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6641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My previous gaming girl is now not so much into gaming.... on: February 15, 2007, 07:20:27 PM

Quote from: Ascendent on February 15, 2007, 07:14:36 PM

I understand what you guys are saying but envision if you would that suppose your wives used to be serious gamers. And that it was something you used to share together. Wouldn't you feel a little trepidation at her sudden loss of interest in a previously shared interest?

Not really.  Everyone's interests change.  Assuming gaming wasn't the only activity you two shared together, there must be other things you can do as a couple, and her loss of interest in no way should imply that you can no longer find joy in it, either.  You might see a slight decrease in the amount of time you have to game now that time spent with your S.O. won't be playing video games, but you should still be able to find time to play on your own time and still discover new interests your S.O. and you can share together.
6642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 15, 2007, 07:02:58 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 15, 2007, 06:52:58 PM

Man I wish I did have Crackdown to review, but I've not gotten it yet.  I DO have God of War II and Guitar Hero II though.  Expect reviews for those pups shortly. smile

I guess I have to take your reviews at least somewhat seriously, being that you earned a bit of street cred with your recognition of The Godfather as being a bit better than other reviewers suggested.
6643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 15, 2007, 06:21:21 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 15, 2007, 06:18:46 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 15, 2007, 06:09:20 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 15, 2007, 12:15:34 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on February 14, 2007, 10:49:42 PM

I totally called this...

So we are saying that Crackdown is a bad game a week before it comes out because 1 review site gave it a 7.8?  I could say that 1Up gave it an 8, IGN an 8, EGM an 8.3, and EGM an 8.3 to prove that it must be a good game.  But I am going to do someting crazy and actually play the game before passing judgement on it.  I will say that I put more time into the Crackdown demo than any other demo I have downloaded from Live.  Does that mean it will be a good full game?  I don't know.  But I am not writing it off based on 1 review from Gamespot.

I'm merely passing judgement based on my experience with the demo.  Since I didn't like the demo, and the reviews haven't said anything to convince me that my lack of enjoyment of the demo was completely unfounded, I just don't feel the need to pick this up.  You apparently enjoyed it more than I did and plan to pick up the game.  That's cool.  I just wasn't impressed with the demo and the reviews aren't really convincing me otherwise. 

However, I have been known to fall victim to the OO and GT forum effects, so if the OO or GT population likes this game, then it could very well find its way into my backlog.  I value what you all think far more than reviewers, as I consider real-world impressions so much more accurate as it's the public weighing in rather than Knightshade Dragon, since he's one of them.   

Yea!  Screw them reviewers!  slywink

Edited to correct my mistake.

You review games?  Next you're going to tell me there's some kind of GamingTrend front page or some nonsense.   icon_wink

Plus, you take too long.  PLAY FASTER!
6644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 15, 2007, 06:09:20 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 15, 2007, 12:15:34 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on February 14, 2007, 10:49:42 PM

I totally called this...

So we are saying that Crackdown is a bad game a week before it comes out because 1 review site gave it a 7.8?  I could say that 1Up gave it an 8, IGN an 8, EGM an 8.3, and EGM an 8.3 to prove that it must be a good game.  But I am going to do someting crazy and actually play the game before passing judgement on it.  I will say that I put more time into the Crackdown demo than any other demo I have downloaded from Live.  Does that mean it will be a good full game?  I don't know.  But I am not writing it off based on 1 review from Gamespot.

I'm merely passing judgement based on my experience with the demo.  Since I didn't like the demo, and the reviews haven't said anything to convince me that my lack of enjoyment of the demo was completely unfounded, I just don't feel the need to pick this up.  You apparently enjoyed it more than I did and plan to pick up the game.  That's cool.  I just wasn't impressed with the demo and the reviews aren't really convincing me otherwise. 

However, I have been known to fall victim to the OO and GT forum effects, so if the OO or GT population likes this game, then it could very well find its way into my backlog.  I value what you all think far more than reviewers, as I consider real-world impressions so much more accurate as it's the public weighing in rather than some reviewer.   
6645  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GamingTrend Xfire Clan/Guild on: February 14, 2007, 11:50:45 PM
Don't worry about ATB.  Unless a game can be abbreviated with "G-O-W", he's probably never heard of it.   icon_wink
6646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 14, 2007, 08:25:34 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 14, 2007, 08:23:05 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 14, 2007, 08:21:13 PM

I wasn't at all impressed with the demo, finding the gameplay to be pretty "been-there-done-that-before-only-better," I wasn't fond of the graphical style, and I expected the reviews to fall into the mediocre range.  I had no intentions of picking this up, and with the reviews being about what I expected I think I can get by without this title, unless the GT forum effect gets its claws into me as the OO effect did with The Godfather (which I am loving despite the sub-par review scores).  At least my wallet is safe for now.

