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13041  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Upgrading laptop HDD on: February 19, 2009, 05:08:59 PM
I'm sure I don't need everything, but if I get the right kind of HDD kit, it should be an easy matter to do the backup and just plug in the new drive, yes?  Or maybe I'm missing a step.

I'm really more curious about the laptop upgrade, though.

Has anyone had experience with this?


Also, I saw these on Monoprice:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10315&cs_id=1031502&p_id=5153&seq=1&format=2
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10315&cs_id=1031502&p_id=5157&seq=1&format=6#faq
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10305&cs_id=1030503&p_id=2205&seq=1&format=2

Which of these would work best for cloning? 
13042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon impressions on: February 19, 2009, 04:45:00 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 19, 2009, 02:30:49 PM

The graphics are ....ok.  FE has never been about graphics but personally I find this one to look a bit worse than the GBA versions.  I know this is a remake of the first game and somehow it feels like the "blew up" the graphics to fit on the screen.  They are a bit blurry which reminds me of when I play a SNES in emulation.  So graphics are not a high point but they are good enough.

It's the graphics on the fight animations that look terrible, IMO.  Exactly as you described, blown up.  Not that it ruins gameplay, but it is a letdown.

The game itself is pretty cool, and I'm going to give it a bit of a try, but I have a feeling I'll start feeling very minorly overwhelmed and ChronoTrigger and DQ5 will get more of my time.
13043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV Impressions on: February 19, 2009, 04:41:15 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 19, 2009, 04:33:33 PM

Keep posting, guys.  Every time I read a post about stupid cheesy characters or the details of combo executions/fighting tactics (how deep you have to hit, long vs. short versions of attacks, etc), the more I realize this game is totally not for me.  This is good, because, well, this game is totally not for me.  Bring it on!

Yeah, I wish I'd listened to my doubts.

Quote from: Simon on February 19, 2009, 06:45:37 AM

I think I'm out already. I'm on Easiest, getting my ass kicked all the time, and just generally being more frustrated than having fun. Shame.

Same here.

Sure does look cool, though.
13044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV Impressions on: February 19, 2009, 06:06:30 AM
So, I picked this up, and I just wanted to pop on and say this: Fuck Seth.  Fuck his cheap ass hard.
13045  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Upgrading laptop HDD on: February 19, 2009, 01:17:08 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 19, 2009, 12:25:56 AM

Well... on the PS3 front, you can use any "laptop", i.e. 2.5" form factor SATA hard drive. Pretty painless, I put a 250GB WD into mine, was pretty dang painless. Biggest thing is deciding what you really need to backup/restore and getting a large enough thumb drive.

Yeah, I kind of want to move everything over.  Looks like I'd need @ 50GB to back it up. 
13046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon impressions on: February 18, 2009, 07:09:46 PM
I'm thinking about picking it up with SFIV, but I've never been able to get into SRPGs.  I've heard they've made this one much more accessible now, so that's up my alley.
13047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Afro Samurai on: February 18, 2009, 06:25:25 PM
The demo came out yesterday on XBL.

I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.  The art style is pretty great.

I will probably pick it up when it comes down a little in price.
13048  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Upgrading laptop HDD on: February 18, 2009, 06:10:38 PM
So, I used to be good at this stuff.  I tore apart my desktop PC with little hassle.  Laptops scare me, though.

I've heard you can now easily clone your drive, and I'm wondering the way to go about it.  I was at Best Buy yesterday, eyeing the Thermaltake Black Widow Blacx HDD USB docking station and the Rocketfish 2.5" HDD enclosure kit.  I have a feeling I should be leaning towards enclosure kits.  Do these things come with cloning instructions?  I've never cloned before, is it an easy/painless procedure?  It seems like I'd have to put the new one into the enclosure, clone, then remove the new drive from the enclosure and get it into the laptop.  Maybe the Thermaltake would make that easier (it's a unit where you can just slip the drive in).

Not too far down the road, I'm hoping to upgrade my PS3 HDD, too.  Perhaps I can use the old HDD from my laptop (I haven't checked the format yet to see if it's SATA, though - It's an ASUS G1)?

