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2521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Santa is getting my 7 yr-old a DS- Need recommendations on: December 09, 2005, 05:37:37 PM
So the fates have converged and we just came into enough money for Santa to get my 7 yr old son a proper gift this Christmas.  I plan on picking up 2 games for him using store credit at gamestop and I need some recommendations.  

I am almost certainly picking up Animal Crossing (he loved the first one even when he couldn't read- now he can) but I need a second recommendation.  My thoughts are leaning towards Sonic dash or Mario & Luigi, but I want to make sure he can play it fine.  Will probably pick up Mario Kart DS at a later date as he's never been too keen on racing games (but I am, heheh).  Also plan to hold off on Nintendogs as Animal Crossing is already quite sim-ish.
2522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Revolution has begun...(IGN chan, specs, launch date?) on: December 08, 2005, 06:53:58 AM
One point that I haven't seen mentioned yet, which I think is the biggest feather in Nintendo's cap in regards to the Revolution:

Developers are getting downright EXCITED about it and the potential that the new controller represents.

That is HUGE.  Potentially paradigm shifting huge.

My stance on this new generation of systems is that Nintendo is the wild card.  I have a feeling that they will come out of the gate strong and solidly push the envelope with new experimental gameplay, third party games will be more interesting with not as many ports of the same old shit as the other two.  There will certainly be some misses, but the hits could very well redefine gaming for the years to come.

I also think that the fact that Microsoft and Nintendo are solidly pushing online distribution methods with their new systems is going to be what could eventually topple Sony's grip on the market.  We are already seeing some of the potential of the Live Marketplace, and we will see a lot more interesting 'budget' games that take advantage of this in the coming years.  Who says that all the Rev will offer online are their old games?  This is what could revitalize the gaming industry and take the focus away from the sink or swim blockbuster mess we are in right now.  Smaller developers will have a better opportunity to get their product to gamers than they have had in years (this should have happened on the PC a long time ago, actually).  The fact that Sony is turning their back on this concept for the PS3 is what is going to hurt them the most.

Oh, and my opinion of the PSP/DS thing?  I think it is a great little movie player, but 90% of the games I would rather play on my TV with all of the bells and whistles a full console lends.  I hope that changes and if it does I'll be buying one.  On the other hand, the DS has been surprising the shit out of me and devs have only just started to realize it's potential.  New forms of gameplay are popping up on it and my curiosity is piqued.  I plan to get one right after I am finally able to afford a 360, I want in on that action.
2523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Revolution has begun...(IGN chan, specs, launch date?) on: December 06, 2005, 06:15:51 AM
I have a feeling we are going to see a strong launch line-up.
2524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PhotoShop Gods look here! Big Contest Money! Exclamations! on: December 06, 2005, 01:36:22 AM
due by Jan 3rd?  Sure, I'll take a stab.
2525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Take a Videogame Quiz! on: December 01, 2005, 01:43:10 AM
9 out of 10 here.  I guessed the first one wrong
2526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sunday Skin - 11/27 on: November 28, 2005, 02:08:54 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"


Any more of this set and we'd have to go to links. slywink

Links.  NOW.
2527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sunday Skin - 11/27 on: November 28, 2005, 01:34:59 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
(What is the GT CoC on naughty links, anyway?)

Well, the initial thought was that nude pics are bad and we lumped in links to porn and nudity as well.  I'm interested to know what the community wants - above all else it has to remain work safe, so the picture rules will stay in place (as well as tagging it NSFW), but what do you guys think on links?

I think I want to see the nekkid pix of that smokin hot redhead :O
2528  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Xboxes stolen here in town on: November 23, 2005, 06:55:04 PM
Heheh.  Yeah, that was fun.

Here's today's PA:
2529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the year so far - 2005 console edition on: November 23, 2005, 06:39:45 PM
As a matter of fact, my review just got posted for mine: Conflict:Global Terror.  It may, in fact, be the worst game I have ever played
2530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 23, 2005, 02:20:33 AM
Quote from: "msduncan"

You know...these boards traditionally have been relatively fan-boi free.   I'm talking about the REAL fan bois you find over on IGN and such.    I guess that trend is over now.

Why don't you guys go hump Bill Gates' leg or something?

