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6601  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going Cell Phone Only on: May 28, 2010, 04:38:40 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on May 28, 2010, 03:27:03 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 28, 2010, 03:18:37 PM

Enhanced 911 covers location tracking for emergency calls.

Quote
Wireless network operators must provide the latitude and longitude of callers within 300 meters, within six minutes of a request by a PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point). Accuracy rates must meet FCC standards on average within any given participating PSAP service area by September 11, 2012

300 meters is a big freaking area to search 6 minutes after I call when I need help here and now.

two thousand feet (300 meters in any direction from the lat/long) in a residential neighborhood coves a pretty wide area, that's for sure.  you better hope the cops have good observation skills at long distance or you are just one house in dozens. 

yeah, land line is critical if you have any concern over wide or long lasting power outages and are pretty much the only thing working after a quake or major disaster. 
6602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 28, 2010, 04:05:52 PM
yup.  all of the games, stranger missions, bounties, side jobs and challenges are just there and waiting if you want them.  you could go from one story mission to the next and not touch any of that stuff.  you would get a pretty tight storyline and all the action you could want.  whether you would want to play through that way is up to you though.  i spent 20 hours in act 1 alone and still had various things to do before i left.

in regards to the bounty on that pre-order outfit, as long as you go through the bounties before you leave act 1, you should be ok.  the guy was bounty #7 out of 8 for me, so it's not out of the question to get him if you waited to add the code like i did.  he was also the third guy after i entered the code in, so just keep doing them when you see them.

you also don't have to worry about car-jacking innocents here either.  one of the best improvements to the game is the horse.  i lost both of the saddlers to cougars and ended up with a painted one.  even though i have broken a faster white one down south, i've stayed with the painted one.
6603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killzone 3 on: May 28, 2010, 02:29:47 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 28, 2010, 02:05:12 AM

apparently 10 minutes of footage(and a mans head at the start)

see it before it gets taken down(no sound)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qj5E5kJ3ZE

10 minutes, made up of the same sequence four times with little variation.

I hope the enivronmental destruction is as good as they say.

6604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Heavy on: May 27, 2010, 09:04:45 PM
wow, a game in london, with buildings.  that's shocking that they would go that far with any game set in the last two thousand years. 

that said, it looks nice.  they did a good job on the environment so far.
6605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol on: May 27, 2010, 08:47:59 PM
ouch.  first day buy off the table.  i'll wait for further reviews, hopefully from the big sites soon.
6606  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's great not having health insurance, really! on: May 27, 2010, 05:53:40 PM
without any form of affordable coverage now, i need to find a good eye doctor who isn't going to charge out the ass for a checkup.  i'll shop around for my contacts if that saves anything, but considering that all i do is stare at monitors all day long, i should make sure my lenses are strong enough. 

never mind the preventative visits.  i just hope there isn't anything wrong with me that can kill me before i get covered. 
6607  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesome pics of the Eskil... Eviala... Eygeewawa.... Icelandic Volcano on: May 27, 2010, 05:46:30 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 27, 2010, 04:36:48 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 27, 2010, 04:08:08 PM



at least this one has a simpler name

Katla

too bad, it was fun watching all those tv news people try to say the name. 
6608  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spider-man: Sam Raimi out! re-boot in progress! on: May 27, 2010, 05:45:03 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 27, 2010, 05:28:49 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 27, 2010, 05:22:50 PM

Short list of actors they're considering as the new spidey

I don't really like any of them except for Jamie Bell.  He may be a little older than the rest but he's definitely a good actor.

+1 for Jamie Bell.  Seems like a great fit for the new spidey IMHO

even at 24, he looks the part best.  Alden looks like a young Leo, so that won't work for peter unless they are making him into a jock/bad boy. Frank could do it if he can lose the emo look and is probably the next best to jamie. andrew, too old looking for high school.  josh looks like the bully, but it's not completely impossible.
6609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 27, 2010, 05:39:13 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 27, 2010, 05:33:22 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 27, 2010, 05:19:42 PM

Got to Mexico and rocking my poncho...looks great!

