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9361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] The ultimate looking console on: July 25, 2007, 02:25:04 AM
It took me about 2 minutes of looking at that ebay page before I realized it wasn't Starshifter telling us about the next season of EMERGENCY! being released.

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9362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kid friendly PS2 coop games on: July 24, 2007, 08:38:45 PM
Lego Star Wars
9363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Things I hate about Star Trek on: July 24, 2007, 07:42:34 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on July 24, 2007, 07:09:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 24, 2007, 01:45:15 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 24, 2007, 02:16:05 AM

Quote from: Destructor on July 23, 2007, 10:58:07 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 23, 2007, 03:25:08 PM

It's somewhat incredible how the two most popular Science Fiction stories (Star Wars/Trek) are actually Science Fantasy.

I'm curious - why do you use Science Fantasy and not Science Fiction?

Because Science Fiction is based on science.

With this definition, I could disqualify all of the following from being science fiction:

Ender's Game
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Time Machine
The War of the Worlds
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Dune
Alien
The Matrix
Blade Runner
Terminator

I mean, if it has to be entirely based on real science, what is a science fiction book by this definition?

Ender's Game - wrong - the science it is based on is that of learning, socialization, and military science
2001: A Space Odyssey - wrong again - the idea of a thinking, man-made being acting against us is classic science fiction - see frankenstein
The Time Machine - I haven't read this in a long time and can't comment one way or another
The War of the Worlds - Wrong - the science has to do with biology and the common cold taking down otherworldly invaders - hot science at the time.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - fantasy
Dune - very complex social, political, evolutionary and environmental science fiction
Alien - could be horror, but I'll go for sf, based on looking at what we know of evolutionary science and postulating a perfect warrior species.
The Matrix - sf - takes computer simulations and extropolates them to examine what reality is
Blade Runner - sf - once again looking at man made beings and what makes us human
Terminator - sf - once again looking at man made beings and what makes us human

Eh?  I think you completely missed the point of this exercise.  I think all of those are science fiction, that's why I listed them.  But if we're disqualifying things from being sci-fi the same way we're disqualifying Star Trek:

Ender's Game - no scientific basis for faster-than-light communication, non-centrifigul artificial gravity
2001: A Space Odyssey - no scientific basis for an immortal star-child
The Time Machine - no scientific basis for time travel
The War of the Worlds - no scientific basis for advanced life on Mars, then or now
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - no scientific basis for hovering disc UFOs
Dune - no scientific basis for spice, sandworms, ornithopters, shields and laser-shield interactions
Alien - no scientific basis for multi-planet species symbiosis, pulse rifles, hypersleep
The Matrix - no scientific basis for magically floating hoverships
Blade Runner - no scientific basis for hovercars
Terminator - no scientific basis for time travel, sentient liquid metal
9364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Discussion] What do you feel is "SciFi" vs. Fantasy? on: July 24, 2007, 06:07:40 PM
For books, just look at the font for the title:

serif = fantasy
sans serif = sci-fi
9365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drew Carey new host of Price is Right on: July 24, 2007, 03:50:54 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 24, 2007, 02:31:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 24, 2007, 01:33:50 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 24, 2007, 01:18:01 PM

It's not like Bob Barker had anything other than tenure.

Are you saying with a straight face that you don't think Bob Barker had talent?

He could have been replaced with anyone's grandpa.

Do you have any reason for thinking that Bob Barker brought nothing to the show other than being an old man, or are you just tossing out zippy one liners for the fun of it?
9366  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Guitar Hero 80s for $40 + $15 gift card on: July 24, 2007, 03:34:53 PM
I'm surprised to find that I'm not jumping on this deal.  I guess I've got my sights set on Rock Band even more than I thought.
9367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Things I hate about Star Trek on: July 24, 2007, 01:45:15 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 24, 2007, 02:16:05 AM

Quote from: Destructor on July 23, 2007, 10:58:07 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 23, 2007, 03:25:08 PM

It's somewhat incredible how the two most popular Science Fiction stories (Star Wars/Trek) are actually Science Fantasy.

