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6681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: January 09, 2007, 11:32:35 PM

Quote from: disarm on January 09, 2007, 11:29:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 09, 2007, 11:19:26 PM

The Decepticons only came to Earth because they wanted a part in wherever the Autobots were headed from Cybertron.  They crashed on Earth by accident, and even then the Decepticons didn't want to rule earth--they just wanted to harvest all of our abundant energy and get back to Cybertron with it.

exactly...the Decepticons want to steal all the earth energy resources and take it back to cybertron to fuel themselves in the fight to rule their home world.  they really couldn't care much less what happens on earth.

That still fits with the defend us/destroy us theme, at least from the human perspective.  If you take all of earth's energy resources, you are in essence destroying earth.  "Dominate and rule" is incorrect (a little hazy on my Transformers mythos), but the film's reference to transformers coming to destroy earth is relatively accurate when you look at what stealing all of earth's resources would do to mankind.
6682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: January 09, 2007, 11:08:08 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 30, 2006, 08:56:03 PM

I saw the trailer, and was very disappointed.

Here is why: it seems the plot is going with "hostile alien invasion seeking to rule the Earth".  But that totally doesn't fit into the concept of Transformers.  You know... "Robots in disguise", and all that?

I mean hell, if you are going to take over the planet by force, why bother turning into something else?  Why not just be a giant, flying robot, 24/7?  Isn't the purpose of being a Transformer to blend in, be undetectable, to go covert?

Actually, the "hostile alien invasion seeking to rule the Earth" was true in the original cartoon, but not of all Transformers, just the Decepticons.  The Decepticons came to dominate and rule Earth, while the Autobots attempted to save mankind.  The film follows this same premise, which is made clear by the text in the most recent teaser trailer.  "Some came to defend us.  Most will come to destroy us." 

This follows with the original cartoon premise, sans energon cubes of course.
6683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 01/09/07 on: January 09, 2007, 10:05:01 PM
I'll wind up picking up Crank, The Illusionist, and Idiocracy.  Mindless action flicks are a guilty pleasure of mine (such as The Transporter and Transporter 2), and since I enjoy Jason Statham, Crank should be another fun guilty pleasure.  I've heard nothing but good things about The Illusionist, including that it was much better than The Prestige (which I will also inevitably buy when it is released), and I'm a big Edward Norton fan, and I'm going to pick up Idiocracy based on the positive word-of-mouth I've heard from all over.
6684  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Jan 12 GoW MP? 10 PM EST? on: January 09, 2007, 12:01:18 AM
I'll try to remember to leave my trusty side-arm at home.

6685  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pete: "Which end of the gun do the bullets come out of?" Rock :D on: January 06, 2007, 09:32:15 AM


Guess some in-game weapons are better than others.  I apparently chose the latter:

6686  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Return of PeteRock: Friday 10 PM in GoW!? on: January 05, 2007, 11:35:19 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on January 05, 2007, 11:33:38 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 04, 2007, 11:51:32 PM

My wife received an Xbox Live membership for Christmas and had every intention of participating Friday night, but she has come down with something awful and has become a walking corpse.  I just don't have the heart to put a bullet in her head to end my.....I mean her misery.  She has a doctor's appointment tomorrow and has more or less been sleeping whenever she's not at work (and sometimes while at work), so odds are it'll just be me Friday night and my wife's inaugural appearance will have to be postponed for another event.  I only hope that I, too, don't acquire the living dead disease for fear of developing a reputation for being an inevitable no-show and having an uncontrollable urge to repeat "braaaaains" into my mic.  I've also been wearing a helmet to bed to protect my cranial innards. 

But, with her being sick and only wanting to go to bed immediately following dinner, I will have no problem making this week's Gears of War extravaganza, barring postmortal reanimation.

I've already started carving "S-e-n-s-u-o-u-s-L-e-t-t-u-c-e" into my chainsaw in preparation.  Plus, my chainsaw will make access to everyone's brains a little easier.   

If she inhabits the body of a locust, you might not feel as guilty...

 icon_biggrin

Be there tonight to find out.  I could use some new cannon-fodder.   icon_cool
6687  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Return of PeteRock: Friday 10 PM in GoW!? on: January 05, 2007, 10:48:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 05, 2007, 10:42:23 PM

And pete. Yes 10 SHARP.

Not as sharp as the blades of my chainsaw, which you will quickly come to realize as they effortlessly cut through your feeble chest like butter while you're lying in two from my previous shotgun blast.
6688  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Return of PeteRock: Friday 10 PM in GoW!? on: January 05, 2007, 08:09:18 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 04, 2007, 01:54:44 PM

10 PM EST the return of PeteRock to GoW MP.

10pm sharp?  I want to make sure that my reemergence is on-time, as I will probably be playing some Rainbow Six Vegas beforehand.  Don't want to keep my rivals waiting. 
6689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Questions about multiple Live accounts on same 360 on: January 05, 2007, 06:15:18 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on January 05, 2007, 06:11:25 PM

on the first Xbox guests could have and use a headset as well. I can't see that changing for this.

With Halo 2 you can't use two headsets, and I've heard from others that multiple accounts are necessary to support multiple headsets on the same machine.  I haven't tested this first-hand, but any time I've asked this question I've always been told that multiple headsets don't work unless you have multiple Live accounts. 
6690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Questions about multiple Live accounts on same 360 on: January 05, 2007, 06:14:03 PM

Quote from: markus on January 05, 2007, 05:56:59 PM

It really works on a case by case basis.  Uno and Texas Hold 'em DON'T work together. I tried it and was annoyed that they didn't at first but when you think about it, it makes sense because there would be no way that you wouldn't see each other's cards.

Good point.   

Quote from: Tebunker on January 05, 2007, 06:01:11 PM

Two things, she could always play online in most games signed in as your guest. Obviously not in ranked matches but anything goes in unranked matches. That was always an option.

We've done that with Halo 2, but she's disappointed that she can't use a headset.  Instead communication sound defaults to the TV speakers regardless of whether you have a headset plugged in or not, and she isn't given an opportunity to trash talk.  Also, she's been wanting to play along with our MP Gears of War events, but you are unable to have a guest sign on in Gears.  A second profile with a Live account is mandatory.  I'm not sure if this is the case with Rainbow Six Vegas, as I only recently got the game and haven't explored the online multiplayer very much.

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Second, still can't play from the same XBox in ranked matches, but yes you both can log in from the same machine to records stats and stuff when playing online. My buddies did this in Perfect Dark Zero.

