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10441  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?
10442  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!
10443  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.
10444  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?
10445  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
10446  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.
10447  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.
10448  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
10449  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
10450  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.
10451  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. 
10452  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.
10453  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.
10454  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.
10455  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.
10456  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.
10457  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / [Poll] Polls on: August 12, 2006, 01:49:10 PM
wow
10458  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!
10459  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:
10460  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.
10461  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: August 11, 2006, 02:57:30 PM
gamertag is:  Wik 27
10462  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.
10463  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...
10464  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.
10465  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.
10466  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.
10467  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
10468  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.
10469  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.
10470  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.
10471  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.
10472  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.
10473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lego Star Wars II Demo! on: August 08, 2006, 10:44:31 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Aha!  Which, of course, leads me to my next question.  Considering it is an actiony-type, platformer-type game, how do you think it would play on the 360 if I got it for that?  Probably pretty good, right?


It's really designed for a gamepad, keyboard control is awkward but doable.

Honestly, go pick up a copy of the first Lego Star Wars.  You should be able to find it cheap, and it's damn good fun.  You'll easily get your money's worth.

It really is one of those rare "fun for all ages" kind of games.  Kids will surely enjoy it, but things like the Star Wars recreation of the old Zaxxon game are only going to get recognized by old timers.
10474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would you Buy the Wii for $229? on: August 08, 2006, 10:03:07 PM
Quote from: "Godzilla Blitz"
Quote from: "wonderpug"
the Wii's technology will allow you to play both current games designed for the Wii (a fair number of titles are projected for launch) and the above mentioned NES games which date back to as early as 1988


Is this true? The Wii will play NES games as well?

Stupid question, but will it play Gamecube games too?

I can't believe my wiseass post turned out to be informative!

I hadn't heard about TG16 titles being available as well, I'd pay $5 to try that caveman game they always advertised but I never got to play.
10475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would you Buy the Wii for $229? on: August 08, 2006, 07:32:01 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Complete the following sentence:

The Nintendo Wii's current projected launch date is (month) (day), (year).


The Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES for short, was one of the most popular and successful video game systems of all time, for a great number of reasons which we shall not go into today, because although the NES was a wonderful system for its time, it has been a long time since its games have been available at stores like Target, or your local mall, and soon there will be a much easier way to obtain NES games: The Wii, a new system that has not yet been released but will be sure to satisfy many gamer's NES game cravings, because the Wii's technology will allow you to play both current games designed for the Wii (a fair number of titles are projected for launch) and the above mentioned NES games which date back to as early as 1988, the year that was for about 365 days (this is referring to about 18 years ago) the most common entry to the latter field in forms requesting (month) (day), (year).
10476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lego Star Wars II Demo! on: August 08, 2006, 06:11:19 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
What systems will it be releasing for... anyone know off hand?



Looks like everything but the Atari 2600!
10477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lego Star Wars II Demo! on: August 07, 2006, 10:45:20 PM
http://www.3dgamers.com/news/more/1096485463/



That's funny, the damage doesn't look as bad from out here.
10478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Live] Dead Rising Demo! on: August 05, 2006, 03:54:04 PM
I think the story has something to do with zombies taking over a shopping mall, but that's just my impression from the previews and demo. ;)
10479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Live] Dead Rising Demo! on: August 04, 2006, 09:48:36 PM
Is it true that there are at least 5-6 endings you can get for the demo?  Dangit why am I not home yet?
10480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Live] Dead Rising Demo! on: August 04, 2006, 07:59:12 PM
Map of the Demo from SA.
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