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7441  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Americans really aren't all that weird on: July 23, 2009, 09:29:05 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/magazine/26FOB-2DLove-t.html

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Nisan didn’t mean to fall in love with Nemutan. Their first encounter — at a comic-book convention that Nisan’s gaming friends dragged him to in Tokyo — was serendipitous. Nisan was wandering aimlessly around the crowded exhibition hall when he suddenly found himself staring into Nemutan’s bright blue eyes. In the beginning, they were just friends. Then, when Nisan got his driver’s license a few months later, he invited Nemutan for a ride around town in his beat-up Toyota. They went to a beach, not far from the home he shares with his parents in a suburb of Tokyo. It was the first of many road trips they would take together. As they got to know each other, they traveled hundreds of miles west — to Kyoto, Osaka and Nara, sleeping in his car or crashing on friends’ couches to save money. They took touristy pictures under cherry trees, frolicked like children on merry-go-rounds and slurped noodles on street corners. Now, after three years together, they are virtually inseparable. “I’ve experienced so many amazing things because of her,” Nisan told me, rubbing Nemutan’s leg warmly. “She has really changed my life.”

Nemutan doesn’t really have a leg. She’s a stuffed pillowcase — a 2-D depiction of a character, Nemu, from an X-rated version of a PC video game called Da Capo, printed on synthetic fabric.
7442  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mark Buerhle pitches a Thursday afternoon perfect game on: July 23, 2009, 09:08:43 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=290723104&campaign=rss&source=MLBHeadlines

Talk about bad timing for the tv ratings.
7443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lost] Does it make sense? on: July 23, 2009, 08:27:52 PM
They have started to explain things and will have to explain a lot more in the upcoming season. You do find out why there are polar bears there (I think that was season 2) but the things that they hinted at about Walt have not really been touched on. They may have abandoned it entirely or they may eventually come back to it, but I have a feeling they will not.
7444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 23, 2009, 02:42:32 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 23, 2009, 02:24:53 AM



and i need 1 stamp(get 10 squad assists)<<no idea how to get this,i know its 10 in a game..not altogether


I was so annoyed because I got this stamp (teamplayer) and then the server we were on shut down and all the stats I had for the hour or so prior were lost, along with the stamp. I think the easiest way to do it is to have a squadmate who is good with the tank. Keep getting in the gunner seat and soften people up with the machine gun, but let the driver kill them. Or don't shoot at all and hope you don't get shot out. Jarrod was driving when I got it, so he might be a good choice smile
7445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sam Raimi to direct Warcraft movie? on: July 22, 2009, 04:32:12 PM
Imagine if he used the Harryhausen-esque stuff like in Army of Darkness? icon_lol
7446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CoD: WaW Map Pack 3 on: July 21, 2009, 04:30:41 AM
Man, they're really cranking those things out.
7447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strategy games for people who don't like strategy games? on: July 21, 2009, 04:22:36 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 21, 2009, 03:19:51 AM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on July 21, 2009, 02:08:14 AM

try Future Tactics for PS2/Xbox/Gamecube/PC - see my write up here.



I found this last year in the "crap box" at Best Buy and picked the PS2 version up for all of 5 buckazoids. It was quite enjoyable.  icon_cool

Interesting - the XBOX version is apparently BC and has 720p support.
7448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: July 20, 2009, 08:47:48 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 20, 2009, 08:34:02 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 20, 2009, 08:32:13 PM

I have enjoyed the Resident Evil movies, especially the first one. Alien 3 as well. Maybe love is a little strong, though.

I LOVE the Resident Evil movies...every single on of them... As for Aliens 3?? Why the hate for that? That should be reserved for Alien 4, which was a blight on the series...gods I hated the last 2 thirds of that movie...

