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1241  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.
1242  Gaming / Analog Gaming / WOW the Boardgame on: December 09, 2005, 06:31:00 PM
I nearly forgot that I had preordered the WoW boardgame back in October. Much to my surprise, there was a big box in front of my door when I got home last night.

Unfortunately, the wife and I didn't get a chance to play a game, but I did open it up and check out all the components. The game is so frickin' beautiful. There's a ton of colored plastic figures. The Character cards are printed on thick, glossy cardstock. The board itself is very large, and the game comes with a ton of dice. Production value is simply outstanding. I thought War of the Ring was a beautiful looking game, but WoW is even better.
1243  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NHL] Holy Schnike! The Sharks land Thornton! on: December 03, 2005, 04:50:46 AM
I just caught Joe's first game as a Shark on TV tonight. He had two assists and pretty much played like I was hoping he would. He's got great hands and can pass like no one else.  Sharks destroyed the Sabres 5-0.
1244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion @ Shacknews on: December 02, 2005, 11:48:54 PM
Somewhere Hetz is curled up on the floor quietly sobbing to himself.  :lol:
1245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NHL] Holy Schnike! The Sharks land Thornton! on: December 01, 2005, 08:42:16 AM
I'm praying Doug Wilson is still going to make another trade for a defenseman or two because trading Stuart leaves us with MacLaren, Hannan, and a collection of scrubs on defense.
1246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Take a Videogame Quiz! on: November 30, 2005, 12:28:00 AM
10 out of 10. The scary thing is that I got the one about Pac Man Fever correct mostly because I actually owned that horrible album.
1247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you happy with your 360? on: November 30, 2005, 12:21:16 AM
I love the 360...and I even have one! biggrin

Regardless of how weak or strong the games are, each one has really impressed me in terms of graphics. The one exception being that piece of crap, King Kong, which will be traded in at EBGames shortly. God I frickin' hate that game.
1248  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: November 26, 2005, 08:40:57 PM
Gamertag: Jimmy the Fish

(with caps and spaces)

Add me if you want someone easy to pummel online. smile
1249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the year so far - 2005 console edition on: November 23, 2005, 08:50:02 PM
I say The Matrix: Path of Neo. The graphics look terrible. It's not 16x9 widescreen on Xbox, and it has that royally idiotic and bizarre ending that pretty much is a slap in the face of all Matrix fans.
1250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 live service? on: November 22, 2005, 09:36:44 PM
When you transfer your existing Xbox Live account over to the 360, is it considered a gold account, or a silver account? When I bought my 360, the guy at Best Buy told me that I had to buy the XBL Gold pack even though I already have an account for the first Xbox. Seemed kind of suspicious, so I passed on getting it.
1251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / -cancelled- xbox360 for sale. on: November 22, 2005, 06:19:27 PM
No problem Purge. It was cool that you even made the offer. Things still worked out for me. I got one this morning at Best Buy. WOO HOO!!
1252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lines Already Forming for XB360 on: November 22, 2005, 06:17:27 PM
Well after deciding last night I would not line up anywhere, I took a chance and went to another local Best Buy at 5:30am. I was 37 out of 40 and got a premium package.

No way will I do this for the PS3 launch. This time was enough for me.
1253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / -cancelled- xbox360 for sale. on: November 22, 2005, 06:09:43 AM
Oh well. At least you tried. I give you credit for that at least.
1254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lines Already Forming for XB360 on: November 22, 2005, 06:08:00 AM
Wow, I suddenly don't feel so bad about not camping out.

That AAR is sad. Simply sad.
1255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lines Already Forming for XB360 on: November 22, 2005, 04:22:29 AM
I was all set to go to my local Best Buy at 5am, but at 6:45pm, as I drove by, there was already a line of 15 or so people.  I went home and started to pack stuff for an immediate overnight stay, but I realized how insane an idea it was. Maybe if I was 23 years old and had the enthusiasm I'd do it, but at 37 years old and having a 20 month old daughter, I just don't see the point. I'll get a 360 eventually, and it's not like I don't have a ton of other games to play.

I feel like such an old loser... :roll:
1256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / -cancelled- xbox360 for sale. on: November 22, 2005, 04:08:34 AM
Hey Purge, I sent you a PM. biggrin
1257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its too damned quiet - this'll help...[NSFW] on: November 18, 2005, 07:58:54 AM
I just have to interrupt for a moment to say:

God bless the internet biggrin

Okay, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
1258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WOOHOO!!! on: November 18, 2005, 12:02:50 AM
Time to buy an Xbox360!!
1259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Few things make me shudder... on: November 16, 2005, 09:46:48 PM
I guess the medical system in India needs some help. :shock:
1260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gun reviewed for the Xbox on: November 14, 2005, 06:48:44 PM
Anyone know what the differences are between the Xbox and Xbox360 versions? I get this sneaking suspicion that they are exactly the same except the 360 version looks slightly prettier.
1261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got my first Xbox 360 game today! on: November 12, 2005, 12:09:37 AM
Holy crap, look at the size of that AC adapter!
1262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 11, 2005, 07:13:41 PM
According to the content details on, the cable that ships in the box is a combo component and composite AV cable, so if you don't have an HDTV, you will not have to buy an extra video cable.
1263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 11, 2005, 06:41:18 PM
As long as I can show up bright and early Nov. 22 and get one, Best Buy works for me!
1264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 11, 2005, 06:18:57 PM
Any word on what the core vs. premium SKU breakdown is for the 60 units per Best Buy store?
1265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jack Thompson on CNN video on: November 08, 2005, 12:59:59 AM

Jackie-boy is in trouble with the state of Alabama. Oh scales of justice, please smite him with extreme prejudice!
1266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lesbians + Cheerleaders + Prison = !!!!!! on: November 08, 2005, 12:55:33 AM
Damn, those Penthouse letters actually are true!!
1267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Street Date Broken Already? on: November 03, 2005, 07:34:07 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
ugliest. chick. ever.

