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6601  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Long] Simba almost died today. on: February 24, 2007, 11:12:10 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 24, 2007, 11:03:46 PM

Wow, glad he's OK Pete.  Can't imagine how scary that would be.

On a side note, Vader likes it when you post Simba stories.  Somehow he always ends up scoring an extra treat when I'm done reading.

Imagine his excitement if he learns that from said stories you also get new treat ideas.  Such as
Frosty Paws puppy ice cream or Happy Tail Ale. slywink

Thanks for the well wishes, everyone.  It's been a long day. 
6602  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Long] Simba almost died today. on: February 24, 2007, 10:15:40 PM
Because I am having such a hard time with this, I thought that perhaps telling the story would at least somewhat alleviate the emotional strain I'm dealing with this afternoon.  And because I begin to break up whenever trying to explain the story verbally, it may be a little easier to speak through text.  You don't really know how emotionally attached you've become to a pet until you've almost lost them. 

Almost every Saturday my wife and I take our dog Simba to a local dog park to swim, run, play, and practice long-jumping from the park dock:



My wife's parents are currently visiting with us, and they wanted to join us this morning to see Simba in action, as they've only seen pictures of his aquatic adventures.  My father-in-law grabbed his camera, my mother-in-law made sure she had her designer sunglasses to shield her eyes from the sun, and we all made our way east to our favorite area park, Cosmo Dog Park.  Upon arriving Simba almost dug up the sidewalk as he anxiously made his way to the "puppy pond" as we've come to call it.  Once inside, he practically skimmed across the water like a smooth stone as he hit the water's edge running full speed.  When I was finally able to catch up he was already sitting beneath the small tree near the park's dock, anxious for me to give the "go-go-go" command to dive from the dock after his favorite toy.  And so our Saturday began like so many before, with Simba jumping from the dock time and time again after his toy, never tiring of what seems to be one of his favorite activities. 

Soon another labrador made his way to the dock, and he seemed to be equally enthralled with Simba's toy as Simba himself.  This labrador (whose name I still do not know) was a rescue dog and was a little bigger and more rambunctious than Simba, but the two seemed to get along right from the start.  And, he too loved to jump from the dock after toys tossed into the water, as was made evident by his following at Simba's heels and jumping into the water shortly after him to pursue the same toy time and time again.  Regardless of who reached the toy first, they both would grab the toy together and swim back side by side.  Because they were having so much fun together, I didn't really mind that Simba's training and practice was being interrupted, and as time went on I began having them both sit together under the tree and started to train the rescue lab to follow commands like Simba, having them sit under the tree and await the "go-go-go" command before leaping from the dock.  And so each time they'd retreive the toy, I'd walk them up to the tree, have them both sit together, and then I'd toss the toy into the water and yell "go-go-go" and they both would run side-by-side and jump almost as a team to work together to save the floating toy.  It was quite entertaining and the two dogs were having a wonderful time.

During what would be the final toss of the day, both Simba and his new friend jumped from the dock as they had 50 times before, only this time the two became entangled in the water and only one dog came up for air.  The rescue lab.  And Simba was nowhere to be found.  The rescue lab made his way to shore, but after close to 10 seconds, still no sign of Simba.  I frantically ran into the water toward the spot where I last saw Simba, and he finally poked his head above the surface.  I screamed "good boy" and coaxed him to shore, relieved when he started swimming toward me.  Only something was wrong.  Normally his mouth would be wide open, and he'd be snorting and breathing during his return.  But this time his mouth wasn't open and he wasn't breathing.  And as he made his way to shore I saw water squirting from his nose during each exhalation, but he wasn't breathing any air in.  I waded out into chest-deep water and helped to guide him to shore, tears already streaming down my face.  I kept yelling, "Come on boy!  You can do it!  Almost there!" between sobs as I helped him to shore.  When we reached solid ground he still wasn't breathing and he collapsed to the ground, unable to stand on his own.  I helped him up and he again collapsed, still unable to breathe, completely unable to support any weight.  At this point I was begging him to recover, telling him "you can't do this to me!  Come on baby, you're okay, just breathe, breathe goddamnit!  BREATHE!"

All I could think to do was to lift up on his abdomen and force him to cough or exhale.  I wrapped my hands around his abdomen and lifted up, more or less a modified heimlich maneuver for dogs, and he kept collapsing and was still not breathing.  I could only beg and plead while I again and again trust up on his abdomen.    He then finally coughed up more water than I had ever seen come out at one time and again collapsed on the ground, completely unable to support his own weight.  I was near hysterics, witnessing the potential death of my closest and most loyal friend.  He then staggered to his feet and stumbled around for a bit before regaining some balance.  I was kneeling on the ground, begging for him to be okay, and he quickly came over to me and pressed his nose to mine, stared directly into my eyes with his tail slowly wagging, as if to say, "Damn, Dad, am I glad to see you.  What a scare we had there."  But he was obviously shaken and still a little wobbly, so I immediately walked with him to the car and sped to the nearest pet emergency clinic, which conveniently was just a short drive away. 

