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361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: La Jetée on: August 08, 2007, 12:27:49 AM
Just added Short 2 to my blockbuster queue. La Jetee sounds very interesting.
362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rob Zombies Halloween on: August 08, 2007, 12:21:22 AM
Devils Rejects was a great imitation of a grindhouse flick. I think he will do a great job with Halloween.
363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chinese Military Might: A question on: August 07, 2007, 11:36:52 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 07, 2007, 04:39:55 AM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on August 07, 2007, 01:19:11 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 06, 2007, 11:18:38 PM

They don't have enough of a naval force to protect it from being destroyed, so it's kind of putting the cart before the horse.

I think this is the reason. Spending tons of cash on an item that any country with a decent navy could sink easily doesn't make much sense.  Plus, if they are going to war anytime soon it will be with Russia or Taiwan. You don't need a carrier to go to war with Russia. It will be a land war. I'm not sure a carrier would do much good in a conflict with Taiwan either. If we decide to throw in with the Taiwanese, we sink the carrier the first day of the war and its wasted.  I cant see a carrier doing them much good except for propaganda.

Well let's be candid here.  There is a very short list of major naval powers, and the US is at the top of that list.  Now granted the US is now a non-issue to them at the moment, since almost everything is around the Persian Gulf.  But they don't have a way to capitalize on that (from a naval perspective).

What should be a greater concern (to us, anyway) is whether China finally decides to "reunite" with Taiwan.  Honestly, I'm kind of shocked it hasn't happened already, but then again China is likely happy to let the US bleed itself in Iraq.  If your opponent wants to hang himself, sell him as much rope as he wants, right?  Ah... the multitude of ways this Iraq debacle is fucking over not just American interests, but world peace on the whole, are almost overwhelming to contemplate.

Given the global rearrangement of the board, things are looking pretty bad for Taiwan.  I think when it happens, it's going to be primarily for economic reasons.  Chinese economic reasons, specifically, and them deciding that the Chinese economy would look really good with Taiwan as a part of it... and that there would be nothing anyone could do about it.  And really... you don't need an aircraft carrier for any of that, just really good planning.

Another issue is the same military scenario which has played out for centuries: if China or Russia get attacked, they can just retreat and burn everything behind them.  It's also so much ground to cover, an invasion is just too logistically impossible to manage.  China is no stranger to the principles of guerrilla warfare (after all, that's why China is communist rather than a democracy).  If a large army landed to invade (or occupy), it would only be a matter of time before they lose.  Not that anyone would be willing or able to do anything about it.

But all that's a side issue.  China doesn't really need a huge navy right now, because most of their concern is on the ground.  And if it hasn't already happened, satellite based weaponry.


Actually, I still believe no matter what the deployment in the Persian Gulf is at the moment, we still have an adequate naval assets to deal with the Chinese Navy. Its the ground forces that are most stretched to let limit. If we made up our mind to defend Taiwan, we could still blockade the island with available carrier groups. The real problem would problem would be a land based war such as a North Korean invasion of the south. I doubt we have the boots to put on the ground there. We could still tear them apart with are carrier groups air wings though.

I agree though that if Taiwan is to merge with China, it will be due to economic reasons. I used to think it would be for the benefit of China but with their economic growth it may be the reverse. It could be that when it gives an economic advantage to the Taiwanese, they will be ready to become part of the motherland again.

I believe that if China and Russia come to blows it will be due to the need to control energy resources. There are some pretty rich natural resources in the area  that are controlled by Russia and  very few people living in it. China could use the space for its growing population and the resources to feed a growing need.  In the late 60's and early 70's the Chinese fought some heated boarder skirmishes with the USSR. I don't think the borders situation was officially resolved until the early 90's. Still I doubt this is likely in the near future. China just has too much to lose to start a conflict. Right now they are still trying to be more of a regional super power and grow their economy. A war of attrition with Russia or a war with the US, a huge market for their goods, just doesn't make sense.  Just my two cents though. Of course that all goes out the window, when their Gundam tech comes on line  icon_biggrin
364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chinese Military Might: A question on: August 07, 2007, 01:19:11 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 06, 2007, 11:18:38 PM

They don't have enough of a naval force to protect it from being destroyed, so it's kind of putting the cart before the horse.

