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8641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What did you get for Christmas? on: December 31, 2005, 04:22:46 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
Gellar:
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$100 Amazon.com gift card (No idea what to buy with this)

Almost anything, really - "it's not just for books anymore" - really, even from other places like Toys R Us, you're not just stuck with private sellers or even Amazon.com.  

Oh, and remind me never to ride in your car - those seatbelts sound seriously, um - serious! Gotta go check out that link now... :shock:


Yeah I know Amazon sells a lot... I just can't think of anything to buy.

And the belts are pretty much for track/auto-x use only.  While they are street legal, being that strapped in on the road is a bit of a hassle and is rather unnecessary.

gellar
8642  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What did you get for Christmas? on: December 30, 2005, 09:36:55 PM
Games:
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3
King Kong (360)
NFS:MW (360)

Car:
Scroth Quick Fit Rallye 4pt Harnesses - SWEET

DVDs:
Serenity
Jackass - The Boxed Set

$100 in cash
$100 Amazon.com gift card (No idea what to buy with this)
$25 Best Buy gift card
My LA Kings Road Alternate Jersey lettered with '42 - TIMMAH!'
A&F Pajama Pants - so I can be a tool while sleeping too!

gellar
8643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead Or Alive 4 - Time to bring it! on: December 30, 2005, 07:38:30 PM
If I get off my lazy ass and buy it, I'm in.  Otherwise look for PGR3 mostly from me.  TehGellar is teh tag.

gellar
8644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A Huge Public Thanks To Purge on: December 30, 2005, 06:10:40 PM
Awesome.

gellar
8645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why Oblivion was delayed on: December 29, 2005, 09:36:46 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
Total bullhockey.  I'd use stronger words if I could.  Here's the big secret reason - The game wasn't done.  That's both PC and 360.  Leave your conspiracy theories at home.


Well that's not any fun.

gellar
8646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 29, 2005, 12:04:42 AM
Quote from: "Eightball"
Seriously, drive the G35.  I think that'll sell it to you.  That's one japanese sports car done right, imho (none of that crappy turbocharger stuff, just a naturally aspirated v6.  Sorry gellar!).


I'd rather be blown.

gellar
8647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / best console football game? on: December 28, 2005, 08:47:09 PM
Quote from: "Mattc0m"
What is so wrong with NCAA 2005? Should I not be wanting to pick this game up?


Nothing was really wrong with it, per se, but it's not nearly as good as 2004 or 2006.

gellar
8648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 28, 2005, 07:52:49 PM
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
Quote from: "pr0ner"
Gellar:

Educate a noob.  What exactly is "wrong wheel drive"?


Anything that is front wheel drive. I want a car, not a snow plow.

 biggrin


Winnar.  Though oddly enough, I think snow plows are RWD.

gellar
8649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / best console football game? on: December 28, 2005, 07:20:48 PM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
I have to say, the most fun I've ever had in a football game was with NCAA 2004 (I think). Trying to take Appalachian State from a tiny AA school to a national powerhouse was great (though I never did manage anything better than being a lower echelon SEC team). I don't know how accurate the stats were, but the gameplay was far and away the most fun I've had (I didn't play any later versions, so I can't say if the gameplay was improved).


Ditto here.  NCAA 05 and 06 pale in comparison to '04.  IMHO NCAA 04 was the pinnacle of the series.


Yep.  NCAA 2006 was pretty good though... 2005 was a total disaster.

gellar
8650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 28, 2005, 05:33:09 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
I just found out the details of the discount I get from Infiniti... the G35 will be cheaper than the TL. biggrin Hell with this discount I could consider an M35.


Awesome.

gellar
8651  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 28, 2005, 04:44:47 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
I test drove the G35 and I was very impressed.   But if I were to buy a sedan right now it would be the Acura TL.  IMHO it's the best looking one out there.  My '98 Integra GS-R of old had 1 problem in the 4 years I owned it and that was just a misaligned tire.  I got mine at Goodson Acura and the service department was great all around (just routine maintence).


The TL is an amazing looking car, but she ain't no performance sedan.  Again, Wrong Wheel Drive.

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I've had 2 friends and 2 family members own VWs and the problems they have encountered don't have so much to do with the engine mechanics as the trimmings. The seat belt coverings came off, the moon roof leaked, etc.  But I'd rather have those problems than the inverse.


Same here, though we are not immune to the engine mechanics either (see above).

