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1081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you watch Anime? on: September 28, 2005, 10:02:55 AM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
I've seen some.  I don't make it a point to watch it because it seems so repetitive to me.

For all the talk (even in this thread) about how varied it is, how many genres it encompasses, I see the same names pop up as favorites over and over again.(example- Cowboy Bebop)  That leads me to believe that QUALITY anime really is rather narrow in scope.

I'm into horror films, stories, novels, etc.   If someone could point me to a good example of horror anime(film or tv series) I'd appreciate it.  I have Vampire Hunter D, sadly that's not horror imo.

You keep hearing of a few same names as favorite because until recently there were only a small percentages of anime  titles that was licensed by US publishers.

Cowboy Bebop is a 1999 released anime. Even 2004-2005 alone, there are tons of anime released in japan.

Top 20 list of anime released in 2004-2005 based on's ranking:

1. Elfen Lied
2. Air TV Series
3. Monster
5. Samurai Champloo
6. Bleach
7. Mai HIME
8. Midori no Hibi
9. Koi Kaze
10. Paranoia Agent
11. School Rumble
12. Ashiteruze Baby
13. Gundam SEED Destiny
14. Maria-sama ga Miteru
15. Genshiken
16. Gankutsou
17. Kannazuki no Miko
18. Samurai 7
20. Yakitate!! Japan

As for horror anime, you can check or to look for anime titles of specific genres.
1082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you watch Anime? on: September 28, 2005, 08:01:09 AM
I can't get into Cowboy Bebop. It is just not the type of anime that I enjoy, but I love Samurai Champloo that was by the same team that made Cowboy Bebop and have the same general episode storyline like Cowboy Bebop but only in samurai era japanese setting.
1083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you watch Anime? on: September 28, 2005, 07:57:10 AM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
Quote from: "godhugh"
Absolutely not. Can't stand it.

Echo that!  Not my thing.

Same and I don't like the games either.  It's all the same story and too much melodrama.  I don't even care for the animation because it's usually very choppy.  However, I wish more films with better stories and art techniques would come out because I do like animation quite a bit.  For now the Pixar movies and Iron Giant will have to do.

Agree with Kevin, there are many kind of anime from childish to porn. Many genres, sci-fi, fantasy, action, romance, horror, drama, etc. So they can't all have the same story.

But there are some general type of stories for some sub-genre anime.

Some examples:

harem type anime where one lame boy have several girlfriends. If you watch one then the other will be about 80% the same. Example: Love Hina, Ichigo 100%, most dating games based anime.

fighting anime where in each episode the main character have to meet and fight increasingly challenging opponents. Most famous example: Dragonball.

sport based anime, where the story is about a new guy/girl join a school and then involve in sport competition. Can be about soccer, basketball, some japanese martial arts, tennis, etc.

giant robot anime, there are tons of them with some general storyline.

romance where the main character is a girl/boy that love a popular boy but then there are a childhood friend/best friend character that secretly love the girl. most of them in high school setting.

fantasy anime where a team of people fight supernatural enemies(can be vampires, witches, monsters, ghosts,  etc.).

If you don't like anime because of the story, then you probably can like other genre.

I started watching anime from giant robot but eventually I am bored of them since they're almost the same. Then I moved to other type of story like the fantasy ghost hunter type, action anime, etc. Now it seems like I have the mood for watching romance anime.
1084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 Newbie or "Pimp Your Favorite Game Here" on: September 12, 2005, 09:13:54 AM
Shadow Heart: Covenant.
Xenosaga (if you like watching anime, this game is full of long FMV)
Gitaroo Man
Katamari Damacy
Karaoke Revolution series (fun party game)
Dark Cloud
Suikoden III
Wild Arms 3
1085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 12, 2005, 02:39:38 AM
Quote from: "Canuck"
Anyways! Back to my original question.  Has anyone here ever imported Japanese movies?  Do they ever have english subtitles?  I've looked on the back but I can't see (or understand) anything that looks remotely like english.