Sub-par?

Yes.  I consider any reviews with a rating below 80% sub-par.
6647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 14, 2007, 08:21:13 PM
I wasn't at all impressed with the demo, finding the gameplay to be pretty "been-there-done-that-before-only-better," I wasn't fond of the graphical style, and I expected the reviews to fall into the mediocre range.  I had no intentions of picking this up, and with the reviews being about what I expected I think I can get by without this title, unless the GT forum effect gets its claws into me as the OO effect did with The Godfather (which I am loving despite the sub-par review scores).  At least my wallet is safe for now.
6648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 02/13/07 on: February 14, 2007, 06:51:28 AM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 14, 2007, 01:06:23 AM

Nothing for me.

Must have had some kind of "emergency" to deal with.   
6649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NSFW: God of War 2 sex minigame on: February 13, 2007, 10:41:03 PM
I thought the sex minigame in the first God of War was a little out-of-place and pretty pointless, but it didn't detract at all from my overall enjoyment of the game.  I played it, got my truckload of red orbs, and moved on.  The only reason I remember it is because it seemed so out of place.  The minigame in God of War II looks to be more of the same.  I'm not exactly sure what the reasoning is behind such an out-of-place element (perhaps it's becoming somewhat of a trademark, can't have God of War without boobies, sort of like not being able to have a Tarentino film without blood), but it won't keep me from buying God of War II.   
6650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 02/13/07 on: February 13, 2007, 10:25:35 PM
I've been counting the days until the release of The Departed, my most anticipated DVD release so far this year.  We're going to swing buy our favorite fish store so that my wife can pick up two new friends for her saltwater tank (we stopped by at lunch to have the two fish we wanted to pick up put on hold, a beautiful Potter's Angel and one of my favorites, a Pearlscale Butterfly), and then we're on our way to Best Buy to pick up The Departed steelbook.  Once they're acclimated to the tank we can fire up the movie. 
6651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War Climbs the Ranks of ATB's Top 10 Games of All Time on: February 13, 2007, 09:17:19 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on February 13, 2007, 08:31:29 PM

Hear hear! Best PS2 game ever made.

Replaying it in 480p on my new TV in anticipation of the sequel is tempting... Did somebody say on Nightmare mode?

 ninja

6652  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How fast can you type? on: February 13, 2007, 06:42:51 PM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! 



Zero mistakes!

Damn.  Now I want to shoot for 150.   icon_redface
6653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How fast can you type? on: February 13, 2007, 06:25:52 PM
Damn.  And now I can't stop doing it.  I want to hit that ever-elusive 140 wpm mark.   ninja2
6654  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How fast can you type? on: February 13, 2007, 06:16:29 PM
First try:  128.03 with 1 mistake
Second try:  137.97 with 1 mistake
Third try:  131.13 with 1 mistake
Fourth try:  132.2 with 2 mistakes
Fifth try:  137.09 with 1 mistake
Sixth try:  132.12 with 1 mistake
Seventh try:  138.76 with 1 mistake 
Eighth try:  131.83 with 4 mistakes (this was while at the same time having a conversation with an engineer about freezeless hose bibs)
Ninth try:  130.37 with 2 mistakes 
Tenth try:  132.41 with 3 mistakes

Best:  138.76 with 1 mistake
Worst:  128.03 with 1 mistake
Average:  133.191 with 1.7 mistakes     

I figured ten tries would provide me with a pretty representative idea of how fast I type.

 eek  I knew that I could type relatively quickly, but I had no idea I could type that quickly.   icon_cool     
6655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 13, 2007, 04:36:36 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 13, 2007, 04:05:56 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 13, 2007, 03:21:55 PM

I'm pretty excited, especially since the focus will finally be on the dark side.  I've grown tired of playing the same old do-gooder Jedi character types.  Who wouldn't want to be the apprentice of Darth Vader, working to overthrow The Emperor for control of the entire galaxy?  Well, everyone except Starshifter of course, who would rather play as a fuzzy bunny rabbit dressed in a Jedi robe force pushing marshmallows around to his friends so that they can enjoy a sugary treat.   icon_wink

 biggrin

That be me!  PeteRock knows me all too well.  It's the fact that this new game is focusing on the Dark Side that has me less excited.  I'll get it because it's Star Wars.  However, it will probably never reach the heights of euphoria like the KOTOR games did.  It will probably be a glorified display of their new engine.  OOOOOOO look here you can bend steel with the Force.  Blah.  Give me KOTOR 3 dammit!

