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What's the last thing you ate/drank?
A delicious ripe mango cut in to cubes covered with fresh lime juice squeezed over it and then ever so lightly seasoned with just a hint of salt. So good that I'm running out to the grocery store to pick up a few more. :lol:

Record 138 users online yesterday!
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Post When You Buy or Sell Any Game
Jul 10 2013, 11:24 AM
Just got this in only 16$ from ebay bin ( buy it now )
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There's a Super Smash Bros. Melee player somewhere who's incredibly jealous right now. ^_^

Entered a Super Smash Bros. tournament today...
Flare Dancer
Jul 10 2013, 02:49 AM
Jul 9 2013, 06:46 PM
Sadly, we've just discovered that Nintendo will not allow a live Super Smash Bros. Melee stream from this year's EVO tournament. :(
Decision reversed. :)

AWESOME!!! :w00t:

I'll be sure to have my bag of popcorn and a tall glass of ice tea while watching.

Dream house?
Jul 10 2013, 02:32 AM
As I said in one of my previous post, it's time to think small.

there's small and then there's were I currently live :lol: I one bedroom flat is too small for a family. I guess paying more will be worth so my daughter has her own space :yeah:
I've been very successful in real-estate so please allow me to share some of my wisdom with you. If you purchase a house regardless of whether it's your "Dream Home" or not be sure to buy in an location with top-notch schools. Those areas tend to hold their value better than any other as people are always willing to pay a premium to send their children to the best schools.

Anyone have a PS2?
The only problem with purchasing a PS2 at this point is that very few of its early games support progressive scan. In that way the PS2 is about as outdated as the N64.

I'm not trying to talk anybody out of buying a PS2 as it has an incredible library of games but I wouldn't pick one up unless you have a CRT TV to hook it up to. That's how I have mine set up. :D

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Yeah I own two Fat models. One is my original US Launch machine and the other I got for just $10 from a random seller on Craig's List. It didn't work at first so I took it apart and cleaned the laser - now it works like a charm. Oh, I also had to unlock the parental control for watching movies.

It's nice having two PS2's because it allows me to play games that support the i.LINK (IEEE 1394) feature like the early Armored Core games and Gran Turismo 3.

Quick tip: if you're going to try to play PS2 games on your HDTV you're gonna need a component cable. Here's mine (right) pictured next to two GameCube component cables.

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Entered a Super Smash Bros. tournament today...
Here's a fantastic video that discusses the competitive scene surrounding the Super Smash Bros. franchise. :yeah:

Sadly, we've just discovered that Nintendo will not allow a live Super Smash Bros. Melee stream from this year's EVO tournament. :(

Nintendo Blocks Smash Bros Melee Streaming at EVO

Anyone have a PS2?
Yes I have a PS2 but I primarily play Crash Team Racing on it which is actually a PS1 title. :)

What browser do you use?
Google Chrome is indeed working much better on my XP machine with just about every site I frequent.

Dream house?
Jul 9 2013, 02:28 AM
At the moment ANY house would be my dream house, living in a small flat with my wife and 8 month old is starting to get me down. No room for anything which means my game collecting is on hold :angry:
For the house I live in now I pay $2,600 a year in taxes and $800 anually on insurance. Since my State of North Carolina is broke and can't meet its Medicare/Medicaid obligation it's likely that both of those will be going up.

So the irony is that while a house may provide you more space to store your collectibles, the monetary burden to afford that house will likely rob you of the time and extra cash to indulge your hobby. :blink:

As I said in one of my previous post, it's time to think small.

Post a picture of your car
As a funny aside, I used to be a hardcore car enthusiast until video gaming got so good that it pulled me away. I mean how can any car, no matter how souped-up, compare to the pure undistilled adrenaline rush one experiences when playing the blindingly fast F-Zero GX? :lol:

What browser do you use?
Jul 8 2013, 02:38 PM
Mozilla Firefox and it works wonders for me on my Windows XP Laptop
Most of my friends refer to Firefox as their "porn browser". I wonder what they mean by that. :huh:

Think I'm going to start using Chrome on my XP machine as IE8 is almost unusable with this site.

best nintendo 64 games
Here are my favorites.

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The Wii U Topic
In large part because of the disaster that the Xbox One is turning out to be the Wii U still has the potential to take second place behind Sony's brilliant PS4. Nintendo's much loved IP's such as Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. and Zelda should ensure a moderate level of success and an occasional surprise entry like F-Zero could even convince some gamers to forgo a high-end console and stick exclusively with just the Wii U.

