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6721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Test Drive Unlimited 2 on: February 05, 2011, 07:05:50 PM
i have this on my gamefly queue but undecided whether to keep it there.  i played the first one but didn't get very attached to it. 
6722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: February 05, 2011, 07:04:27 PM
also buried in one of the interface taba iirc is a setting that puts the hud elements in a "safe" screen real estate vs edge of it.  i was having the hardest time trying to see what equipment i had as the first 4 or so characters were off screen.  even played with the tv's system settings (boy, was that ever fun) to see if i could squeeze any more screen out of the tv. 

turns out, there was a setting the whole time that fixed it in a snap.  :headslap

i really think the game warrants more than a 5.5.  while it isn't perfect, it is a ton of fun and has a lot going for it.  i certainly like this a ton more than the last imperfect rpg i played.  yes, i am still looking at you fable 3  finger

it also isn't prone to any sort of bugs or crashing or any of that stuff, so why this scores lower than fonv is curious. 

i really think this one should have been named something else as the stigma of the first has colored a lot of people's opinions it seems.  but give it a few hours, at least until you get to the first big island and had a chance to see everything the game has to offer.  the tutorial island doesn't give you the whole picture.  and of course, if you are not as big into loot whoring and crafting, the game would get on your nerves. 

i also think you won't get this type of complete rpg experience in a mp game.  they really did a great job fleshing that out without leaving you with a bunch of half baked options in both sp and mp. 

i haven't done much in it myself, but i would love to start up with people and go through the mp campaign.
6723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation 3 powers off on: February 05, 2011, 06:54:18 PM
from what i read when mine died, there could be a psu problem as well.  having that built internally really hurts it when that happens.  i think that's what happened to mine but decided to replace rather than repair.
6724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ps3 Launch died...But I`m LOVING the slim 320gb bundle with move! on: February 05, 2011, 06:52:39 PM
i didn't go with the move bundle as they had none in stock at costco at the time and i was still unsure how much i would end up using it.  (i have since gone with the kinect for my flail/waggle gaming).  i really love how quiet it is compared to the old 60gb and while i don't see myself using the extra space over that unit, it's always nice to have extra storage. 

i do keep the old one on the shelf just in case i ever figure out what's wrong with it as i now would need to hook up the older launch ps2 to play anything in that library.  amazing as that unit outlived its successor. 

curious, how did yours die?  mine powered off one day while playing a movie and never came back on.  it will occasionally blink red at you when you power cycle it, but only for a second.
6725  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dumping AT&T for Sprint on: February 05, 2011, 06:46:06 PM

Quote from: ericb on February 05, 2011, 06:20:28 PM

PM me and I can get you the referral link and codes to work to join the Sprint EPRP's a lot cheaper than the normal Sprint plan.  The only reason to not use it would be a corporate discount through your work of at least 15%.  EPRP price for Sprint Everything Plus is $60 a month, includes nights and weekends at 7p, unlimited text, unlimited internet, unlimited mobile to any other mobile and GPS.  Keep in mind that any smartphone on Sprint now has a $10 4G surcharge so the total price for the Evo or Edge would be $70 a month.  The family plan price (2 lines, 1600 shared minutes) with 2 4G phones would be $130 a month (including the surcharge).
thank's ericb.  we are getting two phones with the discount via my wife's work.  i kind of doubt she'll be getting a 4g phone as she barely uses any of that as it is now.  she thinks it's 25% but needs to get something to show the sprint reps.  the rep in the store told us she could give us 23% off the regular price but i won't know how well that offer holds until i go back.  like i said, we have a little bit of time before we get out of at&t's grasp, so i can compare them. 

i did get a chance to play with both of those, and the evo shift and like what i saw in the evo.  not being able to easily view the screen in the sunlight isn't something i was aware of, so that's a pretty big knock against the screen, no matter how pretty it is, imo.  it's not like i do a ton of work outside, but that would be annoying to have to shield it just to read what's on it.  i definitely liked the solid design of the evo vs the epic.  that htc is more attuned to updating the os is a good thing too. 

