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7321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 10 on Wii - new art style on: April 30, 2009, 12:03:21 AM


I guess it sort of makes sense to have stylized player art due to the graphics power of the Wii. However, it looks like they left most of the rest of the game the same, so it looks like these weird guys are playing in the non-weird world.

http://kotaku.com/5233341/ea-shows-off-madden-10-for-wiis-genre+defining-art-style
7322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just when you thought Hollywood was out of ideas: Humpty Dumpty! on: April 29, 2009, 11:28:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 29, 2009, 10:14:53 PM

So you still haven't found funding for 'Zombie Killing Puerto Rican Love Machine?'

They're afraid he'd spend half the budget in the "champagne room".
7323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 29, 2009, 02:11:45 AM
It doesn't matter if the specific idea I had doesn't work. There are plenty of different things that could be tried, and TPB didn't try any of them. Not only did they not try them, they resisted any attempt by content owners to protect their material and made it even easier for people to get pirated material by organizing the links to said material and hosting trackers.

All you are arguing is that shutting down TPB won't stop piracy. I don't really care. Nowhere in this thread have I ever claimed to have an answer to stopping piracy. All I have ever said is that they broke a law and should be punished for it.


7324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 29, 2009, 01:06:26 AM

Quote from: cheeba on April 29, 2009, 12:58:39 AM

Quote from: Teggy on April 29, 2009, 12:12:10 AM

I really didn't want to get back into this argument, but people who are defending the Pirate Bay keep going down the same road - that you could find something legal on the Pirate Bay site.

I looked at all of these searches. The largest seeded torrent under the "Wow Patches" search is a set of illegal console ROMs. Most of the legal stuff has little to no seeds.
Does it matter the number of legal vs. illegal stuff? The Pirate Bay cannot tell what is legal or illegal. It just tells you what people have put out there for download on their computers.

Sure they can, they just have to look at the file names and descriptions. If they wanted to, they could restrict against finding files with the pattern "sXXeXX" in the title or the words "crack" or "no-CD" and they'd immediately wipe out a huge portion of illegal tv shows and software from their search results.

Quote from: cheeba
Quote
However, this is immaterial. It doesn't matter what one theoretically could find on The Pirate Bay. What is important is how they organize their site, what they provide easy access to and (based on the case) what trackers they host.
Why does it matter how they organize their site? I wanted to download last night's Chuck episode, so I searched for "chuck s02e22". The only difference between searching for it on Pirate Bay and Google is that on google it helps to type "filetype:torrent." Are those 2 words really the difference between good and bad to you?

Finding TV shows on the Pirate Bay does not require a search. You simply click the "tv shows" link on the front page and it lays everything out for you by show and season. It presents things to you that you might not have even thought of searching for, which is significantly more than Google does. And again, if someone asks Google to  remove access to a link, they do it. TPB does not. And TPB hosts trackers, and Google does not.
7325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pepsi/Mountain Dew Throwback on: April 29, 2009, 12:42:08 AM
I heard an ad for this on the radio. They mentioned it came in a special throwback can, but I figured it would like the 80's red, white and blue can.
7326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best fighting game ever is coming to XBL/PSN this summer! on: April 29, 2009, 12:37:02 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 28, 2009, 08:25:57 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 28, 2009, 08:13:43 PM

Okay, what's the 4th D? Does the boxing match take place outside of the confines of time, somehow? Like, you can go and deliver the knockout blow to your opponent when he's still a toddler?


Bah, that joke is so Today at 11:30:15 AM.

I will admit that his is a lot funnier, though.
7327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 29, 2009, 12:12:10 AM

Quote from: TiLT on April 28, 2009, 04:15:15 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on April 27, 2009, 07:26:35 PM

I dont believe for a second that pirates bay was used 'extensively' for legal means, as its just not true.   So no new arguments need to be brought.

Then stop being a knucklehead and go there to search for yourself. The site is up. You don't have to speculate or believe anything. The proof is available to anyone who is actually interested in serious discussion and isn't just participating in the thread in order to be trollish.

But wait! I'll do it for you, since you're obviously going to search for something like "The Dark Knight DVD rip" and complain that you're not seeing any legal results.

