October 01, 2014, 08:36:52 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
  Home Help Search Calendar Login Register  
  Show Posts
Pages: 1 ... 291 292 [293] 294 295 ... 297
11681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Another Friday... on: November 19, 2004, 05:31:10 PM
I'll be at ESPN's College Gameday at Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium around 6:30 tomorrow morning.  The broadcast goes until 10:30, head home for a short nap, then back at the stadium about 3:00 for the kickoff of the most important game in Utah football history. (For those who haven't followed it, if Utah wins we will most likely become the first non-BCS school to get invited to a BCS game).  

11-0 and the Fiesta Bowl, here we come.  GO UTES!!!

P.S.  Sorry, I'm in game mode already today.  smile
11682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does anybody else need to lose some weight? on: November 18, 2004, 07:37:14 PM
I know I need to exercise more, I just wish I could manage to get up the energy.  A 20 minute walking of the dog after (usually) a 15 hour day is about all I can manage.  Gotta find a way these 80 hour weeks!

But I guess something is better than nothing, eh?
11683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warning: Wackiness follows on: November 18, 2004, 05:53:06 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"

What.  The Fuck.  Was That.

That icon wars is pretty funny, though.
11684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Monday Night Football opening last night on: November 18, 2004, 11:58:24 AM
Now Tony Dungy is pulling the race card.

Dungy finds skit "racially offensive"

Nothing annoys me more than when people use the race card in instances where there is absolutely no reason to.  I do agree that there is racism in this country, but fail to see how this skit promotes that in any way, shape, or form.

EDIT:  They were discussing this over at Fark, and someone posted this.  I thought it was pretty funny...

11685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV? on: November 17, 2004, 11:36:42 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
God did I hate Suikoden III frown
 Didn't like it either.

I actually bought it for a second time a while back to see if I could figure out what all the hype was about.  Didn't like it the second time either.
11686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Never tempt fate. on: November 17, 2004, 10:29:29 PM
Shouldn't that be "tempt" fate?

/grammar nazi
11687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else picking up NFSU 2 today? on: November 17, 2004, 07:59:32 PM
I haven't gotten to the point where I'm using NOS yet, and I'm still on the un-upgraded beginning cars (I did do the first engine upgrade, but that's all).  I'm hoping the sense of speed gets better as you get faster cars and more powerful upgrades.  I should get a couple hours to play tonight, so I'll see if it gets better.

As far as the soundtrack goes, why oh why did they not allow custom soundtrack support for the X-Box?  There are a couple decent tracks in there (Ministry and Helmet are my faves), but overall the soundtrack is typical EA filler crap.  And that Snoop/Doors song is near blasphemous.
11688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Help me decide whether to get a PS2 or not on: November 17, 2004, 02:57:31 PM
My bad, I actually forgot about the platformers.  I don't play them, so I wasn't aware that they were PS2 exclusive.  For some reason, I thought the R&C series was on X-Box also.  Color me stupid.

So, if you like RPG's or platformers then PS2 is the way to go.  Oh, and there's a bunch of quirky Japanese titles for PS2 like Katamari Damacy and Culdcept.  Ah, forget it...just get a PS2 and an X-Box.  smile

Hell, just forget I said anything.  :waves hand:  This is not the post you're looking for.  You can go about your business.
11689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Help me decide whether to get a PS2 or not on: November 17, 2004, 01:24:58 PM
My PS2 is used exclusively for RPG's.  I get my action, sports, and racing fix on the X-Box.

If you don't like Japanese RPG's, I can't really see a reason to get a PS2 over an X-Box.
11690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else picking up NFSU 2 today? on: November 17, 2004, 01:20:23 PM
Played for an hour or so last night, so these are some very early impressions (even though we're not on Page 2 yet).

1)  I'm not crazy about the presentation.  The whole comic book thing is really cheesy, and Brooke Burke sounds bored out of her skull whenever she reads a line.  Alot of the still image artwork seems to be pretty lo-res as well.  The loading screen is really pixellated, and many of the comic book panels look blurry.  

