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9761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Johnny Hart on: April 10, 2007, 07:18:32 PM
Garfield got new life once it was discovered that you need to pretend the speech and thought bubbles don't exist.  Even the new ones are instant classics.
9762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: General Tso doesn't love me but I can't break free on: April 10, 2007, 06:59:38 PM
I think in most of the country General Tso/Tsao/Gao chicken is the same exact breaded stuff you see for orange chicken, but with a different sauce.
9763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: General Tso doesn't love me but I can't break free on: April 10, 2007, 06:25:52 PM

Quote from: javahead on April 10, 2007, 06:10:02 PM

You're telling me there is no other option for Chinese in the area? Perhaps a delivery service??
I mean mall food...come on!
There's no need to be treasonus to the General. Just find another place that makes it better.
It's worse than you think, I actually work just a few blocks away from Chinatown.  When I go there, though, I always get something as non-Americanized as I can find, like pho, char kway teow, dim-sum or sashimi.  And I do go there, thankfully, more often than I opt for food court fare but...

There's just something about food court food.  It's...so easy.  Accessible.

And I don't think finding another place that makes it better would really accomplish anything.  General Tso is gonna be delicious but terrible pretty much everywhere you go.  At his best he's still going to be a greasy, fatty, breaded delight.

Somehow I've managed to inernalize that I feel like shit every time I eat a quarter pounder with cheese at McDonalds, and it now rarely tempts me.  General Tso though, I just can't break free.
9764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Keyboard Controller for the 360? on: April 10, 2007, 06:00:19 PM
Where's the version that has the Q, A, and Z rows off-set like a normal keyboard?  With the way it has the A row shifted left and the Z row shifted right, I could see it driving me insane pretty quickly.
9765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / General Tso doesn't love me but I can't break free on: April 10, 2007, 05:43:53 PM
I head down to the local food court Chinese stand nearly once a week and usually end up with General Tso's chicken.  Almost every time, the chicken starts tasting a little funny towards the end of the meal, some of the last pieces start looking like they're from more "creative" cuts of meat, and without fail I leave lunch feeling a bit off in the stomach and in my head, ready to lie down on the nearest anything to take a nap for a good 3-4 days.

But I keep coming back.  I can't help it.  He calls out to me, like a high cholesterol siren singing out with promises of MSG and deep fried breading.  I know I'm going to regret it.  I know that as I'm waddling back to my office I'm going to once more swear to never eat General Tso's chicken ever ever again.

But he always draws me back with his charm.  General Tso is crispy.  General Tso is inexpensive.  General Tso is very generous with his portion sizes.  General Tso is covered in a delicious sauce, and comes with my choice of rice or noodles.

Why can't I break away from the General?  I know he's bad for me, I know he's unhealthy, I know I'll regret it every time I meet him for lunch.

Why can't I quit you, General Tso?!
9766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'Personal Development Plan' on: April 10, 2007, 02:08:13 PM
"Now that I have achieved perfection, my goal is to help the rest of you sods rise up to be closer to my level of magnificense."
9767  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: AMD Price Drops on: April 10, 2007, 02:06:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 10, 2007, 01:58:07 PM

I've been out of the PC game for a long time now.

What does the top most chip equate to in Megahertz?

I believe it runs at 3000Mhz, and the 6000+ means it's supposed to be equivalent to a 6000Mhz Intel processor.
9768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Current backlog of games...the horror, the horror! on: April 10, 2007, 02:00:17 PM
My backlog is horrendous, but mostly made of console games at the moment.

I'm thinking of instituting a policy whereupon I can only purchase a new game after completing two games from my backlog.  This system would ensure that my backlog is always being whittled down, while being flexible enough to allow for must-have day-one-purchase releases.
9769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 10, 2007, 12:56:39 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 10, 2007, 05:12:50 AM

It's way too consistant to be a conspiracy theory.

I'm telling you, a resist comes EVERY fricken time there is a choice move up on the board.

I totally swear, if you open the top of the DS one more notch, so that it's open flat, and then turn it upside down when you try to cast a spell it will never get resisted.  Last night this worked like 20 times in a row.

slywink
9770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did you know? on: April 10, 2007, 03:09:53 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 10, 2007, 02:52:52 AM


Much better!
9771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thank God your here on: April 10, 2007, 02:20:42 AM
Really?  I was pretty disappointed with the first hour, some good moments but it seemed so scripted.  I know the featured comedian was making it up on the spot, but everything they're fed is so rigid.  Like when Wayne Knight said the photo of the man was the "after" picture, it was a good joke.  But the girl wasn't able or allowed to adapt, and had to follow up by saying it was in fact the "before" picture for their next preplanned gag.

