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6681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom on: February 19, 2010, 04:45:09 AM
wow, it means i actually skipped the last two versions of settlers without even realizing it.  i vaguely remember #5 but if it were a quiz show, i couldn't guess at when the last game in the series actually released.
6682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metro 2033 on: February 19, 2010, 04:43:16 AM
waiting on reviews, but it looks and sounds pretty damn cool and would be a nice alternative to skulking around cherynobyl. 
6683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 7 on: February 19, 2010, 04:42:20 AM
i liked w@w, so if they don't screw it up, i'll be in for this as our yearly cod mp fun. 
6684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5 on: February 19, 2010, 04:40:25 AM
either way, it was digital crack.  i'll love me some civ v if there's more to it than what's in civ iv + bts + mods. 

6685  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: ARMA2 - FS Price dropped on: February 19, 2010, 04:35:26 AM
bump for drop
6686  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: For Sale: XBOX 360 20GB w/accessories on: February 19, 2010, 04:32:37 AM
yeah it is, especially if it's a jasper.  i'd love to swap out the aging machine i have now, but don't have the cashola.
6687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Aliens vs Predator on: February 18, 2010, 12:39:20 AM
That last one sounds fun. Wasn't there a similar mode in halo?   
6688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: February 17, 2010, 07:10:02 AM
yeah, the opening AR's are really crappy at range.  you don't notice it so much until you scope it.  not recommend on the ak's btw.  just awful.  you can watch the shots drift out into a huge pattern while scoped, even when crouched.  of course, you can mod it for accuracy, but you'll find better stuff before too long.  i grabbed a great AR (a 92 or some such) but it's 5 bars damaged, so i'm holding it until later.

you can pay people to take you about the zone, or if they happen to go somewhere, you can tag along for free (awesome option btw).  afaik, the whole zone is load free and there's only a latter section that's 'point-of-no-return' story related.  you get an option to free play afterwards, but i;m not sure how that works.  one of the guys on the official forums has 3 months in game already.  of course, he's got 3+ months in clear sky and a whopping 8 months in-game in soc.   icon_eek with snow capped hills and all sorts of random ai encounters.  he's also shown what he's accumulated and it's pretty crazy how much you can get your hands on. 

i've found a few caches and it's easily one of the most improved aspects beyond the first two.  you can actually find good loot in them without having to do a mission/pay for location, just by stumbling around and thinking like a stalker.  'if i wanted to hide this, where would i do so without making it obvious?'

i need to finish up with the console games so i can get back into the zone.
6689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: February 17, 2010, 12:24:31 AM
I can't knock the emmissions too much; one of them occurred as I was heading back to the ship, so I stayed inside with others and waited for it to pass. I took a few peeks during the worst of it to see the pretty lights and it's definitely not anything you want to be exposed to. After it was over I found 10 dead stalkers around the ship and got some damn nice loot, including a better scanner and a great AR. Too bad all the ammo is 7.62 and not 5.45. I didn't sell much but it's worth noting that you can get the tech to lower his repair prices and get some cash from selling 3 and 4 bars damaged guns.

Too bad I'd like to revert the save to before that mission you talked about, but I think I'm going to see where the bandit side leads this time.

There are a lot more artifacts in non-obvious places this time around. Love that and having a personal storage locker. 
6690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft to become the Sequel Factory on: February 15, 2010, 04:52:28 PM
i wonder about the integrity of the teams working on these franchises.   when has a post-mortem ever been written where the devs say 'wow, i'm happy that we didn't get an extra six months to work on it'?  never mind the effect on turnover due to unrealistic demands and hectic schedules.

i also wonder how long they expect to keep it up should reviews start pointing out how quickly the games were made and how certain features were cut, unpolished x was, etc.
6691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/15) on: February 15, 2010, 04:48:52 PM
nothing at all, as avp's scores have really cooled my anticipation for it.  i'll wait for a rental, but i'm in no hurry.  i have to kill myself to finish me2, bioshock 2 to dive into and last week bought stalker: call of pripyat to haunt my monstrous pc backlog.

