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2401  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 31, 2007, 08:49:52 PM
Quote from: "RPGRocker"
As requested, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance instead:
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-Laws are too limiting; battles are sluggish


This is one of the only games that have come up that I could have commented about... so I just wanted to say quickly that I disagree just a bit with this point.  I didn't feel like the laws were too limiting, but I DID feel like they weren't explained well enough.  Some of them left you in situations where you'd have to either test things out and get yellow/red carded or just not care if people got sent to jail.

Don't know if this post is really in line with the rules... but oh well.
2402  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 31, 2007, 01:21:21 PM
Just had to post a note on what folks have said concerning the fact that you don't feel full until 20 minutes after you actually are.

Ever notice how when you are eating, at some point, you kind of sigh?  I learned from someone else that a good rule of thumb is that when you sigh the first time, you're full.  I've found that to be pretty true for me.
2403  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 30, 2007, 09:31:28 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Also fruit juices are good, namely stuff that's 100%.


Agreed - just keep in mind that you should limit the amount of juice you drink because it's pretty high in sugar, even if it's the straight stuff.  There's a reason why those little glasses are called juice glasses.

I've heard that suggestion about drinking a glass of water when you're feeling snacky before - it's a good one.
2404  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Hitman? Hitman! on: October 30, 2007, 09:26:45 PM
I just saw the trailer for the first time this morning or last night, and was embarrassed that I hadn't ever heard they were making a Hitman movie.
2405  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So... Hellgate London on: October 30, 2007, 08:25:16 PM
Downloaded the demo last night and played both classes today.  Couldn't believe it plays on my piece o' crap laptop.  I had to turn the graphics down to "not the best," but nowhere near the bottom, either.

I thought it was fun, and it was definitely a different experience as a ranged character than as a swordsman.  The whole wooden leg thing made me chuckle, too.

To be a bit more specific, I liked the whole system of breaking down stuff to get parts to upgrade your current stuff, and I thought the way your guns got less accurate if you just blasted away was a good balancing tactic.

I felt like it was a bit too hard to tell whether new equipment was better than old, but as I played, I got more comfortable with that.

After playing the demo, I think it's fairly likely I'll get the game.  Probably won't play online, and definitely won't pay to play online.
2406  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 30, 2007, 08:14:37 PM
Quick suggestion - apples.  They're not too expensive, they're easy to eat, don't require any preparation time, you don't have to buy a whole bunch at a time (like bananas), and there's no cleanup afterwards.

Obviously that's not a whole meal, but it's something.  If you're like most of us, you can probably lose a noticeable amount of weight by cutting soda out of your diet, or at least cutting down to a very small amount.  It kind of sucks, because who doesn't love soda, but it can make a difference.
2407  The Rest / The Bazaar / Need me a PSP. on: October 30, 2007, 08:05:56 PM
OK - PSP guy here to answer your questions.  Gonna buy me one of the new PSPs, so depending on various things, I might even be able to sell you mine.  We'll have to PM about it or something.

Do you need a memory card?  Yes.  There is no internal memory for saving game data.  Being a Sony product, they use only Sony proprietary memory sticks.  The Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo, to be specific.  You can buy them all by themselves, or Sony offers a deal on them where you pay a bit more and get a movie with your memory card.  I got one with my PSP, so I have no idea if getting a movie with it is a good deal or not, even assuming you like the movies you can get.

The PSP comes with a rechargeable battery, but it's not stuck in there like the DS battery - you can buy an extra if you want.  It comes with a wall charger.

It plays mp3s and movie files.  I don't know what more you want to know.  You can put them on there and play them from the PSP's home menu, and some games let you do custom soundtracks using your mp3s.

Mine has 2 dead pixels - one down in the lower part of the screen, to the left of center, and one somewhere in the top half... I think.  Seriously, this is a non-issue unless yours has a few together or in a really obvious place.  I've only ever been able to find mine when I was looking at a static black loading screen for long enough to search them out.  They've never once bothered me, and I play my PSP a LOT.
2408  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Corrupt File on: October 30, 2007, 07:55:52 PM
Can you reboot in Safe mode, open up a DOS window and delete the file from there?  Seems like that'd avoid the problem of system slowdown, since it wouldn't be trying to show you the contents of the folder.

No expert, just an idea.
2409  The Rest / General Discussions / Wow... this is a surprise. on: October 30, 2007, 01:57:38 PM
Quote from: "SonicDeathMonkey"
Just seems opportunistic to randomly decide someone should be gay at the last book. I wonder how it will play out. Dumbledore's boyfriend visits Hogwarts and they make out in front of the students?


Guess you haven't read the last two books...

To specifically address your first sentence, I don't think she randomly decided that he was gay at the end.  The way it sounds to me, she knew before, but just hadn't had a reason to mention it.  Someone had him saying something in the script of a movie that clearly identified him as straight, so she said "uh, no... he's gay."  At that point, the news was out, so when someone asked her at a book reading about Dumbledore finding love, she outed him more publicly.
2410  The Rest / General Discussions / Will Wright says Wii is only next-gen console... on: October 30, 2007, 01:48:23 PM
Quote from: "Serene Prophet"
To bad the Wii keeps getting looked over for just about every other game that isn't made precisely for it.


It is too bad, but I can see why - reprogramming the controls and dumbing down the graphics is a really big task.

Don't get me wrong - I have a 360 and a Wii, and they're both swell.  I'd love more Wii games.  I'm just saying I can understand why this happens, even though I'm sad about it.
2411  The Rest / General Discussions / MP3 Players on: October 29, 2007, 10:46:25 AM
I have two.  I'll list them both, because I feel like making a long post.  I wonder why you are asking?