A lot of people didn't like Alien 3 because they kill off Hicks and Newt before the movie has even really started, and it was a big change from Aliens. There are also a lot of interesting Alien 3 scripts out there that people wanted to see. Me, I like David Fincher and I like the movie for what it is. Alien Resurrection is an abomination. I was so excited when it came out and it was such a letdown.
7449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I did it on: July 20, 2009, 08:37:47 PM
The only thing that annoyed me about getting 120 stars (well, not the only thing, considering I had to complete Luigi's Purple Coins) was that I had to beat Bowser again to unlock Luigi.
7450  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: July 20, 2009, 08:32:13 PM
I have enjoyed the Resident Evil movies, especially the first one. Alien 3 as well. Maybe love is a little strong, though.
7451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Strategy games for people who don't like strategy games? on: July 20, 2009, 08:15:19 PM
I started playing Valkyria Chronicles this weekend and I have to say I am getting hooked. I have tried to play some strategy games in the past like Final Fantasy Tactics or Advance Wars, and I have never been able to get into them. I didn't like the restrictions of having to move square to square, and especially not the RPS-style gameplay of Advance Wars. Valkyria Chronicles reminds me a little bit of the style of play of Combat Mission, where you are free to move where you want and fire on who you want, but are affected by terrain, cover, line of sight, angle of attack, character morale, etc. Of course that's where the similarities end.

Anyone have suggestions for similar kinds of games? I have always heard good things about Jagged Alliance, but the reviews for Jagged Alliance DS have been awful.

7452  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SO...BF 1943 (360) on: July 19, 2009, 08:15:53 PM
I can be on then. I want to play a little Valkyria Chronicles first but I will join.
7453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 17, 2009, 10:48:03 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 17, 2009, 09:36:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 17, 2009, 07:44:41 PM

Don't ask don't tell  icon_twisted

Winnar!

Teg-

I have no idea unless capturing flags means faster ranking? More than likely it's a glitch of some kind.

Edit: if I'm recalling my military insignias correctly, I think they've mis labeled master seargent because that's what the image is.

ah, they had the exact same problem with Bad Company (web showing the wrong rank or wrong picture)
7454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 17, 2009, 07:37:31 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 17, 2009, 05:58:22 PM

Hark-

You have cemented your standing as greatest human being ever. Thanks for that stat link I've been dying to know.


Mine:


Total Score:  11684

Games Played 37
Losses 9 Wins 28
Accuracy 34%
Kills 393 Deaths 304
Time Played 8.82 hours
In-Game Rank Major General 
K/D Ratio  1.29 
Score Per Minute 26.977

I wonder if that ap calculates accuracy across all weapons or just soldier weapons. My guess is the former, but I'm not sure.

How are you a major general with only 11K points? I have 15K points and I am only the rank with the single bar (looks like lieutenant but is not).
7455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Live Dashboard features on: July 17, 2009, 03:50:58 PM
I was most interested in the Facebook stuff, but they already said that posting screenshots from games wasn't going to appear until NEXT year's Tiger Woods, so I knew it was going to be a long wait.

The party stuff is welcome, and while I am not a true achievement whore, I still find them fun and am interested in those new features.
7456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 17, 2009, 01:23:01 PM
Hey, I almost have a positive k/d ratio  icon_lol
7457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 17, 2009, 01:11:49 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 17, 2009, 11:19:08 AM

Kills on Xbox 360


Total Score: 61172

General Stats
Losses    75    Wins    106
Accuracy    37%    Games Played    181
Kills    2455    Deaths    1150
Time Played    41.6 hours    In-Game Rank    
K/D Ratio    2.13    Score Per Minute    22.105


How did you get that? Stats are still unavailable when I go to the site.
7458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [backlog] Oops, I did it again on: July 16, 2009, 06:40:22 PM

Quote from: Ridah on July 15, 2009, 09:42:14 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 15, 2009, 11:38:27 AM

Quote from: Ridah on July 15, 2009, 05:24:32 AM

You have a strange backlog...

In what sense?

Primal and Mark of Kri were released over 5 years ago!

Sometimes you miss a game here or there smile
7459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MAG pushed to 2010 on: July 15, 2009, 08:33:13 PM
More games slipping past the holiday season....

http://kotaku.com/5315324/mag-reloading-for-release-in-2010
7460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [backlog] Oops, I did it again on: July 15, 2009, 11:38:27 AM

Quote from: Ridah on July 15, 2009, 05:24:32 AM

You have a strange backlog...

