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14961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Impressions : Gaming Chairs for the Livingroom on: January 22, 2007, 05:50:25 PM
Now, I noted a few threads ago that Austin has non-conventional seating arrangements (two ladders = "theater seating" for eighteen slywink).

I am considering one of those crescent chairs or even a sumo lounge pillow. Anyone have impressions or recommended alternatives? I'm not in any rush, but I would like to get something in the next 2 months.

Oh, and ATB, "the floor" isn't a suitable response. Thanks Tongue
14962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT SOS - Anyone want to help me get a DS Lite? on: January 22, 2007, 05:36:42 PM
170CAD (includes Sales Tax)
shipping via CanadaPost/USPS should be less than 20CAD.. might be as low as 8 bux.

xchange rates are roughly US .85=1.00 CAD

lmk ASAP. I have it held at my local EBGames (which means you can still take it in if you have problems to your local shop).

Yeah I posted it here instead of PM so everyone knows where you stand on your help thread. biggrin
14963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Growing a forum on: January 22, 2007, 05:22:59 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 22, 2007, 03:21:35 PM

I think what we do well is not post huge posts with gigantic paragraphs.

I disagree.
14964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT SOS - Anyone want to help me get a DS Lite? on: January 22, 2007, 05:16:29 PM
I can get you a black one... but I'd be shipping it from Canada.
14965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Controller Ever? Also: Gesture Based Gaming. What's its Impact? on: January 22, 2007, 04:23:47 PM
I wish the 360 controller had a blackberry keyboard that can be attached to where the headset plugs in, and then has a spot for the headset to piggy-back on it.

That would be so freakin' awesome. Otherwise, 360 controller is the best.

And I love gesture-controlled games.
14966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 22/Jan/06 on: January 22, 2007, 04:00:35 PM
It keeps on a steep upward climb, CS.  icon_biggrin I'm a couple dungeons ahead of you, just got my expanded wallet, quiver and bomb bags.

Got some Wii Sports in with my buddy and my girlfriend and learned a few personal truths... for one thing, I am much more talented at Wii Tennis drunk than sober. Oh, and i still hate batting.

... and I need to raise my ceiling tiles a bit... spiking apparently needs more vertical room.  icon_lol
14967  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does Memory Foam... stink? on: January 22, 2007, 03:55:37 PM
Love my memory foam bed.

got some ultra edition mattress on teh cheap.
Never stunk once, so I'm guessing it has to do with quality. :shrug: YMMV
14968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Seven Steps To Being A Gaming Snob on: January 22, 2007, 03:11:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 22, 2007, 01:35:07 AM

I wonder who here is on step 5:

Everything new sucks until the next thing comes out. When that happens, the new thing invariably proves even more insultingly horrid, thereby making the previously sucky, no-longer-new thing way better by comparison and therefore classic and preferable to this new shit we're now stuck playing.


LE is gone.  tear  icon_wink
14969  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10,000 posts. History, The Site, The Future on: January 21, 2007, 05:21:51 AM

Quote from: warning on January 19, 2007, 05:23:22 AM

I've seen the full-size version.

It gives me wood.

Despite what the voices tell you, no one is interested in your "wood".  icon_twisted
14970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I don't think I can keep playing video games on: January 19, 2007, 10:29:40 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 19, 2007, 02:03:56 PM

Unlike TV and books, I think gamers tend to be much more addicted to their hobby, so the "break" tends to be more difficult. Plus, the interactive nature of games tends to create a closer bond to the entertainment than a typical movie or book. You don't hear about people dying inside Barnes and Noble. I've never read about marriages and college careers ruined over Stephen King novels. But games seem to be a whole different beast. God help us all when they actually invent a real holo-deck. I'll never leave the house again.

I'll be the first one downloading a Kate Beckinsale mod... oh, and a Mariah Carey one if it has a mute button. slywink
14971  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ATB's Last Stand: GoW MP 19/Jan/06 on: January 19, 2007, 10:27:52 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 19, 2007, 08:02:16 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 19, 2007, 06:01:47 PM

I might be in.

I still need to get into GoW insane. Got Chapter 1 closed, and I prefer co-op as the AI isn't always helpful.

Mind you, the last time I played with ATB coop I seem to remember hitting "X" next to him a lot ...  icon_wink

That said, he smokes me in MP so I guess it all balances out.

Hey Purge I would be interested in a insane playthrough for Gears...can we find a time to start?


