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9281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Community: I need your help. on: August 14, 2007, 05:29:57 PM
Trading Forum?  Go straight to the big subforums and get the cause noticed.  I'm pretty sure nobody here will mind. smile
9282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HDTV recommendations for console gaming on: August 14, 2007, 04:52:28 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on August 14, 2007, 04:40:17 PM

There are more things than just 1080p vs 720p which determines how good a TV picture is.

It's still a valid question, though.  The smaller the TV, the less important it is to have 1080p over 720p.
9283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 14, 2007, 02:47:11 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 14, 2007, 02:43:27 PM

Man, I really need to rebuy a PSP.

ditto, but I'm holding out for the Slim. 
9284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy - year 2029 edition on: August 14, 2007, 01:48:15 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 14, 2007, 02:49:16 AM

I have (er.. I mean my nephew has) that nerf gun and it is pretty cool.  Shoots with some serious force. 

Have you considered venturing into the land of Nerf gun modification?  Some of the mods I've seen on the internet look like they could launch a nerf dart through a frozen turkey.
9285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock Demo on XBLM on: August 14, 2007, 12:06:59 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on August 13, 2007, 11:12:55 PM

Opening part with the crash and the elevator ride just changed this from a rental to a purchase.  I need surround sound!!!

My thoughts exactly, including the desire to buy a surround sound system just for this game.
9286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying for the rest of the month? (August) on: August 14, 2007, 12:06:10 AM
Thanks to the demo, Bioshock just moved out of the wait and see category and into the day 1 purchase category.
9287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need your help guys [POLL] on: August 13, 2007, 10:10:52 PM
Well despite a 20 minute period where I smelled something like soapy wheat that I thought might be me, I think the Tom's of Maine deodorant did just fine for it's first day at the office.

Now for test #2: a 4.5 mile run followed by a half hour of weightlifting.
9288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's August 13, 2007: What's Your GOTY? (pre-Fall AAA Classic) on: August 13, 2007, 10:02:30 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 13, 2007, 09:40:12 PM

Quote from: Eightball on August 13, 2007, 09:10:03 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 13, 2007, 07:11:46 PM

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - Mitch demands I buy this title.  *shrug*  Looks like an improved Just Cause.

Bite your tongue,  heathen.  I loved Mercenaries, and couldn't stand Just Cause at all.  I hope it's more an improved mercenaries than an improved Just Cause....because anything would be an improvement over that steaming pile...

Educate me.  Looks like free-form, hijack anything, go anywhere, blow anything up, help the factions gameplay.  Am I missing something?

Since Just Cause was an imitation of Mercenaries 1, I don't think so.
9289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock Demo on XBLM on: August 13, 2007, 07:18:09 PM

Quote from: Louis Cypher on August 13, 2007, 07:13:10 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on August 13, 2007, 05:59:50 PM

Quote from: Arclight on August 13, 2007, 02:09:12 PM

Yeah, got it first thing this morning. Fun demo. I'm not a FPS nut, but I do enjoy a well made one.
Atmosphere seems right on.......Visuals are nice but not Wowie wowie nice...

But......

It's a demo........All in all, I think it's a first day purchase...My only concern is how long it plays...

You've got to be kidding me. This is the best looking game on Xbox 360 yet period. Blows Gears of War out of the water imo.

It looks good, but it doesn't blow Gears out of the water

Of the two, at the end of the day which one still takes place in the water?

Game. Set. Match.
9290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HDTV recommendations for console gaming on: August 13, 2007, 06:55:39 PM

Quote from: Pong on August 13, 2007, 06:46:26 PM

I think one of the main factors is really how much you intend to spend.
Personally I can't afford more than ~$1200 so I have to live with 720p I think.

Don't despair, there's already been some 1080p sets under $1200.
9291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In other words... on: August 13, 2007, 05:45:00 PM
For those wary of descriptionless links: It's a Daily Show segment.
9292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need your help guys [POLL] on: August 13, 2007, 05:27:38 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 13, 2007, 05:15:02 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 13, 2007, 05:11:46 PM

Experiment time.

We'll see what I smell like by the end of the day.