Yeah, it may seem like a minor point but I'm really impressed by the cloth physics on the poncho. 

if you go into a cutscene during a rain storm, you'll see the other part of the cloth physics that looks cool.  the wind ruffles your sleeves.  it rained in-game for a solid 30 minutes of real-time yesterday, complete with lightning and thunder.  their weather effects are pretty impressive too.  too bad they couldn't get the rain to accumulate for longer periods of time and pool up in large craters when the big storms roll through.
6610  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG: Gabriel Knight Collection $12.57 on: May 27, 2010, 05:34:59 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 26, 2010, 03:37:38 AM

I had that one and returned it. It was right after I got rid of my VooDoo card and the software render looked horrible. I wonder how it looks in DX? IWar 1 was one of the best looking and fun games I ever played at the time. I was disappointed in Iwar 2 but it was good in it's own right.

it was also quite a bit different from other space shooters and difficult beyond that. 

the best thing IW2 did was to open up the universe to exploration and free form gameplay, but that also took away much of the narrative and mission structure from the first one.  starting out in a tug was also a setback after the corvette.
6611  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [NewEgg] Super Mario Galaxy 2 $42.99 + Fallout 3 PC DLC sale on: May 27, 2010, 05:28:58 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 27, 2010, 05:08:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 27, 2010, 03:28:06 PM


Do these constitute all of the Fallout 3 DLC? Any problems buying these from New Egg and having them work with my Steam version of Fallout 3?

missing the alien one.  i have heard of problems with one of the download services' versions of the FO GOTY, but unsure which one.  best to check around on the steam forums first.
6612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Marvel vs Capcom 3 & Bionic Commando ReArmed 2 plus Okami spin off on: May 27, 2010, 05:25:11 PM
what the hell are those little yellow lego-brick head guys doing in the first shot? is that some x-men character i've never heard of?

also, those shots look pretty grainy so i hope they aren't final.
6613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 27, 2010, 05:21:57 PM
i figured as much after i hit the same problem after a loss with both level 2 and level 3.  it just seemed jarring that after 8 wins in the US with 4 disarms, i suddenly go 0-4 without even firing a shot when i hadn't changed my tactics.  i usually wait a bit to zoom in before aiming and have my gun up before he does.  aim several times at the gun/right arm and then the rest at head/upper body.  before, i was able to win by disarm after the first click, but now, nothing.  

i think i'll start aiming sooner.  
6614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 27, 2010, 04:47:34 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 27, 2010, 03:17:11 PM

Quote from: Booner on May 27, 2010, 02:50:03 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 27, 2010, 02:40:41 PM

Oh, how have people handled the firing squads that you come across in Mexico?

I take 'em down with the justification that if this was a 'righteous' execution, they wouldn't be dragging a perp into the middle of the desert to do it.

This!  

been doing the same thing. it's ok that you get a bounty for doing it as you are defying the federales and they have control.  in essence, you are working as a rebel.  

i do think it's odd that you get a bounty even when there are no survivors though.  

anyone tried using a bandit/gang outfit when taking on one of their bounties?  curious if it actually does what it says it does, ie you are seen as a friendly.  would make it easier to take them in live.  

got my third glitch, which forced a reload.  got the bounty target tied up and called for my horse.  well, he goes off and gets stuck in a dip and can't be called up.  i pick up the guy and he vanishes.  marston has his hand up like he's carrying him, but there's nothing there.  the game also assumed i hadn't picked him up either as i couldn't put him down or on the horse (who was still fighting to get up a small incline).  rather than bother trying to get across half of mexico on foot with his friends chasing me the whole way, and the chance i would get there and nothing would happen, i reloaded.

also, ever since i got to mexico, i haven't been able to win a duel.  not sure what i a doing wrong, but it's annoying that all of a sudden, john's trigger finger is broken.  even tried it with deadeye 3 and aiming for his gun arm.  no dice.  dead 4 times already.
6615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend some console exclusives on the 360? on: May 27, 2010, 07:11:48 AM
You really can't go wrong with red dead unless you don't like open sandbox games. I would also recommend Nier if you like action adventure games.  Don't let the Square Enix label scare you away; this is not a FF game.