I'm curious - why do you use Science Fantasy and not Science Fiction?

Because Science Fiction is based on science.

With this definition, I could disqualify all of the following from being science fiction:

Ender's Game
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Time Machine
The War of the Worlds
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Dune
Alien
The Matrix
Blade Runner
Terminator

I mean, if it has to be entirely based on real science, what is a science fiction book by this definition?
9368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drew Carey new host of Price is Right on: July 24, 2007, 01:33:50 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 24, 2007, 01:18:01 PM

It's not like Bob Barker had anything other than tenure.

Are you saying with a straight face that you don't think Bob Barker had talent?
9369  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Guitar Hero 80s for $40 + $15 gift card on: July 24, 2007, 01:23:21 PM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=pcmcat126200050040&type=category
9370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: now you can have 'The Touch' on: July 24, 2007, 12:20:22 AM
I'm still bummed The Touch wasn't put into Guitar Hero 80s Edition.

It's great having the mp3 now, but nothing beats the video. smile
9371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/23) on: July 23, 2007, 03:09:19 PM
Oh, forgot about Wing Commander Arena.  I'll most likely grab this as long as my impression of the demo falls into at least the fair-decent range.
9372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good PS2 games on: July 23, 2007, 03:05:48 PM
Ring of Red is still one of my favorite TBS games.  Gotta love the grainy WWII newsreel footage with giant mecha spliced in.
9373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/23) on: July 23, 2007, 02:42:34 PM
If I see it on sale for $25 or less: Guitar Hero 80s.
9374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/23) on: July 23, 2007, 02:16:29 PM
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Kirby's Dream Course™ (Super NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points)
Devil's Crush (TurboGrafx16, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone – Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence, 600 Wii Points)
Shining Force™ (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points)
9375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mythos opens up on: July 20, 2007, 03:18:25 AM
See, this is where advertising counts.  If there was some mention in the title or in the post of this being made by the guy who did Fate I would've been all over this thread!  I hadn't heard of the Mythos name until Bill Harris' post just today.
9376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question about Firefox on: July 19, 2007, 05:50:04 PM
Ah, I see.  The only time I use that list is if I type the first 3-4 characters of a URL, and in that case it does place the more frequently used sites at the top.  I usually come to this site by typing "www.gam", which brings up gamingtrend at the top of the list, with gamefaqs and gamespot next in line.  Way at the bottom are things like gamershell and gametrailers, which I don't visit nearly as often.
9377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question about Firefox on: July 19, 2007, 05:14:27 PM
Just click and drag them to the order you prefer.  Personally I like it better that way.  I'd rather arrange them myself then have to hunt for the new location each time I want to use the link.
9378  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Opinion: Why I Didn't Go to the New E3 (from GameDaily) on: July 19, 2007, 02:04:16 PM

Quote from: Mark Friedler on July 19, 2007, 01:54:22 AM

- Venue: Call me a snob; however, I think the venue, a hangar at the Santa Monica airport, was a big downgrade from taking over the entire LA Convention Center. I couldn't see how the logistics would work bouncing between hotels and an airport hangar.

- The Airplane Hangar (again): "You're kidding me. Isn't that where Motley Crue played at the Spike awards a few years back?" (Content of an actual conversation with another exec)

- Expenses: I didn't think I could get a $400/night (or more) beach front hotel bill reimbursed as it was way above our Company's limit for LA. The "beach" thing would have been suspicious anyway.

- European Tourists: Whenever I've been in Santa Monica in July, the place is swarming with French, German and other Eurotourists. Sidewalks tend to be clogged with slow moving, picture taking and T-shirt buying riffraff who wouldn't know Mario if he jumped on their heads.