She's got quite the sexy moustache. :shock:
1268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox360 Preorders Open Again on EBGames on: October 28, 2005, 05:04:52 PM
Yes, it looks pretty straighforward to cancel an order. Just look at the order details page online and click on the "cancel" button.

A new twist has appeared when I checked my order this morning. Each item in the bundle has been broken out separately in the overall order. All the items now have varying expected ship dates, so I don't know if EB will hold everything and ship it all in one big box or in separate boxes as items become available. I gave EB a call and they really couldn't tell me anything. My order will most likely ship in early January according to their estimates, but they are hoping that Microsoft is shipping more units than what they are saying initially. What will most likely happen is that they will ship me the games and various accessories first in Nov./Dec. and then the console itself in January. But like I said, they are not really sure what the situation will be come the launch day.

So, if you HAVE to have one on launch day, you're probably better off waiting in line at Best Buy or Walmart. If you can wait up to a month or month and a half, then place an order with EB.

For me, I'm going to think it over in the next couple of days. I'd like to have one on launch day, but the thought of waiting in line for hours with a mass of people doesn't really appeal to me.
1269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox360 Preorders Open Again on EBGames on: October 28, 2005, 06:39:34 AM
Quote from: "Graham"
Are you able to cancel your order if you want to before you actually get it?

It appears that you can cancel the order. I figure I'll try waiting in line at Best Buy for the midnight release.  If I get one there, I'll cancel the EB order.
1270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox360 Preorders Open Again on EBGames on: October 28, 2005, 05:18:24 AM
For those who didn't pre-order an Xbox and regretted it later, you have a second chance. I just happened to visit and noticed that they are taking preorders for an "ultimate" bundle and a "core" bundle (click 'Xbox360' on the top nav bar). Prices are $700 for the ultimate and $600 for the core. Unlike some of the more ridiculous bundles at Gamestop, these bundles seem more reasonable, with games that I actually want.

There's a warning that orders placed after Oct. 26 may not ship until 2006, but the estimated ship date when I placed the order was Dec. 1.

It's worth considering if you really, really want one now...
1271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Duty 2 Impressions Thread (minor spoilers only) on: October 27, 2005, 07:09:54 PM
How fast of a PC do you have and does CoD2 run smoothly on it?
1272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / And here I thought I knew all the uses for Jell-O on: October 24, 2005, 04:59:34 PM
Just wait until the next big earthquake hits. "It's a jiggler!!!"
1273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Out of This World on: October 20, 2005, 11:48:12 PM
Was it called Flashback?
1274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Scoop on Poop on: October 20, 2005, 10:58:55 PM
I can't wait for the Discovery Channel special.
1275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jack Thompson on CNN video on: October 19, 2005, 10:16:16 PM
Leave it to the likes of CNN and Fox News to report crap like this as "news".
1276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [parenting] MY SON WILL NOT GO TO SLEEP on: October 19, 2005, 10:07:14 PM
I guess this is kinda off-topic, but what do you all do when daylight savings comes around? It's coming up in another week and a half, and my kid, who usually goes to bed at 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm pre-daylight savings, will now be getting ready for bed at 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm once DST kicks in.
1277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jack Thompson on CNN video on: October 19, 2005, 05:03:14 PM
I guess CNN didn't get the memo that Jack is a complete psycho-hack.
1278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [parenting] MY SON WILL NOT GO TO SLEEP on: October 19, 2005, 05:01:44 PM
Like I said, different things work for different people. Do what you are comfortable with.

The reason why it is not recommended that kids sleep in the parents' bed is that the kid can get TOO attached to it and have a difficult time transitioning to their own bed later on. Also, for very young infants, there is a risk of mom or dad tossing and turning in bed and accidentally rolling over the kid. For the folks who have had success with sharing their bed with the kids, that's great. There is no be-all end all right or wrong answers. Just suggestions to try. What pediatricians recommend are just guidelines for parents who need a little direction.
1279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DVD Movies to PSP? on: October 19, 2005, 04:47:27 PM
Here is a handy guide on how to rip DVDs and use PSP Video 9:
1280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [parenting] MY SON WILL NOT GO TO SLEEP on: October 19, 2005, 06:46:27 AM
What are your son's nap pattern during the day? Also, when does he eat dinner? At what age did he transition from sleeping in a bassinet in your room  to his crib in his room? Answers to these questions might shed some light on why he can't sleep through the night.

One thing that might help is if he is conditioned to sleep with a "lovey", usually a favorite blanket or stuff toy. Something that can soothe him when he is trying to sleep.

Letting him cry it out may be the last resort. Your wife has to realize that if someone constantly goes running to him when he wakes up in the middle of the night, he will LEARN that he can control the situation. That is a bad situation. You may have to tough it out for several days and let him cry himself to sleep, but once he is conditioned over several days, he SHOULD be able to sleep through the night.

th'FOOL's situation is more the exception than the rule. It's great that it ended up working but pediatricians generally recommend against letting infants getting used to sleeping with the parents. Who knows, maybe letting junior sleep with mom and dad in their bed may work. While there are general recommendations, it always comes down to what works best for you.
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