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3281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: September 07, 2006, 06:34:33 PM
I just finished the game on my quest to get the "Saint," "Sharp Dresser," "Clothes Horse," and "Gourmet" achievements.  Here are the end stats:

PP Earned: 3,496,233
Game Clear: Ending B -- Bonus 50,000
Zombie Kill Count: 3,767 -- Bonus 15,000
Survivors: 53 -- Bonus 100,000
Photo Score: 84,433 PP -- Bonus 40,000

Current PP: 3,701,233
Total PP: 9,985,123

I'm still missing "Transmissionary", "7 Day Survivor", "5 Day Survivor", "PP Collector", and "Frank the Pimp", but I've gotten the other 45 achievements.

Is there some reason the Achievement points don't increase to reflect the higher difficulty of some of the challenges?  Why should "Outdoorsman" (which basically requires you to stand on the helipad and put the controller down for two hours) and "7 Day Survivor" (which requires a minimum 14-hour non-stop marathon) be worth 20 points each??

-Autistic Angel
3282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jade Raymond - Assassin's Creed on: September 07, 2006, 06:16:46 PM
Jade Raymond was also an on-camera contributor to Electric Playground on G4 prior to its cancellation.  She was an unsteady interviewer, probably stemming from a lack of experience, but still superior to Julie Stoffer in almost every circumstance.

-Autistic Angel
3283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 2 Impressions on: September 05, 2006, 08:23:59 PM
-Lord Ebonstone- hates just about everything that I like, but the rare game that he likes, I typically enjoy as well.  The very fact that he seems so enthusiastic about Disgaea 2 makes me more interested in it.

Like some of the other people in this thread, I think I'd be more naturally intrigued if the game were in a portable form.  The pace of turn-based strategy encourages something else to be going on in the background, and unlike playing Civilization 4 on my PC or Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones on my GBA, I can't watch some godawful show like Flavor of Love 2 or Celebrity Fit Club if my TV is occupied by the PS2.

-Autistic Angel
3284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Glad I only paid $10 (Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich on: September 04, 2006, 04:47:38 PM
I pre-purchased Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich directly from Irrational and loved every minute of it.  Bullet still feels a bit overpowered, but not quite as much as in the original game.  The new heroes were all great, especially Tricolour, Sky King, and Blackjack.  I didn't even realize Alchemiss was played by a new actress, but maybe that's because I played the two games so far apart.

I think the thing the series is really missing is the ability to really customize your created heroes a-la City of Heroes.  A great selection of powers and abilities sort of loses its luster when your available character models are limited to ones who already appear in the game, or uber-generic "Cape Man 1" guys.  I'd love to see the ability to adjust a custom hero's physique, facial features, hair style, and all aspects of their costume the way you can in many other games.

-Autistic Angel
3285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: 'Assassin's Creed' Headed to 360, PC on: September 01, 2006, 01:42:04 PM
Via GameSpot:

Quote from: GameSpot
Ubisoft today finally revealed that its anticipated game Assassin's Creed will be coming to the Xbox 360, as many had suspected. The announcement comes a day after the publisher admitted the game would be headed for the PC.

The news settles one of the hottest topics in the gaming world this year, as debate over whether or not the game was sneaking onto the Xbox 360 in addition to the PlayStation 3 raged. Though initially announced at Microsoft's X05 event as Project Assassins in 2005, the game was first shown off as Assassin's Creed and revealed as a PlayStation 3 game at E3 2006--an Xbox 360 and PC version was not mentioned.

-Autistic Angel
3286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the hell is Fat Momma still doing on Super Hero? on: August 31, 2006, 05:39:02 PM
Quote from: CrayolaSmoker
As for all of you folks bitching about Fat Momma, STFU.  Sure, she's no hottie (sorry, Stiffler) but her theme and message are more heroic than any of the other contestants.  Even if her rap song has a line of mixed message ("I'll take your food away!").

According to Fat Momma's own website, her kyptonite is diet food which causes her to shrink away into nothingness.  The only cure to eat one of her fatty, sugar-laden doughnuts to regain her powers.

Quote from: Fat Momma's website
Weakness -- Diet Soda or Diet Food

  • When digested, Diet Soda or Diet Food causes Fat Momma to shrink.
  • Fat Momma can still function at this reduced size, however, she must eat one of her doughnuts, or she will continue to shrink.
  • If the shrinking goes unchecked, Fat Momma will disappear altogether. [Note: the smallest she has ever shrunk to is 5 inches.]

