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2441  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] Unchecked Presidential Power on: January 18, 2006, 02:23:03 AM
Quote from: "Graham"
Local meeting of the democratic party?




Wow, is that Al Gore in the middle there?  How did they get him for such a private event? :wink:
2442  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Remember punks - 24 starts tonight! on: January 17, 2006, 07:52:09 AM
I think this is some of the smartest, tightest writing for this show to date.  One of the things I really like about it so far is theat they seem to be taking some of the more tiresome tropes of the last few lackluster seasons and setting them up so you think it'll be more of the same, and then they turn it on it's ear and do something much cooler and unexpected. (examples:  crazy schizo woman as filler plot-line in past seasons becomes seemingly crazy  yet possibly even cunning woman who actually has a part in the plot this season, setting up Sean Astin as the sterotypical ass from the head office who comes in to muck everything up yet actually saves the day and makes logical decisions for one of his office, putting the mole in the president's camp instead of CTU, etc.)

I was damn impressed with the show so far, and I really wasn't expecting much.  I'm hooked worse than I was 1st season now.
2443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Someone is using my email to sign up for spam on: January 17, 2006, 12:22:07 AM
In my experience, 50-60 spam emails a day is pretty average.  Just make sure you file it away in your spam folder so it's trained to go there.  I usually have one or two every few hours that slip through the cracks.

What makes you think someone is using your email tho?
2444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any Zappa fans here...? on: January 12, 2006, 01:36:57 PM
My faves are Zoot Allures (His voice sounds like dripping gold on that album), Sheik Yerbouti (Maybe You Should Live With Your Mama is my favorite song off of that one), and the 2-disk Guitar.
2445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whats the Worst Game to Movie Ever made? on: January 12, 2006, 12:38:54 AM
Seriously, do we need this little trip down Amnesia Lane?

And to think I had just about purged my memory of Super Mario Brothers....
2446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / FoolishStudios.com redesign- need critiques on: January 10, 2006, 03:50:35 PM
Changed.  Went to an alternate quote.  made the typography a bit more interesting too
2447  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / FoolishStudios.com redesign- need critiques on: January 10, 2006, 03:09:27 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
Quote from: "th'FOOL"
 The statement is actually a quote from Buckaroo Banzai, though, and I'm awful fond of it.... unibrow


If you read your page directly across, including the side panel it reads...

Michael Dunn   is not enough    

smile

Sure, it might be subliminal, but its still there. You do not want folks associating Michael Dunn with "not enough" now do you? slywink

I would look for something more positive for the banner, and if you really like the "not enough" quote, just move it to a not-so prominant location (like maybe right under the banner?


Ouch.  gotta change that.
2448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / FoolishStudios.com redesign- need critiques on: January 10, 2006, 02:41:53 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
For the main banner, I do not really care for the varying font sizes. I know you are trying to create some force behind the statement, but it just is not visually appealing to see it. A little too much empty space in the top portion of the banner.

I like the idea behind the "watermark" figure and the figure in the lense/bubble, but if there was a way to make the correlation more pronounced I think it would be better (perhaps you felt this way as well which is why that empty space is there I mentioned up above). I can barely even make out the little guy in the bubble, can not see his face at all.

Even though your banner statement gets the point across, I do not like seeing negatives used ("not enough"). I think something more positive would be more appropriate.


Yeah, not 100% on that banner.  Will probably change it up soon.  The statement is actually a quote from Buckaroo Banzai, though, and I'm awful fond of it.... unibrow
2449  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / FoolishStudios.com redesign- need critiques on: January 10, 2006, 03:35:49 AM
Quote from: "gellar"
Really like it actually... just a couple of critiques:

1) Could you possibly centered for those people using non-standard browser resolutions?

That's on my to-do list.  I went for the quick solution of absolute positioning for now because I need to get this up in a hurry.

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2) On the front page, I don't like how the 2nd (lower) quote box blends with the bottom table.  It doesn't match the rest of the site, I think.


Just fixed that little problem.  I am assuming you are using Firefox?
2450  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / FoolishStudios.com redesign- need critiques on: January 10, 2006, 03:14:52 AM
Hey everybody, I just redesigned my personal website, http://www.foolishstudios.com, and I'm looking for critiques, suggestions, etc.  I'm ramping up my job hunt right now in a very major way as this is probably the biggest hiring month of the year, and I need this thing to market me and my work effectively without being too freaky.

Feel free to respond here or drop me a line via PM or email.  All I'm really soliciting here is opinions, so I'm not really trying to pimp my site. ( Besides, I already do that with my perpetual link on the bottom of every page on the main site  :twisted: )
2451  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / IGE Ad Removed on: January 03, 2006, 09:58:16 PM
how fortuitous- my bro-in-law just metioned he was going to join gamefly today.  I told him he better sign up though our link (or else) :twisted:
2452  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Official Nintendo WiFi Friends Code Thread on: December 31, 2005, 03:52:55 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "th'FOOL"
finally got to visit a town!  Thanks to Stiffler I was able pick up some cherries, a butterfly net, a watering can, and a fine melon chair!


