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1641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 3 on: September 17, 2008, 03:17:25 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on September 17, 2008, 02:53:59 PM

Quote from: Semaj on September 17, 2008, 02:30:00 AM

PIT over PHI - philly's offense is hot, but thier defense is not.  Pitt has a good offense and a good defense.  I cant imagine Philly not doing well in this game...

Keep in mind that Roethlisberger continues to nurse an injured shoulder, and Pittsburgh was only able to put up 10 points against the Browns.  Granted, it was windy, but Cleveland managed to keep Pittsburgh's running game at bay and Roethlisberger wasn't throwing very well...

Huh? Parker ran for 105 yards (3.8 average) and Ben had a QB rating of 113.05 (12 of 19 for 186 yards and a TD).

What scared me about the Browns game was that the Steelers defense gave up three long drives that got the Browns back into the game.
1642  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 15, 2008, 04:06:59 AM

Quote from: Devil on September 15, 2008, 12:24:00 AM

Pats: 2-0
Colts: 1-1
Jets (!?): 1-1
Chargers: 0-2

"With Brady out for the season, it leaves the AFC up for grabs!"

 Roll Eyes




 ninja
1643  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alcohol related conversation within. on: September 11, 2008, 08:25:57 PM
My opinion is that most of the people here in Orlando can't drink to save their lives, it's pathetic. But back in Pittsburgh I watch people sit on a bar stool, drink shots for 6 hours straight, and then appear to be fine.

I find my tolerance is random on any given night. Some nights I'll drink two beers and start feeling it. Other nights I'll put down a case of beer and outside of being really, really full, I will be fine.

The greatest trick I ever learned was finding that happy medium between buzzed and drunk, and learning to maintain it over several hours.
1644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [feelings] Cancer, death and Dad (long) on: September 11, 2008, 08:09:06 PM
I'm sorry for your loss.  icon_cry
1645  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [feelings] Cancer, death and Dad (long) on: September 11, 2008, 01:06:01 AM
I'm sorry you have to go through this now. I lost my step-mother to cancer back in January. It was a rough time. I will echo cheeba's comments and say that Hospice is amazing and well worth looking in to. Even if it doesn't work right now, the information could be useful later. When we put my step-mother on hospice it was amazing. They sent someone to the house every day to give her a bath and check up on her. The nurses really care about their patients. Both nurses who stopped at our place ended up leaving in tears at some point. I highly recommend looking in to some of the Hospices around your area.
1646  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: September 05, 2008, 03:02:28 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on September 05, 2008, 02:36:34 PM

Oh Brendan, you're overreacting.  I'm sure she'll have some "unscriped" softball interviews with Faux news over the next two months.  She may have an "un-choreographed" minor blooper or two just to show her human side.

Got to love that RNC video of the soldiers and the funeral.  It was so touching.  Of course, it wasn't real... 

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/04/cbsnews_investigates/main4415886.shtml     icon_lol



The website wont load. It looks like they removed the article.
1647  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: September 05, 2008, 03:42:36 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 05, 2008, 02:25:00 AM

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If you are ok with Palin because she is on the bottom of the ticket and McCain is on top (that's kind of unintentionally sexist, but I'll leave it), then there is a fundamental difference in how we view the responsibilities of the VP. I want the VP to help the President lead, and take over in the event of a tragedy. In that regard, I think Biden is a perfect fit, while Palin's policies mean I don't want her anywhere near washington.

I am OK with Palin more because she is the bottom of the ticket. I don't place a lot of stock in VP picks, other than as ticket balancers to win elections. The VP choice has never played any role in my voting decisions. Palin is not my ideal choice; I would have actually preferred Lieberman. However, I think the attacks against Palin are a bit hypocritical, and that's why I have been defending her. It's not out of any great love for her, because like most Americans I know very little about her at this point.

Where you say the attacks against Palin are hypocritical, I say that picking Palin in the first place is hypocritical.

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But, McCain's actions since Obama won the primary have been appalling. His pick of Palin just pushed me over the edge.

