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6721  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Coralled heat, round two. on: October 20, 2009, 11:45:20 PM
if you remember the sordid tale of a former citizen of one Enumclaw WA, known after death as 'he-who-sleeps-with-horses', you might wonder, did they ever make it against the law to have sex with horses?  that would be a yes, although it didn't stop other men so interested from finding greener pastures. 

this one in particular, adding new meaning to the phrase "hiking the appalachian trail" moved to a new state to get his wild oats sown.  now he's being charged with animal cruelty, which is at least better than the trespassing charge he picked up the first time. 

There’s nothin’ in life that’s worth doin’, if it can’t be done with a horse…

6722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 20, 2009, 11:21:32 PM
well, i have to wonder what 'dynamic situations' could entail other than the random battles, which this does seem to have.  tbh, i'd rather have a host of designed missions now and again, or you end with 20 variations on the same 'kill x of y' quests, which also seems to be the case here. 

i think the idea of random generation = gaming nirvana doesn't necessarily hold up any more. 
6723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 20, 2009, 11:14:57 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 20, 2009, 11:07:11 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 20, 2009, 07:38:54 PM

I came so close to finishing today.  And now I'm not really going to get to play for several days.   crybaby

I'm loving the game, but as someone who didn't love the combat in the first one, I'm finding the fights getting a little too much as we near the end.  I've had to restart several multiple times and was growing frustrated a few times.

I was in the same boat, I was disappointed at how they basically rammed combat down your throat the last third of the game. The environment/climbing puzzles grew frustrating towards the end as well.

if you take out the combat and the environmental platforming, what's left to do?   Tongue
6724  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spider-man 4: Sam Raimi learns his lesson on: October 20, 2009, 10:01:40 PM
i would really love for a riddler/harley quinn in the next one with batman regaining some of his public trust, then hold azrael/bane for the 4th movie.  they could end the movie with him broken and that would be great. 

and zsazz had such a small part in bb that i don't even remember him being in there.

6725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 20, 2009, 07:28:58 PM
seeing it's two player offline.  maybe someone with the game can confirm

from co optimus

 Co-Op Information   
Local Co-Op:    Yes
Number of Players Offline:    2 Players
Online Co-Op:   Yes
Number of Players Online:    4 Players
LAN or System Link:    Yes
Number of Players via LAN or System link:    4 Players
Splitscreen:    Yes
Playable Online with Splitscreen:   No
Number of Players Online with Splitscreen:   0 Players
Drop-In / Drop-Out:    Yes
Co-Op Specific Content:    Yes
Single player content available in Co-Op:    Yes
6726  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamefly's annual used game sale. on: October 20, 2009, 07:16:00 PM
doh!  sorry about that.  forgot i had it logged in

and fixed now
6727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Sales Sept. 09 - PS3 Tops Chart for the 1st Time!!! on: October 20, 2009, 07:02:46 PM

Quote from: kronovan on October 20, 2009, 06:59:16 PM

I'm not surprised about CoD being the top shooter in the decades top 10 - it's multiplatform and Halo isn't. I'm actually surprised any Halo game made the list, but Halo 2 didn't have much competition back in 2004. I suspect no Madden game making the list after Madden 08 (2007) is a result of the decline of the PS2 as a platform of choice for sports gamers.

LOL about Wiiplay - it's really an example of Nintendo's savvy at marketing peripherals. I'm always amazed that MS and Sony haven't attempted a similar ploy.

yeah, but how do you pack in a game with the chatpad?

btw, they did do this with the camera, although with notable niche games.
6728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 20, 2009, 07:00:19 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 20, 2009, 06:47:28 PM

So... this doesn't really sound like something a 'single player only' person should be picking up? Seems to be a little weak in that department.  icon_neutral

yeah, so far it does seem to be a co-op over sp focused game.  

for any others wondering, here are the relevant parts:

Quote
single-player in Borderlands is entirely valid, and fun. But the sense remains that there's something missing. This is filled when you start playing co-op, because one of the most obvious mechanisms in the game suddenly makes sense.    

Quote
Co-op is arguably how Borderlands is meant to be played. While the quests in the single-player are adequate to the task of keeping you occupied and entertained, the ludicrous ramping of enemy numbers and power when friends join makes the experience far, far more chaotic, and therefore more entertaining.

