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10121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally- Punishment for Lawbreaking NFLers on: April 11, 2007, 06:56:05 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on April 11, 2007, 06:51:10 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 11, 2007, 04:34:37 PM

There has always been a system in place for punishing athletes and celebrites who break the law.  It's called "the legal system".

Are you saying the NFL shouldn't punish athletes who misbehave? I have a personal conduct clause in my employment agreement. I don't see why NFL players shouldn't be held to that same standard.

I read that as saying that you think employees fear punishment from their employer more than from the government when they break the law.  I don't think it's the observation you intended to make, but I think it holds some truth!
10122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 11, 2007, 06:40:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 11, 2007, 06:35:49 PM

Is 47 the total including all the licensed tracks that came with GH1?

Yeah, 47 total songs in GH1.

I think even $1.06 per song for the original GH1 is a generous estimate, since you're also getting the game engine for that price.
10123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Current backlog of games...the horror, the horror! on: April 11, 2007, 06:00:08 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 11, 2007, 05:43:13 PM

So... what's more important to people: clearing the backlog, or spending time enjoying the games in it until you're satisfied with the time you put in, whether it be a short game or a long one?

Those are the same thing to me.  Clearing my backlog doesn't mean I'm going to be slogging through un-fun sections just for the sake of hitting the end.  My backlog is filled with games that have a lot more joy to give me, but were pushed aside by a newer must-have title.  Off the top of my head, I got distracted partway through:  FFXII, Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, Rogue Galaxy, FFIII, FFVI, Dead Rising, Zelda Twilight, God of War I, Phoenix Wright I & II, and more. 

All top tier must-have games for my taste, but they're all on pause because I got distracted by Puzzle Questing and dusting off my PS2 Guitar Hero.  And besides already out games I want to buy, like Gears of War, Paper Mario, R6:V, and God of War 2, I've got Forza 2 and Mass Effect looming ahead ready to suck up my time.

There's just too much excellent gaming to be had these days, plain and simple.
10124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is there a way to remove a game from your XBL Profile? on: April 11, 2007, 01:30:41 PM
Someone's regretting their one night stand with the Barbie's Pony Adventure demo...
10125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Markeplace on: April 11, 2007, 01:19:44 PM
Now I'm glad I held back the temptation to trade in my PS2 version for the 360.  I'm perfectly happy with I & II, 80s edition should be reasonably priced, and I just might consider the PS2 version of GHIII when it comes out.

Of course, all this willpower will vanish if they release a David Bowie pack on Live.
10126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Boom,boom rocket on: April 11, 2007, 03:02:17 AM
Catan website says it's not due till May. frown
10127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Johnny Hart on: April 10, 2007, 07:18:32 PM
Garfield got new life once it was discovered that you need to pretend the speech and thought bubbles don't exist.  Even the new ones are instant classics.
10128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: General Tso doesn't love me but I can't break free on: April 10, 2007, 06:59:38 PM
I think in most of the country General Tso/Tsao/Gao chicken is the same exact breaded stuff you see for orange chicken, but with a different sauce.
10129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: General Tso doesn't love me but I can't break free on: April 10, 2007, 06:25:52 PM

Quote from: javahead on April 10, 2007, 06:10:02 PM

You're telling me there is no other option for Chinese in the area? Perhaps a delivery service??
I mean mall food...come on!
There's no need to be treasonus to the General. Just find another place that makes it better.
It's worse than you think, I actually work just a few blocks away from Chinatown.  When I go there, though, I always get something as non-Americanized as I can find, like pho, char kway teow, dim-sum or sashimi.  And I do go there, thankfully, more often than I opt for food court fare but...

There's just something about food court food.  It' easy.  Accessible.

And I don't think finding another place that makes it better would really accomplish anything.  General Tso is gonna be delicious but terrible pretty much everywhere you go.  At his best he's still going to be a greasy, fatty, breaded delight.

Somehow I've managed to inernalize that I feel like shit every time I eat a quarter pounder with cheese at McDonalds, and it now rarely tempts me.  General Tso though, I just can't break free.
10130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Keyboard Controller for the 360? on: April 10, 2007, 06:00:19 PM
Where's the version that has the Q, A, and Z rows off-set like a normal keyboard?  With the way it has the A row shifted left and the Z row shifted right, I could see it driving me insane pretty quickly.
10131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / General Tso doesn't love me but I can't break free on: April 10, 2007, 05:43:53 PM
I head down to the local food court Chinese stand nearly once a week and usually end up with General Tso's chicken.  Almost every time, the chicken starts tasting a little funny towards the end of the meal, some of the last pieces start looking like they're from more "creative" cuts of meat, and without fail I leave lunch feeling a bit off in the stomach and in my head, ready to lie down on the nearest anything to take a nap for a good 3-4 days.

