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1121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Daehawk puts in his applications on: January 30, 2008, 10:53:08 PM
You guys make it sound so easy for Daehawk to go get a full time job. Have any of you gone through the experience of long term care of a family member? That in itself is a full time job and it is mentally and physically exhausting. Oh but why doesn't he hire someone to do it? Because it's ridiculously expensive and even if he has medical insurance, it doesn't cover everything. This isn't like taking care of a pet dog that you can just leave at home for the afternoon.
1122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM] Turning Point: Fall of Liberty demo is up! on: January 27, 2008, 11:52:16 PM
Why can't gamers have high expectations? The games market is flooded with countless mediocre titles that can't be returned once opened. If the demo is poor, then I'm not going to lower my standards and waste my money in the hopes that it COULD be decent. If the reviews for this game surprise me, or those brave guinea pigs (like Bullwinkle) who get it have favorable impressions, then I'll reconsider, but just based on this  demo, I think it is perfectly fair to judge it as is in comparison to the many other FPS games available.
1123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM] Turning Point: Fall of Liberty demo is up! on: January 27, 2008, 07:32:40 PM
I think the gameplay is decent, if not particularly interesting. However the graphics are terrible. It looks like a leftover from the original Xbox days. They were probably better off releasing this as a budget title on Xbox Live.
1124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Endless Ocean Impressions? (Wii) on: January 23, 2008, 08:47:44 PM
Is the game displayed in 4:3 or 16:9 aspect on HDTVs?
1125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a parents advice, help, suggestions on: January 21, 2008, 07:40:42 PM
I second the suggestion of martial arts classes. It teaches discipline, self defense, and self confidence. Look around your area for small private clubs or gyms that give kids classes. I go to a kick boxing gym in the evenings and the class before mine is a kids class. The youngest a kid can be to sign up is five years old. The idea is not to turn your kid into a ass kicker who will take no prisoners, but to let him do something that instills some self confidence in him so he won't be such a shrinking flower. Plus, it's fun for the kids to learn how to hit without getting yelled at.
1126  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dog slow cable modem access...any ideas why? on: January 20, 2008, 05:10:46 PM
Well it can't be the second thing. No one is even home when the connection is running at normal download speeds. I had a Comcast tech come out to my home. He said the modem was fine. He also did some minor work on the cable inside the walls, like removing some ancient splitter that splits the signal between upstairs and downstairs (which disabled all the cable lines upstairs). He did something outside the house at some junction box. Even after all that, he said he wasn't sure if all that would fix the problem, but if the slow download speed was still happening at least all the inside wiring was check out okay.

After the Comcast tech was there, my DL speeds were still horrendously slow in the evenings. A couple of days after that, the problem magically disappeared. I though I was home free and had a fast connection for a week. Then this past week, DL speeds went into the tank again. At this point, I am not interested in going back and forth with Comcast for weeks on end trying to fix this, and their support people are beyond braindead. I ordered DSL service a couple of days ago and will cancel my cable internet service once DSL is up and running. I know that DSL has its own problems, but before I got cable internet, I had a slower level DSL service for almost 10 years and it was rock solid, so I'm hoping reactivating DSL but at the 6 Mbps speed will be problem-free.
1127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2007 NPD Info is here on: January 18, 2008, 01:09:25 AM

Quote from: KC on January 18, 2008, 12:39:30 AM

PlayStation 3 797.6 million

This is either a typo or the console war is over. icon_biggrin

That should be 797.6 K
1128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor on: January 16, 2008, 07:05:28 PM
Well, it couldn't possibly we worse than The Mummy Returns. That was one of the more colossal disappointments I've seen. I loved the first Mummy movie, but the sequel was just overbearingly STUPID with glaring plot holes and massive leaps in logic that were too much to bear even for a mindless popcorn flick. That being said, this third movie has some things going for it. Brendan Fraser was great in the previous two. Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh? Yes please! Also, Rob Cohen is directing it, and not Steven Sommers. Cohen has directed some decent action movies before so there is hope. This third movie was written by people other than Steven Sommers, who completely lost it with the second movie. I guess I am cautiously optimistic about this third Mummy movie.
1129  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Cowboy Bebop Collection - Greatly Reduced Price beginning Feb 5th on: January 12, 2008, 02:34:40 AM
The remix series is the one with the Dolby 5.1 sound, so yes this re-release is the same one.

I have the original non-remixed versions from long ago. At $37 from, it's a no-brainer for me to upgrade.
1130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Backstreet Boys..I want it that way on: January 09, 2008, 02:39:20 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 09, 2008, 02:25:58 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 08, 2008, 09:37:12 PM

Someone desperately needs a kick in the nuts.  If they are still there.

I'm not sure that he wants it that way.

Bravo! I LOL'd heartily at that.  icon_lol
1131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why High School Music is popular, I don't know... but it needs to die on: January 09, 2008, 02:38:03 AM
Remember the days when we were all kids and our parents couldn't understand the crap we were listening to?