Quote
With four players, it's a riot, and they can drop in and out as you go.
6729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have joined the Fraternity (360). on: October 20, 2009, 06:55:56 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on October 20, 2009, 06:23:48 PM

Send it back to them in a PS3 box.

they'd just keep it

damn that sucks.  my replacement elite was almost as old as the one i bought and it makes me nervous every time i turn it on these days.  makes me glad i have uncharted to take up the gaming focus for a bit.  can't have it die so soon before mw2
6730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 20, 2009, 06:44:46 PM
eurogamer 8/10

overall, he liked it, but did touch on the repetitiveness of the game and the drawback of sp.

most importantly, the four classes seem to be pretty much able to survive the higher levels with their specials, although the bird is somewhat less effective at higher levels.
6731  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Gamefly's annual used game sale. on: October 20, 2009, 06:25:01 PM
this has just started so if you are looking for some decent used games, it's a good place to look.

here's the top 25 i pulled to give you a look.  prices updated

360
PS3
Wii

Gears of War 2      $19.99
NBA 2K9    $19.99
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09    $19.99
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock    $19.99
Guitar Hero: Metallica    $19.99
Resident Evil 5    $19.99
Left 4 Dead    $19.99
Fight Night: Round 3    $14.99
Skate    $17.99
Battlefield: Bad Company    $17.99
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009    $14.99
Skate 2    $19.99
Devil May Cry 4    $19.99
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin    $12.99
GRID    $19.99
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed    $14.99
Godfather 2    $12.99
LEGO Batman    $17.99
Ninja Gaiden 2    $17.99
Guitar Hero World Tour    $19.99
Halo Wars    $14.99
NBA Live 08    $9.99
H.A.W.X.    $11.99
Mirror's Edge    $9.99
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway    $14.99
6732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 20, 2009, 06:11:26 PM
sweet news.  i won't have to buy this now.  gamefly is sending it out. 
6733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Discussions, previews and interviews on: October 20, 2009, 04:29:53 PM

Quote from: Chaz on October 20, 2009, 04:21:51 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on October 20, 2009, 04:06:20 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on October 19, 2009, 11:49:54 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 19, 2009, 11:10:51 PM

damn, that's not reassuring.  the kotaku review called it bore-derlands in sp and the game really only shines with co-op.  are you getting that impression too?

Say it ain't so, I'm probably going to be doing a lot of SP not co-op.

It's the same game in either mode.  More players just means more/tougher enemies to shoot.  Nothing more.

Right, but plenty of boring games have been made more amusing when played co-op.  Mario Party and Smash Bros. are perfect examples.

exactly.  you shouldn't need the presence of other people to make a game fun.  saints row 2 for example was still awesome in sp.  i'm hoping for some more fleshed out impressions before i buy this. 
6734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 20, 2009, 04:23:00 PM
almost finished it last night, up to a section in level 22 where you have a couple of towers and snipers to take out. 

i really enjoyed the battle back in the last town and the level after that.  such a cinematic experience (yeah, overused phrase, but what else would you use?). 

i haven't even noticed, but there are stealth bonus items?  or do you mean the stuff you pick off of the bodies when you get them? 

i really liked the opening to the last section where you get access to the only ranged silent weapon.  made for a nice head start on the battle.

that comic reminds me of the hl2 comic 'Concerned' and how he wrote the combine soldier's moments. 
6735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Discussions, previews and interviews on: October 19, 2009, 11:10:51 PM
damn, that's not reassuring.  the kotaku review called it bore-derlands in sp and the game really only shines with co-op.  are you getting that impression too?
6736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Borderlands] Which class are you planning to play? on: October 19, 2009, 08:56:39 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 19, 2009, 08:25:20 PM

I wish they had had the balls to put in an achievement for collecting every weapon in the game. I wanted to see some achievement whores cry.

yeah, that would have been awesome.
6737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Borderlands] Which class are you planning to play? on: October 19, 2009, 08:11:28 PM
a lot of this depends on two things.  one, whether i even get the game (hopefully via gamefly) and two, whether i can play this primarily mp. 

if i play solo, i'll probably stick with the soldier.  mp, either tank for something new, or the sniper (although i expect that to be a popular class)
6738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Discussions, previews and interviews on: October 19, 2009, 05:22:04 PM
well, i guess that makes sense JD.  if you are supposed to be this badass when you are level 20 going to the newbie zones, then it means you aren't going to take on those 5 levels above you. 

it's all run and gun though.  actually, that makes me kind of bummed.  i was hoping for something more advanced than quake 1 gameplay. 

how are the driving/vehicular combat aspects? 
6739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what has been your worse game this gen? on: October 19, 2009, 04:39:41 PM
i have to agree with you there kronovan.  i've enjoyed many of this gen's (and mine) most disappointing games, but that's a subjective descriptor.  if i am disappointed with how a game turns out, then it's because i had such high hopes for it going in. 

