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3961  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Post count padding on: September 02, 2007, 06:05:46 PM
lets make a deal, you stop bumping 2 year old threads, and Ceekay will stop post padding smile
3962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Don't you just love it when you get back from vacation and.. on: September 01, 2007, 07:23:23 PM
So after spending a week at Avila Beach (near Pismo Beach in CA) I go to check the mail.  As I come back up the porch, I notice a flyer attached to my door handle.  It's the water company telling me to call them by 9-04-07 or the water will be shut off.  I found that strange since I've been paying them since January when we moved in.... or at least I thought I did.

It turns out we never set up an account.  I honestly thought it was part of the  utility bill that we pay for sewer and storm drains.  So now I called my land lord to call them up and set up an account.  I asked the lady how much money are we looking at, and she told me there isn't anything due, which I'm sure she has to be wrong.  We're talking 8 months of non-payments.

3963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console game trade ins on: August 23, 2007, 12:37:12 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 23, 2007, 04:23:17 AM

They take 20% off if you rather have cash. However, as far as store credit goes, the rule of thumb is you get about 50% back for your games unless it's a new release.

That's not how the guy explained it, and I had him confirm what he said.  He said it's store credit.  Which is fine with me. 
3964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Do We(I) Care About Achievements? (Bioshock inspired) on: August 23, 2007, 12:36:20 PM
What does achievements give you?  When I first bought the xbox 360 I thought it will allow you to use those points to buy extras on the market place.  Then I find out, that's not true.  So what are they used for, besides bragging points?
3965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console game trade ins on: August 23, 2007, 03:22:58 AM

Quote from: Xmann on August 23, 2007, 02:36:43 AM

Wow, $35 is a heck of a deal.   I might take a couple PS3 games i was looking to get rid of and trade 'em in for that general price, especially since i hate dealing with EB as well.

What do they do if you get trade but don't find anything to put the trade towards?   They put it on a gift card of some kind?   Got a few new things i'm looking to grab in a few weeks, but my BB is really slow to get some of the newer titles in.

Anyone dealt with this in depth and know exactly how it works?

the money you receive towards a game is store credit, or gift card.
3966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console game trade ins on: August 23, 2007, 12:41:41 AM
Ok, this may turn into a steals and deal topic, but it's not my intention.  If it goes that way, I'll move it.

In case you don't know, Blockbuster now sells console games.  They also take trade ins.  Being newly inserted in the console scene, I've been considering selling\trading in Forza 2.  Usually I don't like going to EB or Gamestop to trade in, because I thought you get crappy deals.  My question is what do they typically give you?

For example Blockbuster will give me $35 for Forza 2, is that comparable to EB games?  I was suprised when they listed the trade in value.  I was going to sell it for $40 shipped, so it's close to what I wanted.  I'll likely do it, but I was just curious what other similar stores offer.
3967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Hot Shots Golf 5 Impressions on: August 21, 2007, 01:01:28 AM
This topic has been moved to Sports Gaming Discussions.

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=21749.0
3968  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Forza 2 FS on: August 21, 2007, 12:03:53 AM
I'm selling Forza 2 for $40 shipped, please email me if interested
3969  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 18, 2007, 05:58:08 PM
less words more pics.

3970  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 17, 2007, 08:28:55 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 17, 2007, 07:36:08 PM

Quote from: juniordan on August 17, 2007, 07:31:34 PM

Thanks ATB..  icon_frown


KD: on left, Center: JuniorDan, Right: naednek.

I will respond to this once and once only publically (the rest to PMs if you want): I didn't make you post what you posted.  Period.

And actually KD should be the one on the right as he's big as a house. Naednek, I'm sure, is the more scholarly type.  I guess the guy in the center is appropriate given the type of image posted and that guy's alleged activities.

Lol I'm the scholarly type biggrin  I'm sure #gonegold is having a great laugh out of that one
3971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 17, 2007, 05:14:15 PM

Quote from: juniordan on August 17, 2007, 05:07:50 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 17, 2007, 04:46:10 PM

Quote from: juniordan on August 17, 2007, 04:17:14 PM

good boy
Spoiler for Hiden:
icon_twisted

We've had conversations about this in the past juniordan.  Please don't toe the line on this one. 

Me
Quote
Last Edit: Today at 11:40:58 AM by juniordan

You
Quote
Posted on: Today at 11:46:10 AM

are you seeing something I don't?

check your PM
3972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Coverage; Do the US Networks Issue Blackouts? on: August 17, 2007, 05:07:57 AM
It doesn't happen to the niners because they always sell out, the fans are loyal, thick and thin, unlike the raiders.
3973  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Should we merge Sports and Console Gaming? on: August 15, 2007, 11:37:12 PM
personally I think there's enough traffic to keep the sports forum seperated, but I'm in the minority
3974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 13, 2007, 03:49:33 PM
ok, bring the cats back.
3975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you getting Madden 08? If so, which system? A poll. on: August 13, 2007, 03:19:16 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on August 13, 2007, 02:53:48 PM

I am certainly not complaining.  I have't visited Madden since '02 and am genuinely excited about picking it up tonight.  I was looking forward to hearing some 'Madden-isms."  I am sure he will be in there somewhere.

