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10041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: McDonalds just got owned. on: December 09, 2006, 06:00:34 PM
Scourge?



Scourge?



Scourge?

10042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: McDonalds just got owned. on: December 09, 2006, 02:40:20 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on December 09, 2006, 02:32:33 PM

Quote from: VynlSol on December 07, 2006, 08:31:48 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on December 07, 2006, 08:04:09 PM

Quote from: Kobra on December 07, 2006, 05:03:39 PM

Because McDonalds is a scourge.

This word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

I don't know, taken from the reference link you supplied, number 3:

"a cause of affliction or calamity: Disease and famine are scourges of humanity."

I can see where Mickey D's could be considered as causing affliction on humanity.

Yes, 'cause when I think of famine and disease, McDonald's is next on the list. If you want to say lack of self-restraint and/or nutritional education are scourges of of humanity, fine. I'll be right alongside you. But to call McDonald's as a "scourge" is to be hyperbolic past the point of making a point.

The arches look more like parabolas.
10043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interlink trying to sue Nintendo for Patent infringement on: December 08, 2006, 07:07:08 PM
I got dibs on the circle patent, people are using those suckers everywhere.
10044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 -- Keep it or sell it? on: December 08, 2006, 07:05:58 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 08, 2006, 06:54:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 08, 2006, 06:14:30 PM


I did a search, and this thread may be what I was remembering.  Reading it again, it sounds like it was just speculation spawning from the announcement of the hardware emulation, so just ignore my original post. smile

You're right- PS2 emulation is indeed hardware emulation right now- the PS3 has an Emotion Engine chip inside of it.

The part that I now think was just rumor/speculation is that Sony plans to switch it from hardware to software emulation sometime in the future.
10045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 -- Keep it or sell it? on: December 08, 2006, 06:14:30 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 08, 2006, 04:32:01 PM

Quote from: msduncan on December 08, 2006, 04:30:37 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 08, 2006, 04:20:53 PM

I don't know how much of a factor it is, but don't forget that the current models have hardware emulation for backwards compatibility, while in the future the emulation will be done by software.

What exactly does that mean?

And where did you hear it?

It would mean that the current PS3s have a little baby PS2 inside of them running the backwards compatibility, but later they might scrap that method and have it all done by the PS3 processor.

I did a search, and this thread may be what I was remembering.  Reading it again, it sounds like it was just speculation spawning from the announcement of the hardware emulation, so just ignore my original post. smile
10046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 -- Keep it or sell it? on: December 08, 2006, 04:20:53 PM
I don't know how much of a factor it is, but don't forget that the current models have hardware emulation for backwards compatibility, while in the future the emulation will be done by software.
10047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'd really like to get a copy of Tactics Ogre for the PSX but... ouch! on: December 08, 2006, 02:53:57 PM
If you have or are planning on having a Wii, and if they really are virtual consoling everything and the kitchen sink, Ogre Battle 64 for the N64 was quite good.  For $10, it's a steal.
10048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What in the world is this?!? on: December 08, 2006, 02:12:11 PM
That looks like a RUMA to me.
10049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you divide by zero? on: December 08, 2006, 01:45:43 PM

Quote from: Zero on December 08, 2006, 06:43:52 AM

1=1
x=1
y=1
x=y
x2=xy
x2 - y2 = xy - y2
(x+y)(x-y)=y(x-y)
((x+y)(x-y))/(x-y) = (y(x-y))/(x-y)
(x+y)=y
(1+1)=1
2=1

Leave Zero alone  icon_twisted
Irony alert!  Fourth equation from the bottom!
10050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Dynasty Warriors Game? on: December 08, 2006, 12:14:41 AM
What was the final word on 99 Nights?  Better or worse than the latest Dynasty Warriors?
10051  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer Crazy Again-Please Help!! on: December 07, 2006, 11:12:47 PM
Stop reformatting!
10052  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer Crazy Again-Please Help!! on: December 07, 2006, 09:19:48 PM
Do you have another USB device you could plug in and see if maybe it's the port's problem?  Or another computer you could plug the mouse into to see if it works elsewhere?
10053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you divide by zero? on: December 07, 2006, 09:09:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 07, 2006, 08:48:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 07, 2006, 04:31:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 07, 2006, 02:31:14 PM

NEW AMAZING BREAKTHROUGH IN MATHEMATICS

I've discovered the last number of pi!

It's called "jimmajamma."

