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1  The Rest / General Discussions / The moon rules us all on: February 03, 2007, 01:09:14 PM
bomb threats my friends . . . they're a real . . . .threat >.>;; and they happen every day all over the nation . . . or even, the world. (gasps and screams) but never . . . have they been more a source of proof of how far down our "great" nation is falling than this past week. Aparently on wednesday, reports of "bombs" all ove the city of Boston caused police and other authorities to basicaly close down all the roads and even some river traffic. 2 men are right now sitting . ..or rather rotting, in wait for a trial to see if they will be convicted of wanting to spread fear and terror through out the city with small blinking Mooninite signs. The signs have been described as "bomb like" "threatening" and even, dare I say it?! "offensive" and what's more, this advertisement ploy, PAID FOR BY TURNER, has got two men in their late 20s on trial for the crime of bomb threats, facing sentences of more than 20 years in prison, if they do getconvicted that is. Also, the authorities discovered more and more of the signs, DOZENS in all. All over the city. Now, you might be wondering when this happened exactly . . . well, the saftey boards are saying the city "proved how successfully and swfitly they can react to a serious crisis such as this." However, the signs were up in high profile places, bilboards, buildings, and under interstate overpasses. Places easily visible, places you see constantly as you drive, for mulitple weeks before this "incident" took place. That's right, the signs were in place, blinking, brightly, for at least 2 weeks before the police were told of this "threat."

Now, I ask you, how does that warrent the term "swiftly"? I mean really. The signs were in place fore more than 2 weeks and no one noticed they were even there. What's more, Turner Broadcasting had attained permits to place them up on public property BEFORE doing it, and further than that, the 2 men in custody, were PAID to do this, and even videorecorded the act OF doing it for the sake of Turner. However, aparently the cops forgot about that little fact and figured they were bombs. It has now become called a massive "prank" despite multiple other cities with the same signs up and no problems of "bomb threats" or a "post 9/11 world." These signs were meant for 1 thing, advertising. And you know what? I'm glad it caused a scare . . . because in causing this scare, and costing the citty hundreds of thousands of dollars, the police and other such entities hoping to "stamp out" this "prank" have given Turner, Cartoon Network, and the show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, more free advertising than word of mouth could EVER acheive. And all in the time of one day mind you. So thank you Boston . . . your incompetence has skyrocketed the ratings of a show that for a long time now has been an underground event . . . now the name of Meatwad will be on the lips of people from here to Nygeria . . . or at least Latvia >.>;;
2  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: January 05, 2007, 04:10:10 PM
ok, well . . . firstly, the bashing, flaming, and generall open death threats of other users really should be stopped. Whether you like what someone else thinks or not it's not reason to tell them to "fucking die" or any other such things there as. Personally I've disagreed with many statements and opinions so far. However, with each one, I've restated my case, stated what in the opninion I disagreed with, then re-evaluated myself against the argument. This can be a normal discussion . . . we don't have to go to blows just because perhaps I don't like that one person wants Nintendo to fail, or because I think Sega should be the most sucessful company where others don't . . . we can discuss this like rational people.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: January 02, 2007, 06:43:59 PM
specially in my opinion after what i feel was the negative effect that the GTA series has had.

The only real problematic result of the GTA series, has been the abject violence and lack of discipline required to play an action game. Frankly I despise the GTA games LEVEL of abject violence . . . I mean granted, I love going around in the game and just slaughtering . . . but there's no real concequences to it. The cops catch you, and what happens? you get sent to the police office, and are stripped of all on hand cash, and all on hand weapons. Wow . . . I feel so ashamed for ahving been caught >.> however, the idea of GTA in THEORY is quite interesting . . . see the stress of living as a criminal, or thug as it were . . . basically, the gang life. However, the way the games go about it is just terrible. I prefer greatly the games like Godfather and such for that . . .
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Hobby versus Lifestyle and the monies involved on: December 31, 2006, 08:18:23 PM
I seek out the systems that are made and released for the US solely because I live in the US, and like to be able to read what's being said. Granted, I'd LOVE to be able to read and speak japanese . . . but it's not something I would do solely to play a few extra games or watch a few extra movies . . . and also . . . the dollar has sunken very very far. Let no one tell you different . . . I'd rather be using Euros >.>
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Hobby versus Lifestyle and the monies involved on: December 31, 2006, 07:36:07 PM
Well, I speak for no one but myself when I say this. But personally I'd not spend $600 on a console . . . cuz that's outrageous, but then again, I've spent multiple G's on my gaming life so far. I own more than 5 consoles, I have hundreds of dollars worth of games lined up in my collection, and over 2 G's of DVDs that I watch on those systems, as well as a $300 stereo system that all those systems are connected through . . . granted I don't have an HD TV . . . but that's cuz they're also outrageously expensive.

