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9241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 13, 2007, 03:22:36 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 13, 2007, 03:18:42 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 13, 2007, 03:13:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 13, 2007, 03:00:04 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 13, 2007, 01:10:22 PM

I'm reminded of "Captain Power".  You remember that show?  You'd watch the show but you could shoot the guys in their bright reflective vests.  Yea, it was lame, but it was the first attempt at 'interactive' TV.

Now that you mention it I do remember it vaguely....wouldn't have had you not brought it up.  Never got into it.

How did they do that thing with the ejecting the guy? Was it special radio waves? 

The ship was essentially a light gun.  The rear of the bad guy ships on the TV show would flash a bright red--if you shot at that color you'd get a point, and I think you needed 20 points to "win" the show.  When the bad guy ships would shoot it would flash like a bright yellow or something; you had to "dodge" your ship away from those lights or the light sensor would register a damage hit, and you'd lose a life.  I think you could get hit 5 times before you lost the game, and your guy would be ejected out of the cockpit.

I think that's entirely wrong.  The correct answer is: Black Magicks.

Well, if you go off of the old commercials you can find on youtube, the VHS tape would make bad special effectz lazerz slowly emerge from of your TV screen, which you had to block with your horrible 80s style mullet.
9242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 13, 2007, 03:13:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 13, 2007, 03:00:04 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 13, 2007, 01:10:22 PM

I'm reminded of "Captain Power".  You remember that show?  You'd watch the show but you could shoot the guys in their bright reflective vests.  Yea, it was lame, but it was the first attempt at 'interactive' TV.

Now that you mention it I do remember it vaguely....wouldn't have had you not brought it up.  Never got into it.

How did they do that thing with the ejecting the guy? Was it special radio waves? 

The ship was essentially a light gun.  The rear of the bad guy ships on the TV show would flash a bright red--if you shot at that color you'd get a point, and I think you needed 20 points to "win" the show.  When the bad guy ships would shoot it would flash like a bright yellow or something; you had to "dodge" your ship away from those lights or the light sensor would register a damage hit, and you'd lose a life.  I think you could get hit 5 times before you lost the game, and your guy would be ejected out of the cockpit.
9243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] New Smash Brothers info? on: August 13, 2007, 01:38:33 PM
This game is going to be so much fun, Solid Snake vs. Pokemon Trainer?  Hilarious.
9244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 13, 2007, 01:24:57 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 13, 2007, 01:10:22 PM

Yea, it was lame awesome, but it was the first attempt at 'interactive' TV.

Forum must've messed up your post, very strange.  It was a TV show that could make your Captain Power action figure eject out of his ship!  How can you beat that?  You can't!  It's unbeatable!
9245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/13) on: August 13, 2007, 01:22:04 PM
Quote
Metroid® (NES®, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 500 Wii Points): The first installment of the immensely successful Metroid series introduces us to the hideous title creatures and the slick, cybernetic bounty hunter Samus Aran. As Samus, your mission is to penetrate the space pirates' home planet, Zebes, and keep them from destroying the galaxy with the dangerous life forms known as Metroids. Metroid has all the high-tech weaponry, creepy tunnels and crawly alien creatures that anyone could ask for. With its deep and complex game play, excellent music and a rare sense of setting, it establishes a frightening ambience that will haunt and entertain you for a very long time.

Shining in the Darkness™ (Sega Genesis, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): Dark Sol has vowed to reign over the enchanted Kingdom of Thornwood, and only you can stop him. Find the powerful Arms of Light and battle the deadly beasts that keep your people desperate and starving in this epic journey for peace. Roaming the dark Labyrinth, you'll seek out enemies and collect weapons, all of which will help you pass the test of the Ancients and become a shining knight. Get into the adventure with a stunning 3-D perspective, amazing cinematic views and fast-paced scrolling. You'll move from battle to battle, solving puzzles and discovering secret items in this engrossing struggle between good and evil.

Cratermaze™ (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, 600 Wii Points): Cratermaze is a comical action game set in a parallel world. While on a trip through time, you and your friends are confronted by Kublai, henchman to the evil Zenzombie. He traps your friends at separate points in the space-time continuum. Now you must fight your way through 60 rounds of mazes to save your friends. Dinosaurs, ninjas, robots and other enemies lurk within the mazes, spanning from primitive times to the future. Escape the enemies by digging holes to trap them in and then filling the holes to finish them off. Collect all the chests within the time limit to get the key and exit to the next round. With special items such as shovels and spring platforms, Cratermaze takes its game play to new heights, making for an unforgettable gaming experience.


