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13081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 14, 2008, 05:26:05 PM

Quote from: Misguided on May 14, 2008, 11:49:22 AM

Anyone had trouble with throw recognition?
My son and I were having a great time, but had difficulty with the MP tiki towers (knock em down for points).
On that particular part of the game, I had a terrible time getting throws to register properly.
I'd have a great shot all lined up and the ball would be so soft it didn't reach the blocks.
No troubles in any other part of the game so far.

I find that the soft throws happen because of where you've targeted.  I was getting extremely frustrated with that happening, but then I noticed that it's very pixel-specific, but you can't always see the pixel you've targeted because it's too far away (my kingdom for a zoom mode).

I've also had moments where the game doesn't register that I've clicked the button or where the cursor is missing for a bit, but I think that has more to do with my set up and distance from the TV.  My new HD Sensor Bar is helping, though! icon_biggrin
13082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 14, 2008, 05:20:16 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 14, 2008, 12:03:46 PM

well, all teasing aside, i do want to say that there is actually no right or wrong in this discussion.  what people find funny is purely up to them and my opinion that the older stuff is funnier is just that:  an opinion.  if you find the newer stuff to be better, than that's yours...and theres absolutely nothing wrong with that.   icon_biggrin

It's not that the newer stuff is better, though, it's just sad to see so many people fall into the cycle of dumping on SNL because it's become common to do so.  Dismissing every single thing they do with lines like, hmm, let me see if I can find something...oh, here:

Quote from: CeeKay on May 14, 2008, 07:51:38 AM

hell, watching Hillary Clinton having a case of diarrhea on top of Bill's head is still funnier than their current stuff.

Add to that the magic paint brush of memory that gives a lot of the awful stuff from the "good" years a pass, and it gets even more frustrating.

I'm not saying the new stuff is better.  I'm not saying the original cast isn't the best at this.  They were the first, after all.  I'm not saying that the Hartman, Carvey, Hooks years weren't another pinacle that will be hard to top.  All I'm saying is that the current cast frequently tries to do new things.  They've had bad sketches, even bad episodes, but they've also had some incredibly clever, funny and fresh things put out there.  It's too bad that the good work not only doesn't get recognized, it gets dismissed and dumped on by people who watched the cold open and part of a monologue one time in the last year and feel they have sufficient evidence to say that SNL should have died before Denny Dillon came on.
13083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 14, 2008, 03:52:19 AM

Quote from: hepcat on May 14, 2008, 02:56:31 AM

the level of comic genius from years 1, 2 and 3 are so far above what's been seen in the last 10 years of SNL that it's not even a contest, old boy.  sorry.

year 1 may have had its share of bad sketches...but it was SNL's first year of existence, for cryin' out loud.  they were inventing the formula that would later be butchered by people like kattan and fallon.  even then i'd still stack the unfunny ones up against anything the current regime is doing.

...the GTA sketch, for example.   slywink

as i said, there are exceptions to the rule (will ferrell), but every year i try to watch a few episodes to see how it's going and every year I say to myself, "I wonder what's on the paid commercial channel right now?".

Stack that GTA sketch up against the "classic" scotch tape store sketch and see how it holds up.  Or any of the muppets scenes which were in every single first season episode.  Or the entire Louise Lasser episode. 
13084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 14, 2008, 03:26:56 AM
I've had a ton of fun with Boom Blox, too.  The adventure mode can get frustrating, but it's the good kind of frustrating.  You usually can't change your view there, and there's a lot of trial and error, but I've found myself trying to improve my score for 30 minutes+ on a single level.  The "poems" are god-awful, though.

Haven't had a chance to do MP yet, but I think it'll be fun.
13085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie 3 shots, Viva Pinata 2 coming on: May 13, 2008, 11:27:51 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 13, 2008, 11:17:11 PM

Ok, after having seen some footage, I have to say I am now tentatively excited for Banjo Kazooie. 