I think this is the reason. Spending tons of cash on an item that any country with a decent navy could sink easily doesnt make much sense.  Plus, if they are going to war anytime soon it will be with Russia or Taiwan. You don't need a carrier to go to war with Russia. It will be a land war. I'm not sure a carrier would do much good in a conflict with Taiwan either. If we decide to throw in with the Taiwanese, we sink the carrier the first day of the war and its wasted.  I cant see a carrier doing them much good except for propaganda.
365  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: RA Salvatore, Curt Schilling, Todd McFarlane MMO on: August 01, 2007, 10:25:36 PM
I didn't know Schilling had a video game company. I know he owns http://www.multimanpublishing.com/index1.php. Interesting.  We'll see if this pans out. Put me in the camp that says it won't though.
366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone take Zyrtec? on: July 31, 2007, 12:47:43 AM
Zyrtec can make you drowsy for sure. It is pretty much a side effect of any antihistamine except for maybe claritin. Your symptoms should go away soon as long as you stop taking it.
367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 DVD Release this week: Fellow N00bs, let's movie review! on: July 29, 2007, 10:58:31 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 29, 2007, 06:26:15 PM

Quote from: Xmann on July 29, 2007, 12:23:08 PM

Blu Ray for me baby and my big 'ole 71" TV

I think I'll be in the same boat.  Blu Ray seems to be dominating my collection due in no small part to the 1080p of the PS3 and the 720p of my on-again-off-again 360.

Blu Ray for me because of the above stated reason. I am giving HD a go with Shaun of the Dead though.
368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: June 30, 2007, 04:30:28 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 30, 2007, 04:23:57 AM

One little touch that I find just amazing is the load scene stuff.  When you're loading the start of the level, the main character talks about a memory of the place or about something that just happened or is about to.  But when your just loading the game, he's there with his guns doing all kinds of things-staring at them, spinning them, posing with them stacked artistically on the ground, all while the camera cuts around in full 3D.  I haven't run across a repeat yet.  It's totally unnecessary, but it's just another example of the lengths Starbreeze will go to in giving you a great experience.

I was pretty impressed with this as well. I've played about 2 hours so far and I'm really enjoying it. Lots of attention to details.  The combat is fun and not too easy. I'd give it an 8/10 so far. Well worth the $50.00 I paid at circuit city.
369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone Day on: June 29, 2007, 05:27:21 PM
My current cell phone contract runs until November so no new phone for me until then. If the iphone gets stellar reviews and the network speeds are good, then maybe I'll get pick one up. The network speed and the hard drive size are my biggest concerns.
370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: District B13 on: June 21, 2007, 01:07:09 AM
I watched this several months ago. Its a pretty good action flick. Nice fight scenes. Well worth a rental. Just don't expect an oscar winner.  icon_biggrin
371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: June 20, 2007, 12:17:17 PM
I'm a sucker for 40K, so I'll probably buy this one. I'll wait for a review or two though. The 13 mission thing kind of has me concerned.
372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2 and MS Racing Wheel question on: June 19, 2007, 03:40:42 AM

Quote from: juniordan on June 18, 2007, 05:24:37 PM

I got my wheel from Wal-Mart for $119.00 yesterday and um....yeah it is going to take some getting use to.  I tried it out for an hour yesterday and it just seemed very loose to me and over sensitive with vibrations that did not make me feel like I was in a sim. what so ever . After I discovered the PGR3 game label said install first for drivers, I figured that is what I was missing...same shit nothing changed. my regular controller was looking like a champ. Then I discovered what I taught was the USB plug to use as wired was an actual AC power cord. Oh great I don't have to use batteries plugged it in and Whoooooooo, holy force feedback. This shit is awesome I actually felt like I was driving and can feel the road. I did not have much driving time since I discovered the error of my ways but I will have to try it out again tonight. Oh I need to find a better sitting position to be comfortable with the pedals. How is those gaming chairs?   

