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16601  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / anyone ever raise a baby squirrel? on: September 28, 2005, 09:05:42 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
You also might need a license.  I know that a local woman didn't have a license for a monkey she had and it got loose and started attacking people in the neighborhood.  I don't know if it applies to a squirrel, and I guess I really doubt it, but better to be safe than sorry.


that's just too fucking funny. ROFL!!!
16602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I would like to be able to afford a 4 billion dollar loss on: September 28, 2005, 02:13:06 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
4 years, billions of dollars of losses, and people are still playing the "oh it's all part of MS' plan to gain market/mind share, they'll make it all back someday, ITS AMAZING HOW FAR THEY'VE COME ALREADY" card.

You guys crack me up.


To sum it up : you gotta spend money to make money. They see digital entertainment as the new marketplace (and really, mainstream gaming is less than a decade old), so they're pulling out all the stops to get up-to-speed.

They would have wasted a f***load more money to buy a company such as Sega, Nintendo or Sony, and end up with less-than-guaranteed results.

They were willing, after 1 year on the market, to change their default controller based on market success. Do you think Sony would have done this to add analog triggers? MS is willing to try, to make mistakes to achieve non-conventional success.

As to the HDD SKU vs the 3Shitty, I am of the mind that they've made a huge mistake, however.... the price of a removable hard disk is this :

if your friend / family member has the hard disk at a different location, would you want to be able to still play your gaming library? Would you want your game system to be dependant on a removable device?
16603  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lobster Tank Game! on: September 27, 2005, 06:27:27 PM
This is freakin' sanitary.
16604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Origen 360 Countdown at Zero on: September 27, 2005, 06:21:14 PM
dude. This is a Europe only thing.

I got to a form and a quiz. then I had a selection of all the major european markets (only).

Ah well.
16605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Waterworld? Bah, Chump Change! Superman is teh Win! on: September 26, 2005, 10:32:30 PM
I think the play or pay people should be forced into the movie.

Like every 30 sec, theres a segway where Cage is in prison getting it up the ass, or eating dog shit, or being put through a series of unlikely embarassing moments. Maybe a mock wedding of him getting hitched to Roseanne with her saying something like "I swear, Nick! I *am* the lovechild of Elvis". I dunno, personally humiliating stuff. It's better that HE'S being humiliated, rather than the memory of Superman, and all the goodness Christopher Reeves brought to the role.

I mean shit, if he's gonna cost the movie that much, we may as well all enjoy it. If he breaks the contract, then they're off scott free. smile

I'd buy THAT for a dollar.
16606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black & White 2 .... on: September 26, 2005, 09:38:00 PM
Heya Phil!

Yeah, there's a lot of hating going on in this thread. Ah well; Pete opened his mouth too wide with Fable and put both feet in up to the knees.
16607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Best Game You've Played This Gen? on: September 26, 2005, 03:54:25 PM
9) FABLE - believe it or not, I liked it despite not changing the way we think, play, buy groceries, etc...
8 ) Dynasty Warriors 3,4,5 - Truly great games. It's nice to be able to build up characters, unlock more, and get a feel for the game characters and their interactions. 4 is, thus far, my favorite. I just got 5 last week.
7) Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (1)- truly first of its kind... awesome experience. When I was hiding in the parking lot eavesdropping on government officials, it felt so... real.
6) Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six series - Voice comm with NPCs, incredibly fun LIVE play. I miss this game.
5) KOTOR - For 3 weeks, my normal life atrophied while I played this. That, and I would make decisions IRL based on whether I was playing light side or dark side.  :twisted:
4) Burnout 3 - What's to say? Fun, addictive. Just ... WOW.
3) Halo / Halo 2 - It's gotta be said. Sure, this tune is always on the radio, but I still own it and play it. Co-op storyline rawks.
2) Crimson Skies - A-frickin' mazing game. Loved the dogfighting, the exploration, the sandbox style. I want a Crimson Skies 360 game RFN.
1) Xbox Live - It costs as much as a game; I figure this service qualifies. This has brought so much to the game play of some of my favorite games, and turned other games into a shadow of what they COULD be. (Dynasty Warriors online would just kick so much ass).