Having lived in Westwood for a few years, and having flown out of the Santa Monica Airport for a couple of those years, I can't quite understand why someone would prefer downtown LA so much more than the Santa Monica area.  The Santa Monica airport is in a nicer neighborhood, is safer, has better public transportation, is closer to LAX, the beach--and are vacationing Europeans really a worse crowd to be around than the, er, charming locals you find around the LA Convention Center?  And if $400/night at a beachfront hotel is out of your budget--how about staying at a cheaper hotel?
9379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4: E3 2007 Trailer on: July 19, 2007, 01:37:17 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 19, 2007, 01:24:40 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 19, 2007, 12:58:11 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 19, 2007, 12:20:50 PM


Ok, that looks really really fun. 

I love how the tanker sways in the ocean. The gameplay definitely seems to have a GRAW feel to it too.

I got that vibe as well.

I might be too soft for this game, I don't know if I would've
Spoiler for Mild spoiler, I guess (from the video):
killed the guys sleeping in the barracks and the guy in a drunken stupor.  Take no prisoners, I suppose?

It's my nerves, sir!
9380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4: E3 2007 Trailer on: July 19, 2007, 12:58:11 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 19, 2007, 12:20:50 PM


Ok, that looks really really fun. 
9381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Engine Marathon on: July 18, 2007, 07:48:43 PM
Another question: (crosses fingers) Any chance there's a mod that lets you use the character kit options from BG2 in BG1?
9382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii Rockstar Table Tennis on: July 18, 2007, 06:40:15 PM
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Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis is heading to the Wii™

New York, NY - July 18, 2007 - Rockstar Games is proud to announce that Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis will be making its way to the Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo this Fall.

Developed by Rockstar Leeds in collaboration with Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis is the perfect Wii gaming experience. Feel the unmatched speed and intensity of the real-life sport with an authentic physics engine and intuitive gameplay that mimics the exhilarating experience found in international competition.

Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis made its debut in May 2006 on Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and was met with huge critical acclaim, winning Gamespot's "Best Sports Title" at E3 2006.

"Ever since we released Table Tennis, fans have been asking us to create a Wii version," said Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. "By bringing Table Tennis to the Wii and utilizing the motion-sensitive Wii Remote™, a new audience can now experience a game that is beautifully designed and impossible to put down."

Addictive, fast-paced and above all fun, Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis is guaranteed to be the must have title for all Wii owners.

My biggest question: True motion sensing to determine swings and spin, or just a half-assed translation of the 360 version where a general swing motion is the equivalent of a button press?
9383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 18, 2007, 06:11:33 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on July 18, 2007, 05:56:33 PM

I saw a report in a business paper talking about brand image etc.  There was just a large US national poll taken and the data shows the three largest , well recognized, and popular and respected brands in US are
1) Coca cola
2) SONY
3) Toyota

Sony will be fine.

All three of those companies have had failed products.  I'm not sure what your point is.
9384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nervous Brickdown on: July 18, 2007, 03:34:46 PM
How long is the game?  Everything in the reviews makes it look right up my alley, but I don't know if I want to buy it if I can beat the whole thing in one evening.
9385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 18, 2007, 03:26:33 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 18, 2007, 11:19:47 AM

Turtle, I'm only going to say this once....

when you flame your competitor publicly and repeatedly for not having 100% backwards compatibility, then put it in your product with close to 100%, and then yank it from at least one launch market (EU), and then force the rest of the markets to go to the currently less-than 50% compatibility before your software is ready is just plain crazy.

It would be worth breaking the backwards compatibility promise if was part of a strategy to bring the price down.  Desperate times, and all.  Cut out the wifi, the card reader, the emotion engine, don't include a video, USB, or ethernet cable, hell maybe even cut HDMI, do whatever you can to get a $399 pricetag so people might actually start buying your system.
9386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue coming in October of this year on: July 18, 2007, 02:29:54 PM
Oh, are the license tests in the game?  I know a lot of people complained about them, but I missed having them when I defected to Forza.
9387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KOTOR II Fans - Check This Out on: July 18, 2007, 12:57:42 PM
I think it's almost time to replay KOTOR I in preparation.
9388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue coming in October of this year on: July 18, 2007, 02:03:01 AM
I dunno, if it really looks like those videos then I think Gran Turismo wins visually.  Do we know how big the available car list is for GT?
9389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, on the count of three: on: July 18, 2007, 01:18:44 AM
Uh oh, I'm in a split household.  I go on THREE, and my fiancee goes on GO.  And apparently she's also a terrorist.