More importantly, I'm wondering what other peoples experiences/recommendations are on the cloning/upgrading the laptop HDD thing.
13049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on your Wii on: February 18, 2009, 05:30:34 PM
I've been enjoying the light-gun games on the Wii so far.  If this is any good, I'll be IN.
13050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16) on: February 18, 2009, 04:11:50 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 18, 2009, 07:44:50 AM

In addition to Death Tank, Exit 2 is coming to XBLA this week for 800 points.

I didn't even know they were making Exit 2.
13051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamerankings going away? on: February 18, 2009, 04:10:37 PM
I think it's weird that metacritic has become an industry standard.  Or at least, it seems to have a lot of influence.  I've seen reference to metacritic scores in a number of articles (off the top of my head, there was the one about MS dropping some arcade games, and one of the factors was the metacritic score, but there have been more recent ones than that).  For my money, Gamerankings is not only way more convenient, it also has more information.  And it goes back a lot farther, too (which has helped me stockpile my PS2 collection in recent months).  Also, I can get it on my phone.  Boo if it actually goes away.
13052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I take back all the negative things I said about Elite Beat Agents. on: February 18, 2009, 04:02:53 PM
I thought that was great.
13053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deadly Creatures [Wii] on: February 18, 2009, 03:58:17 PM

Quote from: mytocles on February 17, 2009, 05:47:31 PM

I'm afraid that I must confess my one "fear" in life... spiders.  I'm not really afraid of them, per se, I just cannot bear to look at them or think about them, and the feeling is quite visceral.  Lizards, snakes, fish guts, scorpions, beetles, etc. - none of those bother me, but I can barely even say the whole name of The Eight Legged . I usually refer to one as a "Spuh" - uggh.

Maybe they will make a sequel to the game someday, but with snakes or lizards, or anything else, then I'd be IN!

I have a similar reaction on a smaller scale, but it mostly doesn't get bad until I face Giant Spiders in RPGs.  Then I have a full-on, uncontrollable willies shiver.  Something about the spiders in this game doesn't bug me.  Haha.  Bug.

I'm still loving this game, BTW, though I've had to take a break due to my child's winter vacation.
13054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV:The Lost and Damned on: February 17, 2009, 05:03:33 PM

Quote from: Brendan on February 17, 2009, 04:11:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 17, 2009, 04:08:39 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 17, 2009, 12:22:42 AM

the big suprise
Avatar Biker gear now on NXE

Do the pants have that same bulge?


I have a question on saves.  Does TL&D create its own save files or do you have to choose from the ones already in the game?  If I have to overwrite my pre-existing saves, I'll probably be OUT until I finish the game.

You choose from the same save slots - but there's, what, 15 of them?  Are you actually using all of them?

Yes, but only in the sense that I save to a new one after each mission.  It increases the chance that I'll copy over one I'm using, though, so I'll probably wait.
13055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV:The Lost and Damned on: February 17, 2009, 04:08:39 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 17, 2009, 12:22:42 AM

the big suprise
Avatar Biker gear now on NXE

Do the pants have that same bulge?


I have a question on saves.  Does TL&D create its own save files or do you have to choose from the ones already in the game?  If I have to overwrite my pre-existing saves, I'll probably be OUT until I finish the game.
13056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Next Xbox - What to Expect on: February 16, 2009, 11:04:50 PM

Quote from: marcusjm on February 16, 2009, 10:45:21 PM

I wan't more investments in the LIVE infrastructure to make it less laggy.

Really??  Live seems to be the thing that works best (with very few exceptions - like the problems two Christmasses ago).

You sure it's not your Wifi?
13057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii games to play with my non-gamer girlfriend on: February 16, 2009, 09:22:31 PM

Quote from: depward on February 16, 2009, 07:26:57 PM

No Zack and Wiki recommendations?  It's a fun puzzle game..

KC recommended it earlier, but it's not really two-player.

I also say Boom Blox.  My wife likes that one a lot.  I'm getting ready to suggest we try HOTD:OK, but I'm not convinced she won't be offended.
13058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PSP2 and the Return of Sony on: February 16, 2009, 08:31:30 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on February 16, 2009, 07:52:08 PM

Well, and I think that Nintendo is moving to quash the PSP's market share with the DSi.  I mean, what other advantage does the PSP have after that?  A bigger screen?  An analog stick?  That's hardly worth building a marketing campaign around.

