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9281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tom Chick disses GT! on: August 06, 2007, 08:51:50 PM
Sorry, you're still not special. Tongue

He's been so backed up with the vetting emails that he's just now abandoned that system and hit the on switch for everyone.  You've been let in alongside upstanding citizens like sexgirl and freeringtones. slywink
9282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nunchuck control issues on: August 06, 2007, 07:03:48 PM
If you had two nunchucks show the same problem, maybe it's the wiimote's problem.  Did you try using the same nunchuck on a different wiimote?
9283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London for Halloween on: August 06, 2007, 05:35:14 PM
Is there a handy dandy comparison chart to explain what I'm missing out on by not paying $10/month?
9284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/6) on: August 06, 2007, 05:17:54 PM

Quote from: Brendan on August 06, 2007, 05:02:41 PM

XBLA this week is Track & Field.  I'll whup Purge at the javelin.

Is that the one that had the POWER PAD on the NES?  Will the XBLA let you use the DDR pads or something?

Now I've got a hankerin' to play that old Microsoft Decathlon game.  Oh the memories.
9285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/6) on: August 06, 2007, 03:27:41 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on August 06, 2007, 03:04:08 PM

Wave Race was awesome. I loved that game but I have no urge to buy it again.

Wave Race is in the class of games that looked neat when I didn't own the system, and for some reason never really came down in price much to justify a purchase when I finally did own the system.  See also: Fantavision.
9286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/6) on: August 06, 2007, 03:01:36 PM
Quote
Wave Race® 64 (Nintendo® 64, 1-2 players, rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Take to the waves on your own personal watercraft and experience some of the best water effects in video game history. Choose one of four characters, each with his/her own unique abilities and style, and master the game's excellent controls. Make your way through nine courses, each with its own challenges. If the ramps, mines and hairpin turns aren't enough, you'll also have to deal with varying weather conditions that can make the water choppy or cover the course with fog. And if you ever feel like taking a break from racing, then try out Stunt Mode to polish your skills by pulling off handstands, rolls and more. Get good enough and you might even be able to ride a dolphin-just don't get seasick.

ADVENTURES OF LOLO™ (NES®, 1 player, rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): This was the first game in the Eggerland puzzle series to be released in North America. After the love of his life, Lala, is kidnapped by the Great Devil and taken to a haunted castle, our hero Lolo sets out to rescue her. The journey is perilous because the Great Devil's fortress is guarded by a massive army. But Lolo has a few tricks up his sleeve, including a Magic Shot that turns enemies into eggs and an Emerald Framer that shields him from attacks. Combining clever environmental puzzles with tricky enemies and an engaging style, ADVENTURES OF LOLO is a true classic.

GALAGA™ '90 (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points): This is an updated version of the classic arcade shooter Galaga. Set in the vast reaches of space, you will fight your way through all 29 rounds to reach the enemies' stronghold on Planet Galaga. Game levels consist of a few rounds with changing enemies and backgrounds. To top it off, the nostalgic "Galactic Dancing" lives on to mark the end of each level. With the new addition of dimensions, you can choose your attack route. Collect capsules and open dimension warps at branch sections to take on even tougher enemies. GALAGA '90's inclusion of the triple fighter, scrolling backgrounds, boss Galaga and even new system effects make it nothing less than a masterpiece.
9287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting in shape: Couch to 5k running plan - starting the third week on: August 06, 2007, 02:11:55 PM
Besides some weeks just being tougher and easier in the training progression, keep in mind that any running ability level you're going to have good days and bad days.  I know I had some parts of the Couch to 5k that took several weeks to conquer.  The most important part for me was just consistently getting out there 3-4 times a week, the progress would inevitably follow.

On a side note, Turtle, how would you feel if I posted my progress on my training for an October half-marathon?  Even though my Couch-to-5k experience was a year ago, this half-marathon training schedule starts with about a 5k requirement, so it's almost like "Round 2."