I've gotta get Metroid, and I don't know anything about that Harvest Moon title for the DS, but if it's good I'll get that as well.  I'd get Persona 3 if it came in a non-suicide version.
9246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's August 13, 2007: What's Your GOTY? (pre-Fall AAA Classic) on: August 13, 2007, 01:07:32 PM
The first thing that came to mind was Puzzle Quest.  That really came out of nowhere and sucked up every second of my free time for a month.

For the rest of the year, though, Mass Effect and Rock Band are going to have to battle it out for the medal.
9247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Exercise Routine [help] on: August 13, 2007, 03:43:55 AM
I think he might want to take advantage of the gym he just joined. slywink

I would recommend making sure you the plan you choose is very achievable.  The best training schedule is the one you can maintain in the long run.  How about adding weight training 3 days a week to your Couch to 5k plan, alternating upper and lower body?

In addition, I recommend setting a short term goal.  Too many people say "ok, time to diet/exercise/whatever for the rest of my life, starting now," and the moment they lapse they've "failed" their goal.  Set a goal to stick to the training schedule and healthy diet for x months, or plan to run a 5k race by X date.  That way, you set yourself up for a string of successes, instead of having the only goal line be at the end of your life.
9248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mythos opens up on: August 12, 2007, 12:42:33 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 12, 2007, 12:20:59 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 11, 2007, 10:39:36 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on August 11, 2007, 10:21:10 PM

Other than being frustrated at trying to beat a certain character to unlock a certain class, I'm enjoying the game still.

Can someone give a spoiler post on the unlockable class (or any other unlockables).  I'm just starting out and am curious what there is to shoot for so far in the game.

they're talking about Tales of the World, not Mythos.  Unless you're talking about Tales of the World, and not Mythos.

Ah, I was accidentally talking about Mythos and not Tales of the World to someone talking about Tales of the World and not Mythos, but thankfully you came along to talk about talking about Tales of the World and not Mythos and talking about Mythos and not Tales of the World.

All clear now.
9249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mythos opens up on: August 11, 2007, 10:39:36 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on August 11, 2007, 10:21:10 PM

Other than being frustrated at trying to beat a certain character to unlock a certain class, I'm enjoying the game still.

Can someone give a spoiler post on the unlockable class (or any other unlockables).  I'm just starting out and am curious what there is to shoot for so far in the game.
9250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can a GBA SP Link to a DS Lite? on: August 11, 2007, 10:24:26 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on August 11, 2007, 03:58:36 PM

Argh. These plot twists are killing me. tear

Thanks for the info, though.

Sounds like the only way to make transfers is to get a hold of another GBA SP.

I'm almost certain the link cable works with the Gamecube's Gameboy Player as well.
9251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 11, 2007, 03:52:44 AM
I had and loved the Black Falcon's Fortress for the longest time, but longed for a 2nd castle.  Some years later, my wish was granted, and it was a very very happy birthday.

The battles between these two mighty factions were fierce indeed:



If I remember correctly, the Black Falcons had experience on their side, but the King's Mountain troops had superior technology.  (Crossbows!  Swivelly visors on the helmets!  Segmented trees!)
9252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can a GBA SP Link to a DS Lite? on: August 11, 2007, 03:45:15 AM
Are you sure about this?  I could've sworn Pokemon D/P only allowed for one way transfers from the GBA to the DS, never to return.
9253  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Odin Sphere (PS2) on: August 10, 2007, 09:52:41 PM
Next in line if Ed falls through!
9254  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Whoa! ...BFG.....sweetness on replacement card on: August 10, 2007, 05:58:58 PM
BFG's always been good to me as well.  I do my best to reward good companies with as much repeat business as I can.
9255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Home may completely replace the XMB on: August 10, 2007, 05:15:20 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 10, 2007, 05:13:17 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on August 10, 2007, 04:59:28 PM

Home seems so useless.

I agree, I thought it sounded useless from the moment the first details were revealed. Why do we need such a complicated online user interface? Just copy XBL and replace all the Xbox/MS stuff with PS3/Sony and your set.

Spoiler for Hiden:
(I don't think we're the target market for Home.)
9256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 10, 2007, 05:06:40 PM
It has to be said: 2003 Indanapolis Colts Jr. Cheerleaders?!