P.S.  Even though you could be totally Dark Side in KOTOR 1 & 2, I do know for a fact that Mr. Rock has never got anywhere near completing KOTOR 1 and never purchased KOTOR 2. 

'Tis true.   icon_redface  I think the main problem was the "combat."  I've never been a fan of turn-based combat, even though the interface was implemented in "real-time," and so I inevitably got bored with the action element of the game.  Regardless of how well I controlled my character, my fate was determined by a virtual roll of the dice.  If I wanted to play craps I'd head to a casino.  The battles just never felt real.  At least in games such as The Godfather or Oblivion you notice character improvements because they effect your performance and control in the game.  This is why even though KOTOR's story was top-notch, I preferred games like Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, because even though the graphics and controls weren't quite up to par with KOTOR, they were just so much more fun for me to play.  I actually felt like I was controlling my character.  In KOTOR your characters would get stronger, but this only improved your "odds" with the virtual dice.  The story was well-done, and the exploration and character interaction was very interesting, but I guess I just got bored.  No matter how good the story was, I just got bored with actually playing the game.

Which is why I am so excited for Force Unleashed because it follows in the footsteps of Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, without the goody-two-shoes rah-rah save the universe crap.  I want to rule the universe, not save it.  I get to play as a Sith, not just watch things develop on-screen.  If I wanted that, I'd watch Star Wars.

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I guess he's too busy racing shiny videogame cars or chainsawing the same melted-looking enemies over and over again in the multicolored brown/tan/brown/tan/dark brown/light brown/tan/brown world of Gears of War.  icon_razz

Friends of mine left Need for Speed: Most Wanted at my house so that I could continue where I left off (about halfway through the game), and for some reason Gears of War will never get old.  Perhaps because there are no marshmallow-wielding bunny rabbits or feel-good sing-a-longs to detract from my sadistic blood lust.  I probably wouldn't mind a bunny rabbit in the game, so long as I could chainsaw it in half.  Perhaps Viva Pinata would be more fun for me if the "pin" in "pinata" stood for "pin from a grenade."  

And right now I'm actually starting to make my way up the ladder in the Corleone family, extorting businesses, taking over rackets, and striking fear into the hearts of my enemies.  Nothing says kumbuya like throwing a shop owner through the front window of his own store.   icon_cool  Enjoy your quest for a Chewnicorn.  

    
6656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 13, 2007, 03:21:55 PM
I'm pretty excited, especially since the focus will finally be on the dark side.  I've grown tired of playing the same old do-gooder Jedi character types.  Who wouldn't want to be the apprentice of Darth Vader, working to overthrow The Emperor for control of the entire galaxy?  Well, everyone except Starshifter of course, who would rather play as a fuzzy bunny rabbit dressed in a Jedi robe force pushing marshmallows around to his friends so that they can enjoy a sugary treat.   icon_wink
6657  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GT Gears of War Friday Night 10PM EST 12/Feb/07 on: February 12, 2007, 04:43:16 PM
Unfortunately I won't be in attendance this week because my wife's parents and grandparents are arriving Friday night.  They'll be visiting with us until the following Sunday.  I've really been looking foward to their visit as this will be the first time they see our first house (the last time they visited was last February, a month before we purchased the house), and because my wife and I take a lot of pride in our home, it will be a special moment to share our hard work and pride with our parents (my parents haven't spoken with me in over eight years, so this is the next best thing for me).  Plus, the last time they saw Simba was about a week after we brought him home (when he was only about eight weeks old).  He has come a long way since then.

So, I won't be able to make this week's kill-fest, but I will be enjoying the company of my wife's parents and grandparents, so it won't be a total loss.  My father-in-law and I have a lot of beer to drink together.  Perhaps he and I will be able to pump my mother-in-law full of enough Jack Daniels for her to head off to sleep so that we can join in later in the evening, but I can't make any guarantees.   icon_twisted

   

6658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 12/Feb/07 on: February 12, 2007, 04:29:02 PM
On Friday night I managed to hold my own in the Gears of War get-together, until my internet connection crapped out and I was unable to get back online.  I tried resetting my router and testing the connection with my laptop and would manage to log in for a moment, but then things would crap out again.  I eventually just gave up and went to sleep. 

Over the weekend I had intentions of getting in some time with The Godfather, at least once I got up enough courage to break the news to my wife that I picked up a new game.   ninja  I wound up breaking the news when we had friends over, knowing she wouldn't make a scene in front of guests.   icon_twisted.  However, after Friday night's Gears of War session I didn't have enough time to play a single game for the rest of the weekend.

