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7361  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.
7362  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Atheists launch "There is no God" adverts on buses across Britain on: January 19, 2009, 06:54:16 PM
The Advertising Standards Authority would disagree.

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5.1 Marketing communications should contain nothing that is likely to cause serious or widespread offence. Particular care should be taken to avoid causing offence on the grounds of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or disability. Compliance with the Code will be judged on the context, medium, audience, product and prevailing standards of decency.

Given the environment, I would imagine that the same rule applied to a U.S. audience would have that sign fall under the religion context of widespread offence.  From what I have been reading about the English populace, this just isn't the case here. 
7363  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Atheists launch "There is no God" adverts on buses across Britain on: January 19, 2009, 05:56:51 PM
Being racist or misogynist is not protected speech.  Your religious beliefs are, at least by the government.  Remember, your "rights" are against the government, not your employer.  As one who was fired for exercising his "freedom of speech," I have a bit of experience in this area.  Another of my former employers would certainly discipline/fire you over exercising your freedom of speech to tell the customers that they hired you to serve that the competitor's product was better.  A lot of my minions had cell providers other than the one they worked for.  Aside from some good-natured ribbing, I never saw or heard any institutionalized repurcussions about it.

And honestly, who thinks that a bus driver endorses any and all products advertised on his/her bus? 
7364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/19) on: January 19, 2009, 05:51:17 PM
Nothing for me.  When I'm not trying to roll second prestige on CoD:W@W, I will be rolling over to my EndWar campaign. 
7365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator stuff that doesn't make sense on: January 19, 2009, 05:48:49 PM
I guess we should have expected diverging time lines given as much as they muck up the streams in this unverse...
7366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 19, 2009, 04:57:45 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 19, 2009, 04:15:05 PM

Quote from: Devil on January 19, 2009, 03:41:54 PM

Is he back-checking in the commercial?

WAIT!?!? What's a hockey related reference doing on ESPN? Someone is going to get fired!



No, there's an ESPN guy waiting for the elevator, the elevator arrives and the door opens the Devil (mascot) is standing there.  The ESPN guy asks, "Going up?", as he gets on, but the Devil just slowly shakes his head no.  The ESPN guy looks spooked and gets off the elevator just in time, before the door closes.   icon_lol icon_lol

Visible here.
7367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Australian Open Tennis! on: January 19, 2009, 03:58:19 PM
Neither of them grab my attention and make me want them to win.  And if I can't back a horse in the race, I rapidly find something else to watch. 

I did see Nadal take down Federer at Wimbledon, and was rooting for him, but mainly as an objection to Federer.  I just don't care for either of them.
7368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Australian Open Tennis! on: January 19, 2009, 03:50:02 PM
I find it hard to find anyone that I want to watch since Andre retired.  That being said, I fondly remember crawling into school one morning after staying up all night to watch his 5-set come-from-behind win in the Aussie Open in the late 90's.
7369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 18, 2009, 10:31:00 PM
Except for the Ace Ventura moment on the extra point...

Kurt Warner : 1 reception, 3 yards...
7370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 18, 2009, 09:36:44 PM
The Eagles really need to stop blitzing..
7371  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Israel Strikes Gaza on: January 17, 2009, 07:18:29 PM
Okay, then I was off base.  My apologies.

But I still fail to see how his bringing up what appears to be a weapons malfunction can be read as a partisan post.
7372  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Israel Strikes Gaza on: January 17, 2009, 06:35:20 PM
I fail to see how you could accuse Brendan of being biased toward the Israelis, especially given the post at the top of this page.  Stating that they are committing war crimes is support?

Quote from: Brendan on January 06, 2009, 06:02:26 PM

Oh, please.  What the Israeli military is engaging in right now, as they kill even more civilians is collective punishment - forbidden by the Geneva Conventions as a war crime.  It doesn't matter whether Hamas leaders hide amongst civilians - it's still indefensible morally.  There is no question that Hamas engages in terrorist actions against civilian targets, and that it's indisputably wrong.  Again, as I mentioned earlier, it's also indisputably wrong that Israel is killing or wounding thousands of innocent Palestinians.
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What you're going to see are more attacks on civilian targets in Israel, not fewer.  The Palestinians were displaced into an apartheid state, where they're crammed into horrible living conditions, their territory is constantly encroached upon by unrepetant settlers, and the Israeli military routinely blocks medical supplies and food  from entering the country.  They've created a powder keg of resentment, and we're expected to be suprised when it explodes?
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Hamas' attacks on civilians are outrages, but so are Israel's.  Israel doesn't get a pass on morality because of the Holocaust or because of their war for independence against the arab nations.  Both sides need to have their behavior examined critically.