Additionally, some of her powers are only available after Fat Momma has gorged herself by overeating.

Quote from: Fat Momma's website also
Powers -- "The Super-Burp"

  • Temporarily deafens enemies.
  • Only available when Fat Momma has eaten too much.

How can Fat Momma preach about putting away the junk food when she *relies* on it to power her bully-stomping abilities?  Perhaps we'll have to agree to disagree, but "Do As I Say, Not As I Do" doesn't seem like such a great or heroic message to me.

-Autistic Angel
3287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the hell is Fat Momma still doing on Super Hero? on: August 31, 2006, 04:22:00 AM
For the uninitiated:

Clockwise from bottom left: Monkey Woman, Fat Momma, Lemuria, Cellphone Girl, and Creature.

-Autistic Angel
3288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the hell is Fat Momma still doing on Super Hero? on: August 31, 2006, 04:16:01 AM
I was in shock when Major Victory got eliminated from the show.  There was no doubt in my mind that guy was going to win: he looked the part, he was genuinely charismatic, and he was very, very funny.  Considering that the main prize is a Sci-Fi Original Movie about their character, my main hope was that Major Victory was going to be allowed to co-write the script.

Instead, he got booted because, as Stan Lee put it, he was almost more of a parody of a superhero.  Pardon?  This may come as a shock to Mr. Lee, but people who sit at home alone on Saturday nights watching the Sci-Fi Channel aren't looking for high cinema.

...or so I've been told.  I, of course, have no idea what it would be like to watch the Sci-Fi Channel alone on a Saturday night....

-Autistic Angel
3289  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Good Gaming Laptop for World of WarCraft? on: August 29, 2006, 10:41:16 PM
A relative of mine is looking to puchase a new laptop capable of running World of WarCraft while she's traveling.  A system with a fast processor and at least 1-gig of RAM is a certainty, but any feedback people could offer on what sort of graphic chipset would work well would be greatly appreciated.

For example, one possibility has a "128MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 HyperMemory" chipset.  Does anyone have any gaming experience with this chipset -- is it sufficient for playing WoW at high detail settings and a good resolution?

-Autistic Angel
3290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/28) on: August 28, 2006, 03:18:33 PM
I hadn't paid any attention at all to the development of Saints Row until about a week ago when GameSpot announced that it would be conducting one of its live eight-hour marathons with the game.  I tuned in for some of the event this past Saturday, and aside from some occasionally wonky physics that would cause rammed cars to go flying into the air like helium baloons, the vast majority of the game looked excellent.

I don't think I'll be picking it up any time soon, but I thought I'd mention that the final product looks smoother, more polished, and even more fun than the demo version was.

-Autistic Angel
3291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Not yet in production? on: August 20, 2006, 08:02:48 PM
Whoa: Tustin1 is here?!?

-Autistic Angel
3292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami? on: August 18, 2006, 06:03:25 PM
Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone-
Is it weird that I hadn't heard of this game, or is there just no hype?

I've been under the impression that this is one of the most eagerly anticipated PS2 titles of this year.  I know I've been looking forward it for at least a year now.  On the other hand, the unique visual style and calligraphy gameplay probably prevents it from being a considered a mainstream title.

-Autistic Angel
3293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: August 17, 2006, 10:45:10 PM
I'm replaying 72-hour mode now, and my current saved game has seven survivors in my party.  One more and I'll get the coveted "Tour Guide" achievement!  icon_cool

Unfortunately only four of them are armed: two are incapacitated, and one is such a coward that although I gave him a gun, he refuses to use it.  The good news is that one of the injured people has a pistol-wielding girlfriend who stays with him at all times, so he has protection even when I have to help others get out of a jam.

My goal this game is to rescue that absolute highest number of surviors I possibly can, and I'm planning to skip all of the story missions to make it happen.  The helicopter still comes back at the end of Day 3 even if you don't have "The Facts," right?

Is it possible to save *any* of the people in the Entrance Plaza during the initial zombie attack?  Even on the rare occasion that I can keep one or two of them alive, I can't get them to follow me towards the stairs or take any weapons to defend themselves.  Are all those people just a lost cause?

