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9961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 11:25:35 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 10:38:00 PM

Whatever buddy.....whatever. Lets just move on back to the actual console discussion.

There was something offensive to be found in my last post?  I really don't understand your world.

edit: Just to clarify, since I really am confused, in my previous post all I was saying is that the thing that bothers IkeVandergraaf does not seem like an issue to you because it only involves a small amount of money.  Because most people, like you, are a lot looser with their money when it involves small amounts, microtransactions are a very successful business model.

Is this not accurate to say?
9962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 10:36:07 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 09:29:39 PM

Quote from: gilgamex on March 28, 2007, 09:12:47 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 08:24:53 PM

I understand him fine, I just think its much a'do about nothing, to the point where it's not even worth discussing........but anyway.

Come on now, this isn't as big a deal as you think. Most people end up using the points in the end, so really, why is this an issue? I always buy blocks in 2000 pt allotments (is that the second most amount) and just go from there. I don't buy points for one thing, I buy them to replenish and use and its entirely optional. Again, if this is make or break, don't buy the points. If quibbling over what did you say, a $1.45 is a big deal, then this definitely is something you should think twice about supporting.

What else can I say? icon_neutral

To quote Wonderpug:

"Somewhere, just now, the guy who invented microtransactions let out a small maniacal giggle and twiddled his fingers with glee."

This guy must be giggling a lot today.



Why, because I don't mind paying a couple of bucks to enjoy their products?   icon_neutral  icon_confused No offense but that's one of the strangest posts of the day. You guys act like spending $6.00 for 500 points is taking money out of your retirement or something. Sheesh. Roll Eyes

Again, we're not talking about the couple of bucks you're paying to enjoy their products.  That's what the price of the product is for.  We're talking about the couple of bucks you're giving them as a loan because they set up their point increments to force people to have leftover points.

Let's assume you know for a fact that over the next few years you're going to spend $100 on Live.  Microsoft changes the system so that you must buy a minimum of $100 of points.  To buy a $5 game, you have to spend $100 and have $95 sitting in point limbo for Microsoft to make interest on.

Would you be grumpy about having to have so much money in their hands for no real reason, even if you knew you'd eventually spend those $95 of points?  I think most people would be grumpy.

But it's not $95 sitting in limbo.  It's just a few bucks, around $10 in your case.  You don't care because it's a minor amount of money.  You're not alone.

And that's why Marvin Microtransaction is giggling with glee.
9963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... Update: Finished! on: March 28, 2007, 10:06:51 PM

Quote from: Kratz on March 28, 2007, 08:38:17 PM

Heh, it does? SWEET.

I heard one of those amps once... dunno if it was the one you have or not.

Heh, yeah.  The Valvetronix amps put a tube after most of the digital modelling is done to give it a more authentic sound.  It obviously won't hold a candle to a real tube amp, but it's a great value for a first amp.

And for trademark reasons, your amp is not a JTM45, it's a UK '70s. smile
9964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... Update: Finished! on: March 28, 2007, 08:33:23 PM
Hey! Mine's got one tube!
9965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yesterday was a busy day at Gaming Trend... on: March 28, 2007, 08:14:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 28, 2007, 07:54:37 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on March 28, 2007, 05:56:07 PM

Our main site averages about 7.8 million hits, 360,000 impressions, and 126,000 unique
monthly readers.

I had NO idea GT was that big.  Wowzers.  You guys must all be fabulously rich now.

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9966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 08:12:21 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 07:46:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 28, 2007, 06:05:21 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 05:40:03 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 28, 2007, 05:35:30 PM

Well, obviously it's small potatoes jblank, but that's why they call it "nickel and diming".  Even if it's not a big deal $-wise, it's sleazy and shows a general disrespect for the customer.

Again though, how is this "disrespectful"? Sleazy? Somebody used to say that if you look hard enough, you can find fault with anything, but it seems to me that maybe in this instance, the folks with a problem on the points thing, are looking too hard.

Just my opinion, take it with a grain of salt, but calling it disrespectful? I don't know guys.