I doubt she'll want to play in ranked matches, anyway.  She's more interested in playing with friends than random strangers.  Ranking doesn't mean anything to her.  Playing with friends is far more important.  I didn't realize you couldn't play in ranked matches with two accounts, but I guess that would allow for potential cheating, so I can see why this is not allowed. 
6691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Questions about multiple Live accounts on same 360 on: January 05, 2007, 05:20:36 PM
My wife recently received an Xbox Live gift card for Christmas, and she's looking forward to finally being able to participate in Live get-togethers, such as our weekly Gears of War death-fests.  I understand that two Live accounts are necessary for two people to play Gears of War together on Live on the same 360, but does this work for other games as well?  For example, she would love to play Uno and Texas Hold 'Em with me online, but is it possible for more than one profile with a Live account to be logged in at the same time so that two people can play games like Uno and Texas Hold 'Em together with other friends?  Both of us playing online was never an option before, but now that she'll have her own Live subscription, she'll be able to play along with me, at least with games like Gears of War.  I just hope that she'll have the same ability when some friends and I get together to play a relaxing game of Uno or Texas Hold 'Em.

Does anyone have experience with wanting to play online with more than one Live subscription on the same 360? 

 
6692  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Return of PeteRock: Friday 10 PM in GoW!? on: January 04, 2007, 11:51:32 PM
My wife received an Xbox Live membership for Christmas and had every intention of participating Friday night, but she has come down with something awful and has become a walking corpse.  I just don't have the heart to put a bullet in her head to end my.....I mean her misery.  She has a doctor's appointment tomorrow and has more or less been sleeping whenever she's not at work (and sometimes while at work), so odds are it'll just be me Friday night and my wife's inaugural appearance will have to be postponed for another event.  I only hope that I, too, don't acquire the living dead disease for fear of developing a reputation for being an inevitable no-show and having an uncontrollable urge to repeat "braaaaains" into my mic.  I've also been wearing a helmet to bed to protect my cranial innards. 

But, with her being sick and only wanting to go to bed immediately following dinner, I will have no problem making this week's Gears of War extravaganza, barring postmortal reanimation.

I've already started carving "S-e-n-s-u-o-u-s-L-e-t-t-u-c-e" into my chainsaw in preparation.  Plus, my chainsaw will make access to everyone's brains a little easier.   
6693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [R6: Vegas] - Alright Team Rainbow - Move out. on: January 03, 2007, 09:08:02 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on January 03, 2007, 08:59:07 PM

Hehe.  Switching between Gears and R6 and BF2 is always fun.  The controls are very similar in most respects, but there are a couple of buttons that are placed differently in each game.  Usually leads to at least one accidental grenade/talking when I meant to reload/etc. moment when first playing the new game.

During the Christmas break I played a lot of multiplayer Halo 2 with family and friends while visiting in Pittsburgh.  Last night while playing Splinter Cell: Double Agent, as a guard walked by I pressed "Y" to change weapons so that I could use a rubber air foil to knock him out.  Imagine my surprise when I jumped to my feet, alerted him to my presence, and was then quickly riddled with bullets.   :icon_eek:

The first few minutes when changing games are always a bit........."interesting."     
6694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [R6: Vegas] - Alright Team Rainbow - Move out. on: January 03, 2007, 08:13:55 PM

Quote from: DonD on January 03, 2007, 12:20:42 AM

I've been playing random coop with mixed results.  Some teams work out well..other's are just plain bad.

Hopefully we can hook up.  I need to see which category to put you in.

*grin*

Well, if your skill level is comperable with your performance in PGR, then perhaps it is I who needs to determine which category to put you in (yes, it has been that long since you and I have played a game together  :icon_eek:).  Perhaps this is one of those rare instances when it is not better to have you behind me.   

If we add Jancelot and perhaps hepcat to the mix, I think we could have a pretty formidable team.

Quote from: Jarrodhk on January 03, 2007, 05:10:46 AM

Pete: First thing you need to do is hit 'B'.  Do this at the start of every round.

To get that quick unexpected chainsaw kill.  Nice.       
6695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [R6: Vegas] - Alright Team Rainbow - Move out. on: January 03, 2007, 12:05:51 AM
I FINALLY received Rainbow Six Vegas for Christmas and look forward to getting in some co-op action online (assuming there are at least some of you still playing).  I have always preferred the Rainbow Six series over Ghost Recon, appreciating the focus on tactics and the slower gameplay of R6 to the war-like gameplay of Ghost Recon.  Having really enjoyed our MP sessions with Ghost Recon, I am very excited to finally get to play co-op R6 online. 

Once I get a chance to familiarize myself with the controls and the gameplay I will keep a sharp eye for my faithful teammates of wars past.  We had a blast with Ghost Recon, and I can only expect that Rainbow Six will be even better.  The comforting sound of hepcat's hand-howitzer, Jancelot's calm silence as he slowly works toward understanding the concept of co-operative gameplay, and the warm fuzzy feeling I can only get from a grenade kindly placed at my feet by Siljanus will help to make the terrorist-hunting experience even more immersive.  Once I get the hang of the controls I'll keep an eye out for fellow terrorist hunters. 
6696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of 360 - Prelim on: December 22, 2006, 07:54:40 PM
1) Oblivion
2) Gears of War
3) Splinter Cell: Double Agent

(pretty much the only games I played this year, and I really enjoyed all of them)
6697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nerdy? Kind of. But cool as hell? F-ing right it is... on: December 21, 2006, 05:46:41 PM
Halo theme performed live

A friend sent me this link, and at first I thought that the premise was kind of nerdy, but when I played the video, before long I was thrashing away on the air guitar I keep next to my desk specifically for opportunities like this. 

Even though Halo was far from being without faults, few can argue the phenomenon that it has become.  Plus, it had one hell of a soundtrack, and this is a pretty cool rendition of the theme.  The chick on the violin is awesome.
6698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 19, 2006, 09:57:58 PM
I'd say it was a pretty darn good year for us.  Exhausting, but still very good.  We bought our first house last March, made a lot of improvements and modifications to make the house more our own (and that is of course still ongoing), we added a new puppy to the family and have worked diligently on his training, we've met some fantastic new friends, my wife was finally able to start one of her most anticipated hobbies (creating and maintaining a 150-gallon saltwater aquarium) and it has been a great success, my wife recently earned her PG and received a fairly substantial raise, I too recently earned a fairly substantial raise, and the regional office we work for is breaking all sorts of records within our company.