Instead I spent about 14 hours on Saturday and about 16 hours on Sunday working on our master bedroom closet.  With the in-laws and grand-in-laws coming to visit next weekend, I wanted to have some of the more important home-improvement projects finished before their visit.  I take a lot of pride in our home and look forward to showing it off to our family.  It's our first home and this is the first opportunity our family has had to come see it, and we have put a lot of work into making it a great place to live.  I can't wait to show my wife's parents how much our hard work has paid off.  So, up until this point we've had a mess of a closet in our master bedroom (one long shelf with one clothing rod, all jammed with clothes, boxes, wedding gifts, etc, that we haven't found a place for yet, along with a giant TV just sitting on the floor in the middle of everything).  I moved all of our things out of the closet into the guest room, tore out the existing nightmare of a closet, patched all of the holes and imperfections, sanded and retextured the repaired areas, and then painted everything.  Then the wife and I enlisted the help of a friend and designed a closet system with organizers and shelves that would house our wardrobe and also accomodate our "old" television and associated stand and components.  Tonight we'll work on moving all of our things back into the closet (getting rid of anything we no longer wear or need), and then I'll be able to finish setting up the guest room for my wife's parents.  It was a lot of work (I'd probably be less tired and sore if I played a pick-up game of tackle-football with Brian Dawkins), but the closet looks amazing and our master bedroom is finally starting to come together.  Next on the list is painting the bedroom and hanging artwork and pictures (which wouldn't be so bad if the wife didn't want stripes disgust). 

After we finish putting everything back into our new closet (which is mostly my wife's department), I'll be able to get in some well-earned time with The Godfather.     
6659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Box Sets-Keep Them in Carrying Cases or Original Boxes? on: February 09, 2007, 04:55:29 PM
I wind up putting all of my DVDs in my two DVD changers (storage for 800), and then toss the original boxes into storage, so I'm probably the exception rather than the rule.
6660  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rainbow 6 (360) Tonight? on: February 09, 2007, 04:51:04 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on February 09, 2007, 05:29:55 AM

Let's get this going again this weekend.  PeteRock offered up his skull for sniper practice.

Words you will never want to hear from me:  "Tag.  You're it." 
6661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Does anyone have the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel? on: February 09, 2007, 04:49:42 PM

Quote from: juniordan on February 09, 2007, 12:43:49 AM

$150 is a Little steep for me. I am better or getting 2 new games and 2 cases or beer.

Yeah, I wound up picking up a few movies I've been meaning to add to my collection (Munich was on sale for $14, Eddie Murphy: Delirious was on sale for $13, and Rent was on sale for $6 - the wife has been wanting to pick it up  ninja), and I grabbed The Godfather: The Game along with a case of Dos Equis Amber for tonight's MP Gears of War session.  Let me tell you, slamming a shop owner's head against his cash register to convince him that protection from the Corleone's is a worthy investment will never get old.  And when factoring in my Best Buy Reward Zone coupons and grocery store bonus card, I only wound up spending around $50 total for everything.  So when my wife gets home today from LA, she should be happy to learn that I ultimately wound up saving her $100.

Hey, she uses that excuse all the time when she finds something on sale.  Why shouldn't it work for me?   ninja   
6662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Feb/06 on: February 09, 2007, 04:42:58 PM
I'm going to be participating in tonight's Gears of War session with my "sensuous" nemesis, I hope to get in some co-op R6: Vegas action with Jancelot, and yesterday I just picked up The Godfather and was only able to play for a few minutes before I got sucked into a Gears of War practice session in preparation for tonight's massacre.  I've been working on fine-tuning the PhillyPeteRock Grenade Tagtm.   icon_twisted

I was able to explore the extortion dynamic in The Godfather before moving over to Gears of war, and let me tell you, after slamming a barber shop owner's head into a cash register as a not-so-subtle way of convincing him that protection from the Corleone family is a beneficial expense, and then convincing the racket boss in the back room that his gambling "facilities" would be better off with the Corleones instead of the Tattaglias, I don't see me tiring of this game anytime soon.  I love the source material (both the book and the films), and this game allows me to live and play right alongside The Don himself.  The story so far looks to be very respectful of the source material and ties into the original story quite well, the gameplay is hella fun, the voiceovers were done by the original actors (except for Al Pacino), and the faces of the characters match the actual real-life actors perfectly.  Holy hell does Fat Clemenza look just like Fat Clemenza from the movie.   eek  I can almost smell his homemade spaghetti sauce simmering in the kitchen.  Great stuff.  
6663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Does anyone have the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel? on: February 08, 2007, 11:57:50 PM
It sounds like my best bet is to wait until the release of Forza 2, which is what this steering wheel was designed around.  In the meantime I can pick up The Godfather on my way home and at least take some pleasure in intimidating store owners by shooting off their kneecaps and jamming their heads into pizza ovens.   icon_twisted
6664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Does anyone have the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel? on: February 08, 2007, 06:06:33 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 08, 2007, 05:55:13 PM