Mr. T ain't got no time for jimmajamma foo'!

I was gonna say, that Mr. T actually discovered it about 23 years ago: JibbaJabba.

jibbajabba is 0/0, jimmajamma is the inverse

and just like the sequence for i goes i, -1, -i, 1

the sequence for jimmajamma goes jimmajamma, -tuttifrutti, -jibbajabba, 42
10054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you divide by zero? on: December 07, 2006, 02:31:14 PM
NEW AMAZING BREAKTHROUGH IN MATHEMATICS

I've discovered the last number of pi!

It's called "jimmajamma."
10055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you divide by zero? on: December 07, 2006, 02:03:13 PM
Isn't this the same thing as finding the null space of a matrix?
10056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot/Gamefaqs forum on: December 07, 2006, 01:55:33 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 07, 2006, 01:24:52 PM

At GameFAQs especially, if there aren't many official faqs, a lot of times the forums have a lot of information (and strangely enough, mini-faqs which never get submitted to the faq page).

What he said.  Don't carry any valuables and avoid dark alleys, but amazingly there is good information to be found in the Gamefaqs forum.  You can find FAQs that haven't been posted on the main page yet, and like unbreakable says, some guides that never make it to the main page.
10057  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Quick Computer Question on: December 07, 2006, 03:57:27 AM
Opening the case would be really quick and easy, really wide (typically grey) flat ribbon cable = IDE.
10058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a good "X walks into a bar" joke (dbt I'm lookin at you!) on: December 06, 2006, 06:32:51 PM
Actually, it doesn't have to be good, something extraordinarily cheesy or corny would fit the bill as well.  Short and sweet is preferable, but I'm flexible.  Oh, and nothing that'll go much past PG-13.  I need a real good one for a friend...well, it's a long story.

These are the best two I could find in my preliminary internet search:

A grasshopper walks into a bar and the bartender says "Hey! We have a drink named after you!" And the grasshopper says "Really? You have a drink named Irving?!"

A rabbi walks into a bar with a frog on his shoulder and the bartender says “Hey, where’d you get that?” and the frog says “Brooklyn! There’s a million of ‘em!”

Winner gets a high five from dbt.
10059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Bowling has improved my bowling IRL! on: December 06, 2006, 04:54:31 PM
Just remember that in real bowling you DO want to let go of what you're holding at the end of your swing.
10060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Video Game Character of All Time on: December 06, 2006, 03:10:06 PM
My first thought was Purple Tentacle, but I think Minsc & Boo might edge him out.

Reasons are the same for both characters: awesomeness.
10061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bill Harris, WE GET IT - you hate Sony (Dubious Quality) on: December 06, 2006, 02:03:30 PM
Damn lobbyists, I liked reading about all the different ways Sony and EA are dumb!  smile
10062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] HEROES - Man, have I changed my tune... [SPOILERS] on: December 05, 2006, 09:42:47 PM
Here's the best I can think of for Peter's sickness:

We first see him get sick when Clare comes in to see him, but at this point we know that the Haitian guy is in the area.  If the Haitian guy has the power to block out powers, and Peter has the ability to absorb powers, there could be some kind of weird feedback loop going on as Peter both absorbs Haitian man, blocks his own ability to absorb Haitian man, and blocks the Haitian man's power to block Peter from absorbing Haitian man's power.

Or, alternately, maybe one of the guys walking around near him in the police station has the power of persistant cough and fainting spells, which Peter couldn't help but absorb.
10063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone get any of the Burger King 360 games? on: December 05, 2006, 04:09:17 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 05, 2006, 03:04:29 AM

So do you have to purchase a combo meal or something to be able to get these?  I rarely pick up fast food and if I do I never buy a combo. 
Yup, $4 with a combo purchase.
10064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: P3 robbery suspect shot dead on: December 05, 2006, 02:55:04 AM
More info in this article.
10065  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Mac general usage help on: December 05, 2006, 02:46:23 AM
On Macs, the options menu is usually located under the name of the application itself.  Where we usually have File, Edit, View, to the left of File they'll have the program name.  Under that menu, it's usually labelled as 'preferences'. 
10066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/4) on: December 04, 2006, 10:47:36 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on December 04, 2006, 09:24:19 PM

Quote
God HELP the gaming company that comes out with an EMERGENCY! game. 

I'd totally play an Emergency! ambulance/car combat game.