"Get a PSP!  It has an analog stick!"

On the other hand, "Get a PSP2!  It has two analog sticks!" would sell one to me almost immediately.
13059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR 2 impressions thread on: February 16, 2009, 05:22:58 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 16, 2009, 09:40:53 AM

I'd really like to play this game as I'm a huge fan of FPS games, and FEAR 2 looks pretty decent. On the other hand, I absolutely can't stand the moronic use of little girls who are supposed to be scary. From the gameplay videos I've seen, the scary stuff feels too much like Alma playing to the camera instead of actually trying to accomplish her goals (whatever they are). It annoys me so much that I don't think I could enjoy the game in the end.

Japanese influence on western entertainment is like digging through a turd to find some absolutely beautiful gems inside. The gems are great, but you still had to stick your fingers into that turd.


I'm with you on that, TiLT.  The scary girl singing a lullaby thing is very cliched.  So far, Alma doesn't feel as irritating as she did in the last game.  She's not really playing to the camera...although she does seem to be used to lead you along the correct path so far.  The demo showed that the creepy stuff is going to be used as a gameplay element, eventually (as opposed to a startle element), but I haven't seen that yet.

One thing I like better about this sequel is that I don't feel like I have to be in slo-mo to compete in firefights.  The last one had even the grunts tearing you apart with bullets if you weren't using your advantage.  This one can play like a more standard shooter with the regular guys.  At least so far.
13060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16) on: February 16, 2009, 05:10:35 PM
VC:

Life Force (NES) - shmup

Wiiware:


Evasive Space - a mazey shmup?



For me:

360:
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned - IN
Race Pro - I'll get it in the bargain bins, probably
Street Fighter IV - IN, though I still feel like I shouldn't be

Wii:
Battle Rage - Never heard of this fighting robots game...it'll probably suck, though

DS:
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride - IN
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon - Possibly IN, but I know I get psyched for these types of games and only play about a quarter of it

PC:
Penumbra Collection - IN

I thought there was more this week...
13061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War III teaser video on: February 14, 2009, 02:01:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 14, 2009, 07:53:58 AM

I wonder how many quick time events it would take to actually accomplish what was in the trailer.....

 icon_lol
13062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PSP2 and the Return of Sony on: February 14, 2009, 02:00:42 PM

Quote from: marcusjm on February 14, 2009, 11:31:37 AM

Quote from: Chaz on February 14, 2009, 01:46:21 AM

The PSP isn't a bad first effort.  However, I should point out that the Gameboy, which was mentioned above as selling something silly like 120 million units, was also a first effort.

Actually. Game & Watch was sort of their first attempt so they already had a good grasp of what people wants.

You mean a handheld that only plays games and doesn't add frou-frou stuff like watches?
13063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV:The Lost and the Damned on: February 13, 2009, 06:01:58 PM
Just to point out, the name of the DLC is "The Lost and Damned."

It seems everyone, myself included, wants to put that second "the" in there.  It's just a better sounding title that way.
13064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Missionforce Cyberstorm on: February 13, 2009, 03:55:54 PM
I loved this game.  Looking back on it, however, I have one thought:  That's a terrible title.
13065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 13, 2009, 01:24:17 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 13, 2009, 07:13:22 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 13, 2009, 02:44:30 AM

On an unrelated note, the "Anybody who calls somebody racist is racist and hurting anti-racism" argument is not only circular, but also ridiculous.

Indeed. It's a good thing nobody here is saying that, then. We're not saying that calling someone racist is racism, but instead we are saying that treating a particular race differently from another race (in this case Ed thinks it's right for white people to be zombified, but wrong for black people), even if done under the guise of anti-racism, can be considered racist if taken too far.

 
Quote
PETEROCK: Claiming racism against a game like RE5 only continues to undermine the anti-racism movement...Isn't it racist to claim that allowing black zombies in a game is, well, racist? 