-Autistic Angel
3294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: August 16, 2006, 05:07:20 AM
Here are my end-of-game stats.  I focused pretty much exclusively on the story missions, and although I died and had to reload many, many times, I never restarted the game.  This is also without the aid of any strategy guide....which, given the results, probably goes without saying.  Tongue

PP Earned: 1,533,880
Game Clear: Ending A -- Bonus 50,000
Zombie Kill Count: 4,191 -- Bonus 20,000
Survivors: 17 -- Bonus 30,000
Photo Score: 51,580 PP -- Bonus 25,000

Current PP: 1,658,880
Total PP:1,658,880

-Autistic Angel
3295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: August 15, 2006, 10:36:24 PM
Quote from: Jancelot
Once last question. The first scoop with the guy showing me how to take photos. I took about a 100 pictures of him. Does he ever stop asking you to take his picture so you can lead him to the security room and save him?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Kent asks you to take a few different photos of him.  One is up in the Beanery where almost any "dramatic" photo will do.  He then has you move downstairs where you should try to photograph him shooting and/or jump-kicking a zombie.  Finally, you need to photograph him doing his "super cool pose" which he usually does immediately after he takes a snapshot of his own.  When he stands up, closes his fist, and does sort of a "All RIGHT!" pose, take a good close up shot of him.

-Autistic Angel
3296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Darkstar One Impressions? on: August 15, 2006, 10:05:10 PM
GameSpot's review: 8.1

-Autistic Angel
3297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U2K Infects QT3 on: August 15, 2006, 09:40:02 PM
Quote from: ATB
The whole saga told blow by blow on BC.

I don't know anything about trying to register on QT3, nor have I ever corresponded with Tom Chick, but this line...

Quote from: ATB
I fear there may be some kind of filter on your machine that's zeroing out what I actually type and replacing it with preconceived judgements?

...literally made me laugh out loud.  icon_biggrin

-Autistic Angel
3298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: August 10, 2006, 09:59:49 PM
I think the article should include some specific information about the review methodology used by Gaming Trend, specifically the way it weighs the "Gameplay" score more heavily than the other categories to reflect its importance in determining the final score.  Other websites may ostensibly have similar rules in place, but the fact that Gaming Trend's reviews put those numbers right up front in every review is one of the things that makes this website stand out among its peers.

-Autistic Angel
3299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Live] Dead Rising Demo! on: August 08, 2006, 09:16:08 PM
GameSpot's review is up: 8.4.

-Autistic Angel
3300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best not-pressing-start video in a game? on: August 07, 2006, 05:41:03 PM
I don't know if this discussion is restricted to console games, but I really liked the original opening screen for Sid Meier's Civilization 4.

-Autistic Angel
3301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Live] Dead Rising Demo! on: August 05, 2006, 06:04:50 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
I can't believe you can't hit a zombie on the ground. They're just sitting there wiggling and you have to wait like 20 seconds for them to get up because you only have one basic attack. For the love of god, let me kick their stupid fucking heads in!

For weapons like the sledge hammer and the scythe, there is a different attack depending on whether your tap the 'X' button or hold it down.  Holding down the attack button with the scythe, for example, does a low sweeping attack that will hit zombies laying on the the ground even before they get up.

-Autistic Angel
3302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Firefly goes HD on: August 05, 2006, 06:00:20 PM
I have Comcast Digital Cable in the Connecticut area, and I get UHD.

-Autistic Angel
3303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Take the Gamer Test on: August 05, 2006, 03:34:18 PM
82% here.

-Autistic Angel
3304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: August 02, 2006, 05:23:43 PM
It looks like the article has survived the proposed deletion and been accepted as an appropriate addition to Wikipedia.  I think we owe a big thanks to Alan "Itsatrap" Au for taking the time to rewrite the article into something acceptable by the Wikipedians and helping to fight the deletion.

In other news, the Wikipedia entry for elephants remains under seige following Stephen Colbert's suggestion that his viewers unite to edit the article and say that the population of elephants has tripled in the last six months.

