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11,376. Posted:

@Machu: no problem, man -- it's not just you, either, don't worry. between this discussion, the smoking thread, and the drinking thread, and then more ranting from SSBFan1999, i am sick to death of people getting all up into the business of others... i've been having to play devil's advocate far too often lately. that's why i would really like or NL to finally put their stance on legal homebrew in writing; i'm very tired of apparently walking that thin line by defending myself and other posters. how do you know where the line is when it's not actually spelled out anyplace and people automatically assume that you should have known better? that's not very fair to anybody. :/

anyway, i have always believed strongly that once I buy something, it's mine, and if i want to use it in a manner the manufacturer or designer didn't have in mind, so what? I'll take responsibility if it blows up on me, but so long as i'm not using it for anything illegal, what do they care what I do? :3 there's some interesting little random games and applications for the Wii (as well as many emulators), but i've used homebrew apps primarily for DVD playback (yeah, i know using the Wii to watch DVDs is supposed to be bad for the drive, but whatev') and music and video file playback (the TV is hooked up to a nice surround-sound system, may as well get some use out of it, lol). Mahjong Wii is fun (but then again i love Mahjong solitaire), and WiiPhysics is a neat little application to mess around with as well. i haven't bothered with GeckoOS/Ocarina only because i've never really felt the need to before; i don't have any games from other regions lying around, nor have i ever felt bored enough with any of the Wii games I own to bother cheating my way through them. :P

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11,377. Posted:

@Machu: frankly it would be nice if NL would officially go zero-tolerance on it; i'm sick of seeing people take pot-shots at those of us who choose to run homebrew on our Wiis. we are not all filthy pirates. >:/

however, by the letter of the community rules, discussion of homebrew is still allowable here, because it is not illegal nor is it actually mentioned by name, and i find it distressing that the mods here also seem to think that homebrew stuff should automatically be lumped in with warez and piracy, that they shouldn't have to bother differentiating between it because it's all illegal somehow (which is not the case). seriously, how hard is it to come up with some kind of official announcement (like the 'no more jokes about Corbie and the number 7' one) or to edit a few words into the community rules to include talk of homebrew as 'unacceptable content'? Hell, i'll write the announcement for y'all:

'Hey guys, we'd like to keep our relationship with Nintendo on good terms, and they're not thrilled by the idea of homebrew applications being run on their hardware, so we're adding discussion of homebrew apps as unacceptable content on the forums. There are plenty of other places on the internet to discuss Wii/DS homebrew; please don't do it here.'

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AuthorRe: Mini Ninjas: First Impressions
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11,378. Posted:

i lied, i didn't bother waiting for any reviews of the Wii version to show up.

it is incredibly cute. I like the story (and killing cute little samurai guys and having them turn into animals that you can possess afterward is fun :3) and the graphics (they're kinda simple, but they work well), I like messing around with the magic spells and the other ninjas you rescue to see how they fight and stuff. as with most action-adventure games nowadays, there is a collection aspect to it, and it's nice because you can check at any time during the level how many things (new spells, plants, jizo statues, etc.) you've collected, and it also shows you the same information at the end of the level, where it also allows you to remain in the level if you like in order to collect whatever it was you missed.

that said, it's kinda annoying (especially during the first two levels) because as you learn how to do new things, every time you come to a place where you can do that new thing an image of what you need to do will pop up onto the screen in an attempt to be helpful. it would be nice if you were able to disable that or at least make it much more unobtrusive.

this game auto-saves at the end of every level, and there are multiple checkpoints scattered throughout each level as you go... however, I have not yet found a way to re-use a checkpoint, so say you activate one, break an animal out of a cage, and then get yourself killed... you'll respawn at the checkpoint and find the animal is right back in the cage again. an exception to this seems to be spell scrolls... i died at one point and tried to go get it again only to freak out that I couldn't activate the little shrine, but when i checked my inventory, the spell was still there. so whatev'.