2)  I also don't really like the new "open city" format.  If you hadn't heard, NFSU2 takes place in a large open city and you drive around to certain areas to find a race, go to the body shop, pick a new car, etc.  It just seems like a huge waste of time to me.  I'd rather just automatically move on to the next race than have to spend 5 minutes driving around to find it.  It is nice that you can pick a race, then turn on the "GPS system" (read:  Big floating arrow) that directs you right to it.  

This gripe is probably just my personal preference.  The whole city thing just reminds me too much of the GTA series, which I didn't like at all.  Just put me into the next race, don't make me drive around looking for it.

3)  Maybe it's just me, but the graphics actually look worse this time around.  Neither the car models or the backgrounds look nearly as clean and sharp.  Maybe I'm just spoiled from playing Burnout 3 for the last few weeks, but this didn't look good at all.  It almost seemed like they tried to cram in more track variety at the expense of image quality.

4)  Once you actually find a race, the racing is still pretty fun.  However, it seems like they slowed it down quite a bit.  I'm sure it will pick up when I get some faster cars and upgrades, but the starter cars feel slow as hell.  I'll don't remember the starter cars feeling this slow in the first NFSU, but it's been a while since I played it.

Overall, my first impressions of the game were not very good.  Again, maybe Burnout 3 has just spoiled me, but the racing in NFSU2 isn't nearly as fun, even with the slow starter cars.  I'm not crazy about any of the "improvements", but I'm hoping they will grow on me.  It took me a while to really get into the first NFSU, so maybe this one will take a while to hook me as well.
11691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else picking up NFSU 2 today? on: November 16, 2004, 06:37:38 PM
Can't wait to get a new arcade racing fix.  The last NFSU had me hooked, and I'm looking forward to this new format.  Funny thing is, I hate tricked out cars irl, but can't get enough of them in this game.  

Just wish I didn't have to work until 8:00.  frown
11692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Tactics Adv. OR Ogre Tactics? on: November 16, 2004, 04:47:52 PM
I preferred FFTA over any of the other Tactics games (Ogre, Fire Emblem, Shining Force, etc.).   It's hard to explain why, but mainly because there seemed to be much more individual character customization in FFTA than in the others.  I felt like FFTA was really built around developing each of your character's skills, whereas the other games are more about battlefield tactics.  Don't know if that makes any sense...

It's still the only GBA game I put more than a few hours into (around 85, to be exact) and is one of my all-time favorite games.  Keep in mind that the story is very "kiddie", and that's been a turn-off for some.
11693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / ODB died Saturday on: November 16, 2004, 02:23:25 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Excuse me, but at what point did I say anything about my like or dislike of rap or Mr. Bastard?  

Mr. Bastard.   That struck me as really funny.
11694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need book recommendations on: November 16, 2004, 01:01:50 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Gratch"

The Assassin Trilogy - Robin Hobb

I just finished book two of Hobb's trilogy and it definitely fits your criteria.  It ranks right up there with George Martin's stuff so far.

Just FYI, you may just want to stop after the second book.  The last book in the Assassin Trilogy pretty much sucked.

BTW, I should amend my original list as I missed the "heavy reading" bit.  I don't think Pratchett or Adams would qualify as heavy reading.  Quite the opposite, actually.
11695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need book recommendations on: November 16, 2004, 12:06:15 PM
The Briar King - Greg Keyes
The Assassin Trilogy - Robin Hobb
Anything by Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams
11696  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: November 16, 2004, 04:00:04 AM
+1 to Fafhrd for the PIFF
11697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We need another hot chick thread... on: November 16, 2004, 12:18:21 AM
Quote from: "AJ McClain"
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
My god, talk abotu overkill with the airbrush on that girl, jeff. LOL

Yeah, Default's pic is what she looks like without the airbrushing.


Thanks for the inspiration, Jeff.

