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7681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: January 28, 2009, 04:17:16 AM
7682  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 2K Games Coupon on: January 27, 2009, 09:44:36 PM
$10 off, can be found here, good through 01/31/09, in-store purchases.

Fine print is :
  • Civ Revolution for 360/PS3
  • NBA 2K9 for 360/PS3/PC
  • NHL 2K9 for 360/PS3/Wii
  • Civ IV: Colonation for PC
  • Bioshock for PS3
  • Carnival Games for Wii/DS
  • Carnival Games Mini Golf for Wii
  • Dora the Explorer ... Saves the Snow Princess for Wii/DS
7683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ad astra per aspera on: January 27, 2009, 09:28:30 PM
At 18:30 Eastern time on January 27th, 1967, the Apollo 1 capsule caught fire during a test, causing the deaths of Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Command Pilot; Edward H. White II, Senior Pilot; and Roger B. Chaffee, Pilot.



At 11:38 Eastern time on January 28th, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger was lost when the O-ring seal on the right solid rocket booster failed, resulting in the deaths of Francis "Dick" Scobee, Commander; Michael J. Smith, Pilot; Judith Resnik, Mission Specialist; Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist; Ronald McNair, Mission Specialist; Gregory Jarvis, Payload Specialist; Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Spaceflight Participant



At 09:00 Easter time on February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed due to a breach in the thermal protection system of the left wing caused by a piece of foam during launch, leading to the loss of  Rick D. Husband, Commander; William C. McCool, Pilot; Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander; Michael P. Anderson, Payload Specialist; Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist; David M. Brown, Mission Specialist; and Laurel Clark, Mission Specialist.  A time-lapse of the weather radar which detected the Columbia reentry trail can be seen here.

7684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: January 27, 2009, 04:53:45 PM
Dallas is expecting the worst icing conditions in five years.  It's been raining since yesterday, so everything is nice and wet for the temperatures that have been dropping since the sun went down last night. 

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By the evening, nearly a quarter inch of ice could be on roadways, trees and overpasses in Dallas.
7685  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 27, 2009, 04:33:38 PM
I got an update when I signed on last night.  Anyone know where to find the list of changes short of digging through the Treyarch forums?
7686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budweiser: King of Beers or Cow Pee in a Bottle? on: January 27, 2009, 04:28:01 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on January 27, 2009, 03:58:45 PM

I am supposed to go play dodgeball tonight followed by drinking and talking with the ladies at the league bar followed by our kickball HH marathon that falls on Thursday this week and of course would go out for a bit on Friday and stupid Super Bowl on Sunday. 

I may have to quit drinking.

But then what will you do during recess? 
7687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26) on: January 26, 2009, 10:56:23 PM
I still have to play through the first two....  Should be nice and cheap by the time I get to it...
7688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: January 26, 2009, 10:40:58 PM
Righty-o.  I love that movie.  It's darker than dark, the Vegas sequence can be kinda brutal, but after that, it's comedy gold, Jerry!

Sorry for the delay, I forgot that I had answered that one and forgot to check back.  Moliere was kind enough to remind me.
7689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 Conundrum... on: January 26, 2009, 10:19:36 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on January 26, 2009, 10:12:45 PM

The other thought I had was that perhaps I could find a Holiday bundle at a different store with a Jasper chip in it, then return the Falcon Holiday Bundle to that store. But I've also heard that most places scan the serial number of the system? Do all places do that? And then again, I'm not sure how comfortable I feel with this ethically. Technically, an unopened system is an unopened system, but still.

There's also the SKU issue.  Unless the barcodes match identically, you will be SOL anyway. 
7690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do we have any pool players here at GamingTrend? on: January 26, 2009, 09:57:33 PM
Is that the one with a Phoenix feather in the core?   icon_wink
7691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: January 26, 2009, 09:56:24 PM
7692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 26, 2009, 08:21:39 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on January 26, 2009, 08:13:25 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 26, 2009, 07:02:01 PM

You all still have nothing on hardcore soccer supporters.
 ninja
Man U, wankers!

The Yankees of the Premiere League.  When Man U and Chelsea play, people in Nigeria die.

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But in Nigeria the obsession is now going too far - after the Champions League final in May, seven people in Nigeria died in clashes between Manchester United and Chelsea fans.
7693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26) on: January 26, 2009, 05:47:12 PM
I will be giving Coraline a rental on PS2 format for my BC PS3.  For those who aren't familiar with it, it's based on a book by Neil Gaiman and soon to be a major motion picture.  It's a really dark kid's story set in an .
7694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 24, 2009, 07:20:27 PM
Just got done watching FSM.  2/5 stars.  Decidedly Meh.  I got as many laughs out of the 5-minute gag reel as I did the film.  It was good to see Mila Kunis in a non-Jackie role.

And I will be so happy when Jonah Hill's 15 minutes of fame are up.  I can not stand him.  Bill Hader is not far above him on my list either. 