Most UMD movies are region coded. If Advent Children is region coded, you need Japan version of PSP to play it.

Most Japanese movies released in Japan don't have english subtitles.
1086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] Hilary Clinton = Political Suicide? on: July 27, 2005, 07:02:01 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Lets not forget who sent the CIA to train Osama ...

Wrong president. So it seem that you're the one that forget who sent the CIA to train Osama. Not President Clinton era, but back at Reagan era.
1087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Firefly...just saw my first episode on: July 23, 2005, 07:56:36 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
... from the annoying, can't do a southern accent to save her life engineer ...

Even worse than badmouthing Mal, you're badmouthing Kaylee.frown
1088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 01:24:57 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
But some of more paranoid bigots seem to think that illegal immigrants come to conquer US.Smile

Quit acting like a child.

You won't get far in life if you have to resort to name calling, in order to argue your opinion.

I just stated my opinion, it is not my fault if you think you're member of the group of people that I called paranoid bigots.
1089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 19, 2005, 07:06:42 AM
Quote from: "VynlSol"
Quote from: "unbreakable"

That is the best thing I've seen thus far this month.

On topic:

As long as there are people in the USA who are willing to hire workers on the sly because they can get them for a cheap price, there are going to be illegal immigrants.

Rather than focusing so much attention on, "walling up," our borders perhaps we should focus on enforcing the laws we already have regarding undocumented labor. If it's unnatractive to come to the USA illegally, it seems to me that less people will do so.

I don't blame the immigrants at all. If I lived in some shit hole place in Mexico, and my only prospect for the future is to become an old decrepit guy living in a shit hole, I'd be looking to get out and get into whatever I felt offered me the best opportunity, by whatever means neccessary.

If I knew that traipsing across the border into the USA would only find me destitute because no one would hire me even for a day to pick beans, I'd be less inclined to want to go there illegally.

But that's just me, I don't know the answer, but I do know that the influx of illegal immigrants into the USA is a problem and needs to be addressed.

I agree with this. You can't keep blaming illegal immigrants while turning blind eyes on those US business that hire illegal immigrants. Stop hiring them and they'll stop cross border to US. No one want to risk everything to cross border to become bums.

But some of more paranoid bigots seem to think that illegal immigrants come to conquer
1090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 18, 2005, 07:13:07 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"

If you think that the illegal immigrants have agenda other than economic reason, you're delusional.

That's some pretty weak spin. Instead of addressing his outrageous comments, you choose to attack me, instead.

But if that's all you've got, I understand.

I was attacking your topic title "A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda". As for the opinion of that Reverend? I don't think you should take someone like that seriously. I think the people of Texas will be outraged if you suggest that there is any truth to the Reverend's opinion. Hispanics people haven't conquered Texas.
1091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 18, 2005, 06:34:12 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
I wonder how the Minuteman critics will spin this.



Little Rock is the border between Mexico and the U.S.,” said the Rev. Julio Barquero, who operates the Centro Cristiano Fellowship in Sherwood, and is the LULAC state chaplain. “Not Texas anymore — Arkansas. Texas has been conquered by Hispanics.”

If you think that the illegal immigrants have agenda other than economic reason, you're delusional.
1092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 11, 2005, 07:34:03 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
I didn't know that the Joker was created by Batman in the comics. Didn't seem like he was created by Batman in Miller's Year One - more like he'd just shown up, like in BB.

Did Joker start leaving card after he become Joker or he started before it so maybe that joker card in BB is from before he become joker then the sequel to BB will show how he become Joker?
1093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How did Nintendo get the Resident Evil series? on: January 14, 2005, 09:46:03 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Man, I hope RE4 sells oodles on the Cube. I hope Nintendo keeps pumping commercials and that word of mouth spreads like wildfire. A buddy and I are the only ones of our friends who have Nintendos - or who really play videogames regularly for that matter - so I take it as a good thing when our other "normal" friends ask us about RE4 after seeing an ad on television, interested and impressed by the concept and visuals shown. Those are the kind of guys that Nintendo needs to impress ... now if only they’d buy a GameCube and get the game.

