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9561  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?
9562  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.
9563  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.
9564  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
9565  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.
9566  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.
9567  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?
9568  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.
9569  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.
9570  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
9571  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.
9572  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?
9573  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!
9574  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.

9575  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
9576  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.
9577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 02, 2007, 07:35:08 PM
I'm going to just assume that your pokemon is named Mantooth.  Did you see a "Mantooth flinched" message?  Or was Mantooth confused?  Did you just swich Mantooth in?  Does the enemy usually go 2nd, but then use an "always goes first" move like Quick Attack?  Did you use an item that round, perhaps to heal Mantooth?
9578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 02, 2007, 07:11:18 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 02, 2007, 06:52:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 02, 2007, 06:18:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 02, 2007, 06:12:50 PM

Just to confirm, you cannot play hotseat multiplayer on one TV, correct?

No you cannot as far as I can see.

Wait, so you only play other people online?  That might be a deal-breaker for me, as I was hoping this is the game that would finally get Mrs. Gratch to play a video game with me (she loved the board game).  If we can't play together, I'm not sure I'll actually buy it. frown

Yeah, it's really too bad.  I remember reading that they couldn't figure out how to hide each player's cards.  I suppose if you tried to do a "Player 2's turn is about to begin, everyone else look away" sort of thing, it would fall apart in the trading since everyone would be able to see everyone else's stockpile.

Still, I wish they implemented it anyways and let us worry about people cheating.
9579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 02, 2007, 06:12:50 PM
Just to confirm, you cannot play hotseat multiplayer on one TV, correct?
9580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 02, 2007, 05:30:41 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on May 02, 2007, 05:08:53 PM

My son has already caught 78 Pokemon (including Dialga)!!!  icon_eek  I've been sick the past few days and haven't really played any games at all.  I'm going to trade with my son this weekend to get Dialga!

I just captured Palkia, the Pearl version of Dialga (I've been powergaming a bit as I'm eager to get to the post-game stuff).  I'd love if we could work out a time to trade and then trade back Palkia and Dialga, as that's the only we can get those entered in each other's pokedexs.

By the end of the week I should be able to get my National List or whatever it's called, which opens up about 300 more pokemon to find.  If any of you have any favorite critters that you'd like me to grab for you, just let me know.  I just picked up some used copies of LeafGreen and Emerald on the cheap, so with those I'll even be able to bring over the starter pokemon from the previous generations.

So feel free to ask for anything you (or your kids) would like to have, and I'll see what I can do. 
9581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: April 30, 2007, 11:18:33 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 30, 2007, 10:26:42 PM

2PM PST.  Translate that to whatever timezone you are in. smile
KD apparently forgot to set his clock forward last month. slywink
9582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tower Defense games, what would make them better? on: April 30, 2007, 08:33:48 PM
I think it'd be neat to open up the monster side of things.  For a 20 round game, give the player a set dollar amount per round to build a monster team, including the monster types and the order they come out the gate each wave, and then let them upload their monster team for other players to defend against.
9583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown DL content on: April 30, 2007, 07:37:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 30, 2007, 07:30:25 PM

TheGrue needs to learn to I don't understand how people can have such a problem with the quote function, it's not that complicated say what he's thinking, and to avoid posting his replies inside quote tags. slywink
9584  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Catan XBLA MP Night? on: April 30, 2007, 07:19:53 PM
Let's just get this out of the way before it dominiates every in-game conversation.

Anyone got wood for sheep?
9585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 65-nm Xbox 360 GPU coming in fall on: April 30, 2007, 06:59:07 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 30, 2007, 06:24:29 PM

If my 360 lives until these new versions come out I might sell my old one and buy the newer version.
I know I'll be doing this.  Hopefully sell right before a price drop, then pick up a new 65nm right after.
9586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/30) on: April 30, 2007, 06:24:43 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 30, 2007, 06:23:06 PM

Quote from: DonD on April 30, 2007, 03:06:15 PM

Fairy Godmother Tycoon?

I'm all for tycoon games, but c'mon.
I saw a prison tycoon game at Best Buy. One of the features was "use a variety of weapons against rioting inmates!" I was pretty appalled by that.

Although, "use a variety of weapons against rioting fairy godmothers" sounds pretty cool.
9587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: April 30, 2007, 05:19:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 30, 2007, 05:07:08 PM

I'll probably get Catan.  I've played it on and off over the last few years and kinda like it.  Is there going to be AI players at all?  If there are it will be interesting to see how they handle trading.

Yup, I read that they did some pretty good work on the AI.  There are various AI personalities you can play against, with more profiles supposedly available for download.
9588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 29, 2007, 02:02:06 PM
Cute.

When I got my first badge, out of curiosity I opened my badge case and poked it with my stylus.  It made a little chime sound.  Neat.  The 2nd and 3rd badge made higher tuned chimes, like going up a scale.

But when I poked them in a row, I thought I heard a rubbing sound, like when you move your thumb over clean tupperware.  I intentionally rubbed a badge with my stylus, and sure enough it was a rubbing sound.

And then the badge turned lighter!  More rubbing made it even brighter, and finally it started to shine!  The chime it made when I poked it even got clearer.

