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2521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marathon Training- Total Mileage to Date: 25.88 Miles on: May 16, 2008, 11:15:13 PM

Quote from: Austin on May 16, 2008, 10:07:46 PM

1.67 miles at a whopping 9:32 pace. Tongue

You say that as if isn't really good.
2522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just bought a Wii and on: May 16, 2008, 05:41:21 PM
I really enjoyed Endless Oceans. Not really a game, its an scuba diving simulator (in the loosest sense) but it's very relaxing and entertaining. There is a thread around here somewhere with a bunch of impressions.
2523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 15, 2008, 05:29:31 AM

Quote from: Canuck on May 15, 2008, 05:14:56 AM

Did the Pens wrap there series up or is it still going on?

3-0 still. But it's inevitable, they are a much better team than Philly.
2524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spam! on: May 15, 2008, 05:28:03 AM
I don't even notice it anymore so I couldn't even tell you if there was an increase. I am always surprised by the people who actually read it and then feel it was interesting enough to repost it on a forum.
2525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 15, 2008, 05:23:06 AM
I am really not sure what your point is Canuck. Every game ever made probably gets a week or two of play in most households. There are only couple of games I go back to after more than a month myself. Wii Sports was supposed to be a gimmick, but I got a good 2 months of play out of that game. Fit is supposed to be another gimmick, but if it's anything like Sports (and some reviews say its better) than I am looking forward to it. I am sure a lot of people will drop it after a week or two, but is that really unusual? People more health conscience will probably get more use out of it I am sure.
2526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 15, 2008, 05:11:49 AM
I wish Dallas would have lost tonight. I just want this series to be over so we can get on to the Pens and Wings.

At least tonight's game was entertaining. And yeah that was a goal.
2527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 15, 2008, 05:08:50 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 15, 2008, 02:48:51 AM

I know there's an R&P forum here, but it doesn't seem to be as active as OO's, and is *much* less contentious. I need my R&P forums a little less civilized, thanks.  icon_biggrin

They are completely different now that Unbreakable is gone. They went from unreadable, to pretty boring.

I have to say I am a Brendan fan boy though, he usually says what I would want to say if I was capable of english.
2528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 15, 2008, 01:23:49 AM

Quote from: Canuck on May 14, 2008, 09:55:36 PM

I've played it myself.  I'll let you buy it whenever it comes out in America and you can try to prove me wrong as well.

Not everyone has false expectations of what it is and what the point of the thing is. GT also won't be a good indication of how successful it is since this is a gaming site, and this isn't a game really. People expecting a game, or to get fit from the thing, need to do some reading before purchase. All the reviews make both points pretty clear (although I have read it does help you with fitness).
2529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: there a point? on: May 15, 2008, 01:11:55 AM

Quote from: Calvin on May 15, 2008, 12:39:42 AM

OP are you new? Because goddamn your attitude sucks.

So what is your excuse? slywink
2530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interesting EA Sales Figures - PS3 titles outsell 360 in FY Q4 (PS2 still be on: May 14, 2008, 03:16:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 14, 2008, 02:56:56 PM

what came out in Q2 FY08?  the 360 crushed everything else then but I can't recall what big EA release there would have been July through September that looks like it might have been a 360 exlusive.

The PS3 is big in Europe, so maybe EA released one of the big soccer games?
2531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: May 14, 2008, 02:07:25 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on May 13, 2008, 02:50:50 AM

This little fucker is addictive. Maddening but addictive.

Yes it is. Made it the farthest yet last night. The 2nd level of the mine, then something one shot killed me at level 10. I didn't even see it coming, I stepped over an NPC in a dark hallway, and the mob hit me before I even realized what was happening.

Couple of questions (sorry if these have been answered, I have read bits and pieces of the thread). An early NPC asks about getting Mamel meat (at least some kind of meat) and then gives me an item to help me get it. Is that NPC always on the same level, is it worth back tracking when I finally do get the meat in question.