WoW patches: http://thepiratebay.org/search/wow%20patch/0/99/0
Game music remixes: http://thepiratebay.org/search/ocremix/0/99/0
Public domain books: http://thepiratebay.org/search/public%20domain%20books/0/99/0
Abandonware: http://thepiratebay.org/search/abandonware/0/99/0 (yes, I know Abandonware isn't strictly legal, but with HotU down, torrents are a very attractive alternative to something that would otherwise be unavailable to anyone, paying customer or not)
Patches in general: http://thepiratebay.org/search/patch/0/99/0
Linux: http://thepiratebay.org/browse/303

These were all generic searches, and with the exception of WoW I didn't search for a particular product. Yet all those search results are overflowing with legal torrents. So much for the "Pirate Bay isn't used for legal stuff" argument, eh?

Yes, you'll find the occasional illegal result among the searches above, just like on Google. If you absolutely have to go for a counterargument, please try to be more clever than using that one.

I really didn't want to get back into this argument, but people who are defending the Pirate Bay keep going down the same road - that you could find something legal on the Pirate Bay site.

I looked at all of these searches. The largest seeded torrent under the "Wow Patches" search is a set of illegal console ROMs. Most of the legal stuff has little to no seeds. The largest seeds for the "patches in general" search are cracks of Windows XP SP3 and Alcohol 150%. The largest seeds under "public domain books" is a set of hacking and cracking tools. There are basically 0 seeds under the "game music remixes" search.

However, this is immaterial. It doesn't matter what one theoretically could find on The Pirate Bay. What is important is how they organize their site, what they provide easy access to and (based on the case) what trackers they host.

I rarely agree with what brettmcd writes, but he is not trolling here. This is not an argument over the legality of torrents. It is not an argument over what would or would not happen if you suddenly made pirating or drugs or prostitution legal. It is an argument about what The Pirate Bay site is and what they did under current laws. They went out of their way to help people find pirated material, hosted trackers for pirated material, and most importantly resisted any effort from content owners to protect material that appeared in searches on their site.
7328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best fighting game ever is coming to XBL/PSN this summer! on: April 28, 2009, 06:03:22 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 28, 2009, 04:38:40 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 28, 2009, 04:30:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 28, 2009, 03:51:17 PM

Quote from: EvilHomer3k on April 28, 2009, 03:22:37 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on April 28, 2009, 03:18:31 AM

4D Boxing is coming to Xbox Live???????
Fixed.
You guys are bad at fixing things.

How does that even work? You can rewind if you don't like the punch that was just thrown?

You kids these days.  I'm talking of course about the greatest boxing game ever seen on this earth:


Well, as fighting games go, I could never really handle anything more complicated than Karate Champ for the Apple IIe biggrin
7329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best fighting game ever is coming to XBL/PSN this summer! on: April 28, 2009, 04:30:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 28, 2009, 03:51:17 PM

Quote from: EvilHomer3k on April 28, 2009, 03:22:37 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on April 28, 2009, 03:18:31 AM

4D Boxing is coming to Xbox Live???????
Fixed.
You guys are bad at fixing things.

How does that even work? You can rewind if you don't like the punch that was just thrown?
7330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I.Joe: Resolute on: April 28, 2009, 02:29:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 26, 2009, 04:31:23 PM


I was curious about who Dialtone was when I was watching the cartoon, so I looked it up on the web. Dialtone has actually been a female before, in comics.
7331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: April 28, 2009, 01:14:26 PM

Quote from: dmd on April 28, 2009, 12:51:41 PM

I didn't catch it....
Spoiler for Hiden:
do the new villains have a name?

when asked who they were, all they said was
Spoiler for Hiden:
"we're spies, the best"
7332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar/Apr 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: April 28, 2009, 03:28:12 AM
I'm plan on finishing it, just not in April.  icon_redface
7333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best fighting game ever is coming to XBL/PSN this summer! on: April 28, 2009, 03:04:11 AM
I find it deeply disturbing that neither Wonderpug or Harkonis have posted in this thread. Someone call 911 slywink
7334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unusuals on: April 28, 2009, 01:38:58 AM
I've watched the first 3 episodes and I'm digging this.  thumbsup thumbsup
7335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Quit giving your kids silly names on: April 27, 2009, 08:30:09 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on April 27, 2009, 08:16:40 PM

Quote from: kathode on April 27, 2009, 05:33:05 PM

On the subject of silly names though, my brother just had a baby boy about 10 days ago.  First and middle names - Max Danger.  Nope, not a joke thumbsup I hope he's cool.  If not, this could be a problem.

