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1681  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: buy one get 1 free sony sale at deepdiscount on: January 13, 2008, 03:01:31 AM
Very true, of course I already had the Critic icon_wink
1682  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / buy one get 1 free sony sale at deepdiscount on: January 12, 2008, 07:53:41 PM
Most of the shows are old or bad, but I just picked up all 5 seasons of Newsradio for $60.

http://www.deepdiscount.com/DVD---Sony-TV-Buy-One-Get-One-Free_stcVVcatId476497VVviewcat.htm?promoCode=BOGOSONYTV
1683  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Woot..Pioneer 5.1 Surround Sound System for Xbox 360 $90 on: January 05, 2008, 02:08:35 PM
Gone frown
1684  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS- 360 HD-DVD drive w/300 on: January 01, 2008, 03:05:28 PM
Just FYi if no one bites, I think you can get that on ebay fine.
1685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Live is 100% FUBAR on: December 30, 2007, 03:37:43 AM
Yeah, good to know... I was starting to doubt my wireless network there. Had restarted my routers and was still having issues.
1686  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Toysrus - $20 off $75 via paypal on: December 28, 2007, 01:41:25 PM
Through the end of the year, if you pay via paypal you get $20 off something $75 or more. I also think they have free shipping on video games right now.

~ Tim
1687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: December 27, 2007, 10:04:48 PM
Great, just got it for Christmas and in lodaing "The Hog" the game gives me an unreadable disc error (loads everything fine and can play earlier levels, so I'm guessing it is the disc not the system for now)... I'll let my 360 cool and try again later. If not I guess I'll have to try to return it or contact Activision or whomever else is appropriate.
1688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tomb Raider girls on: December 27, 2007, 03:21:33 AM
Still hot indeed...
1689  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Buy One Get One Free - HD-DVD Movies on: December 27, 2007, 02:48:54 AM
Know how long this lasts? I'm not getting all of my presents until saturday so I can't buy anything til then. But for once this deal has some great movies in it that I'd love to grab.
1690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Joining the 360 Sucks Crowd... on: December 14, 2007, 11:20:41 PM
Mine is from January 2006 and I've had no problems or need for repair. I use it a lot too (also for dvds).
1691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 DLC - Anyone getting it? on: December 12, 2007, 03:13:25 AM
I don't want to pay for it... but I'll probably give in by the end of the week. I'm annoyed at MS/Bungie for making me pay, but I'll do it. Just costing them some of my goodwill.
1692  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Xbox 360 Premium HDMI with extras and games $425 shipped on: December 11, 2007, 02:11:55 AM
I'd argue you can probably do better selling it off individually... I'll ask around and see if any friends are looking though.
1693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official "Pick Jblank's New Gamertag" Poll on: December 11, 2007, 02:06:16 AM
Definitely ShootinJBlanks
1694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Room for gaming during finals week? on: December 08, 2007, 08:09:52 PM
I usually found time.. but ours were over two weeks. So with no classes and finals over two weeks there was usually plenty of downtime. Wouldn't the day before a test, but if there were a couple days...
1695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragonlance Movie Interview on: December 08, 2007, 03:44:42 PM
Wow, the non CGI animation looks like a saturday morning cartoon based on that trailer... I'm sure I'll still netflix it though  Tongue
1696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: December 06, 2007, 11:54:20 PM
This is a different team than Blue Dragon, and meant to be a different style of play and maturity (modern vs older FF).
1697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Why Sony dropped their ad agency on: November 30, 2007, 11:23:15 PM
The only ads I've liked are the recent ones... that actually show games. They make me want to buy one, whereas the old ads accomplished nothing.
1698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 HD plasma TV to use HDMI or to not use HDMI on: November 29, 2007, 10:13:52 PM
Need HDMI if you're planning to use the xbox dvd player to upconvert dvds.
1699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect - Should we wait until all the bugs are patched? on: November 25, 2007, 10:51:42 PM
Having just finished it, here are my thoughts... I had very few serious framerate issues while playing. There were a few minor things, especially while driving, but none that really impacted my ability to control myself or fight. I had expected more in battle but didn't really have that much even with a lot of action on screen. I mean don't expect Halo framerates, but the action isn't as fast paced so it works out fine.

