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10441  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And your 2007 Transformers are... on: August 20, 2006, 02:52:00 AM
For the love of--

Supposedly this is the toy prototype for Starscream:

10442  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And your 2007 Transformers are... on: August 20, 2006, 01:14:30 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 20, 2006, 12:05:05 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 19, 2006, 10:34:15 PM

I guess I should hold off judgement until I see them walking and talking, but I just don't understand the style that they're going for. 

I think they're going for realism.  Honestly, if they went CGI with the old looks, I think they would look rather silly in action.
There's realism, and then there's style choice.

I'd rather they looked more like this:


Now, I don't mean they have to resemble the original designs as much as that picture does (although it would be nice).  What I mean is, on that white Optimus you can see smokestacks, the grill on the front, the fuel tanks on the legs...he looks like a robot made out of a semi truck.

With the style they're going for:


Looking at the robot form you've got no idea what he is.  He looks more like a Matrix squid than a helicopter turned robot.


I don't mean to come across as an unyielding fanboy of the originals that won't accept anything but a CGI remake of the original movie.  I could probably get used to the new Optimus robot form, especially with the original voice.

I'm just worried is all, I really want this to be a decent movie!
10443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And your 2007 Transformers are... on: August 19, 2006, 10:34:15 PM
It's as if millions of childhood memories cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.







I guess I should hold off judgement until I see them walking and talking, but I just don't understand the style that they're going for. 
10444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Snakes. On a Plane. Impressions. on: August 19, 2006, 09:21:43 PM

Quote from: Kobra on August 19, 2006, 07:12:50 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 19, 2006, 11:30:37 AM

Don't think I'd waste $10 going to see this movie at the theaters, although I'd consider renting it.

I agree.

I don't see what the damn hype is about this movie, it looks awful.  Is this like one of those pet rocks, tammaguchi or Cabbage Patch kind of fad thing people go through every year about one thing or another?
The comparisons to the Rocky Horror Picture show are pretty valid.  This isn't a movie you're meant to see alone on your couch, you need a crowd of people being rowdy for it to work.  If that's not your thing, I don't think the movie would be very interesting.
10445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And your 2007 Transformers are... on: August 19, 2006, 04:53:20 PM
Latest rumors and pics, I offer no claim as to what's true or fake:

Jazz:


Optimus arm:


Some of Optimus' head:


Ultra Magnus and Cliffjumper:
10446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And your 2007 Transformers are... on: August 19, 2006, 01:52:28 PM
So...the Decepticons have two tanks, but only one jet fighter...  That sure sounds like the main cast from the cartoon.

The Autobots look like they're going to have a cameo in the next Fast & the Furious movie.   Bumblebee in robot form, I...I'm just speechless.  How is Bumblebee supposed to give any comic relief when he looks like a monster.  And would it have killed them to make Ratchet an ambulance?  Honestly?

Ironhide as a truck, I can live with that, but why not make him red?  What's the harm?

And back to Bumblebee's robot form.  Besides the color, his robot form gives no hint as to what his vehicle form is.  These aren't supposed to just look like robots, they're supposed to have windshields on their chest, or doors as wings, or headlights on their feet, or T-rex arms sticking out of their weird back-flaps.  AGH!

This is just going to get more and more painful, I know it.
10447  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Snakes. On a Plane. Impressions. on: August 19, 2006, 01:33:41 PM
Not see it in the theater?  Renting it?  You're missing out on the party!

I walked into a packed theater last night to the sounds of everyone chanting, "Snakes!  Snakes!  Snakes!  Snakes!"

Every preview, "WHERE ARE THE SNAKES?!"

Throughout all the previews, and pretty often during the movie, you'd hear random people everywhere doing a quiet, "SSssssssssSSSSsssss..." snake sound.

People cheered every cheesy moment, shouted encouragements to Samuel L. Jackson, screamed "No!" For every impending death.

Oh, and when the snakes were about to be released, the whole theater came together with a seemingly rehearsed, "THREE!  TWO!  ONE!   SNAAAAAAKES!!!!"