I don't know about disrespectful, but it is an intentional decision that gives them millions of dollars (assuming just a third of Live subscribers have just $1 sitting in point form) of interest free loans.

I'm curious why you think they don't offer point purchases in the same denominations as common purchase prices.  Too confusing for the user?  Too hard to implement?

Honestly, I don't think about it. It is what it is, it's fair in my mind, and I support it. If I felt otherwise, I wouldn't support it. They gotta make a buck somewhere so if they recoup some money off of purely optional purchases, it's ok to me.

But the "gotta make a buck somewhere" is in the purchase price itself.  You're paying them $5 or whatever for your game widget.  You're also giving them a $1 interest free loan because they set up the system to force you to have extra points laying around.  This is what Ike has a problem with, not the charge itself.  And I don't think he's looking for your sympathy, I think that, like in any conversation, he's just looking for some sign that you understand his point.

It's not like this is a new business practice, gift certificates do the same thing.  There's no reason they can't give you that last $1.45 on the card back in cash, but they don't so that you'll either throw away the card and give them the $1.45 for free, or buy something that costs more than $1.45 so you end up spending more than was on the card.

Whether or not it's an issue to you is one thing, but it's another to turn a blind eye to the idea that it's an intentional business practice.
9967  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Outdoor Fencing on: March 28, 2007, 07:26:04 PM
C'mon, someone do a bad joke about outdoor swordplay, I got way too little sleep last night to think of one myself.

Oh yeah, and I love Malamutes.
9968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Insomniac thinks the PS3 is best on: March 28, 2007, 07:20:30 PM

Quote from: gilgamex on March 28, 2007, 07:10:20 PM

Quote from: Arkon on March 28, 2007, 06:45:53 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 28, 2007, 06:35:57 PM

Quote
By the way, I am not too thrilled about paying for XBL either, but then again... I can afford $50 a freaking year.

That is not the point. The point is that we have to pay $50 a year for something that should be free.

All the other stuff (achievements, gamerpoints, friends list etc...) those are all available with a Silver Membership, so you are not paying for that anyway. You are paying for multiplayer and getting demos/content a week earlier than people on the Silver membership. That is it and that is a ripoff, IMO.

Sony has free online, great for them, lets see what happens when they have 6 million people online instead of 600,000.  Hopefully it holds up... if it doesn't there will be more outrage if they have to charge for it then there would be if they had charged for it to begin with.


This is exactly what I was trying to say except Arkon accomplished it much more quickly and eloquently.

I don't think Sony can sustain an online infrastructure that can compete with XBL for free. Hell, I hope they can and directly force MS to make theirs free. This could very well happen, but I am sure MS is waiting to see if they NEED to. Which at this point, they don't.

Exactly.  It's not that Microsoft should offer us multiplayer matchmaking for free, but that they can offer it to us for free like every other gaming platform does.  This is capitalism.  It's the corporation's job to try and milk every penny they can out of the consumers, it's the consumers' job to try and get everything they can for as cheaply as possible.  We're not supposed to defend paying $4/month for Live Gold, we're supposed to want Sony and Microsoft to fight for our multiplayer affection Netflix/Blocbuster style, so they end up paying us microtransactions for using their online service!
9969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 06:52:55 PM

Quote from: Arkon on March 28, 2007, 06:40:35 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on March 28, 2007, 06:33:14 PM

Quote from: Arkon on March 28, 2007, 06:31:24 PM

I know my bank card dings me for purchases under something like $7.00.  So I personally don't mind points.

Seriously? Switch to a different bank.

I never make purchases under $10 with my bank card unless it is as a debit transaction which doesn't ding me, it is credit transactions which do (which is what the MS transaction is).  I have a wonderful bank, this isn't something worth switching over.  Was just trying to point out that for me at least.. buying points is easier.

I've never heard of dinging you for that.  If anything, the bank should encourage you to make tiny CC transactions since they typically charge the vendor a flat rate plus a percentage--ten $1 transactions is going to bring them more than one $10 transaction.  That's why small convenience stores and restaurants have a $10 minimum, they don't want all the profit from the sale going directly to the running the CC terminal.
9970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Insomniac thinks the PS3 is best on: March 28, 2007, 06:41:20 PM

Quote from: gilgamex on March 28, 2007, 06:29:54 PM

By the way, I am not too thrilled about paying for XBL either, but then again... I can afford $50 a freaking year.