I think I missed the Emergency! episode with the Mad Max cameo.
10067  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Talk about a bad thanksgiving... on: December 04, 2006, 08:47:41 PM

Quote from: JLu on December 04, 2006, 08:10:03 PM

Since it was a half sister, is it only half wrong?
The optimist would say that it's half right, or maybe that having a porn star in the family isn't half bad!
10068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Talk about a bad thanksgiving... on: December 04, 2006, 07:50:01 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 04, 2006, 07:38:34 PM

I don't see why it's such an awkward situation discovering your half-sister was a porn star, not that big of a deal to me.

Which part isn't that big a deal, discovering that your parents have been keeping your half sister a secret for your entire life, finding out that your mom had an affair, finding out that your dad had an affair, or finding out that you've spent many an evening masturbating to images and videos of your sister?
10069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: P3 robbery suspect shot dead on: December 04, 2006, 06:18:38 PM

Quote from: Kobra on December 04, 2006, 05:54:53 PM

What ever happened to moderation in the use of deadly force?  Last week some unarmed wedding party is gunned down senselessly, in a hail of inaccurate gunfire that would make the Mahdi Army proud.  Then we have the granny gunned down because of a bunch of assholes busting into her house - which wasn't even the right house!  Now we have this BS, some kid killed because he had a PS3 controller in his hand?

Oh and cops *ALWAYS* seem to get off, which creates a dangerous precident imo.  It lowers the level of standards we hold them to when deadly force is used, and lowers their tolerance thresholds to use it.  Paid administrative leave?  LMAO..


Well, this kid beat the shit out of someone when he stole the PS3s, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that he did something violent and stupid to get himself killed.

Like pressing the X button.
10070  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: It needs to stop. on: December 04, 2006, 06:13:01 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 04, 2006, 06:03:55 PM

Don't make me get out my punch cards.. they'll give you a nasty papercut!
Youngin, you should see what papyruscuts look like, not to mention stone tabletfractures.
10071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: P3 robbery suspect shot dead on: December 04, 2006, 04:22:53 PM
Sounds like there's only very preliminary information on what really happened, but the article says the kid was unarmed but may have been holding a PS3 controller when he went to the door.

Maybe people are taking the "video games are murder simulator" rhetoric a bit too literally, and police now believe that it is possible to kill people through the power of video game controllers.

Sir, he's already up up down downed, and yes it looks like he's just left right left righted, SIR WE ARE JUST TWO BUTTONS AWAY FROM DESTRUCTION, PERMISSION TO FIRE?!
10072  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: It needs to stop. on: December 04, 2006, 04:10:15 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 04, 2006, 04:05:07 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 04, 2006, 03:57:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 04, 2006, 03:53:36 PM

You guys all sound like a bunch of Atari-loving pansies!  My Commodore 64 posse will take on all of you!

Dude my calculator is more powerful than you C64.

TI-89 FTW baby!

(that sounded WAY less dorky in my head)

Oh please, my HP 48G will take your TI on any day of the week.

(that sounded just about as dorky as I expected it to in my head)
10073  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: It needs to stop. on: December 04, 2006, 03:53:36 PM
You guys all sound like a bunch of Atari-loving pansies!  My Commodore 64 posse will take on all of you!
10074  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casino Royale Impressions on: December 04, 2006, 02:31:19 PM
Just watched a 2nd time with some friends who hadn't gotten to it yet, but some things still don't seem to be adding up in the plot regarding Vesper:

Spoiler for Hiden:
At the end of the movie, when Bond is bitter and untrusting of the world, he's having a little chat with M on the phone.  M asks 007 something to the effect of, "Don't you wonder why you didn't die that night...Vesper must have made a deal to spare your life in exchange for the money."

Are they talking about the night of the torture?  Because if they are, at that point all the bad guys needed Bond alive for the password, so how would Vesper be in any position to make a deal for his life?
10075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: wii,knocks up 600,000 in 8 days on: December 04, 2006, 01:32:02 PM
Do we have any numbers on the # of units they're providing for the EU launch, or how many units they're expecting to sell there by year's end?
10076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I take back all the negative things I said about Elite Beat Agents. on: December 03, 2006, 03:26:57 PM
Isn't there an S-rank above A-rank like in Ouendan?  In Ouendan I think you were only allowed to get 2 or 3 100s, with no misses allowed of course.