So yeah, your attack on his post seems trollish to me.
7373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: January 17, 2009, 06:08:06 PM
The bit after the review is actually an ad for another video series on the site.
7374  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Israel Strikes Gaza on: January 17, 2009, 05:47:02 PM
Thanks for the link, Brendan. 

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Only last September did the United States grant Israel's request to supply it with 1,000 bombs of a new type, the GBU-39. They arrived at the beginning of December, and inhabitants of Rafah have witnessed their use - without knowing what they were - since the first day of the aerial attacks on the tunnels there.
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Gazans have noticed that there are bombs that produce mushroom clouds in various shades of red.  This sounds like they may be talking about the same weapon.  Here, Garlasco admits, "I can only speculate. It looks like Israel is maybe using a new weapon that it was not using before...

This sounds like they may be talking about the same type of weapon.  It sounds similar to what I have heard about the old BLU-107 Durendal, which was used to crater runways from underneath to maximize damage.  The reports I saw on it mentioned that it formed a white mushroom cloud when it detonated, more a function of the gasses escaping from a small hole than anything directly tied to the type of explosive.

cheeba, if you're waiting on people here to give you updates about all the developments in this war, then you are so looking in the wrong place.  Or did I miss your intent on your comment and it wasn't a blatant troll attack?
7375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Burn Notice is back baby! on: January 17, 2009, 04:21:04 PM
Now I just have to get caught up...  I dropped out of watching Season 1 on Hulu late last year.

...and of course they've pulled down Season 1.   icon_confused

Season 2 is present for episodes 1-9,  all that's run so far.  According to IMDB, the new episodes are the back 7 of season 2. 
7376  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 09:17:14 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on January 16, 2009, 09:11:26 PM

Is this a double XP weekend?  I'm getting 20 points a kill, but match bonus wasn't anything extra.

Yes, it is.  Scroll up eight posts.
7377  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 09:09:18 PM
Patent this...  finger
7378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U.S. Airways plane has gone down in the Hudson River on: January 16, 2009, 09:06:26 PM
"Somehow" the pilot's school records have been leaked...
7379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 08:08:18 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 07:59:21 PM

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Based on Gamespy rankings, there were 4 "shooters" that came out in November:  CoD, L4D, Quantum of Solace, and GoW2.  Each one has its own fanbase to appeal to, but at the base concept, they fill the same genre. 


If the genre as is 'shoot guns at _____' then yes.  I can't speak to QOS, but COD is nothing like L4D which is nothing like GOW2 which is nothing like COD.

That would be the definition of shooter, yes.  Which would certainly not fall under my definition of "nothing like," especially since I can have my WWII shooter and have my brains eaten, too.

And I never said that it wasn't selling well, just that I didn't think "crazy" was an apt modifier for third place in its genre.  
7380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Karma is a bitch, not a Chameleon on: January 16, 2009, 08:01:57 PM
Boy George gets 15 months in the pokey for chaining up a male escort.  I guess he'll get the opportunity to ask, "Do you really want to hurt me?" a lot over that time period.

7381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 07:52:34 PM
November news was "counted sales of over $300 million" worldwide.  At $60 a pop, that would be 5 million sold ... in November.  I can't find anything more up to date.
7382  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 07:38:06 PM
I can't find any specifics about Monday.  Nice that some people get the day off...  disgust
7383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Mafia/Mob Movies? on: January 16, 2009, 07:27:35 PM
Without the success of Godfather, there would not be a large majority of these films.  It would be fair to say that GF represents a different style of filmmaking than is usually performed today.
7384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 07:24:51 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 07:06:42 PM

If the former, well 1 million in 2 months is proof enough that you're wrong. If you're arguing the latter I agree. COD5 is selling better than L4D.  However, it's not selling nearly as well as Michael Jackson's Thriller album did in the early 80s. I see the two about as connected as whatever it is that you're trying to say.

Now if I had said OMG L4D is outselling COD5 well then you're on target. As it is, you're making no sense whatsoever.

Yeah, cause there are no similarities between the two squad-based shooter combat games...   Roll Eyes

Yes, Left 4 Dead is selling well.  But it's not even tops in its genre in sales.  Based on Gamespy rankings, there were 4 "shooters" that came out in November:  CoD, L4D, Quantum of Solace, and GoW2.  Each one has its own fanbase to appeal to, but at the base concept, they fill the same genre.  And Left 4 Dead is third on the list for December.  
7385  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 07:14:00 PM
Double XP, Nazi Zombie Weekend!