be aware that when you use certain magic spells, they use the wiimote for aiming. i have a bad habit of not really keeping mine pointed at the screen all the time, so there have been many times that i'll fire up a spell only to have the camera suddenly fly off toward the wrong direction, and you only have so much time before the spell activates and then you've shot it off toward nowhere or something. :/

the camera drives me up a wall as well. for some reason I'm constantly having to control the camera myself instead of being able to just let it follow Hiro as I go, because it doesn't like to stay focused the way i want it to. for example, i'll be near a cliff, and I'll point the camera down so that i can see clearly where i can and can't step... and then as soon as i let the camera go and start moving again, it'll refocus on the horizon, which looks pretty, but hurts me when i fall off the damn cliff because of it. :/

the last major thing that gets me about this game is that, unlike other action-adventure games like Twilight Princess and Okami, you don't waggle the wiimote to use your weapon/hit an enemy. You have to press B to hit the enemy -- swinging the wiimote directly downward will make your ninja do a stronger attack, but it's not your primary attack (it's meant more for breaking through an enemy's block and stunning them iirc) and it's only a downward swing. left-to-right doesn't do it. there have been more than a few times where I've caught myself frantically waggling the wiimote trying to get my ninja dude to attack when i really should've been tapping B instead. i don't know if they were trying to get away from the waggling thing or what, but not having that as an attack gesture is really taking a lot of getting used to.

all in all, i'm having fun at the moment (lol, the first boss is pretty funny :3), and i hope it gets better once i rescue more of my ninja buddies and get used to the controls. :3

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11,379. Posted:

Ramandus wrote:

Sometimes? Where does the tea come from other times? A can?

possibly a bottle or a gallon jug?

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11,380. Posted:

Stuffgamer1 wrote:

@theblackdragon: Y'know what's even MORE hilarious? When one of those pops up while I'm using my PS3 browser. :D

lol, i bet! good times. :3

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11,381. Posted:

@tylero09: you forgot the part where The Fox's post was edited by Chicken Brutus. :3

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11,382. Posted:

BleachFan888 wrote:

From what I've learned, chewing tabacco has VERY small bits of broken glass in it that help to slightly cut your lip and allow the chemicals to directly seep into your blood stream... :O Idk I'm guessing that was some sort of scare tactic that my health teacher used.

it's an urban myth. here it is on Snopes (that particular article covers a few myths about cigarettes and stuff, including fiberglass in cigs and smokeless tobacco). incidentally, here's a very similar one about the gold flakes in Goldschlager. :3

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AuthorRe: Using a videogame to recruit teenagers to the US Army?
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11,383. Posted:

The+Fox wrote:

Yikes. Talk about terminal levels of nerdiness.

which is pretty much what the military would probably be getting if they're singling out good players for recruitment, if you think about it, lol

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AuthorRe: Using a videogame to recruit teenagers to the US Army?
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11,384. Posted:

@warioswoods: i'm sorry, but the point i was trying to make was not that you were being too idealistic, it was that the government is too corrupt and the general public too willing to comply. you can talk about democracy and how things should be all you like, but the fact is that it all comes down to the people elected to be in charge, and in a nation so willingly bamboozled by flashy propaganda-filled commercials, cheesy grins, artfully deflected questions, and how much muck one side can rake up about the other, please understand my lack of hope that things will ever really change.

also, on a surprisingly-related side-note, when i first read the OP, i meant to bring up Toys, a Robin Williams movie that pretty much features this kind of scenario -- where kids and teenagers are recruited into a military force via video games. it's a great movie, if kinda dated by now. :3

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11,385. Posted:

Tails86 wrote:

ah yo big baby :P you afraid of Germs put a rubber on me then

whoa whoa whoa, just what is going on in this thread?!??
... lol

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11,386. Posted:

warioswoods wrote:

I prefer neither; if there are not enough citizens who are willing, for the right reasons, to risk their lives in a particular war, then it's either a war we shouldn't be fighting, or leadership hasn't succeeded in making a compelling rational case.

in a perfect world...

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11,387. Posted:

Super+Smash+Bros wrote:

Right now, I have a sore throat, I felt like I've been smoking, even thought I haven't at all.

SSBFan1999, didn't you just say "Hell no, I never smoked before and will never ever smoke"? You've never smoked before; you don't know how someone who smokes actually feels because you've never done it yourself. Plz to stop being so dramatic.

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11,388. Posted:

__Stevie wrote:

ex-smokers are 10x worse than non-smokers for preaching.

