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8201  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:[email protected] must be selling like paranoid schizophrenia with dissociative identity disorder. 
8202  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.
8203  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:[email protected] has been done to death, being the 4th of the 5 games set in WWII.
8204  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.
8205  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.
8206  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.
8207  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?
8208  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.
8209  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.
8210  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:[email protected] 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. 
8211  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.
8212  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.
8213  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....
8214  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?
8215  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.
8216  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 15, 2009, 10:48:10 PM
I need to learn how to cook... slywink
8217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 15, 2009, 10:47:31 PM
Anybody know of a flight sim that lets you attempt water landings?
8218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What the hell is wrong with people?!? on: January 15, 2009, 09:17:27 PM
Initial Report

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Cooke County Sheriff Michael Compton said ... Cynthia Darlene Stout was arrested on a charge of child endangerment after she and at least one other person left three of the children, ages 14, 7 and 4, at a cafe in Woodbine. The fourth child, an 18-month-old, was left with a woman at a nearby residence, Compton said.

The reason?

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...a container filled with a caustic substance burst in the cab of their pickup, authorities said.
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Compton said the hospital told one of his investigators that the substance that burned the children was sulfuric acid.  He said it was unclear why the material was in the truck.  "We do not think it was an intentional act," he said. "Why a container would burst is the $64 question."

Compton said Stout, 43, was apprehended trying to leave the scene. Cooke County Jail officials said Wednesday night they did not know whether Stout had an attorney. The search continued for the man who dropped the 18-month-old off at the house. He declined to identify the man because no charges had been filed.

New details

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Cooke County Sheriff Mike Compton said Thursday that Tracy Escobedo, the father of the infant in the car, was in a verbal altercation with Ms. Stout when he attempted to throw the acid at Ms. Stout. But Escobedo missed Ms. Stout and the acid spilled onto the children.

8219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U.S. Airways plane has gone down in the Hudson River on: January 15, 2009, 09:13:46 PM
"[T]he plane, an Airbus 320, may have been hit by birds. "

No no no, the faster moving object always does the hitting.  The Airbus hit the birds. 
8220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I would like to vent. Thanks. on: January 15, 2009, 05:36:21 PM
Might be time to update your company's policies.  Not much help against these two at the moment, but you can certainly lock the barn door for the replacement horses, as it were.
8221  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Housing Disaster - Who is to blame? on: January 15, 2009, 04:28:44 PM
Adjustable rate anything are the devil.  icon_evil I got throttled in my 20's by not realizing the potential for these things to double in a short amount of time.  I am not and not likey to be in the near future in the market for anything larger than a car loan, but I know for damned sure that I will be refusing to sign any type of loan or credit agreement that has an adjustable rate. . . or play any game that is based on a rarity scale.   disgust
8222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 15, 2009, 04:23:27 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 12, 2009, 11:19:35 PM

I hope the sale with the hi res stuff holds until I get paid on Thursday, then.

The deal is still on and I have a reminder to pick it up this evening.  Impressions when I get enough of them to post.
8223  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it Unreasonable to Fear for Obama's Safety? on: January 14, 2009, 06:44:42 PM
I'm sure there was cause and it was signed off on by whatever authority has oversight.  The reason will most likely become common knowledge in the near future and, given the press focus on this family, I find it hard to believe that child welfare doesn't have all of their paperwork airtight on this one.  If they overstepped their bounds, I'm sure that will become widely known as well.
8224  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it Unreasonable to Fear for Obama's Safety? on: January 14, 2009, 06:37:15 PM
Sometimes the attention you attract is not the attention that you want.
8225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wealth management president thought to stage airplane crash on: January 14, 2009, 04:30:12 PM
Let the mental defect defense begin...

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A fugitive pilot taken into custody at a Florida campground with deep cuts on his wrists was incoherent and bleeding so profusely he likely would not have survived another hour, a federal agent who participated in the raid said Wednesday.  Financial manager Marcus Schrenker, who officials say tried to fake his own death by parachuting out of a plane while over Alabama, was found late Tuesday at a campsite near Quincy, Florida.  Schrenker was "verbally resistant" to authorities' offer of medical help and was muttering a phrase with the word "die," said Frank Chinmento, assistant chief of the U.S. Marshals Service office in Florida.
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Chinmento said Schrenker was alone and had plenty of food, water and clothes and seemed prepared to be on the run for a while.
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Chinmento declined to reveal how authorities tracked down Schrenker other than to say the lead came from the Birmingham marshal's office.
8226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Indiana Jones game cancelled. on: January 14, 2009, 04:08:50 PM
"We have top men working on it now."
8227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Indiana Jones game cancelled. on: January 13, 2009, 10:43:53 PM
IGN

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IGN has heard from multiple sources (both internally at LucasArts and elsewhere) involved in the long-in-development Indiana Jones title for Xbox 360 and PS3 that the game has been cancelled.
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If true, this should come as no real surprise as the game has gone dark for nearly the last three years, and with its total absence at last year's E3, this seemed like it was only a matter of time.
8228  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Question: Political posters in common work area? on: January 13, 2009, 10:31:17 PM
"While I'm not offended, it occurs to me that others might be and not be willing to speak out.  I just feel that this sort of activity would detract from our productive work environment.  Now if you'll excuse me, I have a Friday timewaster high score to beat."
8229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend Arrested, Legal Questions Inside on: January 13, 2009, 09:25:51 PM
Let's hope it sticks.  Now tell him to go buy a lottery ticket.. smile
8230  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Question: Political posters in common work area? on: January 13, 2009, 08:58:52 PM
Easiest way to do something about it is to take it to the next level of management and let them get involved with all the meetings and stuff that takes them away from the work they're pretending to do now.  If there's grounds ffor removal, they'll do it.  If not, I'm sure they'll let you know.