I had a jar that changed items into something else. It had 5 uses. I have to fill it up with 5 items before throwing it against a wall to get the items back out? Or can I just throw it one item at a time?

Cursed jar, how do I get rid of it?
2532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WORST.AD.EVER on: May 14, 2008, 03:17:43 AM
Is that Cristiano Ronaldo?

Also remember nudity isn't really a big deal in Europe.
2533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 13, 2008, 03:21:38 AM
Jesus, the Wing/Stars series is almost as one side and boring as the Avs series. Hopefully the Pens can at least put up a fight.
2534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiWare Impressions on: May 12, 2008, 09:52:19 PM
If you can't put games on the SD card, can you use saved games/channels off it? Could free up some room that way if so.
2535  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Creationists visit the natural history museum on: May 12, 2008, 01:21:21 AM
101 "Scientists" who believe in creationism. Thanks to Pharynula.
2536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP trivia games? on: May 11, 2008, 11:21:36 PM
Your wife has a PSP now too?

Daehawk, is there a game you don't want for the PSP?
2537  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Main page on: May 11, 2008, 12:55:24 PM
Dork. smile
2538  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Main page on: May 10, 2008, 09:23:07 PM
Just thought I would give some feedback on the main page. I know the redesign is coming sooner or later, but I figure the site probably wants front page traffic, and here is the reason I stopped going there, at least daily.

I had the front page bookmarked, so every time I come to the forum (a few times a day), I would go through the front page instead of just linking to the forums themselves. Mainly so I could look over the news section first, and secondly so I can see if there is a new review that interests me to read. I almost never look at screenshots, so I tend to skip that section.

The artwork is always well done, but some of it just really annoying. Like a couple of weeks ago the eyeball thing, and now that guy trying to look way too seriously staring at me. All sites have game art that is occasionally annoying, but it's usually gone in a day or 2, but on GT you will be looking at it for about 2 weeks. Today I finally got sick of it, and changed my bookmark right to the forum.

I am sure a lot of people disagree with me, and I am probably being a bit extreme, but I thought I would let you know why I will be going to the front page a lot less than I did before.
2539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Steak-Ums on: May 10, 2008, 08:38:02 PM

Quote from: jpinard on May 10, 2008, 07:48:23 PM

I LOVE Steak-ummms.  The frustarting thing is there's just not enough meat in those packages.

So buy a flank steak and do it yourself. Or just go to Arbys, even that is probably better than Steak-ums or any frozen meat product sandwich.
2540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Crap (Woot) on: May 10, 2008, 08:35:07 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 10, 2008, 06:20:28 PM

...and 3 bags for $3 plus $5 shipping is a great thing smile

I guess it is if you collect junk. More power to you guys, but it hardly sounds like something to be excited about.
2541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marathon Training Has Begun - Total Mileage to Date: 14.08 Miles on: May 10, 2008, 05:06:01 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on May 10, 2008, 03:29:22 PM

Did a 50km bike ride this morning.  Finally getting my bike legs.. I thought my legs would have been worse after yesterdays run.

My sister wants me to do the Seattle-Portland ride with her in July, but it's snowing today. I wish I could get in 50km today, I don't think I will have bike legs by then. frown (I have a trainer, but no urge to use it.)
2542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 10, 2008, 04:48:56 PM

Quote from: Gedd on May 10, 2008, 04:36:12 PM

Quote from: Crux on May 10, 2008, 04:03:51 PM

So is anyone even trying to get OO back up at this point? Just curious...

Unequivocally, yes.

Good to hear, thanks Gedd, Rip, and whoever else is working to bring it back.
2543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Crap (Woot) on: May 10, 2008, 04:41:55 PM
Who knows? The thread I read about what people got it sounded like you can expect complete crap.  Bluetooth headset, a bright red backpack, stuff you wouldn't pay $6 for. I suppose people must occasionally get something good since when BoC come up they crash Woot they get so excited.

I am looking forward to hearing what you guys get.
2544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Panda movie trailer on: May 10, 2008, 04:36:37 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on May 10, 2008, 04:26:08 PM

It looks like it will set ethnic stereotypes back 70 years.

