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9761  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Forza 2 tonight (22 Jun 07)? on: June 23, 2007, 10:38:47 PM
Woops, wish I saw this in time.  The AI in the game is starting to get on my nerves.
9762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Gamespot Awards Mercury Meltdown a 8.5 on: June 23, 2007, 10:35:36 PM
I remember being really disappointed with the Mercury game on the PSP, but for the life of me I can't remember why.  Do you know if this new version fixed whatever problem it was I had with the PSP version?  saywhat
9763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock: 7 minutes of video on: June 23, 2007, 09:47:14 PM
Cool box art, I never thought Dig-Dug would get a modern remake. slywink
9764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 Red Rings to round out my week on: June 22, 2007, 05:59:13 PM
I don't know if it's possible to peek in without cracking open the case, but when you get your refurb I'd be very curious to know if you got the new heatsink installed.
9765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First Transformers: The Game Screenshot on: June 22, 2007, 02:13:17 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on June 21, 2007, 07:57:43 PM

I'd give anything for a Tranformers licensed FPS.  Shogo is really the closest thing that I am aware of and that game was bad ass.  I still have my eyes on this one even though it's 3rd person.

Did you ever play Heavy Gear 1 or 2?  You've got first person, you've got shootering, fairly nimble robots, and the mechs you control even switch to a sort of vehicle mode.
9766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin Poll(redux) - Does it really belong here? on: June 22, 2007, 01:54:40 AM

Quote from: mytocles on June 14, 2007, 07:16:12 AM

However - and this is on me really  -  I also tend to associate the Sun-Skin post with the other one that is punctuated by rather slutty pictures (um... part of the title is Having Fun, I think?)  On that one, I got as far as the splayed naked woman on the car hood, and just wasn't much interested in visiting that thread again.  It is my own linking of the two - and disinterest in the Sunday WOMEN's Skin topic that has led me to conclude that the locker room isn't always for me.

Quote from: mytocles on June 15, 2007, 05:35:32 PM

Here is an exercise to try:  go to the This is Fun thread, locate the naked female splayed on the car hood - and show it to your wife, girlfriend, female co-worker, or sister.  Ask her what she thinks about a professional forum with pictures such as that.  I went to that site, thinking of finding some Fun Fotos... and I would have enjoyed going beyond that picture, if I hadn't been totally offended by it.  I am not a prude, that was not the issue for me. Some men will disagree, but I felt that the picture represented the whole "demeaning of women" gig. Yeah, I was in college when the whole Women's Libber thing happened, but many people - not just me - agree that women should be treated with more respect than that.  And people, men or women, who are disrespected, often enough, would likely not hang around for very long.

So we've got mytocles, a long time Gone Gold/Console Gold/Gaming Trend reader, who posts that she was so offended by a picture in the "This is Fun" thread that she didn't want to read past the first page.  So offended that when we're talking about the Sunday Skin posts, she recalls this car hood picture from another thread as a perfect example of a demeaning picture that could drive away someone such as herself.

And then someone goes and bumps the three year old picture up with the latest postings in the thread.

If people want to mock my arguments in this thread or in the latest Sunday Skin, fine, whatever, I can take it.  But I see the picture bump in the "This is Fun" thread as a big F.U. to mytocles, and anyone who might share her opinion.  As a forum we're saying that women should not only expect and tolerate the locker room mentality, but if they bring up something that's particularly offensive to them we're going to shove it in their faces? 

If the forum considers this an acceptable way to treat not just a hypothetical female demographic, but an actual female forumer who's been an active poster for years, I guess I should start including myself in the demographic that's being driven away by the locker room mentality.
9767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 21, 2007, 07:38:24 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 21, 2007, 07:26:20 PM

Quote from: Brendan on June 21, 2007, 06:41:55 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 21, 2007, 06:08:06 PM

Don't get me started again on how awesome it is to have VOICE HELP for every freaking part of the interface.

y cant calven read?

What are you talking about dude? I'm agreeing completely will bullwinkle, and reiterating the same points I made earlier.
CliffsNotes:
"Really excited about voice help!"
"Ha u need voice cus can't reeed!"
9768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's Bioware doing? Oh yeah. A Sonic RPG. Yeah... ok... on: June 21, 2007, 06:09:23 PM
I think of Mario Bros. and I can picture Goombas, Koopa Troopers, Shy Guys, those Ninja guys, Hammer Bros., the list of memorable characters goes on and on.  I think of Sonic and all I can picture are coins and loop-de-loops, the course layouts basically, and this is coming from someone who grew up owning a Genesis and a Game Gear instead of a SNES and a Gameboy. 