Again, that's just a difference of opinion. Some people think that picking an unknown for VP to win an election is appalling. Others see it as a brilliant strategic move that has revitalized a campaign that was headed nowhere fast.

His VP pick was just the last straw. His frequent attacks on Obama are mostly barely true at best, and downright false a lot of the time as well, according to politifact.com.
1648  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: September 05, 2008, 01:58:47 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 05, 2008, 12:50:27 AM

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1. Obama has been on the national stage for 4 years now. I heard his speech in 2004, and pegged him as someone to watch. When he announced he was running 2 years ago, I was skeptical. But since then he has toured the nation again and again and again. He has given numerous speeches telling us who he is and what he wants to do. He has successfully answered the question of his experience for roughly 50% of the voters out there right now.

If making pretty speeches equaled experience, then there would be a lot of motivational speakers who could run for President.

I didn't say it gave him the necessary experience. I said it eased my concerns about his lack of experience. I can perfectly understand how others might feel differently. My question to you then is if Obama isn't experienced, then why is Palin experienced enough to become president should it come to that? If it is because of executive experience, wouldn't she be more qualified than John McCain? If you are ok with Palin because she is on the bottom of the ticket and McCain is on top (that's kind of unintentionally sexist, but I'll leave it), then there is a fundamental difference in how we view the responsibilities of the VP. I want the VP to help the President lead, and take over in the event of a tragedy. In that regard, I think Biden is a perfect fit, while Palin's policies mean I don't want her anywhere near washington.

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2. Whereas Obama has been a national figure since 2004, and touring the country talking to anyone who would listen for over 2 years now, Palin has given exactly 2 speeches in about a week. She is an unknown. And quite frankly, everything I have learned about her in the past week scares the shit out of me. She sounds like a Bush clone. But, the reason people are pointing out her lack of experience is because it doesn't make sense for McCain to so viciously attack Obama on his experience, and then turn around and say Palin is ready to lead if something happens to him. This is an outright lie, and you know it, I know it, and anyone following the election knows it. He doesn't give two shits about her policies or stated positions. He thinks she can help him win, and that is it.

As you said, there is nothing wrong with that. Except for a candidate touring on the Straight Talk Express and Country First. His slogan should have been, "WTF is wrong with you people? I'm a god damn American fucking hero! I deserved this position 8 years ago, and now I have to crawl on my hands and knees to even get close to the white house..."

Unlike you, I don't presume to know what McCain's decision making process was.

Well, I know McCain wanted Lieberman above everyone else, and that Palin was a last minute pick.

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You've obviously already made up your mind that he gave no thought to the decision and based it on purely selfish means. There is no point arguing with you over it - you're not going to be persuaded otherwise.

You are correct, there is no way I don't vote for Obama this year. That doesn't mean I didn't respect McCain. But, McCain's actions since Obama won the primary have been appalling. His pick of Palin just pushed me over the edge.

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At the end of the day, I've never seen so much attention paid to a Vice Presidential candidate by the opposing side. She must scare the utter shit out of the Dems if she's stirring up this much animosity. Seems like a good sign to me.

I can't speak for others, but she does scare the utter shit out of me. But not for the reasons you are implying. My opinion is Bush has been a disaster for this country and has brought us to the brink. McCain has voted with him 90% of the time over the past 8 years. And it looks like Palin acted like a Bush clone when she was mayor and governor. For all the talk of reform and calling them mavericks, it doesn't convince me that they aren't offering more of the same. I'm sorry.

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Wake me up when it's Palin vs. Obama. Until then all these arguments about Palin are meaningless distraction.

Hey, at least football is here. My blind love for Obama will become blind loyalty to the Steelers. Besides, this is all meaningless distraction from my work, which can only be a good thing.
1649  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: September 05, 2008, 12:13:40 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 04, 2008, 10:40:02 PM

The question I have for the Obama supporters is this:

1. If the idea of an inexperienced candidate taking over for McCain scares you, why are you supporting an inexperienced candidate for President?