6692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: February 13, 2010, 09:26:02 AM
ok, i am having a blast with it so far.  the ai is much improved, i like the open world aspect that soc lacked and it's not as bloody difficult as cs was.  sure, the opening was jarring, and the overall mission seems like an expansion pack so far, but i really enjoy the environment and the attention to detail that gsc puts in. 

one major snafu though needs mentioning.  my card is a 1900xt, a great dx9 card.  with this game supporting dx10/11, they changed the initial renderer and cop doesn't load at all.  i found the solution online, which would absolutely kill the normal buyer.  edit the D:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\stalker call of pripyat\user.ltx (or wherever that file resides in a retail install) and change:

renderer renderer_r2.5
renderer renderer_r1

only after doing that would anything, even the splash screen load.  i'd get a black screen for a minute and then an error message saying i had to turn down the gfx to run it.  problem is, there isn't a gui for settings outside of the game itself.  just this ltx file.

otherwise, it ran pretty well at decent res/settings and no crashes.
6693  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Deal of the Week 2-12-2010 plus Valentine Sale on: February 13, 2010, 02:41:39 AM
awesome price on fo3:goty but if i get a third copy of it while the shrinkwrap is still on the 360 goty i have, my wife will take my head off.
6694  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: [360 & Wii] Games for Sale on: February 13, 2010, 02:40:04 AM

Quote from: Azhag on February 12, 2010, 09:59:24 PM

Someone grab Blue Dragon and Tomb Raider for that!

huge +1 for tomb raider.
6695  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The "Got stiffed by client" sale on: February 13, 2010, 02:38:59 AM
damn, sorry to hear that turtle.  have you considered small claims court or a lien against the company?  could help you recover something.

tempted by darksiders. 
6696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mount and Blade 2010 thread on: February 13, 2010, 02:36:37 AM
there are a lot of mods out there too, although i never bothered as i basically played it like a fighter and stuck to the ring to make money. 
6697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: February 13, 2010, 02:35:13 AM
yeah, i decided not to wait.  better to have it now before the promo has a chance to end.

once again, freaking awesome and it's pretty damn cool seeing all three stalker games in my steam list. 
6698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: February 12, 2010, 04:59:53 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 12, 2010, 12:57:15 AM

it's on Steam.  and get this:

Buy S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Loyalty Promo

Loyalty Promo grants 33% off Call of Pripyat if you already own the Steam Version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl. Please note that you need to have Clear Sky or Shadow of Chernobyl registered to your Steam account before purchasing Call of Pripyat to receive the discounted price.

I picked up both of those for dirt cheap during the holiday sale, so I'll be getting CoP for 20 bucks.

ok, that is ridicously awesome and i will be buying this when i get home.  thank you $2 steam sale of stalker:soc  thumbsup

glad i picked it up to replace a dvd copy i gave away after finishing it.  it also helps as the dvd version of cp i saw at target was $40.  glad i waited.
6699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's been a good news, bad news, good news 24 hours on: February 10, 2010, 05:25:00 AM

Quote from: KC on February 10, 2010, 01:27:18 AM

If you believe in the rule of threes, then you have one more good thing coming, but unfortunately, two more bad things.  If you live in the mid-Atlantic states, you can claim tonight's snowstorm as one of the bad things.

it depends on whether he considers the dumping of said girlfriend a good or bad thing in the end.  look on the bright side, now you have 5k to spend on whatever the hell you want, no strings attached.  were i in his shoes, big ass hdtv would be on the way.

sorry about your grandmother though.
6700  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / ARMA2 - Sold on: February 09, 2010, 07:27:54 PM
$25 shipped.  barely played as i realize two things about my post opflash 1 days;  i am not as good at these games as i used to be, and i don't have the time to devote to learning it like i did back then.
6701  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 360, DS and Wii/GC games for sale - price drops on: February 09, 2010, 07:25:26 PM
bump for adds and price drops.  open to haggling.
6702  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Dantes Inferno or BioShock 2 at Toys R' Us on: February 09, 2010, 07:20:14 PM
while i love tru for their deals, i absolutely loathe the '10-2pm in-store only' bs.  that 100% ensures i won't be buying it there.  to add to the stupidity, the guy i pre-ordered with last week made no mention of the limited hours aspect.  one big FU to TRU on this one.   finger
6703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dantes Inferno on: February 09, 2010, 03:48:47 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 08, 2010, 09:47:38 PM

Quote from: MaxSteele on February 08, 2010, 09:43:25 PM

Holy cow!  With Gamefly, they're telling me I can buy it for $43.  That's $17 off the price and it would be a new copy.

