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9961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome idea for a new business venture on: April 16, 2007, 06:30:22 PM
The Gateway Grizzlies baseball team's "Baseball's Best Burger" mentioned in that article was who I was thinking of.

This thread is making me want a Monte Cristo.
9962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome idea for a new business venture on: April 16, 2007, 06:13:46 PM
I hate to break it to you, but I remember hearing that some ballpark already had a guy making cheesburgers with krispy kreme donuts as the buns.
9963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 20 dead at Virginia tech on: April 16, 2007, 05:24:37 PM
Here's the OO thread about the event, where Yankeeman is giving some first hand accounts from the campus.

Has there been any report yet on the possible motive?
9964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 03:17:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 16, 2007, 02:59:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 16, 2007, 02:31:26 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on April 16, 2007, 02:09:11 PM

Pokemon tempts me.  I've not played any of them since the GB releases (Red, Blue, Yellow, Silver).  Anyone have any comments on the DS versions?

Haven't been following this new Pokemon too closely, but I think the big bullet points are:

I haven't played one of these since the GB Color version, but I might just pick this up to see how it looks on the DS.

493?!

I'll never catch 'em all.

But you gotta!

As far as forum trading goes, from the exclusives list I think Pearl is the one I'm going to get.
9965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 02:31:26 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on April 16, 2007, 02:09:11 PM

Pokemon tempts me.  I've not played any of them since the GB releases (Red, Blue, Yellow, Silver).  Anyone have any comments on the DS versions?

Haven't been following this new Pokemon too closely, but I think the big bullet points are:

I haven't played one of these since the GB Color version, but I might just pick this up to see how it looks on the DS.
9966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekly VC update on: April 16, 2007, 02:16:46 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 16, 2007, 01:51:27 PM

Quote from: kronovan on April 16, 2007, 01:36:39 PM

How does Virtua Fighter 2 stack up as a console fighting game?

The Genesis version is a 2D sprite fighter that if I remember correctly was pretty good for the time.

I was all ready to mock you, I thought for sure this was one of the first 3d rendered fighters, but I guess you're right.  This is the first screenshot I could find for the Genesis version:

9967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekly VC update on: April 16, 2007, 01:03:24 PM
(Virtua Fighter 2 (Genesis) released as well)
9968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 16, 2007, 02:06:18 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on April 16, 2007, 01:39:59 AM

*sigh*

I think this is a reasonable time for that horrid picture about arguing on the internet, but I won't bother.

I give up. You'll just have to excuse me from the "conversation".

In the meantime I'll be enjoying my new songs and everyone else can keep wandering from thread to thread complaining about five or six bucks or whatever it is.

You make it seem like you think a conversation has to end with everyone having the exact same opinion.  You think it's a fair deal, myself and others think it's a greedy cash grab.  That's ok.
9969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 15, 2007, 03:10:43 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 15, 2007, 04:42:03 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM

I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.

Aw, they don't let you into the whole map?  That sucks.  You're right, it's just a big tease if they show you all this area, and then don't let you actually go into it.  How much of the map do you actually get to look at?

Spoiler warning just in case, just listing where on the map you won't go:
Spoiler for Hiden:
You never enter the big snowy corner in the northwest, or that entire western strip of land below it.  You don't visit that island in the center, or that land mass in the south.  You also don't go further south  than Drakenburg and Gallia.  It looks like at least 2/3 of the map you don't get to see.

Quote from: Misguided on April 15, 2007, 02:16:32 PM

Incidentally, has anyone found a rune of water? I'd love to know where one is.
It does exist, but I don't remember where I got it.  The runes usually seem to be listed in the order you got them, so from my list it looks like Water comes after Fire, Earth, and Air, but before Trolls and Shells.
9970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 14, 2007, 09:35:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 14, 2007, 06:59:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM

I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.

Just out of curiosity, what level were you at completion?

I had just recently hit level 50.  This is with me doing every single side quest, and capturing every town and rune.  Never did instant action or "choose your opponent."
9971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM
I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.
9972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know it's bad for Don Imus........ on: April 13, 2007, 05:43:28 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 13, 2007, 05:40:13 PM

lock this thread, seriously

Really?  Seems pretty civil so far.
9973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Super Paper Mario Impressions on: April 13, 2007, 03:20:47 PM
Ok, screw it.  Backlog be damned, I'm buying this today.
9974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Catan, Carcasonne, Alhambra to XBLA! on: April 13, 2007, 02:18:34 AM
Ooh, I like the visual style they went with for Carcassonne, another must-buy.
9975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Worst Client Ever on: April 12, 2007, 08:43:56 PM
I agree that the ending was missing something, let's spice it up a bit:

Quote from: Orgull on April 12, 2007, 03:26:12 PM

Quote from: Scoop20906 on April 12, 2007, 02:47:09 PM

Thats a cliff hanger ending...