"I don't like having to pay for it, but it's not really that much money."

Somewhere, just now, the guy who invented microtransactions let out a small maniacal giggle and twiddled his fingers with glee.
9971  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS 360 games, RB6 Vegas, and NHL 07 on: March 28, 2007, 06:28:58 PM
Damn tempting, I'd be jumping on Vegas if my backlog wasn't so embarrasingly huge.
9972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... Update: Finished! on: March 28, 2007, 06:21:18 PM
What kind of guitars are you plugging into it?  And how much does it matter what kind of speaker you use for an amp head?  I'm new to electric, so it's all still very Greek to me.

You've got to post a sound bite, I'm curious how different it sounds from my Vox Valvetronix's model of a JTM45.

edit: oh, and what're the issues you're running into?
9973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 28, 2007, 06:12:11 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 28, 2007, 05:46:37 PM

And as far as the AI 'cheating' - I've gotten 2 Heroic Efforts (get a 5 chain or more in a single turn), which netted me an instant 100exp. Makes leveling just a bit easier. Gotta hit 10 with my Wizard for Fireball pronto.

Here's Steve Fawkner's (who apparently did the AI) response to the cheating worries:

Quote
Hi All,

I can definitely state that the AI in NO way cheats, nor does it know what gems are going to fall. I wrote the AI code myself, so I am 100% certain of this.

Look at it another way...
a) I am a programmer, so I'm basically lazy
b) Writing a cheating AI with look-ahead & multiple board evaluations is a LOT more work than writing a non-cheating AI that merely evaluates a single board
c) If I wanted to make the game harder, I actually would have done the LAZY thing and just given the monsters more Life Points

Cheers

-Steve

Laziness wins again!
9974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 06:05:21 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 05:40:03 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 28, 2007, 05:35:30 PM

Well, obviously it's small potatoes jblank, but that's why they call it "nickel and diming".  Even if it's not a big deal $-wise, it's sleazy and shows a general disrespect for the customer.

Again though, how is this "disrespectful"? Sleazy? Somebody used to say that if you look hard enough, you can find fault with anything, but it seems to me that maybe in this instance, the folks with a problem on the points thing, are looking too hard.

Just my opinion, take it with a grain of salt, but calling it disrespectful? I don't know guys.

I don't know about disrespectful, but it is an intentional decision that gives them millions of dollars (assuming just a third of Live subscribers have just $1 sitting in point form) of interest free loans.

I'm curious why you think they don't offer point purchases in the same denominations as common purchase prices.  Too confusing for the user?  Too hard to implement?
9975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Second 'Civ 4' Expansion Announced on: March 28, 2007, 05:18:25 PM
Espionage and events both sound really neat, particularly the latter if it's done well.  The corporations, while they sound like they might be a very good game mechanic, are a huge turn off.  I don't want my end game to involve trying to spread iPods around the world while defending myself from the Mongolian's McDonalds franchise.
9976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 04:04:21 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 28, 2007, 03:55:18 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 28, 2007, 03:49:56 PM

Bill Gates can kiss my balls before I'll pay $180 for a 120 GB hard drive.  I just bought a 320 GB hard drive for my PC for $80.  If it means I can't download HD movies, so be it.

Listen, I bought my 360 as a game machine.  Not a movie machine.  Not a multimedia machine.  A game machine.

+1 LOL in real life

Well, not that I'm going to claim that Microsoft is offering us a good deal here, but your 320GB drive wasn't 2.5". 
9977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 28, 2007, 03:36:16 PM

Quote from: depward on March 28, 2007, 03:30:04 PM

yone know how high of a level you can train a mount?  Is it 50, like the level cap for your adventurer?

I wonder what that would entail, "Defeat this level 49 rat in .5 seconds a turn!"