Then Nintendo really need to do some bundling like RE4 Platinum Edition that come with a Game
1094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X-Box as an HDTV DVD player on: December 07, 2004, 02:30:03 AM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
I'm about to take the plunge and pick up a 52" Toshiba DLP set.  Does the X-Box put out a progressive scan signal when playing DVDs?  Do I need to pick up a separate player as well?  I already have the X-Box Hi-Def pack for the 5.1 audio so all I need there are the component cables.  The set has 2 component inputs and an HDMI input.  What kind of jack am I looking for on a DVD player and what kind of cables do I need?  Thanks!

If you install a modchip or use hack to install softmod on your xbox then install XBOX Media Center, you can play DVD with progressive scan signal and you can get bonus that you can play almost all media format(divx, xvid, mpeg, etc.)

If you don't have and don't care about XBOX Live then a modded XBOX can be the perfect all-in-one entertainment box.
1095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2004 Game of the Year on: December 03, 2004, 09:04:26 AM
1096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Evil Genius tip thread: Now with extra creamy evilness on: December 02, 2004, 06:02:54 AM
Quote from: "lokiju"
Lol, I JUST found that out yesterday...and now have $4 million before the maid is even captured.     :shock:

Just remember don't overdo it. There is a bug at the move to second island fund transfer that will overflow and reset your money to minus if you have too much money. I don't know the limit but I know that you can transfer 14 millions safely and can't transfer over 20 millions. I learnt this the hardway when I tried to transfer almost 30

If you have too much money and encounter the bug, you can fix it by loading  a checkpoint save before moving to second island then build a new smaller stronghold to keep your gold(each stack = 400K, so try to build a room smaller than 36 square) then destroy your old stronghold.
1097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 vs Vampire on: December 02, 2004, 05:40:52 AM
I like Vampire more than HL2..
1098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Hands-On Preview on: November 05, 2004, 05:30:21 AM
Why is it every topic that mention HL2 got moved to the  Road to Gold, but this Vampires topic can stay here? Is it because the console gold's boss started it here and no moderators are brave enough to move
1099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [p] Is Bush really better at the war on terror on: October 30, 2004, 03:16:08 AM
Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita acknowledged the Defense Department did not have all the answers and could not yet account for all of the missing explosives, but stressed that the major's disclosure was a significant development in unraveling the mystery.

Isn't this look like serious problem with the military? Or was it some bad army personnels steal those missing explosives and sold them to terrrorists? Is that why no one in the pentagon know about this until this major came forward?

What I found funny is that the US government changed their story several times last week.

Like they claimed that the missing explosives were gone before the invasion, then when video evidences show the contrary, they have to come out with another story. So suddenly this major come forward and they still can't account for the explosives.
1100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Tupac Album This Year, Petition For Original Recordings on: October 28, 2004, 06:03:01 AM
Fudge Tupac.
1101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's a good picture viewing utility? on: October 16, 2004, 03:01:10 AM
The built-in function of windows xp is good enough for me for picture viewing. Go into the directory containing your picture and select customize this folder from view menu and then set the folder type to Picture or Photo album if it was not set to those automatically. Then you can just browse through the picture using slideshow function.
1102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Door Maze Design Version 2.0 on: October 15, 2004, 04:30:45 AM
I think I'm going to set up a 4 entrances base on my next island with Door Maze.

Setting up one entrance in each side of the mountain and then make a long corridor from north entrance to south one. The same with the East entrance to the west one so two corridors intersect each other then just put the door maze at the intersection point.

That effectively cut the base into 4 sections so in each section I use one of the barrack, mess hall, staff room, archives as the buffer area leading to my higher security rooms.

