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9281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How many generations until Gamestop is out of business? on: May 10, 2007, 01:44:38 PM
I think it'll be hard for Gamestop to keep going without branching out more with their services, but I can't see physical media going away until stores like Walmart go away.
9282  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Another ban announcement on: May 10, 2007, 01:41:10 PM
If I remember right, he didn't go out in a blaze of glory in his OO banning either.  Stuff just added up over time.  I did expect there to be a bigger straw to break the camel's back, but then again I haven't been listening in on how much has gone into the repeated warnings he's gotten.

I was pretty impressed at how true the mods here kept to their "everyone gets a clean slate here" policy.  When he first arrived I don't think many people expected him to last as long as he did.
9283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 10, 2007, 01:17:48 PM
How much does the demo let you do?
9284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Crackdown content this week... on: May 10, 2007, 01:16:27 PM
Now this is the way to do DLC without making people feel like they're just bending over and taking punishment.

Reading through, I thought I'd be content with just the new free stuff, until I noticed in the premium list...

Minigun!
9285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 10, 2007, 01:30:13 AM
Logging off now, Farscry let me know when you want to meet for that charmander.

Enjoy!
9286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 10, 2007, 01:13:11 AM
Grue, it doesn't like you for some reason, can you try restarting the game?  I'll do the same.
9287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 10, 2007, 01:00:38 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 10, 2007, 12:55:18 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 10, 2007, 12:49:30 AM

Ok, I'm connected if anyone's ready.  Sit tight if I disappear right when you appear, it just means I'm off to get the ones you asked for. smile

Thanks again. This shall make the game a bit more entertaining if I do say so myself.

Plus, it makes me realize just how long it's been since I've played the old Red and Blue games. smile

I probably should've warned you that the game has voice over IP.  I think I just raised about 50 notches on the my fiancee's geek rating for me as she watched me having a conversation with my DS.
9288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 10, 2007, 12:49:30 AM
Ok, I'm connected if anyone's ready.  Sit tight if I disappear right when you appear, it just means I'm off to get the ones you asked for. smile
9289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 09, 2007, 07:46:27 PM
That's what people seem to be saying in that thread I linked to, but it's hard to filter out anything offical from all the hordes of fans going crazy in there.

Here we go:

Quote from: Che Chou
Demo is definitely hitting tonight -- but it'll be pretty painful for east coasters.Trying to pin down an exact time.
9290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 09, 2007, 07:23:26 PM

Quote from: Farscry on May 09, 2007, 07:15:52 PM

Hey Wonderpug, how have you gotten all the other starter species into your game, like squirtle, bulbasaur, and charmander? Really active trading or something?

I got used copies of Emerald and LeafGreen on the cheap and spent a couple hours replaying the beginning to bring each of the starters over.  Now that I have them, I'm kind of looking forward to playing them through to the end once I've gotten my fill of Diamond/Pearl.  If I had known that Leaf Green was an updated version of the original I would've bought it years ago.
9291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 09, 2007, 06:42:16 PM
Oh yeah, and make sure you have some throwaway pokemon in your party to give me in the trade, the game doesn't let you give things one way.  A warning, though, any of those stupid looking bidoofs you give me are getting turned into burgers. slywink
9292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 09, 2007, 06:35:54 PM
Looks like there are hints that the demo could be released tomorrow morning.

Quote
We'll have an official announcement in the morning.

But those of you with force feedback wheels better get ready tonight. smile

Anyone know if this source is legitimate?
9293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 09, 2007, 06:26:38 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 09, 2007, 06:09:59 PM

I just picked up the game myself, and I'd love to try to get ahold of a Charmander (always been a fan of the starter Pokemons from the old, old games). Any chance you have an extra lying around in egg form somewhere?

I don't have my friend code handy (at work), but I'll make sure you PM you or something wonderpug when I get back home. I'll try to be online tonight to grab it.

Thanks in advance. smile

Anything I have to do in order to trade? Or can I do so from any Pokemon Center?

Yup I've got another Charmander.  I'll try to do up a batch of Bulbasaurs and Squirtles as well for anyone that wants them.  I too prefer the pokemon from the old Gameboy Color games, likely because those are the only ones I recognize.