In what sense?
7461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 14, 2009, 09:23:12 PM
People on the boards are complaining that people are sitting in the deck guns and blowing up the airplanes before people can get into them. Although I don't know if that is just Coral Sea or all maps.
7462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 14, 2009, 08:24:35 PM
Well I should finally get those dogfighting stamps, at least.
7463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 14, 2009, 06:11:00 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 14, 2009, 05:39:40 PM

Played a bit this morning and wow is the game frustrating when not playing with decent teammates.  So much better when you can tell people what's going on where and they can tell you too.

This is really why I traded away Bad Company after things started to die down. The game is nowhere near as fun if you are not playing with friends. You can be more of a lone wolf in Call of Duty, but even that I will get tired of if not playing with others.
7464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [backlog] Oops, I did it again on: July 14, 2009, 05:00:34 PM
I was doing a good job restricting myself to one or two games at a time, eating at the backlog, but I have fallen off the wagon once again. I had a lot of Goozex points sitting around so I activated a whole bunch of games and I now have sitting unplayed:

Mass Effect
Valkyria Chronicles
Chronicles of Riddick 360
The Darkness
Red Faction Guerrilla
Shadow Hearts Covenant
Mark of Kri
Primal
Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts
and more...

Not to mention I still have to finish off Lost Odyssey, Shadow Hearts, Banjo-Tooie and Resistance Retribution (and Final Fantasy XII, etc.)

Oops. The good thing is that, with the exception of Banjo-Tooie and FFXII, I didn't pay a cent for any of those.
7465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: July 14, 2009, 04:42:24 PM
I had read a little while back that they had made changes to the ending that I wasn't too happy about, but I don't know if it was true. On the other hand, they cut out tons of things from Order of the Phoenix and I really enjoyed that movie. You have to go in assuming it will be different and just enjoy it for what it is. My wife is taking off for a week, so I unfortunately won't be able to check it out until at least the following weekend.
7466  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How I Finally Beat my Credit Card Debt on: July 14, 2009, 04:29:52 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on July 14, 2009, 03:58:57 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 14, 2009, 03:27:54 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 14, 2009, 12:17:17 PM

I buy stuff only when I have the cash for it.  That's how I beat credit card debt.

Since most credit card debt and most bankrupcies in the US are from medical bills I find your statement really lame.

"Oh! I broke my leg.  Well I can't afford to pay cash right now so I will just ignore it!" 

or in my case "Your newborn son is in critical condition!" "Oh could you tell me how much that will end up costing so I can see if I have enough cash?"

LOL



most does not equal all......there is still a large number of people who run up debt without having medical causes....

Are there stats on credit card balances coming mostly from medical expenses? My Google searches aren't finding that. Everyone I know and have come into contact with that has had CC trouble got there due to bad decisions (myself included). I follow a lot of personal finance blogs and the same is true for every one. I'm not saying this is not true, but I'm curious where the stat came from.
7467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 14, 2009, 04:21:51 PM

Quote from: Chaz on July 14, 2009, 04:07:39 PM

I predict that things will go poorly when they attempt to implement the unlocked map.  It seems to be the way with this game.


I'm wondering if the new map will have its own playlist as it uses the new "Air Superiority" game type.
7468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 14, 2009, 04:00:10 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 14, 2009, 12:18:18 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 14, 2009, 10:13:48 AM

First - after registering Sims3, the game refused to let me connect to EA...thats the worst system I've ever seen. Loaded up Fight Night 4 trial and connected to EA through that, and then it worked.

AFter this, I played a game, and approx midways, the game reset my score???

So, if you'r very fond of your stats, scores and such, the game may lead to frustration for you still

Even though I'm not a big fan of the SP franchise, the fact that Bungie has such amazing stat tracking OUT OF THE GATE* really shows that they're tip top at what they do.  Bungie.net is still miles ahead of every other stat tracking site that I've ever seen.