godfather 2 was disappointing initially, then i enjoyed it a little more after i accepted what it was doing differently from the first one. 

mass effect was disappointing because i really loved the idea of it all.  a big epic space rpg with exploration, great graphics and a great story. 

mercenaries 2 was disappointing because it didn't live up to the original in terms of fun. 

but worst game?  no. 
6740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/19) on: October 19, 2009, 04:24:26 PM
i have borderlands on my gamefly queue.  with any luck, i'll get a chance to play it by the weekend.

still no sign of my games from tru, or i'd be loading up brutal legend.
6741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 19, 2009, 04:20:44 PM
got this on friday. 

opening  was kick ass, especially pieced together the way they did with previous events.  loved the cat burglar stuff too. 

i played up through Nepal on friday.  damn, there are some awesome sequences in there, despite how long it seems to take getting through it.  the details in that section rival any 'destroyed city' environments and still look beautiful. 

then i got to the
Spoiler for Hiden:
train.  that whole section is just awesome, and it ends with a very satisfying conclusion. i thought drake's comment towards the end was fitting about how the train seems to go on forever. biggrin
6742  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 16, 2009, 06:27:37 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 16, 2009, 06:04:47 PM

OK, now that there is video of them releasing the balloon, this story now makes no sense at all. Yesterday the report was that the balloon broke free and the brother saw the kid get into the balloon. Now we see that the parents were there when the balloon broke free, and we can see that it doesn't even look like it's possible that a kid could even get in the balloon. Why did anyone think that the kid could be in the balloon and why was that reported to the news?

it was a stunt.  and to make it better, the father made a big show of how evil the media was for pointing out that this was a stunt.  what an asshat.  i would personally deliver the bill to him for this one. 
6743  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Hey guys, guess what I found in my backyard?" Texas edition on: October 16, 2009, 05:48:05 PM
man finds a missile launcher in his backyard, then finds out how hard it is to get army to take it back. 

Quote
Schule called the military police at Fort Sam. But their jurisdiction doesn’t extend off the post. Schule’s information was passed along to an Army criminal investigator, who visited Schule on Wednesday morning — about 19 hours after he started making phone calls.

19 hours?!  i guess it makes sense.  not like there's a 'lost and found department of defense' you can call up


the guys a comedian too.

Quote
“I don’t know if it fell out of something or if somebody just dumped it,” Schule said. “There’s some crazy whitetail hunters around here. Maybe they’re going overboard?”
6744  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NOLA Judge denies marriage to mixed race couple on: October 16, 2009, 05:41:33 PM
why not?  i considered putting this in there to begin with, but i figured it would get more comments here.
6745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 16, 2009, 04:03:29 PM
damn, that's unfortunate.  i always looked forward to one of his rants.  it won't be the same without him, cursing us for killing him twice in a row.

pete, you always did a pretty good job of swearing, but i think you do much better after a few beers.  really brings out the 'drunken sailor' aspect to your demeanor.  biggrin

that's great kato.  i don't agree with the old and busted part, but it's great you can stay and make the rest of us groan whenever you and hark get paired on the opposite team.
6746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 03:57:48 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 16, 2009, 03:45:06 PM

In terms of my cinematic pacing comment from earlier- the first page of the Eurogamer review writes up what I was feeling far better than I could but I wouldn't read it until you are at least to Chapter 16 since I think it spoils things way too much:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/uncharted-2-among-thieves-review

thanks for the warning kg.  i usually read eurogamer's reviews because they tend to keep spoilers out.  i guess not this time though. 

i'm kind of bummed that i didn't get this in the mail yet.  the last two nights were wide open for gaming and i could have played the bejeezus out of this.  now, the weekend is pretty busy and i'm not even sure i'll have this to play before saturday. 
6747  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 16, 2009, 03:48:00 PM
ok, so this wasn't an accident and they did this for fucking ratings?  those parents should be dumped off the show faster than you can say 'douchebags' and charged with all of the law enforcement hours put into the rescue.   

nevermind the punk kid, it's whomever's idea this was that deserves a trip in the balloon.  set them loose and let the winds take them the hell out of the country. 
6748  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 15, 2009, 10:30:17 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on October 15, 2009, 10:23:12 PM

Boy found alive, hiding in attic.   ninja2  Roll Eyes
what, from a good well deserved whipping?

don't let him out until he's turned 18.   imagine what his parents went through, as dumb as they were letting a balloon like that unsecured.

