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2641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am not being an ass, can i post this? on: February 22, 2007, 07:00:19 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 22, 2007, 03:18:00 PM

The problem is that those with free insurance (for the poor), go to the doctor a lot more than the rest of the working population does (as, well, they're working all the time). They're the ones putting a nice strain on the rest of the medical care industry, as everything is paid for by the taxpayers in the end.

That and AHCSS (or whatever the insurance is called in your state for the ones who have no money) pays for WAY too much stuff, IMHO. There should be a drastic difference between basic health care (the cheap stuff) verses the health care we working people have via insurance. Unfortunately, from what I've seen, the insurance for the poor tends to pay for more different types of medications (and without insane $60-80 and up copay costs) than everyone else gets.

Any data to back up those claims?  They don't match up with anything I have heard or read about the health care crisis in the US so I would love to see where you are getting this from. 

2642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Current gen power consumption on: February 22, 2007, 02:02:49 PM
Nice article showing power consumption of current gen consoles

Save money - buy a Wii!

2643  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am not being an ass, can i post this? on: February 22, 2007, 01:40:16 AM

Quote from: Laner on February 21, 2007, 06:08:05 PM

Again, it comes down to taking responsibility for your own health care, doing your own research, and not taking the doctor/insurance's word as law.  But I guess it's easier for some to just whine that the government should take care of all your problems, so you don't have to actually, you know, *think*.

As someone who had a child with a life threatening illness - I think you are simplifying the situation almost to absurdity.  Actually it was a bit more than that - at my son's last follow-up the doctor joked he had seen my son before he was alive.  He came out in a state of cardiac arrest and was (again in the doctor's words) not just blue but almost black.

This "personal responsibility" mantra is great for a lot of health care decisions but is not really useful for an equal amount..  There is no way I could be expect to have the medical knowledge needed to make any kind of "responsible" decision about my son's condition.  There is no way an elderly person should be expected to research all their possible treatment options, or family members when they are deciding the fate of a person whose life is at risk.

It is just absurd. 

Trying to turn this into an individuals fault for not knowing enough is just stupid.
2644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GoW 2 already on warez sites on: February 21, 2007, 05:35:27 PM
I usually don't post stuff like this because we have been over the piracy thing a lot but I just wanted to bitch.

I had no idea what the release date for GoW (God of War - not that acronym stealing Gears of Whoopie smile) 2 but since reviews were popping up like flies I figured it must be this week.  I was puzzled by the lack of it in lists of this week's releases here and at EvilAvatar but I figured it must be next week....but no it isn't until 3/13! 

Since I was curious I did a quick check of some sites which list what is available from warez and sure enough the game is there!  So again pirates can get the game weeks before legit users.  That is just annoying. 

Even more annoying is the fact that they released it to reviewers.  Part of me thinks they deserve the lost sales.  Even if the game is done it shouldn't be released to reviewers weeks before it hits the shelves.  It reduces launch day hype because they reviews have been out there for weeks, and it (obviously) gives pirates more time to get the game.  Why would they do that?

Just another way honest users/consumers get screwed.

2645  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why no internet radio on the 360? on: February 20, 2007, 09:39:35 PM
It sounds like I will be downloading Tversity tonight. smile

2646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why no internet radio on the 360? on: February 20, 2007, 07:55:42 PM
I have a modded Xbox that lets me do internet radio, so why haven't they built that into the 360?  It is on-line, so all they have to do is make an app (or part of the media "blade") which lets you put in URLs and plays them.  Is there something difficult about this that I don't get?
2647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Live Arcade Title for 2/21 is..... on: February 20, 2007, 07:50:55 PM
Since there are no releases this week and this thread is clearly not about Live Arcade anymore I am locking this thread.  This can be brought up again in Everything but Gaming if anyone still wants to continue the discussion.

BTW I appreciate everyone keeping it civil and having a discussion rather than a fight.  It just isn't a discussion for Console Gaming.
2648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comic books are WAY too expensive on: February 16, 2007, 08:53:35 PM
Trade Paperbacks that is the term! 

I have no doubt this will be put out in TP and sold for cheaper than I could get each one individually.