However, money I don't think is the key factor. I am willing to spend many hundreds on a console, but it's because those today are not simply a console . . . but like my 360, it's a console, a music player, DVD player, info dock, net connection (of sorts) multiplayer hub (globally) and such . . . where as in the past, it's played it's games, and done nothing else. Now, the reasoning behind my buying of consoles, is exactly why I will get a PS3 . . . someday. Because the pricewill drop, and it's $600 for a Blue Ray player and so much more, as apossed to $2,000 at least for a blue ray player alone.

However, personally I don't buy into the reason so many people have net connected consoles, the whole multiplayer thing to me . . . well . . . it's not that amazing. I mean, think about this . . . most every action or shooter today has multiplayer. But what can you do in 90% of them?, Death match, capture the flag, and other variations there of. Wow . . . it's death match with humans and Locust instead of Gordon and soldiers . . . that's so new and amazing >.> anyway.

Personally, I DO considermyself part of the gaming lifestyle. Most of my spare money goes into gaming. However, I consider "gaming" to encompass more than just games. I consider for instance . . . this to be gaming. It's the discussion, the action, the very experience of being artound games and gaming info . . . netowrking with other gamers, talking about my fave games. Discussing characters . . . it's a whole world.

Where as also I'm a huge Anime and manga fan. But again, I don't just plot down the money first off . . . I see a box set I want and go "$150?! screw that . . . I'll wait till xmass" and lo and behold, at Xmass time, I see the same boxset at $60. However, the money is not the deciding factor. I'ts more the thing you spend most of your mind on. For instance, one who  fills himself with more Trek info than anythign else is part of the Trekie lifestyle. Where as one who fills their mind with mostly games and game info is part of the gaming lifestyle. The same goes for the music lovers and the Otakus. Money isn't the issue . . . I spend most of my money on gaming and anime and manga and music . . . but I'm more gamer than I am Otaku or musician . . .

However, in that same capacity I'm much more a writerthan antying else. Because I love games, but instead of wanting them for the chance to show mys tuff against others, I get them to experience the story that is being put forth toward me. The same reason I watch so many DVDs and anime. Why I read so many books and manga . . . I'm a lover of literature in all it's forms. Frankly I think the lifestyle is what the majority of your mind is devoted to . . . as I said earlier. So, if you use most of your mind, and such on music, it's music that's your lifestyle, if it's on games, it's gaming . . . simple. You may spend thousands a year on gaming, but truly love to play guitar. It's all in the use of mind and personality.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: December 31, 2006, 04:55:19 PM
ahh . . . that clears some of it up for me Alisha. However, not wanting it to succeed? frankly I can't understand wanting the system to fail simply because of the controller . . . I mean, granted, if they'd added in a way to simply use a normal controller (like with Donkey Kong Jungle Beat) then things would be much different I'm sure . . . but . . . you don't want it to succeed?
7  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: December 30, 2006, 05:55:57 PM
that's the timing I mean . . . the fact that Sega released it right then . . . but yeah, ther'es not exactly any other time they could have released it. But it was SO far ahead of it's time . . . I mean really, other than the computer, it was the first system to have online gaming. Shenmue anyone? and not to mention that the memorycard itself had a clock in it, as well as minigames FROM your DC games and EVEN allowed you to trade chars and items and shit . . . and even had ways ot buy things FOR games you already have data on . . . you could buy new chars for fighting games cuz the save data allowed for that program in your memory card . . . just more proof of how far ahead the DC was . . . *sighs* but . . . Sega SHALL rise again!
8  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: December 30, 2006, 05:07:22 PM
*holds up a system* Alas poor Dreamcast . . . I knew ye well.

