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2521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: March 19, 2008, 10:01:29 PM

Quote from: Laner on March 19, 2008, 09:36:29 PM

Did he actually use Metroid Prime as an example of *good* console FPS control?

:boggle:

Yes. Yes he did.
2522  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's Race Speech on: March 19, 2008, 06:05:38 AM
Deleted my post.

Damnit Brendan, use smilies when you are being sarcastic. slywink
2523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommended PSP games on: March 19, 2008, 04:36:10 AM
Why do I have this feeling that GT is going to be overwhelmed with Daehawk question and comments about his new PSP. slywink

Hope it is great as you are expecting it to be Daehawk.
2524  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's Race Speech on: March 19, 2008, 04:31:14 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 19, 2008, 02:57:38 AM

Tell me exactly what religion he belongs to. I'll wait.

Why? Who cares? But he is a Christian. Lot's of people just say they are Christian, I am not sure exactly what you are looking for here, he needs to be pigeon holed?. I get that you are trying to prove a point that we don't know anything about him really, but I am not sure your question is relevant. Asking his point on a political issue would make more sense.

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Personally though, I don't think a man's religion is the measure by which he should be judged. I've listened to plenty of his speeches and I have yet to find anything of substance in them, and that goes beyond being Republican. Hard as it may seem to believe I am open to new ideas. I've yet to hear them from Obama.

No in his speeches he does talk a lot about just being a change from the current regime but without actually saying much, I would agree with that. But with a little research you can find out exactly where he stands on most issues. If you go to his website, his ideas are set out for you so you can see his viewpoints. He makes the speeches to win people over, and then expects them to do some research on their own.
2525  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's Race Speech on: March 19, 2008, 12:36:30 AM
Thought it was a great speech myself, he successfully condemned his friends comments and praised the guy at the same time. The guy is an amazing speaker. I look forward to the time when we have a president who doesn't embarrass me every time he speaks (meaning any of the 3).
2526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dallas considers shutting off red light cams, since they're working too well on: March 18, 2008, 06:04:00 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 18, 2008, 05:59:08 AM

so you spray the stuff on your license plate, and it obscures part of your license, yet does nothing to hide the color or make of your car and leave a portion of the license plate left for the authorities to deduce that it in fact your car?  seriously, if someones using that stuff just to break traffic laws then the asshat deserves to be busted.

Well if it did work (on MB, it had no effect at all), how would they find you just off of make and color of your car? It would cost more just to have someone track you down. Since the whole purpose of these cameras to generate money (and deterrence), that would defeat the purpose.
2527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi. I'm CNBC's Cramer. I'm a f*****g idiot. on: March 18, 2008, 05:49:41 AM
Their stock dropped to $2 a share, so people who owned stock in BS lost a lot of money. He says that in that linked clip that he was talking about if you had a BS account, you didn't need to move your money because as you noted they will be taken over and you won't lose your accounts. If he was really saying you don't need to sell your stock, then yeah, he probably fucked up.

Doing research on the story it didn't seem to be that big of deal to anyone but bloggers who don't like the guy.

Edit: I am not expert on here and hopefully someone else here can explain it in more detail. I just thought the original post was a bit over the top. I kind of like Cramer, he tries to make a boring topic more entertaining. Plus I have a had few people recommend his books to me because he does know what he's talking about and breaks it down for you.
2528  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Calvin on: March 18, 2008, 05:34:06 AM
Probably because you seem to be padding a lot lately. Of course you aren't even close to CK levels. slywink
2529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi. I'm CNBC's Cramer. I'm a f*****g idiot. on: March 18, 2008, 05:22:34 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 18, 2008, 04:47:45 AM

Anyone really listen to these people on tv instead of a good investment broker?

The guy is a former stock broker and hedge fund manager. He has been pretty successful and is probably as good as most other people out there at it. But the whole job is about making predictions and taking risks. It's just that in this case a lot of people don't like Cramer so they are jumping on his fuck up (if it was even a fuck up). A TV show host isn't tailoring his advice on the person though, so I doubt anyone goes out and acts on his advice without careful research of their own.

Anyway in this case Darkstar just posted something she found on Digg without even researching it herself, she just repeated the posters comments.
2530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi. I'm CNBC's Cramer. I'm a f*****g idiot. on: March 18, 2008, 03:44:09 AM
Show me an investor who hasn't made a bad prediction, if it was that easy we would all be millionaires. I have heard elsewhere that it was pretty good advice, it just didn't work out in the end.

And if you're sole form of advice of what to do with your money is a talk show host, you are a bigger fucking idiot then him.