On the other hand, I don't think anyone said Capcom = Nazi. 

There's a lot of shouting but little listening going on here.  Both sides.  I know, I know.  Welcome to the internet.
13066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can Home be salvaged? on: February 13, 2009, 01:18:59 PM
Bah, Homebug.
13067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 13, 2009, 04:13:04 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 13, 2009, 03:56:01 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 13, 2009, 02:44:30 AM

I don't think the people who made the game are being racist, really, but I do think they were foolish to not see that setting their game in the middle of an area that is racially turbulent at best might raise a few eyebrows.

On an unrelated note, the "Anybody who calls somebody racist is racist and hurting anti-racism" argument is not only circular, but also ridiculous.

Does calling anything racist that features black characters in a negative light do anything productive?  Is a black man eating fried chicken inherently racist?  What if he likes fried chicken?  Intent goes a long way, and to simply claim "RACIST!" at the drop of a hat is rarely constructive.

RE5 can be viewed as racist, but is it?  I don't think so, especially when the developers are located in a region that has little first-hand history with the opression of the black community. 

I think we're into semantics here.  The designers may not be racist.  A game can't really be racist, as it's not a living being.  But that game can be racially insensitive.  Ignorance doesn't change that because you are making a game for a worldwide audience who will (or should) be aware of the problems in the setting you've chosen.  Yes, it makes sense that the infected characters would be black, because that's the location, but it also makes sense that the characters have a lot of perceived baggage going along with them, as that's also part of the location.

I think Eduardo X's Nazi analogy was a little overblown, but there is a similarity there.  Not so much if the lead character were a German, but if the infected were all the Jews in the slums or camps, sure.  It would even make sense, since the Nazis were experimenting like crazy at the time.  I'm sure Umbrella could have come out of that.  However, I wouldn't want to play a game where I had to infiltrate the slums and kill a bunch of Jewish zombies to get at the bad guys.
13068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN] Flower on: February 13, 2009, 03:20:48 AM
I just read that you get trophies for taking a break between levels.
13069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN] Flower on: February 13, 2009, 03:08:50 AM
I downloaded it and played it.  There's definitely a game there.  Much more so than, say, Linger in Shadows.  There are goals and obstacles and control by the player to achieve those goals.  There are also rewards when you do the things you're meant to do.  Game.

That said, there's not much challenge, really, but I've only played one full level, so maybe it gets harder and the obstacles will actually make it difficult for you to get things done.  

I understand it may be very short, and so far there doesn't seem to be much to motivate you to go back and retry a level.  On the first level, I'm pretty sure I hit everything I was meant to.  On the next, though, there may be some hidden patches or other areas, I don't know.  

None the less, there's an experience here that's pretty special.  Maybe not for everyone, but worth it if you're a little interested.
13070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 13, 2009, 02:44:30 AM
I don't think the people who made the game are being racist, really, but I do think they were foolish to not see that setting their game in the middle of an area that is racially turbulent at best might raise a few eyebrows.

On an unrelated note, the "Anybody who calls somebody racist is racist and hurting anti-racism" argument is not only circular, but also ridiculous.
13071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR 2 impressions thread on: February 12, 2009, 08:29:20 PM

Quote from: Simon on February 12, 2009, 08:17:26 PM

No one else pick this up? I'm about three chapters in so far and it's been a really solid shooter. Nothing groundbreaking but I've been enjoying it.

I got it, too, and I got about the same bit in. 

It is good as far as standard shooters go, but it's feeling a lot like the last one so far.  Lots of running around office-type buildings and Alma popping up "scarily."  None of the cool and actually creepy stuff from the demo (though the opening's the same).

I also really wish they'd swap the gun-choosing button and the slow-time button.  Or at least give me the option to do so.

Not bad other than that, though.  It feels tighter than the last game.
13072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN] Flower on: February 12, 2009, 07:49:04 PM
I'm IN today, too.

The PSN update drives me crazy.  Why make it at the end of the day?  Even then, it never seems to be consistent, so I wind up checking all the time.
13073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: House of the Dead: Overkill [Wii] on: February 12, 2009, 05:55:51 PM
Oh, yeah, it is very inappropriate.  They use "motherfucking" as often as "the" or in place of it, sometimes.