Not that I'm interested in purchasing it, but a person could definitely save money on new game purchases if they have an open slot with Gamefly when a new release ships.

Yeah I noticed that too.  Not bad!  I got the PS3 Divine Edition, I wonder if they ship you the codes if you keep it?
I've never bought one that did, but I am curious about this too as I have ME2 out from them. Obviously, I'm a little hesitant with a $15 card though, so I'm waiting until the buy price drops a bit.
6704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock 2 - Sea of Dreams on: February 08, 2010, 08:53:34 PM
Afaik, no it doesn't. I think Orphan was wishing there were.  Would have been interesting though.
6705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock 2 and th Blizzard of 2010... on: February 08, 2010, 08:51:16 PM
Getting shipped out his week from gamefly. I'll be playing it Thursday at the earliest, but I am very much looking forward to impressions here.

I did have a preorder at TRU for their deal and to get the two figures (to stand next to the big daddy from the first one), but I have this feeling they will be out by the time I get there. :x
6706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly - Yea or Nay? on: February 08, 2010, 08:46:01 PM
I've had a majority of good experinces with them over the last few years doing the 'minimal queue, new releases only' trick. Saved me a ton of money and I've played more games I would have skipped otherwise. AC2,L4D2, ME2, and dark void were all delivered week of release and bioshock 2 is on the way now. Downside is I don't tend to have more than 2 or 3 games rented per month. I guess they figure I am a good value as hey don't spend a lot in shipping compared to those who have more games per month.
6707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: February 01, 2010, 07:18:14 PM
So, is anyone going to getting this now?  With the big releases of the 1st quarter not even half way out yet, c.o.p. will likely be overlooked. Bad timing for a game like this, but I expect the hardcore stalker fans will be all over it. I haven't decided wether to get this now or wait for the summer lull. I burned out early with cs and played the first one all the way through. Had there not been such a Xmas sale with steam, d2d, etc. I would have been playing cs. 

6708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: February 01, 2010, 05:16:10 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 01, 2010, 04:43:59 PM

I'm still in the opinion that you avoid Apple first gen items as 2nd gen are just around the corner. 

it amuses me that this same behavior applies to both apple and MS, ie 'wait for the first service pack'.

Apple's business model for books, which the company has kept under tight wraps, shifts the focus away from the bargain-basement prices Amazon has made popular, according to publishers that have met directly with the company. Apple is asking publishers to set two e-book price points for hardcover best sellers: $12.99 and $14.99, with fewer titles offered at $9.99. In setting their own e-book prices, publishers would avoid the threat of heavy discounting. Apple would take a 30% cut of the book price, with publishers receiving the remaining 70%.

Apple's vision is at odds with, which has shaken the book industry by slashing prices of e-books on its Kindle reader and making the $9.99 e-book bestseller a fixture.

how is this not price fixing again?

i also find it amusing that book publishers are as swept up in the drm protection as music labels were 5 years ago.  will we eventually see drm-free ebooks that we can transfer to any capable device?

6709  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: D2D weekend deal - Red Faction Guerilla $5 on: February 01, 2010, 05:01:54 PM
as you can tell from my avatar pic, i picked this up.  going back to this after 6 months and i still love playing it.  i miss not having  shadows, but they aren't rendering correctly.  other than that, it looks beautiful.  sharper textures and much higher resolution, and i have one of those xbox wireless controller adapters, so i don't have to fumble with the keys.  i also get the added perk of getting points replaying it.  still one of the best action games of '09. 
6710  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: PC Bioshock and Orange Box (New Steam Copies) on: January 31, 2010, 07:10:00 PM
pm incoming for orange box
6711  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / D2D weekend deal - Red Faction Guerilla $5 on: January 29, 2010, 07:34:39 PM
Link for one of the best action games of the year.

through Friday (Feb 5th?)