Just jump in your car Pete and drive around the block a few times.  Let Simba stick his head out the window and both of you can enjoy the monotonous Arizona weather.  This would be much more entertaining than playing utterly boring car-based games on your 360!   icon_lol icon_wink icon_razz

But then we wouldn't legally be able to drink and drive, not to mention speed limits, and the intimidation factor of our Hyundai Elantra.  No one ever wants to race us when we pull up to a light and I rev the engine.  Simba can be a fearsome copilot.
6665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Does anyone have the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel? on: February 08, 2007, 05:32:04 PM
I'm looking for impressions from anyone in the GT family who may have picked up the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel.  The more I read about it, the more I want to pick one up in preparation for the upcoming release of Forza Motorsport 2.  I've never owned a racing wheel for any of my consoles, and based on the rather positive reviews for the 360's wheel, I'm starting to consider adding it to my accessory collection. 

Reviewers have called it "top notch" in every respect, from construction to functionality.  It completely supports both rumble and force-feedback and is relatively wireless (in order to take advantage of force-feedback you have to plug in a supplied power source, otherwise you'd be going through AA's faster than bottles of beer, but you're at least wireless from the 360, just not a power outlet).  The wheel comes with an updated copy of PGR3 with all of the set-up drivers included on the disc, so all you have to do is plug everything in and play.  So far the wheel supports the new version of PGR3, Test Drive: Unlimited, Need for Speed: Carbon, and the upcoming, eagerly anticipated Forza Motorsport 2.

I currently have Test Drive: Unlimited in my collection, and the wheel comes with PGR3 (even though I already have a copy, the wheel might breathe new life into the game).  I'd like to familiarize myself with the wheel by playing games like PGR3 and Test Drive so that I am ready to burn rubber once Forza is finally released.

Does anyone have any experience with the wheel, especially with Test Drive (I've read that the wheel really makes playing through PGR3 again worthwhile, but I haven't read much on how well it enhances Test Drive's experience), and would Need for Speed: Carbon be a worthy addition to my library to take advantage of the game's compatibility with the wheel (or does it not live up to the standard set by Most Wanted)?

Also, does the wheel work with games that may not necessarily support rumble and force-feedback (such as Need for Speed: Most Wanted), so I could at least use the wheel to play, even though I would be without rumble and force-feedback?

Any impressions would be greatly appreciated.  I'm ready to pick this bad-boy up, but I want to make sure it is a worthwhile investment in terms of the current games that support the wheel's functions, or if I would be better-off waiting for the release of Forza 2, which was what really influenced this wheel's development.  I'm just looking to breathe new life into some racing games that have kind of fallen to the wayside.  It seems like the wheel would add so much more immersion to the 360's racing lineup.  And it would just be great fun to set it up anytime friends are over and want to get some high-speed drunken driving in.       
6666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 02/06/07 on: February 06, 2007, 04:12:11 PM
Delirious.  One of the funniest stand-up comedy routines of all-time.
6667  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Return of GT GoW Friday Nights: 10 PM EST. 9/Feb/06 on: February 05, 2007, 07:52:03 PM
The past two Fridays I've been playing with a group of friends and we've had an absolute blast, and two weeks ago my wife made her inaugural debut.  I'll probably play, and my wife might be up for it as well depending on how she feels after getting back from a business trip.
6668  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best James Bond film? on: January 27, 2007, 09:54:50 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on January 26, 2007, 02:56:13 PM

What amazes me is that people can actually choose Casino Royale as their favorite Bond movie of all time...

I'm not sure how this can be so hard to believe, especially when considering just how good Casino Royale is.  Have you even seen it?  Perhaps you should, at least to see an example of what the Bond character is supposed to be like.

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...and some even say Craig is their favorite Bond - after one movie???  saywhat  Come on.  I think that is simply the newness of the film that is making people say its their favorite of all time.  Let him make a few more films to see how things pan out.