You are welcome!  Don't forget the dresser, it's a life-saver!

It was nice to have people visit.  I opened the gate and people just started pouring in.  'fossils and 'fool both on at once.  Nice having you over!


(smacks head)  duh!  yes, the dresser!  definitely the best score.
2453  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Official Nintendo WiFi Friends Code Thread on: December 31, 2005, 02:16:57 AM
finally got to visit a town!  Thanks to Stiffler I was able pick up some cherries, a butterfly net, a watering can, and a fine melon chair!
2454  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Official Nintendo WiFi Friends Code Thread on: December 29, 2005, 03:03:08 AM
hmnnn, I keep on getting an error code when I try to visit Stiffler.  Need to check on things...

error code 80430


Can someone see if they can come to my town?  Gates are open
2455  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Official Nintendo WiFi Friends Code Thread on: December 29, 2005, 12:22:55 AM
hmnn,  when do you guys usually get online?
2456  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Official Nintendo WiFi Friends Code Thread on: December 28, 2005, 04:59:59 AM
Code: 3951-9911-3023

Name: Foo

Town: Zathura
2457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 in Japan: The Kancho of MS Continues on: December 26, 2005, 11:55:32 PM
I just don't understand how everybody can consider it a failure after only two weeks of sales numbers.

There is certainly going to be a jump in sales with the release of DOA, and the time to watch is going to be when these japanese RPGs start coming out.

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Japan is a big deal to MS this round- they've made it abundantly clear not only in talk (ie PR) but in action- allocating 150k of their rather precious initial shipment, funding more Japanese tailored games, etc.


Allocating 150k to Japan was definitely more of a PR move than anything.  They want the Japanese to know they are serious about that market, and giving them a sizable launch allocation is part of that.  Yeah, it sucks for those of us in the US who can't get one, but that's how it played out.
2458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 in Japan: The Kancho of MS Continues on: December 26, 2005, 06:28:11 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"

Expecting might be too strong of a word, but fast adoption was certainly the lynchpin to MS's strategy over there- they want to gain some kind of critical mass there before the PS3 launch (which will likely be much sooner in Japan than the US).  MS wouldn't have included Japan in the initial launch if they didn't think it was critical to their success there.  

Everyone else can downplay the importance of Japan, but MS themseleves have made it publicly clear that it is important to them that they do significantly better in that territory this time out.



I don't think you understand.  Microsoft included Japan in the initial launch, made a big deal about it there, etc, for srictly PR purposes.  There is no way they expected them to eat it up like candy right out of the gate.  Hell, it took the first xbox several months to pick up any steam here in the US.

All the 360 needs in Japan is 1 or 2 games that are absolute must-haves.   System-sellers.   We'll see if that happens.
2459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 in Japan: The Kancho of MS Continues on: December 26, 2005, 05:08:32 AM
Oh Nos!  The Xbox360 hasn't even been out a month in japan and it's selling horribly!  It's DOOMED!!!!!!

Excuse me, but was anybody (including MS) really expecting a fast adoption of this console over there?  If it succeeds at all, it will be a very slow burn as Japanese devs start coming out with their offerings.  It will be a year or more before any measure of success or failure will mean shit.

But hey, please, carry on with the hand-wringing....
2460  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / IGE Banner Ad on: December 18, 2005, 06:07:48 AM
Ok, uh, wow (no pun intended).

I can't speak for Ron, but I'm willing to bet he's kind of defensive about the ad because, as a gamer, he probably agrees with a lot of the negative feedback regarding what said company does.  Hell, none of us on staff really like it, but sometimes you have to deal with some shady fucks to get by, god knows I have personally.

The truth of it is, all of us are here for you, our readers, and it pains us when we have to take measures like this to keep on keeping on, and it certainly stings when we in essence agree with what you are saying but have to do it anyway.

Additionally, we appreciate your feedback and support greatly, and those of you who have donated via the paypal link in the past, thank you again.  I know not everyone can contribute like that, but don't think we think any less of you for it- we are here for all of you.  We are constantly looking for new ways to increase revenue for the site to not only keep it running but make it better for all of us, and will continue to do so.  

Now, if anyone might have any good leads for advertising that we can add to the rotation and eventually replace this ad, please contact me or Ron, our emails are readily available.    

Thanks again,

-MIKE DUNN
2461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Subscription- December's issue AFK on: December 16, 2005, 10:36:28 PM
Screw the magazine, I want my demo disc!

You mean people read the magazine? slywink
2462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Subscription- December's issue AFK on: December 16, 2005, 10:19:17 PM
So, I waited and waited for my December issue of OXM to arrive, but it never did.  Yesterday, I revieved January's ish, which pretty much confirms the no-show.  Any idea on who I can contact to rectify this situation?  I'm not keen on paying for a subscription if I'm not getting the issues.

