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9241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Confessions of a Virtual Console Junkie on: September 11, 2007, 05:35:27 PM
How about using old movies for the analogy instead of books?  A lot of old movies are hard to watch due to the slower pacing, more play-like camera framing, old special effects technology, different acting styles, and so forth.
9242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Confessions of a Virtual Console Junkie on: September 11, 2007, 04:21:53 PM

Quote from: warning on September 11, 2007, 04:13:23 PM

Good games are still good games even years later.

For the most part, I agree with you.  Some things, though, just don't age well.  I love Dune 2 and still dust it off for a replay every now and then, but the control scheme is just so so outdated.  The old graphics I can handle.  The old gameplay I can handle.  Clicking on each unit individually when I want to move 20 tanks?  Starting to lose my patience for it.
9243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 11, 2007, 03:15:27 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 11, 2007, 03:01:15 PM

Not to pick on anyone in particular.  But why do all of the games in this thread seem to be at least 5 year old titles?  Have no great games been made during that last 5 years?
...
Is it just not cool to say a new game is the best ever?   Just curious.

For me it's too early to tell on new releases.  When Oblivion came out I might've been tempted to put it on some top 10 lists, but now that it's been around for a while I see that it's not a game I'll be coming back to time and again over the next 10 years, as I do with many of these titles people are throwing out.

I think it also might be that there are so many games out these days that it's harder for standout titles to be as revered as they were in ye good olde days.   Company of Heroes comes to mind.  If that gameplay came out in 1994 we'd all be hailing it on this list as a timeless classic.
9244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 11, 2007, 03:07:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 11, 2007, 03:01:57 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 11, 2007, 01:56:16 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 11, 2007, 01:54:39 PM

Ugh.

The song list has me inching ever closer to canceling my pre.  I needs to make a decision.

Talking with the guys from Harmonix, they are doing their best to get an album a week going for DLC.  If you don't like the tracks, wait a few weeks. smile

Yes, but grateful dead and nirvanna do little for me either.

I think what KD means is that there are going to be more than two weeks of this.  If they really keep up that DLC pace, odds are you'll find an album you like pretty quickly.
9245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who Would Win in A Fight: 50 Cent or Kanye West on: September 11, 2007, 01:54:07 PM
Bruce Lee
9246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 11, 2007, 01:24:47 PM
New additions:

  # Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" [master track]
  # Red Hot Chilli Pepper's "Dani California" [master track]
  # KISS' "Detroit Rock City" [master track]
9247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 11, 2007, 01:03:00 PM
After a lot of thought, I've decided that the best game ever is certainly:

9248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/10) on: September 10, 2007, 03:46:01 PM
No new releases, but I've been tossing around the idea of finally importing Ouendan 2.
9249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: juniordian on: September 09, 2007, 02:52:39 AM

Quote from: Jag on September 09, 2007, 02:19:36 AM

Quote from: JuniorDan on September 07, 2007, 07:27:01 PM

Orlando FL, been home for 10 years now


I always wondered who lived in there.

I don't know if you'd say he's living there so much as incubating.  He'll hatch any day now.
9250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / juniordian on: September 07, 2007, 01:58:45 PM
juniordan, I see you've started posting at Quarter to Three.  You may have capitalized the J and the D this time in your Qt3 username, but it will do you no good.  You are not "Junior Dan."  For all these years I've seen your username, and for all years to come, your name will be the same as I first interpreted it: "juniordian."  It's pronounced: joo-nee-OR-dee-an.  I don't know why you don't usually see that second "I" in your name, but it's there.

If you ask the mods there, it might not be too late to fix your Qt3 name.
9251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Bringing the Funny] Heads up! DM of the Rings is ending on: September 07, 2007, 12:38:07 PM
Yeah this has been a great ride.  Some of the facial expressions he captured were just priceless.  I'm curious about this new "Chainmail Bikini" endeavor he announced as his next project, but I'm a bit disappointed the rumors about Star Wars getting the DM of the Rings treatment turned out to be false.
9252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 07, 2007, 12:44:37 AM

Quote from: Chaz on September 06, 2007, 10:21:04 PM

Anyone else from the Boston area want to come to the Boston show with me in November?