Plus, the Eagles beat the Giants last week.  Can't ask for more than that.  Right, Starshifter?   icon_cool
6699  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW MP Friday/Saturday December 22/23 10 PM EST on: December 19, 2006, 06:11:35 PM
I would really like to make it this time around, being that I crapped out on both this past Friday and Saturday, but as usual I'm no guarantee.  The wife and I leave for Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon, so Friday night will inevitably involve packing, last-minute straightening up and cleaning around the house (I hate coming home to a cluttered, dirty house after a long trip), and spending some quality time with the puppy before we have to drop him off at our trainer's house for the holidays on Saturday morning, but if I'm lucky and proactive enough during the week I hope to find some time to play for a bit on Friday. 

6700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Endings on: December 19, 2006, 05:50:18 PM
The final stage in Halo.  It wasn't necessarily a storyline ending, but instead a final level to close out an amazing game.  It was the most exciting and immersive experiences I had ever experienced up to that point in a game.  It was so immersive and exciting that it had me and a friend screaming "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH" out loud as we just barely missed a jump in the Warthog and fell for what felt like forever into a tunnel, all the while feeling a sense of urgency and panic as we frantically made our way to the extraction point.

Never up to that point had I experienced anything like that level of immerision in a game, and it was definitely an adrenaline-filled, memorable end to an amazing journey.  I have yet to experience that same level of excitement when finishing the final level of a game.     
6701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 12/19/06 on: December 19, 2006, 04:40:21 PM
Invincible, Fearless, and the next installment of the Walt Disney Treasures collection.  I have every Treasures release so far, so they've become somewhat of an obsession, and I wouldn't be able to call myself a true Eagles fan if I didn't add Invincible to my collection.
6702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: V: The Second Generation (no, not 'for vendetta' - NBC's '80's series) on: December 18, 2006, 08:36:38 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 18, 2006, 08:31:29 PM

heh I own the V vhs tape/s

When I was a kid I recorded it off of TV onto Beta
6703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I may be a knuckle-dragging Eagles fan... on: December 18, 2006, 06:22:57 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on December 18, 2006, 05:21:54 PM

Well, as much as I hate the Eagles I'd have to say they've done an amazing job since McNabb has been out.

It will be fun when the 'Boys kick their asses on Christmas day.  icon_biggrin

 Bring your own!

<<merely sits back and waits for Christmas>>
6704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I may be a knuckle-dragging Eagles fan... on: December 18, 2006, 04:33:47 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on December 18, 2006, 03:21:24 AM


Even though I was pretty upset after I left the bar, that is pretty funny.

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All kidding aside man I'm very glad both you and your wife are okay. You always have to stand up and defend your wife when someone hurts her. It's one of the Man Laws™ and as you probably know you wouldn't have been the only guy in the place kicking the necessary ass. Good to see that you both got out in one piece.

If anything had happened to her I probably would be going to jail for murder.  The same goes for the small child at the table next to us.  I'm definitely glad that no one was hurt.  It could have been much worse.

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That being said, the Cowboys are going to pwn the Eagles come Christmas so enjoy what presents you have because clinching the division won't be one of them. icon_twisted

I only hope that the Cowboys share your same perspective.  I've already postmarked my Christmas list to Santa, which only had one item on it.  I have a feeling he may be wearing green instead of red this year.

Quote from: Starshifter on December 18, 2006, 01:28:41 PM

I'm going to remember that beer offer!  And just before I lose consciousness, I will snap those damn number one fingers you like to proudly display all the time.  icon_wink  Big win for the Iggles.  Congrats.  Being a Giant's fan, you are always prepared (and expecting) this kind of disappointment.  It was just another typical football Sunday for us Giant's fans.  Glad to hear you and J were ok.

If I had a 360 vision camera, you would be seeing those same fingers again.  At least take comfort in knowing that I am raising them right now at my desk in your honor.   

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I told my son while we watched the game, "Ryan, if you are going to be a lifelong Giant's fan be prepared for many, many years of disappointment like you saw today."  We spoke on the phone later Sunday night after he went home and he said, "Dad, I'm going to be a San Diego Charger's fan because if I'm going to remain a New York Islander's fan I wan't to try and limit the stress I will have to endure when I grow up."  All this from a 10 year old!

It's been a rough sports year for my son and I.  First the Mets disappointment, then the Rutgers fall and now this.  Ugh.


Smart kid.  Why anyone would route for any team from New York is beyond me.  Would you like me to send him an Eagles T-shirt for Christmas in case he hasn't chosen a specific allegiance yet?  I'll be at the New Year's Eve game and could pick one up at the gift shop.  At least then your family wouldn't be all bad.  I'll even offer to teach him the fight song.   icon_wink

 
6705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I may be a knuckle-dragging Eagles fan... on: December 18, 2006, 03:08:01 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 18, 2006, 02:51:19 AM

Glad your wife is all right.

If you guys make the playoffs (Which I seriously doubt-the Falcons are desperate, and Philly has shown no ability to contain a Vick-like QB, and Dallas is hungry to win the division), you will almost certainly get bounced in the wild card round.

Unless you're only referring to this season, apparently you missed the 2004 NFC Championship between Atlanta and Philadelphia, also at a time when Philadelphia's defense was questioned against a mobile quarterback.

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The obvious answer to the statement about making it without your top defender and QB is this-the QB is simply overrated. Its quite amazing what Koy Detmer, AJ Feely, and now Jeff Garcia have managed to do in the same system in the span of 3 years.

Given McNabb's statistics at the start of the season, I can see why you would consider him to be overrated.   Roll Eyes

Next you're going to tell me that Tom Brady is a good quarterback because of the system.

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I think its time to start seriously considering that McNabb might be on the downside of his career even at his relatively young age and that his system hides his faults, rather than showcases his strengths.

A quarterback may be drafted this year.  Rumor is that Troy Smith may not go until later in the draft.  Perhaps he could find himself in Eagles green.  Either way, your "insight" isn't anything new.

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I have long standing loyalty to Jevon Kearse, and agree that he is your top defender-but he hasn't been truly the same for 2 or 3 years now, and even his presence might not have given the defense much extra stopping power.

His speed is noticably missing on the pass rush and outside runs. 