I did the same exact thing. I was pissed for about the first hour I had the wheel. Then I figured out you had to plug it in to get the force feedback. Im glad I'm not the only one to do that.  icon_lol
373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/18) on: June 19, 2007, 03:22:53 AM
Expensive week for me. Dirt and Resident Evil are definite buys unless reviews are bad. Brothers in Arms DS and Dungeon Maker are possible if reviews are good, my wallet isn't empty and my wife doesn't find out.  icon_biggrin
374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 07, 2007, 05:41:05 PM
Sam's club has the microsoft wheel for $104. I bought one last weekend.
375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer Beta Sign Up is open on: June 01, 2007, 03:16:47 AM
I signed up. I'm really curious about this one. Hopefully, I get in.
376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which $20 XBox 360 game is the best? on: May 31, 2007, 05:44:20 PM
I went with Live Unplugged. I already had the others that I had a remote interest in. I wanted Gun but my Circuit City was sold out.
377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you think the Democrats are cowards? on: May 28, 2007, 04:11:06 AM

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Hitler took pretty much peacefully.
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You are correct. Hitler was elected in a free election. However, I can't quite bring myself to think George Bush is going to refuse to leave office in 2008.  I can't believe any rational person would believe that either. It is two different moments in time. Hitler enjoyed overwhelming public support. I think we can all agree Bush doesnt have that.  icon_biggrin  Germany was in economic ruin and Hitler was viewed as the savior of the nation. Can you see a majority of Americans thing Bush could save anything at this point?
378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you think the Democrats are cowards? on: May 27, 2007, 07:18:27 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 27, 2007, 06:44:03 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 27, 2007, 12:25:45 PM

I'd rather have our troops home, but not at the cost of another NeoConNazi running the country for another 4 years.  So much damage has been done in my 3 main areas (personal liberty, fiscal responsibility, enviromental) that it'll take 10 years (if ever) to undo the damage Bush has done.  So I'm willing to wait, even at the cost of lives, if that's what it takes to guarantee another NeoConNazi can't get elected to the White House.  That may be a cold sentiment, but I'm a pragmatist. 

Yeah... I guess I have to agree with you.

BTW... interesting article on FOX news website.  It actually acknowledged that Prescott Bush financed Hitler and the Nazi party.  This is nothing new, of course, since anyone halfway well informed already knew this, but to see it show up on FOX... that's pretty amazing.

Personally, I think Nazi is a good fit.  Prior to Hitler coming to power in Germany, there were people running around saying their president is essentially a dictator, with no obligation to follow any laws.  I can't remember where I've been hearing that... it sounds pretty familiar...

Except a peaceful transfer of power doesn't usually happen with a dictator. We will have that here. Not soon enough for some but we will have it. I'm not a Bush supporter and I'll be glad to see him gone but Nazi is stretch.
379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you think the Democrats are cowards? on: May 25, 2007, 05:38:03 PM
To answer the original question, Yes the democrats are cowards but so are the republicans. All in all I dont see much difference in either party. Both sides have one concern that takes precedence over doing the right thing and that is staying in office. Most would sell out their mothers to get elected again. It is actually pretty sad. I would love to see a viable third party but it doesnt look like that will happen.
380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 05/22/07 on: May 22, 2007, 06:03:26 PM
Letters from Iwo Jima on blu ray and Matrix Trilogy on HD DVD for me. I'll rent apocalypto.
381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sucker Punched at McD on: May 21, 2007, 11:32:21 PM
I hope that puncher gets the shit beat out of him in prison. What a punk. Maybe the world got lucky and he overdosed on the drugs he bought with the victims money. 
382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Case Closed: Illegal Immigration Is a Threat to Homeland Security on: May 13, 2007, 06:31:19 PM
While I agree that border security needs to be better, a fence doesnt seem the best way to do this. The number of border patrol agents that would be required would be insane and people would still get in. I'm more for a better system of granting work visas for people who want to come to the US and work. Streamline the process and make it easier.  After this is done, deport anyone who doesnt go through the process and gets caught.  Of course if we fined the hell out of US companies who were employing illegals, that would probably solve the problem too. Everyone is too scared of the effect on the economy to actually do that though.
383  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Sam's Club Xbox 360 HD DVD Drives for $72 on: May 11, 2007, 10:18:18 PM
I checked back at my Sam's today. They had reduced the price down to $160.00.
384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C 3 360 Impressions Thread. on: May 11, 2007, 02:22:42 PM
I plan on picking this up later today. Won't have a chance to play it until Monday though.
385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Gametap - free option and new games on: May 05, 2007, 05:36:07 PM
I'll have to keep an eye out for a repeat of this. That price is a great deal.
386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Gametap - free option and new games on: May 05, 2007, 03:28:33 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 04, 2007, 03:54:35 PM

I really like Gametap as well.  My $40 1-year subscription has been one of my better gaming investments.  Hell, it's worth it just for the Sam & Max games alone.  smile

They'll occasionally go through some dry spells, but there's usually at least 1-2 new games I week that end up playing.