Maybe I'm just too used to the more usual format for improv.
9772  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A great POTBS overview on: April 09, 2007, 11:45:30 PM
Here's the article's summary for the lazy, but the whole thing is a very good read:

Quote
      Easy To Jump In And Play without any steep learning curves
    *
      Micro-Balance Of Opposing Factions via matched skills and equipment
    *
      Achieves Dynamic World Changes through both PvE and PvP actions
    *
      Intrinsically Ties the PvE and PvP game to the game economy
    *
      100% Player-Driven economy
    *
      Palatable And Robust mission-driven leveling system
    *
      Cinematic Game-Play with full animation of avatars and NPCs
    *
      Uniquely Historical avatar combat system
    *
      Uniquely Historical naval combat system
    *
      Amazing Graphics that maintain rich appearance on moderate computers
    *
      Mac Compatibility
    *
      Huge Diversity in character attire and appearance
    *
      Full Circle, Winnable Game with rewards and with no end-game grind
    *
      Non-Grinding Production System for the manufacturing of all player items
    *
      Heroic Storyline that is different for every player, based upon choices made
    *
      NPC Sidekick Potential via unique storyline missions
    *
      Character Skill Choices, rather than gear, differentiates character ability
    *
      Absence Of Gear Competition promotes good game environment among friends
    *
      Thar Be Pirates, Matey!
    *

I'm very excited about this one, is it really coming out in June?  I very much hope they pull this one off, on paper at least it looks like they're doing everything right.
9773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Reason #69 why the XBOX Live Vision Camera might have been a bad idea *NSFW* on: April 09, 2007, 06:31:10 PM
No obligatory Penny Arcade comic post yet? 

9774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Testing the psychic on: April 09, 2007, 06:23:15 PM
Let's see what we can dig up today...

Airplane on fire in Tennessee

Pilot dies in plane crash in East China

Flights to Hawaii losing seats left and right

Any good?
9775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 09, 2007, 05:07:00 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 09, 2007, 04:32:22 PM

Are the quests very different among the various classes?

I'm pretty amazed at how long the game is, and how many quests.  And the amazing thing is, it never gets boring.

I don't think there's any difference in the quests between classes.
9776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sony Report Reveals First Look at Absolute Blu-ray and HD DVD Disc Sales Fig on: April 09, 2007, 04:02:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 09, 2007, 03:44:49 PM

I look at the 100k delta between them and one thing is verly clear to me - the war is still in full swing.

Yeah, I read the numbers to mean I'm either going to someday buy a combo player, or install both a blu-ray and HD-DVD drive into my HTPC.

Can't we just have them settle this with rock-paper-scissors?
9777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 09, 2007, 03:54:51 PM
Thank you GameFAQs forum via Penny-Arcade's forum, we now have....capture puzzle solutions!

I'm happy to say I've solved most of them on my own so far, but there are some that have long since left "fun" and entered deep into "annoying."
9778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/9) on: April 09, 2007, 01:57:43 PM
Alex Kidd, is that a Genesis title?  I thought that was only on the old Sega Master System.

I should be buying Paper Mario, as it's exactly my kind of game, but the backlog is just too big to justify any purchases.
9779  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Vive Pinata 19.99 @ target? on: April 09, 2007, 01:18:13 AM
The $30 deal was close to breaking me down, but if it's really available for $20 there's no way I can resist.
9780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 08, 2007, 05:04:11 PM
If it makes you feel any better, teaching your pinky to be useful is one of the hardest parts of learning real guitar as well!  You just gotta practice enough to give it some strength and dexterity. smile
9781  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Monitor, or Graphic's card? on: April 07, 2007, 06:42:48 PM
My first guess would be a loose monitor cable.
9782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 06, 2007, 09:43:40 PM
Great info in this Relic podcast.

  • Is indeed stand-alone but can combine with original Dark Crusade style.
  • Panzer Elite "really cool super-elite units" Jagd Panthers, King Tigers, Falschenjagers, infiltration stuff, "really cool really sneaky tactical options"
  • Both sides: want to play different against each other and contrast nicely with existing armies
  • Panzer Elite all about mobility, don't really have static defenses, all vehicle based
  • German Campaign exists
  • Brits: Very defense focused, many emplacement options, can dig slit trenches to create cover, focus on using officer corps to boost troops in radius
  • Brits: masters of artillery "tactical micro for artillery", creeping barrage "walking wall of death"
  • Brits: odd unique tanks, The Churchill looks like it belongs in WH40k
  • "Shoot! Shoot! Shoot, Ya bloody wanker!"
  • One of the Relic devs is obsessed with posting internet cat pics to the team...
9783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Tranformers: The Game Screenshots [56k] on: April 06, 2007, 08:13:50 PM
Megatron's so happy!
9784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 06, 2007, 07:53:51 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 06, 2007, 07:42:00 PM

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If it were Yellow, Red, and then Green, do I hold down all three to play the Yellow note, then pull off Yellow to play Red, and then pull off Red to play Green?  If so, how am I supposed to know that I can hold down all three and get the right note?  Especially when notes are flying at me around Mach-2?  Pull-offs are so confusing to me.  Hammer-on's seem to make sense, but not going the other way.