Got a lot going on that month but I'll keep an eye on the date.
9253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fantasy Wars & Galactic Assault [TBS Fans] on: September 06, 2007, 02:36:51 PM
Yeah, what about the Combat Mission series?
9254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: September 06, 2007, 12:39:50 PM
So this is finally seeing the light of day?  Very excited about this one, hope it turns out good.  The trailer sure looks purty.
9255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 09:01:25 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 08:47:17 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on September 05, 2007, 08:15:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:43:39 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 05, 2007, 06:13:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:03:23 PM

I'm more and more inclined to abort this pre-order.

Just because of the Grateful Dead optional download, or did those other 4 new songs fall flat for you as well?

New songs. And none of the DLC really makes me excited.  Not for 200.00.

If you already have GH 2 for the 360, it shouldn't cost you $200.

Unless you want the 10 fret version...

Which would still be <$100

You know, I wish they'd just go ahead and announce some official prices already, sheesh!
9256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 07:02:51 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 05, 2007, 06:59:13 PM

end up being perceived as a 'tard pack. 

Not a bad band name, hmm...
9257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 06:53:57 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:43:39 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 05, 2007, 06:13:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:03:23 PM

I'm more and more inclined to abort this pre-order.

Just because of the Grateful Dead optional download, or did those other 4 new songs fall flat for you as well?

New songs. And none of the DLC really makes me excited.  Not for 200.00.

What about for $50-80?  I wonder if most people are going to see the peripherals as an all or nothing sort of thing as you do.  If you don't like any of the songs, nothing will save the game for you, but if you thought the songs were ok then why not buy just your favorite instrument (or your GHIII guitar if you have one) and go online to play with people who have the other pieces?

Why do you feel like you'll buy either the full package or nothing at all? 
9258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: September 05, 2007, 06:31:16 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 05, 2007, 06:17:56 PM

And Bioshock is up. biggrin

Excellent review. Goofy, but funny.

Any spoilers in it?
9259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 06:13:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:03:23 PM

I'm more and more inclined to abort this pre-order.

Just because of the Grateful Dead optional download, or did those other 4 new songs fall flat for you as well?
9260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLM Download Question on: September 05, 2007, 06:08:35 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 05, 2007, 06:01:18 PM

You could log into a buddy's Xbox with your gamertag and download all your crap onto it?  I would think they wouldn't allow that.

I think if it's downloaded onto a box it wasn't originally downloaded to, you need to be logged into your Live account to be able to run it.
9261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercs 2 delayed until Q2 08?! on: September 05, 2007, 05:34:21 PM
Excellent!  My purchasing schedule for this holiday season is starting to look pretty manageable!
9262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 05:32:53 PM
Other songs announced as well:


  # Celebrity Skin - Hole
  # I Think I'm Paranoid - Garbage
  # Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  # Wave of Mutilation - The Pixies
9263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many pilots or pilots-to-be do we have here? on: September 05, 2007, 05:31:45 PM
Since I already posted kronovan and Interloper's cockpits, I guess it's only fair I post a photograph of juniordan's as well:



Kidding aside, I believe computer game flight simulators really do give you a head start when trying to fly real-life planes; I know it made a difference in my own training.  Besides just starting with a better understanding of the mechanics of how stick & rudder controls work, since games like Fly! let you interact with pretty much every button and switch in the cockpit I even started my lessons knowing which switches went to which lights and how to dial in the VOR.
9264  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Post count padding on: September 05, 2007, 05:08:45 PM


One!



Two!
9265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So they're making us choose... on: September 05, 2007, 02:40:21 PM
Quote
She weighs 150 kilograms and fires $200 custom tooled cartridges at 10,000 rounds per minute.  It costs $400,000 to fire this weapon for twelve seconds.  AHAHhhahahahHAAHAH!!

Oh my god, who touched Sasha?!   WHO TOUCHED MY GUN?

No contest, gotta go with Team Fortress 2. smile

9266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Attention Parents: Another Mattel Recall on: September 05, 2007, 12:39:14 PM
Has The Onion done a take on this yet?
9267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many pilots or pilots-to-be do we have here? on: September 05, 2007, 03:35:30 AM

Quote from: Interloper on September 04, 2007, 11:28:28 PM

FYI, airlines are hurting in a bad way for pilots.  If you ever wanted to pursue it professionally, now is the time.  The training has become so bloody expensive that the supply is quickly drying up.

It's real interesting to hear your story of a civilian path to commercial flight.  The instructors that I talked to when I was flying all really stressed to me what an uphill battle it is for civilian pilots versus ex-air force pilots, but they did say the balance was shifting away from military.