Words cannot begin to express how much I hate you for that.
11698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Q] How did Halo 2 impact your life? on: November 15, 2004, 08:54:13 PM
Other than having to wait in line behind the two dumbass 12 year old's trying pay for it in what appeared to be nickels & dimes yesterday, not a bit.  Didn't buy it and have no intention of getting it.
11699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Couple of movies I just saw... (Possible Spoilers Alert) on: November 15, 2004, 08:01:46 PM
I keep meaning to check out Suicide Club, but don't watch enough movies to warrant a NetFlix membership.  I've seen the opening scene from SC(The subway station is the opening scene, right?), and was simultaneously intrigued and disgusted.  Guess I'll have to check out the whole film.

I checked out Ichi the Killer from Hollywood video last weekend, and it's considered to be in the same genre as SC.  Unfortunately, the version at Hollywood is the highly, highly edited version in which they cut out most of the gore.  Without it, there's not much movie there.
11700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College Football! on: November 15, 2004, 02:51:46 PM
Some interesting predictions from ESPN and Fox Sports this morning:

Fox Sports is predicting Utah vs. Oklahoma in the Fiesta.  "The Big XII Champion is the host to the Fiesta Bowl and that'll be the Sooners if Auburn slides in to the Orange. OU deserves a spot in the national championship, but it'll be tough with all of the buzz around the Tigers. If OU gets into the Orange this will be Boston College vs. Utah. The Utes deserve to be in the BCS but it's going to be hard to get past the college football machine that wants to see big league schools in the mix. However, a six slot gets the Utes in. Texas could end the season fourth in the BCS standings at 10-1 and be left out in the cold. " - Fox Sports

"So, the second-most intriguing storyline in the BCS Standings is now the fight for No. 4 between Cal and Texas. A clause in the BCS bylaws says the highest-ranked team that is not a conference champion will be given an at-large spot if it is ranked No. 3 or No. 4. Barring losses by both teams, either the Bears or Longhorns will automatically get into the BCS via that rule. And if Utah stays at No. 6, thereby locking up the other at-large berth, there will not be a spot remaining in the BCS for the team ranked No. 5.

I project Cal to be in that crucial fourth position this week, and given the large points gap between them and Texas in each poll, it seems the Longhorns have little hope if the Bears don't struggle with or lose at home to Stanford on Saturday or at Southern Miss on Dec. 4. Texas should make a move in the computers, but it probably won't be enough. Despite two amazing comebacks in a row, it appears that Mack Brown's Longhorns will be missing the BCS party once again." -
11701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: The Third Age...anyone played it? on: November 15, 2004, 01:13:20 PM
I put about 20 hours into LotR:  TTA.  I'll give the game this; they captured the LotR atmosphere perfectly.  The graphics, the character models, the armor, the enemies, the music...all of them were perfect.  But the laughable lack of story killed this game for me.  Honestly, you end up fighting the exact same enemies over and over and over again, with little or no story as an incentive to keep playing.  After reading about that joke of an ending, I decided to take it back while I the trade in value was good.  It's fun for a rental, but I wouldn't really recommend buying it.

BTW, the longer I played it, the more irritated I became with the comparison to FFX.  FFX was a great game because of it's story and characters, not it's friggin battle system.
11702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College Football! on: November 15, 2004, 12:28:20 PM
Quote from: "GungHo"
Well, Im not sorry to disappoint ya, but I dont think UT loses to A&M.  We've got their # like OU has that game is in Austin.

After watching UT the last 2 weeks, I'm not so sure that game's a lock.   Texas' offense has looked pretty good (Vince Young is freaking amazing), but that defense has been really shaky.  Wasn't that Kansas' 3rd string QB?  And this is a very different A&M team than the one Utah whacked on opening night, so it could be interesting.

Trust me, it's nothing against UT personally.  Hell, if it were Podunk State ahead of Utah in the BCS, I'd be become the biggest fan of whoever was playing Podunk State.

Either bring back the old days of The Wild West, anything goes football, or give me a playoff.  Cause this shit we've got now, sucks.

This, we can completely agree on.  But for a school like Utah with no real football tradition, this BCS shit is pretty exciting!  smile
11703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does anybody else need to lose some weight? on: November 15, 2004, 03:48:08 AM
I'm going to try and drop some in the next few months.  Same thing as you warning;  pants are now too tight, too many McD's during the 1/2 hour between jobs, etc.