Did she ever produce any documents. Did he tax return get done? Did you just walk out????

I tried to use her bank book to get bank statements, but as I reached for the bank book I saw a flash of movement out of the corner of my eye.  Before I could even begin to turn my head to investigate, I was hit from behind with a box-set of Matlock on VHS.  I swiveled around to find Mrs. Client, a look of Hell's fury on her face, taking the tennis balls off of her walker's legs.

"You're in trouble, Tax Preparer, and yes, that's bad," she scowled.

I dove behind the paisley couch for protection, but it was no use.  She reached into her knapsack filled with more rabid malnourished chihuahuas and began lobbing them over my cover.  The direct hits were painful enough, with rows of frothy toothpicks latching on to my flesh, but the near misses were even worse--hitting the ground just made these feral nuggets all the more angry.  Muffy herself smashed through the side room door and made a bee-line for my crotch.  I tried to dodge, but Muffy made a last second turn and ripped out my Achille's tendon.  I went down.

As I crawled along, fighting to keep the chihuahuas from my throat and groin, I desperately searched for something, anything, that I could use as a weapon.  I could hear the scraping of Mrs. Client's deadly walker as she came ever closer for a finishing blow.  My searching hands finally closed upon my last hope for survival--a bottle of denture adhesive.

The events of the next 30 seconds are far too NSFW to mention here, but in the end I was able to stand on one leg, surrounded by a dozen dead chihuahuas and a hogtied Mrs. Client.

I put them all in a garbage bag and mailed them in, the CRA accepted it just fine. Morons.  icon_biggrin
9976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 20GB PS3 Officially Discontinued on: April 12, 2007, 08:02:12 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 12, 2007, 07:44:31 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on April 12, 2007, 07:06:16 PM

Didn't they intentionally ship more of the 60gb version to retailers pre and post launch?  If that's true, then of course it would make sense that based on raw sales data the 60gb outsold the 20gb.  A more telling analysis might be to look at how long eack sku remained on retailer shelves.  If the 20gb moved much quicker at retail than the 60gb, that might be a better indicator of consumer demand than total units sold.  But I'm not a six figure executive or product analyst, so wth do I know.  Their sales data seems to just support the skew in sku's shipped ninja2

I had my sights set on the 20gb version...bastards!
Whether it was by demand as they claim or not (and all indications point to "not") they absolutely shipped more 60gbs to market than 20. The official company line is roughly 80/20, but I saw about 3 total since release. My guess is that it was even more rare, like 90/10 or something.

Well, Sony's line is that "the market preferred the 60GB at a 10:1 ratio."  If we take that as a sales ratio during the time both versions were being sold, and we already know that every single 20GB sold out while you could find stacks of 60GB in stores...so if we take their stupid 10:1 purchase claim as truth, it means that at best there was one 20GB produced for every ten 60GB, and actually far fewer.
9977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 12, 2007, 07:15:01 PM
And it just hit me, if they do indeed offer 80s edition for download on Live, they're going to have egg on their face no matter how they price it.  If they match the PS2 price, their other DLC songs look overpriced.  If they keep their current pricing plan, they give everyone an even more obvious PS2 vs. Live pricing comparison that shows DLC to be overpriced.
9978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Sales in UK Continue To Plummet on: April 12, 2007, 03:28:43 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 12, 2007, 03:24:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 12, 2007, 03:18:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 12, 2007, 03:16:33 PM

Sadly, blu-ray was only one of the reasons why it became so expensive to manufacture.

Explain.

Um, this isn't complicated Tonto. Blu-Ray players are expensive as balls right now.

You fail the internet!

ATB, I was under the impression that the core processor was much more expensive, and that it wasn't becoming cheaper to manufacture as quickly as they had anticipated.
9979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Sales in UK Continue To Plummet on: April 12, 2007, 03:16:33 PM
Sadly, blu-ray was only one of the reasons why it became so expensive to manufacture.  Even if they could switch to a DVD drive, I don't think they'd drop the price from $600.
9980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Sales in UK Continue To Plummet on: April 12, 2007, 03:04:48 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 12, 2007, 03:01:56 PM

But seriously folks, obviously Sony cannot abandon the platform.  So is the idea and hope that once the titles are released sales will spike?
One thing's for sure, it'll be easier than ever to estimate how much of a system seller the big releases later this year are.  When Lair or whatever's next is released, it'll practically be a 1:1 ratio of games:systems sold.
9981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 20GB PS3 Officially Discontinued on: April 12, 2007, 02:15:19 PM

Quote from: msduncan on April 12, 2007, 02:12:43 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 12, 2007, 02:01:25 PM

Quote from: msduncan on April 12, 2007, 01:43:00 PM

Varying levels of console just serves to limit game development.