2. If experience isn't an issue, then why are you so hell-bent on pointing out Palin's lack thereof?


1. Obama has been on the national stage for 4 years now. I heard his speech in 2004, and pegged him as someone to watch. When he announced he was running 2 years ago, I was skeptical. But since then he has toured the nation again and again and again. He has given numerous speeches telling us who he is and what he wants to do. He has successfully answered the question of his experience for roughly 50% of the voters out there right now.

2. Whereas Obama has been a national figure since 2004, and touring the country talking to anyone who would listen for over 2 years now, Palin has given exactly 2 speeches in about a weeki. She is an unknown. And quite frankly, everything I have learned about her in the past week scares the shit out of me. She sounds like a Bush clone. But, the reason people are pointing out her lack of experience is because it doesn't make sense for McCain to so viciously attack Obama on his experience, and then turn around and say Palin is ready to lead if something happens to him. This is an outright lie, and you know it, I know it, and anyone following the election knows it. He doesn't give two shits about her policies or stated positions. He thinks she can help him win, and that is it.

As you said, there is nothing wrong with that. Except for a candidate touring on the Straight Talk Express and Country First. His slogan should have been, "WTF is wrong with you people? I'm a god damn american fucking hero! I deserved this position 8 years ago, and now I have to crawl on my hands and knees to even get close to the white house..."

Although I could see how that would be a problem printing that slogan on all those cool cards the republican delegates are holding at the convention.
1650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ortega makes Shawn Johnson's taco pop on: September 03, 2008, 10:50:02 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on September 03, 2008, 10:47:04 PM

That is so awesome. I wish I could pop Shawn's tacos. drool

 icon_eek
1651  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: September 03, 2008, 08:39:02 PM

Quote from: rickfc on September 03, 2008, 08:26:29 PM

Quote from: Brendan on September 03, 2008, 08:14:10 PM

This is great.  Mark Murphy and Peggy Noonan (who are republicans) go off message once they get off camera.

Awesome.  You have to wonder how they're either a) going to spin that or b) try to sweep it under the rug.

Did that go out over the air by accident, or was it leaked by someone at MSNBC? Because if it was leaked, I'm fucked in an argument about the liberal media over at OO.
1652  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: September 03, 2008, 08:34:40 PM

Quote from: Brendan on September 03, 2008, 08:14:10 PM

Quote from: cheeba on September 03, 2008, 07:59:42 PM

Not much point in arguing with a cheerleader.

Says the resident troll.

Quote from: Mr. Fed on September 03, 2008, 08:06:58 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 03, 2008, 08:04:32 PM

Why does the Republican party's efforts feel like cheap marketing and advertising? All I see them do is attack Obama and try to sell us on McCain and Palin. 

Uh ... what else would they do at a convention?  What else did the Dems do?

Well, the thing they haven't done so far (maybe that'll change tonight/tomorrow) is provide details on new McCain/Palin policies, something that Obama made an explicit effort to do in his keynote.  We can certainly argue as to whether or not Obama's was sufficiently detailed, particularly about how the budget would be handled, but it did lay out the legislative priorities he'd want enacted.  Contrast that with Thompson and Lieberman last night - their emphasis was on personality and personal history.

To be fair, there wasn't much specifics in the speeches from Hillary, Bill, or Biden either about what Obama wanted to do.
1653  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: September 03, 2008, 08:02:12 PM

Quote from: cheeba on September 03, 2008, 06:21:11 PM

Quote from: msteelers on September 03, 2008, 06:17:33 PM

Quote from: cheeba on September 03, 2008, 06:11:25 PM

Quote from: Toe on September 03, 2008, 05:24:39 PM

If voting with Bush over 90% of the time is what "experience" brings to the table, I can do with out it thank you. smile
Should you really be plagiarizing Obama like that?

Only if it's true.
I didn't question whether or not it was true. Rather, I questioned how reciting a candidate's talking points adds anything to the discussion. This is a R&P forum, not a place to cut n paste bullet points from MyFavoriteCandidate.com.