They are in there, and they are the same voiceovers from 2002, so you'll feel familiar with them.  I heard him watching a full length game video.
3976  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / In other words... on: August 13, 2007, 03:14:46 PM
http://www.videosift.com/video/President-BushIn-Other-Words
3977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 12, 2007, 07:38:17 AM
I cant wait for the cat phase goes stale
3978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you getting Madden 08? If so, which system? A poll. on: August 12, 2007, 07:25:46 AM

Quote from: Chaz on August 12, 2007, 05:26:30 AM

Uh-ohs.  The Game Trailers review linked above makes specific mention of ther being too many turnovers.  Since that seems to be a major problem in NCAA this year, it's not sounding good.  They also mention that there appears to be catch-up AI built in that I really don't care to see.  This is sounding more and more like I'm taking a pass again.

Well the catch up AI has been a staple for many years, and many other ea games.
3979  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Madden 2008 and Blockbuster on: August 11, 2007, 08:04:07 PM
Once again BB is the shit... (in a good way)

For those of you who have their online service you should be getting an email for a $10 coupon off of an unopened copy of Madden 2008 for various systems.  So check you email.  It's only good for the 14th and the 15th.
3980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barry Bonds Breaks Hank Aaron HR Record! on: August 08, 2007, 12:35:37 PM
I wanted to watch it, but it was blacked out.  I freaking live 200 miles away, and they blacked it out because it was on ESPN.  I don't get fox sports, so I was screwed either way.
3981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bonds is 2 away! on: August 08, 2007, 04:29:08 AM
August 7th 2007, Barry Lamar Bonds breaks the all time HR record.

Congrats Barry!

3982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bourne Ultimatum Impressions [Spoilers Welcome] on: August 06, 2007, 04:42:37 AM

Quote from: Mookee on August 06, 2007, 03:51:34 AM

Quote from: naednek on August 05, 2007, 07:01:34 PM

The way they bridged the two movies together was awesome.

Holy shit. I hadn't seen the 2nd one in quite a while, so I didn't really know what everyone was talking about with them being tied together so nicely. I watched it again tonight, and hot damn, that is awesome.

During one of the trailers they showed that scene, and I kept thinking, wait a second, that was from the 2nd movie.  I wondered why they were showing that.
3983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bonds is 2 away! on: August 05, 2007, 09:22:08 PM

Quote from: Grievous Angel on August 05, 2007, 08:28:43 PM

Appropriately enough, the pitcher who gave up last night's home run was once suspended for using steroids.

and an ex-giant
3984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bourne Ultimatum Impressions [Spoilers Welcome] on: August 05, 2007, 07:01:34 PM

Quote from: Kratz on August 03, 2007, 08:22:57 PM

That is Greengrass' style... handheld, documentary style shooting.

could care less if it's his style, it sucks and ruins the action scenes.

Went and saw it last night, holy shit that was the best of the series.  The shaky cam was pissing me off, ruined every action sequence, but overall the story was engaging and fun to watch.  The way they bridged the two movies together was awesome.
3985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bonds is 2 away! on: August 05, 2007, 06:59:29 PM
Awesome!

3986  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bourne Ultimatum Impressions [Spoilers Welcome] on: August 03, 2007, 08:17:39 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on August 03, 2007, 07:08:18 PM

Jarrod and I went with some friends last night.  I enjoyed the movie...minus the feeling sick in the middle and needing to step out for a second.  I actually enjoyed it....there was some good hand to hand combat sequences....other than that the shakey cam got old pretty quick.  I don't know why movies have to have this to make it seem more intense....but that is what they decided to do.

Great so much for learning from their mistakes.  It ruined the last one for me. 
3987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you getting Madden 08? If so, which system? A poll. on: August 02, 2007, 03:13:05 AM
I'll be getting it on Xbox 360!

And check out the video
http://www.gamespot.com/video/938343/6175935/videoplayerpop?

man this game looks great
3988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resignation Horror Stories - Anyone have one? on: August 02, 2007, 12:04:47 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 31, 2007, 02:44:17 PM

Quote from: Poomba on July 31, 2007, 01:11:58 PM

The good thing is, if they tell me to leave, I can start my new job tomorrow.

depending on what work you do the company may very well do that.  When I temped at Legg Mason in their Data Security department anyone who turned in their 2 weeks notice was always escorted from the building within hours of doing so in order to avoid 'disgruntled employee backlash'.  It seemed kind of dumb- if they were really disgruntled they wouldn't be bothering to turn in a notice.

funny, I didn't think you had a job smile
3989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best Halo 3 news yet! on: August 01, 2007, 05:15:15 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on August 01, 2007, 04:40:00 AM

Quote from: naednek on July 31, 2007, 11:54:34 PM

shoot, I thought you were going to say, they plan on making this game to be fun...



sorry not big enough smile

Really halo is so overhyped.  I can see why it's popular on the consoles, but on the PC it's nothing knew.  I can't stand the cookie cutter level design.  The only thing that makes it semi fun is the multiplayer.
3990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bonds is 2 away! on: August 01, 2007, 12:17:03 AM
Well, the Giants are playing the hated Dodgers, it would be awesome if Bonds ends up breaking the record there.  Ideally it would be nice to have him break it at home, but if he has to do it on the road, there's not a better place to do it against the dodgers.  Also Hank Aaron broke the record when he was playing against the dodgers.
3991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sports: Pitcher Rod Beck found dead in home. on: August 01, 2007, 12:14:08 AM
well to end a sad story...

