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1161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My new late and great obsession: Hayao Miyazaki films on: April 07, 2006, 04:19:27 AM
Miyazaki is an animation genius. Every one of his films is a classic. I've been waiting for Totoro on DVD done right for so long and when it FINALLY came out recently, it was one of those DVD "holy grail" moments for me. My 2 year old daughter watches it every day and just loves it. I am so glad and grateful that Disney, treated each Miyazaki movie with respect and care on each release. I usually prefer the original Japanese audio with English subtitles, but the English dub cast work on each Disney release has been really well done. On Totoro, Dakota Fanning's sister was perfectly cast as Mai. Just fantastic voice work. Without John Lassiter's fanboy admiration of Miyazaki, I doubt Disney would have put the effort to do these movies right on DVD.
1162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion-Tips , Advice and Help-Spoilerific on: March 25, 2006, 07:19:21 AM
(Smacks forehead and exclaims "Duh!")

Thanks! That did it. Unequipping my shield allows me to hold the torch and sword.
1163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion-Tips , Advice and Help-Spoilerific on: March 25, 2006, 12:51:27 AM
Okay, I'm confused about torches. When I first started out the game in the tutorial dungeon/cave/sewer, I was able to hold a torch in one hand and the katana you get early on, in the other hand. Now that I am out in the countryside, I noticed that now I can't hold a torch and a one handed sword at the same time. I have to switch back and forth now, which is aggravating when exploring caves and dungeons. Am I missing something? I don't understand why I was able to hold both at the same time in the beginning of the game, and now cannot.
1164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Loken should take the Red Pill on: March 24, 2006, 07:30:07 PM
From the interview:

"That was really sad, because you put over a year of your life into a project, and you think it's going to do something,"

It took over a year to make that piece of crap??
1165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blazing Angels Demo on Live... on: March 24, 2006, 04:50:37 AM
Ugh, after that review, I'm not even going to wait for the price to drop. Too bad. The game had so much potential. It's amazing to me that the developer was okay with shipping  the game with such abysmal voice acting that, according to the Gamespot review, even borders on racist in some cases.
1166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blazing Angels Demo on Live... on: March 23, 2006, 06:23:19 PM
It's like Crimson Skies in that it is a purely arcade flight game. Other than that, they are very different. Crimson Skies had a much more interesting universe and a really appealing swashbuckler of the skies feel. It's hard to tell from the Blazing Angels demo, but I have a feeling the mission variety is not as good as Crimson Skies either.

Blazing Angels does nothing really to distinguish itself from Secret Weapons Over Normandy and Heroes of the Pacific. In fact, I think Heroes is a much better game.
1167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blazing Angels Demo on Live... on: March 23, 2006, 09:10:44 AM
After playing the demo, I would say I liked it, but no way is it worth a $60 purchase. $30 or $40 maybe.

Things I liked:
The targeting system (hold left trigger) is pretty cool. It makes tracking a single target very easy to maintain. The terrain and city graphics are nicely detailed. Smoke and explosions lood good too. The dogfighting gameplay is nicely done, on a visceral perspective, though not in any way a realistic representation.

Things I disliked:
Good god the radio chatter is LAME. Ultra-cheesy lines and bad accents. The invisible world boundaries are annoying. When you get to the edge of the world, the game takes over your plane and auto-manuevers it back into valid airspace. It's a totally jarring interruption of the game when you are in the middle of a dogfight. When you are on the ground, the little guys running back and forth aimlessly are laughable. It's like they're in a crazed state of panic and don't know what to do. The speed blur effect is totally unnecessary and looks awful.

Overall, it's a mindless, oversimplified air combat game in the same vein as Secret Weapons Over Normandy and Heroes of the Pacific. I'd like to get Blazing Angels eventually, but I think I'll wait until it goes way down in price.
1168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ PS3 ] Tons of PS3 info from GDC.... on: March 23, 2006, 01:29:36 AM
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Next week, initial server/client SDKs will be sent to developers. By July, the service will be in testing, and by September it will be complete, in time for launch.