That bit with the coconuts looks frustrating, but I like the idea of upgrading your vehicle to get to new areas (a staple of platforming).  Control is going to be key.
13086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WORST.AD.EVER on: May 13, 2008, 11:25:18 PM
That guy has a thumb for a penis, if you know what I mean.
13087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 08:46:26 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 13, 2008, 08:43:02 PM

I will say that Norm McDonald is a god:

Quote
After the announcement that Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley planned to divorce, Macdonald joked about their irreconcilable differences on Weekend Update: "She's more of a stay-at-home type, and he's more of a homosexual pedophile."

although my favorite moments from his SNL days was his continual tormenting of Chris Kattan (who apparently wasn't too happy about it and still hates the man to this day).  Mean...but freakin' hilarious.



Well, Kattan sucks.
13088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 08:40:40 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 13, 2008, 08:21:38 PM

i'll admit i haven't watched an episode in quite a while.  in fact, i would be hard pressed to say what the last bit i watched was about. 

each generation of cast members had their stand outs and their fade outs, even back to the beginning.  of course, you can also call out bits that even the unpopular cast did quite well.  jimmy fallon did a bit on the news sketch as dave matthews i liked, also one parody of a pop song involving skiing down a mountain out of control.  he also had the occasional funny news item.  i wouldn't put him on a talk show by himself though.

most of my favorite cast members through current watching were from the early 90's. i like the old stuff of the 75-80 and 80-84 casts, but i grew up with the 90's group.  farrell, sandler, myers, carvey, rock, schneider, farley, spade, meadows, mcdonald, nealon, hartman.

hell, take a look at the list over on wiki and tell me there aren't more standout cast members from the middle years than the last 10. 

I don't mean to say that the current eps are better than the first couple of seasons were at their best or even better than the Hartman/Carvey/Hooks years (just that there are more low points in those stellar seasons than people like to remember, and sometimes they were extremely low or they were bits that just would not work today), but it infuriates me the way it gets dismissed out of hand so frequently.  It was a trend that started with the press and has never died.  Even during the Hartman/Carvey/Hooks years, the press was going on and on about the death of SNL.  And it just keeps happening.

I will say that I think most of the current cast is superior to the gang after Hartman, Carvey and Hooks left.  The Farley/Sandler/Spade years.  In fact, the only real problems I have, cast-wise, is that Amy Poehler is in every freakin sketch and is getting tired and the new girl is just awful. 
13089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLM - Free Indiana Jones downloads! on: May 13, 2008, 08:30:55 PM
Where the hell's the LEGO Indy demo?!?  It's on the PC already.
13090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 08:02:05 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 13, 2008, 07:52:05 PM

Hell, even Garret Morris was funnier than 90 percent of the "comics" they've employed in the last 10 years on SNL.  He played up the whole "I'm a token cast member" bit and brought true sarcastic humor to racism that pointed a mirror back at the audience in many of his appearances.


I will admit that Ferrell was a diamond in the rough during the last decade or so, but I most definitely view him as the exception to the rule.

This from the man with Carrot Top as his icon.   icon_wink

AANYWAY, interesting trivia for you guys about that GTA sketch.  Both Bill Hader and Fred Armisen (who played Niko and Vlad) are in GTA IV as talk show voices.  Jason Sudeikis is, as well.  He's the O'Reilly clone.  He's another one to keep you eye on in the current cast.
13091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 07:47:39 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 13, 2008, 07:04:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 13, 2008, 06:59:36 PM


Go back and watch actual, full episodes of the original cast.  There are just as many clunkers in there as there are now.  Or, perhaps nearly as many, as we were more accepting of the new style they were trying.  There's a lot of stuff that just wouldn't work today.

I have to ask everyone who uniformly bashes SNL what were the last recent episodes you watched.  I find that nearly everyone who rips the show apart watched maybe two sketches a few months back.

The difference being, is that I have tried, on multiple occasions, to watch a full episode of SNL, and get through a quarter of the way, at best, before I turn the TV off in disgust.  And as far as the old stuff is concerned, I used to watch the reruns on Comedy Central and E! almost religiously because they were that good.