I was shocked at the sudden outpour of emotion as I tried desparately to maintain some level of composure.  But it was no use.  My wife sat next to me in the passenger seat and insisted that everything would be okay, because it just "had to be," but I couldn't hold in the tears.  I just needed to get to the emergency clinic to make sure he would be okay.  I'm not a very emotional person, and my wife is not accustomed to seeing me get very emotional, but today I lost most of my composure and control.  When we finally arrived at the emergency clinic I was barely able to explain the story, completely unnerved by watching my dog almost drown, and they immediately took him back to the doctor to make sure he was stable.  At this point I lost what little composure I had left.  I sobbed in the waiting room.  Sobbed.  I just needed to know he would be okay.  And it was at this moment that I met some very compassionate people.  Everyone in the waiting room came over and placed their hand on my shoulder, assuring me that Simba would be okay.

When they returned a few minutes later they said he was stable and that the doctor would be able to do a more thorough examination soon.  Simba sat down in front of me and laid his head in my lap, looking up at me as if to say, "Don't worry, I'll be okay.  Just a bit shaken up, that's all."  He just sat there with his head in my lap, looking up at me, and I down at him, and we waited for the doctor, never moving from that position.  I assured him that if we made it through this okay, he'd get some of his favorite puppy ice cream when we got home. 

While we waited a familiar car pulled up outside the clinic.  Our close friends and their dog Sparkle, who has become Simba's closest friend (some say they're boyfriend and girlfriend) arrived for moral support.  They had spoken with my wife and were concerned for Simba, so they rushed over as soon as they got the news.  It is amazing how many friends Simba has made over the past year, and I was very touched by their selflessness and their desire to be there with us to make sure Simba was okay.  Sparkle was also more subdued than usual, and instead of wrestling with Simba and jumping around like they usually do, she laid down by his side and rested her head on his hip. 

Soon the doctor called us back into an examination room, and I again had to explain what happened at the park.  At first I did okay, but once I started to explain how Simba collapsed and how he wasn't breathing, both I and the doctor got a little emotional as she listened to his lungs and heartbeat.  She determined that there was no water in his lungs and his heartbeat was as strong as ever.  He managed to cough up all of the water he had inhaled and other than being a little shaken up, he would fully recover and should have no problems at all.  Her diagnosis?  That Simba was incredibly lucky, but he would be perfectly fine.  Odds are that he'll sleep for most of the day after his brush with the black lab with the sickle, but with a little ice cream and a good nap, he'd be good as new.

During our drive home Simba slept in the back seat, and I slowly began to calm down and regain my composure.  And, after arriving home, I quickly learned that Simba was as sharp as ever and even after the trauma he had experienced, he wasn't going to let me slide on the promise of puppy ice cream.  He walked right over to the fridge and sat down, waiting for his promised treat.  After he was satisfied that he had completely cleaned the ice cream cup of all of its frozen goodness, he gave me a quick sticky kiss, laid down at my feet, and went to sleep. 

So whatever you do to celebrate good fortune or give thanks that something has turned out okay, whether it be raising a glass of your favorite frosty beverage, or enjoying a cup of puppy ice cream, please do so to celebrate Simba's recovery.  I'll be enjoying a reasonable number of frosty beverages to aid in my own recovery.

He is currently napping below my legs as my feet rest on our ottoman, occasionally waking up to make sure I'm still here.

I'm still here, big guy.  And I always will be.     



Thanks for listening. 
6603  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Daylight Savings Time on: February 24, 2007, 05:07:55 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 24, 2007, 01:26:13 AM

Quote from: Calvin on February 23, 2007, 10:19:29 PM

Yes.
Responding to the topic with tangential questions/comments is infinitely less of a derail then ATB's 'PWNED' pictures good sir smile

don't worry, he got his.  He just doesn't know it yet  icon_twisted

 icon_confused
6604  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Daylight Savings Time on: February 23, 2007, 09:56:49 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 23, 2007, 09:51:33 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 23, 2007, 09:36:14 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 23, 2007, 09:32:15 PM

You two need to get alife outside of professional thread derailment you losers!!

Dude.  I only typed three words.  Do you know how hard that was for me?  That has to count for something.  I almost only posted the picture, but I just couldn't seem to let my post go with at least some words.

Perhaps if you talked about something more interesting, ATB and I wouldn't have to take it upon ourselves to create interest where none exists.   icon_cool

I didn't even start the thread silly!! smile

Your contributions to the initial discussion:

Quote from: Calvin on February 23, 2007, 05:36:32 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 23, 2007, 05:22:23 PM

Personally, I wish it was *longer*.  I'm one of those strange people who likes it when it gets dark earlier.

Wow wow wow, thats just plain wierd.

...and...

Quote from: Calvin on February 23, 2007, 07:24:23 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 23, 2007, 05:44:10 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 23, 2007, 05:36:32 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 23, 2007, 05:22:23 PM

Personally, I wish it was *longer*.  I'm one of those strange people who likes it when it gets dark earlier.