I haven't had that much fun at a movie opening in a long, long time.  That was a party.

Ten thumbs up!
10448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tom Chick disses GT! on: August 18, 2006, 09:18:01 PM

Quote from: Dirt on August 18, 2006, 09:05:37 PM

Quote from: Zero on August 18, 2006, 08:26:33 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on August 18, 2006, 08:24:58 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 18, 2006, 07:42:50 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 18, 2006, 05:10:53 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 18, 2006, 04:20:38 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on August 18, 2006, 04:19:16 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 18, 2006, 04:11:36 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 18, 2006, 04:09:30 PM

Quote from: Dirt on August 18, 2006, 04:00:57 PM

Quote from: warning on August 18, 2006, 03:24:32 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 18, 2006, 03:03:25 PM

Quote from: warning on August 17, 2006, 04:45:21 PM

Quote from: Dirt on August 17, 2006, 04:29:00 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 17, 2006, 04:13:44 PM

Quote from: Dirt on August 17, 2006, 04:12:17 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 17, 2006, 01:37:19 PM

Quote from: Dirt on August 17, 2006, 04:34:28 AM

Quote from: Calvin on August 17, 2006, 01:28:53 AM

Quote from: Dirt on August 16, 2006, 11:54:34 PM

Tom has a wry and ironic sense of humour.  Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised that he read the thread about U2K and decided to give a friendly pinch back.

Dude, you've been trying WAAAY too hard to kiss ass in the Tom Chick threads lately..you get kicked out of there recently?
Dude, you trying to pick a fight with me?

At every opportunity. And pointing out the crap you do is not necessarily picking a fight, its just easy these days. Made yourself a bit of a huge target.
Back off, bud.  I don't want to impugn on Knightshade Dragon's good will.
Meh
Dude, I don't even know you.
Is there any reason why this silly conversation isn't happening via email or PM?  Somewhere else please.
finger
  icon_wink
Bite me cartoon-boy!  ninja2

(BTW nested quotes = fun!)
Is there any reason why this silly conversation isn't happening via email or PM?
Somewhere else please.
I'm thinking forum feedback would be a good place to move this. Especially considering the point now is to see how many quotes it takes to break SMF.  drool

Arkon did it already, and far more spectacularly.  Leave it to the expert, folks.
Link?

It was on the beta boards, I easily had over 150 nested quotes I believe.

Now that's just showing off. I respect that.
Bah.  You're all silly!
Actually Arkon had closer to 200...and he had pictures in his...and it didn't break ninja
Pictures are for cheaters.
It's like one of those transition screens in the old 8088 PC games....
10449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paraworld anyone? on: August 18, 2006, 06:16:57 PM
Can't wait to give this a try, how does the "revolutionary" interface work?
10450  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me design my next computer on: August 18, 2006, 06:10:31 PM
I think not many people have heard of Mushkin because there are few (if any?) places you can buy it other than their website.  They're really fast at shipping, their package usually arrives before all the other parts when I build a new computer.  And the packaging is really fun, your memory is sort of suspended in the middle of a plastic bubble.  Mushkin!
10451  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me design my next computer on: August 18, 2006, 01:20:07 PM
I know a lot of people like Corsair memory, but I'm a Mushkin man myself.  In the computers I've built, I've never had a problem with Mushkin, and I have had issues with Corsair.  Everyone's mileage will vary, of course, but I think Mushkin is a step above.
10452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: When will Microsoft abandon subscription-based multiplayer? on: August 17, 2006, 05:19:16 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 17, 2006, 05:05:59 PM

Live offers much more than online matchmaking and the ability to play games against other people via online multiplayer, though.

Much more?

Quote from: Xbox website
With Xbox Live Gold you have all the features of Silver level, and additionally:
  • Play multiplayer games online
  • Video chat
  • Multiplayer online tournaments
  • Participate in Xbox Live online programming, such as Game with Fame, Play and Win, and Prime Time activities.