Sorry to disappoint.

And those reruns have been edited down to an hour.

Quote from: hepcat on May 13, 2008, 07:26:56 PM

John Belushi vs. Jimmy Fallon...

...sorry, i didn't mean to humiliate some of you.   icon_wink

Jimmy Fallon?  Nice, topical reference.  He hasn't been on the show in four years.  Toss Will Ferrell up agains Belushi, and it comes closer.  I'm talking supporting scene player Ferrell, by the way.  The go-to guy that you could toss into any sketch, and he would make it funnier without stealing focus.  Brilliant as Belushi is (and I put him in the top echelon of all comedians), he was a scene stealer.  For what it's worth, Kristen Wiig is doing the same thing on the show right now.

Don't get me wrong, some of the original cast is on a pedestal for me, too, just by the nature of doing something that had never been done before.  But they also had Lauraine Newman and Garret Morris.

13092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 06:59:36 PM

Quote from: Booner on May 13, 2008, 05:51:20 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 13, 2008, 05:08:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 13, 2008, 03:43:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2008, 01:03:49 AM

anyone else remember when SNL used to be funny?
Anyone else remember when people didn't just bash SNL because it's a typical thing to do?

Dude, it's not bashing when the material is shit.

I concur.....long gone are the days of Rovco's Super Bass-o-Matic '76. frown

Go back and watch actual, full episodes of the original cast.  There are just as many clunkers in there as there are now.  Or, perhaps nearly as many, as we were more accepting of the new style they were trying.  There's a lot of stuff that just wouldn't work today.

I have to ask everyone who uniformly bashes SNL what were the last recent episodes you watched.  I find that nearly everyone who rips the show apart watched maybe two sketches a few months back.
13093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WORST.AD.EVER on: May 13, 2008, 06:53:57 PM
FTW!  I mean, WTF?!  Damn. I always get those confused.
13094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 13, 2008, 06:52:12 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 13, 2008, 04:53:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2008, 04:52:40 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 13, 2008, 04:40:38 PM

You know what suddenly struck me as I was walking down the steps to my office?  GTAIV accurately models walking down steps.  It actually has annoyed me in-game because you always slow down when you hit steps, but I can't recall another game that has a realistic animation when walking down steps.  Is there?

too bad they don't let you take stairs two or more at a time when running up them.

I usually jump and end up jumping up half the flight of stairs at a time.  biggrin

I do the same, but there are some stairs where I go leaping over the side and fall a few stories, so I'm trying to be more cautious.  I wish he'd take the stairs faster, too.
13095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 04:52:11 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 13, 2008, 12:56:29 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on May 13, 2008, 02:58:38 AM

I got it, but thought it was incredibly not funny too. A real missed opportunity. The Daily Show reporting live from Liberty City was much better.

On the bright side, the "murder mystery at the 70s game show" sketch was uncommonly creative. And Leboeuf freakin NAILED Doug Henning. <twinklefingers/mouth the word "magic"> Hilarious.

I missed the show and can't find the Henning clip anywhere.  My google-fu fails me. frown

I remember being a fan of Doug Henning as a child even though I saw through a lot of the tricks.  We went to one of his shows when I was <5 and I called him on it and it was a bit embarassing overall smile  He pulled a coin from my ear and I said loudly that I saw it in his hand before.  oops!

Here go: http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/play.shtml?mea=250057

IMO, this is a fantastic sketch.  It helps that I am a huge Match Game fan, but there's so much going on here.

Except, I should point out that the new girl is a scene killer.
13096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]Skies of Arcadia 2 on: May 13, 2008, 04:39:48 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 13, 2008, 03:21:48 PM

Quote from: Eightball on May 13, 2008, 02:53:47 PM

Hey <random encounter> that's <random encounter> exciting <random encounter> news!

LOL.  The encounter rate in that game drove me absolutely nuts.