The thing of it is, Dreamcast had the best line up . . .but the worst timing. Think about it now . . . how many people in general do you know that said they'd rather buy a Dreamcast than a PS2? Dreamcast was SO awesome . . . and SO far ahead of it's time . . . sure the controller was hard on the hand, but that is somethign that personally I was willing to deal with . . . however, the PS2 launched, and somehow kicked it's ass all around the stores >.>
9  The Rest / General Discussions / so you think you know scary . . . on: December 29, 2006, 05:19:17 PM
well then try this on for size


card captor sakura . . . man . . . *shudders*
10  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: December 29, 2006, 04:59:58 PM
Frankly Alisha, if you're judging the Wii, over Wii Sports solely . . . then you're sorely missing the Wii's point. Wii Sports is like a tutorial and a "hey, why not?" sorta thing. If nothing else it's a ploy to get more systems sold. Kinda like how some stores would say, (mind you waaaaay back in the day) that if you bought a Gamegear, you'd get a free game with your purchase . . .

So frankly, before you judge the whole thing just like that, you need to at least try out one or two other games on it. Personally, I love it . . . because aside from Sega (has already mentioned his freaky otakugamer love for them) Nintendo is about the only company willing to go SO way the fuck out there that no one even knows where they are anymore. Nintendo came out of NOWHERE with the Wii. They knew that the Wii and it's means of controlling would be contraversial, but unlike the other main players have decided to stay in teh same place with controllers and other such means of gaming, Nintendo has jumped in ass first into a new world for gaming. Frankly I think Nintendo is under appreciatedfor the Wii . . .

Don't look at it as some kind of freaky gimmick controller that is the only way to do things. Look at it instead and see a new way to do gaming in general, try out Second Opinion and Red Steel . . . at least at a friends house, or if your lucky enough . . . at a store somewhere. Then make a judgement on it.

And Hidoshi, I don't think we're seeing a spoiled Elitist . . . I'm friends with one, only the word "friend" is being used VERY broadly. It seems to me that Alisha was caught off guard. by it as we all were, but perhaps caught a bit differently off guard. Frankly, I think if Alisha were being a spoiled Elitist, she'd have mentioned how Nintendo has never made so insulting a move . . . blah blah blah, Nintendo will never come back fromt his . . . the system will be a failure cuz it's controller is so horrid . . . and of course, much much BS about graphics . . .
11  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: December 28, 2006, 04:43:15 PM
haha... don't worry about it. That's the thing about reading stuff on forums. Everyone reads it differently.

That is the general problem with forums. I was a mod for about 2 years on another board . . . and the most frequent happening was someone read the writting on the wall one way, when it was mean to be said another way. >.>;; which has even happened with my stuff on here.
12  Media / The Soundroom / My Christmas Present to You All on: December 27, 2006, 09:45:38 PM
*vomits his lungs up and his ears bleed* dear godess on high! what in hell's bathtub was that?! and was she . . . really? . . . was she . . . doing . . . doin . . . air guitar!? *cries* I feel so . . . . violated!
13  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: December 27, 2006, 09:16:38 PM
yeah, well I can get kinda confusing at times . .. hell very confusing >.> just ask my girlfriend >.>;; I spin off into philisophical rants and stuff so often and deeply I loose track of my original statement >.>;;

However, I don't mean to get so confusing. I try my best to put what my ideas are out there. And frankly no matter the response, I at least try to be civil and converse. *shrugs* if I get confusing or seem to be twisted and turned all around my opinion, just say "hey man . . . what the hell are you talking about?" and I'll try to explain. And now I'll shut up before I start to go into the philisophical rammifications of all this too >.>;;

And just because a game looks good doesn't mean it will be bad.