You can hold down multiple notes and only the highest note will play.  This is always true* not just for hammer-ons/pull offs.  It's a fairly essential technique in the game. 

So, for example, lets say you have a series of red and yellow alternating notes coming up.  You could hold the green fret down the entire time and it will be basically be ignored. 

* Chords (defined in Guitar Hero as two colors that have to be be triggered simultaneoulsy) are the exception.  If it is asking you to play a Red-Yellow Chord then you cannot be holding down any other buttons when you play the chord. 

I think he's more asking how, if you're meant to pre-hold down green and red for some upcoming pull-offs, you're supposed to know ahead of time that those should be held down when you strum yellow.  The answer being that you either memorize the sequence after replaying the song a few times, or you pull-off the more lenient way that GHII let's you do: just finger the notes as they come without strumming.
9785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Price cut in October? on: April 06, 2007, 06:49:10 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 06, 2007, 06:37:49 PM

does anyone know if there is gonna be a price cut on the 360 core and premium when the elite is released?

9786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 06, 2007, 05:34:21 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 06, 2007, 05:08:17 PM

Also, does anyone know how you go about unlocking the encore songs?  I'm assuming I have to hit five stars on the songs prior to the encore before unlocking it, but if I'm wrong please correct me.  And can one unlock the encore performances on Easy, or must you be playing on Medium?  If so, it's going to be a "Long Road Ahead."
I believe you just have to beat everything on that level to unlock the encore, you certainly don't need to 5 star everything.

As for the pull-offs, I think GH1 did require you to have the higher notes pre-held down before releasing the lower ones, but GHII is much more lenient.  I think you can even get away with pressing the notes one at a time if you time it right.

Now if you're next going to ask how you transition from manageable chords and sequences to a sudden crazy string of hammer-on/pull-offs for a big solo, I have no idea.  Those still make me cry.

Time for a repost of xkcd:

9787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming Target's Exclusive List By Console Updated on: April 06, 2007, 01:54:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 06, 2007, 01:49:37 PM

Quote from: warning on April 06, 2007, 01:24:02 PM

What impact does Microsoft having a one year lead have?  Is that factored into the list?

It's certainly going to effect some games on the list- I would expect first year 360 titles like Over G Fighters and Top Spin 2 would likely have been multiplatform if other platforms had existed at the time. 

Now you're making me wonder what Rockstar's Table Tennis might have been like on the Wii.
9788  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [360] Viva Pinata - $29.99 with Free Shipping on: April 05, 2007, 08:11:00 PM
Backlog...too big, but game...so tempting
9789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Election Held, No One Shows on: April 05, 2007, 06:07:26 PM
A town of 300 only has 35 registered voters?  Ouch.
9790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 05, 2007, 06:03:03 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on April 05, 2007, 05:30:24 PM

How do you guys spend your gold?  Do you buy new equipment for your character or go for all the citadel upgrades first?  I don't know what to do.  I purchased the dungeon and the stable (to train mounts).  I'm now hesitant to purchase anything.  I would like to upgrade my equipment but I could really use those citadel upgrades.  Any thoughts???

On a related note, how the heck do you get lots of gold?  I'm currently a Level 11 Knight and I have only 1,100 gold saved up and I'm unsure how to spend it because I don't want to gimp my Knight.

I don't think your money problems will last very long.  The item offering in the stores doesn't scale all that well as you go up in level--for me at least there were a lot of long stretches where I couldn't see anything in the shop that was better than rune-made, quest-given, or items I bought long ago.  I'm past level 40 now and I'm still using two items I bought in my teen levels (Firewalker Staff, Ultimate Troll Ring).

So I don't think you have any risk of gimping your knight, no matter how you choose to spend your gold.
9791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 will have a Live auction house on: April 05, 2007, 03:15:34 PM

Quote from: happydog on April 05, 2007, 02:58:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 05, 2007, 02:19:41 PM

Quote from: happydog on April 04, 2007, 11:12:58 PM

I think it sounds cool, but I bet after a shot time it will be only a few hard core types that use it often. Most gamers will probably check it out a few times then ignore it. It just doesn't add to the game-play that much IMO.

Do you see this as being all that different from PC games that allow for customization and mods?  There are lots of people who love spending their time making stuff, and I don't think it will be hard to find people willing to spend game-money on it.

I do think there is a difference. On the PC things like this are free (in and out of game). Forza is going to make you earn money so you have access to these things unless you have the talent/patience to do them yourself. A lot of people don't.

I suppose, but since your game money can only be used for buying cars or customization, it doesn't seem like much of a stretch for people to spend it on custom cars.

