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2:10 PM on 05.04.2009

Think Geek Selling New Dreamcasts...4realz

I was checking out ThinkGeek for some new useless stuff and I noticed they are now selling brand new Dreamcast systems...it is 4real I swear on TheInternets itself.
Here is the link in case you are too lazy to type in ThinkGeek and click "Whats New"

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/games/ba52/

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3:32 PM on 06.03.2008

2500 Nintendo Games in FireFox? This can not be! It is, now I must change my pants.

I love the Fox for surfing the internetz, and add-ons are the reason why. Today on Digg I came across a story about this add-on that added 2500 Nintendo games to your browser. I installed it and bam, every Nintendo game I could think of and many I had never heard of right there at my finger tips. This thing rocks, it is no different from any other emulator except that it is built right into Firefox. Let me know if any of you have it and what you think about it.



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8:59 AM on 04.30.2008

Anyone else having Multiplayer Issues with GTA IV?

I must have gotten 5 invites from Ron Workmeng last night to play multi player GTA IV and every time I accepted the invite it would tell me I was unable to join the game and it was taking me back to single player. While I did get a little frustrated with the whole situation it was quite easy to release that frustration in the form of nuking a bunch of cops just doing their jobs. Also it helps if you go into the burger joint and just start blasting people because they only have one item on the dollar menu. Also here are the cheats I was able to find on the net incase someone has not posted them yet, but it is far more likely that someone did post them and I just did not see them.


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Cheat mode
While playing the game, press Up to display Niko's cellphone. Press Up again to access the keypad. Then, enter one of the following codes to activate the corresponding cheat function. Once a code has been entered correctly, a new "Cheats" menu option will be available on your phone, below "Options", where you can access the cheats without having to enter the phone number again. Note: Do not save the game after enabling a code to avoid unforeseen problems. Enabling some cheats may prevent achievements from being earned.

Full health
Dial "3625550100" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "DOC-555-0100". This code prevents the "Cleaned The Mean Streets", "Finish Him", "One Man Army", and "Walk Free" achievements from being earned.

Full health and ammunition
Dial "4825550100" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "GTA-555-0100". This code prevents the "Cleaned The Mean Streets" achievement from being earned.

Weapons tier 1
Dial "4865550100" into the cellphone. This will unlock the baseball bat, handgun, shotgun, MP5, M4, sniper rifle, RPG, and grenades. Note: This phone number translates to "GUN-555-0150". This code prevents the "Cleaned The Mean Streets" achievement from being earned.

Weapons tier 2
Dial "4865550150" into the cellphone. This will unlock the knife, Molotov cocktails, handgun, shotgun, Uzi, AK47, sniper rifle, and RPG. Note: This phone number translates to "GUN-555-0100". This code prevents the "Cleaned The Mean Streets" achievement from being earned.

Remove Niko's wanted level
Dial "2675550100" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "COP-555-0100". This code prevents the "One Man Army" and "Walk Free" achievements from being earned.

Add one star to Niko's wanted level
Dial "2675550150" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "COP-555-0150".

Spawn Annihilator police helicopter
Dial "3595550100" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "FLY-555-0100". This code prevents the "One Man Army" and "Walk Free" achievements from being earned.

Spawn Cognoscenti
Dial "2275550142" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "CAR-555-0142".

Spawn Comet
Dial "2275550175" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "CAR-555-0175".

Spawn FBI Buffalo
Dial "2275550100" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "CAR-555-0100".

Spawn Jetmax
Dial "9385550100" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "WET-555-0100".

Spawn NRG-900
Dial "6255550100" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "MBK-555-0100".

Spawn Sanchez
Dial "6255550150" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "MBK-555-0150".

Spawn SuperGT
Dial "2275550168" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "CAR-555-0168".

Spawn Turismo
Dial "2275550147" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "CAR-555-0147".

Change weather and brightness
Dial "4685550100" into the cellphone. Note: This phone number translates to "HOT-555-0100".

Map locations
Enter "www.whattheydonotwantyoutoknow.com" into the in-game computers to view maps that reveal all weapon, health, armor, vehicle, pigeon, ramp/stunt, and entertainment locations.

