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7321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: January 23, 2009, 07:39:44 PM
Then there's Big O.  Imagine if Batman was a negotiator instead of a vigilante, had a giant robot instead of the Batmobile, Alfred had only one eye, and Robin was played by a teenage girl android with little emotional response.  A coastal area has suffered massive damage, the populace has no memories before the event, and people's statuses are determined by what skills they can remember and where they were when they "woke up." 
7322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 23, 2009, 07:36:56 PM
I like Jason Segal, but I'll need to watch Forgetting Sara Marshall this weekend to see if his non-HIMYM work appeals to me as well.
7323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 23, 2009, 07:35:29 PM
CNet has it.

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...Microsoft has axed hundreds of positions from its game division.  A Microsoft representative confirmed on Friday that ACES will be shut down but added that the company remains committed to the Flight Simulator franchise, though she would not provide details.  But while Microsoft's game division was hit hard, VentureBeat reported that its Lionhead and Rare studios--the former just published Fable II--as well as its Forza Motorsports studio were untouched.  Microsoft did not immediately confirm whether those studios are being affected by the layoffs.
7324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is it about KOTOR that I'm missing? on: January 23, 2009, 07:22:47 PM
I never tried it because it's an RPG and the only one I have ever finished is Final Fantasy Adventure on the GameBoy.  Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go convince myself to play the original Baldur's Gate...
7325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 23, 2009, 07:04:17 PM
Cowboys fans in Texas are intolerable.  Every win means they're the bestest team EVAR! and ever loss is the end of the franchise.  Fire the head coach and trade all the players to the Arena League.

When Philly put the screws to them, it wasn't 30 minutes after the game that I heard Romo compared to a steaming pile of Great Dane excrement by the post game crew!
7326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 23, 2009, 06:42:12 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 23, 2009, 05:41:53 PM

I'm not saying the actions of our fans are okay.  I'm not saying they're justified.  I'm more embarassed of our fan behavior than anyone else.  But to not have a single Super Bowl victory in over 75 seasons of football, and yet to have come so close five times only to fall short each and every time, that frustration is going to manifest in some way. 

Uhm ... This year is Super Bowl XLIII (43).  And the Eagles took the NFL Championship in 1948 (from the Chicago Cardinals), 1949, and 1960.

But regardless, as a Bills Fan, I can certainly understand your frustration.  The early 90s were merciless, made worse by the fact that I lived in Texas during that entire run.  Every Monday during the season, I was wearing Bills gear in Texas in High School.  Yeah, those were pleasant days...
7327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: UbiSoft: New Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Red Steel... on: January 23, 2009, 05:34:21 PM
The book and first game run fairly parallel, but there are some differences.  The game has reached it's 10th birthday.  
7328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 23, 2009, 04:46:03 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on January 23, 2009, 03:54:55 AM

Yeah Iggles fans are bordering on insane, but you can't say Tampa Fans only show up when they are in the playoffs.

The term I heard in reference to finding a true Bucs fan was the direction to "show me some orange."
7329  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 23, 2009, 03:15:23 AM
It's a beta site.  Issues are its bread and butter.
7330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: January 23, 2009, 03:12:34 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 23, 2009, 02:02:35 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 22, 2009, 09:54:09 PM

It's not a top of the line winner, but it's an MST3K thing, a lot of which was about as cheesy and bad.

If you want more MST3K type stuff or just funny reviews, you can always check out Angry Video Game Nerd or Nostalgia Critic (also the 5-second movies at that second link are pretty good as well).

Don't forget RiffTrax.
7331  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 23, 2009, 01:45:27 AM
OMGWTFBBQ?!?!?!?    icon_biggrin
7332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] 3 on 3 NHL Arcade! on: January 22, 2009, 10:47:52 PM

Quote from: depward on January 22, 2009, 06:56:51 PM

It's hard to explain, but lemme try again:

If you have two buddies over, all three of you can play on the same team online on the same system.  You can't, however, play with a friend on the same team if you're on different systems.