Wow wow wow, thats just plain wierd.

Hey, I've spent copious amounts of time underwater on a submarine- sunlight obviously just ain't that important to me icon_wink

This is a good point. Wierd boomers.

You didn't stay on topic either, silly.  And I'm the thread derailer.   
6605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Daylight Savings Time on: February 23, 2007, 09:36:14 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 23, 2007, 09:32:15 PM

You two need to get alife outside of professional thread derailment you losers!!

Dude.  I only typed three words.  Do you know how hard that was for me?  That has to count for something.  I almost only posted the picture, but I just couldn't seem to let my post go with at least some words.

Perhaps if you talked about something more interesting, ATB and I wouldn't have to take it upon ourselves to create interest where none exists.   icon_cool
6606  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: February 23, 2007, 09:03:48 PM


An amazing read, especially if you are a dog owner or dog lover.  Well written, fun to read, very entertaining, and also heart-wrenching at the same time.  One of my favorite books in a long time.

But you probably all saw that coming a mile away.
6607  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Daylight Savings Time on: February 23, 2007, 08:39:59 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 23, 2007, 08:28:25 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 23, 2007, 07:54:53 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 23, 2007, 07:38:12 PM


Point of clarification- I was only on Fast-Attack submarines.  Boomers specifically refer to Ballstic Missile Submarines (ie AKA Chicken of the Sea).  Tongue
Removed retarded image.


Not even sir, not even.

There.  That's better.

6608  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!! EDIT: NEW TRAILER OUT!!! on: February 23, 2007, 05:21:29 PM
So far so good.   icon_biggrin
6609  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Daylight Savings Time on: February 23, 2007, 04:13:44 PM

Quote from: Zimix on February 23, 2007, 03:43:17 PM

Anyone else having as much fun as me updating hundreds of desktops, laptops, servers, applications, etc for the Daylight Savings Time changes?

My biggest issue is Microsoft trying to charge $4,000 for the Windows 2000 hotfix.  Microsoft stated that they generally charge $40,000 per hotfix for software that is no longer supported, but lowered it to $4,000 since this is such a big issue.  I ended up writing my own hot fix to import the changes.  Maybe my boss will give me the $4,000 that I saved him as a bonus.. smile



I live in Arizona.  We have no such thing as Daylight Savings Time.   icon_smile 
6610  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas (360)? on: February 23, 2007, 04:11:09 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 23, 2007, 04:00:50 PM

How guys have no idea how much I would love to play some R6V with you. Nobody ever invites me though and I have never played against anyone from here. If you guys see me on, please, shoot me an invite and lets play.

Myself as well.  The Gears of War sessions have been a blast, and I would think a round of R6: Vegas would be just as enjoyable.  However, it all depends on if I find myself online.  But I will try.  Oh, I will try.
6611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 23/Feb/07 on: February 23, 2007, 04:08:47 PM
If this week will be any indication, I'll probably be lucky if I can power up my 360 to check messages and just see who's online, wishing that I too could be playing a game instead of entertaining in-laws.  Yesterday the in-laws and grand-in-laws were in Scottsdale for the Arabian Horse Show.  They weren't supposed to get home until late in the evening, giving me a much needed night of gaming, drinking, and most importantly, peace and quiet.  My wife and I were going to stop by the grocery store, pick up a few bottles of wine, I'd make my world-famous spaghetti, we'd have a nice dinner, and then she planned to sit and read her book while Simba rested next to her and I'd finally settle in for some gaming. 

On our way home from work my wife gets a call that the grand-in-laws are tired, the mother-in-law is cranky, and they're all heading home now for dinner.   icon_eek  My wife looked at me with a look of utter defeat, knowing how much I needed this night and feeling badly about how quickly it was snatched from my grasp.  But, she said that we could run through the grocery as fast as possible, get enough supplies to make spaghetti for six instead of two, grab a few extra bottles of wine, and then rush home so that I could get at least a few minutes of gaming in before they arrived home.  Some gaming to help me relax is better than none at all.  Off to the grocery!

We hauled ass through traffic, arriving at the grocery in record time.  She immediately ran toward the pasta aisle while I turned right and sprinted toward the wine and bread section.  We met back at the register in less than two minutes, and the cashier recognized the look of utter desperation on our faces and rang us out faster than ever before, knowing all to well that it was a race to get home before the family.  Just minutes after arriving at the check-out line we were already in the car speeding home.  My wife opened the first bottle of wine and unpacked the groceries while I dewatered and depooped Simba.  When I arrived back inside my wife already had a glass waiting for me and the 360 loading up NFS: Most Wanted (as if I hadn't already gotten my fill of wreckless driving on our way home from work).  She sat down to play with Simba so that I could finally sit down to play a game before the army of misery arrived home.