Nods to Mechassault 1&2 multiplayer, PoP. Ninja Gaiden, DOA
 Never played : BG&E
16608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Worst Game You've Played this Gen? on: September 26, 2005, 03:27:19 PM
Guys, I gotta say the topic title should be "biggest disappointment" rather than WORST game.

Jade Empire? JADE EMPIRE?? ever play Metal Dungeon? cripes man, at least Jade Empire makes SENSE. How about Nightcaster, or Legends, or any host of "C" grade games.

Seriously, rent Metal Dungeon. Send me the reciept and I'll pay. slywink

If you move your character backwards, the animation doesn't change from walking forwards... that's right folks, we're talking about Moonwalking. Ah-hee-hee-hee <crotch-grab>.

The opening movie looks like it was made in 20 minutes from a www.DigitalBlasphemy.com reject.

The gameplay was automatic so you didn't have to, you know, DO anything. Also, the characters were so generic you wouldn't care if they die.

There was an anime fighting game for Xbox that came out, Stake: Fortune Fighters, it is an atrocious* game. The menu music would get stuck 50% of the time entering the game, and repeat a 2sec clip over and over. IIRC, 2 of the buttons didn't even work as the manual described.

*def'n: atrocious  
  1) Extremely evil or cruel; monstrous: an atrocious crime.
  2) Exceptionally bad; abominable: atrocious decor; atrocious behavior.

Obviously I'm shooting for Column B here.

Last one:  BRUTE FORCE. The Halo killer. No, wait... it was an insomniac killer.
16609  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone have a good DVD release date link? on: September 26, 2005, 03:16:11 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Did you check www.tvshowsondvd.com ?  I find that they have DVD information pretty quickly.


ditto
16610  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We need some animated gifs, pronto! on: September 25, 2005, 12:55:36 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
That is uberfreaky dude...



She has HUGE ... tracts of land!
16611  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We need some animated gifs, pronto! on: September 25, 2005, 12:53:12 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"


Grandma, is that you?
16612  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / General - We've had enough on: September 25, 2005, 12:50:05 PM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
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You're THAT choked up about him leaving?

Ron, it didn't matter to me either way; he was a nuissance, but I have 7 ranks in my "ignore idiots" class skill (Wisdom based). biggrin

Christ, who put all those ranks in my "Geek" skill?! slywink
16613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black & White 2 .... on: September 25, 2005, 12:45:56 PM
Spar, that EQ2 comment undermines your credibility slywink
16614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Office XP on: September 24, 2005, 05:00:16 AM
I think it's now completely separate.

Here's the Microsoft Office Package Comparisons.

Here is the Frontpage Cost
16615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultimate Spider-Man Review is UP! on: September 23, 2005, 10:28:25 PM
*ahem*

meh.

/eom slywink
16616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultimate Spider-Man Review is UP! on: September 23, 2005, 09:10:16 PM
First : awesome review.

One thing Ron. What is the "Ultimate Edition" mentioned as PS2 only in the Final Words?
16617  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted : GC "Must-Have" Titles [UPDATED 9/23/05] on: September 23, 2005, 11:29:24 AM
any other games people want to trade? biggrin (read:bump)
16618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB (Canada) + Trade-in Business model [UPDATED.. it's ON!] on: September 21, 2005, 11:47:55 AM
Yeah. He's not hopeful that this will change this quarter. If it happens, it will be next year now, and since Gamestop is now involved, who knows where or how it will work.

(up until this week, Electronics Boutique was to be left as is; Gamestop was leaving the Canuck market unchanged. Clearly this is no longer the case.)
16619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB (Canada) + Trade-in Business model [UPDATED.. it's ON!] on: September 21, 2005, 03:58:34 AM
Yeah, well the pilot has been postponed due to Gamestop.

This new pilot was announced at the management meeting a couple weeks ago; Gamestop kaiboshed it as they're going in the hole to buy EB. They don't want any other financial risks.