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Matt Mahar: We have offline multiplayer with a max of 2 v 2 for the X360. As for online, we have 3 v 3 co-op play, both ranked and unranked. We also have custom, create, and quick matches. 3 on 3 NHL Arcade has all the multiplayer modes you need to meet up with friends and get your game on.

I still don't get it...   retard  How would I not be able to play with a friend on the same team on a different system (different console, no?) if they have 3 v 3 coop play where you can meet up with friends.?
7333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: January 22, 2009, 10:34:35 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 22, 2009, 08:59:15 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 22, 2009, 08:56:56 PM

Burn notice?  Yes it's in it's second season though it's one of those deals where the season was split into two so the second half of the second season just started airing. 

Edit:  Holy shit.  Just looked up Burn Notice on BestBuy.com and it's only $20 for the first season.  I may pick it up on my way home as a nice impulse buy.  I haven't made one of those in quite a while.

Damn forum effect.  Now this makes me want to pick it up on the way home.  I caught about 1/3 of it on Hulu when the 2nd season was running.  It's hard to argue with that price.
7334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: January 22, 2009, 09:54:09 PM
It's not a top of the line winner, but it's an MST3K thing, a lot of which was about as cheesy and bad.
7335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UbiSoft: New Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Red Steel... on: January 22, 2009, 08:16:46 PM
MTV reports:

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While disclosing sales for third quarter of fiscal 2008-2009, Ubisoft revealed “Assassin’s Creed 2,” a new “Ghost Recon” and the long-delayed “Splinter Cell Conviction” are coming before March 2010.

Ubisoft also revealed a new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” title in the works. It’s in development at Game Arts, the same studio that handled some development on Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros. Brawl.” Stay tuned, as we’ve asked Ubisoft for more details on that project.

Additional Wii support is coming; during a conference call this morning discussing the financial results, a Ubisoft executive seemingly accidentally mentioned a new “Red Steel” project before March 2010. The conference call also revealed Ubisoft will be actively supporting MotionPlus in upcoming games.
7336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica musings (SPOILERS) on: January 22, 2009, 08:04:55 PM
Go watch Farscape instead.
7337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 22, 2009, 06:57:08 PM
I WILL get some stick time on Thunder over Vegas this weekend and provide some insights ... if I can re-learn not to hamfist my Saitek after dozens of hours playing Call of Duty.
7338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] 3 on 3 NHL Arcade! on: January 22, 2009, 06:48:03 PM

Quote from: depward on January 22, 2009, 04:34:07 PM

Yeah, this looks AWESOME.

One thing I'm slightly disappointed with: I thought they would have online multiplayer like the EASHL, meaning, that you could play with others on the same team online.  This isn't the case - it's only local multiplayer online.

But eh, small quibble...

So ... it's at best a 1-on-1 game over Live...?  I'm confused by the phrase "local multiplayer online."  The right box states "Online Multiplayer: 1-4 "
7339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: January 22, 2009, 05:55:30 PM
I do think that Farscape would be a good one for you.  It's a lost in space tale of an American scientist who it thrust into another part of the universe where a fair amount of his learning is useless.  He's taken aboard a fugitive vessel that's actually a living being with a pilot that's wired into things.  It's not your clean Star Trek stuff.  As the vessel is fugitive, you get some of the monster of the week stuff, but it's really well done.  And half of the core cast is performed by Muppets, which are really well done and not kiddy-fied at all.
7340  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What were those Executive Orders? on: January 22, 2009, 05:07:47 PM
Executive Order -- Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and sections 3301 and 7301 of title 5, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Ethics Pledge.  Every appointee in every executive agency appointed on or after January 20, 2009, shall sign, and upon signing shall be contractually committed to, the following pledge upon becoming an appointee:

"As a condition, and in consideration, of my employment in the United States Government in a position invested with the public trust, I commit myself to the following obligations, which I understand are binding on me and are enforceable under law:

"1.  Lobbyist Gift Ban.  I will not accept gifts from registered lobbyists or lobbying organizations for the duration of my service as an appointee.