"Press Start to Play."  I pressed start.  "Loading Game."  I started wringing my hands in anticipation.  "Resume Career."  Perfect.  I would get in some high-speed police chases, perhaps a race or two, all while enjoying a wonderful glass of Cabernet.  The windows were open, a nice spring breeze gently passed through our living room carrying the scent of blooming flowers, and there was no complaining, no drama, no grand-in-law jumping back in horror anytime Simba walked by as if at any moment he could bite off a finger, no spilled coffee, no crumbs on the counter, just a nice evening at home with my wife and puppy.  I haven't known peace like this since her family first arrived in town.  "Milestones."  Excellent.  Time to start a police pursuit.  AND AWAY WE GO!  Wait.  What was that?  Was that a car door?  icon_eek  It couldn't have been.  They should be stuck in rush hour traffic on the 101.  I should have at least 30 to 40 minutes of gaming before they'd arrive home.  They couldn't possibly be home already.  It really must have been a neighbor.  It had to have been.  But why is Simba wagging frantically, watching the door as if guests were about to arrive.  Oh no

Just as I was about to tag my first police vehicle, the front door opened and my wife's family had arrived home, as if the bickering from the street wasn't an obvious indication.  My taste of peace had been brief, but oh how sweet it was.  I spent the rest of the evening preparing dinner, serving the family, cleaning up the dishes, and cleaning up the mess left in our dining room from what looked to have been a pack of wild dogs mauling a poor creature made of spaghetti.  Sunday has never been so close but felt so far away.

I love my wife's family.  But a man can only take so much.  My weekend playlist?  If only I could be so fortunate.   icon_cry 
6612  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GT Friday Night...GoW or Battlestations:Midway? on: February 22, 2007, 11:26:26 PM

Quote from: juniordan on February 22, 2007, 11:17:57 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 22, 2007, 05:58:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 22, 2007, 05:51:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 22, 2007, 03:55:36 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 22, 2007, 12:37:10 PM

I actually might opt out altogether this week. I need my sleep.  icon_frown

and you call Calvin a pansy?  Tongue

BUCK UP MAGGOT AND PUT BOTH HANDS ON THAT CONTROLLER!!!  YOU CAN SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE DEAD!  ONLY PANSY ASS NANCY BOYS WHO STILL NEED THEIR MOMMY TO TUCK THEM IN SLEEP ON THE WEEKENDS!!! NOW SUCK IT UP AND SHOW ME YOUR KILLING FACE SONNY JIM!!!!!! drillsergeant

Uh. It's called marathon training. Will you be joining me in late october for the marine corps marathon? You can wear your fairy costume.

Cool.  I'm working on getting back into cycling shape because a new member of our office is an avid cyclist, giving me someone of similar skill to ride with, and there are a number of century and metric century rides this coming spring/summer along with some massive climbs we'd like to do.  Plus, there are a number of routes I've wanted to ride, but it just wouldn't be the same solo.  This weekend I'm having some damage from the move to our new house repaired (a problematic derailleur, inconsistent computer, untrue rear wheel), and then my new friend and I are going to start training for some big rides coming up this spring and summer.  There are a few climbs we'd like to do, like through the Superstition Mountains and around the Saguarro National Park in Tucson, but until we get back into shape we're going to have to save those for later (climbing a few thousand feet on a 15 to 20% grade is no small challenge - neither is surviving the descent).

I taught this was about playing MP friday night? Since working out is on everybodys mind I'll take it that we will be playing DDR this Friday? Roll Eyes

Actually we were leaning toward Yourself: Fitness.
6613  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas (360)? on: February 22, 2007, 10:53:16 PM

Quote from: Kratz on February 22, 2007, 10:49:39 PM

It'd be great to get a crowd together at some point in the next few days...

Saturday or Sunday during the day, perhaps?

Actually, even though my in-laws are in town, they should be busy with the Arabian horse show in Scottsdale on Saturday that I might find myself with some "me" time while they're finally out of the house.  I'll keep an eye out for people playing online.  I haven't played much, so this would be a good opportunity for me to get back into the game.  I'd be up for versus, but co-op is always an option as well.  But I can't make any guarantees, so the best I can do is just keep an eye out and hope to find some people online whenever my in-laws head out for the day.
6614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop Thread on: February 22, 2007, 10:39:28 PM

Quote from: Brendan on February 22, 2007, 10:32:11 PM

Yeah, and I always forget to bring a towel for the dogs.  That results in mud/stink on a level I couldn't have imagined tolerating prior to being a dog owner.

Odd.  It might be that we give Simba a bath pretty regularly, but he doesn't really smell much after an afternoon at the "puppy pool."  We usually go every Saturday, and then he gets a bath immediately following our park visit.  He spends more time smelling like puppy conditioner than anything else.  Plus the water at the park is filtered fairly well and kept moving to keep it from getting stagnant or gross.  It was built specifically for dogs to swim in, and it was designed to make sure it doesn't get funky.  The mud, however, can't be helped, so we always remember towels for the park, and then clean towels for drying him off after our visit to the pet wash (a local car wash has a stall designed specifically for washing your pet, complete with shampoo, conditioner, treats, etc). 
6615  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop Thread on: February 22, 2007, 08:41:00 PM
6616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 game franchises that need to go away on: February 22, 2007, 06:48:32 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on February 21, 2007, 07:56:53 PM

And give me 'career mode' that focuses on ONE GUY, not the entire damn team.