So take pride in your badges, and keep them clean and shiny!
9589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] New, FANTASTIC Phantom Hourglass pics on: April 28, 2007, 04:10:23 AM

Quote from: Farscry on April 28, 2007, 01:50:21 AM

I simply can't see how someone can look at the same shots I just looked at and rip on them. icon_eek I think they look great. Would higher-res textures, a deeper polycount, and a higher resolution setting look better? Sure! Why wouldn't it? But I don't see how those shots look bad.

Wild how much perspectives and tastes vary from person to person.

These two shots looked exceptionally drab to me:





But then I realized they were just from that special capture the flag minigame.  So I'm back on the impressed wagon. smile
9590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] New, FANTASTIC Phantom Hourglass pics on: April 27, 2007, 08:52:52 PM
It's obviously not going to be as pretty as what the PSP can produce, but it does look pretty good for DS 3d.  I agree with Dante about wishing they had just made a great looking 2d game instead of trying to squeeze some decent 3d out of the DS.

I'm sure it'll look even better on an actual DS.  FFIII looked a lot better in person than the screenshots made it out to be.
9591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 27, 2007, 08:47:38 PM

Quote from: depward on April 27, 2007, 08:44:21 PM

Quote from: Magik on April 27, 2007, 08:24:25 PM

I also got the drifloon during my lunch break! It was kind of hard to hide it so that my manager wouldn't see me playing haha!

I love his description, but it is slightly creepy. eek
I remember some dude / lady telling me where to find him, but I forgot.  Can you divulge the details for me pleeeeease?   icon_smile

You can find him outside the Valley Windworks, east of the flower town.  Better hurry, I think he only appears during the daytime.  He'll be a visible sprite out in the open.
9592  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help for system for in-laws on: April 27, 2007, 08:06:37 PM
I'd get them one of those $100 laptops from MIT.
9593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 27, 2007, 07:57:43 PM
Ok, I caught Drifloon on my lunch break, and this guy has got to be one of the creepiest characters to appear on an E rated game.

It's a ghost balloon, made of human souls.  It's description manages to both be really creepy and really adorable:

Quote
When it holds onto the hands of children with its string, it will try to pull the youngster to the underworld. Being so light, though, it only gets tossed around effortlessly.

I can see it now...



"Prepare for your death, child, for I have come for your soul.  Wait, stop that!  I am not a balloon, stop playing with me!"
9594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 27, 2007, 07:38:29 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on April 27, 2007, 07:27:44 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 27, 2007, 02:14:09 PM

<multilingual pokemon list>

Aha! That makes sense then. Time to hunt more Psyducks for trade bait. The next question becomes...

...I wonder what the names are of the dozen or so Japanese Pokemon that aren't in our versions. I'd like to get those.
I think it's that same list no matter what country version you have.  There is an in-game NPC that can give you a German pokemon.

Quote
The Japanese Chimchar and Turtwig that I got were from daycare eggs. Is that why they get an experience boost in combat? I was able to get the Chimchar and Turtwig to Level 17 in about two hours last night.
Any traded pokemon will have boosted experience, but it has to be from someone else, you can't trade away and back for the effect.


Quote
EDIT: Oh, wait. Would the Pokemon names be the same for the Pokemon with different pokedex entries?
I believe so, it sounds like (for those dozen pokemon) it would let you scroll through the different language descriptions you've found.

The name itself will change to English unless they've renamed it a Japanese nickname.
9595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DAMN you Fox! DAMN YOU! on: April 27, 2007, 05:15:52 PM

Quote from: warning on April 27, 2007, 04:27:10 PM

Quote from: Brendan on April 27, 2007, 03:36:16 PM

Quote from: warning on April 27, 2007, 03:17:07 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 27, 2007, 03:12:50 PM

I wonder how much of an effect Fox's increasing reputation for canning good niche shows is having on the initial viewer count.  I know that's the reason I didn't watch Drive.

Same here.  After I got hooked on Day Break and they cancelled it I realized I was just frustrating myself.

Well, I enjoyed the three episodes of Drive that they aired, but I definitely anticipated this moment. :|

Day Break was actually on ABC, not Fox.

Well I suck.

It's ok, I still blame Fox for cancelling Day Break.  Just easier that way.
9596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever is 10 years old today! on: April 27, 2007, 05:14:28 PM
I think it would be friggin' awesome if after all these years they ended up releasing it as an EGA 2d sidescroller.



Honestly, I think I'd be more likely to pony up the $40 if they did do something crazy like that.
9597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 27, 2007, 03:41:19 PM
Any word on the sales numbers for this game?  For such an unmarketed niche game, I don't think they could've asked for better word of mouth.
9598  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Friend Codes on: April 27, 2007, 03:27:36 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 27, 2007, 02:59:29 PM

We'll just have to try to schedule stuff here in the thread and then meet up in-game at pre-set times. icon_smile

Just as a general FYI, I think the WiFi battling scales your team up/down to either level 50 or 100, so don't feel like you're not advanced enough to try a fight.  My giant turtle is ready to kick some penguin ass.
9599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DAMN you Fox! DAMN YOU! on: April 27, 2007, 03:12:50 PM
I wonder how much of an effect Fox's increasing reputation for canning good niche shows is having on the initial viewer count.  I know that's the reason I didn't watch Drive.
9600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DAMN you Fox! DAMN YOU! on: April 27, 2007, 02:45:55 PM
I had already heard about Drive, and so from the thread title I figured they had found a way to cancel Firefly a second time!
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