Police find cocaine all over Beck's house
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2956394

It's only a matter of time when they find out he OD'd
3992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best Halo 3 news yet! on: July 31, 2007, 11:54:34 PM
shoot, I thought you were going to say, they plan on making this game to be fun...
3993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 31, 2007, 12:14:10 AM
3994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1-18-08 Trailer Online on: July 31, 2007, 12:14:05 AM
for those who haven't seen the new movie poster, here it is...  The secret is out now

3995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bonds is 2 away! on: July 29, 2007, 05:59:51 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on July 29, 2007, 12:36:39 PM

Quote from: CSL on July 29, 2007, 06:44:13 AM

thumbsdown

I hope he rots. Fucking cheater.

I find quotes like this dishonest and the more sportswriters and fans in general say such things, the more I want Bonds to break the record.  These self-appointed "defenders of the game" are wailing and gnashing their teeth because a supposedly pure record is about to be broken.  Yet these same superfans contributed to the situation and now refuse to hold themselves culpable for their own actions.

In the mid-90s - right after the disasterous strike of '94 - balls started flying out of ballparks at a record pace.  Yet there was little concern demonstrated by the fans or sportswriters and they continued to brag and write about the exploits of these mammoth home runs.  In 1998, with Big Mac and Sosa breathing down Roger Maris' back, there was a celebration in baseball.  Yet the drugs were readily apparent for all to see.  McGwire gets caught with a bottle of Andro in his locker, but it wasn't a big deal because it was too new to be illegal.  Fans saw guys like McGwire and Sosa put on huge amounts of muscle to break the record.  Guys like Nomar developed 30 homer bodies overnight.  Everyone knew the dirty little secret and no one said a word.  Any fan of the game who says he didn't know or strongly suspect by the time the late 90s rolled around that baseball had a rampant 'roid problem is a liar, pure and simple.  Yet as long as the balls kept flying out of the park, everyone kept cheering.  Money came in huge amounts, with the players and owners both enjoying record profits.  Without any fan pressure there was no reason to implement any drug testing.  And there was no outcry, so the money train kept rolling along.

It took the admission and death of Ken Caminiti to bring everyone back to Earth.  Caminiti said at least half of the players were on steroids.  Curt Schilling said steroid use was rampant in the game.  Jose Conseco, who can be accused of exaggeration from time to time, said that 85% of the players doped.  Then finally BALCO broke and fan sentiment changed almost overnight.  Then we had the parade in front of Congress, where McGwire did exactly the right thing - wanting to look forward for a solution instead of looking back - and was run out of baseball for it.  He still is treated with more contempt than Raffy Palmero, who flat-out lied on the stand and later tested positive.  Talk about fucked-up mob mentality...

Now these so-called arbiters of the game want to punish a few specific guys for 'roid use.  They scream for asterisks.  They scream for suspensions.  They scream God to smite Bonds as he's running around the bases.  To them, I say, "shut up.  Your time to scream was 10 years ago."  You have no moral basis on which to stand.  You call these guys "cheaters' now, but you refuse to acknowledge your own culpability in this matter.  Fans contributed to this situation with your dollars and your support.  You made your bed.  Now you have to lie in it.  I think a lot of the villification of Bonds is people projecting their own anger and shame on to him.  Well, get over it.  If you want to question his home run record, to be honest about it you have to question every record.  You have to question Clemens and Maddux hitting 350 wins.  You have to question Gwinn, and Ricky and Ripken.  You have to question A-Rod's exploits, considering the size he's gained since he was a rookie.  You want to boo Bonds?  To be fair about it, you better boo Jason Giambi every time he steps to the plate.  But most people aren't about being fair and they can't bear the thought that every achievement in the last 20 years is suspect...they just want to villify one unlikable guy who is going to break the record.

So boo him.  Call him cheater.  Guess what?  It doesn't matter.  He's going to be the legitimate record holder of the most hallowed record in baseball.  You, as fans, got what you wanted.  Now you have to live with it.   

+1
3996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 29, 2007, 02:16:29 AM
3997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bonds is 2 away! on: July 28, 2007, 10:21:36 PM
no, he's 1 away from tying, two to take over.  Tying doesn't mean anything
3998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Advertising Slogan Generator on: July 28, 2007, 03:41:29 PM
Naednek:

How Refreshing!
How Naednek
3999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 28, 2007, 03:34:21 PM
4000  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Barry Bonds Breaks Hank Aaron HR Record! on: July 28, 2007, 06:04:55 AM
Awesome

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