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1281  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:
1282  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.
1283  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.
1284  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...
1285  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?
1286  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!!!"
1287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Out of This World on: October 20, 2005, 11:48:12 PM
Was it called Flashback?
1288  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.
1289  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".
1290  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.
1291  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.
1292  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.
1293  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:
1294  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.
1295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Modders make Jack Thompson game- guess what Jacky did? on: October 18, 2005, 11:16:06 PM
I cannot believe an attorney actually wrote that letter. Any real attorney would read that and fall to the floor laughing his/her ass off. The guy is just a two bit, wannabe, hack "lawyer".

The Seattle police should arrest Thompson for wasting the paper in their fax machine.
1296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Modders make Jack Thompson game- guess what Jacky did? on: October 18, 2005, 08:40:41 PM
How the hell did that guy ever pass the bar exam??
1297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The NHL is officially back TONIGHT! on: October 17, 2005, 04:28:27 AM
I was at the Sharks/Blackhawks game (season tickets, yeah!). Two things: the Hawks were coming in on the 2nd game of a back to back, so they were no doubt tired by the 3rd period, and they could not keep up with the Sharks team speed. The Hawks goalie, Anderson, also played a whale of a game. The Sharks would have scored several more goals if it were not for him.
1298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Robotron? Gauntlet? Joust? In high-def? Oh yeah....(X360) on: October 16, 2005, 06:47:14 AM
The game with the bear was Crystal Castles.

Oh, how I miss you, Bentley Bear!
1299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The NHL is officially back TONIGHT! on: October 13, 2005, 09:52:22 PM
I was at the Sharks game last night. Columbus was turned into roadkill by the Sharks speed and Kyle MacLaren's cement butt. The Jackets had a real hard time keeping up and Marc Denis got NO help from his team on defense when the Sharks scored two goals that came off of fourth or fifth rebounds.

Even though I hate the delay of game penalty for firing the puck over the glass, Im liking the speed and offense of the new league.
1300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Outlaw Tennis on: October 13, 2005, 08:09:51 PM
Does anyone who has this for Xbox know if it supports 480p?
1301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The NHL is officially back TONIGHT! on: October 12, 2005, 12:07:32 AM
Most of the changes are good except for two:

1. I HATE the fact that the goalies cannot touch the puck in the corners. It's an idiotic rule to penalized goalies who are good at handling the puck. Why not let them play the corners and trigger breakouts?

2. The rule about shooting the puck over the glass makes no sense. You get a two minute penalty for firing the puck into the stands if it does not touch the boards/glass first. If the puck hits the boards/glass and then goes into the stands, it is not a penalty. That is a pointless rule.

I'll be going to the Sharks home opener wednesday night. Hopefully they will play better than they have in the first three games on the road. It's been like watching a live version of EA NHL hockey set to rookie skill level.
1302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 11, 2005, 09:14:43 PM
Speaking of elementary school, does anyone remember Wilderness Campaign and Odyssey on the Apple II? Those two games were awesome. They were sort of like a very primitive strategy RPG where you had to raise a small army, rampage through the countryside, and kill the UBG (ultimate bad guy).
1303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Conquest of Origin Systems on: October 11, 2005, 09:11:57 PM
What an incredibly SAD story. Origin was one of the best game companies in its heyday. Just about every old-time PC gamer holds the Ultima series (up to U7 at least) near and dear to their hearts. Wing Commander too.

Of course, this is yet another example of how EA is the anti-christ in the game industry. The sad thing is that the politics and bureaucracy there is not unique just to EA. It's that way in a lot of huge mega-corporations. As an ex-employee of Microsoft, I can attest to that.
1304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 10, 2005, 09:59:44 PM
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves on an Atari 800. An obscure turn-based RPG-type of game that allowed four player cooperative gameplay. My best friend and I would stay up all night playing that.

Even though it was not the first PC  game I ever played, I still hold Jumpman very dear to my heart. I can still hear the Jumpman theme in my head. I recently downloaded an Atari computer emulator and the Jumpman game image, and much to my surprise, I STILL remember the patterns I used on some of the levels.
1305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/10) on: October 10, 2005, 06:20:01 PM
I'll get Gretzky Hockey for PSP, but only if they fixed the horrible frame rate from the last version.

I want to see some reviews of SSX and LA Rush before I'll consider getting those.
1306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Funny Ebay Auction - Madden '06 on: October 06, 2005, 09:23:52 PM

Absolutely hilarious.
1307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you <shudder> turning out like you parents? on: October 01, 2005, 12:30:07 AM
I find it amusing that when I was a kid, my parents used to say "what the hell is that garbage?" when they saw MTV.

The other day I was channel flipping, stopped at MTV and caught myself saying "what IS this crap??".

...the more things change the more they stay the same. :lol:
1308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I have a job interview tomorrow on: October 01, 2005, 12:23:57 AM
Just make sure you get those TPS reports in on time...
1309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Umm, MacOS running on a PSP? on: October 01, 2005, 12:21:09 AM
What's more impressive is that someone actually wasted hours of their life to get this to work.
1310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Good Remote Control? on: September 30, 2005, 07:22:38 PM
I have this one:

You can find it online for under $200 these days. You can program a ton of macros on it. It does not have a touch screen but the buttons along the two sides of the LCD screen are fully programmable and can be labeled appropriately (you get three pages of customizable buttons on the LCD alone). All the programming of the remote is done through a PC and the software is pretty straightforward. It only took me about an hour to learn everything and set my remote up. Universal Remote Company regularly updates the software and is always adding more pre-made device profiles that are quick and easy to program into the remote.