I had a couple texture issues but only a couple times and they were gone next time I loaded. Didn't have any popup issues and I never got stuck in an object (don't think I even saw the CPU do that).

AI teammates had the occasional issue getting stuck behind something while following me, but that was pretty rare. You sometimes have to be careful not to be in their line of fire, but that was easily manageable. Enemy AI isn't great, but I doubt a patch will come to really fix that.

Overall I definitely say buy it now. Well worth playing as it is now.
1700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: finished the game discussion SPOILERS! on: November 25, 2007, 10:02:16 PM
Well, if I'd seen this I would have posted here first.

I played as the paragon infiltrator.  I also chose Ashely, sacrificed Kaiden, managed to not kill Wrex via maxed out charm, and got Saren to shoot himself via charm before fighting his zombified corpse.  All choices were paragon choices, so I saved Feros, saved the council at the cost of the Alliance fleet, etc... Turtle didn't mention it but I also freed the Rachni.

For Kaiden does anyone know if anything happens if you're a girl character? Is he a love interest or no? Wondering if that adds more to his character. I actually liked him more than Ashley (who was very annoying with her Xenophobic stuff), but I felt bad after dumping her for Liara and had to save her. Oh, and I definitely hooked up with Liara.

Early on I switched teammates a lot, but later on I used primarily Ashley and Liara (or someone and Liara). Being an infiltrator I was a little underpowered (not a huge fan of the class) and actually used a pistol for almost all of the game (of course by the end you can get a damn nice pistol). I was very impressed with Liara and Ashley's power by the end of the game using biotics and weapons respectively. Of course by not having Tali around I couldn't hack anything, but it worked out.

I agree it would ahve been nice to have more big decisions that impacted the game.  However, I can understand limiting them since it is a trilogy and they want it to make sense in the later games... Would have been fun if decisions such as saving the Rachni .

My main complaint is that there was too much driving/fighting in the Mako. I mean really... it was fun in doses, but if you do side-quests (e.g. the Geth bases) then you end up doing way too much of this. But it was really a minor issue for me. Overall, loved it.
1701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 25, 2007, 09:50:56 PM
My January 2006 system is still going strong and has handled some 6 hours stretches of Mass Effect (knock on wood).
1702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 25, 2007, 09:48:18 PM
Just finished today and I was happy. The ending is a good way to handle a trilogy and shouldn't leave anyone pissed off. I enjoyed the game a lot more once I got really good at combat. Of course by the end that was getting a bit easy, as I played almost all of the optional quests and ended at level 47 or so (took me about 30 hours + one or two of deaths/replays). I'm definitely going to replay as a female badass (I was a male paragon), but I think I need a break before that. My wife let me get it as an early birthday present, and I finished it before my birthday (oops  icon_biggrin). Plot stays consistently solid throughout the game, although I wish a couple of the recurring secondary mission characters/relationships had gone a bit further.
1703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 23, 2007, 03:45:49 AM
I'm about 10 hours in and am enjoying it more. Combat was an issue for me at first, but once I got the hang of it (e.g. sniping) and got used to how you use the abilities with right trigger it became more managle and enjoyable. Plus, Unity is nice so you don't have to replay nearly as much if you hit a tough spot. I've only advanced the main quest a bit, been having fun with side quests in the Citadel and on other planets. But I'll get around to more of the main plot this weekend. Only did the one looking for the scientist/daughter of the starting quests. There are a lot of interesting quests that pop up in the Citadel that have kept me amused (although I could be easily amused...). As someone else said, I understand complaints about the combat and interface, but they don't seem any worse than in KOTOR or Jade Empire which didn't necessarily have killer combat... Overall it is keeping me playing longer than any game in a LONG time. Only Halo 3 has come close for me in the past year.
1704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 21, 2007, 04:36:37 AM
Only finished Eden Prime so far, but enjoying it. As you say, combat is a bit clunkier than some games (e.g. Halo 3 which I've been playing), but cutscenes, conversation, story, etc are better. Haven't hit the main stuff yet so can't judge it too much. Interface for equipment and upgrades is a bit clunky, but it's not really a big deal. Can't imagine it bothering anyone enough to hurt their enjoyment of the game.
1705  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Wii $79.00; PS3 139. Xbox360 99 Vote at Amazon on: November 17, 2007, 03:50:24 PM
I could definitely go for the Wii (already have a 360, and who wants the arcade anyways?), Toshiba HD drive, or the 46" Samsung tv.
1706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had multiple 360 failures? Are you articulate? on: November 09, 2007, 12:39:40 AM
I continue to be fine on my first that was purchased in January 2006  icon_biggrin
1707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What did you play this past weekend? (11/5 edition) on: November 06, 2007, 12:56:27 AM
Pretty much just played some Halo 3 mp (team objective for the most part). Good times... Halo is meant to keep me busy until my birthday (Nov 30th) when my wife has been informed I am suposed to get Mass Effect.
1708  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: K-Mart's sale prices on games - some great deals on: October 30, 2007, 09:16:55 PM
Well, my kmart is sketchy as hell and frightens me... but for those prices I might give it a try. Sale prices actually posted anywhere online?