Unfortunately I'm lending Gears to my buddy tonight for the weekend.. how does next weekend sound? biggrin

Kath, will do!
14972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PASTE! on: January 19, 2007, 10:19:47 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 19, 2007, 10:00:55 PM

041c-046c-7e67-cf02 40f8-6dc0-2c90-92a5 758b-30bb-38cd-96fe 1ce6-276d-2606-23b4

The strange part is that I don't know what the heck I was doing in the first place to generate that mess.

it's your Wii code slywink
14973  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PASTE! on: January 19, 2007, 10:19:15 PM

sending the link home to download.
14974  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ATB's Last Stand: GoW MP 19/Jan/06 on: January 19, 2007, 06:03:45 PM

Quote from: kathode on January 19, 2007, 05:33:38 PM

I'm kathode on XBL.
Should I add you to the Official GT 360 gamertag list, Kathode?
14975  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ATB's Last Stand: GoW MP 19/Jan/06 on: January 19, 2007, 06:01:47 PM
I might be in.

I still need to get into GoW insane. Got Chapter 1 closed, and I prefer co-op as the AI isn't always helpful.

Mind you, the last time I played with ATB coop I seem to remember hitting "X" next to him a lot ...  icon_wink

That said, he smokes me in MP so I guess it all balances out.
14976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii and those graphics. on: January 19, 2007, 05:54:37 PM
Ok, just to be clear :

"Not Bad" & "Just Fine" do not equal "jaw-dropping" or "pristine" or "excellent" or .... you get my drift.

I agree that the graphics are fine, I have no complaints. That said, I wouldn't want to play any games available with next-gen graphics on the system if there is no advantage to the game control layout. (e.g. a Gears version on Wii)
14977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I really WANT to support the 360... But its getting harder to/ on: January 19, 2007, 04:30:34 PM
My 360 still runs fine, but I had one scare the other day when enchanted arms crashed. I think it's my disk though. frown
14978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Controller Ever? Also: Gesture Based Gaming. What's it's Impact? on: January 19, 2007, 03:15:56 PM

Quote from: Austin on January 18, 2007, 09:33:10 PM

Mouse Keyboard.  slywink

I disagree; it's more sensitive but it isn't a better control scheme. It's just what you got used to and have been using for years.

If they could come up with a controller that read as sensistive but didn't require a 2d surface then the control would be even better.

Also, keyboards bite. you don't hold A down harder to run, plain and simple. You then need to augment with another char for running, or double-tapping etc.
14979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HAS Wii's NOW UPDATE: Sold Out on: January 19, 2007, 01:23:34 PM

you know you're going to order it. You may as well go to and buy the component video cables and an extra Wii Nunchuck and Wiimote.  icon_biggrin

The games still look damn fine.
14980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This is creepy! on: January 18, 2007, 03:48:37 PM
I too had also hoped a jackrabbit was going to be screaming at me.

Now I'm going to have to turn to the streets to get my kicks.  tear
14981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HAS Wii's NOW UPDATE: Sold Out on: January 18, 2007, 03:44:34 PM
Crabbs, thanks for the link!

Awesome contribution from a new poster!  thumbsup  thumbsup  thumbsup  nod
14982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I really WANT to support the 360... But its getting harder to/ on: January 18, 2007, 02:50:48 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on January 18, 2007, 02:29:49 AM

my take - in order to beat sony to market, they basically took what would've traditionally been considered a 'prototype' model, & put it into mass production (certainly explains 'the brick'). cost (& inconvenience to customers who 'want to support the 360' & therefore continue to play ball with them) means absolutely nothing to microsoft - crushing sony/playstation means everything (microsoft doesn't 'share' marketspace - it dominates ('microsoft explorer', anyone? this is nothing new...))...

so if you really do want to support the 360, understand that this is the business model you're supporting, package up that defective unit, hope for the best, & go with the flow, realizing that by doing this, you're simply enabling them to continue doing things their way...

1) "The Brick" also is on laptops, the Wii, etc... they took the heavy heat-generation out of the box. Good or bad, I don't feel it has anything to do with "prototype". There are a TON of electrical and electronic devices that have the power source outside of the box (look at the location for electric transformers for cordless phones, they're generally at the plug in the big-assed connectors).

2) MS is working their way to profitability in emerging markets, just like every other company. Sony hasn't exactly been the benevolent market leader either; I don't think your memory is recalling all the PS2s that died or the upside-down PS1s.  nod

3) I am supporting games and gaming, not one particular company. I am supporting game devs; if no games were on the 360, I'd not have one. Tongue

Quote from: semiconscious on January 18, 2007, 02:29:49 AM

(can you tell i'm really tired of the ps3-bashing smile )...