I misunderstood your post then. Carry on.
1654  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: September 03, 2008, 06:17:33 PM

Quote from: cheeba on September 03, 2008, 06:11:25 PM

Quote from: Toe on September 03, 2008, 05:24:39 PM

If voting with Bush over 90% of the time is what "experience" brings to the table, I can do with out it thank you. smile
Should you really be plagiarizing Obama like that?

Only if it's true.
1655  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Can't decide? Take a quiz... on: September 02, 2008, 09:39:58 PM
My first test I got 68% Obama or something like that. The second test I tried to answer as if I was a huge McCain supporter. It gave me 84% McCain and had this blurb:

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The results are in, and John McCain is definitely your choice.
You're probably not surprised. It's possible you've had your eye on McCain for years.

Popular or not, you will likely stick by McCain. For you, it's a matter of principle.
And besides, there's something exciting about rooting for the underdog!

It doesn't tell me to think about voting for Obama, but it doesn't make it look like voting for McCain is a good idea either.
1656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A few nerdy Star Wars questions on: September 01, 2008, 03:46:10 PM
I thought that there was debate in the Jedi council as to whether or not Anakin was even the chosen one? I always took from the movies that Qui-Gon believed Anakin to be the chosen one, but was wrong. Luke Skywalker was the one to bring balance to the force by destroying the Emporer and bringing Anakin back to the light side.

But that was just from watching the movies. I don't read the books or anything, so I'm probably missing something.
1657  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars - remake(Would you watch it?) on: September 01, 2008, 03:27:58 PM
They will be remade and they will suck. It's a fact. Hopefully it wont be for another 20 years or something.

I would be interested if they do another series of movies that take place after the original trilogy, but hopefully Lucas is not involved with the script.
1658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why is my xbox wet and smells like...oh no... on: August 29, 2008, 09:13:23 PM

Quote from: JuniorDan on August 28, 2008, 01:34:16 AM

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it doesn't heat up any pee and make my house smell like the stairwells of the parking garages in downtown Orlando...you know. The ones the homeless people like to pee in.

Um..... You my friend should not lay blame on the homeless like that. You obviously never left Antigua or Tabu at 3 a.m. and countless drinks after. Those stairwells in the parking garages, becomes your savior.   ninja I'am just saying  Truthiness!   
Now about you xbox like papasmurff said liquid cooling for the win.....

Jeez. Can't you wait until you are next to your car like everyone else? Have some respect.
1659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My dog died today on: August 26, 2008, 10:05:34 PM
Sorry for your loss.  icon_cry
1660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "no-penalty" death trend on: August 26, 2008, 11:25:16 AM
I haven't played Too Human, so the only games I've played so far with this mechanic are Prey and Bioshock. If the trend is more towards Bioshock, I have no problem. If the trend is more towards Prey, then there is something wrong.

Instead of having no penalty as a way to help people finish the game, IMO they should focus on a good auto-save system, combined with the ability to save anywhere. Even if someone never saves on their own, they should never be more than 15 minutes away from where they died. Even that can be stretching it if the game itself is very frustrating. Having the ability to skip cut scenes is a must too. It's inexcusable to load up a save game, and then have to wait for 5 minutes or longer before starting the boss battle.
1661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why is my xbox wet and smells like...oh no... on: August 25, 2008, 01:48:58 PM

Quote from: HankRaptor on August 25, 2008, 01:29:29 PM

What size of a dog is it? Teacup Yorkie? or Rotweiler?

A 40 lb. German Sheppard mix.