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The past few years I've noticed that I really don't sync with the designs of the European cars.  Audis are...nondescript, BMWs*, Mercedes just doesn't desing for my age bracket, SAABs are underpowered and Volvos have dull interiors.  I always thought I would buy European, but lately I've been really impressed with Japanese design and execution all around.  5 years ago it would've been flipped.


Werd.  New BMWs have teh uglay.

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* [rant] Please don't buy a new model BMW.  I'm feebly trying to combat all of the thirtythousandaires around here who buy these things like they were iCars.  I'm sure they drive like a dream, but I think the big hood, wedged back end and swoosh carves on the sides look cheap and eXtreme.  Truthfully I'm just bitter because I loved the last gen models.  They were sleek, elegant and did it all with classy, dignified subtlety.  Of course it's possible the new designs will grow on me over the years. smile [/rant]


Not a fan of the design at all, but they still drive really nice.

gellar
8652  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 28, 2005, 04:42:27 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
Quote
mytocles wrote:
If you are even considering a Honda Accord - then test drive it the same day as a Toyota Camry (although I have no clue if a V-6 is available, sorry!). For comfort and driveability, there is no comparison. The Camry is ultra-reliable, very comfy, it feels like it drives itself... tho' I have to admit I know nothing of the higher-priced cars on your list, so it may be "nothing" compared to them. If it comes in a V-6, though, give it a whirl...


Both of those cars are Wrong Wheel Drive for a "performance" car.

LOL, that's funny. But, I wouldn't have even mentioned the Camry if he hadn't mentioned the Accord.


Yeah I know... I just wanted to say it smile

gellar
8653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 28, 2005, 04:41:32 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "coopasonic"
The funny thing is nobody has a problem with VW


That's a joke, right?

gellar


I drove a 99 Jetta for almost 7 years (up until mid-October when I was in a horrible accident and it was totalled) and the ONLY work that was ever done was brake pads and a fix for a thermostat that cost a whopping $58.00.

VW's in my experience have been reliable, but how you drive and frequency of preventive maintenance, play a key role.


Teh woman's New Beetle was by far the biggest piece of shit either of us have ever pwned or driven.  I seriously hated that car.  It was in the dealership a LOT.  Electrical problems up the wazzoo.  Shit just didn't work right.  Then one of the exhaust manifolds cracked.  The dealers in SoCal blew ass too, though thankfully everything was covered under warranty.  She had it from 99 - 05.  So glad when we got rid of it.

gellar
8654  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 28, 2005, 03:08:46 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
The funny thing is nobody has a problem with VW


That's a joke, right?

gellar
8655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / best console football game? on: December 28, 2005, 03:36:12 AM
They patched shit?  I had no idea.

gellar
8656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / best console football game? on: December 28, 2005, 03:13:15 AM
Based on your post, NFL2K5 would be totally the wrong game for you.  Go with Madden 06 on the XBox (or rather, wait until next year and hope the 360 version gets all of those features).  NFL2K5, while playing a fine game on the field, has one of the worst Franchise modes I've ever seen.  It's totally and utterly broken.

gellar
8657  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 28, 2005, 02:40:23 AM
Quote from: "Eightball"
Quote from: "coopasonic"
I have a natural aversion to German cars for some unknown reason and a 330i equipped like the IS350 is 40,500. definitely outta the ballpark, though I could probably find one used.


Probably because you're retarded.

 :wink:


Nice.

gellar
8658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 27, 2005, 11:13:12 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Ultil you said 30K i was gonna say BMW M6 smile


The M6 is not a sedan.

gellar
8659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 27, 2005, 10:38:02 PM
Yeah the GT has a pretty nice interior as far as Subaru's go.  The last few IS's I've priced out have topped well over $40k, but I wasn't looking at the barebones ones either.

I really like the G35.  The only reason I wouldn't jump on it is that it's nearing the end of it's product cycle and thus, is going to look older faster due to a new body style coming out.  I still love the car though.

gellar
8660  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 27, 2005, 09:46:19 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
If you are even considering a Honda Accord - then test drive it the same day as a Toyota Camry (although I have no clue if a V-6 is available, sorry!).  For comfort and driveability, there is no comparison.  The Camry is ultra-reliable, very comfy, it feels like it drives itself... tho' I have to admit I know nothing of the higher-priced cars on your list, so it may be "nothing" compared to them.  If it comes in a V-6, though, give it a whirl...