-Autistic Angel
3305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity - Movie on: July 31, 2006, 05:47:21 PM

-Autistic Angel
3306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WEEEEEEKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEND PLAYLIST! 28/Jul/06 on: July 31, 2006, 01:40:40 PM
Having finished The Longest Journey late last week, I spent some time this weekend playing Dreamfall for the PC, and it actually works really well with the USB X-Box 360 controller.  Wonkers makes me very sad. frown

I've also been continuing my first trip through Eternal Darkness for the GameCube and have been getting my butt kicked by the Incans in Civ 4: Warlords.  The problem is not that they're winning the war.  In fact, I've been driving them further and further back for a while now.  No, the problem is that *they* started this freaking war about five hundred years ago, they refuse to make peace unless I make some insane capitulations like returning all the cities I've conquered *and* paying them restitution, and I've devoted so much time and resources to it that I'm way behind everybody else in terms of development.

It's depressing to realize that even if I can win this war and scour the Incan civilization completely off the face of the earth, Ghandi would be developing super computers at about the same time my people discover gun powder....

-Autistic Angel
3307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: July 27, 2006, 03:00:02 AM
I think gellar's right: I see a lot of X-Box 360 vs. PS3 bickering already, and I'd expect it to get a lot more heated once the latter system is finally released.  Interestingly enough, the Wii seems exempt from the fighting so far.  I think the combination of a low launch price and genuinely innovative gameplay features are causing even skeptics to take a mute "wait and see" attitude.

-Autistic Angel
3308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 26, 2006, 03:43:55 PM
I like the fact that the Wikipedians who vote to keep the article all post rationales, while the ones who vote for deletion don't.  My personal favorite is the latest one which simply says, "Delete as per norm."  It's not only succinct, but also impossible to argue with.

If only we could somehow transform this website into a god-awful sitcom called "Knightshade Dragon's Reasons Why Not."  In only 22 craptacular minutes, we'd finally achieve a level of cultural notoriety and value *truly* worthy of being chronicled.

What could possibly be the sense in having such votes weighted *towards* the deletion of factual information!?

-Autistic Angel
3309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/24) on: July 24, 2006, 05:06:53 PM
I'm very interested to hear more about CivCity: Rome and think I'll probably pick up the Civ 4: Warlords expansion someday, but at the moment I'm still having lots of fun with The Longest Journey and Eternal Darkness.

-Autistic Angel
3310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity - Movie on: July 24, 2006, 05:04:56 PM
I'm often leery of telling someone that they should definitely buy something, but Firefly is an incredibly easy recommendation for just about anyone.  If you liked the movie, I truly believe you're going to fall in love with the series.

Just be sure to watch the episodes in the order they appear on the discs, and don't forget that they're a prequel to things you saw in the movie.

-Autistic Angel
3311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Purchase conundrum: on: July 24, 2006, 02:37:40 PM
With major purchases like that, I've always felt a lot more comfortable purchasing from a local brick-and-mortar store where I could consult with the staff or return the purchase if it was outright bad.  I've been fortunate enough that this has never actually happened, but I'm sure it will someday and I definitely prefer face-to-face interaction over auto-generated e-mail replies.

I wouldn't presume to advise you or your father on the best thing to do, but when I faced a similar price incentive to order my receiver and speakers online, I purchased from a local Tweeters anyhow.

-Autistic Angel
3312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AMD to Acquire ATI on: July 24, 2006, 02:32:34 PM
This seems most relevent to PC Gaming, but the mods should move it to "Off Topic" if that seems more appropriate to people.

Quote from: "[url=
MSNBC[/url]"]SAN FRANCISCO - Advanced Micro Devices Inc., said it will pay $5.4 billion to acquire top graphics chip maker ATI Technologies Inc., as Intel Corp.'s biggest rival in the market for personal-computer microprocessors attempts to expand its product portfolio.

Under terms approved unanimously by both companies' boards of directors, Sunnyvale-based AMD will pay $4.2 billion in cash and 57 million AMD shares to acquire all of ATI's outstanding stock, according to a news release.

Quote from: "MSNBC also"
The deal also put competitive pressure on Nvidia Corp., the other dominant maker of graphics chips. Santa Clara-based Nvidia has competed against Intel in selling chipsets and graphics chips while counting on AMD for sales of those products.

-Autistic Angel
3313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 24, 2006, 04:48:24 AM
What does 'weak keep' mean, btw?

Most people pronounce the "Wiki" in "Wikipedia" as though it would rhyme with "clicky."  This is incorrect: it would actually rhyme with "tiki," with the vowels sounding like long "eeeee"s.  Therefore, Wikipedia sounds like, "Wee-Kee-Pee-Dee-ah."