I was taking my lessons with the idea of making it a career, but when my training was cut short it was hard to get it going again, and I moved on to other things.  It's still a very tempting idea, but I think the current plan is to somehow make lots of money to be able to just fly recreationally. smile

It's alluring to hear you say that it's a great time to pursue a professional career.  Like you say, it gets in your blood; I really miss it.  Largely I really thrived on how much was going on at once.  Even in a little 152 there were so many things to pay attention to at once: looking for traffic, finetuning the throttle, the trim, scanning the gauges, monitoring the radio, adjusting the VOR, and on and on.  A busy one hour flight could leave me feeling like I just drove 8 hours, and I loved it.

I'm looking at my old flight school's website and it doesn't look like the 152 rental price has gone up too too much; I shudder to think what the fuel would cost now, though.
9268  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many pilots or pilots-to-be do we have here? on: September 05, 2007, 03:19:13 AM

Quote from: kronovan on September 04, 2007, 10:23:11 PM

Wonderpug, those are awesome pictures.
. . .
I'm amazed that you're allowed to take photos from the cockpit, my instructors real old school -ex CDN Forces Air command pilot- and there's no way he'd allow it.

The first two are just from the internet, and the third is from Interloper himself. smile
9269  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Post count padding on: September 04, 2007, 10:07:42 PM
I disagree with this post.
9270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many pilots or pilots-to-be do we have here? on: September 04, 2007, 09:26:41 PM
After hearing about kronovan training in a Skyhawk, and Interloper apparently flying commercial(?), I was curious just how many pilots we've got around on the forums.

I've got just 35-40 hours or so logged mostly in a Cessna 152, with occasional flights in a 172 or a 182.  I got up to my solo certification in the training, and was about to do my solo cross-country when a series of bad weather timing and an unavoidable apartment move left the license hanging.  I flew out of the Santa Monica Airport, which I have to say is a pretty beautiful area to learn how to fly, and the large amount of traffic you get for flying pressed against LAX's airspace gives great (but tough) experience you'd have a harder time getting with less traffic out in the boonies.

The 152 I flew in basically shoves you into the lap of your instructor:


kronovan, in his 172R, gets a tad bit more elbow room:


Something tells me we're not getting quite the same experience in our Cessnas that Interloper gets in his Embraer:


For those of you who're curious about flying but have never tried it....try it!  I'm sure prices have gone up in the past 5 years, but you used to be able to go on a demo flight at most flight schools for under $100.  You'd get to sit in the pilot's seat, have a scenic 30-45 minutes or so in the air, and spend the majority of the time controlling the plane yourself with the instructor's guidance.  It's really a great, great experience.

So do we have anyone else with some hours logged?
9271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Disputing a hotel charge? on: September 04, 2007, 08:38:48 PM

Quote from: Austin on September 04, 2007, 08:31:06 PM

I've never had much trouble just getting the hotel to credit the charge. 

Seriously.  If they give you guff just get on the phone and whine until they let you talk to a manager and then whine some more and they'll give in.
9272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your [other] hobbies on: September 04, 2007, 08:29:01 PM
Music - Mainly practicing guitar, dabbling with a trumpet, clarinet, and violin.  If I had a piano it would get as much time as the guitar.

Languages - My goal is to have basic conversational skills in at least 6 languages by the time I'm 30.  I've got some basic rusty German already, Japanese is going well and continuing to grow, and Spanish and Tagalog are next on the to-do list.

Cooking - Besides the basic learning of new recipes as I cook to feed myself and my fiancee, I'm working on building a bigger repertoire of techniques so that I can go all Iron Chef/Top Chef when I entertain friends.

Crafts - I like learning how to do things I don't know how to do, last endeavors were learning to crochet and knit.  Man card be damned, I'm probably going to try and knit my close friends some stuff for their new baby on the way.

Running - Currently training for my first race: a half-marathon.  Tempted to thinking about the Boston Marathon as the following goal, but one step at a time, no pun intended.

Reading - wide range of fiction and non-fiction catches my fancy

Bowling - I was in a "Pizza & Beer" league for a year and had an absolute blast.  Went from bowling a 125 at the start to bowling 200-220 at the end of the season, winning me the "most improved" award.  As soon as I manage to get my ball back from California I'll be back to the lanes as soon as I can.