Hey, don't blame US for your bad luck (or gullibility slywink).  Console launches are notoriously tricky, and until MS says "No consoles until after Xmas" I'm inclined to give 'em a chance to stick to their word and restock on a regular basis.

A lot of the blame rests on the retailers who either spoke out their ass or outright lied.
2531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 10 Reasons to wait for the Playstation 3 on: November 22, 2005, 04:58:08 PM
Quote from: "warning"

Disc swapping in 2005/2006?  Please.  I didn't mind for the Final Fantasy games but that was in the late 90's.

As much as I love the 360's hardware (and I'll be getting one eventually) I do think Microsoft dropped the ball on disc medium and (partially) on backward compatibility.

Wow, I guess you don't play PC games that much?  They are only just now  figuring out that everybody has a dvd drive nowdays.  I'll play a good game regardless of how many disks it comes on.
2532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 10 Reasons to wait for the Playstation 3 on: November 22, 2005, 04:53:57 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Quote from: "Hetz"

I want to see some real gameplay footage from the PS3 before I get excited. All we have seen so far is pre-rendered video. That and I don't think the PS3 will be out anytime soon and it's going to cost a lot more than the 360.

I agree with that, except for the cost thing.  Just like we haven't seen gameplay we haven't heard Sony talk about price.  Lots of speculation but no facts.

Well, actually I just saw some news over at Evil Avatar in which...well I will quote.

According to an article on cnn, Sony CEO Howard Stringer said that the PS3 will sell for $300-$400. Sony will selling the PS3 at a loss in order to popularize Blu-ray.

Sir Howard said the PS3 will sell for $300 to $400 and will come with a bundle of games, movies, and TV shows, many of which Sony also makes. The question is whether the titles will be bundled on Blu-ray DVD discs or on a built-in hard drive.

Sony's CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, said recently that Sony will sell the PS3 at a loss in order to populate the world with Sony's favored high-definition DVD standard, known as Blu-ray.

So it would appear to be quite comperable in price to the 360, and have other advantages....could be interesting.

That article was debunked.  Read the rest of the thread and you'll see why Borys didn't post it originally.
2533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Box(non 360) on a monitor? on: November 22, 2005, 05:03:31 AM
What?   You mean there are people here who aren't talking about the 360?

2534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Box(non 360) on a monitor? on: November 22, 2005, 03:31:20 AM
2535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 worth getting if you don't have??? on: November 22, 2005, 02:39:05 AM
You could always get a vga cable and play on your computer monitor
2536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Alias is really good this season on: November 19, 2005, 12:43:33 AM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Right now, the series ends for me in the fade-to-black before she wakes up in Hong Kong.  And I'm okay with keeping it there.

Truer words were never before spoken.
2537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SUPERMAN RETURNS TEASER TRAILER - HOLY CRAP!!! on: November 18, 2005, 05:52:49 AM
How about fullscreen quicktime?
2538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamestop Gone Gold feature on: November 15, 2005, 08:12:32 PM
Meh.  I dunno, here is the logo I designed for Rich, lo those many moons ago:

and here is the one at

The resemblance is superficial, and the term IS Gone Gold.  It's kind of hard not to do someting that resembles it.
2539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / And Big Brothers' grip gets tighter... on: November 12, 2005, 05:01:02 AM
About all I can say is motherfuck that.

Meanwhile, go to and you just have to enter your DOB....
2540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Music Trends - 11/11/05 on: November 12, 2005, 03:03:05 AM
I wouldn't wipe my ass with any of these.  My ears are bleeding already...
2541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Arrested Development pulled off FOX, effective immediately! on: November 11, 2005, 04:45:07 AM
AD would've killed if they had run reruns.
2542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Arrested Development pulled off FOX, effective immediately! on: November 11, 2005, 03:29:04 AM
I am so fucking pissed off about this. The BEST half-hour of comedy I have ever seen on network TV was the episode of AR where they introduced Scott Biao's character. Then they pulled the show for a fucking month for fucking BASEBALL. Now they air two back to back episodes a few days ago and that's it until Dec? Maybe? Between this and Firefly I am this close to enacting a bloody vendetta on the fucking tools who run that network. Prison Break reruns? WTF?!?!?