From what I understand, they toned that down a lot in the Gamecube version.
13097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 03:43:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2008, 01:03:49 AM

anyone else remember when SNL used to be funny?
Anyone else remember when people didn't just bash SNL because it's a typical thing to do?
13098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 13, 2008, 12:48:58 AM

Quote from: The Grue on May 13, 2008, 12:32:21 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 12, 2008, 11:03:48 PM



Yeah, but that's still time that I don't feel like spending.  I'm growing extremely irritated with Nintendo on this point.

Yes, I'm sure your minute is very important.

It takes longer than that to download the smallest of games.  Factor in going through the menus, copying games and saves, deleting stuff, downloading new stuff and it adds up.  Do that for every handful of games (a number that will get smaller as these Wiiware games get bigger in size), and it's damned annoying.

Even if it did only take a minute, though, it's my minute and I would like to choose how I spend it, not be dictated to by Nintendo, when there are other options possible.
13099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 12, 2008, 11:03:48 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 12, 2008, 07:59:09 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 12, 2008, 04:48:50 PM

I'd truely like to get 1 or 2 Wiiware games, but I'm about 99% sure that I don't have enough free blocks on my Wii. As it is I already had to delete 2 existing channels and a game to make space for the Nintendo channel. If anything I guess Wiiware could be a good inspiration for me to complete my existing unfinished VC games.  slywink Or Big N could just deliver support for external USB HDD's....and if pigs could fly...

So in a nutshell....nada this week.

You can delete any games and redownload them later.  Doesn't cost you and gives you more space.  Also, doesn't take terribly long to redownload.  I agree it would be nice that they release some solution, but until then, this one works.

Yeah, but that's still time that I don't feel like spending.  I'm growing extremely irritated with Nintendo on this point.
13100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiWare Impressions on: May 12, 2008, 11:01:30 PM

Quote from: JSL on May 12, 2008, 09:39:54 PM

I downloaded LostWinds, which took about three - four minutes. It uses 259 blocks, which still leaves me 1301 free. I will be trying it out soon and will post some gameplay impressions afterwards.

259?!?

OUT!
13101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 12, 2008, 10:57:50 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 12, 2008, 10:38:28 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 12, 2008, 10:07:07 PM

Quote from: kadnod on May 12, 2008, 08:36:51 PM


I sometimes hunt down the "Most Wanted" criminals off the police computer when I want some easy money and ammo.  So far, they've been ridiculously easy to kill.


I like doing those for a change of pace, too.  Except the last one I tried

Spoiler for Hiden:
you come up to an alley and 3 guys on motorcycles come out and you have to kill them all before anyone gets away.

I need to come back to that one.

Spoiler for Hiden:
  Approach coming from the North.  You should be able to down almost all of them as they exit the alleyway.  I got all but one that way and it wasn't too difficult to chase him down.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I find that for a lot of these you can park before you get to the target, you can usually snipe them a lot.  However, I have to wait on one until I get the rocket launcher.  You come to a junk yard or something and it is littered with baddies.
13102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiWare Impressions on: May 12, 2008, 04:13:21 PM
Any word on the size of these f*ckers?  My Wii's HD is maxed.  'Course I'd love to play off of the SD card (or at least play the VC games from there), but Nintendo seems to think their 46kb flash hard drive is enough for anyone.
13103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 12, 2008, 03:54:06 PM

Quote from: The_Man on May 11, 2008, 11:29:15 PM

One thing that I have found that helps is you need to date every chick you can find.  I'm not going to be specific unless someone wants me to be, but relationships can really help you out of a jam in  this game.

Here's my question on dating.  In the last game, I was able to get coffee and move on.  The girl may have called occaisionally when I was in the area, but I could just ignore her and keep playing, and her affection wouldn't go down.

In GTA IV, will I have to be juggling dates with every woman I find AND all of the other "homies" I meet?  I don't want this thing turning into a social simulator.

I finally unlocked LJ's gun trunk recently.  Am I going to have to keep having man-dates with him where I constantly drive into oncoming traffic because I have to read the subtitles to understand 1/10th of what he's saying?
13104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 12, 2008, 03:50:23 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 12, 2008, 11:44:56 AM

I think chainsaw battles should be based on Gods of War type minigame sequences and whoever gets the random sequence done faster wins.  Still frantic, still speed, but takes a bit more skill and thought than one button repeated.