I'm just tired of the bashing. I don't think turning it around on some other product makes it any better.
14983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 18, 2007, 01:22:24 PM

Creepy... I bet that top-left dentist is also a serial rapist.  paranoid
14984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hello. on: January 17, 2007, 08:20:02 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 17, 2007, 02:47:31 PM

Quote from: warning on January 17, 2007, 02:27:19 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 17, 2007, 04:42:01 AM

Knock it off.

Quote from: ATB on January 17, 2007, 01:48:16 PM

Maybe it's time for you to leave, too.

I'm thinking you missed something important compadre.

Allow me to explain. No. Is too much.  Let me sum up by re-writing the sentence using the new TruthTeller Mod for simple machines.  It reveals the truth behind the typed word:

Maybe it's time for you who (are actually a pretty good friend of mine that I chat with almost every day over gtalk) to leave (not really and you know that and are probably laughing now too, but those who don't know of our daily jawing probably won't get it cause it's an inside joke except for maybe Mr. Fed who seems to have claravoiance -yeah i'm too lazy to look up the spelling of that word), too (and hopefully people won't take this the wrong way, least of all not a mod who should know that I'm a clown and never attack anyone except when they are being ponderously ridiculous which means that someone must think that Ike is beign ponderously ridiculous and perhaps that's an indictment of his own biases and prejudices rather than anything I actually typed. But you can't fault the man he's great and it is a high pressure position- one worthy of respect and he is responsible for a million posts and even though I'm his favorite he may not have time to read and absorb all the subtleties of my complex and award winning humor)

 saywhat and MY posts are turgid?

I think the B in ATB stands for bombastic.
14985  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GT Official Wii Number Wii Number Request thread on: January 16, 2007, 03:28:09 PM
List Updated Jan16,2007 : added Xmann and Zero.
14986  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial x360 Live Scoreboard (Bandwidth Warning) on: January 16, 2007, 03:15:36 PM
Mods, can you unpin this one? I'll create a new thread with NO replies... I'll also start a new comment thread.

This one can move down into obscurity.
14987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 model confirmed by Paul Thurott on: January 16, 2007, 03:10:50 PM

Quote from: Kobra on January 15, 2007, 12:29:57 AM

Thats fine RE PS2 vs 360  I never claimed such, but what about the Wii/Cube vs PS2?  I was basically stating that I feel they should have made a bigger jump in graphical power with the Wii, as it won't have legs beyond 1-2 Christmas's because of that IMO.

Tamogochi didn't sell because of it's screen rez.
Fad makes money. Nintendo isn't a hardware mfgr or console maker, they're a fad factory with many many success stories.

The customer base will move this product far further than tech specs.

NOW I've caught up. Ooo, and a triple-post-pad to boot!  icon_biggrin
14988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 model confirmed by Paul Thurott on: January 16, 2007, 02:55:18 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 14, 2007, 06:39:10 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 14, 2007, 06:33:15 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 14, 2007, 06:08:53 PM

Heck a lot of PS2 games I have look better than 360 games - so does that mean the PS2 is more powerful? 

Care to name them? 

Well, anything puts sneakking to shame.
14989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 model confirmed by Paul Thurott on: January 16, 2007, 02:43:52 PM

Quote from: Hetz on January 14, 2007, 03:51:05 AM

So, you are fine with having to 'upgrade' your console now every other year? I ask that as a serious question.

They should have had HDMI in the original model. I don't really care about the rest of the stuff...but HDMI is big. So, now if I want that, I have to buy another $300 console and upgrade?? This could get way out of hand, very quickly. I don't like where MS is going with this.

HDMI was tiny in 2005. (it still is, compared to component) Would I have paid an extra 50bux for it? No.

'upgrade your console' is just like 'upgrade your handheld'. GB,GB Color,GBA, GBA SP, GBA Mini, DS, DS Lite. PS1, PSOne, PS2, PSTwo ...*cough* I can't wait for Wii SP Lite Color, or the PSThree.  disgust

MS wasn't the first out of the gate with the redesigns on consoles and, in my humble opinion, isn't doing anything deplorable by ensuring their next version has value-added features.

Nintendo dropped component out on the GameCube, PS2 vs PSTwo dropped HDD support. At least they're _adding_ to the next gen hardware platform (and not just doing it for cost-cutting). If the features don't motivate you then stick with what you have; if they are a must-have I'm sure you can find a buyer for your 360gen1 ... hell, the warranty may still be available for it by the time the next gen is out.