My progress through this training plan in many ways mirrors the highs and lows of moving through the C-to-5k plan, but I don't want to discourage you or in any way belittle your progress by posting about my higher mileage runs.
9288  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Rock Band - 200 bucks on: August 05, 2007, 09:59:52 PM
I won't be surprised if the price predictions are accurate, but there is that quote from a Harmonix rep that hinted that nothing out is official and that we "would be pleasantly surprised."  (or something along those lines.)
9289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhawk has gone gold (available on PSN or retail 8/28!) on: August 05, 2007, 09:06:45 PM
If reviews are favorable, this games makes me want a PS3 more than any other that's out or coming soon in the pipeline.
9290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Simpsons Movie on: August 05, 2007, 01:55:23 PM
Just saw it, liked it a lot.  I think it's fair to call it a long good episode with better animation.  Got to see it in a packed enthusiastic small $7 theater that serves beer, and it was money well spent.

Quote from: Purge on July 31, 2007, 12:14:39 PM

So in other words, shell out 20 bux to get a big Simpsons episode that they should have been making on TV anyways?

Spoiler for Hiden:
They make fun of themselves for it in like the first gag of the movie!
9291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Games skater falls 50 feet and walks away on: August 04, 2007, 08:26:58 PM
Oh, you doctors who see spinal injuries on a regular basis!  Always overreacting!
9292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Slim hands on video on: August 04, 2007, 12:36:30 AM
Are they really going to call it the PSP 2000?  PSP Slim is much snazzier, and has already caught on.

I'm a bit disappointed that when you're playing games on a TV you can't set the games to stretch and fill the whole screen.  (At least, that's how it looked when they put in the baseball game.)  I can see the reason for keeping the resolution the same, but for myself I think I'd rather have it bigger than crisper.
9293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eye of Judgement? on: August 03, 2007, 11:30:17 PM
I mean, I don't know how the camera would be able to differentiate from a real card or a card-sized printout.  I guess they could print a code unique to each individual card so that they could implement some kind of dupe protection, but that seems like a lot of work. 
9294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 delayed to Q2 2008 on: August 03, 2007, 06:20:57 PM
Uh oh, according to this Reuters article, GTA4 has been delayed to Q2 2008.
9295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eye of Judgement? on: August 03, 2007, 06:08:57 PM
It still seems like it'll only be a week before people put all the cards online to print out as counterfeits.  Good for people who just want to play the game, bad for the company that wants us to spend $100s on booster packs.
9296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eye of Judgement? on: August 03, 2007, 05:37:45 PM
You register your deck into the game beforehand, then game is in charge of "drawing" the next card (then you go search for the physical card the game "drew."
9297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Co-op RPGish games? on: August 03, 2007, 04:54:19 PM
Emphasizing the "ish" in RPGish, you could also consider Dynasty Warriors 4 which I believe has a co-op campaign.
9298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eye of Judgement? on: August 03, 2007, 03:24:52 PM
Penny-Arcade was the first I'd heard of it as well.  Sounds very interesting.  It reminds me of the really cool looking card controlled games strategy games I saw in the arcades in Japan:

but having 3d animation superimposed on the cards takes the gimmick even a step further.
9299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bourne Ultimatum Impressions on: August 03, 2007, 02:12:16 PM

Quote from: jimmyorr99 on August 03, 2007, 02:07:01 PM

Spoilers are welcome.

Spoiler warning in the thread title might be appropriate then. smile
9300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: To Catch A Predator.... on: August 03, 2007, 01:33:41 PM
When do they show anything that borders on entrapment on the show?  From what I've seen, the exerpts they choose to show from the chat logs show the bait saying, "I'm a girl" with the mark then replying, "Here's a picture of my penis!"
9301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 delayed to Q2 2008 on: August 03, 2007, 01:07:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 03, 2007, 01:04:11 PM

Now the world knows the pain of those of us who have been waiting for ME since 'June release'.