But in GoW the moves are balletic and it makes sense that you're pushing other buttons.

While in GoW...hey, waitaminute...

Anyway, even in God of War they use rapid-fire trigger pulling for simple strength tests like opening chests and doors.  Multiple button pressing doesn't seem to fit the on-screen action in Gears.
13105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: call of duty 5...already playable? on: May 12, 2008, 03:47:15 PM
Hopefully, now that Tony Hawk is skipping a year, we'll see this trend start to die away.
13106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Returning my 360 to Costco - What do I do? on: May 12, 2008, 03:45:33 PM
You could buy the X-Port.  Better than the XSATA, and pretty easy to use.  I think I saw it for $20 recently.

You could also get a 120GB HD.  The transfer works pretty well on that.  If you do that, you won't have to worry about what to do with the hard drive the next time the 360 fails.
13107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 12, 2008, 03:41:00 PM
Narniada.
13108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 10, 2008, 03:22:34 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on May 10, 2008, 08:41:41 AM

Does the holding-the-locust-dude-as-a-shield do anything?  Seemed totally out of place in this type of game.

And the chainsaw battles?  Is it really going to be determined on how jam's on the B button more?  C'mon, now.

This game is all about getting to cover (or "stop 'n pop"), so, yeah, I think grabbing convenient cover is perfectly aligned with this type of game.

As for the battles, I'm not sure what you were expecting.  Waggling the 360 controller?  The Y button instead?  Who uses the headset to call the other person gay the loudest?

I really liked the video, though there was a small sense of sameness to me.  The scale was cool, except that it always takes so long to take down one guy, that going against a battalion may make you feel useless.  Fortunately, most of the battle seems about taking out individual squads and larger, scarier things.  Whew!
13109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: call of duty 5...already playable? on: May 10, 2008, 03:09:49 PM

Quote from: Lord Percy on May 10, 2008, 12:01:05 PM

Treyarch, aren't those the guys that did Die By The Sword? God I loved that game. I didn't know they were still around.

They are.  Of course, they also did Spider-Man 3.

I still love WWII as a setting.  I think COD4's leaps forward had less to do with the setting and more to do with the gameplay (and graphics).

Really, though, if the game is exceptional, they could set it at a neighborhood block party.
13110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 10, 2008, 02:20:20 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 10, 2008, 06:07:37 AM

Sad thing is, the controls are very solid.  However, there isn't much nuance to the actual shooting gameplay.  The AI is breandead for the most part.  A bit problem is that the engagements happen at too far a distance and without much tactics.  I'd say a good, but nothing special kind of a shooter.  I think most of us FPS fans will have to play this on Hard to get enough of a challenge, at first anyway.  Not sure what's in store for later segments.

I'll buy this for the co-op, but only if reviews stay in the 70% range and above.

You understand that this is like one of those levels where you have all of your powers in the first level to show off what you can do, and then they get taken away from you and the real game begins, right? 
13111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crosswords DS impressions on: May 10, 2008, 04:01:14 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 10, 2008, 01:42:07 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 09, 2008, 04:57:36 PM

The crosswords are ok save for 1 thing: the _ _ _ king stupid piece of _ _ it clues that exclude part of the word as if that's a real crossword clue.

Can you give an example of one these clues?
  I think you're  joking, but in case you're not, there are 2 examples in his post and 1 from the game in an earlier one of mine.
13112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 09, 2008, 11:50:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 09, 2008, 06:17:23 AM

I actually kind of liked it.  I thought the controls were good, and I'm intrigued by the story.

It helps a lot that it's Free Radical, of course.  I'm willing to make the leap with them, especially on story.

The bee thing was a bit odd to me (the nectar and the bee colors), but maybe it'll pay off.

As I always say, "Quote yourself."

