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1241  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/5/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild Part 2: Electric Boogaloo... on: October 03, 2007, 06:46:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 03, 2007, 03:56:45 PM

By god if someone gives me 50 DKP minus they can expect a rocket up their Halo!  Of course I'm much more apt to hit myself but it's the thought that counts.
1242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/1) on: October 02, 2007, 10:12:03 PM

Quote from: KePoW on October 02, 2007, 08:36:52 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 02, 2007, 08:16:41 PM

Quote from: KePoW on October 02, 2007, 07:40:53 PM

hey does anyone know if PGR4 is supposed to be out in retail stores today (Tuesday)?  every Gamestop I tried says tomorrow...I thought games are usually in stores by Tuesday

It's not like music where they all come in on the same day.
Zelda shipped Monday.
PGR/Flatout shipped today.

ok, was wondering because both Zelda and NBA 2k8 were in stores today (I bought 2k8)

Yeah I was looking for PGR4 in the local Circuit City and they told me next week but being a astute consumer I figured it shipped today and would be available tomorrow.  Not sure if I'll pick it up as I have lots to play but being an owner of an exploding MS racing wheel I sometimes feel the need to fire (heh) it up and drive around a bit.  I did pick up the Zelda game.
1243  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/28/07] Friday Night Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild... on: October 02, 2007, 10:05:17 PM
No need to worry about me,  I'll be back and ready to go.  I really enjoyed the games last night but need to work on something or another, I mean how can I always finish last on Rocket Attack?  I can see if I'm using some stupid rifle or another that takes some accuracy but it's a rocket man!  I am off this week so I'll be online as much as I'm able to.  Look for OtterChaos and [Ash]Come get some[/Ash]
1244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you call it Soda or Pop? on: October 02, 2007, 04:09:46 PM
Soda for me, pop just grates on my nerves but I have no idea why.
1245  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/28/07] Friday Night Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild... on: October 02, 2007, 03:58:19 PM
This just in- I suck!

The end.

  Had fun last night but man I just need to stay in friendly games and not drag the team down in online matches.
1246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mt. Dew Game Fuel: A Review on: September 30, 2007, 09:55:28 AM
I would think providing this stuff to sextagenarians constitutes elder abuse  icon_lol.

Coke Zero is my poison of choice in the soda realm.
1247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I know it's a thankless job and all, but... (updated) on: September 27, 2007, 08:06:10 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 27, 2007, 12:57:08 AM

Quote from: Blackadar on September 26, 2007, 11:49:41 PM

Well, it became even more of a thankless job for me this evening.  For the 2nd week in a row, I had the same 7 year old tell another player to "shut up".  I just don't put up with that garbage.  I sent him off the field and told him I'd talk with him after practice.  However, he and Mom left and Mom wasn't too happy in the phone conversation afterwards.  "Other kids are much worse", lady, other kids may be hyperactive.  However, it's your precious little bundle of joy that's putting kids down and has had a sour attitude since Day 1.  I've enjoyed coaching, but this week has tested my patience.

Martial Arts instruction is equally as irritating at times.  Too often we as instructors are treated like glorified babysitters.  Parents bring their kids to class sick, they don't make them practice at home, and they don't become part of the process.  Frustration is probably the hardest part, but most often it is with the parent more often than the students themselves...