Clearly everyone in this thread is ignoring the sheer awesome of this name.

"Danger is my middle name" yeah, yeah, yeah.
7336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: April 27, 2009, 05:39:47 PM
So my wife decided she wanted to see this movie (she bought the blu-ray), but a friend at work told her she had to read the books first. So, in about a week or so she read through all 4 books. This is not really a great feat, because although the books are quite thick, there's about 3 words on each page. Seriously, it's like they figured they could just make the large type version for everyone so there would be no need for separate versions.

Anyway, she explains to me that the way vampires have fun is to play vampire baseball, which sounds like the stupidest thing I have ever heard (and a lame attempt to have a quidditch substitute). I figure that any smart writer/director would excise this from the filmed version, but I watched about 3/4 of the movie with her, and there it was. It may have been the most retarded scene I have ever seen in a movie.
7337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: April 27, 2009, 05:15:55 PM

Quote from: Moliere on April 27, 2009, 04:23:20 PM

Not to undermine the premise of the movie, but who would come up with the idea of putting a person alone on the moon for 3 years? That just seems like a recipe for disaster that no one outside of the University Psychology department would contemplate.

Oh, but he's not alone, he has that friendly not-HAL to keep him company. And I'm sure not-HAL has nothing do with any of this.
7338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free KFC tomorrow (Monday) on: April 26, 2009, 10:47:40 PM
I had the non-healthy version tonight  ninja
7339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [LTTP] Shadow Hearts on: April 25, 2009, 04:41:51 PM
So I just finished up the first portion of the game (a little over 10 hours in). I went to look at a FAQ to get more information on the bosses I just fought and found out that

Spoiler for Hiden:
If you make Alice give specific answers during her torture scene, you open up a sidequest. However, that sidequest is back in Shanghai, and it requires you to leave Alice and Dehuai alone while the game is telling you that essentially you need to get to the top of the tower as quick as you can to prevent a catastrophe. It's not even clear from the FAQs that the game gives you any idea that the sidequest exists even if you have unlocked it. That's good game design?
7340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Club: May 2009 Game Voting on: April 24, 2009, 08:00:49 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on April 24, 2009, 07:39:25 PM

Quote from: disarm on April 24, 2009, 05:56:00 PM

awesome...now i just need to find a cheap copy...

Some thoughts...

I was in a GameCrazy over lunch and they had a used copy for $9. I think they are even running a buy two get one free used game sale on games under $10.

At the moment, Half.com has 22 "like new" copies starting from $6.50 plus $3.50 shipping, so you can probably find one there from a good seller for $10 to $12. Linkie.

Goozex has copies available if you are down with the trading thing. (or you could essentially buy a copy for $15 - actual cost about $8.50, but you have to buy groups of points/trade tokens).
7341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 04/24/09 on: April 24, 2009, 07:03:31 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 24, 2009, 05:08:39 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 24, 2009, 04:54:50 PM

Would it kill them to flash a low battery indicator on the screen?). If I'm good I'll also work on Deus Ex a bit.

That wouldn't teach you discipline now would it.

Also, that little power light blinks for a pretty good length before it shuts off....

Yes, but they put the little light directly under your thumb, so you actually have to remove your hand from the device to notice that you are running low on battery. The PS3 tells you onscreen when your controller is running low on battery, the PSP should do the same.
7342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 04/24/09 on: April 24, 2009, 04:54:50 PM
Pushing forward on Shadow Hearts (about 9 hours in) and I'll probably try to make some progress on Killzone:Liberation (It looked like I was finally about to beat the boss the end of chapter 3 after about 30 tries when my battery died  mad Would it kill them to flash a low battery indicator on the screen?). If I'm good I'll also work on Deus Ex a bit.
7343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla demo is out! on: April 24, 2009, 03:12:28 PM
I've seen a little bit of this on X-Play but couldn't get a complete handle on it. Does it sort of work like Mercenaries, but on another planet?
7344  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: April 23, 2009, 05:14:20 PM

Quote from: Moliere on April 23, 2009, 04:58:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 23, 2009, 04:46:42 PM

There are plenty of rules regarding age of consent, so you can't marry a child.
With a wide disparity between the ages of consent.  9?!


