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10441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Platform Threads on: December 22, 2006, 04:18:27 PM
Yay
10442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Platform Threads on: December 22, 2006, 04:06:44 PM
Is this really the best solution?  To prohibit discussion of how this new console battle shapes up over the next year?  No mention of which version of a cross-platform release has better visuals?  Whether it's worth getting a nonHD Wii version of a game because of the motion control?  Whether Forza 2 or Gran Turismo 5 is the new champion of the genre?

It's your house, and your rules, of course.  It's just sad that I'd have to head to QT3 or OO to find discussion about how this new Nintendo-Sony-Microsoft cagematch is shaping up.  I like GT better.

Is there really no way we can turn the discussions civil again, instead of getting rid of them entirely?
10443  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: December 22, 2006, 02:30:15 PM
Isn't there a Firefox plugin that lets you ignore people on forums?  Never tried it myself, and I don't know if it worked for this forum software or just phpBB.
10444  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: It needs to stop. on: December 22, 2006, 02:04:08 PM

Quote from: Lee on December 22, 2006, 08:40:10 AM

Purge, you fail to see how the other side looks just as bad I guess. I know exactly how everyone feels about every system because it is repeated constantly.
This is an exciting time for gamers, we've got two new consoles coming out at once, one's a wildcard, the other an unstable juggernaut.  Nobody knows how this will play out.  For people interested in the industry as well as just the hobby, i.e., people who spend time every day in a gaming forum, new articles, reports, and analyses are all worth talking about.

Sure, we have multiple threads that are similar enough to all be in a single thread--Penny Arcade's forums strictly enforce having one thread per topic--but that's not how things are run here.  New releases, new movies, questions about the best HDTV...it's the norm in this (and many other) forums to have redundant topics.

The "glut of PS3s online" article has been posted in other gaming forums, in its own thread even, and people seem capable of discussing it with only the normal level of console vs. console rivalry.  Why can't we?

The bottom line is, just because one group of people don't think something is worth talking about, it doesn't mean that another group who does find it noteworthy shouldn't be allowed to discuss it.  If you think an article or a posting is rubbish, express your disagreement in coherent sentences, but don't post just to disrupt the discussion.

Hetz's recent posts aren't that different than when people would owl bomb threads of posters they didn't like in OO.
10445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: December 21, 2006, 02:20:54 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on December 21, 2006, 01:10:57 PM

The decepticons looked weak, what we could get of Optimus looked okay. I just don't understand why he can't be a freaking Peterbilt truck.
He is a Peterbilt truck for the movie, isn't he?  They wanted the biggest truck they could find, and that was it.

I think the closest thing to the G1 Prime are the old Freightliners:

10446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: UK report says robots will have rights on: December 20, 2006, 10:51:28 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on December 20, 2006, 10:22:26 PM

My guess is someone watched "The Animatrix" and took things far too literally.
Color me impressed, I was going to post about that Animatrix short but figured it'd be to obscure a reference.
10447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thou shall never use the full power of the PS3!!! on: December 20, 2006, 09:56:37 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 20, 2006, 09:37:32 PM

Quote from: Briko on December 20, 2006, 09:34:26 PM

They also said they no one would every max out a 7900GTX 512 meg video card in SLI mode... Well think again... This guy is just an ass and obliviously doesn't understand that it only takes time before developers will tap the full capabilities of the PS3

The point is NVIDIA never said that. 

You edited out the stuff that shows that Briko agrees with you. 
10448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thou shall never use the full power of the PS3!!! on: December 20, 2006, 09:16:02 PM
There's this one thingamabob whirlygig installed in the PS3, but nobody at Sony really knows what it does.  It does do something, since the system won't work without it, but since nobody can identify its purpose, we'll never see the full potential of the system realized.

