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9801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: She's back on the market!! on: September 14, 2006, 02:12:48 AM

Quote from: ATB on September 13, 2006, 10:44:47 PM

Get the cologne ready all you single guys, Whitney Houston files for divorce!

I think you meant to say "Get the crackpipe ready".  icon_wink
9802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Sony's Online Plan... Revealed! on: September 13, 2006, 02:51:39 PM

Quote from: Mattc0m on September 13, 2006, 02:10:19 PM

Quote from: Graham on September 13, 2006, 04:35:07 AM

So it sounds like it might only be with one specific game.  It doesn't mean that other games won't follow, but Xfire isn't the PS3 answer to Xbox Live.

That is really interesting... what use is Xfire in one specific game? Curious.

I was thinking the same thing.  Isn't Xfire's usefullness that it tells you what other games your friends are playing sort of like Life Awareness? 
9803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SUV sales TANKING big. on: September 13, 2006, 02:21:27 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 12, 2006, 11:27:14 PM

Quote from: gellar
* gellar watches too much Top Gear.

There is no such thing as too much Top Gear.

I agree that there is no such thing as too much Top Gear, and as such I will refer you to the Final Gear website where you can get torrent downloads for full episodes.  Legal and everything.  icon_biggrin
9804  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BBs New Rewardzone Benefit Point Structure? on: September 13, 2006, 02:16:54 AM

Quote from: Destructor on September 12, 2006, 04:57:36 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 12, 2006, 04:37:58 PM

It used to be $5 for every $150 spent, minus the $9.95 yearly fee

Yup. But now (as stated) it's free to everybody, so if you're a low spender, it might be a better deal.

So this is free now?  On the website it still says that it costs $10 per year. 
9805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 09/12/06 on: September 13, 2006, 02:10:53 AM
Lucky Number Slevin just came in the mail from Netflix today.  My first experience with getting a new release on the actual day of release.  I'm impressed. 
9806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: September 13, 2006, 02:07:13 AM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on September 13, 2006, 01:33:00 AM

Will Ferrell - At least Stiller has two bits, this guy has barely one.  I caught ten minutes of Ron Burgundy...I saw nothing different in the new one he did.

Most of the time, I'd agree with you.  However, I saw this the other night and it looks absolutely brilliant.

Ferrell was also quite good in the movie Winter Passing.  Not exactly his usual self, and it was refreshing.  

I would also hold back Maggie Ghyllenhall, mostly because I think she's cute.

Redford hasn't done much of note lately, but he was in some absolute classics (as mentioned above) and should probably get a pass from those.  Of course, it's not like he's Newman or anything.  
9807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your website of choice for Release Dates? on: September 12, 2006, 02:17:16 AM
I use EB/GameStop also, for the reasons mentioned above. 
9808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11) on: September 11, 2006, 02:57:02 PM
Lego Star Wars II [360] for me, please!
9809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rule of Rose = Atlus will publish on: September 10, 2006, 09:18:06 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 10, 2006, 03:51:21 PM

I've got this one preordered, so I'm hoping it turns out to be a good game. The early reviews are varying wildly, with a 40 point difference in some cases. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this title turns out to be like Enhanted Arms- a great title that was misrepresented in the scoring.

I just read my free copy of EGM (thank you Internets!) and saw that this one got pretty horrible reviews.  The scores were 4.5, 5, and 4 and the text made it seem like the game had some pretty serious control and camera issues. 
9810  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Project Gotham Racing 3 - $20 on: September 10, 2006, 07:19:03 PM
Circuit City now has PGR3 on sale for $19.99 on their web page.  No idea if this is permanent or a limited time deal. 
9811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Protector... or 'man that HAD to hurt' on: September 10, 2006, 05:41:05 PM
I haven't seen this one yet, but Ong Bak convinced me that that Tony Jaa is a force to be reckoned with. 
9812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 10, 2006, 05:37:57 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on September 10, 2006, 04:42:22 PM

Oh man, that is freaking brilliant!  Every time I see it I can't help laughting (and reminding myself why I quit WoW). 
9813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes delayed for in-store? on: September 10, 2006, 05:24:09 PM
From my experience most game stores get the new games in by Tuesdays.  It would be my guess that for the TV commercial that reaches a broad audience they just wanted to play it safe and date it as the 14th so that it is availabe in the widest array of stores possible. 

I really wish games had advanced to the point where they were avaiable everywhere on a specific date like movies and music. 
9814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Most Important First-Person Shooters of All Time on: September 10, 2006, 05:14:13 PM
I agree that Doom should absolutely be high on the list if not number one.  As Big Jake said it brought gaming to a huge audience and had a level of immersion that surpassed everything before and after for years.  It also introduced elements that would mold the industry such as it's multiplayer options and open architecture that allowed player-made maps and mods. 
9815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam and Max Dated! on: September 10, 2006, 05:03:25 PM
There is a pair of new gameplay videos available that you can grab from 3D Gamers, et al.  Maybe our fearless leader Ron will see that we get a local copy.  Hint, hint.  icon_wink
9816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 box art on: September 09, 2006, 10:59:57 PM

Quote from: Misguided on September 09, 2006, 10:21:56 PM

The oddest bit to me is that you read it from bottom to top.

