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Just call me Dr. Blue (on second thought, don't, it sounds like a porn purveyor), as we have an infirmary going here at the BlueTower. MrsBlue is suffering from some sort of URI that's got her running a low-grade fever and feeling quite poor, while Hudson the wonder dog has developed a limp. It may very well be that I'll have two trips to the doctor today, as MrsBlue may need professional attention, and Hudson definitely does, as this limp has gotten worse, rather than better since she hurt herself (if an Airedale Terrier vocally expresses pain, you have a problem, as this is an incredibly stoical breed)... I'm just hoping we can get appointments with their respective doctors just a few days before Christmas.

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76. Re: OT: XBox Fighting Games Dec 23, 2004, 09:58 nin
 
I'll probably wind up getting it anyway if its as good as it sounds.

There's all kinds of cool stuff to unlock, including new areas to fight in, and story mode. In story mode, you have to beat your opponent in certain ways (no ring outs, only air hits, etc.) and in turn you get points that you spend to unlock MORE weapons for your character to use. Each character has like 12 extra weapons to unlock...

I'm pretty sure you'll like it, but yeah, a rental might be in order, just to be safe...

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75. Re: OT: XBox Fighting Games Dec 23, 2004, 09:40 JM
 
Thanks again for all the help. Sounds like I'll have to try renting first to be safe. I'll probably wind up getting it anyway if its as good as it sounds. I'll just have to label that one "Dad's Game" which means my kid will really want to play it!

 
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74. Re: OT: XBox Fighting Games Dec 23, 2004, 09:22 nin
 
Thanks for the tip! Last question, is "Soul Calibur 2" suitable for a soon to be 7 year old? He knows the difference between real and cartoon violence I just want to avoid any super over the top violence which will likely upset the wife who fears I'm corrupting his little mind.


Err...that's a tough one. As said below, there's no blood spurting everywhere, but people do get hit upside the head, kicked, etc...every character has a different weapon.

It's not Mortal Kombat, but it sure isn't Pokemon, either.

Maybe you could rent it from a movie rental place and try it out when he's asleep?

It is a great game, but you bring up an excellent point...


edit: I should also mention I played it on the gamecube, but other than one character, it and the xbox versions are almost identical, graphically (though the xbox may have better sound).

edit again: Oh, and (as stated below) if Burnout3 is as good as 2 (and I suspect it's better), that's a great one also...us gamecube owners got robbed on B3...


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73. Re: OT: XBox Fighting Games Dec 23, 2004, 00:21 mag
 
There aren't any decapitations or dismemberments or anything. But the characters are pretty realistic looking. It's not like Street Figher and its ilk.

That aside, it's an absolutely excellent game, and even if you don't let him play it, you'd be sure to like it enough yourself. And it's damn cheap right now, too. At least, on the other two consoles it's only $20 or so.

 
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72. Re: OT: XBox Fighting Games Dec 23, 2004, 00:19 MeatForce
 
After 2 years of his begging me, I finally broke down and got my kid an XBox this year for Christmas and was wondering what were some of the better fighting games available?
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suitable for a soon to be 7 year old? He knows the difference between real and cartoon violence I just want to avoid any super over the top violence which will likely upset the wife who fears I'm corrupting his little mind.

Well... I'm still going to suggest (more like insist) that you pickup Burnout 3, but you probably shouldn't ever let him acquire a driver's license after having played that for 10 years.. which he will. Probably in a single sitting



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71. Re: OT: XBox Fighting Games Dec 23, 2004, 00:06 Bronco
 
Thanks for the tip! Last question, is "Soul Calibur 2" suitable for a soon to be 7 year old?

That's a tough question to answer. I have the game. I also have a 6.5 YO. I wouldn't let him play it.

I enjoy the game

My 6.5 YO kid is pretty level headed, it's the 4 and 3 YO I worry about.

Good luck,

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70. Re: OT: XBox Fighting Games Dec 22, 2004, 21:45 JM
 
Soul Calibur 2. Run. Now. Do Not Pass Go.

Thanks for the tip! Last question, is "Soul Calibur 2" suitable for a soon to be 7 year old? He knows the difference between real and cartoon violence I just want to avoid any super over the top violence which will likely upset the wife who fears I'm corrupting his little mind.