"2.  Revolving Door Ban    All Appointees Entering Government.  I will not for a period of 2 years from the date of my appointment participate in any particular matter involving specific parties that is directly and substantially related to my former employer or former clients, including regulations and contracts.

"3.  Revolving Door Ban    Lobbyists Entering Government.  If I was a registered lobbyist within the 2 years before the date of my appointment, in addition to abiding by the limitations of paragraph 2, I will not for a period of 2 years after the date of my appointment:

 (a)  participate in any particular matter on which I lobbied within the 2 years before the date of my appointment;

 (b)  participate in the specific issue area in which that particular matter falls; or

 (c)  seek or accept employment with any executive agency that I lobbied within the 2 years before the date of my appointment.

"4.  Revolving Door Ban    Appointees Leaving Government.  If, upon my departure from the Government, I am covered by the post employment restrictions on communicating with employees of my former executive agency set forth in section 207(c) of title 18, United States Code, I agree that I will abide by those restrictions for a period of 2 years following the end of my appointment.

"5.  Revolving Door Ban    Appointees Leaving Government to Lobby.  In addition to abiding by the limitations of paragraph 4, I also agree, upon leaving Government service, not to lobby any covered executive branch official or non career Senior Executive Service appointee for the remainder of the Administration.

"6.  Employment Qualification Commitment.  I agree that any hiring or other employment decisions I make will be based on the candidate's qualifications, competence, and experience.

"7.  Assent to Enforcement.  I acknowledge that the Executive Order entitled 'Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel,' issued by the President on January 21, 2009, which I have read before signing this document, defines certain of the terms applicable to the foregoing obligations and sets forth the methods for enforcing them.  I expressly accept the provisions of that Executive Order as a part of this agreement and as binding on me.  I understand that the terms of this pledge are in addition to any statutory or other legal restrictions applicable to me by virtue of Federal Government service."

7341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: January 22, 2009, 05:04:32 PM
Personally, I would have bought the Stargate: SG-1 series on the deal of the day if the packaging wasn't such a deal-breaker.  That, and I am still in need of picking up the complete run of Farscape.  Both quality series with quality acting, good effects, (and Ben Browder The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you. )
7342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: January 22, 2009, 04:51:51 AM
The South African thing.

And don't forget Unskippable: Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus
7343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chef'n it up with GamingTrend... on: January 22, 2009, 04:43:56 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 21, 2009, 08:48:27 PM

Tonight's meal preparation will be chicken breasts dredged in flour seasoned with a peppery season mix (I can't recall the specifics at the moment), egg wash, then coated in a mixture of parmesan cheese and Italian bread crumbs.  Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes or until the thermo-meter tells me it's safe to eat. 

Since I have a package of three of them, they will be made in bulk and feed me for a few days at least.

The seasoning is Morton Nature's Seasons, which is Salt, pepper, suagre (?) onion and garlic flavoring, celery seeds and calcium silicate.  1/2 cup of flour seasoned to desire.  1/4 cup each of parmesan and bread crumbs.  This will be sufficient to take care of 2 large chicken breasts.  The coating forms a cohesive shell which is quite tasty and will slide off in one piece when you cut the chicken,
7344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best way to learn console shooter controls? on: January 21, 2009, 11:53:28 PM
After further review playing CoD earlier this week, it turns out that I don't invert on that game.  Maybe it's been that long since I've played a shooter that I "reset" during the interim.
7345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: January 21, 2009, 11:10:09 PM
Personally, I love the ad I got when I went to read the whole interview... 