It was a pretty great comic though.  I think I will try to find it in a few months when it comes out in TP.
2649  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic books are WAY too expensive on: February 16, 2007, 08:16:48 PM
Talk about sticker shock.  I read this review on Evil Avatar and thought about picking up Shazam.  I liked the art style and the story seemed neat but $6 for a comic book?  I must be out of touch because that seems way, way too high.  Especially since it is a 1 of 4 run which means I bet it comes out in a book with all 4 (can't remember what they are called).

I feel sort of bad but I stopped by the local comic book store and was able to read the whole thing in like 3 minutes  (lots of art style but not a lot of dialogue).  I do think I will buy it when the whole collection is out but I cannot imagine paying that much per book.

2650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about getting a MAC on: February 16, 2007, 01:54:32 PM
I would be a MAC user if I didn't play games.  I think the OS is great.  It is easy to use, clean, fast and crashes less.  Of course the downsides are that everything is more expensive for the MAC.  Since there are not the free range of hardware vendors Apple charges more for everything. 

To be fair though, from what you say you use the PC for they would probably both be equally good and you can get a PC for a lot less.  I helped my mother in law buy one from Dell a few months ago and it came to around $400 for the PC, monitor and a free printer!  You can't get a MAC for that much.  Sure it wasn't top of the line fast but you don't need that to do office apps, Internet and email. 

2651  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: US Military tells Jack Bauer: Cut out the torture.. or else! on: February 15, 2007, 09:57:24 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 15, 2007, 05:30:20 PM

Despite the article's title including the "...or else!" part, I can't find any indication that he threatened or pressured anyone in that article.  What I see here is career military man, charged with teaching the rules of warfare at West Point, voicing his concern about how he sees the glorification of torture affecting the attitudes of the recruits.  He is not only an American citizen, but one who is in a unique position to see what's looming on the minds of our young servicemen.  I'm having trouble thinking of any reason why he shouldn't be allowed to speak his piece.

For the sake of conversation, let's assume for a moment that he is acting inappropriately by "speaking out" against 24 ("speaking out" being defined as "having a private meeting with the creators of the show").  How is that different from the news commentators and political pundits who frequently laud the series on a national level?  I have not seen anyone on these forums getting upset when a nationally syndicated columnist cites the series as "what could be our prophetic and imminent future, with a nuclear device exploding in major cities," or a radio personality refers to it as "a national referendum" on whether or not torture is okay, yet now we're all outraged because a military general is troubled by those same themes? 

If Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, and Cal Thomas are allowed to hold up Jack Bauer as the embodiment of how things should be done -- and they certainly are allowed to share their opinions -- then clearly Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan is permitted to share his personal experiences with how those ideas are starting color the attitudes our military recruits.  And frankly, if he's even a little bit correct, he has a rather urgent responsibility to let us all know about it.

-Autistic Angel

2652  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: US Military tells Jack Bauer: Cut out the torture.. or else! on: February 15, 2007, 09:54:41 PM

Quote from: Brendan on February 15, 2007, 05:38:41 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on February 15, 2007, 05:34:54 PM

Unbreakable, you're assuming I condone torture.  When you said "it's promoting the illusion of it being an effective method of getting information." it just made me curious as to what would make you arrive at such a conclusion, hence my post.

Leaving aside the moral and ethical issues of committing torture (which is a repugnant act), yes, there is evidence that it is not effective.  Researchers - both civilian and military - believe it be an ineffective way to gain intelligence.

Given recent events in American history, there is a large body of recent press on the subject.  For example:


Dang you beat me to it. 

Just a quick google search on "does torture work" gives more that enough information to conclude it doesn't.

Of course the real way to get intel is boring analysis and spending a long time getting into the groups.  Both of which make very, very dull shows - especially when Jack only has one day to get it done!
2653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best/Worst Game Rental Service? on: February 14, 2007, 09:46:39 PM
I think it is time to join a game rental service.

I am a sucker for new games but I am a slow gamer so it takes me a long time to finish games.  Couple that with a short attention span and I hardly ever finish a game. So I get a game based on hype, reviews, etc. play for a bit lose interest, get another game based on hype, play a bit .....round and round. Since I don't have a lot of money I tend to finance those new game purchases by trading in games I haven't even finished! However I often want to go back to games months later when there is a dry spell and I end up purchasing games again! 