Not selling consoles serves to limit game development.

 Roll Eyes

Well, it's true.  Now my PS3 purchase is going to have to wait for an additional price drop or two, unless the blu-ray format has a definitive win and the PS3 is still the cheapest blu-ray player when I want one.

I agree it's smarter to have just one version of a console, but they got rid of the wrong one.

edit: Plus, how exactly would the two PS3 versions limit game development?  A game that needs 21G on the hard drive?  A game that makes use of the card reader?  Somehow tie the chrome plating into the gameplay?
9982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA 4 details emerge on: April 11, 2007, 10:08:24 PM
Well, it's not exactly addressing your wish, but the preview from Game Informer does touch on it:

Quote
# In previous GTA games you were like a slave because you had to constantly take orders from people when doing missions. There is still an element of that in Grand Theft Auto 4, but you can also choose how you want to spend your time, for example "I want to hang out with him and her. I want to hang out with this guy because he always has fun things to do." Call him up and maybe you can hang with him. Maybe he'll answer. You have a lot of choice over what you want to do.

# In GTA 4, Rockstar is giving its players more freedom, more choice, and more sense of control over their destiny - the structure of GTA4's storyline is quite different to it's predecessors as it can be told in a number of different ways. You can talk to people in person, by cell phones, and there are a bunch of other ways of giving the player information. In general it's a different experience, with new ways of interacting with the characters and the game world.

There are some other really good tidbits in that interview, worth a peek.
9983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: April 11, 2007, 07:42:12 PM
Remember that the game is designed around having multiple playthroughs.  Don't expect to be able to rescue everyone from the start, and feel free to die in a blaze of glory as you gain XP and new skills for the next run.
9984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally- Punishment for Lawbreaking NFLers on: April 11, 2007, 06:56:05 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on April 11, 2007, 06:51:10 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 11, 2007, 04:34:37 PM

There has always been a system in place for punishing athletes and celebrites who break the law.  It's called "the legal system".

Are you saying the NFL shouldn't punish athletes who misbehave? I have a personal conduct clause in my employment agreement. I don't see why NFL players shouldn't be held to that same standard.

I read that as saying that you think employees fear punishment from their employer more than from the government when they break the law.  I don't think it's the observation you intended to make, but I think it holds some truth!
9985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 11, 2007, 06:40:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 11, 2007, 06:35:49 PM

Is 47 the total including all the licensed tracks that came with GH1?

Yeah, 47 total songs in GH1.

I think even $1.06 per song for the original GH1 is a generous estimate, since you're also getting the game engine for that price.
9986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Current backlog of games...the horror, the horror! on: April 11, 2007, 06:00:08 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 11, 2007, 05:43:13 PM

So... what's more important to people: clearing the backlog, or spending time enjoying the games in it until you're satisfied with the time you put in, whether it be a short game or a long one?

Those are the same thing to me.  Clearing my backlog doesn't mean I'm going to be slogging through un-fun sections just for the sake of hitting the end.  My backlog is filled with games that have a lot more joy to give me, but were pushed aside by a newer must-have title.  Off the top of my head, I got distracted partway through:  FFXII, Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, Rogue Galaxy, FFIII, FFVI, Dead Rising, Zelda Twilight, God of War I, Phoenix Wright I & II, and more. 

All top tier must-have games for my taste, but they're all on pause because I got distracted by Puzzle Questing and dusting off my PS2 Guitar Hero.  And besides already out games I want to buy, like Gears of War, Paper Mario, R6:V, and God of War 2, I've got Forza 2 and Mass Effect looming ahead ready to suck up my time.

There's just too much excellent gaming to be had these days, plain and simple.
9987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is there a way to remove a game from your XBL Profile? on: April 11, 2007, 01:30:41 PM
Someone's regretting their one night stand with the Barbie's Pony Adventure demo...
9988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Markeplace on: April 11, 2007, 01:19:44 PM
Now I'm glad I held back the temptation to trade in my PS2 version for the 360.  I'm perfectly happy with I & II, 80s edition should be reasonably priced, and I just might consider the PS2 version of GHIII when it comes out.

Of course, all this willpower will vanish if they release a David Bowie pack on Live.
9989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Boom,boom rocket on: April 11, 2007, 03:02:17 AM
Catan website says it's not due till May. frown
9990  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.
9991  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.
9992  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.
9993  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.
9994  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?!
9995  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."
9996  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.
9997  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.
9998  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
9999  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!
10000  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.
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