Title changed for your pleasure
6712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 03:07:57 PM
I wish that were true. What missions had you done before checking for the upgrades.

I have this via gamefly, so if it's part of the network DLC, then disregard this.
6713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 28, 2010, 11:00:49 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 28, 2010, 10:46:03 PM

And when the scanning report goes from "Poor" to "Depleted", don't believe it. I've found a couple of big deposits on a planet after I ran it from "Rich" to "Depleted". Also I've not had that much confidence in the above mentioned quick scan. I just spin the planet under my stationary scanner. To mark my starting point I use two probes next to each other at the equator. Then I break the planet up into seven latitude bands to do a thorough check. Time consuming, but it does seem to be successful for me.

no wonder you hate it.  that's pretty in depth.  you'll end up in better shape than quick scanners though.
6714  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: moving an installed program to an external drive on: January 28, 2010, 09:34:01 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on January 24, 2010, 08:22:20 PM

Probably not due the the registry. Would most likely need to be reinstalled when copied back.
True, and when you install a progam, especially something like office, you also end up with a whole bunch of dll files that are copied and registered into the system. Without those, you'll hit errors as soon as you start it.

Given that, if you can find an iso, you can easily retrieve the serial key from the existing system using a keyfinder called majic jellybean. Horrible name that probably gets your suspicions up, but it's legit and finds keys from many installed programs.

If nothing else, you can conert them to use openoffice. It's compatible and it's free.
6715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: J.D. Salinger has passed away on: January 28, 2010, 09:07:27 PM
it was a high school read for me, but tbh, i don't remember much of it.  like other books i have revisited over the years, i'd be surprised if it held up now. 
6716  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Amazon DotD - Fender strat for RB/GH - $105 on: January 28, 2010, 09:03:27 PM
if you always wanted to rock out with the best, but couldn't stand the $300 price tag, now is your time.  both the cherry red and the classic sunburst designs are $105 today only.  

amazon link

don't forget the gt link
6717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: January 28, 2010, 09:02:48 PM
if you always wanted to rock out with the best, but couldn't stand the $300 price tag, now is your time.  both the cherry red and the classic sunburst designs are $105 today only. 

amazon link

also posted in steals thread
6718  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: J.D. Salinger has passed away on: January 28, 2010, 07:33:18 PM
i hope they do release them, assuming they are up to his usual quality.  if they fall on the side of frank herberts notes on a dune prequel, then maybe not so much.

i would respect them if they didn't though. 
6719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 28, 2010, 07:31:33 PM
i got lucky and found this in the mail last night from gamefly.  first impressions after 3 hours is that i really like this so far.  i'm in the same boat as shephard when it comes to trusting cerberus or EDI though.  i love that i ended up with scars on my face, as it just fits with what he's been through.  i do wish they had allowed you to import the face and then modify it though, but in the context of how much time has passed, i can live with it as it is.  

i really like that the first person i recruited from the old crew from ME1 is someone i finished the game with.  makes the continuation and the reunion that much better.  getting used to the combat mechanics as it seems a bit more shooty this go around.  i like the faster power regen, but dislike the global timer.  also, as an infiltrator, i really miss the assassinate skill.  ammo is a bit odd too, considering that once i had the skills and a good rifle, i stuck with the sniper rifle/pistol  backup for most of ME1.  can't do that here when you get all of 10 shots before you run out.  i hope that you'll get enough upgrades to not be forced back to pistols all the time.  

bad news is that during the first 45 minutes, my game froze up three times.  after that, i installed to the hd and went the rest of the night without crashing.  it would be a huge pita if the box died now, but at least it would be before the warranty is up.  
6720  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / J.D. Salinger has passed away on: January 28, 2010, 07:18:49 PM
dead at 91

a long and controversial career.  I'll always remember being forced to read your tale of young holden and finding out how much i actually enjoyed it. 

farewell and rest in peace.
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