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As is often the want, Call of Duty fans will be able to log into World at War on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this weekend to enjoy double experience points when playing multiplayer online playlists. A second "gift" from Treyarch comes in the form of the Nazi Zombie mode unlock; usually gamers need to have beaten the single-player campaign before they gain access to this co-op mode, but over the duration of the double XP weekend, this gametype will be unlocked and available to everyone.
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Everyone will be eligible for Double-XP starting Friday, January 16 2009 @ 10:00AM PST

7386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 06:46:47 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 06:22:24 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 16, 2009, 06:10:12 PM

 I dispute your contention that it's "selling like crazy" when the nearest game in terms of base mechanics is outselling it 3-to-1, new IP notwithstanding,

I dispute that 1 million copies in 2 months is not selling like crazy. After two months in release, it's only 600k copies behind the 10th best selling game of the entire year 2008.  IIRC, sales of L4D were 200k+ higher this month than last month.

If that's not crazy, I'm not sure how crazy is calcuated.

So 1 million for L4D, huh?  Compared to 3.87 million for Call of Duty...  So if 1 million is selling like crazy, then CoD:W@W must be selling like paranoid schizophrenia with dissociative identity disorder. 
7387  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is this the final nail in the coffin for the 4th Ammendment? on: January 16, 2009, 06:19:01 PM
Maybe I've watched too much Law and Order.  the judges presiding over the cases seemed to make a lot of decisions about what was allowed and why.  If it's reasonable that the police would have happened upon evidence in a normal manner barring the illegal search, it can be admitted anyway.  In the OP, it seems to me to be an extension of that beyond what most people would see as reasonable.  I can easily see Mr. Herring working on his civil case against the Sherriff's department since the decision did indicate that his Constitutional rights were violated.
7388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 06:10:12 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 01:38:46 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 16, 2009, 01:23:48 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 01:17:24 AM

WOOHOO! Left for dead selling like crazy.

...at 1/3rd the rate of Call of Duty: World at War....

And?  Not sure you can compare a brand new IP against a 7 year (?) old blockbuster franchise.  In two months it has already moved over a million copies (on 360 alone) which is incredible given that it's a new IP and doesn't fit into your standard shooter genre.

Yes, but it's by a proven developer.  Valve has a solid reputation in the PC industry and has been making solid in-roads into consoles with the Orange Box/Portal.  That benefitted the title drastically, with a 160% pre-order increase over the Orange Box.  Not to mention the $10million media blitz that was put behind it.  I dispute your contention that it's "selling like crazy" when the nearest game in terms of base mechanics is outselling it 3-to-1, new IP notwithstanding, especially when the consensus is that the setting for CoD:W@W has been done to death, being the 4th of the 5 games set in WWII.
7389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Cold! on: January 16, 2009, 05:18:18 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 16, 2009, 04:54:42 PM

I HATE COLD!

Time to move.
7390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best way to learn console shooter controls? on: January 16, 2009, 05:05:11 PM
I'm an in(tro)verted guy as well.  Pushing up to look up in a first person prespective is counter-intuitive to me now.
7391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iTunes DRM going bye-bye! on: January 16, 2009, 05:01:51 PM
During the conference.  It got buried under all the other news.
7392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iTunes DRM going bye-bye! on: January 16, 2009, 04:09:00 PM
Isn't this tied to what's in your library?  I recall having to re-search my machine for songs whenever I did some folder shuffling.  Could you not clear the "library," import just the songs that you wanted, then hit the big shiny button?
7393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Cold! on: January 16, 2009, 04:05:18 PM
Dallas:

Today's high will be 42
Tomorrow's high will be 63

We are expected to hold in the 60s until next Friday.
7394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 16, 2009, 03:52:46 PM
Honestly, I was thinking more along the lines of recreating the US Airways scenario where the engine doesn't immediately "crash" the plane and fail you out of the mission.
7395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best way to learn console shooter controls? on: January 16, 2009, 05:26:44 AM
Honestly, it all comes down to practice.  I started my first shooter in 11/11/08 when CoD:W@W was released.  As Hark and company can attest, I was horrible (still am some days).  But I have gradually moved up in skill to where I can rarely top the leaderboard and usually not be dead last on my team.  My K/D is still pitiful at .58, but that's fighting uphill against the horrible start that I had. 
7396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Commission jobs suck on: January 16, 2009, 05:23:52 AM
6 months will get your foot in the door at a car rental place.  I know because I was turned down for any sort of interview, degree be damned, because I didn't have 6 months of sales experience.
7397  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 01:29:12 AM
Then you have two options:  Make them pay by killing them repeatedly or ignore their area and give them nothing at which to shoot.
7398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 01:23:48 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 01:17:24 AM

WOOHOO! Left for dead selling like crazy.

...at 1/3rd the rate of Call of Duty: World at War....
7399  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is this the final nail in the coffin for the 4th Ammendment? on: January 16, 2009, 01:19:45 AM
Can we mail the fine to them like they do with red light cameras?
7400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 16, 2009, 01:00:32 AM
Purchase made.  386 MB for the main program, 670 MB for the high def map pack.  It'll be 1.5 hours before the d/l completes.  If you can't be bothered to back up files, an extra charge (~$5) will allow you  to re-d/l for a year.
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