Newness does not explain the film's quality or its standing as one of the better Bond films.  When you suggest waiting for Craig to make a few more films to see how things pan out, are you referring to Bond films, or films in general?  Craig continues to establish himself as a good actor, and I fail to see how the number of Bond films an actor participates in dictates how good that actor's portrayal of Bond is.  Whether Craig makes one Bond film or ten, his portrayal of Bond in Casino Royale is one of the best Bond performances to date.  It really isn't that difficult a concept to grasp.  The number of Bond films Craig makes in no way negates the quailty of his performance in Casino Royale.  I'll take quality over quantity, anyway.  It doesn't matter how many Bond films Brosnan makes.  He still sucks. 
6669  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone run their speaker wire along the walls/ceiling? on: January 25, 2007, 11:51:02 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on January 25, 2007, 11:41:16 PM

I'm planning on replacing my speaker wire for my surround sound, but this time I want to run it from the receiver, up the wall and along the ceiling to the surrounds.  Now, the wire simply goes from my receiver to the speaker with the wire laying across the floor. 
I don't want to use nails or screws to keep it next to the ceiling, so I was wondering if there was something stickable?  Anyone use something like that?

Perhaps something like this?


I used this to run wiring for the accent lighting under the shelving above my TV.  You can see it along the lower edge of the top shelf. 


You could run it along the corner where the wall meets the ceiling.

It has adhesive tape along one side.  You might also find adhesive clips in the same section where they sell this so that you don't have to nail anything into the ceiling.
6670  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best James Bond film? on: January 25, 2007, 05:55:22 PM
For me this is a no-brainer.  Casino Royale by far.  And I also consider Daniel Craig to be my favorite Bond of the group as well.  I can't remember having as much fun at the movies as I had watching Casino Royale, although Rocky Balboa would be a very close second.
6671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT Pet Thread (56k) on: January 13, 2007, 04:43:30 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 12, 2007, 04:29:42 PM

Quote from: Kobra on January 12, 2007, 02:32:07 PM

Nobody has any Fish? I love really nice Fish tanks..

I have been hankerin' to get one, I grew up with a nice tank in the house, my dad was a huge fan of them.  Usually a nice 100+ gallon one with some Discus or something.  Just the damn bubbin' sounds is pretty soothing.

I really want one, but I have zero desire to do the work required to have it.  The setup and maintenance seems to require an attention to detail that I lack.

gellar

My wife currently has a 150-gallon saltwater aquarium.  We've tried taking pictures, but I am teh suck with lighting.  Still trying to get some good shots.

Quote from: Starshifter on January 12, 2007, 02:16:37 PM

PeteRock & Simba in 3...2...1...

Well, it is a "pet thread." 

Simba the day we brought him home last February:




One of his many proud graduation days:


ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!


Did you say, "Bacon?"


I swear you said, "Bacon."


The Colts waived Martin Gramatica!


Simba's favorite way to spend a Saturday morning:












Simba running a perfect go-route:


6672  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT HT/Gaming Setups on: January 12, 2007, 10:38:23 PM
A little information about my DVD organization system and some pictures of my setup found here.  More information about the components found in a thread over in Console Games:

Quote from: PeteRock on January 11, 2007, 11:39:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 11, 2007, 02:15:59 PM




That is some setup Pedro Roca. 

Quote from: deadzone on January 11, 2007, 02:47:02 PM

This thread is hilarious!   Tongue

Also- the above picture is HAWT!  My eyeballs had dirty sex with that picture of your freaking awesome setup Pete!  So when can I come over?  I can bring ummmm Beer?   icon_lol  I promise that I will leave sometime!   

I have managed to develop a setup I can be content with and that more or less lives up to the PeteRock standard.   icon_wink  For those that are curious:  top left = Sony 400-disc DVD changer, top middle = Escient Fireball, top right = space for 2nd Sony 400-disc DVD changer I just received for Christmas, bottom left = PS2 and HD cable box, bottom middle = receiver and Zektor HDS4.1 powered component switch box, and bottom right = Xbox 360 with Eagles faceplate and original Xbox.

My wife has completely supported my home theater addiction (she enjoys it as much as, if not more than I do), and we have finally acquired a setup we can be proud of and get a shit-ton of fun out of.  It's definitely nice to come home to.

Well, that's fun to come home to as well as this (just to piss off Starshifter):


And here's a picture (of less than ideal quality) of the overall setup:

6673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 11, 2007, 11:57:52 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on January 11, 2007, 01:34:52 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 11, 2007, 01:27:03 PM

She was pretty excited to receive her very first gift in Viva Pinata.  But when I saw it's name (Eagle Killer), I at least knew that it couldn't possibly be a Giant.   icon_cool

Cool!  I was going to message her and see if she got it.  If she want's to know how to get that type of pinata she can message me and I'll tell her.  Hope you didn't mind my "Love Starshift" message to her Pete!  icon_wink

She just told me that last night she sent you a pinata!  She was so excited to tell me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
She managed to turn a sparrow into a dainty canary, fed him something to turn him blue, sent him to you, and named him Eli Manning.  I can't stop laughing.   icon_lol  I love my wife.   icon_cool  If only she could have taught the canary to pout like a spoiled child.  <<puts on Eagles jersey and raises arms in victory with fingers pointed toward the sky>> 
 
6674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 11, 2007, 11:39:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 11, 2007, 02:15:59 PM

That is some setup Pedro Roca. 

