That, and the comment on Obi watching the pod racing... there was a period between episode 1 and 2; presuming Obi allowed him time to harness his skills there is no doubt that he'd seen him drive (many) pod-racers.
Quote from: HankRaptor on January 23, 2007, 07:20:46 PM
Ebay is NOT overated, man that site rocks. If you are a collector of something odd, like I collect classic gaming consoles, ebay is amazing.
What it has done is driven the price up of EVERYTHING... But I recently got 6 star trek movies on DVD for 11$.00 so Im thrilled with Ebay..
Ok, so I trolled there with Hetz, but the PS3 is too early to call OVERATED... its barely out yet.. with no great games out yet...
eBay is an open marketplace. It has it's share of success stories, but I can generally find cheaper prices and shipping deals through established stores over eBay auctions. I'm not saying it doesn't have it's place, but it isn't the second coming. If there was a site that competed with eBay it would only have to fight the burgeoning brand recognition of eBay, not it's actual features, to replace it.
As having worked tech support for a couple major US ISPs (about 6 years ago) and I would estimate at least 10% of my callers who were signing up were either looking to get into Napster (v.1) or eBay ... or Day-Trading.
We're talking people who've never used a PC ever before; it was astounding.
As to PS3; there has been so much deflation of the product by the press and public opinion that I don't see how it could be considered overrated by any means. By Sony? That isn't "overrated" that is "overpromoted" ....
Spoiler for ...this isn't bait but could be construed as such:
Quote from: HankRaptor on January 23, 2007, 04:56:49 PM
Easy now... we don't need bait in the water.
As to over-rated; I'd have to say that this list and it's entire premise is bunk. For example: Apple could be considered overrated; it's still just a computer. It doesn't bandage your kid's knee when they fall down, nor does it heal the sick (any more than any other user-market PC).
Firefox is overrated; there are other browsers out there that are just as capable, and with better compatibility. Before IE7 I lived in SlimBrowser; damn it worked with EVERYTHING and gave me the UI I wanted.
Windows XP Media Center 2005 is overrated; it sucks. The Media portions of it are clunky and slow to load.
eBay is overrated; there is almost no net savings when buying or selling. It's a marketplace, and by no means the cure to B&M shops.
These are statements that could be considered for the list, at least they aren't about obscure, oft-ridiculed or downright unused products.
And the whole Windows 95 thing... I mean come on, is this grade three? Are they so hard up for articles that they take the pop culture "M$ sux" reference to try to get reader buy-in to their own product? I don't know about you, but the blanket statement "Any MS product in the last decade is crap" is a sad tune.
"Morphing", "Bullet-Time" and "CGI Villians" are much more overrated than this crap.
First order of business: Any spoilers should be contained within [*spoiler]text here[*/spoiler] tags (omit the *) . This is polite. If you want to add a comment on the tag itself, then you can use [*spoiler=summary of the point] and it will be on the spoiler button itself.
Plot Outline (ripped from IMDB): In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
My initial comments / recommendation: First of all, let me say this is one of the most powerful movies I've seen this year. I'm sure I've seen movies of this significance within the past 3 years, but none of them are popping up in readily accessible memory.
It is not a happy-go-lucky flick, and it isn't a "doomsday" movie either. I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't afraid of looking beyond the guardrails of society to the chasm that lies below us. It is a gritty telling of a story of faith and luck.
Spoiler for For those who have seen it:
I am amazed at how much more real the brutality, the killing and the people are than we are normally accustomed to in hollywood flicks. It's "saving private ryan" grit. The only thing that annoyed me was the "real" wobble on the camera to add the immersion.. it actually took away from it except after they get into the Fugi concentration camp.
I was also impressed at the way in which the main character was strong and forceful, but wasn't the traditional action hero who stood atop the piles of bodies to pronounce himself king... the only person I remember him physically "handling" was Sid. Oh, and the car chase scene downhill.
The way the Fugi's were handled was almost a direct parallel to the German concentration camps of the mid-1940's. I can even rationalize how the government came to getting to that state; I mean, you have to protect what you have left standing, right?
It filled my girlfriend with dread as to what kind of world our boys could grow up to face, it was that real to her.
They have a pink; they may have a white one. I'll check and call you back.
WBS, one problem, I'll need you to PP me the cash first as I've got no overhead to play with right now.
Just paid for a bunch of "do not pay for 12 months" stuff, and I'm dining on toaster-scrapings.
Update: WBS your black one is locked in. Coop, if another one comes in before wednesday evening I can prolly get one for you. Pink is currently the rest of their stock though... I will check tomorrow and wed morning with my buddy to see what I can do for you.
If I had the cash I'd consider fronting monies for you coop to check other stores, but the GF (who does share finances with me) would likely chop up my Wii (and not the Nintendo one) and mail it to you.
Both of you, PM me with you addy info, or if you want I can arrange to ship em BOTH to WBS.. your choice.
Now, I noted a few threads ago that Austin has non-conventional seating arrangements (two ladders = "theater seating" for eighteen ).
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
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.
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.
"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)
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.
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.
Quote from: semiconscious on January 18, 2007, 02:29:49 AM
(can you tell i'm really tired of the ps3-bashing )...
I'm just tired of the bashing. I don't think turning it around on some other product makes it any better.
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)
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!