I think the real challenge for the feature is to give a good way to seperate the good stuff from the dreck.  Will we be able to test drive cars to see if the tuning really does what the tuner advertises?  How many pages of gag paint jobs will we have to sort through to find some serious ones?
9792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 05, 2007, 02:23:04 PM
I've also heard that CoH didn't sell very well.  I don't know if I'd immediately attribute it to a PC gaming slump, I'd guess it might have more to do with WWII game burnout.
9793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 will have a Live auction house on: April 05, 2007, 02:19:41 PM

Quote from: happydog on April 04, 2007, 11:12:58 PM

I think it sounds cool, but I bet after a shot time it will be only a few hard core types that use it often. Most gamers will probably check it out a few times then ignore it. It just doesn't add to the game-play that much IMO.

Do you see this as being all that different from PC games that allow for customization and mods?  There are lots of people who love spending their time making stuff, and I don't think it will be hard to find people willing to spend game-money on it.
9794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did you know? on: April 05, 2007, 01:55:00 PM

Quote from: mytocles on April 05, 2007, 01:42:02 PM

I'm wondering though about that whole IQ comparison - the percentage of highest IQ's in China and India being more than something like the percentage or our schoolchildren (sorry, vague paraphrasing at best).  My first thought was soon represented, somewhat, by the population figures... is it simply that there are so many children in those countries to make that inevitable?  Just a thought.

It was just a fancy way of saying that they have four times as many children as the US.  So yes, their top 25% intelligent kids exceed our entire kid population, but it also means their stupidest 25% exceed our entire kid population. slywink

I didn't make it much past that snippet, did it ever move on past different ways of saying China and India are overpopulated?
9795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 05, 2007, 12:52:31 PM
For those of you new to GHII, don't forget about practice mode for learning those new sequences!

[consarnit]Back in my day, we didn't have no fancy practice mode.  We had to learn songs the hard way, in front of a booing audience![/consarnit]
9796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 05, 2007, 12:49:24 PM
I'm amazed that they went with the British over the Russians, very interesting.  Can't wait to hear more details.
9797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 will have a Live auction house on: April 04, 2007, 11:15:58 PM
Arkon wins!

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,18390.0.html
9798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Toys for new Transformers Movie on: April 04, 2007, 11:14:47 PM
Well, apparently Hobby Link Japan was selling them with an (easily removable) colored gun tip to satisfy customs, but they're now showing it as discontinued.  I'll pass on the word if I stumble across a good source.

To tempt you just a bit more, there seems to be another company that's creating a die-cast silencer and shoulder stock to make the masterpiece complete:

9799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Toys for new Transformers Movie on: April 04, 2007, 07:51:43 PM

Quote from: disarm on February 03, 2007, 06:48:49 PM

Quote from: Graham on February 02, 2007, 08:57:41 PM

The reason for Megatron not being a gun is largely because of the laws passed where you can't make a real-looking toy gun.  Remember when the Zapper for the NES had a grey barrel, but later ended up with an orange one?  That's part of the reason.  If you try to find an original Megatron, it can run you a couple of hundred dollars because it is pretty scarse now.  Apparently Hasbro thought about remaking Megatron in blaze orange and did a prototype, but it just wasn't the same, obviously.

thankfully, there's still a company out there that can make awesome TF toys...Takara (the maker of TFs in japan) is just releasing their new Masterpiece Megatron and it's absolutely awesome.  unfortunately, it's technically illegal to import into the US due to the restrictions on toy guns and can be confiscated by customs if you try.  it's the Megatron we've always wanted though...





Sorry for another Transformers thread resurrection, but a bunch of new pics of this toy were just posted, and well, I must have one.


Friggin awesome:


I bought the Masterpiece Optimus off of ebay, so how can I resist buying this in order to create:


It does seem like a slight improvement over the original toy:


Dear Santa,
9800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm Cursed and Shall Never Get to Play Puzzle Quest on: April 04, 2007, 02:29:26 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 04, 2007, 02:15:52 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 04, 2007, 01:40:30 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 04, 2007, 01:33:27 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 03, 2007, 11:58:57 PM

A few forums have been buzzing about the DS/PSP game Puzzle Quest. Being a strategy game whore I immediately pre-ordered it from Amazon.
I know the title of the game is a bit misleading, but the game isn't really a strategy game.  It's more of a puzzle game...with quests.  Tongue

Yeah, I guess strategy game isn't the best term. I have played the PC demo, so I'm certain I'll love the full game. I really want it for lunchtime at work.

There's a PC version?  I've been hearing alot about this game but since I don't have a DS I haven't been paying attention.  I may have to give it a spin tonight- if I can rip myself away from S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

There's a PC demo but oddly no option for downloadable purchase, the PC version isn't even officially announced.  It's bound to come out some day, but I'm guessing they're having some kind of publishing woes.
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