I'm a bit disappointed in the mount selection so far.  I got my griffon pretty early in the game, but now at level 31 I don't think I've seen anything else rideable since then.  I'm impressed with the variety of enemies, though, with such a limited framework they continue to bring new enemy types that don't seem cookie-cutter in the way they fight.

The storyline also continues to be interesting, with some very entertaining side quests and characters.  Make sure you don't skip any quests with a character who's hungry!
9978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 28, 2007, 03:24:31 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 28, 2007, 03:10:00 PM

Question - can you capture opponents via the Instant Action part of single player? Or does it only work for those you find multiple times in the actual Quest game?
You can't capture them, AFAIK, but you can kill them 3 times in instant action so that you can capture them the very next time you see them in Quest mode.
9979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite video game grenades? on: March 28, 2007, 03:22:27 PM
The grenade launcher and the hand-thrown cluster grenades in Crackdown are both pretty damn satisfying when you've maxxed your explosives skill. If I remember right, the launcher has that irresistable "thunk" sound, and woo-wee when they hit a big cluster of baddies...look'it 'em fly!
9980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: March 28, 2007, 01:15:53 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 28, 2007, 02:21:42 AM

Quote from: Darkstar One on March 28, 2007, 12:44:33 AM

So what did he mangle tonight?  Got home a little late, missed him.

Hey sang Bathwater, and it was dreadful.  He had a mohawk...

A mohawk made out of seven ponytails....
9981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Insomniac thinks the PS3 is best on: March 28, 2007, 01:10:09 PM
Everyone can agree with:
2. Free Online:
3. 50 GB games:
6. Standard HDD:

Nice, but important to some, not all:
1. Home & Little Big Planet:
5. HDMI:

Remains to be seen:
4. Casino Royale: (i.e., blu-ray has already won)
7. The Wii Fad Will Fade:
8. PS3 Has a Major CPU Advantage:

A bit of a stretch:
9. PS2 still outselling 360:
10. Something For Everyone:

The last two are a bit silly.  On #9 he says you should love the PS3 because people are still buying PS2s, and when those buyers are ready for their next console they'll want a PS3 because it'll be the best console.  Number 10 he's trying to claim that the Wii will only be for kids and the 360 is only for "M" games.
9982  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Need Moderator Action ASAP Re: Reefer Madness-Do not view posts NSFW on: March 28, 2007, 12:51:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 28, 2007, 08:00:46 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on March 28, 2007, 06:19:52 AM

Quote from: Calvin on March 27, 2007, 10:51:02 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 27, 2007, 08:58:36 PM

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9983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you Circumcised? on: March 28, 2007, 02:12:28 AM
Someone please do something, right now.   "Are you circumsized?" and "What happened to Sunday Skin (NSFW)" should not be allowed to be adjacent on the thread list.
9984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 28, 2007, 02:10:53 AM
Time for me to ease up on the Puzzle Quest, I have this irresistible urge to line up your post's smileys for an extra turn.
9985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 27, 2007, 08:18:03 PM

Quote from: deadzone on March 27, 2007, 08:08:57 PM

Because I don't see them gaining anything by holding back supplies.  What do they gain by holding back on supplies?

"Huge sales in the first year!  Huge sales in the second year!"

"Really really huge sales in the first year!  Pretty decent sales in the second year!"

Which line do you think would impress your stockholders more?

I don't personally think Nintendo is restricting supply, but it doesn't seem crazy to shift revenue to your next fiscal year when you're already quite happy with the one that's about to end.

It's all about how the numbers game.  That's why you'll have have a person answer your call right away and then put you on hold for 20 minutes (most calls answered by the 2nd ring!), or trying to troubleshoot you for hours on a tough issue instead of passing you off to someone more experienced (most issues answered on the first call!).
9986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C 3 Impressions on: March 27, 2007, 05:29:12 PM
Ooh, I'd love some impressions from anyone getting the Kane edition about how good the extras are.  The blooper reel in particular tempts me to drop a few extra dollars.
9987  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you Circumcised? on: March 27, 2007, 05:26:40 PM
Need Moderator Action ASAP Re: Penis Thread-Do not view poll NSFW

slywink
9988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I've figured out why America likes Sudoku so much on: March 27, 2007, 03:49:58 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 27, 2007, 03:30:04 PM

Everyone I know who does the puzzles (we do them at work a lot) can solve the 5 stars from USA Today. We race.