Otherwise, you have the usual list of games; dead rising, crackdown, etc.   
6616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 27, 2010, 02:33:22 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 27, 2010, 01:35:03 AM

Quote from: jersoc on May 27, 2010, 01:05:11 AM

bug number a trillion.

bought the scrap for reye's outfit from the general store. doesn't show marked off on the checklist

awesome.

did you select it in the inventory screen and 'use' it?

don't have to.  once you buy it, it just unlocks.  i'd go back a save if you have one or if you are close to finishing the outfit, try that and see if it unlocks then and the checklist is bugged. 

had my second glitch and it was a game-ender.  at a duel, it failed to load up the duel after i walked to the spot.  screen went black and that was it.  had to hard reset the xbox. 
6617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Really cool Sadness art work (Wii) on: May 26, 2010, 05:01:10 AM
you and your thread-surrections.  i actually thought this was current. 
6618  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't go in the girl gamer pics thread on: May 26, 2010, 04:49:39 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on May 25, 2010, 09:18:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 25, 2010, 09:16:12 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 25, 2010, 09:11:16 PM

Too late, dammit. Someone needs to keep bumping this warning, for that which has been seen cannot be unseen.

how about a nice warm ham sandwich to ease the pain?

What's with you and this warm ham sandwich?  You making me hungry! icon_razz

guess where the sandwhich warmer is.   puke

best part of it, it comes with extra cheese.
6619  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's great not having health insurance, really! on: May 26, 2010, 01:42:17 AM
In the same boat. I had coverage when I was working contract for a bigger company. With a much smaller one now who doesn't provide any at all. Wice's insurance wouldn't cover me as it losing coverage isn't considered a  big enough event. I can sign up in November for coverage in January. Awesome, thanks for that. 6 months with nothing.

Fn insurance companies.
6620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass Effect movie in the works on: May 25, 2010, 11:03:15 PM
good casting there MO.  it's like they picked him to start with.
6621  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Girl gamer pics on: May 25, 2010, 11:01:56 PM

Quote from: kratz on May 25, 2010, 10:16:04 PM

Quote from: Crux on May 25, 2010, 08:20:22 PM



Myspace counts as a game?

even if it was farmville, i wouldn't care.  she's hot.
6622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Girl gamer pics on: May 25, 2010, 08:19:32 PM
it makes megatron look like he's aged.  look at those jowls.

good evening
6623  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Girl gamer pics on: May 25, 2010, 08:13:07 PM
and less of those pesky 'clothes'. 
6624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Insomniac going Multi-platform! on: May 25, 2010, 08:12:05 PM
all this time, i thought the were sony owned and just kept their own company infrastructure.  never knew they were like bungie over there.
6625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 25, 2010, 08:10:58 PM
i've been up there a bit and only managed to find one.  tried using bait too, but no luck.  best bet is to go up there during the day and look for the moving rock.  those things are big.

as for fist fights, yeah, do it once your fame is high enough.  i was able to lasso the guy up afterwards and everyone just ran off. 

i imagine you can also fire off a warning shot as well.
6626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 25, 2010, 07:48:48 PM
well that blows.  i haven't finished up fort mercer yet (damn that swindling westin), but i haven't seen too many more of the bounties, and definitely not this guy.
6627  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't go in the girl gamer pics thread on: May 25, 2010, 07:11:57 PM
actually, it should be "don't scroll to the bottom of the girl gamer pics thread"

you are a bad man, PR, real bad.
6628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Girl gamer pics on: May 25, 2010, 07:10:40 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on May 25, 2010, 06:54:34 PM

Let's be honest: For every one hot girl gamer out there, there are ten of these:



that's not a girl that's a space station!
6629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 25, 2010, 06:22:43 PM
i don't get how you can go past the bounty mission.  are they not supposed to be completable even after you finish the game? 

i know that when i activated the code, i had already completed two of the parts to that outfit.  for some reason, it didn't accept an earlier duel i had won, but that was easily taken care of after a poker game went awry. 
6630  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever had a knee injury? I could use some advice. on: May 25, 2010, 04:55:01 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 25, 2010, 04:49:20 PM

Another point of contention for me is that my family has a HIGH rate of cancer. I try to avoid unnecessary X-Rays, MRIs, etc, whenever possible.


as an mri doesn't use radiation, it really shouldn't be a risk involved, but i talk it over with your doctor so he can explain the procedure clearly.
6631  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Shrek The Final Chapter on: May 25, 2010, 04:50:34 PM
that's good to hear.  i didn't especially like the third one, as parts of it just dragged on too long (the frog king's death and oh-so-obvious pun).  the second was pretty good though and i actually liked the references intended for adults.  had a simpsons vibe to it.

wife and daughter are probably going to go to this today
6632  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass Effect movie in the works on: May 25, 2010, 04:47:45 PM
they did a good enough job of telling anderson's story in a book after me1 was out.  not bad by B-grade sci-fi writing and it was written by the same guy who wrote me2's script (afaik), so he's gotten more comfortable in the universe. 