Master: Approach students.  Close the circle at the feet of the master.  You have come to me asking that I be your guide along the path of tae-kwon-leep, but be warned.  To learn its ways, you must learn the ways of your own soul.  Let us meditate on this wisdom now.
Ed: Uh sir... sir... ooo!  ooo!  Sir!
Master: Who disturbs our meditation as a pebble disturbs a pond?
Ed: Me.  Ed Gooberman.
Master: E... Ed Gooberman.
Ed: Yeah.  No disrespect or nothing, but like how long is this going to take?
Master: Tae-Kwon-Leep is not a path to a door, but a road leading forever towards the horizon.
Ed: So like, what, an hour or so?
Master: No, no.  We have not even begun upon the path.  Ed Gooberman, you must learn patience.
Ed: Yeah, yeah, patience.  How long will that take?
Master: Time has no meaning.  To a true student, a year is as a day.
Ed: A year?!  I wanna beat people up right now!  I got the pajamas.  Ha..yo...wa... wooo!
Master: Beat people up?
Ed: Yeah, just show me all those nifty moves so I can start trashing bozo's.  That's all I came here for.  Yo-as-ta-ta-shah!  Pretty good aye?
Master: The only use of Tae-Kwon-Leep is self defense.  Do you know who said that?  Ki-lo-knee, the great teacher.
Ed: Yeah, well the best defense is a good o-fense.  Do you know who said that?  Mel, the cook on Alice.
Master: Well, umm... Tae-Kwon Leep is the wine of purity, not the vinigar of hostility.  Meditate on this truth with us.  Ahhh.... ohhhhh....
Ed: Listen shrimp, now are you gonna show me those nifty moves, or am I gonna start waping the walls with you?
Master: Ed Gooberman, you fail to grasp Tae-Kwon Leep.  Approach me so that you may see.
Ed: Alright, finally some action.
Master: Observe closely class.  Boot to the Head [boom].
Ed: Ow, you booted me in the head!
Master: You are lucky Ed Gooberman.  Few novices experiece so much of Tae-Kwon Leep so soon.
Ed: Ow, oh, my head.
Master: Now we continue.
Ed: Hey, hey, I wasn't ready!  Come and get me now, come on, are you chicken?

Master: Boot to the head [boom].
Ed: Ow!  Okay, now I'm ready, come on, try it now.
Master: Boot to the head [boom].
Ed: Mind if I just lie down here for a minute?  Ow.
Master: Now class, we shall return to our...
Student 1: Master.
Master: It is wrong to tip the vessle of knowledge student.
Student 1: Many apologies master, but I feel Ed Gooberman is not wholly wrong.
Master: What do you mean?
Student 1: I want to boot some head too.
Master: Have you learned nothing from the lesson of Ed Gooberman?
Student 1: Yes master, I have learned two things.  First, that anger is a weapon only to ones oppenent.
Master: Very good.
Student 1: And get in the first shot.  Boot to the head [half a boom].
Master: You missed.
Student 1: Uh, yeah, well ...
Master: You to shall be honored to learn a lesson.
Student 1: Ya know, I can... you don't have to ya know... I gotta be going....
Master: Boot to the Head [boom].
Student 1: ooo...ya.. ehh... ooooogggg... awwwwww
Master: Can anyone tell us what lesson has been learned here?
Student 2: Uh, yes master, not a single one of could defeat you.
Master: You gain wisdom child.
Student 2:  So we'll have to gang up on you!  Get him now!

Master: Boot... [boom]... boot to... [boom]... ht.. [boom], [boom], [boom] [boom] [boom], [boom] [boom]... [boom]
Master: And now class, let us rejoin the mind to the body, and gaze into the heart of the candle in meditation.  Ahh... owwww....
Students: ahhh... oooooowwwww.....

Master: Very good, class.
1248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mystery Meat on: September 27, 2007, 07:54:15 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 27, 2007, 07:06:52 AM

Good god, the puns are killing me!!!    icon_eek

Seems like a knee jerk reaction to me!
1249  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Recount - Do we need to merge Sports with Console? on: September 26, 2007, 04:50:06 AM
Can you add a poll choice that states "I use the show unread posts since last visit button"?  This allows me to see all the new topics wherever they may be started, a true boon to my GT surfing.
1250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall TV Season 2007 on: September 25, 2007, 03:51:18 PM
I enjoyed watching Chuck more so than the other geek show on mondays- The Big Bang Theory.  I couldn't help but notice that both shows had clips of games in them,  Chuck and his friend playing Gears and odd ball geek showing hot chick his NE hunter in WoW on Bang.  I didn't care for Back to You that much and may drop it off the DVR list, that laugh track was annoying and the characters seem pretty much stamped out of a sitcom dye.
1251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/24) on: September 24, 2007, 03:46:27 PM

Quote from: Devil on September 24, 2007, 02:46:42 PM

I guess I'll pick up Halo 3 but it's more obligation than enthusiasm.