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Still, my hat is off to the Eagles. They are playing far above their potential right now and should be commended for their outstanding heart-but speaking of bad fans-have you been to an Eagles game?  icon_wink

Season tickets.  Hence why I already had batteries with me to throw back at him.
6706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I may be a knuckle-dragging Eagles fan... on: December 18, 2006, 02:09:02 AM
...but I don't throw bottles at opposing fans (perhaps batteries or snowballs, but not bottles).  This afternoon I witnessed a rather ugly display of behavior when a disgruntled Giants fan threw a bottle of hot sauce from the second level of our local Eagles bar at the general crowd of Eagles fans below that shattered on our table, missed my wife by inches, and cut my thigh bad enough to make stopping the bleeding a formidable challenge (apparently beer does thin the blood).  A small group of Giants fans visited our local Eagles bar for today's Giants/Eagles game, making it a point to be rather vocal throughout the game, and up to a point there was a relatively civil level of competition, with opposing cheers being exchanged throughout the game.  It was one hell of an exciting game, and the energy level and emotion in the bar was the highest of the season.  It was an amazing and much-needed victory, and I should be on top of the world with the possibility of still being able to make the playoffs.  But, after an Eagles interception for a touchdown near the end of the game to seal a Philadelphia victory, I turned around to see a Giants fan hurl a bottle of hot sauce from the upper balcony of the bar at the general Eagles crowd below (which would have probably hit me in the back of my head had I still been sitting). 

There was a time when the PeteRock of old would have climbed up the balcony railing like Spiderman and wrapped his hands around the bastard's neck, and if my wife would have been injured in the incident, I very well may have (along with the entire Desert Eagles nest close behind), but instead we took a different approach.  We instead allowed the owner of the bar to call the police and took pleasure in the fact that the man would be spending the night in jail.  That is, if he managed to make it out of the bar alive.  There was a sell-out crowd of angry, intoxicated Eagles fans through which he would have to pass in order to exit the bar, so he should hope that the police arrive before he has to leave.  My wife and I filed a report with the president of our club and the owner of the bar, and left to avoid an inevitable nightmare.

With a puppy at home in need of dewatering, no need for additional drama in our lives, and the inevitability of a brawl following the game, we spoke with the owner of the bar, paid our tab, and headed home before the parking lot turned into Fight Club.  A part of me would have liked to stay, but because my wife has managed to help me to mature over the years, she has helped me to see that the path we took was a far better one.

Right now I can only be thankful that no one was hurt in the incident, especially my wife.  The possibility that the love of my life, the strength that has molded me into the man that I am today, could have been severely injured by being hit with a glass bottle in the back of the head, is more than I can bear.  But, fortunately I am left wondering about the "what-if's" and am not instead sitting in the Emergency room.  I am happy to be home, am thankful for no one having been hurt, and am just glad that I am sitting with my beloved puppy at my feet and my wife by my side watching the KC/SD game.  Regardless of your football allegiance, it should never come to this.  Starshifter and I share a friendly rivalry, but I would have no problem buying him a beer if we were to meet in person to watch a Eagles/Giants game (and then shatter it on the back of his melon   icon_wink ).  The Cowboys are one of the most hated teams in the entire city of Philadelphia, but Giants fans may have them beat.  Especially due to incidents like this.

If the Philadelphia Eagles manage to win one of our next two games, we will earn a Wild Card spot in this year's playoffs.  And, that is with one of our top defenders and our starting quarterback out with injuries.  Not many teams could manage such a turnaround with both their top defender and their starting quarterback out for the season.  And if we beat the Cowboys in Dallas on Christmas Day, we have a chance to win the NFC East.  But, if we're unable to upset the Cowboys, we can still managed a playoff spot if we beat the Falcons in Philadelphia on New Year's Eve.  Regardless of our playoff hopes (or lack thereof), this is an amazing finish to a season full of turmoil, and what an exciting season it has been.  And being that I have tickets to the Eagles/Falcons game on New Year's Eve, I am looking forward to attending one of the most important games of the season (next to today's).

Go Birds!
6707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocky Balboa Impressions (from last night's pre-screening) on: December 16, 2006, 05:24:56 PM
I appreciate the compliments, guys.  I did my best to sum up my feelings on the Rocky legacy, and it felt good to put this write-up together.  Needless to say, I'm a huge Rocky fan, having even gone so far as to propose to my wife by doing one of my best Rocky impersonations to date, using the same proposal, word-for-word, as in Rocky II.  But that's a whole different story.  It was far more tasteful than it sounds, and appropriate given the history with my wife.   ninja

The more I think about it, and the more times I see the trailer on TV, the more I realize just how much I liked this film.  Now, keep in mind, it is far from being without faults, but they're nitpicky at best.  For example, the training montage felt a bit short, some of the character development could have been fleshed out a little better, and the film could have used at least another 30 minutes for the aforementioned shortcomings, but as it stands, never once did I look at my watch, never once did I feel disappointed while watching the film, rarely was there a dry eye in the house, and when the credits started to roll, I felt that sense of closure that has been lacking since Rocky V.  As Rocky's character needed to find closure in his own life, so did Sylvester Stallone and the Rocky fan base, and Rocky Balboa has given us all that closure we've needed.  When I left the theater, all I could think to myself was, "Yo, Adrian.  We did it."  And that's exactly how this film felt.  It was a tearful goodbye, and Stallone has helped us all to let go of that beast we've all had in our basements since Rocky V. 

The shortcomings I touched on will be subtle but apparent to some, and perhaps glaring to others, but having gone into this movie with reserved hopes because of some of the past abominations, it was fairly challenging to even find the faults I discuss above.  Rocky Balboa brings back that raw emotion we all felt while watching the first two films in the series, the cinematography is reminiscent of the earlier films, the story returned to being about a man from South Philadelphia instead of about fighting, and like with the original film, the build-up to the final fight is enough to have you practically falling forward out of your seat, and when the final fight comes to a close, few will be disappointed.     

Perhaps some of my emotion is due to the Rocky films being such an integral part of my life (watching the Rocky marathon with my wife every time it's on television, quoting from the films in everyday conversations, getting to see my favorite city shown in such a respectful light, the inspiring underdog story, etc).  And there is just something about being from Philadelphia.  The character of Rocky Balboa is such an important part of Philadelphia history, having inspired a real-life statue, and making the act of running up the stairs of the Art Museum a right of passage of sorts for anyone who lives in or even visits the City of Brotherly Love.  But being such an avid fan, and having been terribly disappointed in the past, it would take a lot for me to accept a film as appropriate closure to such an inspiring legacy.  And I received all I was looking for, and then some.