Easy money
Go to an ATM, then cause a traffic jam to the area. Wait for someone to take money from the ATM, then kill him or her. Make sure to block any nearby roads so the ambulance cannot get to the murdered victim. Take the money they dropped on the ground. Then, run a short distance away, and go back. The money should have respawned on the ground. You can repeat this as many times as desired. You can also kill more people taking their money from the ATM to increase the amount of money that respawns. -From: Khairol161

Repairing engine
If the vehicle you are driving breaks down and the engine will not start, call 911, and your engine should start again.

Parking more vehicles
Outside your first hideout is a small parking area to park your vehicles and save them. Instead of parking your vehicles fully within the lines, you can park your vehicles partially within the lines to allow for more vehicles to be parked and saved. -From: Zane

Fast travel
To avoid wasting time driving all the way across the city, call a taxi. They will take you to your destination for your mission, stores, safehouses, or even a waypoint marker. You can skip through the taxi ride, allowing you to travel across the entire city in about ten seconds. This can also be done during missions.

Easy headshots
It is sometimes difficult to get headshots, which do count. With some practice, doing the following is an easy way to get headshots. Press [Auto-Aim], then use the Right Analog-stick to move the auto-aim target around your victim's body. Barely move the Right Analog-stick as you are shooting. This puts bullets in the chest and head, and results in an easy instant kill.

Getting away from police
When running away from the cops, you will have a circular area in which they look for you. However, if you get out and another cop sees you, it changes. To use this to your advantage, barely get out of that circle, which you will see on your radar. Then, just sit there for about five seconds instead of flooring past it.

Regaining health during missions
You can leave the mission area and go to a Cluckin' Bell, hotdog stand, etc. and eat food to replenish your health if you are low and cannot find a health pack. This is especially useful on missions where there are no health packs in sight. Note: You can also take a taxi to those locations during missions.

Avoiding toll booths
Drive through any toll booth with any emergency vehicle with the sirens on. The booth attendant will open the gate, and you will save $5.

$100 for all ringtones and themes
After getting the phone from Playboy X, go to the nearest Internet cafe. Buy all of the ringtones and themes from the ringtones site. Log out of the computer, and you will notice that you only paid $100 for all ringtones and themes.

Easy "One Man Army" achievement
Go to the bridge that takes you to the second island and has a train track under it. Walk along the train track towards the second island before you are allowed to cross the bridge. When you are about half way, you should have a six start wanted level. Then, just stand on the train track for five minutes to get the achievement. You do not have to worry about the police because they will be on the bridge above you so they cannot shoot, and the helicopters are above you so you have cover from them.