I believe there are separate laws for consent to sex and consent to marriage, although that age is also very low in some countries. Without parental consent, it's generally 18 in the US (which is what we are talking about here, after all smile ).
7345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Club: May 2009 Game Voting on: April 23, 2009, 04:48:08 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on April 23, 2009, 04:46:17 PM

Bumpity Bump for the last 24 hours of voting. Last chance to vote!

I'm going to add my vote to God of War.

Totals to Date:
God of War: 6
Castlevania: 3
The Darkness: 3
Gun: 0

Hey GB - your FF blog doesn't seem to be working. I was kind of curious how you were progressing on that with all this GOTM playing smile
7346  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: April 23, 2009, 04:46:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 23, 2009, 03:11:24 PM


Quote
As a Christian I believe marriage is one man one woman. As an American, I still believe that, but should it only be that? Not sure.  Does allowing gay marriage open the door for other 'unions'? Maybe.
I don't see a slippery slope here.  If some guy wants to hump his toaster, that problem will solve itself.

I always get a little annoyed by the slippery slope argument because it is clear that a marriage has to happen between consenting parties. A dog or a pig can't consent, so you can't marry one. There are plenty of rules regarding age of consent, so you can't marry a child.

HOWEVER, I can't say I have a good argument against polygamy/polyandry. You have to somehow protect against the FLDS/Waco situations, but I suppose it's possible for some group of consenting adults to want to make some sort of commitment, and I really wouldn't have problem with that. Someone would have to work out the tax implications, though (as Purge mentioned while I was composing this, apparently).
7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 23, 2009, 04:24:01 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 23, 2009, 04:01:01 PM


Quote
“We have approached Google and told them about this. We have asked them if they want to be our opponents or our partners. We have ten people in London working with them on a daily basis [to make illegal music unavailable]. If Google had indicated they would be our opponent, we would have taken them to court.”


So much for all those arguments about how Google is different because it isn't their main goal, or they don't advertise it....Google isn't sued because they have already given in.  I don't know that is bad but I do think it is interesting.

I also mentioned that Google takes down copyrighted material when asked, which is what this says.
7348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you remember the first time? on: April 23, 2009, 03:48:20 PM
In 1991 when I was a college freshman, a somewhat more geeky friend at another college told me to check into email access. I know we definitely didn't call it the internet at that time. I had access to two servers, one Vax and the other is escaping me, and I used that to email friends at other schools. Cornell uses your initials for your net ID, followed by a number representing if you are the first, second, third, etc. person with the same initials to get the ID. I got the first ID with my initials, which I thought was cool (still have it and use it as a forwarding address). I would also visit MUDs from those servers during freshman year.

I can't recall exactly the first time I used the WWW. I know a friend of mine clued me into Mosaic, and I think I started using it in 1994. I definitely remember using it from the broadband connection we had at the student union.

First home broadband I can't recall exactly. It was Comcast, probably around 2000-2001.
7349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Killzone Liberation on: April 22, 2009, 03:28:28 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 22, 2009, 03:13:13 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 22, 2009, 02:35:26 PM

Grr...the stupid walking tank boss at the end of chapter 3 is driving me insane.

You can change the difficulty before each mission.


But then I'd have to replay the whole mission to get back to the boss. And I'd be a wuss, although I've never had a problem with that before. So...but I'd have to replay the whole mission!
7350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Killzone Liberation on: April 22, 2009, 02:35:26 PM
Grr...the stupid walking tank boss at the end of chapter 3 is driving me insane.
7351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [LTTP] Shadow Hearts on: April 22, 2009, 02:01:14 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 22, 2009, 01:50:04 AM

Quote from: Teggy on April 22, 2009, 12:54:25 AM

So, I am about 5.5 hours in and I just finished the Sea Mother parts. I didn't find it all that odd or anything. Were you just referring to the storytelling part where there was a voiceover?