*As far as I remember, there were no issues with Bungie.net when it launched for Halo3....there may have been a few issues with stuff showing up, but not the large scale and slow to update nonsense of the Battlefiled games and Call of Duty 5.

I think the Killzone 2 battle replay was the first feature that finally one-upped the Halo tracking. But the rest was really cribbed from Halo. I assume Halo was the first to use heat maps?

Oh, and XBOX is over 40 million now. If they are really releasing it when it hits 43 million it should be out tonight.
7469  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How I Finally Beat my Credit Card Debt on: July 14, 2009, 02:16:44 PM
Congrats - I have been going through this exercise for the past 2 years or so with a much larger dollar amount and am a little over 1/3 done with the CC debt. While I did have some CC debt due to some periods of unemployment, low paying jobs and grad school, the one with the real problem was unfortunately my wife. i have long since paid off my CC debt and now we are just working off hers (grad school loans will be another exercise after this is taken care of). My wife is very smart, but for some reason she never learned to manage money. I basically had to take over her finances and I move around all the money, remind her when things need to get paid, etc. I don't literally restrict the money she has access to, so she still manages to mess up every once in a while, but she's learning and we've made a lot of headway.

I will say to anyone who is in a long term relationship, and especially if you are going to get married, you need to lay your finances out in the open as early as possible. Even if we had done it right after we had gotten engaged, we would have had significantly less money to pay off because my wife racked up a lot of debt on things for the wedding that I was not aware of.
7470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: July 14, 2009, 02:05:00 AM
so they've got all the packaging ready to go but the game doesn't release until November? boooo.
7471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 13, 2009, 09:56:29 PM
Hm, I'm wondering if there is a points glitch like the upside down repair trick from Bad Company? This guy is in the top 30 for points (that's 275 kills, 3.5 hours played - most that high have upwards of 2 days played):

   I B1LLY MAYS I   234516   275   92   68   3h 28m 14s
7472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 13, 2009, 09:08:13 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 13, 2009, 08:57:54 PM

Well I locked up twice today in 1 hour, so that's really ass.

I got 3 vehicle kills with the bazooka yesterday and plenty of time to get a fourth to get that stamp, and then I locked up  mad
7473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Band would you like to see get back together? on: July 13, 2009, 08:53:55 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on July 13, 2009, 03:23:14 PM

The Minutemen

That would be a little difficult.

Edit: I missed the "unrealistically" part. I suppose fIREHOSE could get back together and play Minuteman songs.
7474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 13, 2009, 02:31:02 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 12, 2009, 03:23:40 PM


Hmm - a TRUE rendition of ISaac Asimovs Robots series would be...incredible!


+1 The original robot books (Caves of Steel, Robots of Dawn, etc.) were good mystery/action stories and would make good movies.
7475  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Band would you like to see get back together? on: July 13, 2009, 02:24:00 PM
I'd like to see Morrissey and Johnny Marr work together again.
7476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 09, 2009, 01:58:55 AM
Nothing worse than being unable to play a game you just bought and then seeing someone on your friends list in a match. Damn you Hiccup!
7477  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 08, 2009, 02:46:25 PM
Were you implying that the entire peloton stopped to take a leak?

What if someone had gotten slightly ahead and made the train crossing? Doesn't seem like that would have been fair.
7478  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SO...BF 1943 (360) on: July 08, 2009, 02:36:28 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 08, 2009, 02:31:58 PM

And what's the word on stat tracking?


Sample: http://www.battlefield1943.com/soldier/profile/175238420/360
7479  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SO...BF 1943 (360) on: July 08, 2009, 12:37:09 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 08, 2009, 12:33:19 PM

Downloading the trial version.

Had to work to find it though....it was in Game Marketplace and was the 4th window back.  Tried to search for it using the ABC list but couldn't find it.

Yeah, that was how I tried to find it. There wasn't an ad for it either. Maybe I just didn't look in the right place.
7480  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SO...BF 1943 (360) on: July 08, 2009, 12:10:08 PM
I logged on around 6:30am with the intention of downloading while I showered, but it wasn't available. Did they take it down?
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