I'm looking forward to hearing what other fans of the series will have to say.  Many people will not give this film a chance, but hopefully my review has helped some to reconsider and give Stallone one last chance to give us that closure to the Rocky legacy that we've all needed.  And I think you will be happy that you did.  The first two Rocky films are probably two of my favorite films of all time, and I am almost surprised to say that Rocky Balboa now ranks up there as well, mainly for the raw emotion Sylvester Stallone managed to get out of me and all who attended the pre-screening.  I'm not embarassed to say that I practically cried through most of the movie, as did my wife, but they were tears of joy and pride in watching how far such a special man has come, as well as tears of loss for knowing that such a beloved character was saying his final goodbyes in such a special and heartfelt way.  But all I can ask is that you give Rocky Balboa a shot, just as we all did back in 1976.           
6708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocky Balboa Impressions (from last night's pre-screening) on: December 15, 2006, 09:06:25 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 15, 2006, 06:56:44 PM

I am truly excited about this movie and I've never seen I or II.

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I think having seen I and II really adds to one's appreciation of Rocky Balboa.  These are classic films that really provide not just the boxing history but the human and emotional history of Rocky's life. 

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I've seen the fight from II, of course, or the best moments of it at least at the beginning of III.

There is so much more to these films than just the final fights, which all adds to the emotional impact of Rocky Balboa.  The fights are a small portion of the Rocky mythos.  Rocky's relationships, heart, dedication, desire, and inspiring love story are all what made the Rocky films great, not necessarily just the fights.  And this same thing is what makes Rocky Balboa such an emotional film.  If you know and can appreciate the drama and emotion inherent in Rocky's life, and the hard emotional times he is currently going through, only then can you truly appreciate what is taking place in the most recent and final chapter.   

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III is one of my greatest movie memories from childhood.  Mr. T and Hulk Hogan? Come on!

Yes, III had some fantastic dialogue and great drama, but it just doesn't compare, at all, with I and II.  There's just no comparison.

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I watched Rocky IV again just a couple of years ago and I was screaming my head off.  What a great movie.

IV is actually a fairly week film in the series, but when people attempt to explain just how bad IV really was, once you acknowledge that Rocky Balboa single-handedly stopped the Cold War himself, only then can you appreciate the pure, unadulterated film gold that is Rocky IV.   icon_wink

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V should never have been made.

Stallone's vision was never realized or fully fleshed-out.  While the story had some merit, the overall execution was absolutely terrible.  What is nice about Rocky Balboa is it mainly acknowledges the best films in the series (I and II), and almost ignores the rest.  III wasn't a terrible film, but it was the beginning of a downward spiral.  Rocky Balboa starts back at the beginning, when Rocky (the film and the man) was in its prime.  It goes back to its routes, to the best films in the series, and pays homage to some of the finest memories in Rocky's history (his time with his wife, the person who gave him strength and desire, the person who helped him to achieve greatness, who stood by his side and supported him no matter what, not his fights).

The Rocky films are ultimately a drawn-out love story, a dramatic telling of just how imporant love can be, and how much strength it can bring to a relationship.  Rocky is about relationships, about friendship, about love, it's about a fighter's life, not about fighting.  And most importantly, it's about life.  It's not about how hard you can hit.  It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.   

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I've been meaning to do I and II...maybe I'll rent em.

You should.  Especially before you see Rocky Balboa.  Once you watch them, and then go into this film, you will then realize the imporance of the back-story and how important it is to experiencing the full emotional impact of Rocky Balboa.
6709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocky Balboa Impressions (from last night's pre-screening) on: December 15, 2006, 05:39:23 PM

Quote from: JLu on December 15, 2006, 05:37:11 PM

Great writeup -- thanks!!

My wife has never seen any of these; I've had Rocky and Rocky 2 in the queue for a while to rectify that.  I'll need to see this, but I confess I may wait for DVD after 4 and 5, which were not quite my cups of tea...

This film almost ignores that IV and V even existed, and really focuses on the history of the first two films, which in my opinion were the best of the series.  Right now I currently would rank I and II at the top of my list, followed by Rocky Balboa, III, IV, and finally V.  I think it was that good.

Also, it's worth noting that the humor in the film is actually quite funny, especially some of Paulie's gems.  Very good writing, excellent dialogue, great delivery, and some entertaining and also some emotional moments all stemming from fantastic acting and delivery.
6710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rocky Balboa Impressions (from last night's pre-screening) on: December 15, 2006, 05:34:49 PM
**I will do my best to avoid any major spoilers in the film, referring to specific memorable events only in vague references, allowing you all to experience them without any prior knowledge just as I was able to and to experience the pure raw emotion that I also felt at some special moments in the film.** 

This past Sunday the owner of the Eagles bar our club visits handed out free passes to a Rocky Balboa pre-screening that was held last night in northern Scottsdale.  My wife and I have both been huge Rocky fans for most of our lives, growing up with one of the most famous sports figures to ever come out of the Philadelphia area (the fact that he is a fictional sports figure is irrelevant and rarely mentioned, given our sports history and need to cheer for at least something).

Since the beginning of our relationship, my wife and I have watched the Rocky films more than any other film series.  I have lost count of the lazy Saturdays spent watching the Rocky marathon on TNT.  Regardless of our plans, no matter where we were, if we would wake up to find the Rocky marathon on television, the day’s plans would be cancelled, meetings would be missed, and our day would be spent watching the life and career of one of Philadelphia’s favorite sons.  From Rocky’s first fight against Spider Rico, to when he single-handedly ended the Cold War, my wife and I have always been there, cheering him on as if he were a member of our own family.  Quotes from the Rocky films have become a regular part of our everyday lives, even becoming a part of my proposal to my wife.  Clubber Lang’s eloquent use of the English language has inspired our choice of words on many occasions (I’ve lost count of how many times my wife has told me that she’s going to crucify me……..real bad), Mickey’s witty and endearing comments that kept even one of Philly’s greatest fighters grounded and humble are often heard in our home, and Rocky himself has inspired some of our most memorable conversations, including, “So, uh……..Jaime…….uh…….I was wonderin’ if you would……..uh……mind marryin’ me too much.”  Even our beloved Philadelphia Eagles have incorporated Rocky history into their pre-game preparations, showing memorable scenes from the Rocky films before a game, such as Adrian’s inspiring “win” scene from Rocky II, and Rocky’s famous training montage from the very first film, all while playing the Rocky theme loud enough to rattle the cars passing by on Route 95.  Needless to say, the Rocky films have been a fairly substantial part of our lives, making the closing of such an inspiring and amazing story an important event for us.

This pre-screening has been our most anticipated event of the week.  Not our company Christmas party, our puppy’s First-birthday party, not even the upcoming Eagles game on Sunday (well, perhaps not quite as anticipated as this weekend’s game, but close) have been able to inspire such anticipation.  My wife and I have been humming the Rocky theme since Sunday, watching the Rocky films each night after we get home from work, even calling Simba “Butkus” and a few of our fish “Cuff” and “Link” from time to time.  And the day the famous Rocky legacy would come to a close had finally arrived.

