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PC Games / Re: Nanaca Crash v1.7
« on: March 18, 2006, 04:15:58 pm »
Noooooooo!  I just kicked my Nanaca Crash habit last year.  Oh well - it's all over now.   :P

Everything Else / Real life getting in the way...
« on: March 18, 2006, 04:10:31 pm »
I don't know about anyone else, but the start of this year has been KILLER.  Health issues, job reorganization, car trouble...I can't find the time (or money) to post here, see any new movies, or enjoy my new 360!  Anyone else have any "life gripes," or is it just me?   ;D

In a related note, I appreciate the birthday messages that were sent my way, even if I wasn't around to receive them.  I actually spent my birthday weekend working (doh!) and haven't stopped since.  Thanks!

Console Games / Re: Did you get an Xbox 360?
« on: November 23, 2005, 06:04:03 am »
I preordered the Gamer's Choice bundle from Walmart on 9/28.  The system and accessories arrive yesterday for launch and the games will be here today or Friday (Turkey day is Thursday).  I hooked it up and was real impressed with the GUI and Hexic - looking forward to playing CoD2, PGR3, and Kameo!

Also need to figure out my XBL connectivity.  My D-Link USB adapter won't work with it (I called MS and they said ONLY the 360 wireless adapter will work) so I either shell out the $100 or get a 100ft. cable to run upstairs to the router whenever I want some Live action.

Console Games / Re: The new Xbox 360 thread!
« on: November 21, 2005, 12:05:10 pm » seems to be on top of things.  I got an email Saturday saying my 360 bundle was shipped out and is on schedule to be here tomorrow.  Can't beat their logistics!

Right in time for Turkey Day holidays too.  Gonna be playing some Kameo, PGR3, and Call of Duty 2 whilst recovering from the food onslaught.   ;D

Console Games / Re: favorite video game
« on: November 11, 2005, 12:48:09 pm »
Man, I agree with the sentiment that this is a TOUGH question - I'd definitely have to clarify more if I were to give answers.  I'm not following the rules, but here I go anyhow:  ;D

"Fondest Memory of Gaming as a Kid" Award: Monkey Island I and II for the PC.
"Best Console Experience I've Ever Had" Award: Final Fantasy VII for the Playstation.
"The Amazing/Totally Blew Me Away" Award: Half-Life & (moreso) Half-Life 2.
"Most Ingenious Game Design of All Time" Award: Tetris
"Best Arcade Experience" Award: Mortal Kombat II (if this category included ALL coin-op games, Addams Family Pinball would be the runaway winner)

Console Games / Re: xbox 360 sold out online
« on: November 11, 2005, 12:07:35 pm »
I won't be getting an XBOX360. I can't afford it and I don't want my 3yr old son kicking my @$$ in computer games until he is better at math than I am (without a calculator).


Hmmm, chicken or the egg?  One valid argument:

Exposure to video games at young age ---> video games as a primary hobby growing up ---> interest in how the games are made ---> desire to make games ---> higher interest in math ---> a math ability that will make parents feel sheepish intellectually speaking.   ;D

Quote from: Legodragonxp
Parents that feel it necessary to throw money at their kids just to make them happy need to reflect on their responsibilities as parents.

I agree - that does sound sad.  I plan on my kids being happy BEFORE I throw my money at them!!!   :P

Yes hands up all of those with a peter pan complex.

Ha - funny.

I hope the public doesn't continue to think games are just for kids for much longer, but it's still an issue currently  (it's actually one of the reasons I created my site).  The average age of gamers is now 30, and Joe Q. Public thinks it's all still Pac-Man & Q-bert (in spite of what they hear about Hot Coffee mods and the like).

Console Games / Re: xbox 360 sold out online
« on: November 09, 2005, 01:34:11 pm »
Who in there right mind is going to buy their kid a $1,200 Xbox 360?