I'm looking through Wikipedia's list of Sonic characters, and I can only recognize about a half dozen of them.
9769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Maybe Sony pushing Blu-Ray through the PS3 wasn't so crazy after all... on: June 21, 2007, 05:54:16 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on June 21, 2007, 05:46:55 PM

If Blu-Ray succeeds as a format, I doubt the PS3 will have anything to do with it.  It sounds more like Blu-Ray may succeed more out of backroom negotiations with key players (Blockbuster, movie studios, manufacturers, etc).  The only thing is, those deals are going to cut into any financial windfall Sony may reap from "winning"... kind of like the "even if they win they lose" console war they are currently engaged in.

If Blu-Ray movies are currently keeping pace with or outselling HD-DVD movies, and 1.4 out of the 1.5 million Blu-Ray players are PS3s, I don't see how you could argue that the PS3 had little to no influence.  If the 1.4 million PS3 owners on average buy just one movie each, the 0.1 million stand-alone owners would each have to buy 14 movies to have the same effect.
9770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you exercise? on: June 21, 2007, 05:38:00 PM

Quote from: warning on June 21, 2007, 04:27:02 PM

I really like the idea of swimming but I don't and probably never will have a decent sized pool.  That means I have to pay someplace a membership fee, leave my house and drive there, workout, shower and change and come back home.  There's just too many loopholes for me to ever make that a consistent habit.

Ain't that the truth.  It's hard enough for me to get to my gym sometimes, and it's right across the street from my apartment. 
9771  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A great POTBS overview on: June 21, 2007, 03:59:18 PM
There's a drawing for 200 beta accounts going on at warcry.  Some new information on the official website regarding the mechanics of ship combat, and it looks like a listing of ship types, but I haven't had a chance to browse those articles yet.

Hope this game's still on track to be released soon, is the release date still just "sometime after June?"
9772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you exercise? on: June 21, 2007, 02:31:52 PM
I was on a great exercise routine early this year, then slacked off for a few months.  I'm back on track now:

Strength training 2-3 times a week, alternating upper+core and lower+core, with a 1 mile jog on the treadmill as a warm-up.

Jogging 3-4 times a week, mostly 2-3 miles with one 4-5 mile "long run"

Swimming tossed in every now and then as cross-training.

My main focus now is working up my cardio health and gradually increasing my weekly mileage and so I can more easily go longer distances.  I've got my sights on a half-marathon in October.  I have a 12 week training schedule that I'm planning to follow that starts on July 17th with 3-4 mile runs on week one, so I'm ahead of schedule.
9773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Internet is Pay to Play on June 30th? on: June 21, 2007, 02:20:52 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 21, 2007, 01:44:27 PM

If you ever find yourself using the browser for more than novelty or a very quick trip to check your mail, let us know.
I use the Internet Channel on the Wii, and I have my regular PC on a desk just behind my couch, and a HTPC hooked to my TV that has a keyboard with a built in touchpad.

The Wii boots up faster than the regular PC, and it's easier to just grab the Wii remote on the coffee table than it is to go grab the HTPC keyboard that's next to the TV.  Besides that, the Wii browser's zoom function does a much better job of making things legible on my SD TV than simply enlarging the text on Firefox with the HTPC.  The Wii is also my preferred way to look up guitar tabs.  It's awkward to play the guitar at my regular PC, and the Wii does a better job at blocking the myriad of pop-ups on the tablature websites than Firefox.

I wouldn't want to type a post like this one with the Wii remote, but for typing URLs or a few words here and there into a search box it works great.  I mean, the Wii remote is pretty much equivalent to having a mouse.  Imagine if you had a picture of a keyboard on your screen and you had to use the mouse to point and click to spell out a URL.  Slower than a keyboard, for sure, but I'll bet you could click the word out pretty fast.
9774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Internet is Pay to Play on June 30th? on: June 21, 2007, 01:38:02 PM

Quote from: Jag on June 21, 2007, 01:27:29 PM

How do you download Opera. I've barely played around with the Wii internet controls at all. (I have a PC for that biggrin)
Go to the Shopping Channel, then err...Wii Utilities or something?  It'll be called the Internet Channel.
9775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Internet is Pay to Play on June 30th? on: June 21, 2007, 01:16:49 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 21, 2007, 12:53:20 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 21, 2007, 12:15:09 PM

Why in the world do you want to use opera on your Wii? Can you download stuff from the net like you can on a PS3? Does the Wii have mouse/kb compatibility to making surfing useful (which it is only barely on the PS3, and I think its fair to say the differences in systems has been convered). What's the real point here? And of course, why is Nintendo bilking you people out of 5$ is another good question.

The pointer works pretty well (the controller even does a slight rumble when you pass over hyperlinks). 