That's what I'm thinking too...

In!  Wait, What?   Out!  Maybe!   I'm not too enthused either and can't really say if I'll pick it up.
1252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HEROES] - Season Two. Anyone IN? on: September 24, 2007, 03:39:56 PM
Oh yeah, my number one TV show to watch. 
1253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wish me luck- NCsoft UI Design test- UPDATED!!!!! YESSSSSS! on: September 24, 2007, 03:37:20 PM
Best of luck but looking at your mock-ups I don't think you need it, good stuff there.
1254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 reviewed on: September 24, 2007, 03:35:27 PM
The big draw for me would be that everyone on my friends list will be playing it.  Forza2 is a great driving game that is even greater when you race against GT'ers.  Halo3 isn't a game I want to grind through in single player (never played 1 and didn't get too far in 2) but the community of friends makes it tempting to try out anyways.  I can't answer the question on why I finished Gears of War which I suppose is a similar game but Halo's story hasn't grabbed me at all.
1255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 interactive manual on: September 22, 2007, 03:29:40 PM
No plans to go out and find a copy but if I'm buying a Slushie (Thank you! come again!) and the Kwiki-Mart has some I might get it.  Other than that I'll wait for impressions here and probably pick up the game when I'm out shopping for other things.
1256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock technical problems for 360 on: September 20, 2007, 03:34:18 AM
It happened to me after a game update was installed,  this solution was posted in a earlier thread

Llevine says:  (on the cult of rapture forums)

Solution for the XBox360 "game pauses every 10-15 seconds" problem


After playing the game for a long time (on the XBox 360 only), the game begins to "hitch" or "pause" slightly every 10-15 seconds. The problem does not go away if you restore a savegame, start a new game, or reboot the XBox 360.


This seems to be a problem with the hard drive caching system on in the XBox 360 system software, and we are working with Microsoft to identify a solution for this issue. We have confirmed that the hitching goes away if you clear the hard drive cache.

To clear the hard drive cache, you must hold down both the RB and LB gamepad buttons while the game is starting. This must be done IMMEDIATELY after the console is rebooted (or the game is launched from the dashboard) and the buttons must only be released AFTER the red 2K Games logo appears.

So do that and your shuttering/freezing should be solved.
1257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 11, 2007, 07:10:07 AM

1258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HDMI Cable (PS3) on: September 11, 2007, 07:04:36 AM
I found a HDMI cable at the local Walmart.  I don't remember what it cost but it wasn't extreme.
1259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate seeing my team lose, but I hate it more on: September 11, 2007, 06:54:24 AM
Ouch, I'm a Niner fan and that game was painful to watch.  Nice to see the defense play well against the pass but the Cards had some pretty good running plays against them.  If the Niner's fall a couple of scores behind someone I don't know how they will be able catch up if they give up that much run yardage.  The offense looked really dull, lots of dropped passes including those two potential game winners (oh so very lucky to recover that fumble in the end zone) that should have been caught.  I had bigger dreams for the team than what I saw last night but I see no way they can get past Seattle.  Prove me wrong Alex, prove me wrong.

The cheerleaders were smoking hot though, hope geller had a seat close to field level to spy them out.
1260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/10) on: September 10, 2007, 08:35:31 PM
Heavenly Sword is a possible and if skate gets stellar reviews then that as well.
1261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Dad! on: September 10, 2007, 08:29:32 PM
She is a Sweetheart!  Congratulations!!
1262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock slowdown after update on: September 09, 2007, 07:08:14 PM
I've had the stutter since the patch.  I didn't clear the cache but when I went  from the last area of the game back to Fort Frolic (achievement hunting  icon_biggrin icon_biggrin) I lost the stutter.  I did not know about the patch causing this so I didn't go back to the end zone to see if it had disappeared there as well.
1263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is DirecTV worth it? on: September 07, 2007, 07:47:56 AM

Quote from: Zero on September 07, 2007, 03:41:21 AM

Quote from: Devil on September 07, 2007, 02:56:50 AM

Congrats Zero!

Hope you love it!