Check it

sometimes ex-anything is worse, to be honest... ever tried to hang around someone on a fad diet? someone who decided to change religions? someone who stopped smoking or drinking? went vegetarian? that's generally all they can talk about until they get over the newness factor, and the ones who get preachy or drop all their old friends who didn't change along with them get on my nerves hardcore. it's almost as if they feel some compulsion to keep talking about how they're not doing blah-blah-blah anymore or drop all their old friends who still do blah-blah-blah, because if they stop talking about it or hang out with them they'll just go right back into doing blah-blah-blah again. it kinda gives you a feel for who your friends that are worth keeping really are... i don't like hanging around people sniping at me for my life choices just because they've changed theirs. :/

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11,389. Posted:

tonyp415 wrote:

xD Windows is best for certain things and linux is best for using it as a server Mac is well don't know about it that much

don't get me wrong: i'm not trying to start up any 'my OS is better than yours' crap; i said what I said in that comment because those pop-up ads (the last couple I saw, at least) show an image of a Windows user's 'My Computer' or 'My Documents' folders that may be mistaken for an honest-to-goodness explorer window and fool a casual Windows user into clicking the wrong thing, which would install the program. I remember I lol'd pretty hard and even called in my husband to take a look at it before I killed the window because it was so realistic to a Windows system, and yet that computer was running Ubuntu. :3

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11,390. Posted:

... so which do you prefer, the carrot that is hyped-up advertisements and propaganda like movies, documentaries, and video games, as well as sign-up bonuses and free education, or the stick that is the draft? if they want you, the government's gonna get you, with or without enticements like this game. :: shrug ::

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11,391. Posted:

Vendetta wrote:

It's a pop-up ad. And it's fkn terrible! Certain ads like this have been known to use both the "OK" and "Cancel" buttons as approval to proceed and install. Here's a tip: If you ever get one of those virus-detected type ads, hit CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up your Task Manager (Windows, clearly) and end the broswer task. Just dead that shit on the spot.

this this this. it's funny when those stupid pop-up ads show up on Linux systems, but i can definitely see where a normal Windows user would get confused by them. Kill the browser window.

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11,392. Posted:

softmodding and homebrew are not in and of themselves illegal. piracy, however, is.

this must be the third or fourth time in a week I've said it, but i'll say it again: Now you know. :3

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11,393. Posted:

Vendetta wrote:

theblackdragon, I was setting up a punchline diagnosis of a forum-borne pathogen. You totally blew it. :P

lol, i was thinking of doing that myself, but i decided (in my infinite mercy) against it. :P

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11,394. Posted:

i just picked up the Wii version... i'm on the third level, and i'm having fun, but the controls are taking a lot of getting used to. for some reason, it doesn't have the same intuitive feel as Twilight Princess and Okami did; the major thing is that i keep wanting to swing the remote to attack instead of pressing B like I'm supposed to.

the camera is kinda driving me up a wall. it has the tendency to zoom in for no apparent reason whenever I try to use a magic attack on enemies (fireball, tornado), completely throwing off my aim. it may be because the wiimote was pointed in a weird direction; that too will take practice to control.

another thing is that I do not like the way the game tells you almost every time you come to a point where you can do something (pick a flower, shake a tree or a door, search for magic shrines) that you can do so. seriously, let me do it on my own, will you? i'm not an idiot, and it's not like you can't get to the map of the controls from the menu. the game is nice in that at the end of each level it tells you how many things you collected (jizo statues, plants, magic scrolls, etc.), too, which is enough of a hint that you need to go back because you missed something without being told as soon as you near an area where you're supposed to use the shrine-finding magic that you should use that particular spell. i'm hoping this is just because it was the first couple levels and that it will eventually stop notifying me of this BS, because if there's a way to turn this stuff off in the 'options' menu, i'm not seeing it. :/ it's almost as bad as the 'You found a (insert color here) rupee! That's (insert number here) rupees!' message that popped up all the time in Twilight Princess, though that stopped the game entirely, while this is just images of buttons popping up on the screen and obstructing your view as you go. blarg.

annoyances aside, i like the story, I love the style of art they used (it's simple, but it works), and i'm having fun defeating cute little samurai dudes and having them poof back into forest creatures, and then possessing the creatures afterward. what can i say, I'm easily amused. :3 I also like that possessing an animal makes it easier for you to find hidden objects (the jizo statues and flowers). that helps a lot.

ah well. i only took a break because i needed to change the contrast on my TV for the third level, and then the phone rang. back to playing it. :3

edit: i wanted to add that when i got home, i was surprised to find that GameStop had actually sold me a sealed copy of Mini Ninjas. o_o

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11,395. Posted:

instead of consulting Dr. Internet, try going to your normal doctor if you're really that worried about it and see what they have to say about it. none of us are doctors, man; no one should trust health advice from strangers on the internet.

that said, this happens around the same time every year? sounds like it's just the flu or a cold. i get them every year when the weather changes too, and I'm also very prone to vertigo weeks before and after the major cold/flu symptoms show up/go away, which sucks hella. i can live with the normal symptoms of a cold or the flu, but the vertigo is what really puts me out of commission. :/