Meh, I'm still waiting for you to be patched.
9302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ms. Pac-Man running through the streets of New York on: August 03, 2007, 01:02:39 PM
I'm sure it's been done before, but if I was still living in the SF Bay Area I wouldn't be able to resist using that idea for the next Bay to Breakers race. 
9303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Co-op RPGish games? on: August 03, 2007, 01:58:50 AM
Buy a SNES on ebay and play Secret of Mana co-op.  It'll be worth the effort!
9304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ms. Pac-Man running through the streets of New York on: August 03, 2007, 01:36:54 AM
This is my new most favorite youtube video ever in the world.  Holy shit I haven't laughed that hard in a while.

RUN MS. PAC-MAN RUN!
9305  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A great POTBS overview on: August 02, 2007, 08:08:34 PM
Now at four weeks since winning the contest and...
*looking at my prize: "You are #10,000"
*looking at the display: "Now serving: #2,001"

Great promotion, Flying Lab!
9306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: what are the guests viewing? on: August 02, 2007, 07:01:05 PM
Yahoo spider      12:54:00 PM     Viewing Gratch's profile.

WE'RE BEING PROBED!
9307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sousaphone Hero: poor sales? on: August 02, 2007, 05:14:54 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 02, 2007, 04:56:22 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 02, 2007, 04:54:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 02, 2007, 04:04:26 PM

This is one franchise that needs to die.  It totally blows.

Stil, it's sad to see yet another rhythm game go down the tubas.

they should have gone ahead with the hot sax add-on.

No way that would get approved by the brass.
9308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sousaphone Hero: poor sales? on: August 02, 2007, 04:54:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 02, 2007, 04:04:26 PM

This is one franchise that needs to die.  It totally blows.

Stil, it's sad to see yet another rhythm game go down the tubas.
9309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Strikers Impressions on: August 02, 2007, 12:16:51 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on August 01, 2007, 10:46:37 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 01, 2007, 12:59:26 PM

Can you connect with a friend's Wii via friend code, and then pair up against strangers online?

that would be too awesome. Unfortunately it's you and a bud on the couch against two other people on the other side of the planet in the same room.

Aw, that's too bad.  I was hoping that with this ability announced for Rock Band that it might be the start of a new trend.

Still very tempting, first impressions overall seem to be very positive for Strikers.
9310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: End of the 360 Core? on: August 01, 2007, 11:28:13 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 01, 2007, 11:19:36 PM

And sadly, we'll see ten year olds in that pickup line accompanied by their oblivious parents.

While true, the line I saw for San Andreas was much....scarier.
9311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: End of the 360 Core? on: August 01, 2007, 10:25:46 PM

Quote from: Laner on August 01, 2007, 10:07:51 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 01, 2007, 06:39:45 PM

You guys aren't thinking like the general public.  Think of all the Core owners who have never used Live.  What do they need the hard drive for?

What if they try Live after a while (Silver is free, so why not?)  and find there's a lot of stuff they'd like to download, if they only had the room?
Of course that'll be the case for some people, but if someone less lazy than me can find that article that was floating around, millions of people aren't connecting their 360s online at all, not even for Silver access.

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If a $100 price difference scared them off of the Premium system, when their memory card fills up do you really think they'll choose a $90 hard drive over just buying another memory card for $25?

You're assuming that core purchasers will *never* have an extra $100, which isn't necessarily the case. $300 now and $100 down the road is more palatable for some than $400 up front.
Of course this is the case for many people as well.  I was just illustrating that while buying a hard drive is the blatantly obvious choice for us logically minded gamers who follow the industry in our spare time, there's a huge population of people that think very differently than us.  Walk by the preorder pickup line outside a Gamestop when Grand Theft Auto 4 is released and you'll get a peek at...the other side.
9312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]PGR4 limited by DVD size on: August 01, 2007, 06:58:22 PM
I think Bizarre Creations just got bitch-slapped!
9313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: End of the 360 Core? on: August 01, 2007, 06:39:45 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 01, 2007, 06:28:22 PM

Quote from: Laner on August 01, 2007, 06:15:50 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 31, 2007, 06:41:48 PM

Because you risk splintering the market.  Why piss off customers who invested in the Core unit by forcing them to spend some amount more for a HDD?
I'd be interested to know how many Core owners *don't* have a hard drive by this point... there can't be that many.