living in the seattle metro area, it appears that 4g is live in most of the areas i frequent with some spottiness here and there.  that's acceptable as i haven't been able to keep a call on at&t going from one county to the next anyways.  it will be a nice boost whenever i am at work or home (hopefully) and certainly while riding back and forth. 

any thoughts about keeping at&t's mitts off my iphone?  i don't have an ipad (yet) but would like to keep it as an ipod and i would certainly expect a kill signal to revert the phone and lose all my apps/games.  looks like it's time to jailbreak the thing and see what's available.

thank you everyone. 
6726  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dumping AT&T for Sprint on: February 05, 2011, 04:11:15 AM
so, we've decided over the last few months to switch service as paying $150 a month for two phones is really not all that great considering how poor the service has been getting lately.  plus, i want to see how things are outside of apple's influence and how far the competition has gotten in the last two years.  we will be getting a decent discount on service, which is why we aren't looking at the other two providers.

I am looking at both of the current 4g phones, the htc evo and the samsung epic.  what i need to know outside of the reviews, which seem to favor the epic for the screen and the keyboard and the evo for the interface, is for those of you who have used them, what kind of experience should i expect from them vs a 3g iphone?  which aspects make the most difference?  for reference, i have never adjusted to the iphone text entry and avoid using it for anything other than basic navigation.  it seems the swype keyboard works much better than the older models and of course, the epic has the slide out keyboard.

of course, from some of the reviews, there isn't a clear winner between the two.  they each do something better than the other one does with a slight edge for either model based on how the reviewer favors those differences. 

which leads me to the next thing; how close is sprint to the next best phone and should i wait until then for either a price drop on these ones or some cool new tech?  our contract is up some within a month so it's not like i am going to go out and get one tomorrow despite how cool they looked in the store.  i did play with them a bit but obviously, that's not much more than a first impression. 

as for the future, i assume these are updated with newer OS' as time goes on.  how well does htc do vs samsung in this regard? 

and finally, with the 3g iphone, i have had a number of games/apps over the last year and yeah, i know none of them are going to transfer.  but the phone still works as a decent ipod touch.  how do i keep at&t's mitts off of it so the phone doesn't turn into a fancy looking brick as soon as sprint transfers service?  fwiw, it's still on the older ios 3 prior to 3.13 as it has repeatedly refused to upgrade itself.  i could sell it but that might be more hassle than it's worth.

so, what would be your best course of action? 
6727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 on: February 05, 2011, 01:37:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 04, 2011, 03:09:21 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 04, 2011, 01:36:22 PM

It pays to look at thier icons so you can use the right weapon and armor, especially if you start getting wiped in a few hits.

Icons?  I must have not have noticed those.  I need to lok and see fi there is a pdf version of the manual that hopefully explains the spell screem better.  I miss the drag and drop screen from TW1.  I also notcied the fire spell area of effect looked pretty wimpy for the damage it seemed to be doing.
check the icons but basically, if they have either the sword or the hammer symbol with a shield around it, they are resistant to that type of damage.  the icons show up on the screen in the lower middle section. 
6728  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Beavis and Butthead returning? on: February 04, 2011, 02:51:28 PM

Quote from: Zekester on February 04, 2011, 02:11:41 PM

B&B was a product of the 80's, and I just can't see it working today unless they do make some changes.

don't you mean 90's zeke? 
6729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] twist/shock endings on: February 04, 2011, 02:47:52 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 04, 2011, 02:36:29 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 04, 2011, 01:55:07 PM

Biggest to come to mind not already mentioned. Inception.

Quote from: spigot on February 03, 2011, 07:01:58 PM

I love movies with twist/shock endings. Having watched Inception and Shutter Island recently (and finally), I'm wanting to compile a list of movies with "twist" (or shock) endings, or some kind of revelation or turn of events at the end which makes you re-think, and want to re-watch, the movie fr
om a different perspective. What good ones can I put on this list? I know there's a bunch. Thanks!



ah, it was early.