The theater was alive with energy, not a single open seat remaining.  Discussions could be heard from around the theater about various great moments from the film series’ history, debates about which were the best and worst of the legacy were heard from all directions.  It was as if we were attending a family reunion, discussing the amazing life of one of our favorite relatives.

And then the lights dimmed.  I have never been in a room so silent with anticipation, the entire theater leaning forward, anxious for the Rocky theme to begin.  As the initial credits popped up on the screen, one after another, the crowd kept leaning even farther forward, practically unable to contain itself, waiting for the first bar of one of the most famous film themes of all time. Once it began, the entire crowd roared in unison, and then began chanting “Rock-y, Rocky-y, Rocky-y” as if we were in attendance at a real-life fight.  Never has a fictional sports figure had such an impact.  And then, just as quickly as the crowd had erupted, it then fell into complete silence as the film began.

From the opening moments, Rocky Balboa immediately felt as if Sylvester Stallone had made it a point to rediscover what inspired him to make the very first Rocky film, finding that same heart, emotion, and inspiration that helped America to fall in love with the character of Rocky Balboa.  Rocky Balboa felt as if it was meant to pay homage to the greatest films of the series (Rocky I and II), with references to some of our favorite memories, making some of Rocky’s most loyal supporters feel almost as if they’d come home.  Bill Conti himself was back to handle the film’s score, Sylvester Stallone had penned the story and was again behind the camera, and from the opening moments it was apparent that Stallone took this film very seriously, wanting to give fans of the series a fitting end to one of the most inspiring underdog stories of our time.  And before I go on, I would like to say that this was by far the most emotional Rocky film in the series, both for the viewers, and I also believe for Sylvester Stallone himself.

**Now that I plan to discuss some of the story, I will provide a minor spoiler warning for those who do not want to read any further, and are content with the part of my review that I’ve presented thus far.  Feel free to move on to the final portion of my review to learn of my final thoughts on the film.**

Spoiler for Hiden:
The film opens with beautiful scenes of the city of Philadelphia, from the Liberty Towers, to Boathouse Row, and finally to South Philly, the fictional birthplace of Rocky Balboa.  The scenes were beautifully cut, and they showed the Philly I remember.  I was immediately homesick, remembering all of what I loved about the City of Brotherly Love.  Rocky awakens on a cold Philadelphia morning, with only a picture of his beloved Adrian by his side on the nightstand, and already you are treated to references to the first two films in the series.

The story of Rocky Balboa begins with the anniversary of the death of Rocky’s personal strength, the real “rock” that helped to inspire him to do such great things, his amazing wife Adrian.  Rocky and his brother-in-law Paulie visit Adrian’s gravesite, with Paulie making his usual comments meant to disguise his true feelings, and Rocky struggling to deal with such a substantial loss.  As they have done in years past since Adrian’s passing, Rocky and Paulie had plans to tour some of the more memorable locations where Rocky and Adrian shared some of their most special moments, such as the old pet shop, the ice skating rink, and Rocky’s old apartment.  While visiting the site of the old ice skating rink, which has since been torn down, we finally see Paulie’s sarcastic armor finally begin to crumble, as he comes to regret his poor treatment of Adrian, and his inability to cope with the loss of a person he felt he never showed enough love toward.  It is a moving scene that finally shows Paulie’s true feelings no longer disguised behind sarcastic comments and bottles of liquor.

Paulie then storms off due to overwhelming guilt, and Rocky proceeds on to an old bar he used to frequent years ago.  It is here that he meets a person from his past, a woman who was once a young girl who used to hang on the corner of the old Atomic Hoagie shop.  And it is here that you begin to see the underlying theme of the film.  Dealing with aging, coping with losing things (such as loved ones, and sources of strength) from your past, and trying to get back up after being beaten down, but this time not by an opponent, but by life.  Rocky has obviously physically come along in years, but his knowledge and wisdom has also aged with him.  He is no longer the ignorant, naďve kid from the neighborhood.  Rocky has experienced a lot in his life, and through the distinctive Rocky-esque delivery you can immediately tell that he is obviously a much more intelligent and knowledgeable man, made apparent by various “speeches” he gives throughout the film that show just how much this man has learned in his life, and how far along he has come since that first fight with Spider Rico a number of decades ago.  But even though he has learned so much, he still doesn’t quite know how to deal with this next phase in his life, which involves coping with loss.  Rocky was never prepared for this day to come, for the day when his strength, his inspiration, his wife Adrian would no longer be with him. 

As the film progresses you learn of Rocky’s son and his unwillingness to live under his father’s enormous shadow.  He has made it a point to be everything his father is not.  He is educated, working in Center City in an office setting, maintaining higher-class friends, dressing in suits instead of boxing trunks, working with a pen instead of boxing gloves.  And you learn that he resents his father, and blames his father for having such an overwhelming shadow, making his own pursuit of success seemingly more challenging and difficult.  He almost never makes it a point to see his own father, and is rarely willing to make time for him.

And then we are treated to more beautiful scenes of Philadelphia as Rocky shops for supplies for his restaurant, named Adrian’s, of course.  He shops at one of Philadelphia’s most famous locales, The Italian Market in South Philly.  When he arrives at his restaurant, you soon discover another character from Rocky’s past, and you start to see a trend in Rocky’s lifestyle.  He is trying to help all that he can, showing just how much he has learned from a difficult life and his willingness to help all those who may have it a little tougher than him. 

As most know from the film’s trailer, eventually ESPN shows a computer-generated fight pitting the current boxing champion, Mason “The Line” Dixon, a hated fighter who is meant to epitomize the sorry state modern boxing is in, against Rocky Balboa, one of the most respected and loved boxers to have ever fought in the ring.

And, as most of you already know, the computer-generated fight determines Rocky Balboa as the winner.  This creates some unrest in Dixon’s camp, mainly with his publicist and manager, who mainly see this as an opportunity to make money, and this also helps Rocky to identify that he still has something holed up inside, a beast that is locked in his own “basement,” and until this beast is let go, he will be unable to move on with his life.  Following this realization, we are then treated to one of the most emotional and gut-wrenching scenes I’ve ever experienced in a Rocky film.  Rocky explains to his closest friend Paulie his reasons to want to fight again, and about the holed up, unresolved problems locked in his “basement,” and during this scene I don’t think there was a dry eye in the theater, including my own.  It was probably by far the most memorable scene in the film, and also one of the most moving of any Rocky movie, ranking up there with (and perhaps surpassing) Rocky’s outburst at Mickey in the first film for his sudden interest in managing Rocky after the announcement of the fight with Apollo.                             