Oh, about a few thousand moms and dads who'd do anything to make their kids happy on Xmas and don't know much about video gaming other than the buzz that this is THE SYSTEM to get for the holidays.  The same can be said for those who paid several hundred dollars back in the day for Tickle Me Elmo so their kids could have 'em Xmas morning.

I think it's silly too...however, if I close my eyes and imagine what I'll be like as a dad around the holidays, it's close to the same.  I'm a sucker.   :P

Hopefully, I'll continue to do my homework and get the stuff ordered first for my kids when I have 'em.   :)

Console Games / Re: GUN out next week, where's all the fuss
« on: November 09, 2005, 01:28:52 pm »
I agree to the rating system, but i also know that it only works when parents and stores work in that system.

Another good point: retailers generally do a sub-par job actually enforcing the ratings.  When I managed for EB Games a few years ago, the company rule was that you had to show ID to buy a Mature-rated game.  I think we were the only store that actually did - and my employees still screwed this up sometimes.

You've never lived until you're in front of a rampaging mom cussing you out because your store sold her kid Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.  Thanks mom, for getting involved with your kid's activities after the fact, and even stumbling upon it by chance even then.   ::)

PC Games / Re: Call Of Duty 2
« on: November 09, 2005, 06:53:16 am »
Anyone have more thoughts on this thing?  I've got it pre-ordered for my Xbox 360 and I can't wait to play it.  I was a huge fan of the original and expansion for the PC.

Console Games / Re: GUN out next week, where's all the fuss
« on: November 09, 2005, 06:48:09 am »
As for the game, I'm excited about it and I'm looking forward to playing it...on the Xbox 360 that is.   8)  G4 had a cool behind the scenes special on it which got me hooked.  I love Neversoft's work in the Tony Hawk games, and I'm sure this one will not disappoint.

What is so wrong with sexual content? It can't be worse then shooting heads and arms of people.

Americans (in general) are really prudish. Why do you think hot coffee was huge over there and hardly raised an eybrow in europe and elsewhere. The same with the TV series Rome (if you want to talk about it further, go to the rome thread!).

I know I just don't get it.

Guys, America is a patchwork of social morays, ethnicities, values, etc...generalizations don't really apply.  From an overall standpoint, government over here is conservative, but don't let the existence of the FCC fool you into thinking we all subscribe to the system of values the government does. 

What it boils down to: there are people out there who would like to know the content of mainstream media before they subject their kids to it so that they can shape their own value systems, rather than media or the government.  It's about having the freedom to choose what impressionable young minds see in an entertainment and media-centric society. 

Many families don't want their kids subjected to sex and violence at too young an age because they feel it can lead to issues, and they utilize ratings and content descriptors to choose games they feel are right.  Big deal.  It's not really something to "get" or debate over IMO.

Actually, I would go further to say that not enough parents are paying attention to this sort of thing, not because I am socially conservative, but because I'm tired of games being the scapegoat for kids' moronic behavior (violence, drugs, etc.) when the parenting is to blame.  Kudos to the parents mentioned above who check out the content in games and then make their own decisions.

Movies / Re: Wallace and Grommit Movie
« on: October 20, 2005, 01:26:34 pm »
I saw W&G last weekend and I highly recommend it.  It's funny, the animation is great, and I liked the short before the movie about the penguins from Madagascar (they are hilarious!).  Thumbs way up.

Site News / Re: Speculation on future positions
« on: October 19, 2005, 01:43:20 pm »
Good one.  I raise you a Badds Bigshot (Bionic Commando).

Site News / Re: Speculation on future positions
« on: October 19, 2005, 10:26:54 am »
Here's a tricky one - Argool's Angel

Anyone?   8)

Site News / Re: Gaming Steve reaches 500 Members!
« on: October 19, 2005, 10:19:26 am »
Congrats indeed Steve!  As someone who just launched a site/forum, my mind is currently boggled at the prospect of having 500 members (while its only been a week...I have 3.  <snicker>).  Well done and keep up the great podcasts!

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