Both of those cars are Wrong Wheel Drive for a "performance" car.

gellar
8661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Picking a new car - Performance Sedan Edition on: December 27, 2005, 09:45:34 PM
Pretty good short list.  I absolutely love the G35 sedan.  The IS350 is a nice car fo'sho, but its a) recockulously expensive (looking at $43k, I think), and b) has a tiny friggin trunk.  To get the IS in your price range, you'd have to step down to the 300.  I like the Charger a lot too, but she's a heavy beast.

Other cars to consider:
Subaru Legacy GT - I like these a lot.
BMW 3 Series - If you like the IS, you gotta look at the car it's trying to copy.
Cadillac CTS - My pick of the group. This would be what I'd get if I had to buy something more responsible.
Chrysler 300M - Pretty much the Charger in a different skin.
Volvo S60 R - Bitchin' motor.

gellar
8662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burgerking? on: December 27, 2005, 08:52:16 PM
Did you guys not play NFS:Underground 2?  Most Wanted seems like Cable Access compared to the metric shit ton of product placement that was NFS:U2.

gellar
8663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox360 Tomorrow? Help Answer My Questions Tonight! on: December 27, 2005, 05:41:56 PM
I'll drop my thoughts on the games I own.

PGR3 - Most played out of my library.  Lots of fun, great graphics.  Pretty good Live play, so long as you're playing with people you know.  For random ranked games, prepare to hear a stream of expletives from anyone who gets bumped in a corner.  People take this shit way too seriously.  It's still a pretty arcadey racer.  There is no upgrading of cars, but the collection of exotics make it fun.  Definitely get this as a tech demo of the system.

NHL2K6 - Does not look like a 360 title.  Still though, it's a solid game of hockey and is a lot of fun.  2nd most played for me next to PGR3.  Get it if you're a fan of hockey, but pass otherwise.

NBA2K6 - PERDY.  Looks really ridiculously awesome.  Plays pretty good, but requires some slider tweaks.  I wish I enjoyed basketball more, as it's a good representation of the game and is amazing to look at, but I seriously fall asleep 2/3s of the way through a game.  Basketball just isn't that fun.

Kameo - Played for about an hour.  Nice graphics, good gameplay... but hasn't grabbed me yet.  Hope to get back to it and finish it.  Also a good tech demo of the system.

Perfect Dark 0 - Played the tutorial.  Reminded me of why I hate console FPS.  Can't control it worth shit.  CANNOT GET RECTICLE OVER TARGET YARRRGGGHHH.  Looked like it'd be fun if you liked that sort of thing though.

Madden 2006 - Fun.  Great over XBL.  Really good looking game.  Lacking in features though, and the UI isn't great.  Better game than the XBox version... probably more like NFL2k series than other Maddens.  Overall pretty fun, but definitely feels incomplete.

NFS:MW - Just got this over the weekend.  Holy crap is it fun.  Even more arcade than PGR3 (almost comically so), but the gameplay is addicting.  Played it for about 3 hours straight last night.  Graphics are top notch, and the cutscenes are a huge guilty pleasure - they made it all the way around the bad -> good wheel.  Can see myself finishing this one.

King Kong - Have it, haven't opened it yet.  Back of the box looks perdy.

Gun, Tony Hawk, CoD2 - In the mail to me.  Looking forward to playing CoD2, even if I do hate the controls.

gellar
8664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Compatible Wireless USB adaptors for Xbox 360? on: December 26, 2005, 06:01:59 PM
You definitely have to use a Ethernet to WAP bridge like KD does.  Otherwise, if you want a USB plug in, it's the Microsoft one or nothing at all.

gellar
8665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Logitech Harmony Universal Remote - YES! on: December 24, 2005, 10:12:08 PM
I have the 679, I believe... and love it dearly.  I wrote a small piece on it at BC, but it basically echoes Starshifter's post.  Fantastic device.

gellar
8666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why Oblivion was delayed on: December 24, 2005, 09:38:09 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Misguided"
My translation: It was choppy as heck.
That's the answer, folks.  The game runs like ass, and Beth is working overtime to try and fix that.

HINT:  The PC version will run like ass well into 2008, ala Morrowind.