It's like that Far Side comic where the Indians have a dead deer and they hold up some odd doodad, "That's the one part of the animal we don't use."
10449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 19, 2006, 09:14:36 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 19, 2006, 08:58:21 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 19, 2006, 08:29:07 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 19, 2006, 08:25:46 PM

I think the Zune should be on there too.
Did the media ever buy into the Zune though?  I thought everyone was unanimously underwhelmed with it from the day it's features (and lack thereof) were announced.
Did the media ever buy into Snakes on a Plane or "If I Did It" ?

They sure did.

For Snakes on a Plane, they were all over what a huge phenomenon it had become, how word of mouth on the internet hyped up the anticipation, how people wrote in to preserve lines of dialogue or the movie title or violence.  And then when it hits the box office....not much.  (Although I personally had a blast on opening night.)

If I Did It was a huge deal, "oh what an outrage," "Borders will donate proceeds to charity, how noble!" "who will watch the interview," "how could he do this?"  And then....nothing.

But with the Zune, most of the articles and reviews seem to agree from the start that it's not really a big deal, not even a foothold to get Microsoft on its way to denting iPod's grip on the world.
10450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 19, 2006, 08:29:07 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 19, 2006, 08:25:46 PM

I think the Zune should be on there too.

Did the media ever buy into the Zune though?  I thought everyone was unanimously underwhelmed with it from the day it's features (and lack thereof) were announced.
10451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 19, 2006, 06:39:32 PM
What an odd list:

Snakes on a Plane
OJ's "If I Did It"
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Playstation 3
Bode Miller
10452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Those still looking for a Wii or PS3 on: December 19, 2006, 05:55:01 PM
I tried and lost too, I demand a recount!
10453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally I play Guitar Hero on: December 19, 2006, 02:30:34 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on December 19, 2006, 02:27:45 PM

The beauty of GH2 is the multiplayer and the easier hammer-ons/offs. In most other aspects, however, I prefer the original GH.
Are you essentially saying you liked the songs better in GH1?  Or is there something else you were thinking of?
10454  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Biggest Loser on: December 19, 2006, 05:03:15 AM
My girlfriend is a big fan of the show, she says they were on the ranch for at least 12 weeks, probably 16 total on the ranch, and she's pretty sure they have at least 5 months at home.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The pregnant girl was 5 months pregnant, right?  So 5-6 months at home seems about right
10455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can't escape the long arm of the IRS apparently. on: December 18, 2006, 02:05:52 PM

Quote from: JLu on December 18, 2006, 01:54:54 PM

I love the idea of a flat tax, but I wonder just how bad a hit that would be on the economy.
I'm curious what the figure would be if you took all the people across the country who wait in line for hours and hours at the post office at the last minute to send their taxes, and added up the wages if they had all been putting those hours towards their hourly wage (or hourly salary equivalent), plus the hours it took them to actually do their taxes.
10456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/18) on: December 18, 2006, 01:54:56 PM
Time to pick up the new Castlevania for the plane ride, and depending on my luck in the amazon.com lottery tomorrow, Zelda for the Wii.  Sadly, amazon's odds table is telling me I've got a better chance of getting hemorrhoids than getting a Wii this week.
10457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Those still looking for a Wii or PS3 on: December 17, 2006, 06:16:21 PM
Showed up at about 4:45am, Target had 17 people in line for 12 units, Best Buy had to have at least 50 people in line for 25 units.

Ah well.
10458  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Posts Button! on: December 15, 2006, 08:32:48 PM
Man these shortcuts are great, I've been starting at the 2004 posts and hitting "next page" until I get to the recent stuff.
10459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Metal Slug Anthology - Impressions on: December 15, 2006, 07:31:13 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 15, 2006, 05:04:54 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 15, 2006, 02:25:44 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 15, 2006, 05:57:11 AM

Quote from: Kobra on December 15, 2006, 04:23:47 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 14, 2006, 09:09:47 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on December 14, 2006, 08:55:12 PM

We had a 60gig and a 20gig at work last nigth.