If I'm the running back, I don't want to be calling plays, I don't want to be throwing the ball as the QB, I don't want to play defense.

And most importantly, if I'm a 3rd string RB, I don't want to be starting!

Um, that's what the career mode does in the most recent Madden offering.  Unless you're being sarcastic, in which case I feel the same way.  I loved the career mode in Madden '06 for the original Xbox, because even though I was focusing on one player, I was able to participate in the rest of the game as well.  The most recent career mode is boring as hell.  I haven't even been able to play beyond the preseason. 
6617  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GT Friday Night...GoW or Battlestations:Midway? on: February 22, 2007, 05:58:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 22, 2007, 05:51:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 22, 2007, 03:55:36 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 22, 2007, 12:37:10 PM

I actually might opt out altogether this week. I need my sleep.  icon_frown

and you call Calvin a pansy?  Tongue

BUCK UP MAGGOT AND PUT BOTH HANDS ON THAT CONTROLLER!!!  YOU CAN SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE DEAD!  ONLY PANSY ASS NANCY BOYS WHO STILL NEED THEIR MOMMY TO TUCK THEM IN SLEEP ON THE WEEKENDS!!! NOW SUCK IT UP AND SHOW ME YOUR KILLING FACE SONNY JIM!!!!!! drillsergeant

Uh. It's called marathon training. Will you be joining me in late october for the marine corps marathon? You can wear your fairy costume.

Cool.  I'm working on getting back into cycling shape because a new member of our office is an avid cyclist, giving me someone of similar skill to ride with, and there are a number of century and metric century rides this coming spring/summer along with some massive climbs we'd like to do.  Plus, there are a number of routes I've wanted to ride, but it just wouldn't be the same solo.  This weekend I'm having some damage from the move to our new house repaired (a problematic derailleur, inconsistent computer, untrue rear wheel), and then my new friend and I are going to start training for some big rides coming up this spring and summer.  There are a few climbs we'd like to do, like through the Superstition Mountains and around the Saguarro National Park in Tucson, but until we get back into shape we're going to have to save those for later (climbing a few thousand feet on a 15 to 20% grade is no small challenge - neither is surviving the descent).
6618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninja Gaiden Black Tips on: February 21, 2007, 04:07:29 PM
For me the game had a particular moment when it "clicked."  The first eight or nine times I faced that first boss I died progressively faster each timed I fought him.  After that ninth consecutive dose of humiliation, something just "clicked," and I all-of-a-sudden understood the concept of the game, i.e. play like a ninja.  The key is using your speed and agility rather than your weapons and strength.  When I'd fight that first boss head-on, he'd crush me in seconds.  But, once I started using agility and evasion to my advantage, he was no challenge at all.   ninja2

Use your speed and agility.  They are your most powerful weapons.  Running along a stairwell wall while slicing the heads off of nine consecutive enemies running up the stairs armed to the teeth with machine guns as if they were statues never seems to get old. 
6619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War Rockets to Number 4 All Time: Completed on: February 21, 2007, 03:46:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 19, 2007, 07:47:23 PM

I've been replaying this over the weekend, and I am amazed at how much my girlfriend likes spectating this game.  She's not drawn to many games, she likes Wii Sports and Warioware, she liked directing Inigo Prophecy since it was movielike, but I never expected her to be drawn into an action hack'em'up, especially one so bloody and violent.

She said she liked the look of Kratos, with the tatoos and everything.  She particularly liked the setting, with all of the mythical beasts and gods, and ancient temples.  Especially with the nice soundtrack, I guess a lot of the game reminded her of the Mummy movies she likes a lot.

FYI it's a lot more exhilarating fighting off a giant minotaur sent by Hades when you've got a beautiful girl jumping up and down on the couch yelling "get him get him don't die he's almost dead go go kill him!"

My wife is the same way.  She loves to watch while I play God of War, leaning forward and wringing her hands during tense moments, helping me through the puzzle portions of the game, and cheering when I take down a difficult foe.  She'll even wind up screaming, "F#&K!" before I do if I fall short in a tense battle.  Great times.  I really need to start playing again.  I'm just horribly hooked on Need for Speed: Most Wanted again.  But, I'm sure it won't be long before the rubber band AI frustrates me to the point of firing up my PS2. 
6620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GRAW:2 - The pulse of the usual suspects. on: February 16, 2007, 07:08:37 PM
I need to get back to work on finishing the first one.  I'm on the level where you have to rescue the president at the construction site, and I can't seem to keep from getting my ass blown off.  It would be so much more helpful if the president in GRAW was more like Harrison Ford.  Then I could at least hand him a gun, stand back, and wait for him to save my ass.