Oh, and if you get what the others scan for I'd be very interested in hearing what they were...
1709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: how sad on: October 29, 2007, 01:10:12 AM
Ah, Bill's columns were always good, but couldn't compare to some of Rich's stories... I hope he and his family are well. I always loved the site and the contributions Rich made. I remember when it first started getting posted in gaming magazines too.
1710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Highlander: The Source on: October 28, 2007, 02:16:09 AM
The other movie with him wasn't that bad... I definitely thought it was worth watching. Not amazing, but decent.
1711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music for warning - suggestions please! on: October 27, 2007, 08:35:46 PM
Some of my favorites...

A New Found Glory (Sticks and Stones)
Ingram Hill (June's Picture Show)
Jimmy Eat World (anything)
Three Doors Down (anything)
Bowling for Soup (A Hangover You Don't Deserve)
Juniper Lane (Sirens From a Mile Back)
1712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Converting movies for Zune on: October 27, 2007, 07:51:10 PM
There a free one, or recommend paying for the free2dvd ($20).
1713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Converting movies for Zune on: October 27, 2007, 05:52:47 PM
Hey, can anyone point me to a particularly good tool for converting movies to Zune movie files and a quick summary of the process (from dvd to zune).

Thanks!
1714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlestar Galactica is on Live!!! on: October 26, 2007, 03:18:07 AM
Eh, I did the same thing with Speedball 2... one of those games that didn't live up to my memories...
1715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]MGS4 maxed out on Blu-Ray on: October 22, 2007, 02:32:59 AM
Am I the only one that really doesn't mind disc swapping as long as it is only between key points? If it is every 2 minutes like some old adventure games I understand, but if it is twice in a game (e.g. Blue Dragon) then I could care less if a game fits on one disc.
1716  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Buy a 360 HD-DVD player, get Heroes Season 1 Free! on: October 22, 2007, 02:29:24 AM
I think most are selling for about $140 used without movies. So pretty well.
1717  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Buy a 360 HD-DVD player, get Heroes Season 1 Free! on: October 21, 2007, 03:52:23 PM
Well, they didn't let me get the extra two movie, but my HD-DVD drive and Season 1 of Heroes are up on ebay now. I'm keeping the UPC and rebate to get the mail-in movies. Figure I'll break even + get 5 free movies (although I'm only really excited about a couple).
1718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Team Fortress 2 on 360, any split screen multiplayer? on: October 21, 2007, 01:57:31 PM
Really? That's unfortunate. Split screen is annoying in Halo due to size, but better than no split screen.
1719  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Zune 30GB for $99 on: October 20, 2007, 12:59:44 PM
I ordered on the 15th too, but mine just says "Order is in".... so I guess it hasn't shipped yet?
1720  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Buy a 360 HD-DVD player, get Heroes Season 1 Free! on: October 19, 2007, 11:16:15 PM
Some people said that was a seperate 2 disc thing... the two in box for the Toshiba, but also 2 from best buy for any. Who knows though.

Oh, and if I did it I'd sell the drive and heroes (since I just watched it on netflix). But that would net me 5-7 free movies...
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