i would love to see a story about what happens in between 2 and 3, but as said, i don't see how they could even involve the current storyline from me1 on except for the big points.

they could do a first contact/war story though.  all action and violence and michael bay would actually be a benefit for once. 
6633  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever had a knee injury? I could use some advice. on: May 25, 2010, 04:40:19 PM
if possible, call your doc's office and see if you can speak with him over the phone and let him know.  he'll probably want to stay cautious and get you in anyways, but let him know you are uncertain about the mri for non-medical reasons and see what else he suggests. 

you might be ok, but should you ever get in an accident, they might try to point to this as pre-existing and deny coverage, so make sure you talk to the doc either way.

of course, i only play a doctor on tv, so take my advice with a grain of sand;
6634  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did you bring your towel today? on: May 25, 2010, 04:21:43 PM
anyone wanna get high?
6635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 25, 2010, 04:04:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 25, 2010, 03:59:23 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 25, 2010, 03:52:50 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 25, 2010, 03:45:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 25, 2010, 03:30:57 PM

I remember reading using cheats disables achievements and saving while they're active.  at what point do you get this dreaded 'DeadEye 2.0'?  I just made it to Mexico via the raft.

Shortly.  You'll get it in less than an hour of reaching Mexico I'd say.

I think that's Dead Eye 3. I believe you get the second rank while you're still in the first area.

doing some research I see I already have 2, I just apparently never used it (outside of MP) prior to the West Dickens mission where you get it  icon_lol  and here I was expecting something horrible for level 2 icon_lol

other than that one time where i shot the hostage after shooting the rope, i haven't had much trouble with it.  it's been useful actually when using the rifles to pick off foes from far away. 
6636  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG: Gabriel Knight Collection $12.57 on: May 25, 2010, 03:12:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 25, 2010, 01:21:05 PM

Not a deal, but Independence War Deluxe is available now.

that's freaking cool.  i still have the sequel floating around, but i lost the original a long time ago i believe.
6637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 25, 2010, 06:41:49 AM
i usually don't bother with sandbox games, but i am saving multiple times here.  not losing any progress if i can help it.  i've been doing that since far cry 2.  

i also stick with the cattlemen revolver when out and about too as for whatever reason, revolver ammo pickups don't seem to add anything to my volcanic pistol counts.  i've only been able to get more by buying it from the stores.  

i haven't had the same problem with the other weapon i found, the sawed off shottie.  that uses the same ammo (as it should) so i am not sure why the volcanic is different.  i love that i found the weapon in game though and not in a mission.  makes it feel more like a real world and not one where you have to buy it from the store just to keep it.

i also noticed the d-pad weapon selection during free roam.  very helpful to swap out to more useful weapons.
6638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 25, 2010, 03:28:13 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 25, 2010, 03:01:39 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 25, 2010, 02:43:04 AM

The money for pelts seems so meager when I look at it (like $2-$5 per) that I haven't really even bothered selling any. I guess it adds up.

1 wolf skinned = 1 wolf pelt, 1 wolf claw/fang, and 1 wolf heart (most of the time). That's a lot of money (assuming you sell it to a place that'll give you decent dollar, like Armadillo) for two bullets.

a few things about hunting. You get more for the bigger animals. Bucks give you more for thier antlers than bucks, fox furs are worth more than coyote and wolf pelts and cougars generally net you about $30-40 for everything. Of course, the risk is much higher and you are just as likely to be hunted instead. I've lost two horses and died once to them and managed to kill three.
6639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 24, 2010, 11:50:14 PM
i found the 2nd and third treasure maps much easier to read and find the treasure.  the 2nd in particular was pretty cool and i figured out the location just on the map itself.  

small hint
Spoiler for Hiden:
the 1st is bit of a trick until you realize that the first clue only points you at a spot on the map.  the next clues are what lead you to the treasure.
6640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 24, 2010, 08:30:14 PM
haha, that is funny.  you have an evil horse there.

only dlc is the co-op missions, afaik.  hopefully those will come out soon and be much more than expanded hideouts.

not sure i want to push through as many levels of prestige just to get better character models, especially considering how much xp you get in competitive modes.  it could take a long time and clearing hideouts over and over would get dull fast.  
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