Exactly. Especially since the memory cards don't hold that much data (especially the ones released when the console launched).

You guys aren't thinking like the general public.  Think of all the Core owners who have never used Live.  What do they need the hard drive for?  If a $100 price difference scared them off of the Premium system, when their memory card fills up do you really think they'll choose a $90 hard drive over just buying another memory card for $25?
9314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]PGR4 limited by DVD size on: August 01, 2007, 05:35:43 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 01, 2007, 05:01:50 PM

why should it be? Don't they have light sensors?

Wouldn't that be a big "if" statement, like "If SUNNY=1; Goto TURN_THE_GODDAMNED_LIGHTS_OFF"?

I would think the textures for windows etc are pretty reusable ... I mean reflective translucent is reflective translucent regardless of the light intensity, right? I think they're talking about all of the textures for roads, buildings, barriers etc.

They should just license the Unreal 3 engine and mod the F#$% out of it. biggrin



If you're designing this storefront (from PGR1), do you design each and every one of the lights and signs as a light source to determine how much the merchandise, interior walls, and storefronts light up by day or by night, or do you just slap a whole new texture up for the building?  Multiply this by the number of buildings you see in a city-based racing game.
9315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Questions about Braces on: August 01, 2007, 03:40:06 PM

Quote from: javahead on August 01, 2007, 01:09:15 PM

Brush after every meal -- take the travel toothbrush to school and brush after lunch too -- and floss too, or all that money you spend will amount to nothing but more dental bills later.

I think the real kicker is to stick to using that retainer for years and years and years, or then all that money will amount to nothing.
9316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 8/1 new game trailers on: August 01, 2007, 03:03:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 01, 2007, 02:54:52 PM

The Indiana Jones one is hilarious!  icon_lol

Agreed, I think that was the most impressive of the four by far.
9317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Price drop confirmed? on: August 01, 2007, 02:24:57 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 01, 2007, 01:59:22 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 01, 2007, 02:33:56 AM

Anyone who buys the Core for $70 less than the Premium should be beaten senseless with it slywink

Buying the Core has exactly one use - if you intend to (pay too much for) buy the 120GB HD. Beyond that, it's a useless system that developers should not be forced to support anymore.

I agree that the Core is a waste of money, but don't forget the numbers of how many 360 owners have never taken it online--wasn't it even as high as 50% or more that have never connected to Live?  These people aren't using their drives for demos, patches, extra content, or XBLA games.  If the Core price advantage wasn't negated so much by the need for a memory card (and the inevitable increase in HDD-required games), the Core would really be all they need.
9318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]PGR4 limited by DVD size on: August 01, 2007, 02:17:29 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 01, 2007, 02:03:11 PM

Ehh..I think we will get to the point real soon where single dvd games will start seriously limiting developers for 360, I really do.

Real soon, as in...right now with PGR4 and GTA4?

Sony would be real smart to start paying developers to pack lots of extra content in the PS3 versions of cross-platform titles.  Imagine if it was Sony instead of Microsoft that paid Rockstar to create exclusive extra episodes, but included on the disc rather than being a download.  "With over 5 times the storage of standard DVD, blu-ray on the PS3 gives developers like Rockstar the ability to yap yap yap."

They're putting so much on the line to make blu-ray succeed, I don't get why they're not educating the public more on its advantages.
9319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Strikers Impressions on: August 01, 2007, 12:59:26 PM
Can you connect with a friend's Wii via friend code, and then pair up against strangers online?
9320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: P-DAY +2 (impressions/spoilers within) on: August 01, 2007, 03:44:23 AM
George is 500 lbs, he's 58 but looks 70, and he has at least 3 more books to write--keeping in mind that the last book took 5 years, the next book was already partially written and is still taking 3 years, and he's got an HBO miniseries to be involved in.

So in short, no official health problems listed, but this does not look like a picture of health:
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