Well, it's similar to how they did the PS1, except they quickly changed to the relatively square jewel case design where it made more sense.  Doing it vertically on a vertical package just seems like a goofy idea to me, all the more so because of established standards for the last 6 years or so. 

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9817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Test Drive Unlimited Impressions on: September 09, 2006, 09:26:38 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 09, 2006, 08:40:11 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 09, 2006, 07:23:38 PM

But to get back on topic...what exactly is the "refer a friend" code and what does it do for you and/or your friend in this game? 

The referrer gets two nice cars, I don't have the flyer with me right here to name them, but I remember they were nice... and not yet available in game any other way.

So what does the friend get?  Just some crappy spam mail? 
9818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 box art on: September 09, 2006, 09:24:10 PM
I still can't believe they are using the Spiderman 2 font as their official font. 

And it's great that now that there has become a pretty understood standard of putting the format on the top of the packaging (even for new PC titles) they have decided to fuck that up and go along the side again.  Way to be original, Sony!
9819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do We Really Need..... on: September 09, 2006, 07:54:35 PM
I actually want to get one of those with the single blade on the back side.  If you have ever tried to trim around a beard/goatee with some of those safety buffer fucking razors it can be very frustrating and make you wish for the days of straight razors. 
9820  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free 2 day shipping on Company of Heroes on: September 09, 2006, 07:51:44 PM
My problem with ordering online is that I live in an apartment complex so any packages from UPS/Fed Ex are delivered to the front office, but my front office is a bunch of lazy tards and they are only open from 9 to 5 on weekdays (the hours I am working) so I have to wait until Saturday to pick up packages and hope to hell that they didn't decide to close the office for no goddamn good reason. 

The same goes for the Post Office for the most part since they close at 6 and I can rarely get there in time, except that with some Saturday deliveries my postal carrier will actually bring the box to my door.  He did that with my Xbox 360 when that came in the mail and I wanted to hug the silly bastard.  icon_biggrin
9821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Test Drive Unlimited Impressions on: September 09, 2006, 07:23:38 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 08, 2006, 03:40:27 PM

Quote from: warning on September 08, 2006, 03:37:56 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 08, 2006, 01:22:41 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 07, 2006, 08:57:37 PM

Lame or not that has been how MS has done it since the original Xbox. With the 360 at least you can get patches and demos without the subscription, so it has gotten better. I find it well worth the $4 a month... of course it doesn't take much to be worth $4/month. slywink The game does come with a code good for 48 hours of Live Gold.

i second that.  xbox live gold is an incredibly value.  each month, for less than the price of a pack of cigarettes, i get the convenience of demos, patches, arcade, MP, etc., all available whenever i want.  i'm a huge fan of the way microsoft implements and maintains it.

Not to totally derail the thread but you can get demos, patches and download and play arcade games with the free Xbox Live Silver service.  All the Gold service gets you is the ability to play multiplayer.

true, i forgot about that.  however, the MP is so darn good that i still feel it's worth it.  voice communication is so well done that i don't think i've ever NOT used it.

Voice communication is great if you're playing with friends, but for in general I have grown to hate it because I don't really care to hear random people talking shit, bragging, swearing and calling other people fags.  I play games to relax and have fun and I don't find rude, derisive, overly-competitive gaming fun.  I guess tha'ts why I've let my Live drop back to Silver and haven't missed it.  Cripes, I feel like an old fogey and I'm not even 30 yet!

But to get back on topic...what exactly is the "refer a friend" code and what does it do for you and/or your friend in this game? 
9822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rob Zombies Halloween on: September 09, 2006, 05:56:38 PM
I agree that if anybody can do justice to a classic horror film, Rob is the man for the job.  From that interview it sounds like he is doing something that will both be new but hold fairly close to Carpenter's original. 
9823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 09, 2006, 05:47:36 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 09, 2006, 05:36:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 09, 2006, 02:35:04 PM

I'm suspicious about that odd looking tan colored device in the background with 2 steel cylinders in it.