I saw 3 60 gigs at EB yesterday. People didn't seem to care. They were all asking about Wiis.  For a couple seconds I considered buying a PS3 but didn't pull the trigger.  I am proud of myself.  icon_biggrin

The soccer moms of the world are on to the Wii now.. Look out, get out of the way, theres nothing they won't do to get "Timmy" a Wii under the tree this Christmas.  Worse, they had the "Wii" on Oprah, so now the O'tards will be out in force looking to get one.

Its going to get ugly out there.  Especially since Oprah was convinced this will help heavy kids burn calories.   Roll Eyes
I hear Oprah reads books now too. What will we do?

Are you kidding?  Oprah mentioning the Wii is a huge deal.  She sells a million units of any product name she burps, let alone praises.
Of course, but I have no idea why anyone should be afraid of this. It means more Wiis sold, and more games down the road for us.
I doubt it will get ugly out there now. And I see little reason to be upset with Oprah. Over this, that is.

I don't see any reason to be upset with Oprah, but don't you agree this will increase the competition for people who have already been trying to find one?
10460  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator Discussion Group (massive spoilers herein) on: December 15, 2006, 04:57:13 PM
How much after though?  Do you think it'll be just less than a year since the end of T3, or farther in the future like the battle scenes they've shown in the past movies?
10461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator Discussion Group (massive spoilers herein) on: December 15, 2006, 04:24:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 15, 2006, 04:22:01 PM

I always felt the war was inevitable.
No fate but what we make!

According to IMDB, T4 is due to start shooting early next year.  Is it already known what the setting/time will be for this one? 
10462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Metal Slug Anthology - Impressions on: December 15, 2006, 02:25:44 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 15, 2006, 05:57:11 AM

Quote from: Kobra on December 15, 2006, 04:23:47 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 14, 2006, 09:09:47 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on December 14, 2006, 08:55:12 PM

We had a 60gig and a 20gig at work last nigth.

I saw 3 60 gigs at EB yesterday. People didn't seem to care. They were all asking about Wiis.  For a couple seconds I considered buying a PS3 but didn't pull the trigger.  I am proud of myself.  icon_biggrin

The soccer moms of the world are on to the Wii now.. Look out, get out of the way, theres nothing they won't do to get "Timmy" a Wii under the tree this Christmas.  Worse, they had the "Wii" on Oprah, so now the O'tards will be out in force looking to get one.

Its going to get ugly out there.  Especially since Oprah was convinced this will help heavy kids burn calories.   Roll Eyes
I hear Oprah reads books now too. What will we do?

Are you kidding?  Oprah mentioning the Wii is a huge deal.  She sells a million units of any product name she burps, let alone praises.
10463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wiimote Straps Recalled on: December 15, 2006, 02:20:40 PM
Quote from: BBC
Japanese games firm Nintendo is recalling more than three million straps for its new Wii console. The announcement follows scores of complaints about the wrist straps breaking during use.

Terrible reporting by the BBC.  Yes, the recall follows complaints about breaking straps, but it's irresponsible for the reporters to assume that's the cause of the recall.  We're all jumping to conclusions here.

Here's the official release from Nintendo:

Quote from: Nintendo
Name of Product: Nintendo-branded Wii remote straps

Units: About 3.2 million straps

Strap Distributor: Nintendo Co. Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan

Hazard: These Wii remote straps can overheat and explode, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Dell has received six reports of Wii straps overheating, one report of Wii strap explosion, resulting in property damage to furniture and personal effects, mild chafing, and decapitation.

Description: The recalled straps were sold with or sold separately to be used with the Nintendo Wii video game console

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these recalled straps immediately and contact Nintendo to receive a replacement strap. Consumers can continue to use the notebook computers safely by turning the system off, calling a bomb squad to untie the strap, and using duct tape or simply not letting go of remote until the replacement strap is received.
10464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hetz, is Motorstorm (JPN) playable in the US? on: December 15, 2006, 12:26:24 AM
That awesome PS2 Logitech force feedback racing wheel doesn't work with the PS3, right?
10465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 14, 2006, 09:07:14 PM
Half a million units of Guitar Hero sold in November in the U.S.