Quote from: Jeff Jones on August 25, 2008, 01:43:11 PM

Quote from: msteelers on August 25, 2008, 12:15:36 PM

So either I dodged a bullet or I am sitting on a ticking time bomb, and I wont have a way to find out for sure until the bomb explodes.  paranoid

All 360's are ticking time bombs.  icon_wink

 icon_biggrin
1662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why is my xbox wet and smells like...oh no... on: August 25, 2008, 12:15:36 PM
Well, I fired it back up this morning, and played some Rock Band for about 40 minutes with zero problems. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that nothing important got wet, although I don't know how that would be possible. So either I dodged a bullet or I am sitting on a ticking time bomb, and I wont have a way to find out for sure until the bomb explodes.  paranoid
1663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why is my xbox wet and smells like...oh no... on: August 25, 2008, 12:06:56 AM
So, earlier today I bend over to pick up a dog toy that is sitting in front of my xbox, and I noticed that there is dry yellow crust all over the top of the console. I lean in closer to investigate, and quickly realize that my dog has decided to take a piss all over my 360, and the CivRev disc which was sitting on top of the console. Everything was soaked. I actually was able to tilt the xbox and pee poured out of it. I wiped everything up, and it turned on fine, accessed information on the hard drive, and the game even started to play. I'm hoping that there wont be additional damage over time, or that if the xbox is on for awhile, it doesn't heat up any pee and make my house smell like the stairwells of the parking garages in downtown Orlando...you know. The ones the homeless people like to pee in.  mad
1664  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why is this the business of the government? on: August 22, 2008, 07:06:53 PM

Quote from: Moliere on August 22, 2008, 05:04:56 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on August 22, 2008, 04:30:33 PM

Bullshit.  Most restaurants and bars don't provide healthcare benefits either - as such, the state usually ends up picking up the tab for the health care for employees who have been sickened by the smoke, etc.  There is definitely a public (health) interest here, as it is the public who picks up the tab.
And as a libertarian I think the public should stop picking up the tab for everyone's healthcare. Its because of this public funding of healthcare that the government can justify so much intrusion into our lives, telling us what we can eat, when we can eat it, how much to exercise, what drugs we can ingest. At what point do I become a free human being left to live and die by the daily choices I make it my life? Apparently I'm never allowed that responsibility and its insulting.

Uh. Last I checked I could still swing by Taco Bell on the way home from work, go home, sit on the couch, have a pizza delivered to me, and do whatever else I wanted.
1665  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why is this the business of the government? on: August 22, 2008, 11:42:43 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 21, 2008, 10:26:30 PM

Just out of curiosity, how do you feel about banning smoking in the workplace? Should we let bar and restaurant owners set their own individual smoking policy, and let the marketplace sort them out, or is there an overriding public health interest? Is sick leave policy also being sold as a public health matter, or is it on a par with the 40-hour week and minimum wage?

I'm completely against banning smoking in bars and restaurants actually. As for the workplace, I haven't really thought about it. If the company is the one that creates the ban on smoking, I would be probably be ok with it, although I imagine some of their employees would be pissed.
1666  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why is this the business of the government? on: August 21, 2008, 09:07:18 PM

Quote from: Moliere on August 21, 2008, 01:12:52 PM

How is this an OR question? The same individuals make up both groups (i.e., business and the public). Of course its in the interest of a business to have a healthy workforce. Having sick employees lowers productivity. The question becomes at what point do we need to have government interference on how they allocate paid time off to their employees. Unless we're talking about a company that has a policy of forcing people with contagious disease to be around others I don't see a need for any interference. The problem is that the government tries to come up with a single solution that is supposed to fit everyone. I know the "free market" are dirty words to some on this Forum, but why not let companies decide a policy and employees choose to work there based upon the policy? Let companies experiment with different combinations of PTO days and allocation methods. For some industries it might make more sense to split it out between vacation days and sick days. I just hate this top down mandate from the government saying every single company in XYZ State has to do it the same way.

I don't think the government needs to come in and say, "this is the way it has to happen." It could be very similar to the minimum wage, where they put a basic minimum on what the company is required to give. At my company full time employees acquire sick days at a rate of 0.83 per month, which equals out to be 10 a year. You can mess with the numbers however you like, but the bottom line would be, "this is the minimum amount of sick days you have to give your full time employees every year."
1667  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why is this the business of the government? on: August 21, 2008, 11:41:04 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 20, 2008, 10:12:26 PM

Quote from: msteelers on August 20, 2008, 09:27:18 PM

I don't necessarily see this a good example of when the government should interfere, but at the same time I think all jobs should offer some sort of sick pay. I know when I didn't have sick days nothing could keep me from coming to work. I wasn't productive, but I was present and getting paid. I also most likely helped spread the current cold or flu through the office.