I am EXTREMELY pissed. How well do they fucking expect the show to do if they don't even fucking air it?
2543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Speaking of Gone Gold on: November 09, 2005, 05:44:38 PM
Ok, who buried GoneGold in the Pet Semetary?
2544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Search on: November 08, 2005, 09:40:37 PM
I would say at least wear a tie.  It also depends on where you apply.  Some design houses I've applied at have actually gone out of their way to tell me they were glad that I felt comfortable enough NOT to wear a suit.  Go figure.
2545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM- Where the hell is my new issue?!?!? on: November 05, 2005, 09:57:42 PM
Never mind.  Got it today.  Bastards....
2546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: King Kong Official Trailer on: November 04, 2005, 05:56:00 AM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
But a three hour beauty-and-the-beast story with a giant ape and Naomi Watts?

Sounds great!  Count me in.

See I am thinking you are being sarcastic, because when I first saw the trailers I just though "my god this is going to be painfully bad". Not because I dont like peter jackson or the actors, but because the story outline just seems absurd.

Anyways, is the game any good?

No, the story outline for Snakes On A Plane seems absurd.  Kong is classic pulp with a giant monster twist.  Can't wait!

Oh, and the 360 demo for the game got me more interested than I ever was before.  Had a great immersive quality to it, but I can't really speak for the gameplay yet.
2547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: King Kong Official Trailer on: November 04, 2005, 05:52:12 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"


But a three hour love letter from Peter Jackson to King Kong? Not so sure about that. I will, however, say that this version of Kong the animal looks unbelievable as does 1920's New York. But a three hour beauty-and-the-beast story with a giant ape and Naomi Watts?

Oh, I am soooo in.  Another 3-hr epic from PJ?  Can there be a better Christmas gift this year?
2548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM- Where the hell is my new issue?!?!? on: November 03, 2005, 10:03:30 PM
Ok, I'm starting to think that my latest issue of OXM got swiped or something.  I seem to recall reading here that a few of you got yours a couple of weeks ago, but mine is nowhere to be seen.  I'm getting a little irritated because I just saw the new issue on the shelf at the local grocery store and I fail to see what the point of having a subscription is if you don't get issues at least by the street date.

Is this common with these guys?  should I just wait it out?
2549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is my voice high? on: November 03, 2005, 08:34:27 AM
Dude, you gotta stop grabbing your nuts when you talk to people on the phone.

It's creepy.
2550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Allow animated avatars... on: November 03, 2005, 03:11:10 AM
Ok, I think I've seen my quota of Hitler gifs for the month wasted
2551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Allow animated avatars... on: November 02, 2005, 10:01:05 PM
Bleh.  Put me on the 'no' side.
2552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Cliché Girl Issues] Act 3/3: Loose Ends on: November 02, 2005, 02:39:46 AM
Quote from: "Semaj"
Quote from: "Bob"
1) if she fucks on the first date, it automatically falls under the category of "wet it and forget it" and for the love of god use a condom!

- You bang a girl out the first night, whats to say you arnt tyhe 30th person she has done that to in the last 2 years? I dont know, but to me a girl loses a lot of respectability when that happens, because (And I know from experience) it almost never happens just once.

As a counter point, I married a "first nighter" and we've been together for 14 years and have 3 children.

Thats a rarity, more often than not when people i know do naughty things the first night, they end up wondering what the hell they were thinking shortly thereafter....

Or they keep on doing it on into the morning, the next day, etc.  unibrow  unibrow
2553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Don't Fear The Boognish! Ween fans, unite! on: November 02, 2005, 12:18:19 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I believe Monique the Freak came off that along with The Stallion part 5.

I have video footage somewhere of my now 7 yr-old/ then 1 yr-old son totally getting down to "Monique The Freak" biggrin:D:D

And you are correct, it's "The Rift".  

And just for the record, here is my Ween and Ween related discography:


GodWeenSatan The Oneness
The Pod
Pure Guava
12 Golden Country Greats
The Mollusk
Painting The Town Brown
White Pepper
Live in Chicago DVD
Craters From The Sac

Side stuff-

 Z-Pock Hawaii
 Moistboyz 2

Damn near every appearance on other people's albums
A ton of B-sides
some really bad rips of Crucial Brain Wedgie and Synthetic Socks
Assorted singles
Assloads of live bootlegs (including the Austin show I went to)

I also have an mp3 of Henry Rollins going on at length about how much ass Ween kicks!