Does this strike anyone else as being a slightly unrealistic schedule? They're going to create from scratch a massive full featured online network/system in 7 months. Good luck with that. It took Microsoft well over a year to get Xbox Live out. Sony's doesn't sound quite as centralized as XBL, but 7 months seems pretty optimistic.
1169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many DVDs do you own? on: March 21, 2006, 06:20:04 PM
I haven't counted in several years, but the last time I did, I had 1500+. I figure I am well over 2000 now.
1170  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Atlas Gift Pack on: March 03, 2006, 08:09:36 PM
I flipped through a copy at Best Buy several weeks ago. It's a very nice book, but content-wise, there was nothing that isn't already found online in places like thottbot.com or any other good web-based resource.

I suppose the atlas is convenient to have as a quick way to look stuff up without having to ALT-TAB out of the game and checking online, but that's pretty much the only reason to get the book.
1171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Burnout Revenge content avail in marketplace. on: February 28, 2006, 04:43:36 AM
I just want to know if it will be that much of an improvement over the original Xbox version. If it's just the exact same game only prettier looking, then it'll be a pass for me. Or I wait for it to go to $20.
1172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Good interview answer for being fired? on: February 18, 2006, 04:36:27 PM
You shouldn't lie. If employers do a background check, which I assume is customary with these types of jobs, they'll still find out that there is this mark on your record.

Your best bet is to not proactively bring it up. Let them ask first. And if they do, spin it in a way that makes it seem like it was purely a procedural mistake based on early job inexperience. You were supposed to call for a seargent, but instead decided to be proactive and show some initiative. There was no intent to be insubordinate.

Also, once they ask about this, try to emphasize that since the incident, your work record has been exemplary, which hopefully it has.
1173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What cellular provider do you use? on: February 16, 2006, 11:40:17 PM
I've had Verizon for roughly three years now. Never had a problem at all with their service. I can't compare it to any other carriers, but their nationwide signal coverage is very good.
1174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Lara Croft Announced? on: February 16, 2006, 10:20:17 PM
Pretty girl, but I'm just hoping the game doesn't suck.
1175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crystal Quest is out for Xbox Live 360 on: February 08, 2006, 06:17:53 PM
I'm actually looking forward to playing Crystal Quest. I used to play the original on the Mac way back in the late 80's, but I agree though. XBL Arcade needs a lot more variety in the type of games.
1176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 25 Strippers busted...Tom Petty? Mom?! on: February 04, 2006, 08:43:01 AM
Resistance is definitely NOT futile.
1177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jeez! Look at these upcoming PC games! on: February 02, 2006, 10:41:03 PM
Interesting that a significant number of those titles are being developed by non-U.S. developers.

I think I want about 75% of those games. So much for the demise of PC gaming!
1178  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: January 13, 2006, 11:45:55 PM
+1 to VegasD for a copy of The Movies.
1179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dungeon Siege Trailer... on: January 09, 2006, 06:36:27 PM
Unfortunately, yes, that is Claire Forlani you saw.

I still cannot get over the fact that Burt Reynolds in is this movie. Actually, seeing John Rhys-Davies in the same scene with Burt Reynolds makes my brain melt. I feel just like the probe in that Star Trek episode where Kirk tells it to compute PI which causes it to blow its circuits.
1180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dungeon Siege Trailer... on: January 09, 2006, 06:01:18 PM
Since it is a .mov trailer, it's Quicktime. Do you have QT installed? If you do you might just need to update it.

As for the movie, Peter Jackson should sue Uwe Boll.

A fantasy movie with Burt Reynolds, Ray Liotta and NINJAS?? Hahahahaha!
1181  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted: Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood (PC) on: January 08, 2006, 07:37:04 PM
Okay, sent you an email...
1182  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted: Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood (PC) on: January 08, 2006, 05:37:10 PM
I have an extra copy I can trade you for The Movies.

Sent you a PM...
1183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / new hdtv on: January 07, 2006, 09:16:15 PM
Either one should be great, but the Toshiba one has an HDMI input while the Samsung does not. I'd go with the Toshiba.
1184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sims 2 is getting as bad as Dynasty Warriors.. on: January 05, 2006, 08:32:08 PM
Coming soon to game store near you:

The Sims 2: EXTREME DYNASTY SPECIAL EDITION

Now with charging elephants!!!