Oh, and my account is paid in full, has been for months, so it isn't that.
2463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 Agony! on: December 16, 2005, 07:11:47 PM
(reposted from other thread)

msduncan, I recommend you try some GameCrazy's if you have Hollywood video anywhere nearby. I was talking to the clerk at my local GC, and he was remarking on how well treated they were in regards to stocking of the 360s in comparison to EB and Gamestop. They were expecting some this week for sure.
2464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 16, 2005, 06:16:05 PM
I got this, Kirby, and a DS for my son for xmas, so I'll be hopping on sometime after that (if he lets me).
2465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Well Ebgames really has lost me as a customer.... on: December 16, 2005, 06:14:08 PM
msduncan, I recommend you try some GameCrazy's if you have Hollywood video anywhere nearby.  I was talking to the clerk at my local GC, and he was remarking on how well treated they were in regards to stocking of the 360s in comparison to EB and Gamestop.  They were expecting some this week for sure.
2466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 will be scarce for some time it seems on: December 15, 2005, 07:16:01 AM
I hear GameCrazy is getting some in this week (hollywood video)
2467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / KONG!!!!!!! on: December 15, 2005, 02:15:35 AM
WOW.  Freaking WOW.  Just got back from it.

We've come a long way from Jar Jar Binks....
2468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are long load times killing the PSP? on: December 14, 2005, 05:51:54 PM
from Bungie.net:

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Halo 2 - Xbox Live Statistics
(last 24 hrs)
Unique Players:     301,566
Matches Logged:    633,888
Players Online:     20,752


You mean something like that?
2469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are long load times killing the PSP? on: December 14, 2005, 05:42:03 PM
Ugh.  That second article was ridiculous.

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Eurogamer: Would you say Sony missed the boat with online gaming in this generation, given the relative success of Live compared to PS2 Online? Is that a balance you're hoping to redress in the next generation?

Phil Harrison: I've always been very admiring of some of the things Microsoft has managed to do with their branding and some of the consumer elements of their service, but it's always important to remember that more people play online games through PlayStation 2 than any other consoles. On a worldwide basis it is the most popular online console by virtue of the size of the installed base.


My ass, it is.  How the fuck would they know any solid info on that without a centralized network like Live, anyway.

And how many online capable games does the PS2 have?  Surely not as much as Xbox.  pure bullshit.
2470  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Arrested Development may be saved... on: December 14, 2005, 05:29:01 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
God, Showtime would set Arrested Development free from any and all restraints. Can you imagine how insane the comedy would be then? biggrin


Damn.  I forgot about that.  How much fox-bashing do you suppose would happen in the first ep of season 4?  :twisted:
2471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Arrested Development may be saved... on: December 14, 2005, 05:27:53 PM
I was shocked at how boring Curb Your Enthusiasim was this season.  I think the steam has run out.

And sorry, but Steve Carrell's version of Ricky Gervais was way too clownish and overdone.  The supporting cast of The Office ran circles around him imho.
2472  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Arrested Development may be saved... on: December 14, 2005, 03:46:29 PM
Saw this last night.  I would be happy to pay for Showtime to support Arrested Development.
2473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / OO Game Design Steering Committee: First Meeting on: December 13, 2005, 03:45:15 PM
Depending on how often you need me and how complex a site you want, I would be willing to design a website for it.  It would be nice if we could retrofit a CMS so as to put content management in more capable hands.
2474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday 12/13/05 on: December 13, 2005, 07:47:29 AM
As some of you may know, my son is a HUGE Godzilla fan, and he waited patiently for over a year for this to come to theaters, dvd, anything.  I actually picked up a bootleg of this a few months ago for his birthday and plan to purchase this for him for Christmas.  We LOVE it.
2475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are long load times killing the PSP? on: December 12, 2005, 07:29:39 PM
Sorry, yes, that was directed at the game makers
2476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 recall?? on: December 12, 2005, 07:28:33 PM
Clueless employee.  I guarantee if there were an actual recall you would see it on our front page.
2477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are long load times killing the PSP? on: December 12, 2005, 03:31:26 PM
Then there is the obvious:  put games on a damn memory stick instead of the disc.
2478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Santa is getting my 7 yr-old a DS- Need recommendations on: December 12, 2005, 12:11:40 AM
Or should I just get Super Mario DS?
2479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Santa is getting my 7 yr-old a DS- Need recommendations on: December 11, 2005, 08:39:55 PM
Hmnnnn....  Animal Crossing is probably fairly text intensive as well, and while he has gotten better at reading and I want to encourage him, I think a second game that doesn't require so much reading would be a better counterpoint.

That said, Kirby or Sonic Dash?
2480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Had a lot of fun with Serious Sam II demo in OXM this month! on: December 11, 2005, 08:07:43 PM
I liked it!

Here's my review
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