Achievements
Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

Off the Boat (5 points): Complete the first mission.
One Hundred and Eighty (10 points): In a darts game score 180 with 3 darts.
Pool Shark (10 points): Beat a friend at pool.
King of QUB3D (15 points): Beat the High Score in QUB3D
Finish Him (15 points): Complete 10 melee counters in 4 minutes
Genetically Superior (25 points): Come first in 20 singleplayer street races.
Wheelie Rider (30 points): Do a wheelie lasting at least 500 feet on a motorbike.
Gobble Gobble (10 points): Score 3 strikes in a row, a turkey, in 10-pin bowling.
Driving Mr. Bellic (10 points): Unlock the special ability of taxi.
Rolled Over (30 points): Do 5 car rolls in a row from one crash.
Walk Free (50 points): Lose a 4 star wanted rating by outrunning the cops.
Courier Service (10 points): Complete all 10 package delivery jobs.
Retail Therapy (10 points): Unlock the special ability of buying guns from a friend.
Chain Reaction (20 points): You must blow up 10 vehicles in 10 seconds.
One Man Army (40 points): Survive 5 minutes on 6 star wanted level.
Lowest Point (5 points): Complete mission "Roman's Sorrow".
Over Fulfilled (10 points): Complete all 10 Exotic Export orders.
Manhunt (15 points): Complete the most wanted side missions from the police computer.
Cleaned The Mean Streets (20 points): Capture 20 criminals through the police computer.
Fed The Fish (5 points): Complete the mission "Uncle Vlad".
It'll Cost Ya (5 points): Complete a taxi ride without skipping from one island to another.
Sightseer (5 points): Fly on all helicopter tours of Liberty City.
Warm Coffee (5 points): Successfully date a girl to be invited into her house.
That's How We Roll! (10 points): Unlock the special ability of helicopter.
Half Million (55 points): Reach a balance of $500,000.
Impossible Trinity (10 points): Complete mission "Museum Piece".
Full Exploration (20 points): Unlock all the islands.
You Got The Message (20 points): Deliver all 30 cars ordered through text message.
Dare Devil (30 points): Complete 100% of the unique stunt jumps.
Assassin's Greed (20 points): Complete all 9 assassin missions.
Endangered Species (50 points): Collect every hidden package in the game.
Under the Radar (40 points): Fly underneath the main bridges in the game that cross water with a helicopter.
Dial B For Bomb (10 points): Unlock the special ability of phoning for a bomb to be placed.
Gracefully Taken (10 points): Complete mission "I'll Take Her".
Liberty City (5) (20 points): After meeting all possible friends, the ones left alive all like you above 90%.
No More Strangers (5 points): Meet all random characters.
That Special Someone (10 points): Complete mission "That Special Someone".
You Won! (60 points): Complete the final mission.
Liberty City Minute (30 points): Complete the story missions in less than 30 hours.
Key To The City (100 points): Achieve 100% in "Game progress" statistic.
Teamplayer (10 points): Kill 5 players who are not in your team, in any ranked multiplayer team game.
Cut Your Teeth (5 points): Earn a personal rank promotion in multiplayer
Join The Midnight Club (10 points): Win a ranked multiplayer race without damaging your vehicle too much and with damaged enabled.
Fly The Co-op (15 points): Beat our time in ranked versions of "Deal Breaker", "Hangman's NOOSE" and "Bomb da Base II".
Take It For The Team (10 points): Be on the winning team in all ranked multiplayer team games.
Top Of The Food Chain (10 points): Kill 20 players with a pistol in a ranked multiplayer deathmatch.
Top The Midnight Club (20 points): Come first in 20 different ranked standard multiplayer races.
Wanted (20 points): Achieve the highest personal rank in multiplayer.
Auf Wiedersehen Petrovic (30 points): Win all ranked multiplayer variations, all races and "Cops 'n Crooks", as both sides.
Let Sleeping Rockstars Lie (10 points): Kill a Rockstar developer in a ranked multiplayer match.   read


10:46 AM on 04.03.2008

Polltoid version 1.0

I was a little bored at work this morning and I wondered what sites all my fellow Dtoiders use to enhance the lolz...let me know what you guys think.

Game News:
Unimportant real news:
Funny Videos:
Comedy\Satire:
Digg type sites:
Internet game websites:
Safe for work free P0rn:
NSFW free P0rn:
Gadget Reviews and Previews:
Any other cool sites people and Dtoiders need to know about:

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4:51 PM on 03.24.2008

G4TV Stealing from Dtoid...and not doing a good job...say it aint so?

Front Page Item on Dtoid on the 20th of this month by Nick Chester is below
http://www.destructoid.com/limited-edition-gta-iv-360-is-kind-of-nice-you-can-t-have-one-76775.phtml

And a page from The Feed on G4TV's website is below
http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/683878/GTA_IV_Themed_XBox_360_Is_Sweet.html

Now granted the articles are different and they both quote the same source but what took G4TV four extra days to steal this from Dtoid. Now I know if there is a fire some where in your town, at some point there will be a report on all your local news stations right? Ok so one station breaks the story, then like 2 others pick up on the breaking story from the original report and they begin their report, now somehow there is one station in town that still does not know about the fire. They hear about it lets say 4 days later, how do they come to the decision to air a story about a fire that was 4 days ago that every other station in town has reported on and still act like it is new news? Even if they are just reporting in case there are people that only watch their station I can understand they want to get that news out there for those people but that does not explain a 4 day difference in the report does it. I would think that they could at least pay someone to listen to the police scanner or watch other news stations to see if they missed anything but it seems like G4 does not understand this concept. Can any one shed some light on this for me because I do not really understand how this happens on today's internet, I mean surely Dtoid pays someone to surf the web all day and hit sites and see what other people are reporting on right? I mean the least they could do was hit Digg or something. Help me out here someone.   read


8:55 AM on 02.22.2008

Dtoid Hall of Fame...we can has?