Well...I got it...I have to say initially, that the picture quality is better than Cable (for all channels) and the HD is very nice smile  But I'm not sure its programmed correctly, as I flipped to some of the channel it says I'm not authorized  disgust  I have the highest channel package so I should have everything (except PPV).  And now the receiver is downloading new programming...whatever that maybe after this update.

Some sports packages are not included with any other channel package.  NFL Sunday Ticket is such a package, you have to pay extra for it and as of last year there was an additional fee for HD Sunday ticket.  I bailed on the NFL when the price jumped to $139 for the season and I was working every other Sunday.

Gratz on your new setup and getting the install done, it pays to stand up and get what you want.
1264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is DirecTV worth it? on: September 06, 2007, 05:13:21 PM
I dread the day my HD-Tivo dies and I need a replacement from DirectTV.  I suppose I could get the expanded HD channels but if it means losing the Tivo functionality at the same time I am not going to be happy.  I hope the HR-20's are a decent machine but I've come to rely on the Tivo's abilities to record my stories even when there is a change in air date/time.
1265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: September 05, 2007, 07:31:23 PM

Quote from: Chaz on September 05, 2007, 02:03:49 PM

Hark, have you tried it with the wheel?  I keep meaning to pull mine out, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

I've been meaning to break out the wheel and see how well it works.  Could be fun but some of those sharp turns and u-turns could be tricky.
1266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: September 05, 2007, 08:10:05 AM
Just started this title after finishing BioShock.  Very enjoyable so far but I'm only on the very first movie.  I am having trouble with the first motorcycle scene where I have to hit the action (Y) button to slide under some flying cars.  I just can't seem to time it right and have only once gotten the bike to lay down, of course right after pulling off that stunt I missed the power slide corner and wiped out.  Even with this frustration I'm having a good time.
1267  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Post count padding on: September 04, 2007, 04:20:09 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 04, 2007, 03:26:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 04, 2007, 03:25:41 PM

Quote from: Austin on September 04, 2007, 03:24:48 PM

Oh sure.  Now I'll probably get blamed for this derail.  Thanks guys; thanks a lot.  mad

ME too!



1268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying in September? on: September 02, 2007, 09:42:15 PM
The only possibility is Heavenly Sword.  No interest in anything else on the list which is good as I have BioShock to finish (pretty close I think) along with Stuntman Ignition and Metroid 3 to start.  I'm also slogging along slowly with Etrian Oddessy.
1269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flight of the Conchords on HBO on: August 30, 2007, 08:05:08 AM
I enjoy it but the last two episodes had too much Murry, I like him but they need to keep the other characters on screen as well.  I liked Brett's croissant maker/Delta force sniper girlfriend who was about to ship out to Iraq  icon_lol.  Also the water polo team was great.
1270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/27) on: August 27, 2007, 08:36:34 PM
Metroid Prime 3 for me this week.  It will be good to give the Wii a workout, I got stuck somewhere in Zelda and didn't get back to it as soon as I thought I would.
1271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: -360- 1080p questions on: August 26, 2007, 05:56:00 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 26, 2007, 12:58:34 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 26, 2007, 12:53:40 AM

Games will be in 1080p (well, sort of- very, very few games support it natively but the 360 will upscale games to that res).  However the Xbox will not upscale regular DVDs to 1080p over component.

VGA, however, has no restrictions- even DVDs will be upscaled to 1080p.

Frack, why doesn't my TV see my 360? My PC's LCD monitor had no problem seeing it.

Could be the TV doesn't support 1080p over VGA, mine won't and this makes it hard to get all I want out of the 360.  If I want 1080p in games I need to use component but the 360 won't upscale DVD's with that connection so I'd have to use the VGA connection which then will only go to 720p.  Arrghhh what a hassle and all that goes away with the new HDMI connection.  I have a PS3 that works for me over a HDMI cable and does upscale after a software update, that is getting all my DVD playback work, the 360 only plays the games and the few HD-DVD's that I own.  Of course now my HDMI inputs are both used up, one with the PS3 and the other with my Tivo.
1272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: -360- 1080p questions on: August 26, 2007, 12:50:54 AM
I play at 1080p over component with my Vizio 47" LCD.  My TV will list its resolution whenever it has to change it from its current condition and I do see it pop up to 1080p while playing.
1273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/20) on: August 20, 2007, 09:23:38 PM
Biii.. Biii... Biii... Bi.. Bi.. Bi.. errrr System Shock 3
1274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How can I become a restaurant server? on: August 18, 2007, 07:27:43 AM
I believe triggercut over at OO runs a restaurant so you might drop him a line asking for hints.
1275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chinese Military Might: A question on: August 08, 2007, 08:08:07 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 08, 2007, 12:40:08 PM