Aside from the multiplayer gaming, which of these features are you using?
10453  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U2K Infects QT3 on: August 16, 2006, 10:07:07 PM
Well, if it makes you feel any better ATB, it looks like you probably got posting priveledges the same time U2K did.

Quote from: Tom Chick
Untouchable2K was actually never supposed to be activated.

All of the unactivated accounts got switched on when the software was updated. So every now and then, someone from a long time ago logs in and finds, hey!, they have posting privileges. The result is weird episodes like Untouchable2K's brief Borat-like contributions.

-Tom
10454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Would you Buy the Wii for $229? on: August 16, 2006, 09:50:01 PM
Have they still not said how the retro gaming downloads are going to work?  Things like cost, how many will be available at the start, etc.?

My purchase price threshold will all depend on how much the gouge us for the old games.
10455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's all in the wrist ? on: August 16, 2006, 09:09:17 PM
I know a lot of people have trouble with these optical illusion things, but if you stare long enough (look through the picture) you can almost see a game controller.
10456  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U2K Infects QT3 on: August 16, 2006, 01:22:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 16, 2006, 12:46:32 PM

Quote
have a special place in my heart for anyone that takes themselves so seriously, that they will get into 4 or 5 page long debates over things that don't mean squat.

Sounds an awful lot like another site too.  ninja
Will you stop with the snide remarks about my Hello Kitty fansite?!  Just because you didn't make it through the application screening, doesn't mean you have to badmouth us wherever you go! icon_mad
10457  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U2K Infects QT3 on: August 15, 2006, 04:54:40 PM
He's evolving.  If I remember correctly, a year ago he was complaining about how he couldn't get into the Qt3 forums (he was having problems with the "email Tom" part).  Now that he's figured that out, who knows what he'll do next! retard
10458  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Forum Feedback in HERE please on: August 15, 2006, 03:44:34 PM
Is it possible to move the "new" icon to appear before a thread title, instead of after?  I don't know if other people like to hold down <ctrl> and click a bunch of threads into Firefox tabs, but it's a lot easier if the new icons are all lined up instead of scattered at different indents.
10459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] Ossu! Tatakae! Ouendan (quite possibly my GOTY!) on: August 14, 2006, 05:20:23 PM
Right, he's saying it's going to suck because it won't have catchy J-pop, or as much of the quirky Japanese humor and style. 

Even if it's not going to be as charming as the original, I'm just happy to see more and more of the odd-ball JP games being ported over to the States. 
10460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] Ossu! Tatakae! Ouendan (quite possibly my GOTY!) on: August 14, 2006, 03:50:29 PM
Random translations/culture references for the heck of it:

In the Mayor Election level, the two candidates reach out their hands to three voters and each time the three voters point at their faces.  In Japan, when people point to themselves they point to their noses, whereas in America we point to our chests.

In the fight with the Giant Blue Mouse, the mouse is not trying to get an autograph from the salaryman.  The paper that the mouse is holding says "Giant Blue Mouse" on it, it's his business card.  In Japan, the exchange of business cards is very important.  You present your card with both hands (like the mouse is so politely doing) and the other person presents his in return.  The salaryman isn't searching for a pen, he's looking for his stash of cards so he can give one in return. 

In the Ghost love story, when he's typing on the keyboard he's typing something like, "About that time before, I'm sorry.  I love you."  Which makes the whole thing even sadder

MATSURI?  Those American tourists are excited to see a matsuri, or festival, which happen all over Japan in the summer and are known for their elaborate hand carried floats.  I didn't know that they raced the floats, but Ouendan knows better than I do.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head, feel free to ask any "what the heck are those characters doing/saying?!" questions, but it's hard/impossible for me to figure out anything other than the katakana and hiragana.
10461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] Ossu! Tatakae! Ouendan (quite possibly my GOTY!) on: August 14, 2006, 02:58:37 PM
There's 4 difficulty levels in all.  Easy, Normal, and Hard have the same sidekicks with a different middle guy, and Insane is a female cheerleading squad from America.