But I keep coming back.  I can't help it.  He calls out to me, like a high cholesterol siren singing out with promises of MSG and deep fried breading.  I know I'm going to regret it.  I know that as I'm waddling back to my office I'm going to once more swear to never eat General Tso's chicken ever ever again.

But he always draws me back with his charm.  General Tso is crispy.  General Tso is inexpensive.  General Tso is very generous with his portion sizes.  General Tso is covered in a delicious sauce, and comes with my choice of rice or noodles.

Why can't I break away from the General?  I know he's bad for me, I know he's unhealthy, I know I'll regret it every time I meet him for lunch.

Why can't I quit you, General Tso?!
10132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'Personal Development Plan' on: April 10, 2007, 02:08:13 PM
"Now that I have achieved perfection, my goal is to help the rest of you sods rise up to be closer to my level of magnificense."
10133  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: AMD Price Drops on: April 10, 2007, 02:06:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 10, 2007, 01:58:07 PM

I've been out of the PC game for a long time now.

What does the top most chip equate to in Megahertz?

I believe it runs at 3000Mhz, and the 6000+ means it's supposed to be equivalent to a 6000Mhz Intel processor.
10134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Current backlog of games...the horror, the horror! on: April 10, 2007, 02:00:17 PM
My backlog is horrendous, but mostly made of console games at the moment.

I'm thinking of instituting a policy whereupon I can only purchase a new game after completing two games from my backlog.  This system would ensure that my backlog is always being whittled down, while being flexible enough to allow for must-have day-one-purchase releases.
10135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 10, 2007, 12:56:39 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 10, 2007, 05:12:50 AM

It's way too consistant to be a conspiracy theory.

I'm telling you, a resist comes EVERY fricken time there is a choice move up on the board.

I totally swear, if you open the top of the DS one more notch, so that it's open flat, and then turn it upside down when you try to cast a spell it will never get resisted.  Last night this worked like 20 times in a row.

10136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did you know? on: April 10, 2007, 03:09:53 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 10, 2007, 02:52:52 AM

Much better!
10137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thank God your here on: April 10, 2007, 02:20:42 AM
Really?  I was pretty disappointed with the first hour, some good moments but it seemed so scripted.  I know the featured comedian was making it up on the spot, but everything they're fed is so rigid.  Like when Wayne Knight said the photo of the man was the "after" picture, it was a good joke.  But the girl wasn't able or allowed to adapt, and had to follow up by saying it was in fact the "before" picture for their next preplanned gag.

Maybe I'm just too used to the more usual format for improv.
10138  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A great POTBS overview on: April 09, 2007, 11:45:30 PM
Here's the article's summary for the lazy, but the whole thing is a very good read:

      Easy To Jump In And Play without any steep learning curves
      Micro-Balance Of Opposing Factions via matched skills and equipment
      Achieves Dynamic World Changes through both PvE and PvP actions
      Intrinsically Ties the PvE and PvP game to the game economy
      100% Player-Driven economy
      Palatable And Robust mission-driven leveling system
      Cinematic Game-Play with full animation of avatars and NPCs
      Uniquely Historical avatar combat system
      Uniquely Historical naval combat system
      Amazing Graphics that maintain rich appearance on moderate computers
      Mac Compatibility
      Huge Diversity in character attire and appearance
      Full Circle, Winnable Game with rewards and with no end-game grind
      Non-Grinding Production System for the manufacturing of all player items
      Heroic Storyline that is different for every player, based upon choices made
      NPC Sidekick Potential via unique storyline missions
      Character Skill Choices, rather than gear, differentiates character ability
      Absence Of Gear Competition promotes good game environment among friends
      Thar Be Pirates, Matey!

I'm very excited about this one, is it really coming out in June?  I very much hope they pull this one off, on paper at least it looks like they're doing everything right.
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Reason #69 why the XBOX Live Vision Camera might have been a bad idea *NSFW* on: April 09, 2007, 06:31:10 PM
No obligatory Penny Arcade comic post yet? 

10140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Testing the psychic on: April 09, 2007, 06:23:15 PM
Let's see what we can dig up today...

Airplane on fire in Tennessee

Pilot dies in plane crash in East China

Flights to Hawaii losing seats left and right

Any good?
10141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 09, 2007, 05:07:00 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 09, 2007, 04:32:22 PM

Are the quests very different among the various classes?

I'm pretty amazed at how long the game is, and how many quests.  And the amazing thing is, it never gets boring.