As for durability, I've dropped it more times than I can remember and my one and a half year old daughter constantly plays with it/drops it/puts it in her mouth. No problems so far. The remote is built very solidly and does not feel flimsy or fragile at all.
1311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you watch Anime? on: September 30, 2005, 07:08:51 PM
Yes, the Appleseed story gets pretty convoluted pretty quick. But the animation is so hypnotically beautiful that you just ignore the story after a while.

If anything, the first 15 minutes of the DVD is a good showcase for home theater sound systems and HDTV's.
1312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you watch Anime? on: September 30, 2005, 06:36:07 AM
The Cowboy Bebop movie was good. Then I saw the recently released Appleseed movie on DVD.

Holy schnike. The animation was breathtaking.
1313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whats in your TiVo? on: May 10, 2005, 09:32:23 PM
I'm assuming you mean shows in the Season Pass list.

I have:

Amazing Race
The Apprentice
American Idol
The Daily Show
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Queer Eye for the Straight Girl
Family Guy
Nanny 911

And of course, Battlestar Galactica goes back on the list once it season 2 is about to begin.
1314  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: April 07, 2005, 11:10:58 PM
+1 to Daehawk for a good trade.
1315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sin City Impressions on: April 06, 2005, 07:00:59 AM
Apparently, Rodriguez says the eventual DVD release will restore all the deleted scenes that they shot, including a scene where Marv visits his mom to retrieve a gun. I believe this was a sequence that was in the original graphic novel.

The catch is that the deleted scenes will be reintegrated into the movie, but are only viewable in a separate story format, which essentially emulates the standalone graphic novel experience. For example, you can choose to view just The Hard Goodbye, which is the Marv story, and in that format, the beginning and end will apparently have title and credits, and the deleted scenes will be in that cut. If you view the entire three story arc as one long movie, you will only see the theatrical release, sans deleted scenes.

Sounds like a novel approach. I can't wait for the DVD release. A director's commentary track with Rodriguez and Miller will be really fascinating to listen to. Rodriguez's director's commentaries on his other DVD releases have been highly interesting and educational.

As for the movie itself, I enjoyed every minute of it. Sin City is not so much a movie as it is an experience in mood and imagery. It's definitely not for everyone, but personally, it was an amazing technical film noir experience.

...and all the women were smokin' hot. Even Jessica "won't show my goods" Alba.
Carla Gugino's body is stunning. I couldn't believe the mom from Spy Kids was buck nekkid in all her boobalicious glory.
1316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Classic games? Do I know 'em all? on: April 02, 2005, 12:30:18 AM
Used to love playing some real gems in my youth, which was a loooong time ago  :lol:

My list:

I used to have an Atari 800 computer, which was an awesome game machine:
Ultima III/IV/V
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
Jumpman/Jumpman Jr
Blue Max
Silent Service
F-15 Strike Eagle

Later when I had a Mac Plus (don't laugh) and a PC:
Bard's Tale series
Starflight series
Might and Magic series
SSI D&D gold box series
X-Wing/Tie Fighter
Their Finest Hour/Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe
Steel Panthers
Carriers at War
King's Bounty
King's Quest series
Full Throttle
Sam and Max

I still play a lot of these game even today. I downloaded an Atari computer emulator and have ALL the old game ROMs I used to own back in the day. Jumpman still holds up well even today as an excellent platform arcade game.
1317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IT'S PINK! on: April 01, 2005, 07:24:24 PM
It's not a joke. I turned mine on last night at 12:30 am and the home screen was pink.

April cannot end soon enough...
1318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing Race 3/29 - I Hate Romber - spoilers on: March 30, 2005, 10:30:45 PM
I thought it was hilarious that the two brothers bought a couple of kids WWF wrestling t-shirts during the shopping challenge. Somewhere in South Africa, there are two lucky kids sporting some sweet shirts!

Ray and Deanna deserved to get eliminated. He accidentally whacks her in the head when they were pounding corn and he doesn't even have the decency to say sorry.

I like Rob and Amber, but each week I find myself cheering for the two brothers. They seems like a couple of really cool guys. The type who you could hang out with and have a good time. It was pretty emotional when they finished still in the race after all they went through.
1319  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for an old...possibly broken...laptop on: March 11, 2005, 10:43:50 PM
The exact model of Thinkpad, I'll have to look at it when I get home from work tonight. I know it's a Celeron of some sort. Nothing terribly fast or exotic. Let's just say that it's not what one would consider a "gaming system".  It's around three or four years old I think. My wife only used it for word processing, but it does have a DVD ROM drive. When it stopped booting up, my first thought was that the hard drive broke. I don't know. Maybe that's all you would need to replace.

Well, it looks like the games you have available are things I already have or don't really have any interest in. I tell you what. I'll find out what the shipping cost is to send the laptop to you and depending on how much it is, maybe we can just split that cost. It can't be that much. Really, you are doing just as much of a service to me by taking it off my hands. My solution was to just toss it in the trash, but the wife wouldn't let me do that because it's environmentally bad.

Oh, and by the way Daehawk, check you PMs. I sent you a message.
1320  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for an old...possibly broken...laptop on: March 11, 2005, 09:11:10 PM
Daehawk, I have an old IBM Thinkpad that no longer boots up. It's actually my wife's old system. We bought a new laptop to replace it so the Thinkpad now sits on our dining room table as nothing more than a paperweight.

You are welcome to have it in exchange for a game or two from your list of PC games.
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