This post is to request that we set up some sort of Dtoid Hall of Fame for quotes. Not only to educate the n00bs to the site but to shine a light on the most Epic of comments. Granted most of the comments will be from the Workmeng but I think this Hall of Fame should also include user comments as well. I put forth the first nomination for the Dtoid Hall of Heroes if you will a line Jim Sterling had in a from page article today about Portal 2. The epic ness of this line makes me proud that the American people were once members of the great British Empire and I submit to you "God Save the Queen, and if she is unsaveable then at least save Jim Sterling"

Nomination #1

Now, as the collective semen of a thousand excited gamers launches through the air like a liquid volley of silken arrows, I must remind you that any idiot could have seen this coming a mile away


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9:38 AM on 02.13.2008

Anyone else make the mistake of introducing their wife to Poker Smash?


I think I have created a monster. Let me start from the beginning, my wife is not a gamer, or at least she has not been in the past. At time I have been able to get her to play games like Tetris, Yatzee and recently poker. As a child she played Mortal Combat with her brothers and she was never able to figure out any special moves, there for she would get waxed by them all the time and I think it turned her off to games in general. Some how I got her to start playing poker, thus opening up the opportunity for me to play more. Then some how I found out she liked Tetris for what ever reason, I could not understand how she was fascinated with a 20 year old game but what ever, if she liked it, it made me happy. Then last week I made the mistake of introducing her to Poker Smash on XBL. Now I have to fight with her to get on the Xbox to play Call of Duty 4 because we only have 1 hard drive and 2 360's. Now I figure the only way to fix this issue is to either buy a new hard drive for the other 360 or hit her on the head and hope she forgets about the whole thing. My question to you is if anyone else has been down this road before of introducing their significant other to the world of gaming then having to deal with what comes with it?

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11:56 AM on 02.05.2008

In your Face Jimmy Kimmel...You need head phones cause NSF...possibly...not sure...better safe then sorry...just wear the head phone and shut it.

I know this is not video game related so if you were looking for this to be about a video game just click the back button and act like you did not see this as nothing in the title suggests anything about a video game. Also I apologize if someone has already posted this in the C-blogs because it is a couple of days old, but I could not take the chance that there is a person or 2 that has missed it.

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8:29 AM on 02.04.2008

No More Heroes...kinda like poking sharp sticks into my balls

Has any one played this game yet? I rented this game this weekend to see how the Wii mote worked as a light saber...turns out it didn't work so well. The game doesn't even really use the mote as a sward. Basically you just push the "A" button to swing, while holding the mote either straight up or strait down to make a high swing or low swing. The one time you do get to control your swing is during a death blow, but by controlling it means when the arrow on the screen points in a direction you need to swing the mote in that direction. The whole thing is bogus in my opinion, I guess I will have to wait for the Star Wars game to get a real sword Wii mote game. Opinions?

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1:31 PM on 01.09.2008

Could it be, Goldeneye and Perfect Dark on XBL this year?

I just noticed an article on Digg that mentioned GoldenEye for Xbox Live later this year...could it be? All my dreams to come true in 2008? Lets keep your fingers and golden guns cross people.



Here is the article link
http://xboxevolved.e-mpire.com/article/No_Title/4272.html



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10:31 AM on 12.21.2007

DNF...and the things that took less time...like 12 diffrent consoles...

I found this on Digg, which linked back to this site http://duke.a-13.net/?080907
Take the time to read these as they are funny as hell or should I say I had lolz...




The following things have been accomplished since Duke Nukem Forever was announced on April 28th, 1997...
Popular Video Game Series Releases
Duke Nukem

* Duke Nukem 64 (Nintendo 64 - October 1997)
* Duke Nukem: Time to Kill (PlayStation 1 - 1998)
* Duke Nukem: Zero Hour (Nintendo 64, - 1999)
* Duke Nukem (Game Boy Color - 1999)
* Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes (PlayStation 1 - 2000)
* Duke Nukem: Advance (Game Boy Advance - 2002)
* Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project (PC - 2002)
* Duke Nukem Mobile (Sidescroller): (Mobile Phones - 2004)
* Duke Nukem Mobile (3D): (Tapwave Zodiac - 2004, Mobile Phones - 2005)
* Duke Nukem Mobile II: Bikini Project (Mobile Phones - 2005)