I don't think there's any difference in the quests between classes.
10142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sony Report Reveals First Look at Absolute Blu-ray and HD DVD Disc Sales Fig on: April 09, 2007, 04:02:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 09, 2007, 03:44:49 PM

I look at the 100k delta between them and one thing is verly clear to me - the war is still in full swing.

Yeah, I read the numbers to mean I'm either going to someday buy a combo player, or install both a blu-ray and HD-DVD drive into my HTPC.

Can't we just have them settle this with rock-paper-scissors?
10143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 09, 2007, 03:54:51 PM
Thank you GameFAQs forum via Penny-Arcade's forum, we now have....capture puzzle solutions!

I'm happy to say I've solved most of them on my own so far, but there are some that have long since left "fun" and entered deep into "annoying."
10144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/9) on: April 09, 2007, 01:57:43 PM
Alex Kidd, is that a Genesis title?  I thought that was only on the old Sega Master System.

I should be buying Paper Mario, as it's exactly my kind of game, but the backlog is just too big to justify any purchases.
10145  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Vive Pinata 19.99 @ target? on: April 09, 2007, 01:18:13 AM
The $30 deal was close to breaking me down, but if it's really available for $20 there's no way I can resist.
10146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 08, 2007, 05:04:11 PM
If it makes you feel any better, teaching your pinky to be useful is one of the hardest parts of learning real guitar as well!  You just gotta practice enough to give it some strength and dexterity. smile
10147  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Monitor, or Graphic's card? on: April 07, 2007, 06:42:48 PM
My first guess would be a loose monitor cable.
10148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 06, 2007, 09:43:40 PM
Great info in this Relic podcast.

  • Is indeed stand-alone but can combine with original Dark Crusade style.
  • Panzer Elite "really cool super-elite units" Jagd Panthers, King Tigers, Falschenjagers, infiltration stuff, "really cool really sneaky tactical options"
  • Both sides: want to play different against each other and contrast nicely with existing armies
  • Panzer Elite all about mobility, don't really have static defenses, all vehicle based
  • German Campaign exists
  • Brits: Very defense focused, many emplacement options, can dig slit trenches to create cover, focus on using officer corps to boost troops in radius
  • Brits: masters of artillery "tactical micro for artillery", creeping barrage "walking wall of death"
  • Brits: odd unique tanks, The Churchill looks like it belongs in WH40k
  • "Shoot! Shoot! Shoot, Ya bloody wanker!"
  • One of the Relic devs is obsessed with posting internet cat pics to the team...
10149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Tranformers: The Game Screenshots [56k] on: April 06, 2007, 08:13:50 PM
Megatron's so happy!
10150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 06, 2007, 07:53:51 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 06, 2007, 07:42:00 PM

If it were Yellow, Red, and then Green, do I hold down all three to play the Yellow note, then pull off Yellow to play Red, and then pull off Red to play Green?  If so, how am I supposed to know that I can hold down all three and get the right note?  Especially when notes are flying at me around Mach-2?  Pull-offs are so confusing to me.  Hammer-on's seem to make sense, but not going the other way.

You can hold down multiple notes and only the highest note will play.  This is always true* not just for hammer-ons/pull offs.  It's a fairly essential technique in the game. 

So, for example, lets say you have a series of red and yellow alternating notes coming up.  You could hold the green fret down the entire time and it will be basically be ignored. 

* Chords (defined in Guitar Hero as two colors that have to be be triggered simultaneoulsy) are the exception.  If it is asking you to play a Red-Yellow Chord then you cannot be holding down any other buttons when you play the chord. 

I think he's more asking how, if you're meant to pre-hold down green and red for some upcoming pull-offs, you're supposed to know ahead of time that those should be held down when you strum yellow.  The answer being that you either memorize the sequence after replaying the song a few times, or you pull-off the more lenient way that GHII let's you do: just finger the notes as they come without strumming.
10151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Price cut in October? on: April 06, 2007, 06:49:10 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 06, 2007, 06:37:49 PM

does anyone know if there is gonna be a price cut on the 360 core and premium when the elite is released?

10152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 06, 2007, 05:34:21 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 06, 2007, 05:08:17 PM

Also, does anyone know how you go about unlocking the encore songs?  I'm assuming I have to hit five stars on the songs prior to the encore before unlocking it, but if I'm wrong please correct me.  And can one unlock the encore performances on Easy, or must you be playing on Medium?  If so, it's going to be a "Long Road Ahead."
I believe you just have to beat everything on that level to unlock the encore, you certainly don't need to 5 star everything.

As for the pull-offs, I think GH1 did require you to have the higher notes pre-held down before releasing the lower ones, but GHII is much more lenient.  I think you can even get away with pressing the notes one at a time if you time it right.