Just curious. Where did you get a $40.00 1 year subscription. For that price, I think I would try it out. Heck that is less than the cost of one new game.
387  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Sam's Club Xbox 360 HD DVD Drives for $72 on: April 26, 2007, 03:19:34 AM
I went into my Sam's on Saturday to look at HD Drives. There was a thread floating around somewhere saying they were 135.00. My Sam's still had them marked at 187.00.  icon_frown
388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero on PS3!!!!! but no Whammy on: April 21, 2007, 12:21:13 AM
Thanks.  icon_biggrin I'll check Radio Shack. Best Buy and those type stores don't seem to have them listed.
389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero on PS3!!!!! but no Whammy on: April 20, 2007, 11:34:16 PM
Okay.  I guess I'm stupid. Is there a PS2 to USB adapter available for the PS3. The only thing I'm seeing is on EB games and it doesnt come out until 5/07.
390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is a Code Monkey? on: April 20, 2007, 06:25:58 PM
This one is even better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjMiDZIY1bM&mode=related&search=   Its from the same guy.
391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero on PS3!!!!! but no Whammy on: April 20, 2007, 06:22:23 PM
An adapter is available? I was thinking it wasn't due out for a bit. I'd love to be able to play this on my PS3.
392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you at... The Grindhouse on: April 16, 2007, 12:16:40 AM
I saw this one over the weekend as well. It was a very fun experience. They both were very true to the genre. My brother in law and I went and both really loved it. Of course, we are both fans of the grindhouse era movies. I can see people not knowing what to expect and coming out hating it.
393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 recommendations? on: April 09, 2007, 05:11:02 PM
If you like Formula One racing, the F1 game is pretty good. If your not a fan of F1 in general, I dont know that I would recommend it.
394  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All DS games on sale for $24 at Target on: March 26, 2007, 10:40:52 PM
I picked up Final Fantasy 3. Saved 15 bucks.
395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 20, 2007, 01:24:49 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 20, 2007, 01:20:24 PM

Quote from: mytocles on March 20, 2007, 12:21:12 PM

I'm betting it will be a big hit in Japan, but not so much Stateside, lol.  From EB games description:

Quote
Making special use of the Wii Remote, Cooking Mama: Cook Off is an entertaining blend of mashing, slicing, chopping and stirring as players create more than 300 real-world recipes from 10 different nations. New realistic graphics and real-time cooking effects lend authenticity to player creations and help budding chefs determine when food is overcooked. Best of all, Cooking Mama: Cook Off offers 2-player kitchen competitions to determine who can cook the best meal the fastest.


"real time cooking effects" - wtf would that be - your Wii starts to steam and smoke? stirthepot

 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes



Good God. icon_frown Roll Eyes Can we get some actual, you know, games, rather than junk like this?


I really think this type of game is what you will see with the wii.  They can't compete with the other consoles in terms of graphics so they will go with the quirky stuff.  It worked with the DS so who knows. If it gets good reviews, I may give it a rental. 
396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown: Graphic Glitches? on: March 13, 2007, 11:02:58 PM
I've had a couple of issues. I fell through a building and was stuck on the inside. The walls were invisible but I couldnt get out. I also jumped into a water area and fell through a dock. I was stuck underneath. Both times I had to quit the game and restart. On the bright side, I've had no invisible cars.  icon_biggrin
397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown: Secret Orbs Map! on: March 13, 2007, 05:29:29 PM
Wow, that took a lot of work. Now if someone would do the same with the agility orbs. Im stuck at 497 and it is really ticking me off.  icon_biggrin
398  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Save 50% on Blu-Ray movies at Amazon.com! on: March 07, 2007, 01:08:57 AM
I think The Transporter and Xmen 3 are in the coupon book that came with the PS3. That should knock another $10.00 off the price.
399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/5) on: March 06, 2007, 03:23:55 AM

Quote from: Hetz on March 05, 2007, 02:49:55 PM

[PC]

Titan Quest - Immortal Throne

[360]

Worms

[PS3]

Motorstorm (sold my Asian version a couple weeks back, cause I want to do the online thing.... smile)



+1 . It is going to be an expensive week. I dont think much else comes out for the next month or so that I care about though.
400  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: God of War 2: 39.99 at Outpost on: March 05, 2007, 01:00:25 AM
Ordered! Thanks for the tip.  icon_biggrin
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