Final Fantasy:

* Main Series
o Final Fantasy VII
o Final Fantasy VIII
o Final Fantasy IX
o Final Fantasy X
+ Final Fantasy X-2
o Final Fantasy XI
o Final Fantasy XII
* Cell Phone Games
o Before Crisis: Final Fantasy
o Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII
o Dirge of Cerberus: Lost Episode
* Tactics Series
o Final Fantasy Tactics
o Final Fantasy Tactice Advance
* Crystal Chronicles Series
o Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
o Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
o Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearer
* Remakes
o Final Fantasy Collection
o Final Fantasy Anthology
o Final Fantasy Chronicles
o Final Fantasy Origins
o Final Fantasy I & 2: Dawn of Souls
o Final Fantasy III DS
o Final Fantasy IV DS
o Final Fantasy IV Advance
o Final Fantasy V Advance
o Final Fantasi VI Advance
* Games Featuring Final Fantasy Characters
o Ehrgeiz
o Kingtom Hearts
o Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
o Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix
o Kingdom Hearts II
* Movies, Anime Series & Concerts
o Final Fantasy: The Sprits Within
o Final Fantasy: Unlimited, Entire Series
o Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
o Final Fantasy: Dear Friends, Entire World Tour

Grand Theft Auto:

* Grand Theft Auto
o Grand Theft Auto, Gameboy Color Port
* Grand Theft Auto
* Grand Theft Auto: London 1969
* Grand Theft Auto: London 1961
* Grand Theft Auto 2
* Grand Theft Auto III
* Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
* Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
* Grand Theft Auto Advance
* Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
o Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, PS2 Port
* Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
* Grand Theft Auto IV

The Legend of Zelda:

* Ocarina of Time
* Majora's Mask
* Oracle of Ages
* Oracle of Seasons
* The Wind Waker
* Four Swords Adventures
* The Minish Cap
* Six remakes of previous Zelda titles for the Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance and Gamecube.
o Link's Awakening DX, Gameboy Color
o A Link to the Past, Gameboy Advance
o Ocarina of Time, Gamecube
o The Zelda Collector Edition, Gamecube
o Classic NES Series: The Legend of Zelda, Gameboy Advance
o Classic NES Series: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Gameboy Advance
* Phantom Hourglass
* Twilight Princess

The Sims:

* The Sims
* The Sims: Livin' Large
* The Sims: House Party
* The Sims: Hot Date
* The Sims: Vacation
* The Sims: Unleashed
* The Sims: Superstar
* The Sims: Makin' Magic
* The Sims Online
* The Sims 2
* The Sims 2: University
* The Sims 2: Nightlife
* The Sims 2: Open for Business
* The Sims (Console Port)
* The Sims Bustin' Out
* The Sims 2 (Console Port)
* The Urbz: Sims in the City

Other Popular Game Series:

* Over 75 games based in the MegaMan universe, and 12 games featuring MegaMan universe character cameos.
* Over 50 games based in the Star Wars universe.
* Mario has appeared in 58 different video games.
* Every Massive Multiplayer Online game and expansion with the exception of Meridian 59.
* Every Dance Dance Revolution and Bemani rhythm game
* Every Pokemon game released outside of Japan.
* Every Unreal, every Unreal Tournament, and every game that has used any of the Unreal engines.
* Quake 2, 3, 4, and countless games that have used their engines.
* Every Tony Hawk and extreme sport spin-off game.
* Daikatana began development 10 days before Duke Nukem Forever- Unfortunately no one was made John Romero's bitch when it hit retail shelves on May 23rd, 2000.
* 3DRealms and Remedy bring Max Payne and its sequel from concepts to finished games, porting both to Xbox and PS2.
* Valve released both Half-Life 1 and 2, with several expansion packs and countless mods for each.
* Every version of Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike Source were developed.
* Every Thief game.
* Black Isle was formed, released seven titles and was shut down.
* The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and IV:Oblivion, and the entire Baldur's Gate series.
* Wizards of the Coast has printed six Core Sets, 30 Expansion Sets of Magic: The Gathering. If someone bought one of every single card printed since DNF was announced, they would have a collection of approximately 101,742 cards.
* Every installment of Metal Gear Solid released to date, as well as Ghost Babel (MGS for the Gameboy) and the Metal Gear Acid series for PSP. And it is likely that the the apparent conclusion of Solid Snake's legacy, "Guns of the Patriots," will come out before DNF.
* A garage full of programmers in Croatia (Croteam) developed the engine and created the game Serious Sam. Since then there have been multiple sequels and console ports- all off a fraction of the money 3D Realms has blown on DNF's development.
* Every 3D Prince of Persia game.
* Aside from Wolfenstein 3D, every single First Person Shooter based during World War II, including the entire Medal of Honor series.
* While DNF has been in production, Blizzard Entertainment, another studio famous for delays, has released four full games(Starcraft, Diablo 2, Warcraft 3, and World of Warcraft), with expansions for all of them.
* Bioware released Neverwinter Nights with two expansions, Star Wars: Nights of the Old Republic, and Jade Empire. All games are deep, lengthy RPGs that demand multiple playthroughs.
* The entire Halo trilogy.
* Every Gran Turismo game.
* Team Fortress 2