I'm 6'0" and about 210.  I'd love to get down around 190, which I think I can do pretty quick if I start lifting and jogging.  The dog's gotten old enough that he can keep up with me jogging, so I'll have to start doing that 4-5 times a week.

My biggest problem is quitting the sodas.  I've gotten so used to drinking 3-4 cans of Pepsi a day, and it's damn near impossible to stop.  Need...more...willpower...
11704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College Football! on: November 14, 2004, 10:44:26 PM
I know the "probably"s, but I can still hope right?  slywink  Realistically, I hold out more hope for Texas A&M beating Texas than for OSU to beat Michigan.  Funny how a team we crushed earlier this year has now become our best friends.  If one of those happen and we take care of the Y, then Fiesta, here we come!!  

You should see the level of excitement around this city right now.  It's insane how everybody has gotten behind this team.  I'd venture to say that there is actually more support for this team than there was for the Utah basketball team that played Kentucky in the NCAA finals a few years back.  Mainly becase this type of thing has never (and, unfortunately probably will never again) been seen at this school.   Even if Urban leaves, what he has accomplished here is simply amazing.

Did I mention ESPN's College Gameday will be broadcasting here next week?  I'll be at the broadcast all day on Saturday.  It's gonna be insane!
11705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College Football! on: November 14, 2004, 03:29:45 PM
Quote from: "GungHo"

But it really doesnt matter; if you're not playing for the NC it's just another bowl game.  Holiday, Citrus, Fiesta...the only difference is how much money they pay.

True, but it's a huge difference.  Look at it from a Utah perspective.  If Texas loses that game, coupled with the Wisconsin loss, Utah (probably) moves up to 5 in the BCS.  As long as they take care of buisness next week by beating BYU, they would still be in the top 6 even if Michigan beats Ohio State and passes them.  As it is now, Utah can crush BYU by 100 and still has the possibility of getting passed by Michigan for the final guaranteed BCS spot.  And that that final BCS spot is the difference between $1.4 million (Liberty bowl) and $14 million (Fiesta Bowl).  It could also mean the difference when Urban makes his final decision to leave or not.

So yes, those little things do make a huge difference to some teams.
11706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College Football! on: November 14, 2004, 04:16:09 AM
Well, the BCS rankings this week will certainly be interesting.  Wisconsin gets hammered by an unranked MSU, Georgia loses to an awfully good Aubrun squad, Texas barely squeaks by a horrible KU (that late offensive pass interference call on KU was absolute horseshit, BTW.  Not to take anything away from Vince Young's amazing effort, but KU got jobbed by the refs.), Michigan crushed NW, and Utah is hammering Wyoming 45-14 in the 3rd.

Any guesses on the BCS rankings come Monday?  Here's my prediction:

1.  USC
2.  OK
3.  Auburn
4.  Cal
5.  Texas
6.  Utah
7.  Michigan

At least that's how I hope it ends up. smile
11707  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: November 14, 2004, 03:33:22 AM
Quote from: "greeneggsnham"


Can I claim Stratego and Dungeon Keeper Gold?


DK:  Gold was already claimed, but I'll send yout Stratego.  PM your address to me.
11708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 14, 2004, 03:31:43 AM
11709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OK I GIVE! IM OVERLOADED on: November 13, 2004, 03:01:34 PM
1998 would have been FF VIII, iirc.
11710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos review at IGN on: November 13, 2004, 03:00:13 PM
I almost didn't sell my GCN because of Baten Kaitos, but I just couldn't justify keeping the system for one game that might be good.  Looks like I might be picking up a used GCN now.
11711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever go to a concert by yourself? on: November 13, 2004, 02:58:15 PM
Thanks.  Now I don't feel quite so strange for wanting to go by myself.    I'm going to go no matter what, because I really doubt I'll get another chance to see them.