Well, again, I'd gotten confusing in there. See, I hadn't meant that games with good graphics are bad. But instead I meant that games that the makers spent so much more time on the graphics than anything else usually end up bad. Here, Let me show you in a way I won't get twisted around over . . .

gameplay 20%

controll 20%

story 20%

graphics 20%

sound 20%

now, that's the ideal for any given game . . . however, some games today look more like this.

gameplay 10%

controll 10%

story 10%

graphics 60%

sound 10%

That's what I was talking about >.> when you utilize so much more of the formula into just the graphics alone, the rest of the game falls short. And thusly, the gamer suffers . . .
14  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: December 27, 2006, 05:45:00 PM
I think I understand what she's saying. It seems gimmicky to me.

Personally I think some gimmicks are worth paying out to. I own both GH, and GHII . . . I love my guitar controller, and both games! I mean getting to PLAY Frankenstein? take that Frequency! >.>;;

You mean because its almost like doing the action in real-life? Simulating a real-life action to perform an action in a virtual environment sounds a lot like virtual reality to me.

well, I had not meant VR in the strictest sense, what I mean as VR is inclusive of the system involivng goggles to ONLY see your game, and anything from gloves to other such hand/body used "controllers" to exactly mimic the actions you're doing. I've heard many a person refuse to even go near a Wii because it RESEMBLES this . . . the argument against it being that no only does it just resemble it, but "it's not even REAL VR . . . it's just a stick" >.> this is the argument I was adressing and trying to fight.

So does that mean they shouldn't try to make a better system in terms of technology as well as innovation?

again, I'm not arguing against progression, but instead arguing against gamers who obsess over graphics. Something that personally I think has always been a problem. If gamers are SO focused on gameslooking beautiful that they bitch and complain to companies till every game looks like real lif,e the company will not be able to spend as much time on the game itself . . . making us have games that look incredible, but aren't worth the signifigant price of the game itself. This particular aspect bothers me far more than anything else, because I used to be one of the gamers that didn't care about anythign but graphics . . . once I realized grapics were simply one piece to the puzzle, I was ashamed to even call myself a gamer for it >.> but I've come back from all that. The comapnies SHOULD work on better graphics, but it should not be so much a focus that we loose the game itself to it. Personally some of my FAVORITE games have horrid graphics . . . and don't even have voice acting. But I love them because despite the lack of amazing graphics the game itself is still great. Take for instance Silent Hill 1. Terrible graphics . . . but the story is incredible, the gameplay was near perfect (as far as the shock factor.) and the nature of how it threw horror at you was somethign that worked with how you thought . . . not what you saw. This is what I'm talking about. A game doesn't need the most powerful graphics possible if it's gameplay, story, and the sense of accomplishment you get from it make you enjoy it just as much. I've played many games taht were gorgeous . . . but I didn't enjoy them because they lacked so much else in place of their graphics.

hardcore gamers a dying breed?

Hardcore gamers a dying breed? come now . . . stop this depressing nonsense . . .

first you must define what you're calling a "hard core gamer" do you mean a gamer that imediately goes to the hardest setting of any game they ever start up? a gamer who refuses to use a differeing controller cuz it's not what they started with? or a gamer that no matter how far down or up the gaming world goes, you're right there . . . living the life . . . keeping the gaming world alive? personally the "hard core gamer" is not dying . ..  some varieties of it are going down . . . but all varieties fluctuate. it's the way of the world. However . . . I do have one thing to say . . . the single player experience is NOT dying . . . the multi-player experience is a good thing . . . but it will never replace the single player experience. How many gamers can honestly say they'd ALWAYS rather play against other gamers rather than through a set story every time always with no exception?
15  The Rest / General Discussions / The Great Console War 3 on: December 25, 2006, 10:15:12 PM
I know multiple people who not only limit them sevles to one of 3, but also chastise (sp?) the others, and propagandize the one they do play, what's more . . . when I say I'm a blatant Sega fan boy, I don't say I think Sega's better and no one compares >.> I'm just in freaky gamerlove with Sega . . . I want to have Sega's freaky otaku gamer children >.>;; but fanboys are a big problem down here where I live >.< if I have to walk into a gamestore even just one more time and hear someone bashing sony, microsoft or nintendo because "they don't play subordinate systems" I'll snap >.>
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