Quote from: Booner on August 08, 2007, 05:45:45 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 08, 2007, 12:43:24 AM

Quote from: Booner on August 08, 2007, 12:31:24 AM

Just for the numbers...the US has 12 Carrier Strike Groups. I believe only 2 are operating in the Persian Gulf....leaving plenty.

There's a lot more to it than that though.  Generally they try for a 50% optempo (although it's been going above that recently).  So at any given time, half of those carriers shouldn't be deployed.  Then there are issues of transit times (it takes a fair amount of time to get to the Gulf from Norfolk and San Diego).  Plus you have to allow carriers time for extended shipyard time. 

Barring switching over to the Blue/Gold crew concept that our SSBNs use, it's very challenging to keep most of the fleet at sea for a long period of time. 

I concur that there aren't 12 groups floating around, yet if push came to shove...I'd be surprised if they couldn't quickly turn boats out of drydock into operational status fairly quick.

There is some surge capacity (outside of drydock though- there is nothing quick about getting a ship out of drydock) but that's a short term idea designed around dealing with flareups.  I'm not sure China invading Taiwan would qualify as a short-term flareup. 

That is also true of the Chinese, they can't just decide to invade Taiwan next week, they would need to gather troops and transports which will be noticed by the U.S. and Taiwan so there will be some advance notice.  Another problem for the Chinese would be re-supply of their troops on the island as the U.S. Navy could destroy the cargo ships they would need to use.
1276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: P-DAY +2 (impressions/spoilers within) on: July 24, 2007, 04:54:27 AM
Thanks CK and Kevin, that makes sense to me now.
1277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: IT'S P-DAY! (impressions/spoilers within on: July 24, 2007, 03:49:52 AM
Some things I'd would have liked to see more finish on

Spoiler for Hiden:
Why at the end of book 6 did Dumbledore insist Harry make one last trip to the Dursleys?  I didn't see any big plot points that made this necessary.

Aunt Petunia's role in all this, did the letter she wrote to Hogwarts get her accepted in?  Did she then refuse to go?

A wrap up of the Dursleys in general, what happened to them, where did they go etc.  Also I think it would have been funny if in the epilogue Dudley's kid was also heading to Hogwarts.

1278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 18, 2007, 09:39:09 PM
Vick is going to be a pariah to companies like Nike and any others that use his image.  I don't think there is a more rabid ( icon_biggrin) group of people than the animal rights groups.  Not just the people who own pets and can't see how someone could possibly be that cruel but the really vocal types that will show up where ever Vick might be playing.  I'm betting Nike won't want to be leashed to him in the minds of the general public and even if Vick manages to slide on this (and I'm hoping if he is guilty he doesn't) his earning from endorsements must take a huge hit.  I'm thinking the NFL may stay away from this until the  legal system is done with him so they can't be accused of swaying the minds of a jury because he had been suspended prior to the trial.
1279  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Balancing work and exercise on: July 17, 2007, 03:56:41 AM
Since I work from 4pm til midnight it is easy for me to get a bike ride in during the day.  I usually start at about 0930 and ride for 1.5-2 hrs and still have plenty of time to get things done before I go to work.  It is also helpful that there is a fitness trailer at work, it has free weights, rowing machine, treadmills, eliptical machines, stair climbers etc.  that I can use if I go during my lunch time.
1280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Not Soon Enough on: July 16, 2007, 07:04:57 PM
Why does their combat vehicle have brake lights?  Is there a planet out there that has heavy traffic and you need the lights to prevent an alien SUV from tailgating your ass on the Bezonea thruway?
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