Jason Segel lays it on a bit thinck, but I guess it doesn't grate on me in HIMYM, since he's not the sole focus for the entire episode.  Everything in moderation, I suppose.
7695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wolverine & the X-Men on: January 24, 2009, 06:30:34 AM
Psst.  Over here...
7696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CSI: Vegas with Grissom gone on: January 24, 2009, 06:27:07 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 24, 2009, 03:55:43 AM

Gonna miss him. Not sure how it will work out without him on there. He is supposed to appear off and on but it wont be the same Im afraid. Im worried that it will be the end of the show.

Too bad Peterson won't.  I think it can have promise, but I haven't watched the latest yet.  The preview looked good and it looks like they're not trying to replace Gil, which they couldn't do anyway.  If they can get the rest of the lab cast to step up and get some more decent CSIs to fill the void since they lost Sara, Warrick, and Gil, they'll be okay.  I'm not going to discount it without a shot.

I certainly gave it a shot with ER, but once they got rid of Greene's wife and killed off Gallant in a two minute sequence, I just couldn't take any more of Neela's whining, didn't care for Morris, and John Stamos just got on my nerves.
7697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 24, 2009, 06:21:48 AM
Yeah I replied before I read that.  Glad someone around here knows Deutsch. 
7698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A cop, a secret agent, and a stripper...house of the Dead - Wii on: January 23, 2009, 11:31:59 PM
Time will tell.  If there were a way to turn it off while using the gun, I'd love it.  But again, I'd have to buy a Wii and that's not likely, so I guess my minor quibbles are in vain.

Oh, and Wiki says: 
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Also, a new feature called Battle Screen will add challenge to the game. It will expand the camera beyond the screen, forcing players to move their point of view. The game will also once again feature two player co-operative play.

Now if they'll just get around to implementing head-tracking, I'd be all over it.
7699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A cop, a secret agent, and a stripper...house of the Dead - Wii on: January 23, 2009, 11:15:45 PM
That almost makes me want to buy a Wii (and make it the console trifecta).  I don't like the circle on the screen, though.  If you're going to make it point and shoot, you shouldn't need it.
7700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: January 23, 2009, 11:11:45 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird
7701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 23, 2009, 11:02:54 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 20, 2009, 08:32:16 PM

My guess is that the snake was defanged, judging by the fact it didn't draw blood.

It would only have fangs if it were poisonous.  Which would be really stupid in the first place.  It looks like a constrictor type, which means it runs the same as any other run of the mill animal bite, but IANAH (I am not a Herpetologist).
7702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 23, 2009, 10:10:13 PM
The WTF expression I got from watching The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
7703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oscar Nominees and Predictions on: January 23, 2009, 09:53:38 PM
I'm predicting that I will watch 30 minutes or less of this event.
7704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 23, 2009, 09:50:49 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 23, 2009, 09:37:16 PM

I can't stand The Office
+1
7705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 23, 2009, 08:55:15 PM
I understand and certainly didn't take any offense, nor thought that was your intent.

There can be a certain comedy in a sad sack type character.  Heck, look at Eeyore.  He's completely morose, yet an entertaining character within the fabric of the Hundred Acre Wood.  He does have a certain perseverity in rebuilding his house, but he certainly never "gets over it."  If the film comes off to me as you read it, I certainly may not care for it. 
7706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 23, 2009, 08:29:44 PM
I haven't seen it yet.  This weekend will tell me if I like it or not.  Given that's it's by Apatow, I don't have high hopes.

And I have a family and personal history of depression, so there are times that "pulling myself together" just doesn't quite work.  Self-pity is something that I am familiar with.  I have gotten a lot better over the last several years, but there's probably more in that film for me to relate to than you, Pete. 
7707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is it about KOTOR that I'm missing? on: January 23, 2009, 08:21:20 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on January 23, 2009, 07:25:54 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur 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...
Hey!  Someone else remembers that game!  I love FFA!

I didn't realize that it was the start of a non-FF series:

Final Fantasy Adventure: Game Boy
Secret of Mana : Super Nintendo
Seiken Densetsu 3 : Super Famicom
Legend of Mana : PlayStation
Sword of Mana : Game Boy Advance
Children of Mana : Nintendo DS
Friends of Mana : Mobile phone
Dawn of Mana : PlayStation 2
Heroes of Mana : Nintendo DS

But then, I only had the original Gameboy and the PS2 (for a short while).
7708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: January 23, 2009, 08:11:35 PM
And don't forget the Serenity movie after you've finished Firefly.
7709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 23, 2009, 08:10:13 PM
Not all of us are PeteRockian smooth wif the ladies.  As one who needs to grow a man sack on occassion, I may enjoy it more than you did, Pete. 

Superbad was as the title suggested.  If it had been even one iota worse, I would have ejected it before it was over.  Kinda like I did with Napoleon Dynamite.  And looking at Apatow's list of films, it doesn't bode well.  There's little on that list that have interested me enough to even attempt watching, much less that I enjoyed.
7710  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." 
7711  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.
7712  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.
7713  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...
7714  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!
7715  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...
7716  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.  
7717  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."
7718  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.
7719  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.
7720  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
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