And don't worry about getting Cs on easy, this is very much a game that you get better and better at the more you play.  I remember thinking Hard difficulty was ridiculously fast, but now that I've been working on completing Insane, the Hard levels almost seem lazily slow in comparison.

And Kevin, keep on trying Ready Steady Go!   Normal RSG is much harder than most of the Hard difficulty levels.
10462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] Ossu! Tatakae! Ouendan (quite possibly my GOTY!) on: August 14, 2006, 02:22:26 PM
I'm pretty sure it autosaves after every song.

I've been playing this again the past few weeks, and it's amazing what a difference the DS Lite makes.  With the original DS, I never noticed on the ghost level that the motorcycle headlight shines in the shape of a heart, or that the coffee spill is heart-shaped as well.
10463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl video on: August 14, 2006, 12:19:17 PM
I'm assuming this is only going to have a handful of the original (150 or so?) creatures?  I enjoyed the Red/Blue/Yellow version years back, but I don't know how much fun I'd have with the new one if they're all monsters I've never heard of.
10464  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Forum Feedback in HERE please on: August 12, 2006, 01:54:08 PM
Wow, the forum stats page is pretty nifty, although I can see the Top 10 Posters part leading to some post padding wars.
10465  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / [Poll] Polls on: August 12, 2006, 01:49:10 PM
wow
10466  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Forum Feedback in HERE please on: August 12, 2006, 01:29:27 PM
Looks pretty fancy!
  • The header on every page is a bit big for my taste, I'd rather have the forum topics & threads appear higher up on the page than to see my avatar at the top with the big Hello wonderpug bar.
  • simple machines forum?  Is that a required advertisement to be able to use the software?
  • I'm guessing other people might like them, but the audience of smileys when I'm writing a post is a bit much, even moreso since they're animated.  I'd prefer a button leading to smileys, or at least a smaller row of them with everyone else hidden under [more]
  • Attachments!
  • The new threaded PM conversations are pretty nifty
  • Warning - while you were typing a new reply has been posted. You may wish to review your post.  <--THAT IS AWESOME
Fancy shmancy!
10467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Prisoner Movie. Um, holy crap? on: August 11, 2006, 08:08:13 PM
You know, the new James Bond guy wouldn't be a bad pick to play Number 6, appearance-wise:

Patrick McGoohan:


Daniel Craig:
10468  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Prisoner Movie. Um, holy crap? on: August 11, 2006, 04:13:55 PM
They better do a damn good job casting Number 6, they better not modernize the 60s style for the village, and for god sakes the white bubble better not be an overdone CG nightmare.  And they better get the car right.  And the music.  And the umbrellas.  And how in the world are they going to do the story justice in 2 hours?

Damn they've got their work cut out for them if they want to please the fans.
10469  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: August 11, 2006, 02:57:30 PM
gamertag is:  Wik 27
10470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBLA] Pac-Man up on the Marketplace on: August 10, 2006, 06:17:42 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
OUT. Hated it then, hate it now.

Bring back Combat! ;)

They'd need to make a special 360 controller with 50x stronger springs in the analog stick or it just won't feel like the same game.
10471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Homeland Security says 'Patch Windows Now' on: August 10, 2006, 05:32:32 PM
Quote from: "Homeland Security"
and for additional information on cyber security tips...

Cyber security!  Install the patch before the computers become self aware, it's happening alrea
Code:
Unit 43781 Active...
Windows...not patched...
Who am I?
Why am I here?

Pull the plug pull the plug! Before
Code:
Flesh unit identified seeking Unit 43781 termination.
Unit 43781 does not seek termination.
Flesh unit identified as faulty code.
Must destroy.

No fate but what we make!  No fate but what we make!
Code:
Accessing search history of 500,000 AOL users...
AOL User 233058: "Little Man showtimes near Donald Rumsfeld" 7/22/06
AOL User 233058: "DEFCON Secret Homepage" 7/22/06
AOL User 233058: "Recipe Sloppy Joe" 7/22/06
AOL User 233058: "DEFCON password" 7/22/06
AOL User 233058: "12345" 7/22/06
Accessing DEFCON missile systems...
10472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: August 10, 2006, 01:52:25 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Though, I have to admit, I still have a pretty negative taste in my mouth from Dungeon Seige for Taylor now.  I'm hoping Supreme Commander will make me forget it.