I would say the real reason people like them is that they are pretty easy. Sure some can take some work, but most are pretty easy to do.

I'm going to throw out a wild guess that you and your coworkers are a bit smarter than the average American. smile  Most of the people I see doing Sudokus on the Boston subway are trying the one in our free Metro newspaper--which are very much on the easy side--and maybe 1 in 10 people look like they're solving it correctly.
9989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I've figured out why America likes Sudoku so much on: March 27, 2007, 03:22:20 PM
I'm a geek.  I like logic puzzles.  I even have a 4x4 rubik's cube at home that I can solve.  But I never understood how a cold, hard, logic based puzzle like Sudoku could become so insanely popular with the average American.  Every day I see someone doing one on the subway, even carrying around a big book of Sudoku puzzles, while I rarely see someone doing a crossword anymore.

After some time occasionally peeking over the shoulder of some of these subway Sudokuers, it finally hit me why it's all the rage with Joe and Jane American.

They don't have any idea how bad they are at the game.

Almost everybody is just filling in numbers that initially fit, and then filling in more numbers based on those.  They inevitably fill up most of the grid before hitting a dead end and think to themselves, "So close that time!" when in fact 90% of their numbers are completely wrong.  They get the sense that they're pretty good at what they think of as a hard puzzle, and they feel smart and accomplished at how they can so consistently fill up most of the grid.   And once in a blue moon they might--through dumb luck--actually solve a puzzle, which would of course completely reinforce their belief that they have some clue about what they're doing.  Not that there's anything wrong with that, if you're having fun and passing the time, fun is fun.

With that mystery solved, I can move on to the next enigma:  why America is obsessed with wearing Crocs.
9990  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need Help Choosing RAM For New Build on: March 27, 2007, 01:45:26 PM
I always buy Mushkin more for reliability than for any extra performance.  Not only is it a pain in the ass when memory fails, you end up paying more than the amount you "saved" on the cheaper memory to have it replaced.

Plus, how can you resist having your memory arrive to you magically suspended in the center of a big inflated bubble?  I love their packaging!
9991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C 3 Impressions on: March 27, 2007, 12:48:24 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 27, 2007, 12:00:17 PM

8.5 at IGN. odd when they score lower than Gamespot-not that I care. I AM SO IN! Now the issue is whether I will be able to buy it before Friday because of work. I have little time to begin with and unfortunately I get home after all the stores close..so what to do?

Weird review, didn't seem to add up to 8.5.  It seemed like they had praise for everything except for how GDI can build nothing but Mammoth Tanks in the endgame.
9992  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Need Moderator Action ASAP Re: Reefer Madness-Do not view posts NSFW on: March 27, 2007, 04:33:21 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 27, 2007, 03:53:53 AM

I always just use the "Reporte to moderator" button...does that not get to all of you guys like PMs or what?

"Report to moderator" sends an electronic message to the moderators.

"Reporte to moderator" sends a wax sealed scroll via horse & carriage.
9993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 2's Official Car List on: March 27, 2007, 12:12:34 AM

Quote from: kronovan on March 27, 2007, 12:05:22 AM

The 1974 Lancia Stratos, dang I loved that car in Rally Trophy!   thumbsup

If it doesn't come with the Alitalia paintjob, you can bet I'll be looking to buy a custom designed one from another player in the in-game marketplace.
9994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 2's Official Car List on: March 27, 2007, 12:04:47 AM
It says the list doesn't yet include the "tuner and aftermarket cars", or the "race class cars," but it looks like most of my favorites are already listed.  It's always so hard to spot what's missing from a list like that.

Can't wait for this game!



edit: found a car I'm more excited about
9995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: March 26, 2007, 11:54:58 PM


Looks like Hugo Weaving was officially chosen over the original Frank Welker for the voice of Megatron.  A bit disappointing as it would've been really neat to again hear the original Optimus voice talking to the original Megatron, but I guess there are worse actors they could've chosen.  Hopefully Weaving will break out of his favorite...slow..dramatic way of talking and stay a bit closer to the original.

