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9601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan sales 4/30 - 5/06 (wow!) on: May 10, 2007, 07:36:45 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 10, 2007, 07:24:25 PM

Software shmoftware, look at the hardware, you can check out the Hardware for 4/22 to 4/29, the Wii practically outsold the PS3 10:1. I expect much of the same for 4/30 - 5/06

At least the PS3 managed to outsell the PS2 that week!  (by 200 units)
9602  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hard Part [Heroes - Tonight!] on: May 10, 2007, 07:20:08 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 10, 2007, 07:04:20 PM

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I enjoyed the stuff with Hiro, though. I'm looking forward to learning more about Hiro's father on Monday.

I hear he is captain of a starship.

And fabulous!

There was a fun little interview with Masi "Hiro" Oka on Conan recently where he shows off his great George Takei impression.  Check out the Youtube clip at about the 3 minute mark.
9603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: As much as I like the PS3 on: May 10, 2007, 06:43:16 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 10, 2007, 06:21:28 PM

Even though I never used it and sold it if I could find one for about 400$ I would buy it again.

If they could be had for $400 I think a lot of things would be different in the console world.
9604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 10, 2007, 04:52:30 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 10, 2007, 04:50:06 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 10, 2007, 03:36:08 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 10, 2007, 03:28:12 PM

BTW - if you trade eggs, you have full control of the Pokemon when it hatches (as it's considered your Pokemon). Something you might want to keep in mind for further trades.
Didn't think of that.  It's a tradeoff, though, as the XP bonus for using a traded pokemon makes levelling so much faster.

That's also true. The boosted EXP is very nice. You gain 150% of normal exp for each victory. But then you can't control them until you get the badges. *shrugs*

There's an item called an everstone that stops your pokemon from levelling up.  If you had one of those and reached your level cap you could just hold them there until you got to the next needed badge.
9605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 10, 2007, 04:40:12 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on May 10, 2007, 03:44:13 PM

I just caught a Silcoon from a honey tree.  Yes, I'm secretly playing a little at work. Shhhhh.  ninja If there is nobody in particular you want I will just pick one.
Nah, just give me any old crap you don't care about, I don't think you have any yet that I don't have.
9606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New tracks from GH2: 80s edition announced on: May 10, 2007, 04:18:45 PM
I'm still hoping for "You Got the Touch!"
9607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 10, 2007, 03:36:08 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 10, 2007, 03:28:12 PM

BTW - if you trade eggs, you have full control of the Pokemon when it hatches (as it's considered your Pokemon). Something you might want to keep in mind for further trades.

Didn't think of that.  It's a tradeoff, though, as the XP bonus for using a traded pokemon makes levelling so much faster.
9608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Crackdown content this week... on: May 10, 2007, 03:29:24 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 10, 2007, 03:08:44 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 10, 2007, 03:04:41 PM

And BTW - the content goes live TODAY. Here's just a brief bit from the PR:

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For 800 Microsoft® Points, Agents can also access the full “Crackdown” armory, which includes three unique vehicles, four new devastating weapons, co-op game types, an Agent “cloaking device” and an added dynamic street-racing mode.

biggrin

How much will this add, single player-wise?

A lot.  There's a huge list of the free and for-purchase in the link in the original post.

I could've passed on the new vehicles, but there's no way I'm going to miss out on that minigun.
9609  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's that handy German word for yes? Nein, nicht "ja" on: May 10, 2007, 03:24:08 PM
Found it!  I was thinking of doch.

It's usage is a bit different than I remember, it's sort of translates to "on the contrary."

A better watermelon example than the one I originally gave is:

"So you don't want any watermelon?"

In English, "Yes" could mean "Yes, I do want watermelon, dammit." or "Yes, that is true, I don't want any of your damn watermelons."

In German, "Doch!" means, "On the contrary, I do indeed want some sweet, sweet, watermelon goodness."

9610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 10, 2007, 03:04:21 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on May 10, 2007, 02:57:38 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 10, 2007, 02:27:46 PM

I've got a Turtwig and a Bulbasaur that're yours if you want them.  Looking through the list of grass types, I could also whip you up a Paras, Treecko, Budew, or Cherubi.

Oh, and whatever you want, make sure to specify what you want his name to be.  You can only rename pokemon you've caught yourself, so I'd have to name him for you.

YES!  Thanks wonderpug!  All I want is a Turtwig right now.  I want to call him:  GAMERA (in all caps).  How do we go about doing this?  Let me know.  Thanks!

Just make sure my friend code is entered into your Pal Pad, I already have yours entered in.  Then we both go downstairs in a Pokemon Center at the same time, talk to the nice lady behind the counter, then you send me one of those damn chipmunks (or whatever you don't care about) to swap with GAMERA.

I also have some stuff waiting for Magik, does tonight at 9pm Eastern work for you both?
9611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 10, 2007, 02:31:40 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 10, 2007, 02:26:25 PM

How does it handle with the stock 360 controller? I wont buy a wheel and peddles for a game so I know I'm limiting myself somewhat.

Did you miss the original Forza?  It handled extremely well with the regular controller.  With Gran Turismo it was hard to do incremental amounts of brake/gas with the PS2's pressure sensitive buttons, but the Xbox's analog triggers worked perfectly.
9612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 10, 2007, 02:27:46 PM
I've got a Turtwig and a Bulbasaur that're yours if you want them.  Looking through the list of grass types, I could also whip you up a Paras, Treecko, Budew, or Cherubi.

Oh, and whatever you want, make sure to specify what you want his name to be.  You can only rename pokemon you've caught yourself, so I'd have to name him for you.
9613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's that handy German word for yes? Nein, nicht "ja" on: May 10, 2007, 02:19:29 PM
No, it's something else I'm thinking of.  I think "jawohl" is just an emphatic version of "ja."
9614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's that handy German word for yes? Nein, nicht "ja" on: May 10, 2007, 02:07:02 PM
My mind is completely blanking out.  There's this great German word I can't remember that doesn't have an exact equivalent in English.

In English, if someone asks, "Do you want to buy this watermelon or not?" and you answer, "Yes," there is ambiguity over whether you mean "Yes I would like to buy the watermelon" or "Yes I would not like to buy this watermelon."

In German, there's a handy-dandy word that means "Yes, the positive of two options."  With this word, the watermelon seller knows that your "Yes" means that you want to buy the watermelon.

Anyone know it?
9615  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.
9616  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.
9617  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?
9618  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!
9619  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!
9620  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.
9621  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.
9622  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
9623  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.
9624  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.
9625  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
9626  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.

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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?
9627  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.
9628  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.
9629  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!
9630  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.
9631  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.
9632  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. 
9633  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.
9634  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.
9635  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.
9636  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?
9637  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.
9638  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.
9639  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?
9640  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.
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