Ok, sub the outer Nolan movie, the prestige.  That had a twist at the end.  There was a foreign film about ww2 and a village that escaped, with the end showing the main character sitting among other captives on a train, having fantacized the whole thing as his way of dealing with his grief. Don't know the name anymore.   
6730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] twist/shock endings on: February 04, 2011, 01:55:07 PM
Biggest to come to mind not already mentioned. Inception.
6731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 on: February 04, 2011, 01:36:22 PM
I went back at level 16 and wiped them out.

I just hit level 20 last night and have mapped out all of the second island. I found a pretty cool dungeon which ran along for a while and had a number of enemies of different types. It pays to look at thier icons so you can use the right weapon and armor, especially if you start getting wiped in a few hits. I have a strong two handed weapon for both of the main damage types with some extra elemental damage tacked on.

Don't ignore the crystals. They can really help buff your character.
6732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: February 03, 2011, 04:04:42 AM
That's definitely true. The first hour is a little long but it does cover pretty much everything you need to know. There are a few quests after the first island that cover horse riding and alchemy, but everything else is set up before you leave the island. 

After that, once you get in tune with the combat and a few more abilities, it all clicks together.   
6733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA} Hydrophobia on: February 02, 2011, 05:01:04 AM
bought it, haven't loaded it up yet.  went on the instant backlog along with the expansions for red dead and minerva's den for bioshock 2. 

6734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath remake coming to PS3! (and maybe 360?) on: February 02, 2011, 05:00:14 AM
even worse, it wasn't because of anything they have against the dev or the sight of a former ms game getting released by a third party.  it was that the file size was over the magical limit of 2gb for downloadable addons/arcade games.  anyone with a brain pointed it out that most of the xbox originals were over that size and of course the 360 games on the marketplace are usually much larger than that.  MS still doesn't get it. 

oh well, i still have my copy from the steam sale and at a lot cheaper than a xbla release would ever be.
6735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Gaming Headphones on: February 02, 2011, 04:55:21 AM
nice choice of pictures there pug biggrin

btw, that dss unit is a huge improvement over the non-amped sound.  very happy with it.  i do wish i had spent the extra coin for another cable and a switchbox though as swapping out the optical for the ps3 and xbox is a pita.  too bad the dss doesn't have an optical out as that would have made things easier. 

6736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Halo 3 REPLAY on: February 02, 2011, 04:49:12 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on February 02, 2011, 04:43:45 AM

I'd love a new one. Maybe remnant battles or a new alien menence...or perhaps an old one seeking weakness in the new break up. But I want more squad stuff. I don't like being alone in Halo games. Heck I'd like to see Halo given the Fallout Tactics treatment. BTW the Halo games need MORE WEAPONS.
yeah, it's a shame they never made another halo game after 3. biggrin

you need to get Reach and play through on the higher difficulty levels at least once after you have finished it.  a solo legendary run is pretty bad ass once you finish it as you never expect you can make it alone.  it is a great way to fine-tune your tactics.
6737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 02, 2011, 04:46:18 AM
that does.  i want in as well once the snow has settled.  i have a few unique ideas for some structures i want to build.
6738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico 4 on: February 02, 2011, 04:45:09 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 01, 2011, 07:19:34 PM

Looks like this is due Q2 2011. I guess I should get around to playing 3 soon.

i have it on both the console (not bad, but the ui can be irksome) and on the pc due to a cheapy sale on d2d with the expansion.  despite my intention, i think it will end up at the back of the backlog though, as with many of my recent games. 
6739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the Steam is a changing: Steam screenshot feature! on: February 02, 2011, 04:41:29 AM
that's pretty cool.  even better if they integrate it into your review/recommendation so you can host them on steam somehow. 
6740  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBLA Deals for Week of 1-24: Dance Central DLC + Rocktar/ 2K sale on: February 01, 2011, 04:25:42 AM

Quote from: EddieA on February 01, 2011, 04:18:43 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 01, 2011, 03:30:16 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 01, 2011, 01:01:22 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on February 01, 2011, 12:56:28 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 25, 2011, 11:06:16 PM

I could kiss you Eddie. I'm all over the Red Dead sale.

What's the difference between the two RDR Undead packs?

RDR Undead Collection is the Undead Nightmare pack plus the other 2 packs (Legends & Killer plus Liars & Cheats), while the non-collection pack is just Undead Nightmare.  Of course I believe the sale is over now.

actually it looks like they're still up.

