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681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 5 months left! what are you buying? on: July 19, 2008, 09:27:07 PM
nothing at all
682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your debut album on: July 19, 2008, 02:55:55 AM
683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tonight we enter the all-digital age... on: July 17, 2008, 11:19:54 AM
can people provide reviews of their DTV converter boxes? i need to decide which is the least-crappiest coupon-approved one...
684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Contest - Old School vs. New School on: July 17, 2008, 10:09:37 AM
For old, i would say Berzerk. Trapped in a giant electrified-wall base-thing with multi-hued robots! that talk! and shoot each other by mistake! and an uber-evil indestructible bouncing smiley face!

For new, definitely Katamari Damacy for not only it's compulsive gameplay, but creating an entire world that accents and enhances the game itself, rather than detracting from it. the graphics and audio are all in keeping with the atmosphere. it's a perfect result of letting the design team run off with their own ideas without any 'committee-itis' or corporate interference and becoming absolutely successful with doing things their own way. more modern games should be like this.
685  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: More Stuff For Sale (360/PS3/PC) on: July 17, 2008, 04:24:05 AM
56 seconds.. is that some sort of record?
686  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: More Stuff For Sale (360/PS3/PC) on: July 17, 2008, 04:19:14 AM
i'll take Crackdown.
687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ready for the NEW 8-bit Mega Man game? Mega Man 9 is coming soon! on: July 08, 2008, 07:27:15 AM
i would like to see a release on cartridge...
688  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Puzzle Quest DS (trade) on: July 07, 2008, 07:14:19 PM
would prefer to trade for:

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
Space Invaders Extreme
Final Fantasy 1&2 (GBA)
World Ends With You
Super Mario 64
689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 06, 2008, 09:47:03 AM
i have a 2006 Kona Smoke, actually, and i do like tooling around on that. drawback is it's heavy, but it's solid and nice for inner-city riding, and rides smooooth. it has a shorter, more compact frame, which seems to translate to a slightly higher 'immediacy' when turning, but it took me a while to get acclimated.
690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm playing Diablo 1 and I'm having FUN! on: July 06, 2008, 02:05:29 AM
i tried playing it online today - did NOT have fun. no real desire to go back to it anymore.

but if they were to remake the first games with the new engine and artwork... hmmm
691  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DS Games FS/FT on: July 05, 2008, 08:27:01 AM
oh no... too late on the Advance Wars.
692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 03, 2008, 10:14:40 PM

Quote from: Mookee on July 03, 2008, 06:00:20 PM

If you don't like the people at the bike shop, go to a different one.

something i should have done with my last bicycle purchase.
693  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: July 03, 2008, 08:56:59 PM
+1 to Boxcar for the power supply. some great people on this board, and here's one of them.
694  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone still looking for a 20GB HDD for the 360? on: July 03, 2008, 03:13:03 AM
i'd trade MGA:1 + Wipeout (PSP) for that... would also throw in an unopened UMD cleaner and Killzone: Libration demo + PC connection cables.
695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: June 30, 2008, 12:09:18 AM
it amuses me to think that Mike Judge's Idiocracy was quite likely among the many inspirations utilized...
696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: June 29, 2008, 06:16:51 AM
(prefacing this by saying i've never seen anything by Pixar before.) so our entire company went to go see this on Friday. the criticisms i would make would be to make it less 'kiddie' and somewhat more subtle, and a have a prolonged 'beginning' sequence. while there's a plentitude of identifiable influences, for a contemporary American 'kids' film, it's definitely up there with the better ones and is not at all disappointing.

and i'm sure the creators of the short had played Portal...
697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Starship Troopers 3 Trailer! on: June 25, 2008, 06:14:07 PM
the movie was essentially a satire of the themes espoused by the novel - i think it was a brilliant way of subverting Heinlein's views through an 'adaptation'. it could have been more consistent with that theme for sure, but i'm surprised by the number of people who hadn't picked up on that.

from imdb - this comment sums it up:

The film is insanely violent. People are literally cut to pieces by the smaller creatures and slowly, painfully melted by a plasma the larger insects spray. However, the alien bugs fair no better. The people and cows getting hacked up relentlessly in this film horrify us but we cheer as machine rifles and grenades blow the giant insects apart. The body count is high on both sides. It is all literally and purposely utter, senseless violence. But then at one point a psychic uses his powers to read one of the alien's emotions. He triumphantly yells, `It's afraid!' and a legion of human warriors jubilantly cheer at this pronouncement. Who's barbaric here? What is humanity? These bugs are clearly not `human' yet they are intelligent, advanced, and most importantly they have feelings. If they can be afraid, can they not also be sad, happy, in love? These are questions the writer has left to us to ask with out leading us by the hand through what could have been a much more preachy film.

Considering the fact that, in his book _Stranger in a Strange Land_, Robert A. Heinlein--who wrote the novel upon which Starship Troopers was based--pointed out that there were millions of people already in America before the Europeans came and ruthlessly slaughtered these `subhumans' on their new property, it is safe to say that there is a lot more going on in this film than a simple slug-fest. The dazzling special effects and heart pounding action are all just a distraction--like all the noise in real life--from the more important things said here. Even the trailer and commercials for this movie were purposely misleading with Blur's delightfully mindless `Song #3' blaring and the singer yelling `Whoo-hoo!' as a stream of soldiers pour out of ships to go to battle. Every aspect of the film was one gigantic, satirical slap in the face of humanity and no one noticed.

Some may suggest that the satire was not intended but that would be incredibly insulting to screenwriter Edward Neumeier because that's what he excels at. If you didn't catch the not so subtle satire in his earlier screenplay for _Robocop_ then you're under the age of ten. Despite being so financially successful, _Starship Troopers_ is one of the most important, yet overlooked, movies of the 1990s from an intellectual point of view.
698  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Biggest games disasters from Yahoo Games on: June 25, 2008, 06:06:03 PM
so what's the deal with Shenmue 3?
699  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Firefox 3.0...What's your take so far? on: June 25, 2008, 01:06:26 AM
someone ran a comparison test between the major browsers on Windows - article:


These profiles are meant to provide a picture of what the memory behavior of popular browsers is over a period of time, not to provide absolute benchmark times. Firefox 3.0 shows memory usage that is significantly lower than Firefox 2, which also does very well. Here is a summary of my results.

    * Safari 3.1
      Safari on Windows shows extremely poor memory management, and I do not know whether it ever reaches a high water mark. If this is by design, it is certainly a design that looks inefficient and seems to contradict Apple's marketing.
    * Firefox 3.0
      This browser exhibits memory usage that is by far lower than the others. It releases memory to the system and the trend line is nearly flat.
      (This is likely due to the efforts outlined here.)
    * Flock (based on Firefox 2.0)
      Flock did very well and this browser and Firefox 2.0 could likely be run for long periods without causing many problems. The extensions probably reduced the efficiency somewhat.
    * Opera 9.5
      Opera's performance was about as good as Firefox 2.0 (Flock), and it could likely be used for very lengthy sessions. However, Kestrel is certainly not a revolutionary or even notable technology in this arena.
    * Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1
      IE did well in the profile, although a worrying trend in the data could indicate that it would keep escalating. However, this browser could likely sustain many hours of moderate usage.

Final Thoughts

After browsing for 14 hours with these programs, and recording all the results into spreadsheets, the most memory efficient browser in my usage is very clear--Firefox 3.0 not only trumps its older version, but every other popular offering on Windows. This article may help other vendors rethink their marketing campaigns, and may prompt further improvements.
700  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GT Pay it Forward Freebies Thread on: June 22, 2008, 08:59:31 PM
have a few Playstation 1 titles to distribute:

NFL GameDay 99 (no karma on this one - stupid sports crap)
NASCAR Racing (the Papyrus/Sierra one)
Syphon Filter
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
701  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: XBox 360 power supply + cable on: June 21, 2008, 08:09:32 AM

Quote from: Boxcar on June 21, 2008, 02:42:52 AM

MS sent me a power supply and cable with the replacement Xbox 360 a couple of months ago even though I only sent them the defunct console (which was my second Xbox 360 to die).

