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6721  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Thinking of trying a.... <gulp> Macbook on: May 28, 2010, 09:12:16 PM
now that i've used one for work over the last two months, i plan on making my next laptop a pro. 




with windows 7 bootcamped on it.  biggrin
6722  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Gary Coleman on: May 28, 2010, 07:44:44 PM
you were, technically late, but you had a much better title. 
6723  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Gary Coleman on: May 28, 2010, 07:43:55 PM
wow, that's kind of sad.  of all the 80's child actors, he was the biggest name of them all. 

good bye gary. 
6724  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on: May 28, 2010, 07:32:56 PM
i've heard that.  wife and daughter went and loved it.  we'll end up with it on dvd eventually.
6725  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mario Bros + Awesome Drums = Win on: May 28, 2010, 07:23:50 PM
i like the mario 2 theme and the star sequence from mario 3. 

he's damn good. 

check out his page.  some good stuff on there.

http://www.andreavadrucci.com/index_eng.asp
6726  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on: May 28, 2010, 06:58:37 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 28, 2010, 06:06:00 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 28, 2010, 04:40:14 PM

...(horton hears a who is the best in that category, imo)... 

Really?  I thought Horton ranks right up with Shrek 3 and Cat in the Hat as one of the most unfunny "kids" movies I've ever seen.

yeah, but then we didn't have the strong negative reaction to those movies either.  i thought that the animation and voice casting was pretty good and it had enough funny parts for both kids and adults.  i do think it's better than both of those movies you listed though, and while it's no pixar movie, it's still pretty good.  i enjoyed it more than the last ice age for example, and certainly more than the last few disney offerings. 
6727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Test Drive Unlimited 2 on: May 28, 2010, 06:53:54 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 28, 2010, 09:18:13 AM


done. 
6728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Natal is The Wave (maybe) on: May 28, 2010, 06:42:41 PM
yeah, $150 for just the hardware = no buy for me.  if fable 3 goes the natal/wave/nonsensenameoftheweek required then i won't buy it.  for 150, it better have a game and not just a wii sports knockoff.  

i guess we can't look forward to the 2nd iteration, the neo-natal

i see they are hinting at a bundle for 300 with an arcade unit.  have they not learned the lesson about having a hard drive?  brilliant move ms.  not to mention that it's basically knocking 50 bucks off making everyone who buys one separately pay more for  what is basically a camera.
6729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 28, 2010, 06:36:46 PM
it's definitely random who you get and in what order.  afaik, the same bounties spawn in the same locations.  in new austin, check the wall outside the train station in armadillo, outside the night watchmen's post at mcfarlane and on the smaller building in rathskeller fork.  there are 8 each in austin and mexico and 4 in west l'izabeth.  i've spent a little time in austin since going to mexico and the 8th poster hasn't shown up yet.  hope it does as it would really suck if they cut those off;  they count towards the 100% completion, as does outfits, so it makes taking the bounties in alive even more critical.

i've had them appear after missions and after random amounts of time played /days passed in-game.  you can't get more than one active at a time and once you have taken the poster, you get a non-infinite amount of time to do the bounty.  unknown if the bounties who escape (or those activated but not caught) respawn.  it would be a huge blunder on R*'s part if that is the case. 
6730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Remember when....Nostalgia revisited. on: May 28, 2010, 04:47:23 PM
voting on gimmick, but that's based on what we've seen so far.  when they showed socom using the move, i asked why?  i played an fps with the wii back then and motion control was not all that it was cracked up to be.  this will be their wii fit/sega genesis motion activated thing.  bought on day 1, forgot by day 61.
6731  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on: May 28, 2010, 04:40:14 PM
kids really like it, and while it isn't as good as some of the other book-movie conversions (horton hears a who is the best in that category, imo) it was pretty enjoyable. 
6732  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. 
6733  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.
6734  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.

6735  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.
6736  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.
6737  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. 
6738  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. 
6739  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.
6740  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.
6741  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.
6742  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.
6743  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.
6744  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.  
6745  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.
6746  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.   
6747  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. 
6748  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. 
6749  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.
6750  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.
6751  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.
6752  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.
6753  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
6754  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Girl gamer pics on: May 25, 2010, 08:13:07 PM
and less of those pesky 'clothes'. 
6755  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.
6756  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.
6757  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.
6758  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.
6759  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!
6760  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. 
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