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Video Game Chat / Re: Why does everyone prefer stock?
« on: June 23, 2008, 11:19:07 AM »
My experience is with Melee, but should be similar.

Ever notice how sports games with a clock are never 5 minutes long? That is because a small sample size of 5 minutes cannot decide anything. For example, a football team may have its offense clicking during the first quarter but then gets outsmarted by the defense in the second and the rest of the game. In hockey, a goalie may collapse during the third period after a perfect first and second.

In Smash Brothers, a time limit of, say, two minutes is a very small sample size. That's what's nice about being untimed. It can go longer and more variables can be tested.

This is a lot like baseball. An inning can be seven pitches long or it could be 35 pitches until it ends. Likewise, it may take three minutes or a half hour to knock out someone' eight Marios. There are lots of variables--food, weapons, etc. that anyone can get.

I almost always will play stock--it's a more fair evaluation of how good a player is.

Video Game Chat / Wii Cable Management
« on: June 23, 2008, 11:10:54 AM »
I got a puppy on Saturday and she keeps wanting to pull the cables that connect my Wii to my TV out of the jacks. (They're in the front of the TV because the back is already filled up with a DVD player and a VCR).

Anyone know of a good cable management system? I don't want to see the TV come crashing down, the cables ripped up, my puppy's teeth pulled out from yanking too hard, etc.

Forum Games / Re: Create a Title
« on: March 23, 2008, 10:23:58 PM »
Depeche Mario: if DM covered Mario songs and came up with killer synth arrangements of them. (Bowser's Castle theme + Pimpf would make for an interesting mix).

Forum Games / Re: The ^<v Game
« on: March 23, 2008, 10:21:53 PM »
^ Doesn't like pizza (see below)
< Gets nauseated whenever he eats pizza because of stomach problems
v Knows who Martin Gore is

General Chat / Re: 10 Facts about you
« on: March 23, 2008, 10:19:58 PM »
1. I love everything having to do with baseball--playing it, watching it, reading about it, etc.
2. I also like to swim.
3. I sing in my church choir.
4. I like British synthpop and German trance for music.
5. I'm ambidextrous.
6. It took me nine years to get all 120 stars on Super Mario 64.
7. I have seasonal affective disorder and own a Happy Light to combat it.
8. I drive a Volvo.
9. I shop at Abercrombie & Fitch all the time.
10. I hate chocolate milk...gotta be white skim for me!

General Chat / Re: Not Really Video Games...but Games Nonetheless
« on: March 20, 2008, 10:21:21 PM »
Nah, the best movie maker of them all was Fantavision. Before I had a Mac LC I had an Apple IIe and Fantavision is the best movie-making/animation software out there for it.

I think the program is ©1985, so it's probably the grandaddy of that Microsoft one!

General Chat / Re: can it be fixed
« on: March 18, 2008, 04:27:58 PM »
Yeah, I remember seeing Lenovo ads during NFL games in the fall. I thought IBM still made the business performance models but I could be wrong.

Hopefully they are as good as IBM is 15 years old and still runs like it's new. As I said before I still use it sometimes since I have Excel 97 on there (which I don't have on either of my Apple laptops) and I need Excel for some of my analysis work in school. (The spreadsheet on the new Mac, Numbers, is pretty good but it seems a bit more basic--I use it for personal finance and stuff like that, plus everyone else has Excel so I just use the IBM for that). Oh, and I have a good football game on my IBM called Unnecessary Roughness. Great way to waste time while trying to get coursework done...

I wouldn't mind getting another Windows desktop sometime but I guess I'd have to try one of these Lenovos. Toshiba still doesn't make desktops, right? (The one I have is actually an old portable, way too heavy for the average lap though).

I don't get why some people are so adamant about using one (Windows or Mac) over another. It's nice to be "bi-platform" and have both around, even if my IBM is ancient (but Office 97 is still OK, right?)

As far as that new skinny Mac laptop--I don't know if I'd want one that thin. I heard somewhere that a guy got his accidentally thrown out in the trash with the mail. Plus it does seem pretty prone to breaking because of its size. No way I'd want a statistician to use one at the ballyard or on the basketball court. I'm thinking about getting a really old laptop to use as a coach so I can keep records on it and not worry if a foul ball gets it or something--I'll be coaching little league this spring in all likelihood.

Video Game Chat / Re: poll goldeneye 64
« on: March 18, 2008, 07:47:36 AM »
I remember all my friends getting this game in fifth grade. I never did though. I was horrible at it when I went to play it with my friends.

General Chat / Re: can it be fixed
« on: March 17, 2008, 10:29:22 PM »
If it were one of those old orange iBooks I could see durability being higher...those things are TOUGH. My new MacBook feels well built but not as heavy duty as the old orange one.

Computers in general seem sort of weak today. I have a couple of desktop computers as well--an old Windows 95 IBM, a Mac LC (in its box, this one's from when I was little), this old-school Mac SE that my dad had and gave to me (it's the kind with the black and white monitor and the little disk drive--I actually used it to keep track of baseball stats for a while), and this really old Toshiba computer from my grandpa that runs DOS. All of those look pretty well built, especially that IBM. (I still use the IBM sometimes since I have Excel on it).

At work we have these H.P. computers. They don't seem as bad as the Dells I see at the library though. Those Dell computers always seem to have plastic parts missing from them. The H.P. keyboard feels pretty flimsy though. My grandpa has a pretty recent IBM computer but I think I read in the paper that IBM isn't making computers anymore?

I have always used a laptop case with my computers. They've rolled all over my car and everything and nothing's ever been hurt.

Forum Games / Re: The Create a New Word Game!
« on: March 17, 2008, 10:11:26 PM »
One of my social studies teachers from middle school made this one up...

Quest: not short enough to be a quiz, not long enough to be a test

Also, I have one myself...

Sinkstake: a mistake pitch that is supposed to be a fastball (or really anything else, it's been done with sliders too) that winds up being a pseudo-sinker, it's a really bad pitch but is so bad it's actually effective. (I don't pitch much at all and haven't in many years but I remember striking a few out with sinkstakes).

Forum Games / Re: The corrupted wish game
« on: March 17, 2008, 10:05:11 PM »
Wish granted, but the disc is scratched.

I wish I could get my old pair of cleats completely refurbished, since it's too hard to find good ones these days!

Forum Games / Re: The ^<v Game
« on: March 17, 2008, 10:02:00 PM »
^ Would have done that with my old TV (big 27" non flat screen) but I sold it
< Is pumped for March Madness
v Thinks Bobby Knight will eventually have a temper tantrum on air as a reporter

General Chat / Re: The Gameboy DS?
« on: March 17, 2008, 09:53:19 PM »
I used to think it was a Game Boy myself. I don't think I knew it wasn't really a Game Boy until I read about it on here.

General Chat / Re: Not Really Video Games...but Games Nonetheless
« on: March 17, 2008, 09:50:50 PM »
Maybe you folks are referring to Kid Works 2. That one used to talk. There was also a speech editor on could make the word "the" sound like, well, you know.

Also, don't forget ClarisWorks if you had a Mac. Or Print Shop. Remember those awesome banners you could make on those printers where you tore the little scrappy things off the pages?

Mario Chat / Re: Melee or Brawl
« on: March 17, 2008, 09:44:22 PM »
I just played Melee the other night (don't have Brawl yet) and actually feel no need to get the new version yet. Everyone knows how to play Melee by now so when I have people over it's still a good option...for now, at least.

I feel there are enough elements in Melee to satisfy everyone. I don't even use half the characters, just the ones I know (Mario, Luigi, Link, etc). Plus I like the music in the game and think the stages are pretty good.

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