Anyway, on the topic I mentioned, what was the turnaround times on things like the flow bundle and the Stardust HD bundle and such.
13113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crosswords DS impressions on: May 09, 2008, 09:39:57 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 09, 2008, 09:36:48 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 09, 2008, 04:57:36 PM

The crosswords are ok save for 1 thing: the _ _ _ king stupid piece of _ _ it clues that exclude part of the word as if that's a real crossword clue.

I don't think I have seen one of these kind of clues in medium difficulty.

I have.

They almost make me hulk out every time.
13114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: May 09, 2008, 09:37:35 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 09, 2008, 06:11:55 PM


Psyched as hell for "Train in Vain!"  Probably my fav Clash song.

Also psyched for "Hanging on the Telephone."

If a pack is available, I'll pick up the Sonic Youth song.
13115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 09, 2008, 06:17:23 AM
I actually kind of liked it.  I thought the controls were good, and I'm intrigued by the story.

It helps a lot that it's Free Radical, of course.  I'm willing to make the leap with them, especially on story.

The bee thing was a bit odd to me (the nectar and the bee colors), but maybe it'll pay off.
13116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crosswords DS impressions on: May 09, 2008, 02:54:01 AM
I played for awhile today, too. 

I agree with the anagram interface.  Very well done.  I wish it felt more rewarding.  As it stands, it's a fail unless you get every single word.  I'd rather get graded, like with the crosswords on completion.

The word search was a bit of a pain, but I think it may be my DS's touch screen (it's hard to be exact at the edges, no matter how often I calibrate).

As for the crosswords, your points are pretty close to my impressions, though it didn't seem like there were 75 4X4s.  The first five on each page seem to be at that level, but maybe I'm missing some that you unlock later.  The slow scrolling is a bit of a pain, and I wish you could double tap to switch from across to down, but overall, the interface is better than NYT.  The puzzles aren't, though.  I'm sure they get better, but there are some extremely lame clues.  Granted, I'm still working through the incredibly easy ones, but there is no excuse to ever have a clue that says, "At---tion! (drill sergeant's command)."  If you can't find a better clue for "ten" then it doesn't fit.  Those clues drive me up a wall.  I'm sure they'll stop using them as the levels progress.  They'd damn well better.

I haven't needed a hint yet, either, but I do like the system.  There are three options: Additional Clue, Show Letter, and Show Word.  They're each worth progressively more points, and you only get so many points per puzzle.  The fact that they've written, essentially, two clues for each listing is impressive (unless it doubles those damned partial word ones).

13117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 08, 2008, 09:08:30 PM
It released around 3:30 or so, but I'm downloading still (59%).

Also, I thought that with the Pixel Junk Monsters expansion there would be a pack that had the full game and expansion.  They've done that before, and I thought I remembered reading they'd do it this time, too.
13118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 08, 2008, 06:57:04 PM

Quote from: Xmann on May 08, 2008, 06:42:31 PM

holy crap the graphics are phenomenal!!  anyone know how to change the camera from the driver to other views?

I think it was the left shoulder button.
13119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 08, 2008, 06:06:53 PM
WOW!

This is a phenomenal game.  I suck.  And I'm on the easiest difficulty setting.

Three SP races in the demo.  One track, one drift, one street.  Visually stunning with no framerate hiccups (one of the only complaints about DiRT).  Graphics are stunning, with the SF race being a showcase, as TML mentioned.

If possible, the menus are even cooler than in DiRT (which really shouldn't be important, but, like a good rug, it really ties the whole thing together).  They carry into the game now.

To show how bad I suck, I never got the hang of drifting.  It felt like sometimes it wasn't registering what I thought was a drift, but the game is so well done, that I assume it must have been me.  I wound up with a score of 3,000 something.  I knew it wasn't great, but i thought I might squeak by with a win or something.  Then they showed my opponent's score of 412,000 something.  Ouch.

Anyway, I don't usually get excited for racing games, but this looks like a definite IN for me.
13120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 08, 2008, 04:49:49 PM
Nothing's up yet on the US store.  When do these things normally hit?
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