Also Cramer claims that he was saying that you didn't need to take your money out of an account with BS, that he wasn't talking about stocks. The clip is taken out of context according to him.
2531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dallas considers shutting off red light cams, since they're working too well on: March 18, 2008, 02:57:41 AM

Quote from: morlac on March 18, 2008, 02:28:19 AM

God Bless America!


http://www.photoblocker.com/


Take that you commie picture taking bastards!

MythBusters covered a bunch of these things. None of them worked.
2532  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Mad Max game coming on: March 16, 2008, 01:10:22 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 14, 2008, 11:25:55 PM

And Mel gets crazier smile

What part makes him crazy, being a drunk or being a Christian? Some sort of combination of both?
2533  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Any possibility of/interest in a Movies forum? on: March 16, 2008, 12:34:27 AM
Those icons are a very cool idea. Maybe in the site redesign? slywink
2534  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Our perception of Christianity influenced by Hollywood? on: March 12, 2008, 08:57:59 AM

Quote from: Laner on March 11, 2008, 04:28:11 PM

To address the OP, you're absolutely right.  I can't remember the last time a movie or TV show*didn't* portray a supposedly Christian character as some kind of twisted hyopcritical stereotype (your Meryl Streeps and such *relish* playing those characters).   Most non-Christians aren't going to notice it or be bothered by it, because that image has been so firmly entrenched that they think it's just a reflection of reality.

The sad thing is, the most genuine portrayal I can think of is Ned Flanders, and even that is a very distorted characterization.

Is it distorted or just not how you would like to see yourselves? Although, as someone else said, Ned Flanders is a very likable character.

I have racked my brain and searched the net trying to think of or find Hollywood examples that make Christians look bad, and besides the movie Saved! and maybe the Life of Brian, I can't think of any others. Not saying there aren't others, but I would like to know what inspired this thread. Documentaries like Jesus Camp and Pelosi's daughter's Friends of God let Christians speak for themselves. They made themselves look bad, so I am not sure if you can count them.

Christians in this country seem to think they are persecuted. I don't see it, they are the vast majority and pretty much control everything. Atheists are the most hated group in the US, but somehow the 5% of us do nothing but make Christians look bad. I understand on forums like this atheists outnumber Christians, but in the real world that is just not the case.

2535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ipod Questions on: March 11, 2008, 05:03:36 PM
Plus video kills my Nano's battery
2536  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Our perception of Christianity influenced by Hollywood? on: March 11, 2008, 04:03:03 PM
I am not pissed off at all. I just like to argue with Christians. smile
2537  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Our perception of Christianity influenced by Hollywood? on: March 11, 2008, 03:49:36 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 11, 2008, 09:25:43 AM

Wow, you're wrong again.

I haven't been "wrong" once in this thread, you just don't like my answers because they disagree with yours. Heck you still haven't even backed up your original point of this thread.

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I was born in England moved to Canada when I was 10. Raised by a dad who use to tell me, Son when you're dead, you're dead!

All Western Christian countries. It's the same as saying as you grew up in Iraq and moved to Iran. You would be Muslim right now.
 
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Aren't you being the very closed minded person you accuse Christians of being?

How is stating a fact being closed minded? You keep saying I am the defensive, closed minded person, but in the same breath you tell me that your religion is the only real choice.

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You don't know me from Adam, pardon the pun. If you did know me you'd know that as a younger person if someone told me the way to go was Right Id go Left.
I'm not easily swayed by popular suggestions...subtle or other wise.

Well obviously you changed as you got older, since you joined up with the biggest religion on the continent. If you were just doing it to be different, you would of made a braver choice.

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But still, what you're saying is just wrong. Its like saying because a woman gives birth to a child in Macdonald's he's going to grow up a hamburger.

Too simplistic sorry.

That analogy doesn't even make sense. Are you actually saying religion isn't determined by society? Even as an atheist in the US, when the idea of a god crosses my mind it's the Christian god. Society drills it into you from when you are little kid with Christmas, Easter etc. Even with non-religious parents all my friends were Christian, it's literally impossible to avoid it in this part of the world.
2538  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Our perception of Christianity influenced by Hollywood? on: March 11, 2008, 05:10:58 AM

Quote from: Arclight on March 10, 2008, 11:55:12 PM

No one made me chose Jesus. I didn't do it out of fear either. I did it out of love.

No you did it because you were brought up in North America where you were told repeatedly of a Christian god. Religion is determined for the most part by geography, you "choose" what you were taught. Sure there are exceptions, but the vast majority of religious people are taught it from a very young age by what their society dictates.
2539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This could be the geekiest thing I've ever done... on: March 10, 2008, 06:40:57 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on March 10, 2008, 05:06:02 PM

Chilis was cut in order to go to Poor Richard's Pub for lunch.