Crap.
9390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 3 announced for PS3 on: July 17, 2007, 08:18:42 PM
Grid or sphere?
9391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Dream Game: Bubble Bobble HD w/ co-op play over PSN, Live - what is yours on: July 17, 2007, 06:54:53 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on July 17, 2007, 06:48:24 PM

Remake this with today's graphics and capabilities:


Game over, he wins.
9392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should i stick with Zelda TP? on: July 17, 2007, 05:36:19 PM
You guys are talking as if they've never put a voice to Link and Zelda.

I guess he sounds like a whiny teenager, and is a bit of a pervert.

Link: "Looking good, Princess!  Especially from this angle!"
Fairy: "I told you, you should have put on a robe!"

And later:
Link: "Sprite you're only 3 inches high!"
Fairy: "What, you don't like short girls?"

Link: "Saved your life again, kiss me."
9393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I. Joe PSAs on: July 17, 2007, 03:15:19 PM
I probably chuckled the most at the one where the guy with the fire mask comes into the house as if he was some kind of robot or space invader.
9394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, on the count of three: on: July 17, 2007, 03:03:03 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on July 17, 2007, 02:51:48 PM

GO!
Madness!  People like you are the cause of dropped sofas and hernias around the world!
9395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Controller Poll on: July 17, 2007, 02:29:45 PM

Quote from: Chaz on July 17, 2007, 02:16:11 PM

Okay, Nintendo reversed the A and B buttons.  At least I knew that A was next to B.

Out of curiosity, I scanned the button layouts on the video game controller family tree.  In addition to Nintendo reversing the natural order:

The TurboGrafx-16 controller has II to the left of I
The Jaguar has C, B, A (also: 'pause' to the left of 'option'...wtf?)
9396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Dream Game: Bubble Bobble HD w/ co-op play over PSN, Live - what is yours on: July 17, 2007, 02:12:16 PM
An HDTV mounted face up like a table, four racing wheels mounted around the edge, and an updated version of that old top-down Demolition Derby arcade game with the oil slicks and wrenches, connected over Live to other groups of four people playing at their own HDTV tables.
9397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 warranty questions (and "support" gripes) on: July 17, 2007, 01:53:24 PM
I don't think you called the right kind of support line; that sounds like psychotherapy.

"Tell me more about how you felt when it froze."
9398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii VC/N64] Paper Mario impressions on: July 17, 2007, 01:48:20 PM

Quote from: JCC on July 17, 2007, 01:32:16 PM

Back to the original, I am in chapter 2 and finding it much more difficult. Those stupid rock monsters have too high a defense for my hammer to damage. I am assuming I will get a new hammer soon, but am worried I might have missed it somewhere. I had to basically run from every fight with them until I reached the desert where now bandits are ganking me.

It's been a long, long time, but any chance the rock monsters flip upside down when you jump on them?
9399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Controller Poll on: July 17, 2007, 01:47:11 PM

Quote from: jimmyorr99 on July 17, 2007, 01:38:17 PM

xbox 360-voted. I guess it's essentially the controller S from first xbox, but now their standard is wireless which I think is pretty cool.

It's more than just the addition of wireless.  The shape is more comfortable, the start & back buttons are moved to a more convenient location, the black and white buttons are moved to more useful bumper positions, and IMO the analog triggers are smoother as well.
9400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ok, on the count of three: on: July 17, 2007, 01:21:09 PM
It's about time we settled this.
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