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7346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: January 21, 2009, 08:55:22 PM
I hedged my bets and bought both.  My initial purchase was going to be a PS3 before they pulled the backward compatible units at the end of '07.  As such, I was talked into getting the 360 first.  The main draw for me on the 360 is the social aspect of it.  If there's a game that has MP on it, I'm going to get it for the 360 if available.  I will be using my Gamefly and used purchases to explore some of the PS2 content that I missed out on, look for any PS3 exclusives that grab my attention, and watch my DVD and Blu-Ray rentals.  I may go a week or two before I turn on the PS3, but I certainly don't regret my purchase.
7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chef'n it up with GamingTrend... on: January 21, 2009, 08:48:27 PM
Tonight's meal preparation will be chicken breasts dredged in flour seasoned with a peppery season mix (I can't recall the specifics at the moment), egg wash, then coated in a mixture of parmesan cheese and Italian bread crumbs.  Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes or until the thermo-meter tells me it's safe to eat. 

Since I have a pacakge of three of them, they will be made in bulk and feed me for a few days at least.
7348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Top 3 Games EVAR on: January 20, 2009, 09:11:33 PM
X-Wing
High Heat Baseball
Rock Band 1/2
7349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U.S. Airways plane has gone down in the Hudson River on: January 20, 2009, 06:49:16 PM
US Airways gave $5000 per passenger for lost luggage. 
7350  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What were those Executive Orders? on: January 20, 2009, 06:41:41 PM
No problem.   I had seen your post, then a cephalopod had posted the new whitehouse.gov site, which linked me to a blog which stated that they were going to be published, and had a link that got me to that section of the site.  

There's going to be the weekly video addresses, the blog, slideshows, proclamations, and the nominations and appointments.
7351  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What were those Executive Orders? on: January 20, 2009, 06:24:25 PM
When they get parsed, they will be uploaded here.
7352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Foundation Trilogy Movies..... on: January 20, 2009, 06:10:21 PM
Asimov pioneered the Piers Anthony method of numbering.
7353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Foundation Trilogy Movies..... on: January 20, 2009, 05:19:49 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 20, 2009, 05:17:52 PM

Could be worse.. Micheal Bay could do them...

Found-MA-BA-SPLOOM!!!
7354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Foundation Trilogy Movies..... on: January 20, 2009, 05:12:57 PM
From my favorite librarian webcomic's Sunday page (which is a guest strip, oddly enough)...

7355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First police fatality of the year on: January 20, 2009, 06:31:37 AM
Police Officer Jarod Dean

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Officer Jarod Dean was struck and killed by a box truck while clearing debris from a previous accident on State Route 8, between Hines Hills Road and Boston Mills Road, at approximately 5:30 am.

Officer Dean had served with the Boston Heights (OH) Police Department for 6 months and had served in law enforcement for 2.5 years. He is survived by his parents and brother, who also serves as a police officer.
7356  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tom Clancy's Endwar MP: TOW or Skirmish on: January 20, 2009, 03:43:20 AM
I should be more in for MP once everybody gives up on CoD for SF4. 
7357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix - Watch Instantly Questions on: January 20, 2009, 03:37:15 AM
And there's stuff that's getting pulled down on a weekly basis as well.  For instance, The Evil Dead will be available until 1 Feb 2009...
7358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator stuff that doesn't make sense on: January 19, 2009, 11:28:29 PM
My question with time travel becomes one of frame of reference.  The Earth does not sit in the same point in space as it did 3/6/12 months ago.  Does time travel keep you in the gravity well as you travel, or do you get spit out into interplanetary space?
7359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Atlantis Season Finale on: January 19, 2009, 11:26:47 PM
I read a good interview with Browder over at GateWorld.net the other day where hetalks about the differences in the characters as he saw it.
7360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 1/19: When video game movies go bad on: January 19, 2009, 10:44:19 PM
Max Payne added to rental queue.  I saw El Norte in school a few times, and I don't recall anything about it that would make me want to watch it again.
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