Now we've come full circle.
1132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Gladiators on: January 08, 2008, 06:13:43 PM
The hair! THE HAIR!!!
1133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Daughter's Christmas Present: The Saga Begins on: January 08, 2008, 07:05:58 AM
Dang, that's pretty freaking awesome. Me, I would have just bought the $79.99 plastic Barbie house at Toys R Us for my kid.

So, if ATB's daughter breaks the house, does ATB go to the corner and weep?  icon_biggrin
1134  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Dog slow cable modem access...any ideas why? on: January 03, 2008, 10:23:42 PM
Okay, I am appealing the collective's vast knowledge of such things. I just started cable modem broadband via Comcast in my home. several days ago. I want to say that for the first couple of days, everything seemed fine. I was getting downloads speeds of 4 to 6 Mbps consistently. In the last couple of days it seems that download speeds have tanked, going down to 100 to 200 Kbps. The weird thing is that it gets this slow during the day and in the evenings. Late at night, like after midnight, the speed is back to the normal 4 to 6 Mbps. I've check the usual stuff like my router, cables, disabling firewall and anti-virus software. I've even directly connected my laptop to the cable modem. Nothing has changed. It's still incredibly slow in the day and evening and fast late night. I have a Comcast tech scheduled to come out to my home Friday morning to look into this, but I thought someone here might have some ideas as to why this is happening. Any thoughts? Thanks!
1135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blockbuster just got better on: December 20, 2007, 07:10:20 PM
In Blockbuster's last earnings report, they said they were going to de-emphasize the online delivery part of the business and put more effort into the brick and mortar side. Stuff like kiosks in the stores where you can burn copies of movies. Whatever. They can rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic all they want, but the inevitable will still happen.
1136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How's the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movie? on: December 10, 2007, 09:33:27 PM
Well the good news is that it looks fantastic on Blu-Ray. Really spectacular video quality.

The bad news, as everyone else has commented on, is that the movie is HORRIBLE. The story is so incomprehensible that you basically give up trying to make sense of it and take the path of least resistance. A lot of the action is pointless to the story. Hell, a lot of the plot is pointless to the story. The comparison to Spiderman 3 is appropriate. Both movies throw so much at you that it becomes overwhelming in its pointlessness and collapses under its sheer complexity. First movie was great. Second movie was meh. Third movie was "oh god make it stop already".

How's that for a ringing endorsement?  icon_biggrin
1137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zero Punctuation reviews Assassin's Creed on: December 05, 2007, 09:50:59 PM
In the wake of the Gerstmann/Gamespot controversy, I'd like to see him review Kane and Lynch and nuke it from orbit.
1138  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Xbox 360 and 1080p on: November 21, 2007, 05:50:07 AM
I seem to recall that 1080p is only available via the VGA cable.
1139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: my home theater transformation... on: November 08, 2007, 01:33:50 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 05, 2007, 05:58:03 PM

So as of last weekend I now find myself the proud owner of a Samsung 50" DLP (model from a couple of years ago) and a Sony surround sound system.  Needless to say, it's quite the difference from my 25" CRT and 20 year old fisher speakers...

Anyway, we proceeded to go through my dvd collection all weekend to see/hear the difference. :O  I LOVE it.  Now I need a 360 and some other sort of HD goodness to put this thing through it's paces...

Which model Samsung DLP did you get? I just got rid of a 50" Samsung DLP I had for about 3 or 4 years. I really liked it, but there were several annoyances I got fed up with. The lamp had to be replaced every couple of years and it wasn't cheap. The fan and spinning color wheel got louder over the years to the point where it was always noticeable. As the lamp lost it's effectiveness over time, the picture got dim and muddy looking. It did not have any HDMI connectors (only a single DVI) and it topped out at 1080i, although it's native res was 720p.

I replaced it with a Sony 52" Bravia LCD which is a stunningly beautiful TV. Now I can really see why Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are so much better looking than regular DVD.
1140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a Primer on HDTV's on: October 26, 2007, 11:08:17 PM
I would recommend an LCD flat panel HDTV. Plasmas are slightly cheaper, but since you mention gaming, then screen burn-in might be an issue if you plan to do a lot of gaming.

As for brands, I like Sony. Yes they are more expensive but the quality is really really good. If you are more cost conscious, you might consider Sharp LCDs. Samsung LCDs are also good. If you want really inexpensive, Vizio is popular, but quality of their LCDs seem to vary quite a bit. If you have the budget for it, get a set that can do 1080p.
1141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Belly button rings on dudes - what do you think? on: October 16, 2007, 07:11:42 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on October 16, 2007, 04:15:04 PM

Did he have a tatoo on the small of his back too?

Please, let's use the correct terminology. It's called a "tramp stamp".  icon_smile
1142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Origin's Ultimas on: October 01, 2007, 11:00:50 PM
Garriott sure does get a lot of mileage for a guy who hasn't designed a good game in over 10 years.
1143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We are not hardcore enough on: September 17, 2007, 11:43:58 PM
Maybe he thought that he could simply respawn as a ghost and run back to his corpse to reincarnate himself.