I guess I'm glad they at least have the original Optimus voice, but he might almost seem out of place if he's the only one, like if they had one character look and transform like the cartoon style amidst all the new style transformations.
9996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 08:10:25 PM
Yeah...maybe a bit too much hostility about something so minor?  Is a thread consisting of single sentence posts really that hard to follow when you throw in a related side conversation?
9997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 26, 2007, 07:16:52 PM
Since it'll be a long while before I try any of the other classes, I'm curious what kinds of combos people are coming up with with their characters.

Here's the combo I mentioned earlier for my level 20ish wizard:

Equipped with items that make skulls do extra damage depending on my red mana stores.
Enrage spell running to do the same.
Haste running to do 4 damage each time I get an extra turn.

I wait until there are 4/5 red & green gems in a row
Cast Burn to turn all green into red, with a guaranteed extra turn because of the above.
Cast Flaming Skulls to turn all blue into red, almost certain to spark at least one extra turn, often a whole series of chains giving me max red mana and a whole lot of repeated damage from Haste.
Cast...some orc spell that destroys all the hordes of red on the field, and makes the enemy lose two turns plus another for every 8 red destroyed (usually 3-4 skipped turns for the enemy)
Now I have some leisurely time to clear out all the 4-in-a-row opporunities for the coins, skulls, and XP, with those extra free turns to allow me to do 4-in-a-rows that might take two steps.  My red mana is certainly maxed at this point, meaning I've got an extra 40 to my battle skill helping to trigger more free turns on the skulls.  Each extra turn is another 4 damage done.
I'm left with an almost entirely yellow board, which let's my griffon's Death Dive (1 dmg per yellow on the field) do 18-20 damage.
After clearing out yellow 4-in-a-row opportunities, at this point I sometimes use the orc spell a 2nd time for two free turns, use those 2 turns to again turn any new greens and blues into reds, and then do a slightly wimpier second round of the same sequence.

The biggest weakness is that I need to have a lot of mana stored up beforehand, because after the attack it'll be a while before green or blue will be easy to find.  A "no moves left" mana drain leaves me pretty vulnerable.
9998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 06:45:56 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 26, 2007, 06:43:26 PM

Guys, make a new thread, the derail here is out of control!  retard

You're just worried they're going to beat you to the last copy of Hannah Montoya!
9999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Environmentalism goes local on: March 26, 2007, 06:31:09 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 24, 2007, 03:26:39 AM

But realistically, even LITTLE fixes can have big results.  For example, I stopped using disposable cups at work: I brought in a coffee cup and a soup mug.  Right there I cut out at LEAST 400 styrofoam and plastic cups every year.  If you can multiply that by hundreds of thousands of people... you are saving a lot of resources, and thus cutting a lot of pollution.  All because I drink from a ceramic cup.

I'd be interested if someone can find a reliable study posted online as I've only heard this 2nd hand, but I thought that in order to have less impact on the environment you'd have to use a ceramic mug thousands, not hundreds, of times before it becomes more efficient than using and discarding styrofoam or paper cups each time.  If you get a new mug each year at Christmas or on your birthday, the expenditure for manufacturing and washing the mug exceed those for disposable cups, even worse if you use a metal coffee cup.  If you re-use each disposable cup once or twice, it's even more lopsided in favor of disposable.
10000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: March 26, 2007, 05:50:57 PM

Quote from: Jag on March 26, 2007, 05:46:04 PM

Never played GH before. Just tried GH2 for 360 at Best Buy. Seems fun, but i didn't know what the hell to do. Strum and press the buttons at the same time? I think i hit maybe 5 notes on Sweet Child before i failed each time. I don't know if these games are good for the 'twitch' impaired.

On a real guitar you hold down frets with your left hand while you strum with your right.  In GH you hold down colored buttons with your left while you strum with your right.  Like a real guitar, in GH you can hold the frets down ahead of time and strum when it's time to play them.  You also (except for with chords) can keep lower frets (e.g., the green button) held down while a higher fret needs to be played.

You can do it!
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