Now if you're next going to ask how you transition from manageable chords and sequences to a sudden crazy string of hammer-on/pull-offs for a big solo, I have no idea.  Those still make me cry.

Time for a repost of xkcd:

10153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming Target's Exclusive List By Console Updated on: April 06, 2007, 01:54:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 06, 2007, 01:49:37 PM

Quote from: warning on April 06, 2007, 01:24:02 PM

What impact does Microsoft having a one year lead have?  Is that factored into the list?

It's certainly going to effect some games on the list- I would expect first year 360 titles like Over G Fighters and Top Spin 2 would likely have been multiplatform if other platforms had existed at the time. 

Now you're making me wonder what Rockstar's Table Tennis might have been like on the Wii.
10154  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [360] Viva Pinata - $29.99 with Free Shipping on: April 05, 2007, 08:11:00 PM
Backlog...too big, but tempting
10155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Election Held, No One Shows on: April 05, 2007, 06:07:26 PM
A town of 300 only has 35 registered voters?  Ouch.
10156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 05, 2007, 06:03:03 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on April 05, 2007, 05:30:24 PM

How do you guys spend your gold?  Do you buy new equipment for your character or go for all the citadel upgrades first?  I don't know what to do.  I purchased the dungeon and the stable (to train mounts).  I'm now hesitant to purchase anything.  I would like to upgrade my equipment but I could really use those citadel upgrades.  Any thoughts???

On a related note, how the heck do you get lots of gold?  I'm currently a Level 11 Knight and I have only 1,100 gold saved up and I'm unsure how to spend it because I don't want to gimp my Knight.

I don't think your money problems will last very long.  The item offering in the stores doesn't scale all that well as you go up in level--for me at least there were a lot of long stretches where I couldn't see anything in the shop that was better than rune-made, quest-given, or items I bought long ago.  I'm past level 40 now and I'm still using two items I bought in my teen levels (Firewalker Staff, Ultimate Troll Ring).

So I don't think you have any risk of gimping your knight, no matter how you choose to spend your gold.
10157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 will have a Live auction house on: April 05, 2007, 03:15:34 PM

Quote from: happydog on April 05, 2007, 02:58:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 05, 2007, 02:19:41 PM

Quote from: happydog on April 04, 2007, 11:12:58 PM

I think it sounds cool, but I bet after a shot time it will be only a few hard core types that use it often. Most gamers will probably check it out a few times then ignore it. It just doesn't add to the game-play that much IMO.

Do you see this as being all that different from PC games that allow for customization and mods?  There are lots of people who love spending their time making stuff, and I don't think it will be hard to find people willing to spend game-money on it.

I do think there is a difference. On the PC things like this are free (in and out of game). Forza is going to make you earn money so you have access to these things unless you have the talent/patience to do them yourself. A lot of people don't.

I suppose, but since your game money can only be used for buying cars or customization, it doesn't seem like much of a stretch for people to spend it on custom cars.

I think the real challenge for the feature is to give a good way to seperate the good stuff from the dreck.  Will we be able to test drive cars to see if the tuning really does what the tuner advertises?  How many pages of gag paint jobs will we have to sort through to find some serious ones?
10158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 05, 2007, 02:23:04 PM
I've also heard that CoH didn't sell very well.  I don't know if I'd immediately attribute it to a PC gaming slump, I'd guess it might have more to do with WWII game burnout.
10159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 will have a Live auction house on: April 05, 2007, 02:19:41 PM

Quote from: happydog on April 04, 2007, 11:12:58 PM

I think it sounds cool, but I bet after a shot time it will be only a few hard core types that use it often. Most gamers will probably check it out a few times then ignore it. It just doesn't add to the game-play that much IMO.

Do you see this as being all that different from PC games that allow for customization and mods?  There are lots of people who love spending their time making stuff, and I don't think it will be hard to find people willing to spend game-money on it.
10160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did you know? on: April 05, 2007, 01:55:00 PM

Quote from: mytocles on April 05, 2007, 01:42:02 PM

I'm wondering though about that whole IQ comparison - the percentage of highest IQ's in China and India being more than something like the percentage or our schoolchildren (sorry, vague paraphrasing at best).  My first thought was soon represented, somewhat, by the population figures... is it simply that there are so many children in those countries to make that inevitable?  Just a thought.

It was just a fancy way of saying that they have four times as many children as the US.  So yes, their top 25% intelligent kids exceed our entire kid population, but it also means their stupidest 25% exceed our entire kid population. slywink

I didn't make it much past that snippet, did it ever move on past different ways of saying China and India are overpopulated?
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