The Rockstar/2K sale didn't start until last Tuesday, so it should run until the end of the day on Monday.
confirmed, it's still on sale.  

now to decide if the whole deal is worth the 1k points.  pretty decent discount from retail but i haven't felt the urge to play it lately

eh, what the hell, i already got 400 points in the bing program for free so it's a damn good deal as it is.
6741  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: February 01, 2011, 02:38:07 AM
Good BJ. Other than batman and Harry potter, how many good guys has he played?  All I can think of is his bad guy roles.
6742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/31) on: January 31, 2011, 08:46:00 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 31, 2011, 08:44:11 AM

Quote from: Destructor on January 31, 2011, 07:01:42 AM

Call of Duty: Black Ops - First Trick (XBLA)

not getting i, but I believe that's 'First Strike', not 'trick'.  A First Trick is something a whore does for money.

or candy.

nah, it's just activision's newest crossover with tony hawk.
6743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 31, 2011, 05:04:12 AM
i am up to level 16 now and have got some killer gear which decimates pretty much anything that comes near me.  still using the freebie armor you get by that code as i haven't found anything better than leather at this point.  what makes it hard is you can't see your total armor coverage so it's hard to tell if the single armor is better than having the individual parts.  do you add them all up or is the suit of armor equivalent to each piece?  who knows, the book is pretty much silent on this (or possibly, in german). 

even though i have explored most of the main island, i haven't gone further than the first chapter so at least this much is true; the game is long, if not as epic as the first one in scale.  i really loved that aspect in TW1, of being able to explore areas that were so much different from the ones you start out in.  the closest to that recently would be sacred 2, but of course, that a diablo clone isn't anywhere near as immersive as an oblivion clone.  i do wish they had used both lands for the main game.  i understand why they did it, but seeing that huge area up north and knowing it's set aside for the co-op campaign bums me out. 
6744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/28/11 on: January 31, 2011, 04:56:25 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 29, 2011, 07:59:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 28, 2011, 11:11:24 PM

I'm not sure, but I think I see Uranus In the bottom right.

i have these on my plate, but no way i will get to them all
two worlds 2
lbp2  slim but probable
dead space 1 and 2 in order. never finished the first despite enjoying the first few hours.

pretty much nothing but TW2.  i really love the combat in this one and nothing feels quite so bad ass as revisiting an area where you were getting your ass handed to you and re-making that scene from star wars episode 2 where anakin wipes out a village without getting a scratch. 

didn't touch the others at all, but i did let the kids play around with the new kinect we got.  i really hope those millions of sales mean good games start coming out for it or it will be the wii fit all over again. 
6745  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: PS2 DVD remote/controllers (CHEAP) on: January 30, 2011, 08:25:17 PM
I do. It's a third party piece with an attachment you have to connect up but it worked well enough in the day. It's yours once we figure out shipping. Pm your addy and I'll ship it out to ya.
6746  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In Case You Missed Ricky Gervais on: January 30, 2011, 03:37:50 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 30, 2011, 03:01:37 AM

For me, it's humility.  No matter what I believe, the idea being that, of almost 7 billion people on the planet and all those that have lived before, somehow I'm the one that has it right.  It's the ultimate in self-centered thinking.

anyone who is surprised by his comment obviously never watched his routines before.  it would be like getting pissed at your own roast. 
6747  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support Your Local USMC Kato on: January 30, 2011, 03:34:37 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 29, 2011, 11:01:31 PM

I'm surrounded by savages  paranoid
savages?  i think we were being quite nice, all things considering. 

so, how fast were you going at the time?
6748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oddworld Strangers Wrath and Munch's Odyssey PC; Abe being Re-Made! on: January 30, 2011, 03:30:26 AM
i wonder if they'll upgrade the copies we already bought on steam.  not likely, but one can hope eh?
6749  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Site] Stupid Autocomplete on: January 29, 2011, 09:12:11 PM
np.  i've sent some of the ones i remember.  i just have to resist the urge to go mine the other autocomplete sites for good searches. 
6750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 teaser and stuff! Now coming to the PS3! on: January 29, 2011, 09:10:54 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 29, 2011, 08:12:57 PM

shhhhh....  I'm trying to spend Morgul's money  icon_twisted

Quote from: Caine on January 29, 2011, 07:56:05 PM

i highly recommend picking it up anyways.  i just think the ign article is a fluffer piece.