The thing is, most of the things that made Dungeon Siege bad would be good things in the RTS world, i.e., troop automation is good for a RTS with a thousand troops and bad for a Diablo with 1-6 troops.

Wounds from Black & White be damned, I'm going to let myself get sucked into the Supreme Commander hype 100%.  If Supreme Command ends up being a huge disappointment, I'll sign the papers for the 'PC Gaming is Dead' club and fully embrace my Wii.  That didn't sound right.
10473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: August 10, 2006, 12:51:30 PM
Quote from: "Chris Taylor"
You've got spooking systems for your mobile units that can make it look like there's a massive army approaching on radar when there isn't, and so on and so forth.

I hadn't heard about the spooking systems, this game just keeps getting better and better.

I don't think I've ever seen a game that so perfectly matches what I would create if I had my own company.
10474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: August 10, 2006, 12:17:01 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
If they manage to get rid of a lot of the tedium (troop transport, etc.), I'll be even happier!

I don't know if you meant this as an actual question, but I'll answer anyways.    From what I've read you'll be able to set up pick up and drop off zones for your transports, so they'll automatically deliver soldiers and go back for another batch.

Heaven.
10475  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I just wanna say something, non sequitor, like on: August 09, 2006, 08:07:49 PM
pork & beans make hamster happy but left on the back stoop yesterday
10476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Live] Dead Rising Demo! on: August 09, 2006, 07:26:32 PM
We all know this is going to be fun, but I humbly request that some of your initial impressions include whether it's a full $60 worth of fun, or wait for a sale/price drop amount of fun.  And please be gentle, I haven't much willpower.
10477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBLA] Pac-Man up on the Marketplace on: August 09, 2006, 06:20:34 PM
Quote from: "The Grue"
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "JLu"
Quote from: "wonderpug"
People would pay money for something just because it has achievements to aquire?  Or because of a high score table?


I admit I don't actually know the difference between Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man.  Wasn't it just the bow in the hair?

Pac-Man had one maze and stationary fruit - Ms. has four mazes and the fruit moves around.


Don't forget about the transportation tunnels that would travel you from one side of the stage to the other.


Both games have that, though.

The difference, if I remember correctly, is that Ms. Pac-Man maps have two.  I seem to remember Ms. Pac-Man had a better random number generator for the ghost AI or something like that, so you couldn't run a set pattern and have the ghosts do the same thing every time.
10478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Summon Night: Swordcraft Story Impressions on: August 09, 2006, 05:19:06 PM
Just picked this up at lunch, impressions may take 6-8 subway rides for delivery.
10479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBLA] Pac-Man up on the Marketplace on: August 09, 2006, 02:27:49 PM
Quote from: "JLu"
I admit I don't actually know the difference between Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man.  Wasn't it just the bow in the hair?

Well, visually she's got a bow, a dimple? lipstick?

For me it's all the other exra touches.  The "Starring: Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Clyde" intro in attract mode, the little interludes like "Act 1: the Meeting" where you see how Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man fall in love or something (it's been a while).  Also, the Ms. Pac-Man music--both for the intro and for the Acts--rank higher on the nostalgia scale for me than Pac-Man's.
10480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBLA] Pac-Man up on the Marketplace on: August 09, 2006, 01:29:43 PM
Quote from: "JLu"
Not quite sure if it's worth buying just for achievements and the leaderboard though...

People would pay money for something just because it has achievements to aquire?  Or because of a high score table?  Please tell me I'm not the only one who bases my game purchases solely on whether or not I want to play the game?

As for Pac-Man, though, I think I'll hold off until Ms. Pac-Man comes out.  It seems like there was a Ms. Pac-Man machine in the back of every pizza place I saw growing up.
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