Video Game Systems:

* Microsoft XBOX
* Microsoft XBOX 360
o Several revisions including the Elite and Halo Edition
* Nintendo GameCube
* Nintendo Wii
* Nintendo Gameboy Color
* Gameboy Advance
o Gameboy Advance SP
o Gameboy Micro
* Nintendo DS
o Nintendo DS Lite
* Sega Dreamcast
* Sony PSone
* Sony Playstation 2
o Sony Slim Playstation 2
* Sony Playstation 3
o Several revisions with different hardware, pack-ins, and backwards compatibility options
* Sony PSP
o Sony PSP Slim

* Over 4500 games were released for the above video game systems in the United States.
* Over 350,000,000 consoles and handhelds were sold worldwide.

Fun Facts
Computers & Internet:

* In 1997, the fastest consumer internet connection was a 33.6 kbps modem. On average, consumer internet connections are 300 times faster today.
* When Duke Nukem Forever was announced, the fastest processor available to consumers was a 233Mhz Pentium. Since then the clock speed of consumer processors has increased over 16 times (32 times counting dual cores), and the fabrication process has decreased from 250nm to 65nm.
* In October of 2001, Apple announced the iPod and Slashdot dismissed it as an immediate failure. Since then there have been 5 generations of iPods, as well as the iPod Mini, iPod Shuffle, and iPod Nano with 42 million iPods sold worldwide as of 1/06.
* Steve Jobs was still running NeXT when Duke Nukem Forever was announced.
* Every peer to peer file sharing program including Napster was developed.
* In April of 1997, Google, eBay, and the term "weblog" didn't exist.
* Linux gained at least 10 times the popularity it had while its kernel tripled in size.
* Mac OS switched to UNIX and became the most highly regarded general purpose operating system on the market among the computing press.
* Microsoft released 5 consumer-oriented versions of Windows and might release a Vista service pack or two before Duke Nukem Forever hits shelves.
* Netscape Navigator 4 was released, Microsoft Internet Explorer destroyed it. Netscape 6 released on an entirely different rendering platform, Netscape dies, Mozilla foundation rises. Open-source Mozilla browsers become popular and force Microsoft to start working on new version of Internet Explorer.
* Valve releases Steam and sets a new standard in digital software distribution.
* MySpace has gone from beta to the largest social-networking site in the world (and the fourth most popular English language website).
* Every GeForce and Radeon graphics card.

Disasters:

* Two Boeing 767 airplanes crashed in to both World Trade Center towers, killing 2750 and spawning countless conspiracy theories.
* There have been 125 tropical cyclones. 73 hurricans in the Atlantic, 52 typhoons in the Pacific.
* There have been over 20 death-toll producing tornado outbreaks in the United States.
* Over 50 major earthquakes have shaken the world, which have shortened the Earth day by 2.68 microseconds.
* Hurricane Katrina wiped New Orleans off the map and killed 1,836 in the process.
* The fourth most powerful earthquake recorded since 1900 triggered a massive tsunami killing over 200,000 people in various countries bordering the Indian Ocean.

Economy:

* Adjusted for inflation, the average price of gas in the United States has doubled.
* The Euro was introduced as a new European currency.
* Enron has filed for bankruptcy and folded. Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling have been arrested on fraud charges and subsequently indicted and convicted. Ken Lay is now dead and Jeff Skilling is rotting away in prison.