Movies - I love joining the opening night crowds.

Racing - On the to-do list, trying to get more into the autocross circuit.  A good friend of mine is an officer in the Upstate NY chapter, but I've been lazy about investigating the Massachusetts offerings.

Flying - Also on the to-do list, I had a solo flight certificate and around 35-40 hours flight time logged some years back but I didn't get to finish the actual Private Pilot License.  When I've got a bit more disposable income I'll be finishing this up pronto.

Model Construction - Haven't made one in a long time, but I'd love to get back into the habit.  I've got a big Cessna model that's at least a 1/10 scale that I've been itching to do for a while.  I took a bunch of reference photos of the plane I trained on so that I can paint the model the same way.

Shooting - My fiancee will kill me, but I'm going to start going to the range in the next year or so.  I just have to gather up the courage to wade through all the Massachusetts red tape to get a gun license.

Writing - My goal is to get some kind of short story or novel published.  Long term goal, but lately I've been doing more research into various writing & publishing guides to get a better sense of how to tackle this.

Backpacking/Camping/Hiking - Did a lot more of this when I was still in California, but I'll be doing more of it for sure once I manage to bring some more of my equipment over to Boston.

Travel - I lugged my car all the way from California to Boston, so I damn well better get some real use out of it here.  We've done excursions to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, but we really want to see more of Western Mass., CT, and Rhode Island.  A trip to Washington D.C. has a high priority as well, I really want to finally see the Natural History Museum, the Air & Space Museum, and the new Air & Space Annex they have at the airport.
9273  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: The print icon looks like an old man with a beard & tophat and it's freaky on: September 04, 2007, 07:42:57 PM
Here you go: 
9274  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: The print icon looks like an old man with a beard & tophat and it's freaky on: September 04, 2007, 07:39:28 PM
1808 users using SMF Default Theme
112 users using BlackDay

94% of us have no idea what you're talking about. smile
9275  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Post count padding on: September 04, 2007, 03:26:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 04, 2007, 03:25:41 PM

Quote from: Austin on September 04, 2007, 03:24:48 PM

Oh sure.  Now I'll probably get blamed for this derail.  Thanks guys; thanks a lot.  mad

ME too!

+1

QFT
9276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Food] Favorite cheese? on: September 04, 2007, 03:03:49 PM
I love just about any cheese, but if I had to pick some top favorites:

Brie.  I love brie.  Also pretty much any other similar soft cheese.  There's this brie/gorgonzola sort of blend that I had the other day that was just fantastic.
Goat cheese is wonderful in just about any form.  There's this tapas place in Boston that does this delicious baked goat cheese dish, mmm...
Swiss Lorraine is excellent and a favorite of mine for sandwiches.
Pepperjack is my favorite for burgers.

You really can't go wrong, though.  I'm not sure if I've ever met a cheese I didn't like.

By the way there's this restaurant chain in California called Max's Opera Cafe.  They've got this "ultimate grilled cheese" sandwich that has brie, havarti, and muenster melting everywhere, as well as bacon and tomato.  It must be about 2000 calories, but oh man is it delicious.
9277  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Post count padding on: September 04, 2007, 01:59:17 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 04, 2007, 01:53:31 PM

Quote from: Austin on September 04, 2007, 01:41:43 PM

I disagree with the original poster.

Me, too!

first!

+1

QFT

fixed
9278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where is your Armageddon Empires thread? Cause this game is excellent... on: September 04, 2007, 02:04:03 AM
The UI change and the gameplay additions all look excellent.

One piece of advice for newcomers to the game: Vic implemented the "F" key as a sort of catch all button to move through many of the basic click-through screens.  It's much quicker and easier than moving the mouse cursor around for so many activities.  Combined with using WASD for moving the map around and spacebar to open/close the deck, it really speeds up the gameplay.
9279  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Fast Have You Driven in Your Current Car? on: September 03, 2007, 09:04:19 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 01, 2007, 05:21:51 PM

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Yamaha R1 - 191mph (Motorway)

You realize that planes don't even need that kinda speed to take flight, right?  That had to have been crazy!

Can't help the derail, but the old little Cessna 152 I used to fly could take off at 65mph or so. smile
9280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: September 03, 2007, 11:23:39 AM
Hey cool, glad I'm not the only one that's gonna be late late late to the Gears party.  I'm still holding out on buying it until I get my HDTV in a couple months.
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