Quote from: deadzone on January 11, 2007, 02:47:02 PM

This thread is hilarious!   Tongue

Also- the above picture is HAWT!  My eyeballs had dirty sex with that picture of your freaking awesome setup Pete!  So when can I come over?  I can bring ummmm Beer?   icon_lol  I promise that I will leave sometime!   

I have managed to develop a setup I can be content with and that more or less lives up to the PeteRock standard.   icon_wink  For those that are curious:  top left = Sony 400-disc DVD changer, top middle = Escient Fireball, top right = space for 2nd Sony 400-disc DVD changer I just received for Christmas, bottom left = PS2 and HD cable box, bottom middle = receiver and Zektor HDS4.1 powered component switch box, and bottom right = Xbox 360 with Eagles faceplate and original Xbox.

My wife has completely supported my home theater addiction (she enjoys it as much as, if not more than I do), and we have finally acquired a setup we can be proud of and get a shit-ton of fun out of.  It's definitely nice to come home to.

Well, that's fun to come home to as well as this (just to piss off Starshifter):



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You mean to tell me with a screen THAT big you still couldn't hit anything in GoW last friday?

Hence my confusion.   retard
6675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 11, 2007, 11:24:36 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on January 11, 2007, 01:34:52 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 11, 2007, 01:27:03 PM

She was pretty excited to receive her very first gift in Viva Pinata.  But when I saw it's name (Eagle Killer), I at least knew that it couldn't possibly be a Giant.   icon_cool

Cool!  I was going to message her and see if she got it.  If she want's to know how to get that type of pinata she can message me and I'll tell her.  Hope you didn't mind my "Love Starshift" message to her Pete!  icon_wink

Absolutely no problem at all, because I know that you are well aware of "The Ruletm."  I've yet to meet a man willing to break "The Ruletm", or even able to afford to.   icon_wink Send all the "Love, IdiotGiantsFan" notes you want.  She's psyched to have someone to exchange Pinatas with.  She hasn't sent anything your way yet because she hasn't hatched anything she considers terribly impressive just yet.  But now that she has discovered that there are secret pinata species to discover, and different color options based on their diets, she'll be working hard to discover something interesting to send your way.  She's loving being on Live, and anytime she gets a message or a pinata in the mail her face lights up.  Thanks for making her evening.  I know she appreciates it.   

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Fellow GT folk:  I've known Pete and his wife for years.  We use to work together in the same office in Pennsylvania.  And let me tell you that woman with a rocket launcher in Halo is deadly!  nod  And just a warning here.  The further the Iggles go in the playoffs the more cocky Pete will get.  God save us if they make the Super Bowl!  :icon_eek:

There's a difference between cocky, and celebratory.  Cocky would have been razzing you prior to an Eagles victory over the Giants.  Celebratory is razzing you after said victory.   icon_cool
6676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 11, 2007, 01:27:03 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on January 11, 2007, 01:20:07 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 10, 2007, 09:14:32 PM

Oh Pete. Be careful what you wish for.  It was nice playing with you in GoW...both times. 

When she installs the pink faceplate, let me know and you can crash on my couch.

There you go ATB!  You did it!  You had to mention faceplates!  mad  As soon as I read that I knew that damn picture was coming.  Now GT has been tainted with that ugly Iggles PeteRock faceplate picture.  ATB listen carefully.  Do NOT mention dogs or children to Pete.  If you do it will be the end of GT as we know it.

 icon_wink

She was pretty excited to receive her very first gift in Viva Pinata.  But when I saw it's name (Eagle Killer), I at least knew that it couldn't possibly be a Giant.   icon_cool
6677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 10, 2007, 09:28:52 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on January 10, 2007, 09:24:39 PM

She tolerates my hobby and views it as a waste of money, but generally prefers me spending my time and money gaming as opposed to drinking and carousing.  I don't really think I want a gaming girlfriend.  It's nice to have someone who makes me go outside once in a while.