All you need to do to be able to trade/battle:

Advance far enough in the early story to unlock the downstairs of the Pokemon Center.
Go downstairs at any Center and get your Friend Code.
Enter in your friend's code, and have them enter yours.
Then when you want to trade/battle you talk to the NPC downstairs and to log into the WFC and go into a waiting mode where you can see which friends are also logged into the WFC.

I've done a grand total of one trade so far, but once you're logged in trade interface seems pretty straightforward.
9294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: O...O....OUENDAN sequel announced? Osu! on: May 09, 2007, 05:48:42 PM
Here's at least a partial track listing with youtube links.  Haven't checked it out myself.
9295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: O...O....OUENDAN sequel announced? Osu! on: May 09, 2007, 05:38:10 PM
Coming out next week on the 17th! (in Japan)  Osu!
9296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 09, 2007, 05:25:43 PM
Ok, have a Houndour ready for Magik, and a Chimchar, Piplup, and Charmander ready for Grue.

I've got some extras if anyone else wants in.  I'm aiming to be online at around 9pm Eastern if that works, otherwise let me know if you need a different time.

My Friend code is 2492 0604 8391, I think I have everyone entered in from the other thread.
9297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [shocking] Spore delayed on: May 09, 2007, 05:13:22 PM

Quote from: kathode on May 09, 2007, 03:45:26 PM

The stories of games that got delayed and came out just fine are legion.  I see no reason to assume that this game is getting any kind of major overhaul.

I didn't mean just delayed, which would include just about every game released, I meant significantly overhauled in the 11th hour.  My only reason for suspecting that Spore might be getting a big last minute makeover is their recent addition of Soren Johnson followed by this delay announcement.
9298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [shocking] Spore delayed on: May 09, 2007, 03:21:40 PM
The trouble is that this doesn't sound like an extra year for polish, it's an extra year to figure out how to make the game be functional and fun.

Are there any success stories about games that got a big overhaul in late development?  The only games that're coming to mind are Age of Empires III which scrapped the formation based battles late in development, or maybe Halo which had an overhaul when it switched from PC to console. 
9299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [shocking] Spore delayed on: May 09, 2007, 02:57:52 PM
Well they just added Soren to the project, so I guess they need a solid year to implement everything he's got in mind.  I wonder how much the finished product is going to resemble what we've seen so far.
9300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 09, 2007, 02:43:50 PM
When you breed two pokemon of different species, the egg takes on the species of the mother.  When you breed a pokemon (male or female) with a Ditto, the egg always becomes the species of the non-Ditto parent.  This way you don't have to worry about finding a compatible species or a female of the species you want, plus Ditto is the only way to breed genderless pokemon.

Sadly it's not really feasible for me to collect Dittos to give out.  Oddly there's no way to breed Dittos themselves as they won't mate with each other, so the only way to get one is with the radar thingie which is a bit of a pain.

Ah, the sordid life of a shapeshifter.
9301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 09, 2007, 02:09:11 PM
Sure thing, I was going to make up a batch on my lunch break.  I'm also doing a batch of Turtwigs, Chimchars, and Misdreavus if anyone wants one, and I also have some extra Charmanders from an earlier trade.

This poor Ditto I'm using to breed all these is going to need counseling after this.
9302  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Thoughts on politics, derailing, and respect. on: May 08, 2007, 01:40:45 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 08, 2007, 01:33:49 PM

This pisses me off. Right here. I was being serious, and now we're in the exact same topic as everything else.
A mod addressed your question, people continued to joke around like people do.  If you posted a response to warning's post, I'm sure that your response would be addressed as well.  Smartass remarks are kind of normal not just in gaming forums, but amongst real life friends who joke around together.

If you're looking for a gaming forum without any smartasses in it...I don't know what to tell you.  Does such a twisted place exist?
9303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hard Part [Heroes - Tonight!] on: May 08, 2007, 12:55:28 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on May 08, 2007, 12:40:11 PM

My thoughts, in spoiler tags of course for all those Tivo guys that have yet to watch it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
4.  I wonder what role Micah is going to play.  Anyone have a guess?  I sure don't.

7.  The tracking system.  Someone on here called it.  It is a person.  And making it a cute little girl was a neat idea.  Be interesting to see where that goes...
We're really going to keep this thread spoiler free?