EDIT TO ADD: There's actually a really nice joke about the motherfucking useage at the end of the game.  I plowed through this, and it is a ton of kick-ass fun.  I've started the Director's Cut, and while the story is the same, it looks like you head into different areas, maybe (or at least get there a slightly different way).  I could just be misremembering, though.  DC is harder, too, and while I was hoping I'd be able to use the fully upped gun from my playthrough of the original game, you have to start over.

I'm still trying to convince the wife to give it a go.
13074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: House of the Dead: Overkill [Wii] on: February 12, 2009, 04:59:44 PM

Quote from: kronovan on February 12, 2009, 03:49:30 PM

Sadly its not out for a few more days here; might just make it in time for Friday the 13th.  paranoid  It's been getting very good reviews and it sounds like a must have for anyone that's enjoyed games like Umbrella Chronicles, HotD 2&3 or No More Heroes.

Gameplay-wise it fits the first two, obviously, but style-wise it's more along the lines of the latter.
13075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deadly Creatures [Wii] on: February 12, 2009, 04:58:57 PM
I've played the first two levels myself, and I love it.  I personally find the waggling very well done.  The moves all seem to appropriately match what's being done on screen (especially in the QTE insta-kill moments, which I normally despise).  Everyone's got their own taste, though.  I could see it working on a "normal" console, but I think it'd be missing something in the translation (though the already impressive graphics would be killer).

The game's cool in all the right ways, though.  There's an actual story-line, but that so far doesn't seem to be directly tied to the activity of the scorpion or tarantula.  More like it's happening in the background (in an effective manner).  The encounters have been pretty neat.  The bosses seem to be of the figure-out-the-trick variety, but they work.  For that second one, semi:
Spoiler for Hiden:
He got me at first, too.  The trick is to dig up all of the dirt piles around that light spot in the middle and remember to shake the nunchuck to dash away as he charges - the timing didn't always work right for me on that, which was annoying.

Deadly Creatures is just oozing originality, and so far I'm really loving it.
13076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] War World Demo Impressions - Hands down the Worst Ever on: February 12, 2009, 01:56:15 PM
That Minesweeper demo is laughably ridiculous.  The worst part is, there looks to be a half-way decent Minesweeper game under there, if you're looking for that sort of thing. 
13077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Retro Game Challenge on: February 12, 2009, 01:52:29 PM
Yeah, it's pretty fun.  I've unlocked my second game, which is a little weird (something about opening doors to take out baddies, but you can jump on 'em, too).  I hope that more than one game unlocks at a time eventually, though.  I was ready for a new challenge before I finished the Galaga clone levels.

One thing that's kind of neat, but I'm not sure everyone will like it, is that the game encourages you to cheat.  You get new GameFan mags that have cheat codes inside (up up AABB sort of thing).  The Challenge Master tells you it's okay to use them.  For me, it was fun in the part-of-the-game sense, though I don't like using cheats normally.

So far it's pretty clever, and I found myself going back often just to try one more challenge.
13078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HAWX demo on XBL tomorrow Feb 11th on: February 12, 2009, 01:47:25 PM
You can also switch to cockpit view in-game by clicking on the right thumb stick, BTW.  It doesn't seem to work in non-assisted mode still, though.

I liked the demo, personally, but I usually light my flying more arcadey.

I did love buzzing by the Jesus statue in Rio.

I will wait for reviews, because I find that I get amped up for games like this and never finish them (AC6 was an example).
13079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / House of the Dead: Overkill [Wii & PS3 (according to a bird)] on: February 12, 2009, 01:42:12 PM
Holy shit!  This game is a lot of damn fun.  The tone is just right.  They've gone with a grindhouse style, including grainy footage and-possibly a first for a HOTD game, but that's debatable- intentionally bad acting!

And things GIB real good.

Seriously, this is one of the most fun light gun games I've played, and I'm only doing it by myself.  I imagine it would be even more entertaining with a buddy.
13080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: February 11, 2009, 07:53:56 PM
Hey, the new add-on pack will, apparently, be FREE!!!

Fantastic!
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