Rocky then decides to apply for a boxing license, and you again get to see the knowledge and wisdom Rocky has developed over the years when he addresses the boxing panel.  Rocky has come a long way since his days of collecting at the docks, and you almost can’t help but feel a sense of pride in just how far he has come.  Shortly after earning his boxing license, Rocky is approached by Mason Dixon’s publicist and manager, who are hoping to pump some life back into the world of boxing.  They propose an exhibition fight between a respected champion of the past against a current champion of the present.

Not wanting to tell the entire film’s story, I’ve left out various story elements of the film that continue to showcase Rocky’s maturity, and that continue to add to the emotional weight of the film, but I don’t want to give everything away.  This is by far the most emotional Rocky film in the series, and except for the most cynical of the group, I doubt there will be many who can make it through with dry eyes, especially those who have grown up with Rocky as part of their own family, just as we have.  Just as Rocky has emotional items stored up in his basement that he needs to get out with the help of fighting again, this film also helps the audience to release some stored up emotion.  You can’t help to get emotional right along with Rocky himself, and even his friend Paulie.

Eventually we reach the inevitable, the Rocky Training Montage™.  But because of Rocky’s age and number of years in the ring, he now takes a different approach to training, and works on building pure physical power.  Because he no longer has the speed or endurance, he must now focus on sheer strength.  I felt that the training was a little too short, when compared with Rocky films of old, but it was nice to see a different type of training, and they really helped you to feel just how strong Rocky was becoming based on his training methods.  As his trainer put it so eloquently, Dixon would feel like he was trying to kiss a moving freight train.

And all that I have explained of the film thus far leads us to the one inherent part of every Rocky film, an epic boxing match.  And all I will say of the fight is this:  it is truly epic.  The filming style, the choice of colors, the flashbacks, it all made for one amazing battle between boxers.  The parrying between boxers was mind-blowing, the use and timing of Conti’s musical score was perfect, and the progression of the fight was just awesome.  I’m rarely a man at a loss for words, but I don’t think I blinked or even breathed during the match.  I don’t think I can put it more eloquently than:  It was FUCKING AWESOME.  Wow.

For those who have not read through the portion of my review that contains minor spoilers, I’ll summarize my thoughts here.  Rocky Balboa is by far the most emotional film in the Rocky series.  By far.  Even Adrian’s coma in Rocky II does not compare with Rocky’s emotional battle in this film, especially when you see how it affects Paulie.  Rocky is a man who has experienced a great deal in his life, and he has come a long way from the punk boxer collecting at the docks.  His knowledge and wisdom is made apparent on more than one occasion in the film, and you can’t help but feel a sense of pride in Rocky’s progression, and a feeling of respect for such a wise man.  The story is moving, the emotion is powerful, the fight is epic, the humor is spot-on, and the final chapter in the Rocky legacy is a fitting end to one of the most inspiring underdog stories I have ever seen.  Granted, it is not without its faults, such as a training montage that felt a bit short, an overall film length that felt a bit short due to characters not being as well-developed as I would have preferred and storylines not receiving as much focus as I would have liked, but it is apparent that Sylvester Stallone took this film very seriously, and he treated this final chapter with the utmost respect, which couldn’t have been made more obvious by his exit out of the boxing arena following his fight with Mason Dixon.

Rocky Balboa is a perfect end to the Rocky legacy, and because saying goodbye can oftentimes be rather emotional, it seems perfectly fitting for the final film in the Rocky legacy to be the most emotional of the series.  Rocky Balboa is an emotional goodbye to a close friend.

And when you see this film you owe it to yourself to stay until the final credits.  There is a still scene that manages to encompass the entire Rocky universe in one final shot, and it shows Sylvester Stallone saying his final goodbye to what can only be described as a legacy.

Yo, Adrian.  We did it.
6711  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW MP Games Friday 10 PM also Saturday 10 PM EST Dec 15/16 on: December 14, 2006, 03:27:06 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 14, 2006, 01:41:36 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 13, 2006, 04:49:38 PM

It seems I have a Christmas party on Saturday night as well.  Friday night is the company party from 6pm until around 11pm (cocktail hour followed by seven-course meal served personally by the chef, which should take some time), so if I'm going to play at all Friday night, it won't be until 11:30pm or midnight Arizona time (2am Eastern).  If I'm home earlier I'll definitely keep an eye out for people still playing online.  On Saturday our boss/friend is having a party at his house, and I have no idea how late that may run, but I probably won't be available until later Saturday night as well.  But, as with Friday, I'll check in when I get home to see if anyone is left playing.  Odds are I may show up too late, when everyone is already finished for the night, but I'll give it a try nonetheless.   



My giant heart is breaking.

Try to at least keep it relatively together. 

So I can cut it in half like the rest of you with my chainsaw.
6712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gift Cards on: December 13, 2006, 11:56:11 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 13, 2006, 11:26:57 PM

NPR is talking about how gift buyers tend to prefer gift cards.  But what I'm wondering is, do gift getters like gift cards?

Personally, I don't mind getting one, but there are places I don't really shop, so sometimes it can be inconvenient or not really useful.  For example, I like coffee, but if someone gets me a Starbucks gift card it's not really useful, since I don't really like 'buckies.

As for giving, it seems like a "I want to put as little though as possible into your gift" kind of gift.

What do you guys think?  Yea or Nay?

I think gift cards are more than an "I want to put as little thought as possible into your gift" kind of gift.  They are especially good for people who are difficult to shop for, especially when they are aware of how difficult they are to shop for.  The thought may seem lacking, but it comes into play when selecting the store from which to purchase the card.  Gift cards are also helpful for those who have to travel during the holidays.  My wife and I travel from Phoenix to Pittsburgh each Christmas, and we learned last year that the logistics surrounding gift transport are an absolute nightmare.  And shipping costs sometimes outweigh the cost of the actual gift.  We do most of our shopping while visiting Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving so that we don't have to factor shipping or transport into our travel plans, but sometimes gift cards are the ideal gift because they can be purchased anywhere, they are easy to travel with, they allow the recipient to purchase whatever it is they want, and recipients can see that you at least put some thought into where you purchased the card (I absolutely love cards from Best Buy because of my DVD and video game addiction, my little cousin adores cards to Barnes and Noble because she loves to read and she enjoys choosing her own books to purchase, and our pregnant friend was ecstatic to receive a card to Baby Gap so that she could buy some clothes for her child she normally wouldn't buy because of price).  And they're also helpful for long-distance relatives, and this year they were the perfect gift for my wife's sick grandmother.  She has been unable to cook since beginning chemotherapy sessions, and so we put together a selection of gift cards to every area restaurant that offers take-out so that my wife's grandfather can order and pick up take out, eliminating Gram's need to prepare food for every meal.  Now Pap can order and pick up dinner and Gram can rest peacefully knowing that Pap has things under control.  And because of the variety of cards, it's going to be a while before they have to eat the same thing twice.