Test it at the local transit station. Sit beside people. Also brush your teeth, we don't want false positives. (oh, and no urine-stained pants either). smile

My real life test trumps an ordinary local transit station.  I take Boston's Green Line home, and the Red Sox have home games for the next 3 days.  That means a shoulder to shoulder sardine packed train with broken A/C, and an arm held high to hold the handrail.  Fear me.
9293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy - year 2029 edition on: August 13, 2007, 05:24:03 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on August 13, 2007, 04:06:08 PM

Think about it.  It's all about the video games now.

You didn't read the instructions in the first paragraph!

Seriously though, I figured video games would be the primary toy of today, but surely there's some new generation of merchandise-pushing cartoons that has kids begging, no?  Perhaps Spider-Man, X-men, or Pirates of the Caribbean related toys?
9294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/13) on: August 13, 2007, 05:17:04 PM

Quote from: Frogstar on August 13, 2007, 01:42:51 PM

I'm going to get Madden for the Wii (my son really wants that one). 

For me, I think it'll be Rune Factory, which appears to be Harvest Moon with a splash of Monster Rancher (one of my all-time favorites) thrown in.  There is a nice review here http://www.gamebrink.com/nintendo-ds/1708-Rune_Factory_Shin_Bokujou_Monogatari-reviews-1.html (It's a review of the Japanese import).

So it's Harvest Moon, but adding some sort of hack'n'slash dungeon crawling where you can capture monsters to slaughter for their delicious meat?  That sounds awesome!
9295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need your help guys [POLL] on: August 13, 2007, 05:11:46 PM
Experiment time.

My anti-perspirant ran out, so I thought I'd give a go with a deodorant sans anti-perspirant.  I searched the shelves for one specifically omitting any kind of aluminum.  The only one I found: Tom's of Maine.  Skepticism meter raised +1.  I figure I should give this hippie deodorant every advantage I could, so I got the "extra long lasting" version.  I got unscented, because I didn't particularly feel like smelling of lavender or lilac.

On the label: "NEW!  Now with hops!"  Well shit, if it's got HOPS, how can it go wrong?  What could 20% aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex do that couldn't be accomplished with HOPS?!  Skepticism meter up +1.

I put it on this morning and it sort of created a foamy lather: Another +1 to Skepticism.

Just got back from lunch.  Walked about 2 miles total, 83°, 50% humidity.  Not super hot, but humid enough to feel hot at the end of the walk.

We'll see what I smell like by the end of the day.
9296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / That One Toy - year 2029 edition on: August 13, 2007, 04:00:29 PM
Most of the toys in ATB's That One Toy thread hail from circa 1985, about 22 years ago.  So what are today's toys that today's generation will reminisce about in 22 years?  (Let's keep video games out of the equation.)

I know we've got a number of forumers with kids who can give first hand information, but for my own submission I'm going to have to go on the toys I've seen that my inner child is pining after.

First up for me are the masterpiece edition Transformers.  I splurged on Optimus Prime and his trailer, but I would love to scrounge together some money for the Megatron and Starscream versions that have been released.  I suppose the fanciest versions (Legend edition?) of the new movie Transformers would be really neat to have, but when I was in a Toys R Us recently I could only find the low end "push a button to sorta transform" versions.

If I was a kid today I'll bet I'd still be begging for the latest and greatest LEGO sets.  The huge Star Wars collector editions are appealing to me now, but if I was 8 again I'll bet I'd want something like the Hogwart's Castle:



On the castle theme, I remember seeing these pre-built castle toys that looked really really neat.  The knight figurines didn't look poseable, but there seemed to be a huge selection of castles and units, and I think the catapults looked like they would really work.

I could also see myself asking Santa for the Nerf sniper rifle:



Or wow, look at this!  An interactive R2-D2!


So those of you with kids, what are they begging for that you know they'll probably never receive?  Those of you without, any toys out there now that you think you'd be ga-ga over if you were a kid again?
9297  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.
9298  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.
9299  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.
9300  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!
9301  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.
9302  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.
9303  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.
9304  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.
9305  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.
9306  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.
9307  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!)
9308  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.
9309  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!
9310  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.
9311  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.)
9312  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.
9313  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.
9314  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.
9315  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
9316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gay Gamer hacked on: August 10, 2007, 02:03:22 PM
Man, what a gentile.
9317  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?
9318  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
9319  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?
9320  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:
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