Movies that were filmed, released in theatres, and have made it to DVD:

* All three Star Wars prequels.
* The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, with extended editions.
* Every Pixar movie aside from Toy Story.
* Three (possibly four) James Bond films.
* Every movie, animation, and video game from The Matrix series.
* Every Marvel comics movie released.
* Each predictable twist ending of every movie by M. Night Shyamalan.
* Apple's market cap exceeded Dell's.
* Nintendo became the second largest company in Japan.
* In the same vein, the DVD format was finalzed and the DVD forum agreed on the HD-DVD format.

Pop Culture:

* Britney Spears' entire musical career as a pop star has taken place during Duke Nukem Forever's development.
* Theater box office totals since the announcement are over $2.62 billion.
* Colin Farrell's entire movie career has also taken place during development.
* The concept of Bullet Time has been developed, pioneered, and completely run in to the ground.
* Cellular Phones ownership has become commonplace, whereas in 1997 they were viewed as luxurious expenditures.
* The entire cult following of Family Guy! Family Guy has debuted on FOX, been cancelled, entered syndication, been released on DVD, redebuted on FOX, and seen the release of a feature film.
* The entire Harry Potter series as well as five movies.
* Stephen King has written 16 novels.
* The first episode of South Park was first aired on August 13, 1997, the same year in which DNF was announced. The show is now in the second half of it's tenth season, with 'Tsst' being the 146 episode shown.
* King of the Hill first aired on January 12 of the same year, around the same time prototype work was being done in the Quake Engine for DNF. It recently finished it's tenth season, with 201 episodes.
* The episode count of 'The Simpsons' has more then doubled since DNFs announcement. Season 8, episode 23 was the 176th episode, and aired on May fourth, 1997. The 352nd episode aired on May 1st, 2005.
* Twelve seasons of Survivor. The Thirtenth comes this fall.
* The ending of Star Trek shows Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and the beginning and ending of Enterprise, plus the films First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis.
* Joss Whedon showed us that he truly is our master with every Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly episode. (Oh, and the movie Serenity.)

Science & Technology:

* The Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled 8.8 billion miles from Earth.
* The two Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity were proposed, authorized, announced, designed, launched and successfully landed upon Mars where they have been exploring the surface for over 2.5 years.
* NASA's Deep Impact program also went full circle.
* The International Space Station was assembled and has been orbiting Earth for over 8 years.
* NASA has launched 30 manned space shuttle missions, Russia has launched 17.
* The Airbus A380 "Super Jumbo" plane was designed, built, tested, and delivered to airlines.
* Tier One developed, built, tested, and launched SpaceShipOne- winning the Ansari X-Prize for being the first non-government organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.
* In 1997 there were only 50 million US cell phone subscribers in the United States. Today there are more than 200 million, which amounts to over 60% of the population of the USA.
* The U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (the largest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the world) was in contract, built, launched, comissioned, and began active duty.
* Costa Concordia, the biggest Italian cruise liner was designed, built and delivered by the Fincantieri shipyards, in Italy.
* The Space Shuttle Columbia burnt up during re-entry, the entire Space Shuttle program went through a safety overhaul, and the Shuttle returned to flight.