Now you are talking. That would be kind of neat.
2540  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Our perception of Christianity influenced by Hollywood? on: March 10, 2008, 06:31:36 PM
I can think of one movie that made fun of born again Christians (the one about born again high school kids, but I can't think of its name), and that was actually pretty realistic in the way born again acted when I was in HS. Kingdom of Heaven was supposed to be kind of historical so I am not sure that is a good example since religion was pretty corrupt in those days. As has been said, usually it's not mentioned in movies.

I get my perceptions of Christians by the ones I know and the ones I see in politics, it really has nothing to do with Hollywood.

And what do flaming liberals have to do with any of this? Most liberals are Christians or Jewish.
2541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSBB...WARNING!!!!! on: March 10, 2008, 03:57:39 PM
I blew the inside out with canned air, and never got another error.
2542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This could be the geekiest thing I've ever done... on: March 10, 2008, 03:47:16 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on March 10, 2008, 02:52:55 PM

Aware of this fact.
Still doesn't change the fact that we're going to Scranton.

I don't get it, what are you expecting to see besides the sign? Chilis is going to be just like every other Chilis. IIRC Scranton is supposed a be dump.
2543  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Our perception of Christianity influenced by Hollywood? on: March 10, 2008, 03:42:45 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 10, 2008, 02:06:27 PM

I believe everyone "wants" to believe in a loving, caring Creator. And if you know the biblical accounts of Jesus and what His ministry was(is)you would in your heart of hearts "want" to believe that.

And that right there is why Christians get crap. I have read large parts of the Bible, had many, many people explain it to me, and I still think it's all BS. Just because you feel that way does not mean everyone else wants to too, that we are just lost. That is an insult to every other belief system out there.

Thankfully most Christians keep their religions to themselves, but the ones who have to mention Jesus Christ in the first minute of a conversation deserve the crap they get.
2544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Smash Brothers Brawl Impressions on: March 09, 2008, 07:34:53 PM
I added everyone who has listed a code, but it still says awaiting registration for everyone.
2545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Smash Brothers Brawl Impressions on: March 09, 2008, 04:27:09 PM
A little canned air got it to work. I still might send it in, but for now I can play it. Code is 4553-9630-5611. I will add people later, right now I have a soccer game to watch.
2546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSBB Midnight Launch? on: March 09, 2008, 02:41:22 PM
Got mine at Wal-mart at 7:30 AM, they had tons of copies.
2547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSBB...WARNING!!!!! on: March 09, 2008, 02:36:14 PM
Woot! First one on GT to have the error!

It did a system update fine, showed the splash screen, and then as it is loading the drive makes weird knocking sounds and then I get an error. Other games load fine. Did the form linked to above (thanks Juniordan) and I have a Fed Ex number to ship the Wii to Nintendo to fix it.

Never treated the system bad, it sat in it's corner on my shelf, and I don't smoke. It went for a few months without use with a disk left it in, and the first time I turned it on it got errors, but after that it was fine. That was a few months ago (When Super Mario came out).
2548  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Any possibility of/interest in a Movies forum? on: March 09, 2008, 04:17:51 AM

Quote from: Canuck on March 09, 2008, 03:59:20 AM

Well it's certainly not low traffic.  Something that was posted could be off the front page by the end of the first day.

Even the busiest forum (Consoles) still has posts from 4 days ago on the front page. Off-topic has 7 days worth on the front page.

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As much as I hate to admit it-I like QT3's set up for their movie forum-that is, they have one smile

They have the same problem with slow forums over there, and they have a lot more users.
2549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSBB Midnight Launch? on: March 08, 2008, 11:57:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 08, 2008, 11:33:21 PM

well it's official- the Midnight launch near here has been canceled due to the weather, so no Smashing until tomorrow for me.

HAHA! slywink
2550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSBB Midnight Launch? on: March 07, 2008, 10:52:47 PM

Quote from: depward on March 07, 2008, 07:58:24 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 07, 2008, 07:39:26 PM

It's going to have online play, but how do you communicate with other people? Buy a headset? Can you plug a keyboard into the Wii? The default Wii way will take forever to say something.

AND you can only use this pre-set text thing on "friends only" matches...

AND there's no online stat tracking / leaderboards / anything

A LITTLE disappointing but whatevs.

Hmm, so do I even want to bother with it to play by myself then? I don't have any local gaming friends. I am sure the CO OO crew will have it, maybe I will just play when I am down there.