 
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69. Re: OT: XBox Fighting Games Dec 22, 2004, 21:38 nin
 
After 2 years of his begging me, I finally broke down and got my kid an XBox this year for Christmas and was wondering what were some of the better fighting games available?

Soul Calibur 2. Run. Now. Do Not Pass Go.

Also, the Dead or Alive series seems to be well liked, though I never cared for it...

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68. Re: Am I??? Dec 22, 2004, 21:02 Bronco
 
That's brutal! You do get a holiday in there somewhere don't you?

We 'shut down' between Christmas and New Years. Of course that really means that myself and the lead project manager / estimator / owner are in the office with no laborers / engineers / sales reps to bother us.

We get an amazing amount of work done working just half days that week.

At the least I hope they pay you overtime for it.

I'm salaried but I do just fine, thanks for the concern.

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67. Re: Am I??? Dec 22, 2004, 18:46 WarPig
 
You're kidding right? I'm working the 24th as well!

That's brutal! You do get a holiday in there somewhere don't you? At the least I hope they pay you overtime for it.

I'm off 'till Tuesday. Just got back from golf, lunch, and beers with my dad on a beautiful day. Played like crap until going birdie, par, birdie on the last three holes. These are days I wanted to take off in the fall but couldn't so I'm "forced" to take them now.

Is it too late for a nap?

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66. Re: Off for the weekend Dec 22, 2004, 18:14 MeatForce
 
About to leave work (I think), and we're off to my father-in-law's for Christmas. Hope everyone here has a good one, and stop getting sick!

Have a safe drive. Happy holidays to you and Heather!

(and everyone else around here, for that matter :D)

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65. Re: Am I??? Dec 22, 2004, 17:37 Warhawk
 
The only one working tomorrow

My one and only vacation this year (besides a 4-day weekend for our anniversary) is tomorrow through New Years' - back at work on the 3rd.

I usually take 1-2 weeks of around Christmas as my vacation. Too darn busy the rest of the year. Trying to finish a draft of a bridge foundation investigation before I bail for the day, so I probably won't be leaving early.


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64. Re: Am I??? Dec 22, 2004, 17:36 Bronco
 
The only one working tomorrow (the 22nd) (the 23rd)?

You're kidding right? I'm working the 24th as well!

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63. OT: XBox Fighting Games Dec 22, 2004, 17:27 JM
 
After 2 years of his begging me, I finally broke down and got my kid an XBox this year for Christmas and was wondering what were some of the better fighting games available? I'll still do most of my gaming on the PC but it would be nice to a have good 2-player fighting game in which I could virtually kick my kid's butt. Thanks.

 
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62. Oh yeah! Dec 22, 2004, 17:22 complicity
 
That reminds me... when were we going to have the HL2 DM thing? And who was going to be supplying the server and fat pipe to hook 'er up?

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61. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2004, 17:21 nin
 
That would make this the best Christmas ever! <cue background carolers>

Every time a bell rings, a mutant gets his wings... or laser beam eyes, as the case may be.


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60. Re: Am I??? Dec 22, 2004, 17:19 complicity
 
The only one working tomorrow
Nope, I have my regular 6-230 shift. I'd be working on Friday, too, if I hadn't taken it as a vacation day already. We have Monday & Tuesday off next week, though, statuatory.

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59. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2004, 17:18 complicity
 
Well, it's either that, or you're a mutant, and laser beams are gonna come out of your eyes.
That would make this the best Christmas ever! <cue background carolers>

Every time a bell rings, a mutant gets his wings... or laser beam eyes, as the case may be.

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58. Re: Am I??? Dec 22, 2004, 17:01 nin
 
The only one working tomorrow (the 22nd)? Going to be bored around here if no one is around to chat with. Us working stiffs that can't take tomorrow off.

Tomorrow's the 23rd, dude. Don't start the bender too early...

I'm working half a day, since the markets are open...

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57. Re: Am I??? Dec 22, 2004, 17:00 Mirsky
 
I'm working tomorrow, have a half day on Friday and would normally be in the office on Monday but I took it off as vacation.

 
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