6621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GRAW:2 - The pulse of the usual suspects. on: February 16, 2007, 06:59:25 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 16, 2007, 06:53:01 PM

....release date?

Looks to be March 6.
6622  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GRAW:2 - The pulse of the usual suspects. on: February 16, 2007, 05:40:54 PM
Plus, I thought the demo was gorgeous, much better looking than the original GRAW, and so since I'm not only a Tom Clancy whore, but also a graphics whore, I'll be right with Jancelot picking this up on Day 1.  I'm such a whore.
6623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GRAW:2 - The pulse of the usual suspects. on: February 16, 2007, 05:34:56 PM
Even though I prefer the Rainbow Six series to Ghost Recon, I really enjoyed Advanced Warfighter, especially in MP, so I'll most likely be "in."  I'm a sucker for Tom Clancy games, anyway, so whether it's Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, or Splinter Cell, I'm pretty much a given.
6624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Feb/07 on: February 16, 2007, 05:12:08 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 16, 2007, 01:44:29 PM

Now that I finally got my brothers PS2 I'm going to be starting:  God of War (in honor of rrmorton).....

Didn't you once tell me that you could never get into a game with an evil, dark main character, even after I insisted that despite Kratos's less-than-desirable demeanor, God of War was an amazing game?  And here I find out it took the inspiration of the great Golden Cock Monkey to sway you to play such an evil-themed game.  You won't take my word for it, but you have no problem taking the word of a cock monkey made of gold.   retard
6625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Feb/07 on: February 16, 2007, 05:00:35 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 16, 2007, 04:58:46 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 16, 2007, 04:54:48 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 16, 2007, 04:43:48 PM

Probably work to get some serious DS time in this weekend. Since I turn the magical 30 on Monday I'm taking that day off...

Um......Monday is President's Day.  Don't you get that day off anyway?   ninja

Not everyone gets Federal Holidays off (I know I don't anymore). 

I work for a consulting company, and we never get federal holidays off, except this one for some reason.  I figured if we get it off, then everyone else has to as well. 
6626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlestations: Midway on: February 16, 2007, 04:59:24 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 16, 2007, 04:58:05 PM

B-7?



I thought it was witty.  At least at first.   icon_redface
6627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlestations: Midway on: February 16, 2007, 04:56:43 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 16, 2007, 04:55:02 PM

I'm getting ready to throw this thing on ebay, it is an incredibly frustrating game. Mission 4, where you have to sink the Japanese Battleship Fuso.........freakin' KILLING ME!!!!! The ship flat out will not sink. How did you guys beat this? What did you do to sink it?

Try B-7.  Sorry, I got nothing.
6628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Feb/07 on: February 16, 2007, 04:54:48 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 16, 2007, 04:43:48 PM

Probably work to get some serious DS time in this weekend. Since I turn the magical 30 on Monday I'm taking that day off...

Um......Monday is President's Day.  Don't you get that day off anyway?   ninja

6629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My previous gaming girl is now not so much into gaming.... on: February 16, 2007, 04:24:46 PM
My wife has the type of personality that she can get along with anyone, and she is also pretty versatile in that she can head off with the girls to do girly things (pedicures, spa treatments, etc - wait, that sounds kind of like me  ninja), but she can also sit down next to the boys and house some ass in Halo 2 MP or head to the bar with all of us and scream obscenities at the Philadelphia Eagles as they give us another season of false hope.  Since I've known my wife, she and I have always been able to have mutual friends, not in the sense that we are known as a package deal, but as separate people.  My wife can head out with our friends solo, and so can I, or we can head out together, but never is one's attendance contingent upon the other's.  Our friends like each of us independently, they don't merely accept one because they're the spouse of the other.  We're known as independent people who happen to be married.  But, over the years, whenever I'd head out "with the guys", they'd always want me to bring my wife because she is a lot of fun and can hop right in as "one of the guys."  And she's up for anything, whether it be heading to a strip club, or heading to a sports bar to play pool or air hockey.  And because she is my best friend in the world, I never minded because one moment she's my wonderful wife, and the very next she's a buddy I'm housing at pool.  Plus, I never was much of one to want to head out with just the guys, leaving the significant others at home.  Until recently.

One morning a couple of friends of mine went with me to our local Eagles bar to reserve "our" table for the Eagles/Saints playoff game.  We got to the bar when they opened at 9am, and the game didn't start until around 2pm.  Our wives weren't planning to show up until around 1pm for the game, so we had some time to hang out together.  For the first time in years I realized just how much fun it can be to head out with just the guys, doing "guy stuff" (chatting it up with a hot waitress, jokingly lamenting married life, talking about cars, video games, home electronics, etc).  It was really fun.  Not to say that I don't love my wife, because I adore her and could never imagine spending my life with anyone else.  But even though I love my wife to death, sometimes a "break" is kind of nice.  Gets me out of the house, gets us out of each other's hair, and when we see each other again that evening or later that day, we can tell each other about our respective days and then appreciate each other's company even more (we work together at the same company as well, so I don't even get a "break" at work - not to say that I need it, as we work very well together, but sometimes lunch with someone other than your wife is fun........sometimes).  