There was a time when I insisted on buying what I considered to be "thoughtful" gifts, refusing to even consider gift cards.  But, I've learned that they serve a very necessary purpose, and I now appreciate being able to fall back on gift cards when shopping for difficult people, for distant relatives, or for those who enjoy choosing their own gift.  Hell, there may come a time when I just stock up on gift cards and give them to everyone, especially when considering just how much easier travel with a stack of gift cards might be when compared to traveling with actual gifts.
6713  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW MP Games Friday 10 PM also Saturday 10 PM EST Dec 15/16 on: December 13, 2006, 04:49:38 PM
It seems I have a Christmas party on Saturday night as well.  Friday night is the company party from 6pm until around 11pm (cocktail hour followed by seven-course meal served personally by the chef, which should take some time), so if I'm going to play at all Friday night, it won't be until 11:30pm or midnight Arizona time (2am Eastern).  If I'm home earlier I'll definitely keep an eye out for people still playing online.  On Saturday our boss/friend is having a party at his house, and I have no idea how late that may run, but I probably won't be available until later Saturday night as well.  But, as with Friday, I'll check in when I get home to see if anyone is left playing.  Odds are I may show up too late, when everyone is already finished for the night, but I'll give it a try nonetheless.   
6714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 games -- help me out on: December 13, 2006, 04:35:56 PM
I have to give a hearty recommendation to God of War.  By far my overall favorite game for the PS2.  Great story, amazing visuals (especially with progressive scan if you have your PS2 hooked up with component cables), one of the best musical scores I've ever heard in a game (rivalling Oblivion), and addictive and completely visceral gameplay.  It was by far my favorite game of the PS2 generation.
6715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: On XBox Live Arcade this week on: December 13, 2006, 04:30:07 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on December 13, 2006, 05:05:55 AM

Assault Heroes just got reviewed on IGN
8.7

Sounds pretty good for an XBLA game!

Nice.  I'm looking forward to checking this out when I get home from puppy school tonight.  Odds are I'll wind up completing my multi-day Rocky marathon in preparation for the pre-screening of Rocky Balboa I'm attending tomorrow night, but if I know a new XBLA game has been released it's hard for me to resist.  And this sounds like one of a few truly original games for XBLA worth picking up.  Who am I kidding.  I'm a sucker for new XBLA games, and I'll probably wind up buying it sight-unseen.  If only so my wife and I have something new to play co-op (she loves playing 2-player Mutant Storm Reloaded, and since the controls for this are very similar, I think she and I will be playing a fair bit of co-op on this). 
6716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you divide by zero? on: December 12, 2006, 10:25:26 PM
This self-proclaimed mathematical savior hasn't told me anything I haven't already learned while working for a corporation.
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Postulate 1: Knowledge = Power (Knowledge is Power)
Postulate 2: Time = Money (Time is Money)
Postulate 3: Power = Work/Time (As every Physics student knows)

Proof therefore follows:

Knowledge = Power (From Postulate 1)
Knowledge = Work / Time (From Postulate 3)

and since Time = Money,
we have: Knowledge = Work / Money (From Postulate 2)

Solving for Money, we get:

Knowledge x Money = (Work / Money) x Money
Money = Work / Knowledge

Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of Work done.

Conclusion: The Less you Know, the More you Make.
6717  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW MP Games Friday 10 PM also Saturday 10 PM EST Dec 15/16 on: December 12, 2006, 08:41:42 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 12, 2006, 08:36:28 PM

Chainsaw FTW.

gellar

Sorry I couldn't play last night.  I was in a heated battle of Madden with Jancelot, and then I was planning to head to sleep.  But don't stop inviting me.  Next time I'm in. 
6718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Official Madden League STARTED 9/3 on: December 12, 2006, 05:50:43 PM
I apparently joined GamingTrend shortly after this was organized, otherwise I would have been all over this.  I'm definitely interested the next time you all organize a Madden League.  Being that Devil is a veteran, I most likely will not have the option of choosing the Eagles, but it would still be fun to participate in some sort of organized league.  Although, based on the last post in both this thread and the results thread, it seems that interest in the league waned fairly quickly.     

If any of you are still playing the game, even though Madden is full of faults and problems (I've found that you either wind up with a very close, hard-fought game, or a complete blowout, with little in between), I still enjoy friendly competition from time to time.  Last night Jancelot and I played two very close games, one coming down to a field goal in overtime, and one where I was up by two with one second left, and Jancelot managed to complete a hail-mary prayer for a touchdown to win the game.

For me, being able to play NFL licensed football, even crappy NFL licensed football, is better than not playing any at all, so if there is any interest in rekindling the existing league (I could always fill in for a dropped out participant), starting a new one, or just getting together from time to time for a quick game, I'm at least interested, for what it's worth. 
6719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: On XBox Live Arcade this week on: December 11, 2006, 11:51:10 PM
After reading a hands-on write-up from Gamespot, this sounds like a lot of fun.  I'll definitely be downloading the trial, and I'll most likely buy the full game shortly after.  I'm a sucker for Live Arcade titles.  There aren't that many I haven't purchased.
6720  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW MP Games Friday 10 PM also Saturday 10 PM EST Dec 15/16 on: December 11, 2006, 11:05:04 PM
I've been rather busy since the last time SensuousLettuce and PhillyPeteRock met on the battlefield, so I'm definitely itching for some multiplayer mayhem.  Friday night is my company's Christmas party, so I may be online later that night, but Saturday night should be open.  We've got a birthday party for the puppy scheduled from 1 to 3pm, and Simba will most likely be absolutely exhausted after the day's festivities, so that should leave my evening open for some carnage while my puppy sleeps at my feet. 

I'll also keep an eye out for everyone while I'm online during the week since I haven't gotten into any online action since two weekends ago.  With visiting friends, guests at the house, traveling to Eagles games, etc, I could use a free night to play some Gears of War.
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