Also: no idea where the grey Shockwave comes from.
9257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: August 10, 2007, 05:02:22 PM
This terrible, terrible GamePro preview has some Rock Band info that was new to me:

  • BOSS effects confirmed for the 5-way effects switch
  • "downloads each week following the release of the game"
  • "MTV and Universal put together a music advisory board, headed up by the E Street Band's Little Steven, to spearhead selection of future tracks and albums, including downloadable music"
  • 41 venues
  • real-life arenas famous for hosting a history of rock
  • "Complete list of venues:" (I don't get how this adds to 41)     * Boston Area, with three confirmed venues: Charles Pub, in Somerville, The Establishment in Cambridge, and Hancock Theatre in Boston
        * New York
        * Chicago
        * L.A.
        * Seattle
        * San Francisco
        * London
        * Paris
        * Amsterdam
        * Berlin
        * Stockholm
        * Rome
        * Tokyo
        * Sydney
        * Reykjavik
        * Rio de Janeiro
        * Moscow
.
Any fellow Bostonians know if the Charles Pub and The Establishment are real places?  If not, I wonder if they're imitations of Orleans in Somerville and River Gods in Cambridge, since both places have been hosting regular Guitar Hero nights.
9258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 hands on preview on: August 10, 2007, 03:56:36 PM
Agreed.  I was far far on the Total Annihilation side of the Starcraft vs. Total Annihilation wars, but I have to say those gameplay videos look amazing.  I just wish Blizzard wasn't so in favor of micromanagement (peon pushing, manually circle strafing the Terran's giant walker, etc.) because just about everything else I see looks incredibly fun.
9259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another Wii update(a better one...metroid) on: August 10, 2007, 02:08:54 PM
Demos?  You're not sure what these "Metroid" and "Super Metroid" games are all about? slywink
9260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gay Gamer hacked on: August 10, 2007, 02:03:22 PM
Man, what a gentile.
9261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gay Gamer hacked on: August 10, 2007, 01:19:48 PM
Pick some characteristic of yourself (your ethnic background, your education level, your income level, your religion) and imagine that in the gaming world just about everyone ridicules anyone with that characteristic.  Almost every online game and online forum not only ridicules people like you, your characteristic has become a general insult to throw at anyone who is stupid or annoying.

Even if your characteristic has absolutely nothing to do with gaming, couldn't you see yourself welcoming the sight of little corner of the gaming world where you can find others that are going through the same thing as you?  Where you can talk about games and meet up to play games free from prejudiced people insulting those with your characteristic?
9262  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: God programs the Earth on: August 09, 2007, 07:47:52 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 09, 2007, 07:31:54 PM

Cute. For whatever reason though, the entire process sets off Firefox's auto-spellcheck. God spelled Unrecognizable at one point. biggrin

Could God create word so confusing even He could not spell it correctly? slywink
9263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid Prime Corruption - 3 weeks from now?! on: August 09, 2007, 07:07:16 PM
What's the final word in retrospect for Metroid Prime 2?  I played and liked #1, but skipped #2 because I think at the time there were lackluster reviews and impressions.  Worth hunting down to play in preparation for #3?
9264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 09, 2007, 07:02:05 PM
Woo!  I love Transformer geek fights!

The Targetmasters were a stretch, but the little guys in the toy pairs do indeed transforme from robots to guns.  Although Galvatron only turns into a cannon in the movies, the toy did have a gun mode, though I admit it's goofy looking:


I agree that Quickswitch and Sixshot don't really look like anything in any of their modes (though I owned both and really liked SixShot when I was a kid), they do indeed each have gun forms as one of their six options.

And I know he might not be modelled on a real world gun, but Shockwave sure looks like he'd be fair to classify as a gun:
9265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 09, 2007, 06:05:32 PM
Woo!  Predaking!  He was like the only "combine to form big guy" Transformer I had the full set for.  I've still got him, Scorpinox, and an inherited damaged Fortress Maximus in storage. smile
9266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek movie - Spock is cast on: August 09, 2007, 05:49:25 PM

Quote from: jimmyorr99 on August 09, 2007, 04:21:57 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 09, 2007, 06:10:15 AM

They've now cast Chekov as well, and they're also casting for the other major players - McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, and Sulu. 
I like Anton Yelchin, but isn't he a little young for this? Damon is in his mid/late 30s, Quinto in his mid 20s, and isn't Yelchin 18?

Unless this was part of original Star Trek lore, I never really paid attention to the ages.