Also a couple of my guy friends and I recently headed out to Buffalo Wild Wings for some wings and beer.  Just the guys.  Our wives weren't interested in wings, and so they suggested that we head out ourselves and they'd have some spaghetti at home.  And it was again a really nice break for us to head out, talk about guy stuff, have a few beers, fire down some wings hot enough to eat through your stomach lining, and then head home to our loving wives.  They actually appreciate the break, and we get a chance to be the knuckle-dragging, head-butting, bear-guzzling guys that we are.

But, then there is the time I get to spend with my wife without our friends.  Because we are very social people, we spend a lot of time with our friends (during any given week, we see our friends at least 5 out of the 7 days).  And sometimes it's nice to just spend a quiet evening with just my wife and no one else.  Whether it be a nice candlelit dinner, or just relaxing on the couch watching a movie with our puppy by our feet.  Or even folding laundry while chatting about the day.  Yes, time with your significant other and your friends is nice, but sometimes quiet time with just your significant other is also nice.

My point?  Appreciate the ability to spend time with friends without your significant other, appreciate the time you spend with just your significant other, and appreciate the time you spend with both your friends and your significant other.  You may not see it now, but a number of years down the road, what I have written here will resonate with you as if I could read your mind.  Trust me.   icon_wink  
6630  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Great casting addition to the next Batman on: February 16, 2007, 04:01:14 PM
I'm pumped about all of the casting choices for The Dark Knight (including the omission of Katie Holmes).  I think Heath Ledger is an amazing, versatile actor and he should add an interesting element to the Joker's character, Aaron Eckhart is a great actor and could be perfect for the role of Harvey Dent based on his performance in Thank You For Smoking, and Christian Bale continues to be one of my favorite actors and I look forward to his continued portrayal of Batman.  You're right, next summer definitely can't get here soon enough.   
6631  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ghost Rider trailer on: February 16, 2007, 03:58:14 PM
Things aren't looking too good. icon_cry
6632  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: x360 Live Movers and Shakers [02/14/2007 edition] on: February 16, 2007, 03:52:20 PM
Number 44 with +30 is just not cutting it.  I really need to get to work.  I've got about 80 hours logged in Oblivion, and I've barely scratched the surface with plenty of potential gamerpoints on the horizon, and then there's the Gears of War campaign (which I still have yet to finish), Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, The Godfather, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.  Christ.  I need to get to work. 
6633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Feb/07 on: February 16, 2007, 03:48:48 PM
The in-laws and grand-in-laws will be arriving in town tonight around 8pm local time, and they'll be staying with us until next Sunday (when I have to head up to Bagdad, Arizona, again for one of our nightmarish projects - sometimes it sucks when you're good at fixing things, because whenever something shits the bed, they keep coming back to you to get things back on track).  I'll be in Bagdad all that week, and then when I get back my grandmother is coming to town for ten days to drink, gamble, and to head out on the town to sample great food and wonderful wine.  So potentially for the next three weeks you guys won't see much of me online.  

Perhaps tonight my mother and father-in-law will be tired from travelling and will head to bed shortly after getting home, which would allow me to hop online later in the eveining for some Gears of War, but odds are most will have already finished for the night, and I'm not so sure I have enough Jack on hand to "convince" my mother-in-law that she's sleepy and needs to head to sleep.   icon_twisted

At some point Halo 2 multiplayer will be inevitable, as my father-in-law loves to play with all of us.  Whenever I'm either up after everyone goes to bed, or early in the morning making coffee before anyone wakes up, I'll probably try to get some time in with The Godfather, Need for Speed: Most Wanted (some friends left it at the house for me to play, and now that I've picked it up again I'm having a lot of fun, other than the rubber band AI, of course), and I'm currently on the Cozumel Cruise Ship level in Splinter Cell: Double Agent and would like to continue on with that game as well.  I would love to start over with God of War, but with the limited gaming time I'll have while family is in town, odds are that will have to wait until I get back from Bagdad.

Realistically I'll be running around, cooking meals, doing dishes, straightening up around the house, and picking up after my guests for the entire time my family is in town and will have zero time for gaming, but a man can dream, can't he?
6634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Formula1 (PS3) at CVG-Jesus ouch Christ on: February 15, 2007, 11:19:12 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 15, 2007, 11:03:48 PM

Pansy.

gellar

You just want me because I'm sensitive.  Wow, did I manage to derail this.  At least for once a PS3 thread didn't degrade into 360 vs. Hetz (I mean PS3  icon_wink) argument again.  Just doing my part to keep the peace.   icon_smile
6635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Formula1 (PS3) at CVG-Jesus ouch Christ on: February 15, 2007, 11:02:44 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 10:41:17 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 15, 2007, 10:39:02 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 10:36:21 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 15, 2007, 10:35:41 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 10:28:52 PM

Um, go away now sir.  disgust

Odd.  It seems the feeling is mutual.  Although I never recall asking you to leave my first thread, even after your less-than-amusing comments and attempted derailment.  Is it not as entertaining when on the receiving end?  