Years ago I read an article concerning Gran Turismo 3 in which it was mentioned that a large percentage of console purchasers often make their decision based on a single game or franchise. For me that's certainly been true as I've bought every Nintendo console since the N64 primarily for the Mario Kart title that inevitably gets released on it. In fact, I bought a Nintendo DS for Mario Kart DS even though I don't really like playing games on handhelds. What really pushed me over the edge on the DS purchase was the fact that it would do double duty and allow me to also play Mario Kart: Super Circuit thanks to the DS's backwards compatibility with Game Boy Advance software. But I digress; my point is simply that if Nintendo can convince enough people to pickup a Wii U for one of their masterpieces then many of those people may never bother with Sony and Microsoft's console offerings.

Miscellaneous rambling: Two of the best pieces of software that can presently be enjoyed on the Wii U are actually Wii titles in Mario Kart Wii (with its incredible on-line mode) and Super Smash Bros. Brawl thanks to its addictive local multiplayer capability. What's also nice is that both games can be purchased new for what a typical Xbox 360 or PS3 game goes for. :D

Dream house?
I've always been a fan of the Japanese culture and one of the things I really like most about the Japanese people is their sincere appreciation of nature. For this reason I'd like my dream community to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Of course given the fact that energy prices look to remain high going in to the foreseeable future I'd want to use the best form of insulation to conserve on heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. The latter is particularly important if the scientists are right and all the gases humans are pumping in to the air are causing climate change (i.e. global warming). What's more environmentally friendly than recycling paper? Nothing I can think of and for that reason I'd use FiberGreen to insulate my dream homes. :D

The Xbox One Topic
Xbox One Will Watch You Watching It :-/

The Xbox One may suck quite a bit less now that the company has backed off restrictive DRM, but the console may still raise the bar for annoying snoopvertising. If you recall, Microsoft was one of several companies to patent the idea of using set-top device embedded cameras to watch people in living rooms, then use that data for targeted advertising purposes. A Technical Account Manager for Xbox LIVE Advertising tells StickTwiddlers.com the Xbox One takes ads to a whole new level, and the dashboard was designed specifically with targeted advertising in mind:

Kinect could detect how many users are in the room and could serve advertisements aimed at families, groups, or individuals. Additional information from your Xbox LIVE account could also influence these by using metrics such as your gender, age, location, media habits and more, and Microsoft are very aware of the potential around this.

The ad exec proceeds to insist that Microsoft doesn't yet receive all of the biometric data collected by the Kinect sensor (like heart rate and current mood), but with consumer protections on this front being virtually nonexistent -- it seems like only a matter of time before your Xbox One starts selling you antidepressants and ice cream when you're down.

At this point you couldn't give me an Xbox One for free. :nope:

Modern N64 Controller
Jul 8 2013, 09:32 AM
This thing is inexpensive - but it only support 1 controller on Apple computers, 2 for PC. Anyone used one before?

USB 2 Player N64 Adapter
I've heard rumors that these don't support Rumble or Controller (memory) Paks.

Post a picture of your car
Sorry RS, it appears my previous post may have been a little confusing. The front end photo is of the all new 11th generation Toyota Corolla which has just undergone a major revamp.

Cathie's Corolla was a 9th generation which she kept in immaculate condition until she was rear-ended in September of 2012. She was literally hit so hard that her car was pushed in to the vehicle in front of her. Here's another picture for reference.

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Even after this horrific accident the car still ran like a top which is a testament to how well Toyota builds even their budget conscious economy cars.

Wii discussion
Here in the States the Wii represent a tremendous value for anyone who's thought about getting in to semi-modern video gaming. Sure, retro is a blast but many newer titles like Muramasa: The Demon Blade are worth experiencing too.

Although the Wii is universally revered as a multiplayer console many people aren't aware of its single-player gems like Muramasa and for that reason I'm posting this video review.

Dream house?
Thanks for letting me know you're interested. :yeah:

Many people would probably consider my present residence a "dream home"...

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... but the reality is that given the current economic conditions in the US its just too big. At 2,100 square feet it represents too much area to heat and cool. Also, taxes and insurance rates are going up across the whole country to make up for deficits. In this economic environment large houses no longer make sense especially now that our planet has over 7,000,000,000 people on it. :o

It's time to think small and while my ambition of 1,500 sq. ft. isn't tiny it does represent a much more reasonable environmental footprint. But why four houses? Because two of my best friends upon hearing my plan became so excited that they said they want the same exact house as mine and in a similar area. Hey, if I'm gonna build a house for the future for myself and the lovely Mrs. Grizzmeister then why not benefit from the economy of scales and build a few more on the same 40 acre plot of land. Oh, that last house would be for my in-laws as they're looking to downsize also.

It's almost midnight so I'm gonna try to get some sleep but I'll probably pick back up on this tomorrow. I have much more to share and some of you in other countries may find it interesting to help you gain insight as to what's really going on here in America in the aftermath of the bursting of the "Housing Bubble". No it hasn't turned in to a dystopian hellscape here yet but then again many Americans are having trouble coming to grips with the fact that our nation is nearly $17,000,000,000,000 in debt and what that's going to mean for the future. :phear:

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