Spoiler for Hiden:
re: #4  I think the leading theory is that Micah's going to be used to rig the election by doing his magic on electronic voting booths or whatever.  Possible e-battle with the wireless girl.

re: #7  The tracking system is indeed a person, but I was still thinking it was the Petrelli mother, and some of her "I've knew about you before you did" lines supported the theory.  Since that's not Mama Petrelli's power, what can she do?

Online comic is a little weak this time around.  It's the follow-up for last week's comic, but it's not much more than a fight scene, no real revelations.
9304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many pirates or zombies would it take to defeat a ninja? on: May 07, 2007, 07:43:52 PM
Also keep in mind that if the ninja isn't carrying a copy of Criminal Biology from Wonderland Plaza, his sword is going to break pretty quick after slicing up a few zombies.
9305  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Thoughts on politics, derailing, and respect. on: May 07, 2007, 07:34:53 PM
I'm trying to see where you're coming from, but I'm having trouble finding the threads you mentioned.

I remember the moving thread, and while I guess I can understand being annoyed at ATBs comments, the thread didn't really get derailed.  People were able to and did go on and talk about the laundry and the weird note.

I remember you having an issue with a "What are you buying this week?" thread, but I didn't see the big deal about that one.  While a side conversation did emerge, someone explaining why he likes buying games like Kim Possible or something, it was still related to the main topic, as it started when someone wondered why he was planning to buy the game.  In the meantime people were still posting their lists of planned purchases, and for me it didn't seem that hard to keep up with both subjects.  I'm trying to imagine if I'd be more bothered if I had absolutely no interest in the side conversation, but even then I don't think I'd have a hard time just skipping those posts.

I just found the Mass Effect: Revelation thread that seemed to bother you, and again I'm not sure I see the problem.  The conversation goes from the new novel, to the author and his works, back to the novel, to fanfic readers, to manga, back to the novel, then you bring it back to mocking fanfic readers, someone teases you, then back to the novel.

Sure, the conversation meanders, but never that far from the original topic, and people do continue talking about the original topic.

Is the real problem that there's too much derailing these days, or that people's jokes have gotten worse and are getting on your nerves?

Can you post (or PM me, if you're worried about pointing fingers) a link to the trade thread and "shooter for the weekend" thread you mentioned, so I can better see what you're talking about?

I recently asked for a recipe for ribs in a thread about BBQ sauce, maybe I'm just too much of a closet derailer to relate?
9306  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Thoughts on politics, derailing, and respect. on: May 07, 2007, 05:58:35 PM
Meh, as long as someone isn't intentionally derailing a topic to be malicious or disruptive, I don't see the problem.  These are conversations, not structured debates, and if the discussion should meander to a related topic along the way, so be it.
9307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many pirates or zombies would it take to defeat a ninja? on: May 07, 2007, 03:54:48 PM
I think a zombie pirate would defeat a zombie ninja.
9308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Now play Zelda the 'real' way! on: May 07, 2007, 01:54:16 PM
You mean you guys haven't already made your own version of this out of cardboard and duct tape?   paranoid
9309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/7) on: May 07, 2007, 01:53:36 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on May 07, 2007, 01:51:21 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 07, 2007, 01:20:54 PM

Forza 2 demo sounds good. Thats it!

I'd like to mention that I do not know that the demo is coming this week for certain.  I'd like it to be out this week.

Too late, already looking forward to it.
9310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wifi and headaches? on: May 06, 2007, 12:05:13 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 05, 2007, 11:31:37 PM

Just stopping in to say that I read this as "Wii and headaches?" every time I check the forums. 

Just sayin...

My fiancee has nearly taken my head off numerous times swinging the wiimote in Wii Tennis.
9311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my DS Lite on: May 05, 2007, 06:29:13 PM
What brightness setting did you have the DS Lite set to?
9312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my DS Lite on: May 04, 2007, 07:36:37 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 04, 2007, 07:31:51 PM

I do agree that the screen on the Lite is brighter -not as superior as many claim though-

Wah?  You sure you didn't accidentally have that Lite on one of the first two brightness settings?  On setting 3 or 4 it's literally like night and day compared to the original DS.  When I upgraded I remember noticing a lot of graphical details on Castlevania and Ouendan that I had never been able to see on the original DS.
9313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wifi and headaches? on: May 04, 2007, 05:58:13 PM

Quote from: Kobra on May 04, 2007, 01:39:21 AM

I have been experimenting with various household shielding methods, and have come up with some remarkable results of which I don't want to post here, but I will talk about privately.  So far in testing I have been able to knock the strongest signals down to 0 using an amazingly simple method.

