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8641  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
8642  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
8643  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
8644  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
8645  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
8646  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
8647  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
8648  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
8649  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
8650  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
8651  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
8652  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
8653  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
8654  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
8655  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
8656  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
8657  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
8658  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
8659  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
8660  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
8661  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
8662  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
8663  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
8664  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [360] PGR3 Thursday Night? on: December 09, 2005, 03:13:35 PM
I'm in.

gellar
8665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 09, 2005, 03:04:04 PM
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
8666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 08, 2005, 10:19:33 PM
There are only 200 available per timeslot.  Still, worth a shot... I may actually give it a look tomorrow.

gellar
8667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madonna threw her free 360 in the trash! on: December 08, 2005, 02:23:59 AM
Quote from: "CeeKay"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Seriously people - there is no way in hell that's Madonna's blog. Just read the post about sushi.


Indeed.  People who believe there is even a chance that is Madonna frighten me.

gellar


I don't believe you're actually gellar.


Ok, terrific.

gellar
8668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madonna threw her free 360 in the trash! on: December 07, 2005, 05:23:51 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Seriously people - there is no way in hell that's Madonna's blog. Just read the post about sushi.


Indeed.  People who believe there is even a chance that is Madonna frighten me.

gellar
8669  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your receipt is inside.. on: December 05, 2005, 04:42:18 PM
I never get a receipt.  Unless I can expense it.

gellar
8670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XB360] NBA Live 06 vs NBA 2k6 on: December 05, 2005, 02:46:59 PM
Picked up 2K6 on Saturday... it's awesome.  It's similar to College Hoops last year, but is WAY more fluid, which was my main complaint.

I love it, and I hate basketball.

gellar
8671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Targets have the Xbox 360 in this morning! on: December 05, 2005, 04:09:24 AM
Quote from: "mikeg"
Ofcourse if you miss one you can always nab one on ebay for $1200. smile


Yeah but I like to call that... stupid.

gellar
8672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Targets have the Xbox 360 in this morning! on: December 04, 2005, 07:28:14 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote
Here is Best Buy's internal newsletter that talks about all units being held back until Dec 18th, regardless of when they get them in,


Actually its only from December 11th to 16th.  

I think its probably a good practice, personally.  Yeah you'll probably have campers again but at least it gives everyone a fighting chance instead of people having to show up at the store every single day as a few units trickle in.


I like the tactic too in terms of fairness, but it's awfully close to Christmas.  I'd hate to be a parent there and miss a shot at getting one, knowing it's my last chance to grab it before the 25th.  That'd suck.

gellar
8673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / POLL: XBOX 360 - Report problems or lack thereof on: December 04, 2005, 04:37:51 AM
No issues at all.

gellar
8674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] 'second shipment' = Absolutely Nothing on: December 02, 2005, 04:36:41 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
I think it is a big plan by MS to keep demand for the 360 very very high not just through Christmas but until the PS3 comes out.  


God I hope not.  That would be spectacularly stupid.

gellar
8675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holding the PS3 Controller on: December 02, 2005, 04:34:32 PM
Sony has always had solid controllers (of course, they hadn't really changed their design until now).  That being said... I cannot see how they can top the perfection that is the 360 controller.  That thing RULES.

gellar
8676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Christmas Prediction on: December 01, 2005, 02:13:32 AM
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "philosophist_"

I make a very good salary, and I wouldn't dream of spending that much on a child. I just don't know where Americans find that kind of money. Credit card debt?

Yeah, pretty much smile

Quote
ITs all relative. Im also jaded living in NY I paid 32.00 to park my Durango in Manhattan this morning..... INSANITY.


Ah, it all becomes clear smile  Yeah, for NY/SF-type residents, $500 is nothing - the cost of living is just so much higher. For those of us outside of huge cities, it's a significant amount.


I live in SF and make good money.  $500 is still a lot.

gellar
8677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 11:32:58 PM
Well let me clarify, I'm not saying MS goal was to ship the number they shipped.  I'm sure they're trying to ship as much as they can right now.  More sales faster is certainly the ultimate goal, but for the purposes of this thread, I'm just trying to bring a business sense into the internet argument table.

gellar
8678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 11:01:12 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
-  Ship less than 50% of the initial proposed launch day units


What was that proposed figure?  How many did they actually ship?  I don't think we have answers to either question, so the 50% figure is pure conjuncture.  I'm open to being proven wrong of that.

Quote
-  Fill a very small % of the initial preorders


MS didn't take any preorders.  Retailers did.  MS cannot stop retailers from taking preorders.  Joe's Game Shop can take 1 million preorders and fill 2, and MS would have zero control over that.

Quote
-  Include a power supply with some units that has the potential to overheat and lock-up the system


Certainly has happened, but not nearly to as wide a scale as people believe.

Quote

-  Completely miss the sales opportunity of Thanksgiving week and the Black Friday weekend, despite the launch occurring earlier that week


MS has sold every unit they've produced so far.  I don't think missing Black Friday means that much to them.

Quote

-  Have such a shortage of hardware units that the software developers they pushed to have their titles ready by launch, aren’t seeing their titles move off the shelves.


Source?

Quote
-  Based on local news reports, drive a PR campaign that results in the average joe and jane consumer thinking the Xbox 360 is a defective product that major retailers don’t even have in their inventory anymore.


But they still want one.

Quote
-  And the big kicker if this one comes true: no major unit shipments until after the holiday.


Not true.

gellar
8679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 10:56:36 PM
Quote from: "stimpy"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "stimpy"
I dont know if this has been brought up, but does anyone have numbers on how many 360s were given away by Pepsi during that promotion? 1 every 10 minutes for how ever long has to add up to alot of units. How is it that a system that was so desperately short at launch was able to hand them out for free? Where is the logic in that? Add in all the other free systems handed out to assorted "celebrities" and such, and it is no wonder the average gamer that was willing to PAY for it is pissed. To me, it is that kinda shit that makes this launch so terrible.


Well that's just Marketing really.  They get more value from giving those systems away than they do from you buying it.

gellar



Wow...I dont see how. What good does the publicity do when there is a shortage? What value is there in marketing a system that people cant buy? If anything, I would think the shortage creates negative publicity, not positive. At launch, sure it may be a good thing to have a limited amount. But to not follow up with any for weeks after launch doesnt help sustain the momentum thay had. It stops it. Dead.


Your thinking is a bit shortsighted.  If you yourself cannot get a 360, someone else got that 360.  MS did not lose a sale.  There is a good chance you're still going to buy a 360 in the future.  Now you might not, but certainly Paris Hilton having an XBox will lead to hundreds of young, horribly impressionable girl seeing their hero (god help us, she is a hero) with a 360, and thus they want one.  Bingo, more demand for a system, which will carry momentum into the future.  Just because people can't get one at Launch does not mean they won't want one later.  They will.

Also, MS has stated this week that there will be a resupply of units and that again, they plan on shipping 3 million in the first 90 days.

gellar
8680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 09:20:56 PM
Quote from: "stimpy"
I dont know if this has been brought up, but does anyone have numbers on how many 360s were given away by Pepsi during that promotion? 1 every 10 minutes for how ever long has to add up to alot of units. How is it that a system that was so desperately short at launch was able to hand them out for free? Where is the logic in that? Add in all the other free systems handed out to assorted "celebrities" and such, and it is no wonder the average gamer that was willing to PAY for it is pissed. To me, it is that kinda shit that makes this launch so terrible.


Well that's just Marketing really.  They get more value from giving those systems away than they do from you buying it.

gellar
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