I will be waiting for impressions I guess.
2551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSBB Midnight Launch? on: March 07, 2008, 07:39:26 PM
It's going to have online play, but how do you communicate with other people? Buy a headset? Can you plug a keyboard into the Wii? The default Wii way will take forever to say something.
2552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSBB Midnight Launch? on: March 07, 2008, 02:17:28 AM
SSBB?
2553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 06, 2008, 10:10:37 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on March 06, 2008, 04:20:06 PM


It's funny how people believe anything that shows up their inbox, isn't it?
2554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Top Sports Allegiance on: March 04, 2008, 06:27:47 PM

Quote from: Enough on March 04, 2008, 05:02:22 PM

The Denver Broncos have to be number one, but I'm a homer for all Colorado teams.

Cool, want to go to a Rapids game this year then?
2555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Dyatlov Pass Incident on: March 03, 2008, 06:30:13 PM
No one was found at the campsite. There are pictures of the tents online, there weren't buried. The uninjured ones were found easily, they had made a fire and died on their way back to camp of hypothermia. They think they may have been blind since they used fresh branches to make a fire while there was dry wood all over the place they could have used. But if it was dark, they wouldn't have seen the wood anyway.

The injured ones were buried in a river bed I believe it was.

Avalanche sounds good, except for the items that were at the camp site that didn't belong to the hikers (don't know what those items are), the radiation, the missing tongue, and that they family said all their hair was gray and they were tanned. Of course the story could be greatly exaggerated too, but why did the government keep everything a big secret for years as if there was nothing to hide.

Interestingly the Wikipedia article is locked (UFO wackos trying to make changes?) and marked for deletion. Seems there must be more to the story here.
2556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Top Sports Allegiance on: March 03, 2008, 12:51:54 AM
Easy...Arsenal.
2557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OMG. MS Repair royally screwed this kid on: March 01, 2008, 10:29:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 01, 2008, 09:59:17 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 01, 2008, 09:21:16 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 01, 2008, 06:21:53 PM

Obviously, this kid cares.  Really how often do you get to meet the people who helped make the entertainment that you enjoy?  This kid got the chance to, and the signatures were a physical reminder of those experiences.  Something that has sentimental value is pretty much defined as an object that is of little to no value to the world at large, but of immense personal value to the owner.  According to the story, the signatures were very valuable to the owner, and to dismiss their loss as "it was just a bunch of signatures from programmers and game designers and a lame sketch" is pretty heartless.

Also, there were signatures on both halves of the console shell.  The picture is just the more interesting of the two halves.

And you notice it never says that all the sigs were gone? Also the faceplate, that clearly had sigs too, is not in the "after" picture. Did he remove it for the picture because it still had sigs on it?

And I understand the kid cares. I don't understand why it was news worthy and the reaction here.

Yeah, I don't understand the reaction here, either.  Of course, I was talking about your posts...

Good that means I am not as nerdy as you guys. biggrin
2558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OMG. MS Repair royally screwed this kid on: March 01, 2008, 09:21:16 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 01, 2008, 06:21:53 PM

Obviously, this kid cares.  Really how often do you get to meet the people who helped make the entertainment that you enjoy?  This kid got the chance to, and the signatures were a physical reminder of those experiences.  Something that has sentimental value is pretty much defined as an object that is of little to no value to the world at large, but of immense personal value to the owner.  According to the story, the signatures were very valuable to the owner, and to dismiss their loss as "it was just a bunch of signatures from programmers and game designers and a lame sketch" is pretty heartless.

Also, there were signatures on both halves of the console shell.  The picture is just the more interesting of the two halves.

And you notice it never says that all the sigs were gone? Also the faceplate, that clearly had sigs too, is not in the "after" picture. Did he remove it for the picture because it still had sigs on it?

And I understand the kid cares. I don't understand why it was news worthy and the reaction here.
2559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OMG. MS Repair royally screwed this kid on: March 01, 2008, 05:06:13 PM
The picture shows the drawing is on the side of the case with feet on it. Just looked at my 360 and the other side of the case is what has the serial number on it.

The picture was pretty lame anyway, and signatures from some programmers and game designers? Nothing special. I can't get worked up about this. It was silly of MS to do whatever they did, but in the end, who cares?
2560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OMG. MS Repair royally screwed this kid on: March 01, 2008, 08:35:51 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 01, 2008, 06:21:09 AM

Isn't it more likely that when the consoles are getting repaired the outer shells are seperated from the main board, and when it was finished and put back together it was replaced with another outer case from the pile as they made sure to send the same console serial number back to him? 

And do you really think that the person working the thankless job in the repair center is really going to take the time to read a 6-paragraph letter packed in with a console? 

That was my first thought. But I love the conspiracy theories of this thread.
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