Someone in the article compares it to federal minimum wage, and I think that is a good comparison. Should the government be able to regulate how much or how little we each get paid? If so, why can't they regulate how many sick days we get?

I dont think the federal government should be able to tell an employer how much an employee should be paid, but thats a discussion for another day.    I

d much rather have the policy my company has of personal days that can be used for anything you want, rather then have a certain number of them set aside that I can only use if I am sick and for no other reason.    If an employer wants to offer sick days thats fine and can even be an advantage in getting people to work there, but that should be the choice of the employer if they want to offer that benefit.

My company does both. We have 10 days set aside for anything we want (sick days, optional days, bereavement, whatever), and we also have 10 vacation days. At times it makes no sense to me why we would have two separate groups.
1668  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why is this the business of the government? on: August 20, 2008, 09:27:18 PM
I don't necessarily see this a good example of when the government should interfere, but at the same time I think all jobs should offer some sort of sick pay. I know when I didn't have sick days nothing could keep me from coming to work. I wasn't productive, but I was present and getting paid. I also most likely helped spread the current cold or flu through the office.

Someone in the article compares it to federal minimum wage, and I think that is a good comparison. Should the government be able to regulate how much or how little we each get paid? If so, why can't they regulate how many sick days we get?
1669  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rick Roll on: August 04, 2008, 05:21:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 04, 2008, 02:51:36 AM

do to the tastelessness of this post I've started a petition to ban msduncan.

Predictable...and funny!
1670  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Woot off in progress on: July 31, 2008, 04:27:52 PM
I got the knife set for $15, and the last day had some pretty good items if only I had a little bit more money. Too bad about the Bag of crap. I stayed up way too late to try and get it, all for nothing.
1671  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Woot off in progress on: July 30, 2008, 05:44:50 PM
Yesterday and last night seemed like it was mostly crap, with the occasional computer or mp3 player tossed in. Today seems better. I picked up a set of 11 kitchen knives and a wooden cutting board for $15 after shipping. So far it has been the only thing I have considered pulling the trigger on.
1672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New GameInformer - Wolfenstein, Marvel UA 2 on: July 25, 2008, 11:50:07 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 25, 2008, 03:39:27 AM

This M:UA video isn't helping my excitement level rise any.  seriously, the big gimmick is combining two powers into a combo attack?

Wow. That was awful.

The Legends games were some of my favorite games on the xbox. I played a lot of M:UA, but it felt different somehow. And from that trailer, this game looks like it is taking another step in the wrong direction.

Although the story could be good. I was more excited for the opening sequence of the trailer than any of the gameplay footage.
1673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Broward Circuit Judge Marc Gold -> worse than Jack Thompson on: July 24, 2008, 02:15:35 PM
 saywhat

I love this state.
1674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360 and PS3) No Love for the Release Version of Civ: Revolution? on: July 18, 2008, 05:59:49 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 17, 2008, 07:10:08 AM

Quote from: Jancelot on July 17, 2008, 07:05:57 AM

Bottom line is that it is a great starting point and I hope that it sells well so that we see sequels down the line with some tweaks and a little more depth added in.

A friend of mine who works at Gamestop said that it absolutely bombed in his region. The only version that did even remotely well was the DS iteration. I'm hoping his area is not indicative of sales in general.

I saw on CivFanatics.com that the game has sold out here in the U.S. I also saw yesterday somewhere that the game has been the best selling 360 game on Amazon since it came out. That probably dropped though after NCAA came out, but it is still good.
1675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360 and PS3) No Love for the Release Version of Civ: Revolution? on: July 18, 2008, 04:45:31 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 18, 2008, 01:18:50 PM

Has anyone seen a listing of what each difficulty level adds or changes?  I'm curious when the AI starts getting resource boosts, and if they start getting tweaks to their combat rolls.  The former I could take in light doses, but the latter I want to completely avoid if it exists.