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11,396. Posted:

@warioswoods: i know what you mean re: online applications... back when i got my first real job almost a decade ago, it involved actually going to each place and bugging people for applications too, lol. nowadays, though, you'll get people at some places that will tell you when you ask for an application that you can fill it out online if you prefer, and places like Target and Wal-Mart actually have little computer kiosks set up near customer service that will allow you to fill out (surprise) the exact same application as you would be able to do from the convenience of your own home.

it's mostly the bigger companies that do it, I've found; small local shops and restaurants may still ask for you to come down and fill out an application. the good thing about it is that you can apply to places without having to bug someone for an application and without potentially giving the wrong impression to people who may be involved in the hiring process with the way you over or under-dress and your body language as you ask for the application. the bad thing about it is that it's incredibly impersonal, and most of the time they say they'll keep your application on file for 60 or 90 days so you're just a part of a continuous pool of potential hire-ees, and you won't know anything because they won't call you or e-mail you with word as to what's going on. you won't get that same on-the-spot 'just fill out the app and we'll hire you right now' feeling you may have wound up with in another place while talking with someone after having filled out an application in person.

another thing that's bad about the internet is that they may have actually hired people already for the positions they're still advertising, and it's just that no one's gotten around to changing that info on their website, so you just spent all that time filling out the app and taking their stupid 'you tend to feel angry days after a customer says something mean to you, agree or disagree?' tests for nothing.

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11,397. Posted:

we've already got posting images directly to facebook, so more facebook-based functionality (an app where you could check your Facebook straight from the DSi menu, for example) sounds more logical than Skype or YouTube at the moment.

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11,398. Posted:

I believe Stuffgamer1 currently works for a GameStop. :3

as for applying at one, if you're looking for a non-managerial position, there's no online application for it -- you'll have to either print out an app from their 'careers' section of their website or whatever and take it in to the store you want to apply at, or you can get an application directly from there and fill it out.

from an applying-for-jobs aspect, though... don't pin all your hopes on being hired at one place, fill out applications for as many places as you can. Since you don't have any previous work experience and it sounds like they'll have to work with you on your college schedule, don't bother shooting for the moon, either. Big-name places like Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart, Torrid/Hot Topic, Food Lion, K-Mart/Sears, Dominos, etc. are very likely to have online application forms you can fill out on their websites (GameStop was one of the exceptions, in fact, that required people applying for non-mangerial positions to turn in a paper application). Smaller, local places may advertise on catch-all job websites like Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, and SnagAJob.com (i actually had more luck with SnagAJob.com than I did the other two; they tend to focus more on entry-level positions instead of professional positions requiring experience, degree(s), or training).

You may want to check your local Craigslist site, too, but beware -- that place is so full of scammers it's not even funny. You'll pick up on the hallmarks of a form posting after a while, though; the biggest hints are an offer of strangely high pay for a low-level job ($13 an hour for a secretarial position, for example), someone using what looks like their full name for a gmail address ('jordan_driggs at gmail.com' was one I bit at unknowingly when I first started looking up here in NC), and gross typos or garbled text at the bottom of an otherwise normal posting. send those guys an inquiry first before replying with your resume.

speaking of resumes, if you stick to entry-level positions, you won't need to bother with it, but depending on the job posting you may want to look into preparing yourself a resume just in case someone wants to see what you were doing while you were in high school. there are websites out there that will help you to build one if you like.

sorry 'bout the wall of text, lol, but i recently went through the hell of finding a new job myself, so it's still kinda fresh. welcome to the market, dude. :3

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@longtimegamer: i liek teh kittiez :3

in all honesty, though, i do think a PM system would go a long way toward being able to successfully enforce any 'stay on topic within threads' rule. It would also help to cut down on the short threads directed at individuals in particular; people would be able to have their little tangent-based conversations in private, and that would be the end of having to wade through them on the forums proper.

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just gonna repost the links I dredged up here:
New Judge Dredd movie in the works
'Judge Dredd' feature film update
Alex Garland completes Judge Dredd screenplay?
IMDB also has a page for it, but there's no public information up there at the moment because it seems to be currently slated for a 2012 release.

I must admit I'm merely a giant fan of the '95 movie and have never touched a Dredd comic in my life; I love Sylvester Stallone, I love bad movies, I love Rob Schneider, and the plot and setting were very interesting. I will be waiting to see what a more faithful adaptation of the comic will turn out like on the big screen. :3

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