-What MP3 player do you have (brand and model)?
The mobiBLU Cube

-How long have you had your MP3 player?
A couple of years

-How much memory does your MP3 player hold?
Mine's 1 Gig, my wife has an identical model that holds 2 Gig

-How much did your MP3 player cost you to purchase?
About $100, if I remember correctly

-How often does your MP3 player malfunction (e.g., freeze up, lose memory)?
Never

-Does your MP3 player use an internal rechargeable battery?
Yes

-If your MP3 player has an internal rechargeable battery, how long does it last you? How long is it SUPPOSED to last you?
Several hours, several hours.  Never timed it more exactly than that

-What kind of mechanical user interface (scroll wheel, arrow buttons, touch pad, etc.) does your MP3 player use for you to make your selections?
arrow buttons

-What software does your MP3 player use to support it, and how well does it work (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Creative Organizer, etc.)
it is treated like any USB drive.  I love that.  Any mp3 player that requires specific software is automatically excluded from consideration when I think about buying one.

-What special functions does your MP3 player have, that are unique to its model or brand, if any?
Hmm.  Well, it has a built-in FM radio and microphone that lets you record what's going on around you.  You can record the radio, too, and both come out as mp3s.  Its main draw is the fact that it's tiny - a 1" cube.

-When you bought your MP3 player, what helped you decide which one to purchase; what criteria did you use, if any, to make your judgment?
It was little, but held enough music for my needs at the time and had a good price.  I was looking for something I could throw a few hours of music on and change it when I felt like it.  As I mentioned, not using any special software was an absolute requirement for me.

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-What MP3 player do you have (brand and model)?
The Archos 504

-How long have you had your MP3 player?
Probably 18 months

-How much memory does your MP3 player hold?
Mine holds 40 Gig, but the model is available up to 160 Gig

-How much did your MP3 player cost you to purchase?
The player was about $250 at the time, but I bought it with a DVR dock for $340.

-How often does your MP3 player malfunction (e.g., freeze up, lose memory)?
Never had any trouble.  It does run on a laptop hard drive, so it could possibly fail at some time in the future.

-Does your MP3 player use an internal rechargeable battery?
Yes.

-If your MP3 player has an internal rechargeable battery, how long does it last you? How long is it SUPPOSED to last you?
At least 6 hours, and that's what it's rated for

-What kind of mechanical user interface (scroll wheel, arrow buttons, touch pad, etc.) does your MP3 player use for you to make your selections?
Double-rocker arrow buttons - one way goes up or down one row, the other is page up or down.

-What software does your MP3 player use to support it, and how well does it work (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Creative Organizer, etc.)
It's just treated as a USB drive.

-What special functions does your MP3 player have, that are unique to its model or brand, if any?
I don't think anything's unique to just one model of anything, but the most unusual feature is that you can hook it to a DVR dock and record things, either manually on on a schedule.  You can also hook it up to a TV and play your music and videos.

-When you bought your MP3 player, what helped you decide which one to purchase; what criteria did you use, if any, to make your judgment?
I had several criteria.  I wanted something with a hard drive big enough that I could move all of my music off of my laptop (it was taking too much space).  I wanted something I could watch videos on.  I wanted something with a nice, big screen.  I wanted something with a rechargeable battery.  My aforementioned "no software" requirement.  I thought it'd be nice to be able to play things on my TV, but it wasn't an absolute requirement.
2412  The Rest / General Discussions / Wow... this is a surprise. on: October 27, 2007, 05:13:30 PM
Gotta agree with you on Card.  I loved the Ender series (although the original is better than the Shadow books), and the Alvin Maker series is also awesome.  His opinion columns on the other hand...

A friend of mine went to church with Card when he (my friend) was a kid, and he said Card's kind of a stuck up jerk.  I try to ignore that when I read his fiction, but as others have said, it can be tough to completely forget.
2413  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Heroes discussion on: October 26, 2007, 08:47:43 PM
Quote from: "everluck"
So if, like, she watched Rambo, could she become immune to bullets?


HAHAHA!  Awesome.  No, but if she watched Karate Kid, she'd learn how to wax a car...


Dagger - based on something he said, I think Micah thinks of his power as being able to "fix" things.  He knows it works on electronics, and was trying to use it to make her feel better.
2414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / S-E is the King of Games on: October 26, 2007, 08:11:24 PM
Quote from: "Dade"
Stupid fucking atlas makes crap games too.


This thread has broken my sarcasm detector, so I'll risk being told "duh, it was sarcasm" and say I thought Trauma Center (the only Atlus game I've played) was pretty decent.  The SMT games seem to get a lot of love from readers here, too.

I'm actually trying to get my hands on one of their old games - Jack Bros for the Virtual Boy.  I know nothing about the game except that it's one of only two US released games I don't have.  I never really play my Virtual Boy, but I do have the distinction of being one of the rare folks who it doesn't give headaches...
2415  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Heroes discussion on: October 23, 2007, 11:26:14 PM
I'd love to agree, because it'd be awesome, but
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the tomato thing happened before he hugged her.  She went to work, did the tomato thing, then afterwards came home to find the boys watching wrestling.  I think she learned the wrestling move while he was hugging her, but not because of him - just because she was facing the TV.

Thought it was cool that Parkman learned to do more, though.  Talking to Nathan was probably the beginning and he'll learn more through the season, but I'd be really pissed if he turned evil like his dad.  Pretty stupid to fall for the old "I have something to show you" trick, though.


Can you imagine what Peter would be like if he learned Micah's cousin's power?
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