 :lol:
1185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead Or Alive 4 - Time to bring it! on: December 31, 2005, 08:26:24 AM
I don't know about you all, but I am really impressed with how AWESOME the game looks. The graphics are stunning.

Has anyone figured out the weird game lobby thing when playing over Xbox Live? It's confusing enough to make me have to actually read the manual. smile
1186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Teen runs off to Iraq...alone! on: December 30, 2005, 07:36:06 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051230/ap_on_re_mi_ea/journey_to_iraq

What an amazing story. This high school kid from Florida went to Iraq by himself for a school journalism assignment.

On the one hand, I really admire his idealism and attitude towards societal global issues. Pretty incredible for a person his age. On the other hand, running off to Iraq alone is beyond STUPID. I'm amazed that it was so easy for him to get a travel visa without his parent's approval. He's probably going to be grounded for life.

I hope his teacher gave him an A+ on his essay.
1187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Liquid metal woman....HAWT on: December 29, 2005, 09:27:46 PM
I think she'd be great in porno movies.
1188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UMD Movies - Here to stay or just a faze? on: December 29, 2005, 08:30:52 PM
http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/promotion/buyOneGetOneFree_form.cfm

Deep Discount DVDs is running a 'buy 2 get 1 free' sale on UMD movies.

For anyone that still cares.   smile
1189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UMD Movies - Here to stay or just a faze? on: December 29, 2005, 06:23:55 PM
I bought a bunch of movies on UMD that I didn't mind having as a good showcase of the "coolness" factor of the PSP. Honestly though, I've barely even watched them. I think definitely UMD movies are more of an interesting novelty than anything practical or useful.
1190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Logitech Harmony Universal Remote - YES! on: December 24, 2005, 07:40:15 AM
One of my good friend's wife works at Logitech. Looks like it's time to ask about her employee discount!
1191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gamer Loses Games In Fire on: December 23, 2005, 06:22:35 PM
Only $155?? Stupid PayPal!! :x
1192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / In 3.5 hours I sign my life away on: December 23, 2005, 06:13:03 PM
So, are we all invited to the wedding? That would be a sight. Your side of the aisle full of obnoxious, slobbering, heckling GamingTrend dorks! biggrin
1193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gamer Loses Games In Fire on: December 23, 2005, 06:07:58 PM
Cool. Check your PayPal account. :lol:
1194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / In 3.5 hours I sign my life away on: December 22, 2005, 11:57:36 PM
Awesome! Congratulations in advance. She better say YES!

Afterwards you can hurry home for some hot monkey sex!!  :lol:
1195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gamer Loses Games In Fire on: December 22, 2005, 09:23:40 PM
Hey Zarkon, are you still getting stuff for your friend or am I too late?  smile
1196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What is this squirrel doing? on: December 22, 2005, 07:47:28 PM
My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. PREPARE TO DIE!!
1197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ever wonder how to get 2 million points in Geometry Wars? on: December 19, 2005, 10:10:36 PM
http://www.joystiq.com/videos/striker-2m.wmv

Wow. Just...wow. I am in awe of his Jedi powers of Geometry Wars.  :shock:
1198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Arcade games being released today on XBL on: December 19, 2005, 10:05:05 PM
Wow, I sucked at Robotron back in 1982, and I still suck at it today! Tongue
1199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / King Kong on the 360 - defeated by darkness on: December 14, 2005, 07:04:09 PM
Well, I had the game and traded it in because it was too dark to play. My brightness and contrast were turned all the way up as far as they could go and the game was STILL too dark and unplayable in most of the cave sequences.

It was truly annoying and really unfortunate because I really wanted to like the game. The first level with the T-Rex and the first level where you play as Kong were excellent.

What a screw up though. Ubisoft should be ashamed for not catching something so obvious.
1200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: December 12, 2005, 10:47:17 PM
If/when there is a sequel, I really hope there will be at least one Van Halen song. How can a game called Guitar Hero NOT have a VH song?? Although, the thought of having to play Van Halen at Hard and Extreme levels might be even more sadistically harder than Bark at the Moon!

I too wish there was a practice mode. One thing might help. Someone on the Guitar Hero official messageboard suggested turning down the crowd and band volume. That way you only hear what your guitar is playing, mistakes and all.
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