And while it's of course nowhere near as fast as a real keyboard, pointing and clicking at an onscreen keyboard to type is loads faster than using a d-pad or an analog stick.
9776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 20, 2007, 11:53:34 PM
How good is the navigator in the rally mode?  Helpful and not annoying?
9777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Sim City Impressions on: June 20, 2007, 11:51:01 PM
If the game tiles really are the same size as the stylus tip, I'd say it's more the fault of the game designer than the DS.  The stylus was plenty accurate for me on Ouendan when I had to rapidly hit tiny (but not too tiny!) dots all over the place on insane difficulty.

I hope it's just a case of a reviewer being nitpicky.
9778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Sim City Impressions on: June 20, 2007, 10:47:52 PM
Very curious about this one.  It seems like a perfect match for the DS, but I too have been scared by the early reviews.
9779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 20, 2007, 10:46:29 PM
A 5 liter V8 is a closer match to the rally cars than a 2.4L turbo 4-cylinder engine?  You're crazy.  icon_biggrin  It may be front wheel drive, but wasn't the whole point of the SRT-4 to go after the market interested in WRXs and Evos?

I'll give the Mustang a try, though, I'm open minded. smile
9780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 20, 2007, 05:59:02 PM
I'm always up for multiplayer, but it seems like we haven't been meeting critical mass these days.

I've come to the realization that I just don't care for the American cars in the game.  I needed something for a B-class North America only series, and I just couldn't find any cars that interested me.  I ended up cheating by using an Acura NSX, an American branded Japanese car trying to be an Italian car doesn't seem like what they had in mind for the race.  smile

As I'm typing this I'm realizing I should've given the Dodge Neon a try since I like the WRX and the Evo so much.
9781  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Look at them guests! on: June 19, 2007, 05:08:53 PM
I agree with your point and/or observation, mytocles Gaming Trend Senior Member Online.  Have you tried any refreshing Coca-Cola products recently?  I find them a perfect match for Simple Machines Forum Gaming Trend Forum - Index.
9782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 on the 360 on: June 19, 2007, 03:31:39 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on June 19, 2007, 03:23:46 PM

What if it was designed only for the PC but had built in options for using the 360 pad?

Just something to think about.
I wouldn't bet much money on them designing a UI to fit the 360 controller and then not releasing the game on the 360.
9783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has MS Finally Changed 360 Cooling? on: June 19, 2007, 03:24:50 PM
My 360 is coming up on its one year birthday, I'm almost tempted to intentionally make it overheat so I can send it in and get the new heatsink installed under warranty.
9784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/18) on: June 19, 2007, 02:42:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 19, 2007, 02:39:40 PM

when did dirt start whoring himself out?  icon_wink

I don't know, but I'm thinking rental instead of purchase.
9785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Manhunt 2 banned in UK on: June 19, 2007, 02:41:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 19, 2007, 02:35:04 PM

The game being banned in Germany is no big surprise, same for Australia.  Does the PS3 have PAL and NTSC versions?  cause if not I hear it's region free.....

There are PAL and NTSC versions, I would guess they'd be region free (when the publisher allows it) for games but not for movies.
9786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Look at them guests! on: June 19, 2007, 02:34:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 19, 2007, 02:28:44 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on June 19, 2007, 12:14:38 PM

From what was said, it seems a lot of the guests are bots...

you're a bot!  Tongue
That is absurd of CeeKay Gaming Trend Senior Member Online to say, $suspectedbotname is clearly a valued member of Simple Machines Forum Gaming Trend - Index.
9787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Manhunt 2 banned in UK on: June 19, 2007, 02:31:31 PM

Quote from: Clay on June 19, 2007, 02:26:16 PM

Or, to put it another way, NTSC is 29.97 frames/second and PAL is 24 frames/second (based on the cinema). . .
(with 20% more vertical resolution)
9788  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: 172 guests... on: June 19, 2007, 02:19:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 19, 2007, 02:13:13 PM

What is this "web" of which you speak?
9789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Manhunt 2 banned in UK on: June 19, 2007, 01:51:25 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on June 19, 2007, 01:45:51 PM

I know that I am kinda a noob in this respect but what does PAL mean??