This is not a good situation.  It seems like a rental service would be perfect.  I get new games, play them a bit, send them back with the forum effect pulls me to a new game, then I can get them again later if I get the yen.  For example I am having an urge to finish Resident Evil 4, but I traded it a long time ago.  If I had a membership to a rental service I would be able to just get it!  I still have my saved games after all so I wouldn't even have to start from scratch.

So, long explanation for simple question - have you used a game rental service and do you like them?  What ones are good, which are bad?  Oh, and who is the cheapest?
2654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite All Time Games on: February 14, 2007, 07:35:50 PM
Too hard - but here are some favorites I didn't see listed yet.

Tex Murphy - All of 'em!
Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker
Twinsen's Odyssey: Little Big Adventure
Tron 2.0
Half Life 2
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time

2655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New for Xbox Live Arcade this week! YOU GUESSED IT! on: February 14, 2007, 04:48:56 PM
I think others have summed it up well. 

Any release date on Catan or Worms?
2656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Level 5s first DS game on: February 13, 2007, 09:33:11 PM
An adventure game called "Professor Layton"  I can't read Japanesse but I love the look and I love Level 5.

2657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NSFW: God of War 2 sex minigame on: February 13, 2007, 02:39:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 13, 2007, 02:12:50 PM

That sex mini game was pretty stupid, but it was so brief that it has hardly detracted from the amazing game that GoW is.

If you thought the one in GoW was stupid I think you will be even more impressed with this one. 

It is kinda funny.  I can usually ignore how juvenile these games are and just have fun, but this mini game just ruins my suspension of disbelief.  Not belief in the game world, but the belief that this is aimed at anything but teen boys.

I mean come on

Spoiler for Hiden:
A peeing statue that "squirts" funny when Kratos is coming?  That is just so 12 year olds snickering that I can barely stand it.
2658  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/FT: LoZ: TP (wii version), Yggdra Union (gba), Final Fantasy 5 (gba) on: February 10, 2007, 06:59:04 PM
I am looking for Final Fantasy 6 and Hotel Dusk : Room 251.  Since those are rather new I am also willing to sell any of the games I have.

ToZ:TP - $35.00
FF5 - $25
YU - $20

Or PM me offers.  I will consider anything.

2659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Virtua Fighter 5 Impressions on: February 09, 2007, 09:09:48 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 08, 2007, 03:13:45 PM

I'm not exactly a fighting game expert but everything I've heard about is that the mechanics are far more precise in VF4 (don't know about Tekken) to survive *any* latency or lag through online play.  As Destructor said above, you are making reactions literally on the timing of one frame of animation.  If they went to the trouble of coding it (which requires a lot of extra time and resources), they would likely just have everyone bitching about broken it was. 

How many frames does someone stay in your sights in Unreal Tournament? 
2660  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT HT/Gaming Setups [56k Warning] on: February 09, 2007, 02:52:51 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 09, 2007, 01:53:27 PM

Quote from: Laner on February 09, 2007, 01:36:30 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 09, 2007, 12:24:23 PM

Ahhh, somebody else who bought the Dragon edition of Ultima 9. 
Ha ha - you wasted your money on a lame collector's edition

(so did I slywink )

Rounds out my collection of Ultima titles.  I should ebay the damned things while they are still worth something.

Is Ultima 9 really worth something?  If so I am headed over to ebay!
2661  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [sold] 2 gig USB thumb drive on: February 08, 2007, 08:50:58 PM
I bought this off newegg for $20 but don't need it.  Between the restocking fee and the shipping it seems like I would be better of just selling it myself.

So new and unopen - $20 (includes shipping)

Here is the newegg link so you can see all the specs

PM me if interested.
2662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii going Mature... on: February 08, 2007, 08:20:12 PM

The fact that a game where you suffocate a person with a plastic bag on camera to improve ratings of a television show is considered "mature" may be a strong reason to actually see gaming as a very immature hobby.

Honestly when parents or co-workers ask about gaming do people say "Well it is really a mature hobby.  In Manhunter you stab people with jagged glass for a TV show!"

2663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: awesome Stranglehold Podcast, and a free PS3 on: February 08, 2007, 07:39:14 PM
Welcome to the forums. 