All my places had a certification process that anything posted needed to certify.  One place had a stamp that was placed on them all.  If your company doesn't have a policy on it, perhaps its time that it did.  Something political like that could easily get just as out of hand as the topics they currently do cover.

You are there to work.  Keep political grandstanding to your own time and property.  The company has final say over what goes up on the walls, especially if contractors/customers are present on site.
8231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [English] Payed?? PAYED?!?! on: January 13, 2009, 08:39:39 PM
That reminds me of my ability to stick songs in people's heads.  I had a college classmate that was hacked at me for weeks because I got the Coke "Santa Packs are coming" jingle caught in his brain for weeks.  It was funny as hell to watch him just start humming it, then explode in frustration.  biggrin
8232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [English] Payed?? PAYED?!?! on: January 13, 2009, 08:34:18 PM
“Supposedly” is the standard form. “Supposably” can be used only when the meaning is “capable of being supposed,” and then only in the US You won’t get into trouble if you stick with “supposedly."

or is your supervisor Joey from Friends?
8233  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Question: Political posters in common work area? on: January 13, 2009, 08:29:12 PM
Time to break out the policy manual for some research and take it to the powers that be if it's out of bounds.  I always take the time out to read the whole manual for the yearly recertification.  Did mine last Friday and ours has a devoted section.  Something like this would be against the rules in any common area.

I'm a big fan of knowing the policy manual well enough to have a good idea of what's cool and what's not.  Tell me the rules and I'll tell you how to play the game. 
8234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [English] Payed?? PAYED?!?! on: January 13, 2009, 07:55:15 PM

Quote from: Mookee on January 13, 2009, 07:41:10 PM

"rediculous" also drives me bonkers.

Definately.
8235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wealth management president thought to stage airplane crash on: January 13, 2009, 06:17:11 PM
Quote from: CNN
An Indiana financial manager who apparently tried to fake his death by crashing his airplane left on a motorcycle he had stashed in his parachute landing zone, authorities said Tuesday.  Marcus Schrenker fled Harpersville, Alabama, on a red motorcycle he kept at a storage unit leased under an assumed name, officials said.  Schrenker told the leasing agent at the storage facility that he would be back for the motorcycle Monday, the U.S. Marshals Office said.
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"When I heard there was a plane crash, my first reaction was, this had to be staged," Tom Britt, a friend in Indiana, told CNN affiliate WRTV. "[My] initial reaction was, 'I bet he wasn't in it.' That turned out to be correct. My second reaction was, he's trying to escape the pressure that was compounding on him."  Britt said he received an e-mail Monday from someone who identified himself as Schrenker. The message said it was all a misunderstanding.
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The craft came down near the Blackwater River, 50 to 75 yards from homes
8236  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: January 13, 2009, 03:56:52 PM
...and hiding betties on the other side of high walls means that you can trigger them without getting killed, as they will detonate before you round the corner. 

I've had plenty of betties go off immediately after I see them and begin to backpedal, usually to no avail.  They are helpful to watch the back door for a sniper, make for some easy kills when you know a good placement location, and are a viable weapon system. 
8237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday PeteRock on: January 13, 2009, 03:50:27 PM
Given the ascendency of his team and current (recent?) illness, PeteRocks birthday has been held over until Sunday.  There is a possibility of a two-week extension afterwards, but that will be determined at the end of the current period. 
8238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One dead, four injured in Blackhawk crash at Texas A&M on: January 13, 2009, 03:44:01 PM
Sadly, I am familiar with that term.
8239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One dead, four injured in Blackhawk crash at Texas A&M on: January 13, 2009, 12:28:16 AM
Yeah, there was.
8240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / One dead, four injured in Blackhawk crash at Texas A&M on: January 13, 2009, 12:06:13 AM
CBS

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One person died when an Army Blackhawk helicopter crashed into a field near the Corps of Cadets quad on the campus of Texas A&M University Monday afternoon, injuring four others on board, according to CBS station KBTX in College Station, Texas.

The Army UH-60 Blackhawk had a crew of five on board, including four members of the Army National Guard and one member of the ROTC staff at Texas A&M who is a recent graduate, according to Texas A&M officials. The helicopter was reportedly taking off when it fell abruptly back to the ground.

According to the College Station fire department, three of the four wounded had critical injuries, KBTX reported.

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