NTSC and PAL are two different video formats for television.  NTSC is used in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Japan.  PAL is used in Europe, South America, and Australia.
9790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Sony] Blockbuster chooses Blu-ray on: June 19, 2007, 01:45:22 PM
From reading about this, it doesn't seem like Blockbuster is so much trying to influence the market as it is reacting.  They're not siding with Blu-Ray because they want Blu-Ray to win, they're siding with Blu-Ray because for them it was renting less terribly than HD-DVD, which hasn't been renting at all.
9791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer impressions on: June 19, 2007, 01:03:46 AM
Woah, Edward Norton as Bruce Banner?  Color me intrigued.
9792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Peeve: Double clicking on: June 18, 2007, 02:51:55 AM
This drives me crazy as well.  It doesn't help that their belief in the need for double clicking gets reinforced by their clumsy clicking.  They'll try a single click, but miss the link or button.  When they then mouse over it properly, they double click, and viola!  It works!  Must be because of the double clicking!
9793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2: COOL CAR PIC'S....... on: June 18, 2007, 12:10:38 AM
Someone at Qt3 was curious to see how my Autobot logo method differed from him, so I did a shot of both my Autobot logo deconstructed and my Skull from PvP deconstructed:

Autobot logo, with the left half kept together:





Skull:


9794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Party 8 on: June 17, 2007, 11:15:05 PM
Played it for the first time with my fiancee and another couple last night.  We had a lot of fun, but our main complaint was that they didn't have us playing minigames enough.  We had to move our pieces around the game for what seemed like 5-6 minutes before we could have a brief 30 second minigame at the end of the round.  We only played the Monopoly style map where you invest in hotels, so I don't know if the other boards bring in more minigames.

After that we had some fun spending time just playing minigames freeform, but of course we wished we had more of them unlocked.  Overall I think we all agreed the 3 on 1 games were the most fun, it's really fun to all team up against someone.

So thumbs up from us, but it'd be a lot better if the boardgame moved faster so we didn't have to wait so long between minigames.
9795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2: COOL CAR PIC'S....... on: June 17, 2007, 09:56:29 PM
This just in, PeteRock sighted in local suburb!

9796  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Friday Night Gears of War (6/15/07)... on: June 16, 2007, 04:30:19 PM
Thanks for the invites, wish I had the game. frown
9797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Trailer on: June 16, 2007, 03:07:37 AM
Looks good to me, and hallelujah no scaled encounters!
9798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone here know anything about Little Italy restuarants? on: June 15, 2007, 09:00:45 PM

Quote from: Darkstar One on June 15, 2007, 08:50:28 PM

Stupid question--what are these "street hawkers"?
Pigeons are considered good eating in Italy, so as a carry-over from the old world in a lot of Little Italy districts around America you can find people who still train hawks to hunt down pigeons and bring them back for the hawker to roast.  As Tebunker said, it's very fun to pit two hawkers against each other for your business, you can see some pretty impressive aerial maneuvers as the birds try to beat each other to the kill.

Or maybe Tebunker's just talking about people who stand in the doorway yelling to draw people in, one or the other.
9799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin Poll(redux) - Does it really belong here? on: June 15, 2007, 07:14:01 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 15, 2007, 06:33:46 PM

If KD stops, then Corruptrelic may take over the duties. Do any of us want that? slywink

Ok, I retract everything I said on page 1. slywink
9800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin Poll(redux) - Does it really belong here? on: June 15, 2007, 04:11:14 PM
Why are you still on the "live with or leave it" angle?  The skin threads don't bother me, I look at them, I don't have a problem with them.

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 14, 2007, 02:43:48 PM

I'm interested in seeing how this plays out.  I'll give it to this Sunday and we'll see then. 
But clearly Ron's interested in at least examining the issue.  I would wager that he's more interested in hearing people's thoughts for and against the issue than he is in just throwing up a poll and going with the winner.

Quote from: Blackadar on June 15, 2007, 03:39:38 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 15, 2007, 03:29:27 PM

Consider, in your ardent faith in the word of the poll, that Turtle, who initiated this round of discussion about whether the skin posts are turning away, said that he likes them.

So depending on whether he and I voted for option 1, option 2, or option 1 and 2, we could've added 2-6 "poll points" towards keeping them as-is, despite both thinking that they might be turning away the female demographic.

I guess this is a TV show now.  Do you know what the "female demographic" consists of?  And do we take a worse ratings hit by removing any/all offensive threads or by keeping them?  Let's hire Gallup to find out!

If you're going to post again, answer this - is the argument that Sunday Skin - and NSFW threads like it - are too offensive, or is it that Ron's posting these the problem?  It's either one or the other.  Define the issue, please.

The female demographic consists of females who may be interested in gaming forum, or just an off-topic forum with people they relate to.  And I don't know if removing skin threads will make us gain more people than we lose, I thought that was the whole point of Turtle bringing up the discussion.

And as for your ultimatum, I think the issue at hand is whether threads full of skin pictures make the site less welcoming to women.  As a point in the discussion of that issue, I personally think that if the skin threads are coming from the site staff on a regular basis, it sets more of an example than if it's just a forumer posting the thread.
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