Sports

* The single season home run record has been broken, twice.
* Barry Bonds set a new all-time home run record.
* The Red Sox broke their curse by finally winning the world series.
* Two of the greatest NBA Dynasties in history have reigned and ended: The incredible 1990s Chicago Bulls dynasty were still unmatched in '97 and disbanded after the '98 finals. The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in '97 and Phil Jackson in '99, effectively becoming the greatest team in the NBA at the time with another landmark dynasty that lasted from 2000-2002. The Lakers disbanded after losing the finals to the Pistons in 2004.
* There have been five Olympic Games (three winter, two summer).
* Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France 7 consecutive years.
* The World Wrestling Federation has changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment and bought its two main competitors, WCW and ECW, relaunching ECW, and facing new competition from TNA.
* The Cubs have lost 798 games since April '97.
* St. Louis Cardinals moved from Busch Stadium to new Busch stadium.
* Philidelphia Phillies moved from Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Ballpark.
* The Houston Astros moved from the Astrodome to Enron Field (Now Minute-Maid Park).
* The Cincinnati Reds moved from Cinergy Field to Great American Ballpark.
* The Milwaukee Brewers moved from County Stadium to Miller Park.
* The San Diego Padres moved from Qualcomm stadium to Petco Park.
* The Pittsburgh Pirates moved from Three-River Stadium to PNC Park.
* The Detroit Tigers moved from Tiger Stadium to Comerica Park.
* The Seattle Mariners moved from The Kingdome to Safeco Field.
* The Montreal Expos are now the Washington Nationals.
* The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays were formed.
* The Cleveland Browns turned into the Baltimore Ravens.
* A new Cleveland Browns team was formed and moved into a new stadium.
* The Cincinnati Bengals moved from Cinergy Field to Paul Brown Stadium.
* The New England Patriots moved from Foxboro Stadium to Gillete Stadium.
* The Tennessee Titans moved into The Coliseum after 3 years at a college football stadium.
* The Pittsburgh Steelers moved from Three-Rivers Stadium to Heinz Field.
* The Denver Broncos moved from Mile High Stadium to Invesco Field.
* The Washington Redskins moved from RFK Stadium to FedEx Field.
* The Phildelphia Eagles moved from Veterans Stadium to Lincoln Financial Field.
* The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved from Houlihan Stadium to Raymond James Stadium.
* The Detroit Lions moved from the Silverdome to Ford Field.
* The Seattle Seahawks moved from the Kingdome to Qwest Field.
* Brette Farve set a new all-time passing touchdown record while the careers of Ryan Leaf and Cade McNown began, sucked, and ended.

United States Politics:

* The Identity of Deep Throat has been revealed.
* 40 new members have been elected to the Senate.
* The national debt has increased by over 3 trillion dollars.
* Bill Clinton finished his presidential term, George W. Bush was elected and re-elected.

World Events:

* 4 nations have acquired nuclear weapons technology.
* 19 wars have begun.
* 5 wars have ended.
* Approximately 509,373,306 people have died and 661,373,082 have been born.
* There have been 7 total solar eclipses and 8 total lunar eclipses.
* The United Kingdom handed sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
* There have been 22 "major" school shootings worldwide.
* The population of the world has crossed six billion

Things that have taken less time than Duke Nukem Forever's Development:
Pop Culture:

* The Beatles formed, released every single one of their albums and broke up. During this time they also toured the world several times.
* Led Zeppelin released 7 albums, 9 singles, and toured around the world, crossing international borders 27 times (not counting mainland Europe.)

Science & Technology:

* The Wright brothers designed and flew the first airplane.
* The theory of General Relativity.
* The United States' entire program to put a man on the moon, from Kennedy's challenge to the landing.
* The complete construction of many monumental buildings and engineering projects. To name a few-
o The Empire State Building (Jan 1930 - May 1931)
o The Channel Tunnel (Dec 1987 - May 1994)
o The Golden Gate Bridge (Jan 1933 - May 1937)
o The World Trade Center (Aug 1966 - April 1973)

Wars:

* The American War for Independence
* The United States Civil War
* World War I
* The United State's involvement in the Vietnam War.
* World War II and the entire Manhattan Project. Yes, even the complete development of the atomic bomb took less time.

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Thanks to CaptainPsyko, BonzoESC, n1ck, Fish, MrBrainsample, Skroob, stabby, Josh Taylor, v0idnull, wildfalkon, Joachim Blum, Mr.D., CellBlock, HeroinAllstar, Deathwind, minivanmegafun, mroach, Simon Howard and anyone else I'm missing who chipped in facts for the updated list. Also, thanks to Wikipedia nerds who spend so much time listing weird things like every game Mario is in.   read


8:42 AM on 12.19.2007

History Channel Battle for the Pacific...11 out of 10?

I was just wondering if anyone had played this game yet? Being as it is a DTOID sponsor and I watch the History channel all the time and the game is made by Activision...is it any good? Activision seems to be pretty hot right now with the GH3 and COD4 success, I was wondering if it was possible they made another good game that has fallen under the radar. Let me know your thoughts if any one has any on this game but I get the feeling WWII games may be getting a little long in the tooth...

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