When I told her about it, Mrs. Gratch said she might with me, even though she doesn't like their music one bit.  Damn my wife is cool.  smile
11712  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: November 12, 2004, 10:01:26 PM
+1 to warning for the freebie
11713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Atari Console? on: November 12, 2004, 07:40:45 PM
I'd was initially excited about the Flashback, until they said it only came with about 20 games.  Hell, I can go buy one of those joysticks that has about that many games in it for $20.
11714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever go to a concert by yourself? on: November 12, 2004, 07:07:42 PM
Here's the deal.  My favorite band of all time, Skinny Puppy, is playing here later this month.  However, none of my friends are into that type of music at all, and I can't think of a single one that would go with me.  In fact, I can't even think of a distant acquaintance that has ever even heard of SP.  So I'm dying to go to this show, but don't get too excited about the prospects of going to a concert by myself.  I've gone to movies solo on occasion, but a concert is a much more social event.  Anyone done it before?

I'm sure I'll end up going, as this will probably be the first and last chance I'll ever get to see Skinny Puppy live.  But man will I ever feel like a loser.  Oh well...
11715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Unscrewed cancelled, TSS "morphing". on: November 12, 2004, 12:56:29 PM
Can't say I'm too sad about either of those shows getting the axe.  Unscrewed was only occasionaly amusing, and I could never sit through and entire episode of TSS.  Granted, I never got TechTV so I've only seen the bastardized version of TSS, but it's just awful.  

I will check out G4 occasionally, and actually enjoy Filter (Diane Mizota.  Rawrrrrr...), X-Play, Cinematech, and Pulse.   Could definately do without the other shows though.  The one that baffles me the most is "Arena".  Who in their right mind actually sits down and watches other people play Mechassault and UT2K4?
11716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Today is Veteran's Day - thanks dbt & others! on: November 12, 2004, 12:50:22 PM
I'm a day late, but huge props and thanks to all you vets.
11717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Edit: Make me want an Xbox - and tell me what I should know on: November 11, 2004, 06:30:42 PM
Quote from: "juniordan"
I got one on Sunday....
Me of all people mr PS2, Mr sony all the way, Mr PS2 and PC
dont need the damaged box.
I like it and I am even more comfortable with the fact I got the 2 year
warranty with it from best buy $20bucks.
because it break and will break I am sure everyone here has bee thru at least one or more Xbox (owned for over a year at least).
My PS2 is going on 3-4years and no problem.

But Halo 2 and KOTOR 1 & 2 will be worth it.

FWIW, I've had a PS2 for close to 3 years, and an X-Box for over 2 and I've never had a problem with either.  My PS2 probably has hundreds more hours than the X-Box (not many Japanese RPG's on the Box), but they both still run great.

Now that I said that, I'll probably get disc read errors on both this afternoon. slywink
11718  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 11, 2004, 05:07:53 PM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
We work in your offices. We go to your churches. We have kids in your schools... and we also teach your kids in the schools. We live on your block. We pay our taxes. We serve in the military. We love our country just as much as any heterosexual. We are, by and large, just like you.'ve got teh gay.  That automatically makes you evil.  You should change your heathen, immoral ways and become one of us normal straight folk right now!  I'll loan you my Bible to help get you started.

/heaps and heaps of sarcasm

Great posts, man.  I think many of the basic privlages of married couples that you pointed out get overlooked by the "anti-gay marriage", interest groups.
11719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / should I get KOTOR on: November 11, 2004, 04:30:48 PM
KotOR is the best Star Wars experience in the last 20 years, including the prequels and all the other games, books, shows, etc.  It really is an amazing game.  You'll definately want to budget a good chunk of time for it though.  I can almost guarantee you'll want to play through it twice (once good, once bad).  It took me about 45 the first time through (playing good, which is much harder imo), but only around 25 the second time because I didn't bother with a lot of the side quest stuff.

BTW, how have we gotten this far in a KotOR thread without the bashers showing up?  I always thought those guys had some sort of radar that detected positive KotOR posts and launched heat seeking missiles to start up the inevitable flamewar.
11720  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: November 11, 2004, 01:12:51 PM
Fafhrd:  I'll take that Etherlords 2 if you don't mind.

PM in a bit...
Pages: 1 ... 291 292 [293] 294 295 ... 297
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.157 seconds with 20 queries. (Pretty URLs adds 0.065s, 1q)