Quote
Third placed title Guitar Hero 2 (with guitar) lagged behind the above two with just 356,142 copies sold, though if sales of the SKU without guitars were added to the figures, 498,332 copies were sold to the U.S. game buying public.
10466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Metal Slug Anthology - Impressions on: December 14, 2006, 08:55:57 PM
How does it handle replays or inserting coins or whatever?  Are you free to continue as much as you want?  Or are you only allowed a certain number of continues?
10467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top 10 deadly toys!! on: December 14, 2006, 04:11:27 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on December 14, 2006, 03:55:00 PM

Lawn darts was where it was at tho. Good for noisy neighbors dogs too.
Old Yeller, the Director's Cut
10468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jack Thomson On Niteline on: December 14, 2006, 01:53:38 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on December 14, 2006, 12:58:48 PM

Who cares what this lunatic thinks?
A list of every American who believes anything network news tells them and assumes that the people brought on to give their expert opinion on a subject are indeed experts on the subject?

Whew, this is gonna take a while.
10469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hetz, is Motorstorm (JPN) playable in the US? on: December 14, 2006, 04:02:19 AM

Quote from: Arkon on December 14, 2006, 03:50:38 AM

Wow, I never knew Mud was made of Plastic, that mud looks so freaking ridiculous.

I think someone misunderstood the memo asking to make sure the tracks were really polished by release day.
10470  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Learning to Speak Japanese on: December 14, 2006, 02:51:23 AM
First, grab a copy of Remembering the Kana by Heisig.  I used this to learn the first two alphabets, hiragana and katakana, and the approach is really effective.  You have to surrender yourself to some bizarre pneumonics, but the book was extremely effective.  Learning katakana will be immediately rewarding, since that's the alphabet they use for foreign loan words, you can immediately pull up just about any picture of a classic neon light filled downtown Tokyo scene and be able to pick out words like karaoke, or restaurant.  You'll be able to read the words "Dragon Quest" on those recently released Japanese magazines.

Those two alphabets are about 46 letters big, and anyone can learn them, especially with the approach in that book.

For Kanji, there are some great flash cards by White Rabbit Press, but in general the road to reading Japanese is a loooong looong loong one.

Luckily, the road to speaking is not so long at all.  As complicated as the written language, the spoken language really isn't that bad at all.  The pronunciation is way easier than something like Mandarin or Cantonese, because Japanese isn't tonal, and it has very few types of sound.  The grammar and sentence structure is a bit funky at first, but it's far easier to pick up than people think.

And here's where I definitely disagree with VynlSol.  I would without hesitation recommend the Pimsleur method for learning.  Rosetta Stone, the Teach Yourself series...pretty much everything else, sucks.  They may work, but they're slow, slow, slow.  They're just not efficient.  If you're serious about learning the language, Pimsleur is my favorite by far.

The basic approach of Pimsleur is to remind you of something you just learned right when you're about to forget it.  So after you learn "hello," 90 seconds later when "hello" is about to leave your short term memory, they prompt you to say it again.  With "hello" a little firmly implanted, it might be 3 minutes before they ask you again, then 7 minutes, and so forth.  It's not a rigid schedule, but it does a very good job of reminding you of words or phrases right when it might otherwise be forgotten.  For me, this approach was extremely effective at putting vocabulary into long term memory.

One of the first things I noticed with Pimsleur was that it really makes you work during your 30 minute lesson.  You can't just casually listen, you have to really think about what to repeat back, and how to construct sentences they ask you.  I couldn't listen to this in the car like I did for some other methods, I had to just sit and listen and concentrate.  It's intense, and that's what I love about it, it's not just "for fun" learning that you'll forget in a week.

The cons:  For one, it's all verbal.  There's no written component to the lessons, so it's not going to help you read or write.  Also, unless you obtain it through some of the less scrupulous methods that people use to get mp3s, it's expensive, about $500 for all 3 volumes, although there are some buyback programs (I bought it from Learnitlanguage.com who has such a program) to help off-set the cost when you're finished.  I think there's a fairly active market on ebay for them as well. 