2664  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MOVED: CMT classwork help <--college help on: February 08, 2007, 07:04:34 PM
This topic has been moved to Hardware / Software Hell.
2665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tivo rolls out movie and TV show downloads! (woot?) on: February 07, 2007, 06:48:15 PM

Quote from: Kobra on February 07, 2007, 05:25:45 PM

Now this is what I am excited about!  Downloads on the PC are fine, but I want them on the TV.  $1.99 a rental?  Sign me up!

Sign me down! (or something clever)

I pay $10 a month for Netflix and I can get two a week if I time my shipping correctly, so it doesn't save me any money *and* they are using my bandwidth which I pay for to get the movies to me!  At least Netflix pays the shipping.
2666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda TP - not feeling the love (spoilers) on: February 07, 2007, 03:34:34 AM
Finally finished.  That ending was just....well dumb.  I think the silliest thing was that Minda becomes this busty baby...unlike all the other inhabitants of the twilight light realm. ??? Why? Doe the game really need sex appeal?

Anyway, unlike WW I am just happy to be done with TP. 

2667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Liongames - buy/sell used/new games on: February 05, 2007, 05:39:08 PM
First of all let me say that I am not endorsing this site at all, I just have contact with the owner through GamersWithJobs and he seems honest.

Having said that I wanted to point people to Liongames as a place to buy/sell used games.  Places to buy new games are a dime a dozen but it is harder to find places to deal in used games on the Internet so I thought this might be a good resource for some people.

2668  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mooninites 1, Boston 0 on: February 02, 2007, 01:53:39 PM
I just don't get this.  We are told time and time again that "we are at WAR!" The president is reelected on that platform, we invade other countries on that platform, we jail US citizens without trial or access to lawyers under that platform but if the city of Boston acts like we are at war they are laughing stocks? 

Tell me oh wise ones, when at "elevated" threat level what should a city government do when they get reports of several "devices" placed around the city with wires and batteries attached?  Seriously, what would you have them do? Ignore it? 

2669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New DS system seller? on: February 01, 2007, 07:07:43 PM
I would love it - if they had a dummies version.  I have tried even the Monday puzzle and...well I am not up to the challenge.

2670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers of Catan (Live Arcade) screenshots on: January 31, 2007, 06:50:27 PM
So is this a Live game against others?  Will it have a ranking system so that those of us who suck won't get into a game with an experienced player?  Is there a SP version to learn the game?  Does it require Gold membership or only Silver? 
2671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista Impressions/Gaming Issues on: January 30, 2007, 02:09:13 PM

Quote from: Hetz on January 30, 2007, 03:34:24 AM

For those of you with Vista Ultimate, there are now a couple "Ultimate Extras" now available from Windows Update. Texas Hold Em Poker and an enhancement to Bit Locker.

There are also a bunch of important and recomended updates up as well for all versions of Vista.

I am still not sure about Bit Locker.  According to one of MS's papers "BitLocker Drive Encryption is an integral new security feature in the Windows Vista operating system that provides considerable protection for the operating system on your computer and data stored on the operating system volume."   Well if it is integral why is it only in "Ultimate?" 

2672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda TP - not feeling the love (spoilers) on: January 30, 2007, 01:57:06 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 30, 2007, 01:34:22 PM

Quote from: Space Herpes on January 30, 2007, 05:40:11 AM

I've been enjoying the experience.  It's my first Zelda game, so it's all new to me. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
I am having troubles with the Sky Dragon.  I can knock it's armor off easily.  I can swing up to the sky. As I'm swinging from propeller things, it always knocks me off with fire.  I figured I'm supposed to get behind it to get the eye (like on the big fish), but I just can't get behind the thing.  Any advice?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Just make sure you are swinging from one platform to another continuously.  You should outrun his breath attack.  Once he's out of breath he'll pause for a few moments which will be enough time for you to get behind him and latch onto him.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Use Z lock to make targeting the next flying thing easy.  Also keep the z lock pushed down.  Releasing and hitting it again causes the lock to switch sides.  So climb to the first one, hit Z and Link will target the next one, hit B (keep Z down!) and Link will go to the next one, hit B again, and Link will go to the next one...  You don't have to get behind the dragon really, just wait until he stops breathing fire, then target his back and you will clawshot over to him.  Per usual you do that 2 times and he will modify his attack slightly (but I bet by that point you can figure out what to do) and then one more time and he is done!
2673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Trailer on: January 30, 2007, 12:29:45 AM
Stuff like this makes me think Sony could have "won" this holiday season by just keeping the PS2 as the star. God of War, Rogue Galaxy, Guitar Hero 2, Okami, Final Fantasy 12 - many of the best games of the last year have been on the PS2.  Had they really pushed the PS2 I think they would have cleaned up on holiday sales.  Then they could have put out the PS3 next year and had an extra year to lower the costs.