                     *  *
                      *  *
                      *  *
       Inner          *  *
       Base           *  *
                      *N *  *************
        *  *          *o *  *          |    Inner
        *--*********  *r *  * Mess     **   Base
        *          *  *t *  * Hall     *
        * Archives *  *h *  *          *
        *          ****--****--* *******
        *          |  |  |  |  *
                   *  |  |  |  |  East
              West |  |  |  |  *
                   *  |  |  |  |         *
             *******--****--**** Barrack *
             *        *  *S *  *         *
             *  Staff *  *o *  *         *
             *  Room  *  *u *  *         **  Inner
             *        *  *t *  *         |   Base
             *--*******  *h *  ************
             *  *        *  *
                         *  *
             Inner       *  *
             Base        *  *
                         *  *
                         *  *

* = wall section/column
| and -- are doors.

Having 4 entrances will make the minion travel more efficient. Instead of going around the mountain to reach the other side, the minions can cut through the mountain. It can probably reduce the minions getting killed by superagents or soldiers by reducing outdoor travel. Using one maze in central area instead of 4 mazes to protect 4 entrances, this design will be more cost/space saving.
1103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hyperthreading? on: October 14, 2004, 08:44:38 AM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
I have tried it on and off with my P4C 2.4.  I have found that, in multitasking, my computer seems to respond a little bit quicker when it's on.  But it doesn't show up on benchmarks, so maybe I'm imagining it, I dunno.

I think that was understandable since even with HT, there is only one processor core so it'll run just as fast as non HT processor when it runs only one task. When it is running multitask, HT help reduce the need to copy and store the processor registers before switching tasks.

Since Windows is a multitask OS and there is always something running in background, I think HT should help Windows run faster even in a single task application like benchmark, but the a speed difference in that case is too small to be measureable.

Now as a gamer, is the more responsive Windows and unmeasureable speed advantage when running games outweight the small possibility of badly coded low level drivers have bugs with HT.
1104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hyperthreading? on: October 14, 2004, 07:21:12 AM
I remember there were time when Creative SB Live driver have problem with dual processors or Hyperthreading, but I thought all problems should be solve by now since Pentium IV with HT has been available for over a year now. And when I got my current gaming rig which has a 3.2E Pentium IV(Prescott), I just left the Hyperthreading on.

So if you have Pentium IV with HT, do you leave it on or turn that feature off. What is the advantage or disadvantages of turning it off or on?
1105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Logins change from GG to CG? on: October 14, 2004, 05:32:24 AM
I am not creative enough to create a new nickname. So I am still Victoria Raverna here.
1106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So what's the consensus view on Evil Genius? on: October 13, 2004, 05:27:25 AM
I thought it was going to be just Dungeon Keeper clone in 60' bad spy movie setting, but I was wrong. It is one of the most innovative game.

It is a GOTY material.
1107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 13, 2004, 02:52:16 AM
I read all messages but it kind of confusing since some of them contradict the I guess we'll wait and see then. But my comment was my feeling about if we can't have one place. I'm going to be very happy if I can just stay at CG and it'll be the only place that I need to be.
1108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 13, 2004, 02:39:39 AM
So where are ex-gg R&P posters go if cg is not working for us? I think it is a sad thing that we'll probably have to split over two forum now. I just don't know where I'll spend most of my time.

I spent a lot of my time reading R&P topics and also 100% gaming addict. I feel like if I stay in CG, I'll have my gaming need fill but lack R&P. If I move to the new place that allow R&P, I'll have my R&P fill but probably not going to have enough gaming discussion.

This is why I never posted in CG forum before the GG  site was down. I like to have one place that fit all my need instead of spliting my time between forums. As a console gamer in addition to PC gaming, I probably could find more console info if I posted here, but instead I post on GG's console section.
1109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Evil Genius tip thread: Now with extra creamy evilness on: October 12, 2004, 07:15:39 AM
The agents seem to like to mess with doors. So the entrance to my evil genius' lair pass through a section that look like this:


|  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |

* = wall section/column
| and -- are doors.
Depend on how I set the security status of each door, I can adjust the path my minion use to travel in and out. A straight line when there is not many agents. And some kinda of maze when there are agents.
1110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ PLEASE on: October 12, 2004, 04:38:01 AM
i want to have a better title than a newbie.
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