Werd.

gellar
8667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] College Hoops 2k6 Pics on: December 24, 2005, 09:31:12 PM
Looks a lot like NBA2K6, which isn't a bad thing at all.

gellar
8668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Walmart Bundles online on: December 23, 2005, 08:53:36 PM
Quote from: "Captain Caveman"
Damn, that means Gellar missed out on all the creative terms I used to insult him after smashing me into walls.  biggrin


LOL.  I did feel bad when you spun at the start of the Nurburgring.  I thought that was just some friendly tapping smile

gellar
8669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Walmart Bundles online on: December 23, 2005, 08:25:33 PM
Quote from: "rrmorton"
YES! Fun stuff! Could you hear us talking?


No... and that was driving me fucking insane.  I had my headset plugged in, but couldn't hear a goddamn thing.  I suppose you guys couldn't hear me either?

gellar
8670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Walmart Bundles online on: December 23, 2005, 07:42:30 PM
Had fun running into you repeatedly last night, Robbie.  We need to PGR3 more often.

gellar
8671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More 360's at Best Buy this week! on: December 21, 2005, 05:04:37 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Destructor"
And EBGames/Gamestop still haven't gotten a single (or at best, just one for like 10 units or so) restock of their consoles for all of those still on their waiting lists.


Sure they have.  They're just selling them online (w/ PHAT BUNDLEZ) instead of shipping them to stores.

gellar


ebgames says "may not ship until march 2006", gamestop says "may not ship until january 31, 2006". I don't know that they are getting any more stock online than at stores.


Well I meant previously this month.  They go on sale at there just as regularly as they have at the major retailers sites, from what I've seen.

gellar
8672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More 360's at Best Buy this week! on: December 21, 2005, 04:51:03 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
And EBGames/Gamestop still haven't gotten a single (or at best, just one for like 10 units or so) restock of their consoles for all of those still on their waiting lists.


Sure they have.  They're just selling them online (w/ PHAT BUNDLEZ) instead of shipping them to stores.

gellar
8673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Walmart Bundles online on: December 20, 2005, 04:59:17 PM
I ordered from Walmart and just as an FYI - their shipping update is largely useless.  I wouldn't count on that status to tell you anything.

gellar
8674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Well Ebgames really has lost me as a customer.... on: December 16, 2005, 05:20:59 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
Because they make more money by selling bundles online for overinflated prices than they do by people who bought preorders.


Winnar.

gellar
8675  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [360] PGR3 Thursday Night? on: December 16, 2005, 12:58:35 AM
Quote from: "Loomi"
Quote from: "Scott"
Forgot I have my company's holiday party tonight.  I may be on later though, otherwise, next week.

There are companies that still have holiday parties?   :shock:


I've had two to go to this year.  Managed to weasel my way out of one... have the other one tomorrow.

gellar
8676  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [360] PGR3 Thursday Night? on: December 15, 2005, 07:51:31 PM
I'll try to be there tonight, if the lure of WoW doesn't get me first.

Tag is TehGellar.

gellar
8677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 will be scarce for some time it seems on: December 14, 2005, 08:13:59 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Actually, I know someone who works for MS, and I believe that the store dosen't have the 360.  I'll find out, though.


I can confirm that.  I bought mine from Walmart.  I get some accessories from the store, but even those have been farely scarce to trickle in.

MS employees don't even get a discount on the original Xbox.

gellar
8678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 rumor: Seems Target are getting shipments in today 12/13 on: December 13, 2005, 05:53:54 PM
Quote from: "msduncan"
I called my local Target and asked to be connected to Electronics.  I was asked what it was for, told them Xbox 360, and they immediately said 'we don't have any'.

So that is that.


Dude... we've told you this a shit ton o times.  Calling will get you nowhere.  If they do have it, they'll sell it by the time you get there (or buy it themselves).

Gotta do the legwork, else this ain't happening.

gellar
8679  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [360] PGR3 Thursday Night? on: December 09, 2005, 05:49:27 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Not sure if I can make it any night next week, last week for implementations at work and I may be working most of them. I have 55 cars I'm dying to run into someone. biggrin


55?  Fuck... I gotta get some work done this weekend, it seems.

gellar
8680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 09, 2005, 03:44:29 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
With the disc scratch problem, overheat power supply, etc. I think maybe it is better to wait for several months until Microsoft released a Service Pack 1 version of XBOX 360.


Hooray for the uninformed consumer.

gellar


Wait you mean the 360 doesn't kill your firstborn child, rape all the women in your household and burn your house down?  Damn that is dissapointing.


Mine didn't.  It must be defective frown

gellar
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