Just how many bonus stages are there?  I thought I had gotten them all but I just found another one towards the end of the Diva difficulty.
10077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii idiia: Descent on: December 02, 2006, 04:05:33 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2006, 03:52:02 PM

I was rooting through some old t-shirts today and found one for Forsaken.  Who cares, but it occurred to me: How great would it be to revive the Descent series on the Wii?  What made Descent fun was the relatively new experience of moving your ship in full 3D with the mouse.  Imagine that with a Wii controller.  YES!

There's an entire generation that hasn't had the opportunity to get motion sickness from Descent!

I was immune to the effects, but it was hilarious how many of my friends had to look away from the monitor for a bit after playing the game for a few minutes.
10078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: December 02, 2006, 03:55:21 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 02, 2006, 03:24:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 02, 2006, 03:17:53 PM

I know these are numbers on sales and not directly tied to system sales, but if any game that's going to be called a system seller is going to have to appear near the top of the sales charts, and few games come close to Gran Turismo.

This is the problem.  We can't say that just because a game sold the most on a system that means it sold systems itself.  It could just be that the majority of people who owned the system happened to buy that game.  This is why you would need to try to see if you could correlate a spike in hardware sales with the release of one of the GTs.

It's inconsequential for a title to be a "system seller" if it didn't sell a lot of systems.  If Shaq-Fu sold 5,000 copies and every single buyer bought a Playstation along with it, it won't count as a "system seller" since 5k Playstations is a drop in the bucket.

With 10.5 million units sold, if only one in four copies of Gran Turismo were bought along with a PSX, that's more PSXs sold than if every single copy of Resident Evil (2.5M) sold a system.  If at worst Gran Turismo only sold a PSX in one in five sales, that's still more PSXs than if every single copy of Tomb Raider 1 (1.8M) sold a system.

However you slice it, if any game is going to be a system seller in any meaningful definition, it's going to be a game with a lot of sales.

edit: but I do agree that it would be more meaningful if we could see a graph of PSX and PS2 sales over the years and months.  My point is just that with Gran Turismo's enormous number of sales, it's hard to imagine a scenario in which the game did not move a significant number of consoles.
10079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: December 02, 2006, 03:17:53 PM
Is it really in dispute that Gran Turismo sold systems?

From good old Wikipedia

Top 5 selling games for the PS1:
Gran Turismo (10.5 million)
Final Fantasy VII (8.6 million)
Gran Turismo 2 (8.5 million)
Metal Gear Solid (6.6 million)
Final Fantasy VIII (6 million)

The original outsold Final Fantasy VII, the sequel almost matched Final Fantasy, and after Metal Gear and FFVIII no other game came close to Gran Turismo's sales.


Top 6 selling games for the PS2:
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (13 million, 7 million in US only)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (12 million)
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (11 million, 3.8 million in US only)
Grand Theft Auto III (11 million)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (7 million, 2 million in US only)
Final Fantasy X (4 million, 2.3 million in US only)

Gran Turismo held its own with the Grand Theft Auto behemoth, stayed ahead of Metal Gear Solid, and embarrased even Final Fantasy.  (Are those numbers for Final Fantasy really on the mark?  They're hard to believe.)

I know these are numbers on sales and not directly tied to system sales, but if any game that's going to be called a system seller is going to have to appear near the top of the sales charts, and few games come close to Gran Turismo.
10080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, my non-gaming parents played a Wii... on: December 02, 2006, 02:42:36 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 30, 2006, 03:28:06 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 30, 2006, 03:18:42 AM

And besides Wii Sports, can you see any of those people purchasing another game for the system? 

That's the question that's been on my mind.

Wii Play isn't too far in the future, and should appeal in the same way as Wii Sports, not to mention it'll add another controller to further ensure that people are bringing in their friends and family.

Remember, this "new market" is not like us.  While we might balk at Wii Play if it gets 60-70% reviews, the new market won't even see the review.  These people go by word of mouth, advertising, talking with the store employee, and what box cover looks neat.  These are the people you see in EB shopping for their niece or nephew and reading the back cover of games we know you shouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole.

These people also don't care about gaming dry spells like we do.  They're not going to need or want to buy new games as often as we do.  Even if we only see one Brain Age/Nintendogs/Wii Sports/Wii Play title every 2 months, that schedule is already going to be outpacing some of the purchasing habits of this new audience.  Many of these people are going to be perfectly content if they have nothing other than Wii Sports to keep them busy until March.
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