I may be forgetting something....
2554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Don't Fear The Boognish! Ween fans, unite! on: November 01, 2005, 11:36:48 PM
Since we were in danger of derailing the other thread, I thought it would be a good idea to start our very own Ween love thread!

The Pod is my all-time favorite album by them, followed closely by Pure Guava and The Mollusk.  I have seen them a total of four times- Chocolate and Cheese tour, 12 Golden Country Hits tour, Mollusk tour, and Quebec tour.  The absolute BEST live show I have ever been to was the 12 GCH tour at Liberty Lunch in Austin, which is apparently legendary now, when their back-up band was composed entirely of Nashville session artists, a bunch of old-schoolers that used to play with all the great country stars of the past as well as Elvis.  Naturally, the country songs from the album were perfect, but when they ripped into classics such as "Dr. Rock"  and "Awesome Sound" it was just fucking incredible.  They were lovin' it!

I once played "So long, Jerry" to a hardcore Deadhead and brought him to tears.  Then I blew his mind by playing "Sketches of Winkle" right after that.  He didn't believe me that they were the same band.

The new b-side CD Shinola has been getting a lot of play here lately.  I rank "The Door" among my favorites and can't wait for the next volume in the series.
2555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Classic Bands... Who will survive all time. on: November 01, 2005, 11:23:22 PM
Heh.  before we derail this any further, I'm gonna start a Ween thread!
2556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Classic Bands... Who will survive all time. on: November 01, 2005, 09:09:13 AM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
Definately Ween will... :roll:  I do agree with most of the above posts ^.


I introduced my wife's 15 year old cousin to Ween last year, and he is now, dare I say it, a bigger Ween fan than I am!   A couple of days ago I passed on my Mollusk Tour shirt on to him, as it didn't fit me anymore and I felt it was in good hands.

I just can't say enough good things about Ween.  I consistently listen to almost every one of their albums.
2557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SONY PS3 to LAUNCH IN 2007 on: October 31, 2005, 06:45:50 PM
Mind you, this isn't that far of a reach if you consider that a late 06 launchin the US and japan would mean an 07 launch in Europe.

I think the most telling thing is that we STILL haven't seen any ingame footage of the ps3.
2558  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fool - That is one sweet ass avatar. on: October 31, 2005, 05:59:32 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "Starshifter"
This thread made me think of something.  Every member here at GT should have GT somewhere superimposed in their avatar.  Cool?  Maybe after a certain number of posts?  What ya think KD?

Its already in the works. smile

To clarify:

I am working on them for the staff right now, but if I were to do it for ALL forum members.... :O

Now, I am thinking about offering a custom avatar up for contributions made to the site.  Once I get through the staff I'll figure out what to do for that.

Oh, and thanks biggrin
2559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2...about that backwards compatability thing... on: October 30, 2005, 03:21:57 PM
Quote from: "Tustin1"
Quote from: "stiffler"
As for the PS3 controller...  It does look stupid.  Hell, it's pretty much made the transition from mere opinion to cold, hard fact by now. Please find somewhere that says otherwise!  That said, it might somehow play like a dream.  I haven't held one so I don't know.

I still don't understand what the whole controller debate is all about - the controller is practically identical to the current one, only slightly more rounded and with longer handgrips.  It should play almost exactly like the current one - if anything, a little more comfortable.  Here's my tie in to this thread - the PS3 wont be backward compatible with the dual shock.

Just looking at the damn thing made my hands hurt.  Besides, I won't be able to play Zelda on a PS3 so what use is a boomerang?

Now, if the thing has force-feedback, and since Sony seems to be pushing all the uses of the system with the glaring exception of games, marketing it as a 'marital aid'  doesn't seem like something Sony would shy away from.... unibrow
2560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Box 360 Launch Games -- my assessment on: October 29, 2005, 05:01:57 PM
A couple of things:

1.  I'm confident that Oblivion is coming out when they say it is.  First week of December?  

2.  I think you need to give King Kong a second look.  The demo I played yesterday was fantastic, and I heard that the folks responsible for Beyond Good & Evil are involved.
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