were busy). 
9840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Probably won't see any Square Enix Games on Virtual Console, reasons inside on: April 23, 2007, 08:09:29 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on April 23, 2007, 07:26:24 PM


We can make more money repackaging them and selling them ouselves than we could on Virtual Console.

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