My wife has always been understanding of my hobby, but she just hasn't been as much of a participant. She is a Halo MP addict and is the first to suggest playing whenever we have friends over (she wins her fair share of rounds), but she doesn't really play much on her own (except for Live Arcade games when I head off to sleep). Whenever I schedule an online game with friends, she always remembers when and if we're out doing something, she'll usually ask, "hey, do we need to head home so you can make it in time to play with your buddies?" She never complains, never has a problem with me playing (as long as I tend to my other responsibilities, of course), and sometimes even encourages it if she has something else to do and wants me to find something to occupy myself with.

It was only after she got her own Live account that she began thinking about establishing her own Friends list (mainly from people she's gotten to "know" through my Friends list) and playing her own games, and Viva Pinata was that very first game that she bought for herself on her own. She's all about playing MP shooters with me, but never much on her own.

Quote from: warning on January 10, 2007, 09:27:06 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 10, 2007, 08:24:00 PM

However, now I am now faced with a catch-22.  My wife is finally taking a more active interest in gaming, playing her very own "real" game (Viva Pinata), but as a byproduct I will be faced with less gaming time of my own.

Obviously it's time for a mistress.

Seriously, Viva Pinata is an addictive game.  I've spent probably 12 hours over the last two days playing it.  You'll never get your 360 back once it gets its hooks in her.

You should hear her talk about the game today. Already lamenting how many pinatas she's attracted to her garden, the damn birds that won't eat the worms, the space restrictions, etc. I'll never see my 360 again.

But our characterization as "gamers" in no way implies an aversion to anything but gaming.  We are active enough to not need a non-gaming partner to instigate non-gaming activities.  Being that our gaming time is limited as it is, the hard part will be finding a way to divide what limited gaming time we have in a civil manner.  Perhaps more sedatives in her diet soda will be necessary.   ninja
6678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 10, 2007, 09:19:34 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 10, 2007, 09:14:32 PM

Oh Pete. Be careful what you wish for.  It was nice playing with you in GoW...both times. 

When she installs the pink faceplate, let me know and you can crash on my couch.

My wife and I have the same football allegiance, so rest assured, my faceplate will not be changing (plus, she has an aversion to pink).

6679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 10, 2007, 08:47:18 PM

Quote from: deadzone on January 10, 2007, 08:40:21 PM

I sure wish you would have told me that we were trying the "Natural Way" before I hired those gaming geeks to kidnap my wife and force her to play console games until she liked them!  Now I look like a jerk.

Dammit!  I thought we were on the same page about this... 

She first learned to play Halo whenever we had friends over for MP sessions, deciding that she could either sit by herself in the kitchen, or join in and become a part of the group.  Once she won her first round she was hooked.  Once I picked up a 360, I used Xbox Live Arcade games as a gateway drug, and her addiction has only grown from there.  Uno and Geometry Wars were her first addictions, but once Zuma came onto the scene, she began urging me to head off to bed so that she could play into the night.  And now she leads our combined Friends list by almost double the second-place score. 

Well, that, and I put sedatives in her diet soda and play subliminal gaming files on her MP3 player while she's "resting."   
6680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 10, 2007, 08:24:00 PM
For those who don't already know (or have not yet received a Friend invite), my wife for Christmas received an Xbox Live membership, and now she is a member of the Live community (gamertag "MoosNukle").  She has quickly become an Achievement addict, wanting to earn every achievement for every game she has played, regardless of how much effort is involved.  She will fixate on a specific achievement, and once she sets her mind to it, she'll work toward that single achievement before moving on to anything else.

However, the only games she has played thus far are Xbox Live Arcade games.  She has yet to play a "real" game on her own.  That is, until last night.  On our way home from work we stopped at Best Buy for my usual DVD Tuesday addiction, and also picked up a quick-charge kit and an extra battery (we've been going through AA's like mad), and on our way out she started to linger by the 360 game section and started reading the box for Viva Pinata.  I was witnessing a key moment in our relationship.  My wife has always been a willing participant in video-gaming get-togethers, and she plays enough Xbox Live Arcade games to make me want to buy a second 360 so that I can get back some of my own gaming time, but never has she expressed interest in a particular game for her.  And yesterday evening she decided that she would like to spend some of her own Christmas money on Viva Pinata so that she could begin playing her first "real" game. 

It was a proud moment in my life.  The transition of my wife from "casual gamer" to "true gamer".  And she has also expressed interest in playing multiplayer Gears of War the next time I play with the OO/GT population, so I am really enjoying my wife's interest in one of my favorite hobbies.  However, now I am now faced with a catch-22.  My wife is finally taking a more active interest in gaming, playing her very own "real" game (Viva Pinata), but as a byproduct I will be faced with less gaming time of my own.  But, some sacrifices must be made in order to have what many aspire to obtain but have never been able to find, a true gaming wife.  This is a proud day in the PeteRock household.    icon_cool     
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