Kobra:


Kobra's cat:


In all seriousness, though, it's really not that crazy a theory.  When I took a course for a ham radio license many moons ago, they warned us to keep handheld antennas on the side of our head instead of the front of our face, so that our skull would be able to provide some shielding rather than the broadcasted signal heading through our eyes.

I don't know if I'm quite as ready to crank the air-raid siren as Kobra, but I'm certainly interested in any new info and reports on the issue.
9314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GC games on the Wii on: May 04, 2007, 02:43:18 PM
Depending on what appeals to you, but you might want to look at:

Animal Crossing
Eternal Darkness
Harvest Moon
Ikaruga
Zelda: Wind Waker
Mario Kart: Double Dash
Metroid Prime
Paper Mario
Pikmin 1 & 2
Resident Evil Zero
Skies of Arcadia
Rogue Squadron
Super Mario Sunshine (though I didn't like it)
Super Monkey Ball
9315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 04, 2007, 02:19:50 PM
Don't forget that today's Friday, and another chance to get your adorable soul-devouring undead balloon at the Valley Windworks.
9316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking of selling my Wii on: May 04, 2007, 02:07:40 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 04, 2007, 01:38:29 PM

Quote from: jblank on May 04, 2007, 01:24:44 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 04, 2007, 01:23:05 PM

Quote from: jblank on May 04, 2007, 01:08:12 PM

Sold mine 3 weeks ago, bought a PS3, have ZERO regrets.

The funny thing there is you sold a system with zero games for a system with zero games.

Not true at all. I have played more F1, Motorstorm, and MLB 2K7 on the PS3, than any, and I do mean ANY game on the Wii. Add to that the fact that I have bought and watched several Blu-Ray movies, and in 3 weeks of owning a PS3, I have used it more than the Wii which I had for 3 months.

My comment was more of a joke than anything.  I own both systems and play both of them as much as I can.

There are people who have played more Wii Tennis, Wii Bowling, and Wii Golf on the Wii, than any, and I do mean ANY game on the PS3.  slywink  Playing the heck out of a few games doesn't have anything to do with how big a system's library is.  They both have small libraries, it just depends which library appeals to you more, and whether you're ok with the PS3's pricetag.

As for the original post, even though I'm a big fan of the Wii, I'd have to say you're better off selling your Wii if you're not enjoying it.  Since you'll probably be able to sell it full price, how can you go wrong with essentially turning it into a free rental?  You can always just buy another Wii down the road, possibly after a price drop.  Unless you've already purchased a bunch of VC titles you'll regret having to repurchase if you do buy a Wii again in the future, what do you have to lose?
9317  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: May 03, 2007, 07:45:30 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 03, 2007, 07:44:27 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 03, 2007, 07:39:20 PM

Wil Wheaton gets my approval because he's able to laugh at himself and his Star Trek days.

PAX gets my approval because one year the grand prize for their gaming competition was an NES.  With every accessory.  And every single NES game ever released.



Who has enough lung power to blow on the edge of all of those cartridges?! 

Just program R.O.B. to do it!
9318  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: May 03, 2007, 07:39:20 PM
Wil Wheaton gets my approval because he's able to laugh at himself and his Star Trek days.

PAX gets my approval because one year the grand prize for their gaming competition was an NES.  With every accessory.  And every single NES game ever released.

9319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dry Cleaner Loses Pants, Lawyer Says They're Worth $67 Million on: May 03, 2007, 06:12:10 PM
". . .and so it was that Gone Gold begat Console Gold, Console Gold begat Gaming Trend. . .
. . .whereupon a curse of drama was placed upon Gaming Trend, for evermore would two members bicker. . .
. . .as mods shall find no recourse in banning, for the torch of argument would surely pass on to another pair. . ."
-Excerpts from the Book of Memes, 12:28
9320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 02, 2007, 08:57:41 PM
You guys might want to turn down your headset volume.
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