After I finally got the culture victory on King difficulty (thank you Roman 1/2 price wonders), I bumped the difficulty up to Emperor and tried a Zulu campaign with focus on domination. I was able to destroy Washington with a single warrior army. The next turn I found Rome, just a few tiles over from Washington. I was able to take them out fairly easily, with the Warrior Army, a Horsemen Army, and a Catapult Army. I also used a great person to flip their second city.

As soon as I finished up Rome, the Germans and French decided to make themselves known. The French at this time were already closing in on a culture victory, needing just 10 more great people, flipped cities, or wonders. The Germans immediately declared war on me and started sending wave after wave of Legion armies at me. By this point they had at least 4 cities, two of which were on choke points that could quickly grow and produce armies. They also were flying through the tech tree, and were coming at me with cannons and knights while I still had archers, catapults, and horsemen. At the same time, the French started pumping out wonders, but it didn't appear like the Germans were pushing towards them at all. It was as if all of their energy was on me.

So, from the half game I played, it looks like research and combat was the same. The Germans were more advanced than me because they had bigger cities than I did, and most of my cities were focused on gold production. Also, the German perk is to automatically upgrade elite units, which is most likely why they were able to come at me with these upgraded armies as soon as they were available. What changed was the strategy. City placement seemed better, and the armies did a good job sieging cities and using the terrain to their advantage.
1676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360 and PS3) No Love for the Release Version of Civ: Revolution? on: July 17, 2008, 01:25:53 PM
I am having a lot of trouble getting a cultural victory on King difficulty. It just seems like that lags behind everything else. The closest I ever got was a couple days ago. I was building the United Nations wonder, but the game said that the game would end after 5 more turns, and whoever had the highest score would get a domination victory. I needed 7 more turns to build the United Nations and win the game  icon_mad

Any advice on how to get this type of victory?
1677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shocking News!! Game Reviewers admits not finishing the games for review on: July 15, 2008, 09:17:01 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 15, 2008, 07:25:23 PM

Quote from: msteelers on July 15, 2008, 06:04:50 PM

If you are getting paid to review a game

Key statement. If. If this was a 40hr work week for me, then I suppose I could put out a comprehensive review of Oblivion in 2.5 weeks, and for it to be effective I'd need to get some pretty damn good money for it. There is a balance of critique and game decomposition/analysis. Perhaps just getting the ESRB folks who've already picked it apart to find the content rating to give you their review, right? slywink

True, but at the same time epic games like Oblivion are relatively rare. Most games can have the single player experience finished in 10-20 hours. I don't think it is unreasonable to expect people who get paid to put in the required time to finish the game. If you don't get paid, just be honest with how you played the game.
1678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shocking News!! Game Reviewers admits not finishing the games for review on: July 15, 2008, 06:04:50 PM
If you are getting paid to review a game you should try to finish the game before posting reviews. The only time I think this will get a pass is if it is a game that could go on forever (like the Elder Scrolls games), or really long RPG's. But if you don't finish a game, tell the reader what you did. If you are reviewing NCAA, say how many seasons of a dynasty you did, or which characters you created for campus legend. Or acknowledge that you haven't finished the game, and why you don't want to, or will.
1679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NCAA 09 Impressions? on: July 15, 2008, 04:53:05 PM
I was going to go and pick this up today, but I am in the process of moving so cash is really tight right now. Plus, I am still really enjoying CivRev. I'll probably pick this up in a week or two when I get settled in the new place.
1680  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Is ANYONE playing CoD4 online anymore? on: July 08, 2008, 02:56:45 PM
Between Halo 3 and COD4 I think I got burned out on first person shooters for awhile. I tried the BF:BC demo but it did nothing for me. Now I'm in a more laid back mood with my games. I've spent a lot of time in Lost Odyssey recently, and this week I will pick up Civilization Revolutions and NCAA next week. Those two games will probably last me for a couple of months, until the fall games start coming out, when I'll probably be screaming for some first person shooter action.
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