If you look at the first couple syllables, you'll see how easily they form the words "wee-kee-p," or "Weak Keep."  And that's pretty much that.

When a Wikipedian uses the phrase "Weak Keep," it's like the typed equivilent of a secret handshake, or the intellectual alternative to L33T speak.  The difference is that the most elitist Wikipedians believe they're going to successfully develop this into some sort of Illuminati-style secret society which subtly manipulates all of the information flowing through the site to achieve their own ends.  The problem is that they can't agree on what those ends should be, so the "Weak Keep Society" is really little more than a group of people flagging their own entires by adding "Weak Keep!" to them.

One way or another, I can't imagine they'll be any more or less likely to vote on deleting the Gaming Trend entry.

Hope that helps!

-Autistic Angel
3314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / telemarketers are terrorists and other accusations on: July 23, 2006, 03:14:35 PM
My work gets calls from different telemarketers all the time.  Sometimes I'm more curt with them than others if I'm really busy at the moment they call, but usually I try to remember that the person I'm speaking with is just a working-class grunt who's trying to earn an honest wage like anyone else.

-Autistic Angel
3315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 23, 2006, 02:50:36 PM
I can understand Wikipedia not wanting to include an article for every tiny little startup site in existence, but ConsoleGold / Gaming Trend has been around for about seven years now and has hundreds of reviews under its belt.  Considering that Wikipedia itself is only about five years old, I'm surprised they're so comfortable suggesting that GT isn't "noteable" enough.

-Autistic Angel
3316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars next-gen video on: July 23, 2006, 01:56:07 PM
Where's unbreakable?  We need someone who suspects concept art....

-Autistic Angel
3317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 23, 2006, 01:53:54 PM
The important thing is to keep the article listed with Wikipedia.  So long as it includes Gaming Trend's website address so that interested people can come see what the site is about for themselves, the rest of the article could be written as a series of flowery haikus. Cool

However, I do believe that GT's policy of subtracting 10% off StarForce-equipped games came as a result of direct personal experience with the system instability they can cause, not because of other people's allegations.  Perhaps Knightshade Dragon can clarify one way or the other.

-Autistic Angel
3318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 22, 2006, 04:51:39 AM
I've edited my original post in this thread to make it clear that I claim no authorship whatsoever of the current Wikipedia Gaming Trend article.  I wouldn't like it if someone else took credit for work I did, and I don't want to have anyone mistake Itsatrap's article for mine.

-Autistic Angel
3319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 21, 2006, 09:42:48 PM
Quote from: "depward"
I made several entries for companies last week or so. They were not in any sort of 'advertisial' tone or anything, in fact I modeled them strictly after what their competitors' entries were like.

And they all got marked for deletion and were deleted.

I hate wikipedia.

Back in April, I authored a Wikipedia article about GameSpot's Time Trotters.  Despite my best efforts, the Wikipedians decreed that the series was "non-noteable" and deleted the article.

Meanwhile, the full episode guide which was prominantly linked from the original article, remains in place to this day.  It's almost enough to make one believe that they're not even reading through the articles they're marking for deletion....

-Autistic Angel
3320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Trend Added to Wikipedia (was: Marked for Deletion) on: July 21, 2006, 09:02:14 PM
Quote from: "Dreamshadow"
I don't see a deletion notice or a discussion page for GT on Wikipedia.

It looks like somebody named "ldenson" just removed the "Proposed for Deletion" tag.  That probably isn't a good thing -- I've learned from experience that Wikipedians tend to act swiftly and violently against articles that are removed from the deletion list without being "fixed" to their standards.

Quote from: "Dreamshadow also"
The only thing the page seems to lack would be an indicator of the site maintainers...AKA, cred to Ron for launching the site and its spinoff to CG and then GT.....nevermind...must read article in more depth.

Ron is mentioned at the end of the first paragraph as the owner and site director, but I was hoping to put up a separate article about him after this one was completed.  Given Wikipedia's somewhat stringent qualifications for "noteability," it might be best if we added some more info about Ron in the main Gaming Trend article instead.

Quote from: "Dreamshadow also"

Quote from: "Then warning"
The article notes that our reviews are aggregated by but doesn't mention that we are also aggregated by as well.

And it also leaves out our recent review policy for Starforce protected games. That's certainly notable.

Done, done, and done.  Cool

-Autistic Angel
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