2674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda TP - not feeling the love (spoilers) on: January 29, 2007, 08:04:22 PM
I am 45 hours into it and it is becoming really dull.  I just finished the sky dungeon so I think I am almost done but it is hard to work up the desire to play. 

I think I have come up with a couple things which are sucking the fun out of it for me.

1. The game is easy, way way easy.  I am not a great gamer.  I start games on 'easy', I use walkthroughs, and sometimes I will use cheat codes (although not often)  However even for me, TP is easy.  Since the game is so easy it has lead to a few things.

a. I don't care about upgrading my skills.  I have never needed more that the 'A' button to win a fight yet so why should I wander around looking for that stupid wolf?  I have never 'put away my sword' to lure an enemy close, nor anything else.

b. I don't care about finding heart pieces.  I have never dropped below half during a boss fight anyway so why explore every nook and cranny? 

c. I could not care less about keeping stocked with arrows, bombs, etc. because the appear all the time in the dungeons.  I don't care about upgrading my bomb bag or quiver because I know that anywhere that a bomb is needed nearby will be a jar with some or a chest.  Also I never need to shop - which leads to point #2

2. There is nothing worth buying. 

a. This kills the desire to explore.  I know of at least 3 locations with orange rupees but I don't care because there is nothing worth buying.   

b. This also kills the desire to do bug hunts because I read (see I do use walkthroughs) that all I get is a larger wallet.  Well if there is nothing to buy why do I need a bigger wallet?

c. I never turn into a wolf unless required (like for tight rope walking).  Wolf form sees buried treasure but I don't need any of that so there is no point. 

Wind Waker was easy too, but I love, love, love cell shaded graphics.  I put over 60 hours into DQ8 which was really basic mostly because I loved walking around looking at things.  Same with WW.  I just would walk around for the beauty of it.

TP is good looking but it isn't beautiful to me.  I never go to a new area and think "wow!"  I did that all the time in WW. 

How is the game holding up for others?  Are you still excited to fire it up when you get home?  Still anticipating the next dungeon?  Do you care if Agatha gets a few more bugs for her weird ball?

2675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: final fantasy 7 on the psp. on: January 28, 2007, 07:01:20 PM

Quote from: warning on January 28, 2007, 03:54:25 PM

It's pretty damn sweet.  I'm playing Suikoden right now and I just finished Spyro the Dragon.  Kinda solves the problem of the PSP not having enough good games to play.

Of course it doesn't take any advantage of any of the strong hardware of the PSP...
2676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Duke Nukem Forever Screenshot?! on: January 26, 2007, 09:37:35 PM
This topic has been moved to PC Gaming.

I think this is still PC only - thankfully.
2677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where do you Fall? on: January 25, 2007, 09:03:59 PM

Interesting that none of the questions dealt with sports games.  RPGs, FPS, and on-line games.
2678  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do these things happen to other people too? on: January 25, 2007, 02:43:57 PM
Do these things happen to other people too?


2679  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray, we have a problem on: January 24, 2007, 05:12:37 PM

Quote from: warning on January 12, 2007, 12:52:09 PM

I don't want to see porn in HD.  Pores, acne, stubble, warts... no thanks.

I think you are missing a lot of the potential to HD.  They could allow you to pick different angles, to move the camera how you want, see what you want...they could have much more interactive content with the HD format.  It isn't all about image quality.
2680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok (360) Screenshots... on: January 23, 2007, 04:14:50 PM
I am amazed Turok has enough brand recognition to get this green lighted. 
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