And because the proof is in the pudding...

A year ago I went through the first two volumes (30 lessons each volume, ~26 minutes a lesson) before going on a 3 week trip to Japan.  My vocabulary was limited, but I had learned enough grammar and sentence structure that a simple electronic dictionary was enough to bring me into situations not explicitly covered by Pimsleur.  I was able to ask for directions, ask for restaurant recommendations, ask about prices, and all the basic travel conversation.  More importantly, though, I was able to have some amazing experiences talking with locals.  I got to know some guys in a bar in Nikko who started buying me drinks, I got to know a restaurant owner who gave me some free food specialties to try, I had a great conversation with this old man who makes a living travelling around the country selling sketches of temples he draws along the way.

Honestly, with those two volumes of Pimsleur instruction, I think I'd be more confident travelling in Japan than I'd be travelling in Germany with my 3 years of high school German.  I know a lot more about proper grammar and verb conjucation in German than I do in Japanese, but as far as applicable conversational knowledge, I'd have to go with Japanese.

VynlSol is right though, you've got to practice, practice, practice.  If you can't go to Japan like I did to reinforce what you learn, at least find someone locally you can practice with.

But really, spoken Japanese is not anywhere near as difficult as it is generally made out to be.  (Written Japanese is definitely as hard as it's made out to be, you need to memorize ~2000 characters to function.)

Whatever method you end up choosing, I hope you really go for it.  I just can't convey how rewarding it was for me to be in Japan and have the language open the doors to experience after experience. 

preemptive edit:  I definitely took too long to type.  Qbe's beginner tip post recommends the same Heisig kana book I did, as well as the Pimsleur CDs.  I agree with Qbe!

Have fun!
10471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: German government considers computer characters "human" on: December 13, 2006, 09:26:52 PM
I'm going to start pressing charges every time I get hit by the robber in Settlers of Catan.
10472  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: German government considers computer characters "human" on: December 13, 2006, 09:04:21 PM
With America's liberal attitude towards violence, and Europe's liberal attitude toward nudity and profanity...is there any chance we could work out a trade?  I think we got the short end of the stick.
10473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 emulation for PS1/PS2 deeply flawed? on: December 13, 2006, 07:42:22 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 13, 2006, 07:30:01 PM

That is a temporary fix, from what I hear: they want all of it done in emulation.
Any links?  I was looking for this info in another thread and I couldn't find anything to support the theory.
10474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: zelda news...good and bad on: December 13, 2006, 02:06:56 PM
Why did Barry White music come on all of a sudden?
10475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: zelda news...good and bad on: December 12, 2006, 10:05:32 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 12, 2006, 09:55:50 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 12, 2006, 08:18:36 PM

MP Zelda would rock.

hmm,not sure how that would work...er,how would that work?

It might involve as many as four swords...and adventures!
10476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: December 12, 2006, 09:07:03 PM
I'm optimistic about how this could turn out on the DS, but I have to admit this post from gaf made me chuckle:

Quote
dq 9 on ds
dq 10 on cellphones
dq 11 on graphing calculators
dq 12 on pen and paper
dq 13 as an oral tradition
dq 14 as various grunting noises
10477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: zelda news...good and bad on: December 12, 2006, 08:00:54 PM
October?!
10478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/11) on: December 12, 2006, 02:21:43 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on December 12, 2006, 01:58:38 PM

They should be excellent additions to my Wii library!
With such a full library, you must have quite the wiiding list!  Is Elebits good enough to be wiigarded as wiiquired wiiding?
10479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: McDonalds just got owned. on: December 09, 2006, 10:02:59 PM
I guess this is a hint that I should use the forum to host images more often.
10480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: McDonalds just got owned. on: December 09, 2006, 06:00:34 PM
Scourge?



Scourge?



Scourge?

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