edit:
yeah, it's a bit harsh.  i still feel this kid needs a firm punishment though so he understands that playing with things he doesn't understand is not good.
6749  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NOLA Judge denies marriage to mixed race couple on: October 15, 2009, 10:25:03 PM
damn, and here i thought we were living in a free country in 2009.  

link

here's the money quote:

Quote
"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way," Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else."

wow.  he played the "black friends" card.  

oh, i almost forgot this little nugget

Quote
"I've made some mistakes, but you have too. I didn't tell this couple they couldn't get married. I just told them I wouldn't do it."

damn, judge, that didn't work as a kid, it sure as hell won't work now. 
6750  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scientist figures out suspended animation. Now we can all be Ripley. on: October 15, 2009, 10:04:30 PM

Quote from: kronovan on October 15, 2009, 09:27:33 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 15, 2009, 06:29:03 PM

and he now has the crazy arm of the military research, DARPA, backing him.

DARPA isn't all about funding mad scientists and evil inventions. They were actually the initiators of ARPANET which evolved into the Internet. They were also a big factor behind the creation of time-sharing which revolutionized mainframe computing in the 60's & 70's.

i know that, but darpa is also the group responsible for funring powered exoskeletons

i just think that they get to be pretty kickass and create stuff out of sci-fi ideas
6751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 15, 2009, 09:52:20 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on October 15, 2009, 09:43:33 PM

I'll be there on day one if the military gods smile upon me.  Normal team deathmatch it is then.

this mean you aren't getting sent back to clean up? 
6752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which five games are at the top of your "backlog list?" on: October 15, 2009, 09:20:05 PM
fallout 3 is the current big game in my backlog, but i have a bunch of others that i could play should i get the urge to. 
6753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 15, 2009, 09:06:32 PM
i'll end up where everybody else ends up, so normal it is.  might give hc a try though when nobody else is on to see where it falls in the spectrum. 

sp vs mp first?  that's a tough one as i really enjoyed both in mw and the sp in w@w was ok.
6754  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 15, 2009, 08:20:34 PM
wth is going on with this?  a boy in a balloon.  parents should be confined to a cell for letting this happen
6755  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scientist figures out suspended animation. Now we can all be Ripley. on: October 15, 2009, 06:29:03 PM
it's a different method from cryogenic sleep, but gets the same results.  it also points out that it's not necessarily the lack of oxygen that kills you, it's how your body reacts to lower and lower levels of oxygen.  he's taken smaller animals and suspended them for hours and then revived with no apparent ill effects with nothing more than a breath of fresh air.  and he now has the crazy arm of the military research, DARPA, backing him.  hell, you get this integrated with some of their armor, you might even have a suit that can sustain your life in battle.

i wonder, if you combine this with cold sleep modules, can you rig such a system for space travel to the outer planets?  can you speed up the drives beyond what a functioning human body could endure and cut the trip down to more manageable levels?  in essence, you could have what sci fi writers have imagined for decades.  

cnn.com
6756  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 15, 2009, 05:05:19 PM
yeah, knowing there's a sequel to galaxy on fire on the horizon, i have decided to hold back on picking up the first one.  the demo was interesting though.  i wish i had known about it before i spent the money on wings galaxy.  man that 'game' is boring as hell.  more a tech demo imo
6757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lucidity on: October 15, 2009, 12:09:00 AM
reviews point to this being pretty enjoyable up to the halfway point, then it gets frustrating, with the random pieces, imprecise placement and over-abundance of obstacles.  with that in mind, i might have picked it up had it come out in the spring or summer.  now, it's just getting steamrolled by all the big games.  bit of a shame, but i don't see this getting any notice until honorable mention for puzzle game of the year.
6758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Captain Lou Albano on: October 14, 2009, 09:27:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 14, 2009, 07:59:05 PM

this'll teach Caine to use obscure thread titles  icon_lol

and to think i spent all minute coming up with it.  what a shame.
6759  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mario is dead, long live Luigi on: October 14, 2009, 05:19:33 PM
Captain Lou, dead at 76

good bye, big man.  you made the 80's more memorable and were a much better mario than bob hoskins could dream to be.
6760  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If League of Extraordinary Gentlemen came out now, it'd be a Blockbuster Smash on: October 14, 2009, 04:49:27 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 14, 2009, 03:12:24 PM

V and From Hell are absolutely fantastic graphic novels...

+1 to the first half.   never read from hell.  i actually liked V4V the movie, despite taking some pretty large liberties. 

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