Dammit. (I just talked to my buddy today).
16620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help! My monitor gives me eyestrain and headaches! on: September 20, 2005, 12:39:11 PM
I was tired. So you've given up the Rage eh? I guess the Machine won, then.
16621  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted : GC "Must-Have" Titles [UPDATED 9/23/05] on: September 20, 2005, 06:25:02 AM
I just got a GC this year (used for $20CAD, with 2x wavebird, HDTV cable, and GBA adapter and disc) and I'm looking for decently priced GC must-haves that people may be tired of (Animal Crossing, SMB, Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Super Mario Sunshine, etc).

I've got Zelda:WW and the bonus disk with all the other zeldas on it. I've now got Metriod Prime and F-Zero GX on their way from Warning.

Can you help me find a point to my awesome purchase? biggrin

- I now have :
   Animal Crossing (in mail from Bob)
   ZeroG FX (or something like that)
   Zelda WW + all the legacy zeldas except 3.
   Metriod Prime
   Eternal Darkness (maybe, Zarkon's looking to trade it, or other games)
16622  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Needed: Xbox Live Puck on: September 20, 2005, 06:19:32 AM
ygpm
16623  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Hey I'm selling some crap! Look inside punks! on: September 20, 2005, 06:16:47 AM
ygpm
16624  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 20, 2005, 06:15:49 AM
Damn it's cold in there.
16625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help! My monitor gives me eyestrain and headaches! on: September 20, 2005, 06:13:58 AM
uhm, yeah.

Robert Stack is the voice of Ultra Magnus, and died in 2003.

Hetz is getting a free Xbox360; not to be confused with hertz, which doesn't feel too good (being Thor hertz, and may be the cause of the pane).

LCDs use electrical charges to alter the opacity of the liquid, allowing color spectrums to pass through and thus coloring the light. There is no flicker to it. CRTs bounce electrons inside the tube onto the surface of your screen. I dunno about you, but that hertz my eyes.
16626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just saw the TeamXbox ingame movies of Gears of War... on: September 19, 2005, 08:10:01 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
... if you want to blame anyone for your gaming rut, blame me. smile


You BASTARD!! ::shakes fist::
16627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo with Girlfriend? on: September 19, 2005, 08:00:24 PM
Devil's a chick? IN! slywink  :twisted:  :twisted:  :twisted:

I've not played any co-op games specific to the Cube, but I *can* tell you Timesplitters is awesome on co-op. smile
16628  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Plague strikes WoW, players dying like flies on: September 19, 2005, 12:39:14 PM
It's sad really, I mean with all this "West Nile Virus" and "SARS" awareness, that they'd let this kind of thing happen. slywink
16629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB (Canada) + Trade-in Business model [UPDATED.. it's ON!] on: September 19, 2005, 12:35:10 PM
I dunno man, EB's best result for trading in is ~ $38. You'd have to be trading in 4 games to get the 40%, and not all new games end up with that value. (depends on stock, game popularity, etc).

In Canada there is no Gamestop; they've decided to just leave it as Electronics Boutique.
16630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB (Canada) + Trade-in Business model [UPDATED.. it's ON!] on: September 18, 2005, 07:25:24 PM
As I understand it, all new games sold will have this sticker. I dunno. It may just be a reciept thing, or the sticker may be on the inside of the case. As soon as it's on, I'll let you know. slywink
16631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB (Canada) + Trade-in Business model [UPDATED.. it's ON!] on: September 18, 2005, 06:09:34 PM
Also, a lot of those services (like gamerang / gamefly) are US only.

It pertains to new releases only. It probably has a 1 month from release date  requirement (so you're looking at new games only).

[shrug] I'm soo in!!
16632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB (Canada) + Trade-in Business model [UPDATED.. it's ON!] on: September 18, 2005, 12:42:19 AM
EB Games is piloting a new trade-in policy in Winnipeg, MB and one city in Quebec (dunno which one).

The new trade-in policy is this: on a new release game, you can trade it back to EB within a month of purchase for $10(CAD, or ~$8 US) less the purchase price (trade value towards another game).

eg: you buy Ultimate Spiderman for 59.99 on Oct 1.
 --- Before Nov 1, you take it back for a 49.99 instore credit.
 --- you go buy Tony Hawks American Wasteland (SE) for 69.99
 --- before Dec. 1 you take it back for 59.99 instore credit.
 --- you buy X360 Oblivion for 69.99, and end up keeping it.
 --- start over. (or have more than one game in the cycle.