Now look what you've gone and made me do.

Birthyears, in order:
2222 - Scotty
2227 - Bones
2232 - Spock
2233 - Kirk
2237 - Sulu
2239 - Uhura
2245 - Chekov

2265-2269 - Five year mission
9267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 09, 2007, 05:44:01 PM
I'll go ahead and post Starshifter's for him.






Spoiler for Hiden:
(It's a zipper.)
9268  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 09, 2007, 05:08:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 09, 2007, 04:58:09 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on August 09, 2007, 04:45:40 PM

I wanted that Transformer that turned into a gun.

How could you not know that was Megatron you pop culturally deficient rapscallion!

How do you know he's not talking about Shockwave, Sixshot, Galvatron, Quickswitch, or any of the Targetmasters, hmm?  Who's the rapscallion now?
9269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 09, 2007, 02:37:32 PM
The first ones that come to mind are:





le sigh.

Other contenders:  The big-rig truck for MASK, the main base for Sky Commanders, the main bad guy spaceship for [what the hell was the name of those spaceship toys that had action figures with magnets in their feet so they could stick to certain parts of the ship?], the NERF fencing swords, a rubber band shooting gatling gun made out of wood (to go with the pair of rubber band 6-shooters I had), too many LEGO toys to count, oh yeah and:



I'm pretty sure I "had to have" all of those.  I guess toy marketing worked on me!
9270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD: 30% of Xbox 360 Owners Aware of HD Graphics on: August 09, 2007, 01:51:31 PM
While I believe that a huge percentage of the market is still clueless about how HD works, my skepticism about these NPD polls is through the roof: Also according to NPD, 53 percent of DS users and likely purchasers know about the dual-screen.

That's just crazy talk.
9271  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A great POTBS overview on: August 09, 2007, 01:44:30 PM
Well, it looks like (at 5 weeks since I won the contest and counting!  No, not bitter at all!) things are starting to move forward.  On the forums a dev made a post that they would be sending notices this week to people whose dxdiag system specs weren't up to snuff.  Sounds like they're going to try and get the 10,000 player push done soon. (I hope.)
9272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need your help guys [POLL] on: August 09, 2007, 01:14:53 PM
Some people are concerned about the toxicity of anti-perspirants, as well as the whole thing about your sweat glands getting clogged and Alzheimer's something something cancer something something.

Anti-perspirant for me, though.
9273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you know Street Fighter? We'll see... on: August 08, 2007, 04:56:22 PM
Fun, but if we're scored on entry speed would it have killed them to let us enter our answers without using the mouse?
9274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: official 360 price cuts on: August 08, 2007, 02:13:16 PM

Quote from: Crux on August 08, 2007, 01:46:47 PM

Son of a bitch. I bought my 360 on July 8th. They make the price cuts effective August 8th. One day after my 30 day price match from Circuit City expired.

How many scruples do you have?  You could buy a 2nd 360, return it unopened for a full price refund using the 1st receipt, then pricematch the 2nd receipt for the price drop.
9275  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Rock Band Bundle $200.00 shipped at Amazon on: August 08, 2007, 02:51:10 AM
GHII guitar will work for Rock Band, I don't know if Red Octane has officially said whether they were allowing the RB guitar to work on GHIII.
9276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] 60GB PS3 for $349! on: August 07, 2007, 05:51:50 PM
I was under the impression that it screwed up your credit (at least in the short term) to sign up and immediately cancel credit cards.  No?
9277  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: RROD sticky thread? on: August 07, 2007, 05:02:24 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 07, 2007, 04:56:20 PM

Red Ring of Death... are we referring to bad mexican food?

I think it's a goatse reference.
9278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: August 07, 2007, 04:06:59 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 07, 2007, 03:47:53 PM

How does this game compare to something like Disgaea?

Similar to how Spy Hunter compares to Bump'N'Jump? slywink

Disgaea is an RPG, but it's not a 1st person dungeon crawl; it's a strategy RPG along the lines of Final Fantasy Tactics.
9279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: official 360 price cuts on: August 07, 2007, 01:41:39 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on August 07, 2007, 05:24:14 AM

Quote
Plus, the Halo 3 Special Edition Console price has been announced as $399.99

$50 for an HDMI port? Blech.

It does come with a Play'N'Charge kit as well, but yeah.
9280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo 3 - Where is it?! on: August 07, 2007, 12:59:58 PM
Judging from history: Console division project to be announced 2008, to be canned 2009.
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