How exactly does a cartoon of animals speaking in american accents doing kung-fu set back stereotypes?
2545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 10, 2008, 03:55:47 PM

Quote from: Misguided on May 10, 2008, 03:44:03 PM

Are you guys talking about the ones at the end of that one section of explore mode?
Those were tough to get through.

Yep, where the blocks go by on belts or are shot up into the air and you have to shoot so many points worth to advance. Those were the first levels I played where I just took a bronze and had no urge to try again.

I loved the level where you have a huge stack of point bricks mixed up with penalty bricks going up into a little chimney. You very slowly have to chip away at it trying to get the point bricks out without letting too many penalty bricks fall. That level was very satisfying to finish.
2546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Steak-Ums on: May 10, 2008, 12:23:12 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 10, 2008, 06:45:03 AM

Do they come in microwavable sandwiches or just those meat clumps you have to pan fry? Ive always wanted some but could neve rever remember to buy some. Today I remembered but all I could find was stuff you pan heated and had to use your own bread. Is that the way they come?

You have always wanted one but you didn't even know what they were? Just the idea of a frozen product with the word steak in it's name got you excited?
2547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crosswords DS impressions on: May 10, 2008, 10:28:05 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 09, 2008, 09:39:57 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 09, 2008, 09:36:48 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 09, 2008, 04:57:36 PM

The crosswords are ok save for 1 thing: the _ _ _ king stupid piece of _ _ it clues that exclude part of the word as if that's a real crossword clue.

I don't think I have seen one of these kind of clues in medium difficulty.

I have.

They almost make me hulk out every time.

Yep, you're right, guess I had just gotten used to them.

Scoring is kind of silly. I was actually stuck in a medium puzzle, and wanted to try out the help system. Got 3 minutes added, and I still got an A, just didn't get the + because I used help. Not that scoring matters much, but they could have put a little more effort into the game as a whole. Between weak scoring, some really bad clues, the sometimes absurd writing recognition, and a lack of a penciling in something lightly option, it could be a better game. Still a nice little game, just could have been better with a bit more effort.
2548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 10, 2008, 10:24:26 AM
Very fun little game. Only drawback so far has been the 2 laser levels. They don't really fit in, aren't very fun, and the controls suck because there is a slight pause after each firing of the laser.
2549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CONGRATULATIONS ROCKSTAR!!!! GTA:IV 500MLN. on: May 10, 2008, 07:26:25 AM

Quote from: Purge on May 10, 2008, 03:11:57 AM

Perhaps we should be celebrating WiiSports success instead.

Once people started to see commercials for the Wii on TV and it got out that I had one, I got tons of shit from my supervision at work. Has it effected me at work? Probably not, but I have very much gotten the idea that I am thought of as immature because of my gaming. For me a bigger problem has been the good ole boys network. I don't have anything to say about hunting, or 4-wheelers, so I haven't been able to bond with the bosses, because I was talking to the younger guys about gaming when other management was off talking about the deer they bagged.

Gaming isn't thought of as an adult hobby and it can definitely effect the way your co-workers see you.
2550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's in a headline? on: May 09, 2008, 09:42:24 PM

Quote from: Graham on May 09, 2008, 06:23:06 PM

Those crazy Brits.

Crazy Brits or is it ignorant Americans? slywink
2551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crosswords DS impressions on: May 09, 2008, 09:36:48 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 09, 2008, 04:57:36 PM

The crosswords are ok save for 1 thing: the _ _ _ king stupid piece of _ _ it clues that exclude part of the word as if that's a real crossword clue.

I don't think I have seen one of these kind of clues in medium difficulty.
2552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crosswords DS impressions on: May 09, 2008, 04:43:43 AM
I messed up there, there are 50 4x4s on easy.