I could probably dig up the old one...should be laying around here somewhere.

PM sent
702  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: XBox 360 power supply + cable on: June 21, 2008, 12:14:09 AM
kind of a long shot, but i thought i'd try. sell or trade if you have an extra or unused one.
703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP: 3 PC games series you'd like on it on: June 20, 2008, 08:43:04 PM

Quote from: yossar on June 20, 2008, 07:28:06 PM

It would lose a lot in the transition from mouse and a lot of buttons to touch screen and a few buttons.

that would be an improvement, in my view..
704  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Firefox 3.0...What's your take so far? on: June 19, 2008, 11:53:34 PM
liking it the best of any browser i've tried EVAR
705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's with all the Coldplay hate? on: June 19, 2008, 11:48:19 PM
New Coldplay = A record Ian McCulloch wrote in the 80's and thankfully threw away
706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CTRL-V Test procedures on: June 17, 2008, 12:03:42 AM
707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Talk me out of getting a Zune? on: June 16, 2008, 06:15:11 PM
having used both - i would recommend the Creative Labs Zen.
708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do You Still Use The Drive Through Windows? on: June 13, 2008, 11:38:49 PM
the people at the drive-thru window don't much likey when you take your bicycle up to it.
709  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: Galactic Assault (Akella/Paradox, PC DVD) on: June 13, 2008, 07:46:55 AM
Not too much like Massive Assault, which was a game i really liked.  icon_cry

i'm open to most trading ideas for PC and consoles...
710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psi-Ops (PC) - free download from Fileplanet on: June 13, 2008, 05:46:29 AM
how intrusive are the ads?
711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In which situation do you feel you get your moneys worth? on: June 11, 2008, 11:55:29 PM
whomever thought of 'endings' in games? play until your lives run out - games should go on forever, otherwise.
712  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: ACTA: Copyright's answer to NAFTA on: June 11, 2008, 11:53:55 PM
/. article:
713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is There Hope for Metallica? on: June 10, 2008, 07:12:48 AM
i've never heard a full album by this band, and today i saw _Kill 'Em All_ on the shelf at the library, so i am listening to it now... it's kinda enjoyable in that 1983 sorta way. this would have been a year or two before i discovered Dungeons & Dragons..
714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 10, 2008, 01:45:30 AM

Quote from: LordMortis on June 09, 2008, 07:29:00 PM

(in this instance, the double cheesy beef burito, which is a damned fine fast food purchase for 89 cents and really ought to sate my hunger) 
i really wish it were possible to purchase burritos for that price in Seattle.. that's like half off or more
715  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Jedi Knight 2 - Jedi Academy [Xbox] or [PC] on: June 06, 2008, 10:48:08 PM
(piggyback) i am looking for Jedi Outcast (PC) myself...
716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NW Pinball and Gameroom Show 2008 on: June 05, 2008, 05:58:21 PM
the designer of the Black Knight game (one of my favorite tables), among others, is giving some sort of seminar there on Saturday... can't miss that.
717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NW Pinball and Gameroom Show 2008 on: June 05, 2008, 08:08:27 AM
anyone else going? Seattle Center, Jun 6-8 (this weekend)
718  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games Consumer service - does it EVER work? on: June 05, 2008, 05:29:42 AM
SSI had good tech support, back in the late 80s...
719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Energy prices and the selling of my truck on: June 04, 2008, 09:51:56 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on June 03, 2008, 11:26:17 PM

Time to dust off those 10-speeds we had as kids and get them road worthy.

my vehicles are a 199X Raleigh C-40 and a 2006 Kona Smoke. they're great for my commute...
720  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 04, 2008, 09:47:08 PM
why is there a pug/dachshund mix trying to get behind the cabinet
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