Um, are you somehow missing the humor/sarcasm or in a bad mood today?

Nope.  I just have a limited amount of heterosexual man-love to spread around, and ATB seems to be pining for all of it, leaving little left for anyone else.  Plus, after that very first post I've found your "humor/sarcasm" a bit suspect.  I didn't find it funny then, and so perhaps I'm a little more weary of it now.

Ok I am stumped, we've been interacting here and on Xboxlive for several months with no issue, I make a regular thread and have my normal dustups with ATB, and suddenly you dredge all this up because you didn't find my response to the derailment funny even though it was clearly in jest? I am sorry, that strikes me as very odd. Well, I guess if thats how you are feeling then...ok. Lets just take it elsewhere as this thread was theoretically to talk about a PS3 review and this is not serving that purpose.

You've got PM.

I apologize for the misunderstanding (and the derailment), and it seems that comments made quite some time ago were taken the wrong way (by me).  I misunderstood Calvin's sarcasm and humor and took his comments more seriously than they were intended, and I've harbored some dislike toward Calvin from that very first day, always wondering if his sarcasm is meant in jest or if it has malicious intent.  Now that I know that I've been completely way off base, and that my impressions were horribly innacurate from the very beginning, I owe Calvin an apology and hope that he and I can move beyond my asshattery.  I'm sorry, Calvin.  I've been wrong and I hope you can understand my mistake.

Sorry all for the derailment.  I'm also sorry that in third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max's toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play. In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog... When my mom sent me to the summer camp for fat kids and then they served lunch I got nuts and I pigged out and they kicked me out... But the worst thing I ever done - I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa - and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life.

There, now I feel so much better.  Now back to your regularly scheduled thread.
 
6636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Formula1 (PS3) at CVG-Jesus ouch Christ on: February 15, 2007, 10:39:02 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 10:36:21 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 15, 2007, 10:35:41 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 10:28:52 PM

Um, go away now sir.  disgust

Odd.  It seems the feeling is mutual.  Although I never recall asking you to leave my first thread, even after your less-than-amusing comments and attempted derailment.  Is it not as entertaining when on the receiving end?  

Um, are you somehow missing the humor/sarcasm or in a bad mood today?

Nope.  I just have a limited amount of heterosexual man-love to spread around, and ATB seems to be pining for all of it, leaving little left for anyone else.  Plus, after that very first post I've found your "humor/sarcasm" a bit suspect.  I didn't find it funny then, and so perhaps I'm a little more weary of it now.

However, my initial impression could very well be way off base, and you were only purposely choosing specific attributes of my personality in order to highlight your intended sarcasm and humor, and rather than recognize the humor, I took it to be more malicious than entertaining.  If I am wrong in my impression, please let me know, and I will happily lighten up about our rappour.   
6637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Formula1 (PS3) at CVG-Jesus ouch Christ on: February 15, 2007, 10:35:41 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 10:28:52 PM

Um, go away now sir.  disgust

Odd.  It seems the feeling is mutual.  Although I never recall asking you to leave my first thread, even after your less-than-amusing comments and attempted derailment.  Is it not as entertaining when on the receiving end?  
6638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Formula1 (PS3) at CVG-Jesus ouch Christ on: February 15, 2007, 10:26:01 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 10:16:04 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 15, 2007, 10:07:16 PM

Quote
I have not been called to the wisdom of this world,
But to a God who's calling out to me,
And even though the world may think I'm losing touch with reality,
It would be crazy to choose this world over eternity.

No R&P until 3/03/07





Umm..not owned, just distracting from talking about the review frown Go annoy CK ATB, im like at work or something.

Derailment doesn't necessarily take away from suggested ownage.  Two very different things.  I found the irony of ATB referring to the ban on religion and politics until the beginning of March to be more interesting than the review.   
6639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War Rockets to Number 4 All Time: Completed on: February 15, 2007, 10:17:08 PM
I loved this game, but for some reason I got away from it to play other things and never went back.  I've been meaning to play, and even though I'm a graphics whore and love my 360 in HD on the 60" bajunga TV, God of War looks quite good in progressive scan with component cables, but I've been so busy trying to keep up with my 360 games that I've just never gone back to finish God of War.  The newfound hype surrounding the first game and the upcoming release of God of War II is enough to motivate me to go back and play through God of War from the beginning (after I get away from a game for too long, I can't just pick up where I left off, I have to start over).  Thanks ATB for rekindling my interst in such a phenomenal game.
6640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Formula1 (PS3) at CVG-Jesus ouch Christ on: February 15, 2007, 10:07:16 PM
Quote
I have not been called to the wisdom of this world,
But to a God who's calling out to me,
And even though the world may think I'm losing touch with reality,
It would be crazy to choose this world over eternity.

No R&P until 3/03/07



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