there, better?   biggrin
6751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 29, 2011, 09:09:05 PM
i put fonv aside after my last session and after having boone die on me for the umpteenth time while fighting off mutant bees or something.  i went to heal him and his health was -3500/265 and as soon as i gave him a stim he fell.  i guess that was the final straw that broke his back. 

i needed a change from the wastelands.
6752  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Site] Stupid Autocomplete on: January 29, 2011, 08:14:44 PM

Quote from: rickfc on January 29, 2011, 12:53:44 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 29, 2011, 12:20:45 AM

As long as you have the bit about the parrakeet, you'll be fine.

I'll check it out whenever I hit that thread.

Parakeet?  icon_confused

submitted.  surprised you haven't heard of this one yet.
6753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/28/11 on: January 29, 2011, 07:59:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 28, 2011, 11:11:24 PM

I'm not sure, but I think I see Uranus In the bottom right.

not surprising though, you see an anus in everything.


i have these on my plate, but no way i will get to them all
two worlds 2
lbp2  slim but probable
dead space 1 and 2 in order. never finished the first despite enjoying the first few hours.
6754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 teaser and stuff! Now coming to the PS3! on: January 29, 2011, 07:56:05 PM
"best value" does not compute when we apply a little thing we call "math".  take that $60 ps3 copy vs the $20 copy (or cheaper if you got it during the steam sale) and compare what you get.  same game, but you get a few of the extra dlc included with it.  great, except you don't get all of them apparently and even if you did, you may not have had to pay for all of them if you got them during the last xbla sale.  so if you had waited you could definitely have a more "complete" package on 360 for just over half of what a new copy would cost you on ps3. 

and their own article comments on how the new engine isn't all that different to begin with. 

hooray for poor journalism masquerading an ad sheet.   Roll Eyes

now, if you had no alternative way to play it, i highly recommend picking it up anyways.  i just think the ign article is a fluffer piece.
6755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 29, 2011, 07:44:07 PM

Quote from: mytocles on January 29, 2011, 06:39:50 PM

I didn't like the demo of the first game at all, so I never played TW - but I find myself getting interested in TW2.  I suspect I'll end up on the "What are you buying this week" thread saying "Two Worlds 2." 

Sigh...  Add to the backlog?  Sure, why not?!   icon_neutral

fwiw, i think you would enjoy it mytocles.  it's got a lot of personality and has a huge (if not as large as it seems) world with lots of stuff to do and it looks great to boot.  you may need to wait for ceekay to pick up the pc version though so you can see how good that version can look.  the 360 may not be up to snuff but it's still damn pretty to look at. 
6756  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Site] Stupid Autocomplete on: January 29, 2011, 12:20:45 AM
As long as you have the bit about the parrakeet, you'll be fine.

I'll check it out whenever I hit that thread.
6757  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tonight. We dine. In HECK! on: January 29, 2011, 12:18:35 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 28, 2011, 11:21:36 PM

*pours out a 40 in honor of our honored member, CrayolaSmoker, now missing over two years.

I got a bit giddy when I saw his name pop up in the unread posts list until I realized it was thread necromancy.
6758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Charlie Sheen rushed to Hospital on: January 28, 2011, 05:10:05 AM
oh, i've seen that episode.  the go to the doctor and she insults alan for being a chiropractor, right?
6759  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fastest Internet Service in the US! on: January 28, 2011, 05:08:12 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 28, 2011, 02:03:05 AM

wait.. Amazon plant?  they're building Amazon's down there? icon_wink

of course, they have to make up for the new super-super-super walmart soon to be near brazil, right next to where chile used to be.
6760  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old Spice Commercial on: January 28, 2011, 05:04:22 AM
glad to see he's back.  much better than the other one and random nfl guys.  (although the wtf one ceekay posted was rather odd)
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