Boy is he going to be real disappointed.
1144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 08 on: September 14, 2007, 12:20:57 AM
Probably because not everyone is online with their consoles. Also, EA has in the past discontinued online support of a bunch of their sports games after a couple of years.
1145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 08 on: September 13, 2007, 11:42:19 PM
Don't think so. The code was posted on numerous sites and a ton of people have already used it.
1146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 08 on: September 13, 2007, 09:48:12 PM
I didn't see this posted yet but here is the code to enter to activate all the new RBK 2007-2008 team jerseys. Why wait for the 15th when you can have them now?  icon_lol

1147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Dad! on: September 10, 2007, 09:21:59 PM
Oh my, what a CUTIE!

Get ready for some of the hardest days of your life, but also some of the most rewarding days of your life.
1148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School me on marriage on: August 08, 2007, 01:54:51 AM
If you and the girlfriend both feel the situation is fine the way it is, then there is no reason to try to rationalize the lack of marriage, and if other people have a problem with it, then that is their hangup. Your relationship should be based on what YOU feel is right, not what others feel is the "correct" thing to do. The only drawback is of course, having to constantly explain it to friends and family, but that is just a mild annoyance compared to the positives of your relationship. If it works, then it works. Don't bother psycho-analyzing it. You and the GF are at a point in your lives where the priorities are different from other couples. Maybe in a number of years it will change and you'll start having the feeling that getting married is important. Honestly, if you've been living together for a while, then the only difference getting married will make is that you get a nice certificate saying that you're legally married.
1149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: August 03, 2007, 05:19:48 PM
I love Muse, but man, that was a bizarre video. I like it.  icon_lol
1150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resignation Horror Stories - Anyone have one? on: August 02, 2007, 04:48:55 PM
That was the best EB story ever, and KD didn't even need Ewoks to help him.
1151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May have blown a PS3 oppertunity. Need a fix. on: July 26, 2007, 09:20:30 PM
Yep, I concur. Olivia Munn is the only reason to watch AotS. I have a whole new kind of appreciation of her after seeing this:

1152  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Talisman 4th Edition Board Game release date set - October 1st! on: July 19, 2007, 11:23:39 PM
Holy cow. I can't wait. I have an old, old edition in my closet that is in really sad shape. A brand spanking new edition with a larger board will be great. I assume that the expansions will be coming out at some point in the future too.
1153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness on: July 19, 2007, 11:15:48 PM
All I remember about Enclave is that it was sadistically hard, but had really great (at the time) graphics. It looked good as I threw the controller across the room in frustration.
1154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness on: July 19, 2007, 06:39:01 PM
Are you talking about Enclave?

1155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone get Grim Grimoire? on: July 18, 2007, 09:06:18 PM
I have it and I even opened it!  icon_biggrin

I have not played it much but I can give some quick impressions. The graphics are done by the same group that did Odin Sphere, so the anime character designs are very well done and quite colorful. Actually, I think the look for both this game and Odin Sphere are quite fantastic. Basically, Grim Grimoire is a real time strategy game. The unusual aspect is that the "maps" are not top down perspective like common RTS games do. Instead, in GG they are side view areas, like you see in side scrolling arcade games. You create an army of units, explore the environment and fight enemies. I have not gotten too far into the game so unfortunately I can't comment on the overall difficulty of the game, but it definitely plays like an RTS game. The voice acting is decent (you can select English or Japanese).

I guess it comes down to whether or not you like an anime based RTS game.
1156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Backwards compat list on: July 13, 2007, 11:29:09 PM
Well, after getting confirmation that Morrowind GOTY edition works, I couldn't find it at any store in my area. Even EBGames/Gamestop didn't have used copies. I ended up ordering it from I'm surprised it was so hard to find.
1157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: July 13, 2007, 05:28:41 PM
Alert: thread necromancy!!

A trailer for SW: Force Unleashed has surfaced here:

I think this game just catapaulted itself into "must buy" territory. Wow. Impressive. Most impressive.
1158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Backwards compat list on: July 13, 2007, 05:26:09 PM
I read elsewhere that the Morrowind GOTY edition does work. Hmmm, anyone here have it and can confirm?
1159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: July 13, 2007, 07:52:31 AM
Well I've played Ace Combat since the original game on Playstation 1. This new one definitely feels like every other iteration of the series. A big part of whether you will like the new one or not will come down to how accepting you are that it is just more of the same AC formula. I'm a big fan of the series and while the new game seems to be more of the same, I am okay with that. Ace Combat has never been about ultra realism, or even anything vaguely resembling a full blown PC-like flight sim experience. That being said, the graphics are simply stunning. The planes and the terrain look photo-realistic. It's truly incredible how good it looks. Since I am an Ace Combat fan and a graphics whore, this game will be a day one purchase for me.
1160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: July 11, 2007, 03:31:53 PM
The Ace Combat games have always been arcade-like, and after so many iterations of the game since 1995, it's never going to be anything close to a full blown PC flight sim. Anyone hoping for that is going to be disappointed every time an AC game comes out.
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