This means you can basically rent new release games for 10 for one month. Not a day later, and no wierdo combos with other promo's (except I think the whole trade 3, get 1 free will still work on a PURCHASE of the initial game). If you love the game, just keep it. They stipulate that the game HAS TO BE purchased from EB Games, you need the sales reciept, and the game case will have a sticker on the back of it.

I got this info from my buddy who runs one of the EB Games in Winnipeg, and it will be starting in the next couple of weeks (this was rolled out in their big meeting that they all fly out for). It's a pilot, and they're trying to prove/disprove the model as they want all new-title purchases through them, and that their used titles are all newer games.

I can't wait!! Gonna buy me 3 games, and then just cycle through them. If I get one I want to keep for more than a month (rare) I'll buy another game.  This also means I don't have to deal with shipping times or worrying about not being able to get a new release game from "gamefly-like" services.

Can I get an amen? That's right. Booyah!
16633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I Fear for my Wallet on: September 18, 2005, 12:32:12 AM
Black & White 2.
16634  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 17, 2005, 09:01:05 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
I got to test drive one of these at the Tokyo Game Show.  Fun as hell to use, but they really need to work on placement of the "G" button.  I'm afraid it's gonna be too difficult to reach for most gamers.


Nice...
16635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your most hated flaws in TV shows and movies on: September 17, 2005, 08:59:20 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
ever notice when people pull up in a car, in no particular frenzy, then leave the headlights on when they leave the car?  


Have you ever driven somewhere and you were engaged in a conversation?
A real conversation would include "hold on a sec", and "You EFFEN TWIT! Learn how to drive, you asshole!!"

That doesn't happen. No one actually reacts to the road.

Or park . They never reverse unless it's a plot point. They always go forwards.
16636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XB360] Oblivion - Collectors Edition - $69.99 on: September 17, 2005, 08:55:26 PM
IN. Preordered.
16637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The real Revo controller on: September 17, 2005, 08:54:57 PM
I've GOT TO SAY THIS....

I think they're riding the iPod style into everyone's livingroom. Did you see those concept photos ? Tell me that doesn't look like the iPod interconnectivity that the world has been eating up with a $400 spoon.
16638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The real Revo controller on: September 17, 2005, 08:41:15 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
That is a phenomenal statement considering that even the most die hard of Nintendo fans would admit that in the last several years there have only been a handful of GCN exclusives that were good. When they were good, they were fantastic-but "all about the games"? Please, lets see the games first.


I was speaking to their corporate direction, not necessarily their market success with the Gamecube specifically.

Also keep in mind, this is coming from me, a big Xbox gamer... "N" is all about the games. I didn't say they've excelled with the GC; you don't see them releasing anything but offline games though. The GBA and DS show that they are very much alive and profitable in their specialized field.
16639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout Revenge on: September 17, 2005, 08:35:05 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
That's the point of turning it off.  You can boot the Xbox without the modchip engaged, so there's nothing to detect.


Other hardware mods, like hard disk replacement or space / allocation on the hard disk can reveal it just as well as detecting the mod chip itself.

They nuked 10,000 live accounts when Halo2 was released.

A lot of them were for hard drive size modification.
16640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your most hated flaws in TV shows and movies on: September 16, 2005, 07:32:01 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Good grief, not this worn out gripe yet again...


Well Charlie Brown, have you ever watched european television? They tend to do things a little differently :

1) they don't avoid nudity where appropriate.
2) when the series is over they end it.

And as far as WORN OUT, no one else has mentioned this point in this thread. If I'm to understand the point of this topic, it's to share, not drop one-line complaints about other people's posted gripe. You obviously have an opinion on the topic; I'm guessing it rests in the puritan camp.

BOOBIES!!!  :shock: Is that what you expect of us? I'd rather look at a well-put-together love scene over a grizzly murder scene any day.
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