I think that is his personal jetpack.  You know, for flying off to save the world and all.
9824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Game in 'Inside Man': Is it real? on: September 09, 2006, 05:41:02 PM
9825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 9/9/99 on: September 09, 2006, 05:16:42 PM
Soul Calibur was one of the best launch titles ever!
9826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Retro game blues. on: September 09, 2006, 05:05:18 AM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on September 09, 2006, 04:53:59 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 09, 2006, 04:47:18 AM

I don't think I'd call any games released in the last 5 years "retro". I would generally reserve that for something that was released more like 10+ years ago.  Sonic? Sure.  Planescape: Torment?  Not so much. 
Torment's coming up on 8 years...
Coming up on 7 years, actually.  It was released in December, 1999.  I don't consider it retro, but I guess that's just arguing semantics. 
9827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Retro game blues. on: September 09, 2006, 04:47:18 AM
I don't think I'd call any games released in the last 5 years "retro". I would generally reserve that for something that was released more like 10+ years ago.  Sonic? Sure.  Planescape: Torment?  Not so much. 
9828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: September 09, 2006, 02:28:23 AM
did you just say rectify? 
9829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 09, 2006, 02:27:27 AM
I guess I will give in to the peer pressure:

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9830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: September 08, 2006, 01:43:58 AM
The problem with buying them on Gametap is that once you quit the service you no longer have the game.  Personally, for something like Sam & Max I would rather pay a bit more and own the game to be replayed any time I want than have to keep up a subscription.  But if there are other games you are playing on Gametap anyway, it is definitely a great way to go. 

And I guess since this has become our little Sam & Max haven, Telltale released a press release with some more info about the game and a cool little teaser image.
9831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Only 500k at launch? on: September 07, 2006, 04:52:26 AM

Quote from: Kobra on September 07, 2006, 04:49:48 AM

Changed my avatar for you, to Costco Logo with a Pimp hat.

 icon_lol icon_lol

Oh man, that's great!!  icon_biggrin
9832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 09/05/06 on: September 07, 2006, 03:44:00 AM
I was in Best Buy for some reason and bought Galaxy Quest because it was only $3.99.  What the hell, right?  Always a good movie to throw on for a rainy, lazy Sunday. 
9833  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 07, 2006, 03:42:06 AM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on September 07, 2006, 02:43:48 AM

Real quick search reveals that yes, these are real.

And there are also these and these.  The site at Hasbro has some transforming animations also. 
9834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespy: Release schedule for Sept. (All systems) on: September 07, 2006, 02:06:27 AM
LEGO Star Wars will be a day-one purchase for me.  After I beat that I may pick up Just Cause for the 360, although next month look jam packed with stuff so it depends how long my willpower can hold out. 

I tried the demo for El Matador (PC) and thought it was a pretty good 3rd person action game.  Check it out if you're looking for that sort of thing. 
9835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 video on: September 07, 2006, 12:50:43 AM
I think it might be a good, needed change for the series.  Did we need the exact same control system with one added trick for a new yearly release?  There's a reason most people quit caring for the series; not that it went downhill, but more of the same will only draw back people so many times.  Honestly, whenever I played the latest games it was mostly a button mash for me.  I think this new system with the slow-motion and stick controls could be a little more intuitive and easier for us less coordinated folks to handle. 

Rodney Mullen definitely looked weird when he talked.  The graphics overall looked better than previous titles, but that is to be expected.  It certainly didn't strike me as all that "next-gen" as I would expect, but it'll do. 

I was curious if they intend to hang onto the "Project 8" moniker, also.  Maybe our good buddy Ron can find out when he makes a little visit to Activision.   icon_wink
9836  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Universal Studios "It's UCS for me!" (funny) on: September 06, 2006, 03:38:44 AM
Check out this funny new employee orientation video for Universal that was made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  It includes lots of really great cameos from Spielberg, Stallone, Michael J Fox, etc. 

It's UCS for me!
9837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm starting to hate the Internet. (language) on: September 06, 2006, 02:33:58 AM
Umm, go check a dictionary, Kobra.  Most words have many meanings and connotations

 - a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
 - hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
 - Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

 - a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own
 - One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.

9838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AOL 9 gets a failing grade. on: September 06, 2006, 02:23:52 AM
What a surprise. 
9839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: September 06, 2006, 02:20:07 AM
Over in the FAQ at the Sam & Max site and it specifically says:

Will I need a GameTap subscription to play Sam & Max?

Nope! We think GameTap is a great fit for Sam & Max, but we know that not everyone will subscribe. (Plus, right now GameTap isn't available in all parts of the world.) That's why every Sam & Max episode will be available on Telltale's website, as well as on GameTap.

It also says:

We've partnered with GameTap to distribute the first season of games and share in the general revelry. ...Season 1 will debut this fall at GameTap and on Telltale's site with short, punchy episodes released in rapid succession, each telling a self-contained story, all the while feeding into a grander season-wide arc.

I read that to mean that it will be available concurrently from both locations. 
9840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Video of the Wii in action on: September 06, 2006, 02:07:50 AM
That certainly didn't sell me on the concept any more than the earlier released stuff.  As other people mentioned it looked goofy, clumsy and gimmicky and other than the sports titles does nothing that standard controllers can't do as easily or easier.  I think it will end up being a bit like the DS touch screen, where there will be a few specific titles that make good use of the new control scheme but for the most part will just use it as a gimmick at most. 

Did that Red Steel part of the video remind anybody else of the limp-wristed, disembodied arm from the horrid Tresspasser?  I was getting flashbacks...
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