If they drop the prices for Gen1 platinum, drop 360base, and offer the new one at standard retail (maybe even include the HDDVD in the console) I swear to you this time next year the 360base platform will be a forgotten "launch" mistake much like the oft-touted xbox1 original controller.

Quote from: Bruce Lee on rigid form
Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.

forgot the GBA Mini
14990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: On MLK's day, some thoughts about the dream on: January 16, 2007, 02:19:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 16, 2007, 02:14:43 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 16, 2007, 06:26:34 AM

Personally, I like it.  It's kind of a "welcome, n00bcakes.  Now kindly get the makin love out" kind of message.

Now that you mention it, it is kinda like the old west.  KD just roughed someone up and as they're crawling out of town on bloodied stumps with swollen eyes and their teeth leaving a trail behind them, he spits and says 'Welcome to GamingTrend.'

That's hot!  thumbsup

Or like Will Smith when he punches the alien in the head and yells 'Welcome to earf!'

Maybe not that one so much..

Thank you for challenging us with your unique perspective. Tongue
14991  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Ignore Feature Decision Inside on: January 15, 2007, 06:34:57 AM

I would put forth that the derailment should be "unwanted derailment" (to be determined by the thread creator and/or mods).

14992  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Carmack isn't AGAINST Vista, as the front page puts it on: January 14, 2007, 04:53:42 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 13, 2007, 04:10:27 AM

His next game is probably about four years away, so there isn't a rush for him (or id Software) to jump on in to Vista.

Yeah... apparently the "black" shader has no problems running on DX9 hardware.
14993  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Minor complaint: Smilies on: January 14, 2007, 04:40:26 AM
and slywink for wink.

Actually, it broke when we went over to SMF ... all the ones that would have been "normal" are named :icon_whatever:
14994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT Pet Thread (56k) on: January 12, 2007, 03:49:48 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 12, 2007, 02:51:03 PM

Have a dog.  Took him for a walk last night.  He rears up something in his mouth. I shake the leash as it's typically something bad.  It was.  He was eating another animal's crap.  Damn dirty ape.

I have no idea why you take him for walks in the bathroom, but you should have flushed.  icon_twisted
14995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT HT/Gaming Setups on: January 12, 2007, 03:41:38 PM
Austin, I love the ladder setup; that new euro-seating is freakin' awesome.  icon_wink

My divorce had knee-capped my gaming/HT rig.

Right now I have a 30" sony HDTV, a Wii, a 360, a HD PVR with Shaw and a Pioneer VSX1015X (IIRC) and Harman-Kardon HKTS-14 with an extra pair for the rear (7.1 setup).

All of it is running off a Monster Power 5100 MkII 4 stage power cleaner.

I'll post a pic of it; right now the set is a "make do" ... it was the small set before the breakup.
14996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where is my Wii code? on: January 12, 2007, 03:09:29 PM
I've sent out tons of invites, and not one response yet.

I've had 2 Mii's commit suicide due to another one learning to yodel, and one Mii has taken to stripping down and masturbating furiously to foldout pics of Miyomoto.

For GODS SAKE... I need to let them out!!

SOMEONE, ANYONE, Let my Mii-ples go...
14997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Calling it Quits on a Game: What's Your Threshold? on: January 12, 2007, 01:57:35 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 11, 2007, 07:38:02 PM

I'm on the fence right now as to whether to just give up and trade in both Jade Empire and Gladius since neither grabbed me and they're just sitting there taunting me while taking up space on my shelf.

Jade Empire sux. Don't bother. Put it under the tire of your car and crush it.  Gladius, on the other hand, is brilliant.  I finished that game after an all too short 55 hrs.  Man that was fun.  Meant to go back and play the other path but never did and sold it.  icon_frown

Whoa, hold on there son. You recommend destroying Jade Empire, and yet you can in good conscience sell Sea Dogs 2 Pirates (Xbox) on eBay?

That's going too far, ATB. Too far indeed. At least you could FINISH Jade Empire.  icon_twisted
14998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know you're a redneck if........ on: January 11, 2007, 04:26:00 PM
27 made me laugh out loud.  icon_biggrin
14999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Choose my last name on: January 11, 2007, 04:22:10 PM

Or Louis Cypher (Lucifer)
15000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 11, 2007, 03:10:44 PM

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

Quote from: PeteRock on January 10, 2007, 09:19:34 PM

That is some setup Pedro Roca.  You mean to tell me with a screen THAT big you still couldn't hit anything in GoW last friday?

Either I'm having a seizure, someones burning toast, or ATB just burned ForceBane.  icon_wink
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