Were you playing with the sound on?

Sluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurp.  Sluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurp.  Sluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurp

I guess I'm just used to bad voice acting smile
7352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [LTTP] Shadow Hearts on: April 22, 2009, 12:54:25 AM
So, I am about 5.5 hours in and I just finished the Sea Mother parts. I didn't find it all that odd or anything. Were you just referring to the storytelling part where there was a voiceover?
7353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If you were planning to wow your significant other by cooking dinner... on: April 21, 2009, 11:14:41 PM
My wife's favorite is beef wellington, which definitely got us some wows when we served it at an xmas party a few years ago. Takes a bit of work though because you can screw up the port wine sauce.
7354  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: April 21, 2009, 10:18:11 PM
It probably wasn't really a fair question to ask, and PH's response was poor. However, she certainly could have handled it a lot better, and that's sort of what being Miss USA or Miss America or whatever is all about. First of all, she said, "in my country" and then corrected herself by saying, "in my family", and at that point she had strayed for a moment into self-righteousness and was kind of screwed. She should have been trained to give diplomatic answers to questions like these like, "it may not be what I believe in, but I do believe that everyone should have their rights protected. We have a government for and by the people and I think the will of the people will decide this issue in the future." Answer the question, but don't answer the question, and don't make waves. Her coaches should have taught her to handle these things.
7355  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: April 21, 2009, 06:51:30 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 20, 2009, 03:17:32 PM

If you care deeply about Angelina Jolie's brief impressions of the Pre (she's apparently using one, along with a few other celebrity types), read on:
http://www.precentral.net/angelina-jolie-mini-reviews-pre
Quote
"I asked her how she likes the phone," a production assistant on the set of Salt told me. "She went on about it for about two minutes. She basically said she likes the software better than the iPhone, she likes the thumboard for texting (although the keys aren't big enough), and thinks the screen is beautiful but can be too easily scratched."

That's cool, it sounds like an honest review instead of sounding like they made a deal with her to rave about it.
7356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Ruins on: April 21, 2009, 06:47:32 PM

Quote from: Crawley on April 21, 2009, 06:37:38 PM

This one had crummy reviews so I was expecting bad when I went to watch it but it wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be. Since it was by the Simple Plan author I was still hoping for bet...hang on a sec...I think my cell phone is ringing..

Yeah, that bit was creepy.
7357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Club: May 2009 Game Voting on: April 21, 2009, 01:59:38 PM
I haven't played a DS game in a while, so I'm actually going to vote Castlevania.

BTW, I'm still planning to finish DX, it just might not be in April. I got kind of burned out on it, but I'll probably go back to it this weekend. I'm at the point where

Spoiler for Hiden:
you have sunk the ship and are escaping. I ran into the pack of spiders blocking your way but didn't have any EMP grenades left. I tried getting past them a few times without success. I think I can get by them while taking a bunch of damage, but at the time I was getting a little frustrated so I shut down
7358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] The Ruins on: April 20, 2009, 06:45:30 PM
I seem to have gotten into this bad habit of clicking on to horror movies before bed. The other night it was Saw IV (which had some really bad acting and some horrible editing, but was kind of engaging due to the traps) and then Saturday night it was The Ruins. This is one of those cases where I thought I was watching a suspense/thriller and it turned out I was I was watching a fairly gory movie (similar to when I watched Event Horizon). There is some messed up stuff in that movie.

I wound up surfing afterword to find something to "cleanse the palate" and wound up on "Lost and Delirious", which wound up not being exactly what I thought either.
7359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 04/17/09 on: April 20, 2009, 04:10:30 PM
I was home alone all weekend and didn't play a single game - I got a new Macbook last week and I spent a ton of time playing with iMovie and GarageBand. I am clearly obsessed. I did download demos for Call of Duty and Lego Batman because I was curious how the new graphics chip performed.
7360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 9 on: April 20, 2009, 02:55:28 AM
Kind of reminds me of skinny sackboys, and then there's this shot in the trailer:



But yeah, looks neat.
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