For people who don't have it, each difficulty level (there are 4) has pages of puzzles. Easy has 10 pages of puzzles, Medium has 15 pages and I don't have the harder levels unlocked yet. Each page is the same though. 5 4x4s, 5 7x7s, Etc. So you finish a page, and then start all over with 4x4s on the next page. The smaller puzzles really do seem like a waste of time, especially after you just finnished some bigger puzzles so I am hoping the next higher difficultly levels skip the small stuff.
2553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crosswords DS impressions on: May 09, 2008, 01:33:34 AM
I didn't play the NY times one, so I can't compare, but this one is decent. 1000 puzzles, 300 word searches, and anagrams (not sure how many).

Crossword puzzles start off with 4x4 grids and gradually get bigger. 4x4s are boring and there are too many of them (75 of them on easy, 75 more on medium, but I haven't unlocked higher difficulty levels yet). When you finish a page of crosswords (20 puzzles) you unlock a larger themed puzzle for the page.  You also unlock more pages of puzzles as you do them. For instance you start off being able to do the first 5 pages of easy puzzles, but soon unlock 3 more pages. I did about 21 puzzles and clues do repeat a bit, but it's not too annoying so far.

Input is decent but not great. Sometimes you really wonder what the game was thinking. For instance when writing an S but you accidently put a dot on the screen as you wrote the S, it will recognize it as an i. If you write big and apply constant light pressure with the stylus it usually isn't a problem. Also it could be a bit faster to advance to the next letter as you are entering a word.

On easy it displays wrong letters in red, but you can turn this off in medium which makes it more fun. I do wish there was an option to lightly write something in until you are sure., I think this is the biggest drawback for me.

It grades you for each puzzle but I have yet to get less than A even on a puzzle I was stuck on. There are hints that add to your time, but I have yet to use one. The book says you earn diplomas and these are effected by the more help you use.

Word-searches come in 2 sizes, small and large. Small are great, but large is just too annoying having to scroll the screen to see the whole table.

Anagrams come in small (up to 4 letter words), medium (5), or large (6). You can shuffle your letters into a circle or lines and reshuffle them to get a fresh look with a tap of a button. It also doesn't clear the letters after you make a word so it's easy to substitute letters repeatedly without having to start from scratch. The anagram interface is very well done.

Overall I like it, I think it will be an excellent time waster when traveling or for short sprints.
2554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is There Hope for Metallica? on: May 08, 2008, 08:12:12 PM
Did they start drinking heavily again to? That may help.
2555  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Creationists visit the natural history museum on: May 07, 2008, 11:06:15 PM

Quote from: Gwar21 on May 07, 2008, 10:42:25 PM

There are plenty of YEC websites out there where you could get more "scientific" explanations of their beliefs.

Did you really just say that? There is nothing "scientific" about their beliefs whatsoever. Even what little know they do know about science they try to use as argument is destroyed by real scientists. It's quite amusing when PZ Myers actually prints some of their emails and then tears them apart.

That route would also avoid giving the impression that you're treating one of your fellow forum members as a freakish curiosity for the sake of your amusement.

You mean kind of how like Christians treat atheists in real life?
2556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Channel released: trailers, release date lists, rate games, DS demo on: May 07, 2008, 11:00:48 PM
Just tried it out, you don't need WEP to transfer demos it turns out. Works good.
2557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teacher fired for Wizardry. I can't make this up. on: May 07, 2008, 08:30:24 PM
Oh those crazy Christians.
2558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Channel released: trailers, release date lists, rate games, DS demo on: May 07, 2008, 08:18:57 PM
DS demos would be nice, if they would just do a firmware update to allow it to accept something better than WEP.
2559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 07, 2008, 12:48:08 PM

Quote from: Hipolito on May 07, 2008, 01:37:49 AM

Maybe they've already relocated the OO community to another website and didn't tell us....

They did to Popehat.
2560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bill Harris (Dubious Quality) & Rockband: Time for an Intervention? on: May 07, 2008, 03:44:51 AM

Quote from: naednek on May 07, 2008, 02:33:32 AM

yeah, but you're strange Tongue

I know, I know. As I get older I appreciate games that are easier to get into without lots of button combos to remember. The Wii fits this perfectly.
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