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6721  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Event on: September 21, 2010, 07:53:35 AM
I felt like it was trying too hard to mimic the Lost and 24 aspects. The characters were decent enough so far.
6722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Ruler on: September 21, 2010, 02:53:17 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 20, 2010, 11:55:22 PM

after a protracted wait this is now on Steam.
good.  I'll hope for a good sale this winter.
6723  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Live: Renew for 12 months for $29.99 on: September 21, 2010, 02:46:05 AM

Quote from: Kagath on September 20, 2010, 07:51:42 PM

I missed this. Looks like it's back to the 39.99 deal. May still get on it for that. Did they ever get the Avatar hat implemented?
this was still available when I checked today. Signed up myself.
6724  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Event on: September 20, 2010, 11:26:37 PM
i hope this can fill some of the void left after Lost ended, but i am not too positive it will be anything but a side track. 
6725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3 on: September 20, 2010, 08:08:26 PM
It might make it worthwhile to have a female character just to get the rare weapons one.  Make it the dowry price. 
6726  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale Day 19: Rise of the God Slayer or Final Fantasy XI on: September 20, 2010, 05:49:19 PM
they don't have their act together this morning.  yesterday's games are still up but at the regular price. 
6727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have MS points..tell me of game worth using them on on: September 20, 2010, 05:46:02 PM
i think they got most of the list right.  i would order some of them differently and yes, pacman ce isn't as where i would rank it.  i don't really have any reservations saying this list is a good place to start too. 
6728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Breed coming to XBLA! on: September 20, 2010, 05:37:35 PM
i guess the initial rush of sales was enough to warrant #2.  i won't be getting it however. 
6729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 20, 2010, 05:36:17 PM
the closest thing to the dmr on the covy side is the needle rifle.  i actually like it more for a few reasons.  larger ammo clip and fire rate plus the supercombine is great for elites.  it doesn't have the same damage/shot though, but it can still kill grunts with a headshot.  

even though it comes up in rotation way too often, i absolutely love rocket firefight on courtyard.  nothing quite so bad ass as raining rockets down on a pack of grunts or skirmishers and watching the ground rumble.  i went 50 and 0 on heroic last night and was top of the rank.  

i haven't topped the 12k firefight round though.  

i would really love a longer firefight option in the rotation though and considering how little anyone votes for it, they can remove the defense option entirely.  
6730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 20, 2010, 05:04:56 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 20, 2010, 02:22:12 PM

Quote from: Hamsterball_Z on September 20, 2010, 07:29:48 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 20, 2010, 04:49:45 AM

Quote from: disarm on September 20, 2010, 03:47:06 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 20, 2010, 02:51:13 AM

Quote from: Destructor on September 20, 2010, 02:46:26 AM

If there's ever a picture that needs far more details, this is one of them. Please provide them.

I'm pretty sure that's some kind of Erector set type deal.

it's actually a very creative bit of Lego construction on a pretty large scale, not Erector...you can tell that it's all Lego pieces.  i'm with Destructor though...would really like to know more about it...

I see nothing in that picture that equates to a LEGO piece.

Lego Technic

Thanks.  And upon further review of the picture, the plants at the bottom are definitely LEGO plants.

yup, there's a ton of identifiable lego technic parts in that pic.  they use those sets for a lot of robot and prototype devices.  i had a bunch when i was younger and had built a number of walking mechs and such.  nothing as epic as this though. 
6731  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hominid skull found on Mars on: September 20, 2010, 04:59:01 PM

Quote from: ericb on September 20, 2010, 04:39:55 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 20, 2010, 04:26:54 AM

It's a Cylon!

Don't be silly...they all landed on Earth in the far past not Mars.

dude, spoilers.  geez.
6732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/20) on: September 20, 2010, 03:39:59 PM

Quote from: JayDee on September 20, 2010, 01:13:39 PM

Would be Civ 5 but my computer can't run it and I'm not getting a new one until March at the earliest.

So nothing for me.

same here with the added aspect that civ iv was majorly addictive for me and I've decoded that I need to avoid these types of games until a lull or I won't even bother with the good stuff.
6733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Irrational teaser site (Bioshock : Infinite) on: September 20, 2010, 04:06:07 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 20, 2010, 02:33:38 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 19, 2010, 11:55:26 PM

I'm surprised no one has posted the phenomenal cover yet:

and the Daehawk award goes to....  Tongue

and the circle is complete.
6734  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How do you see who is using your wifi? on: September 20, 2010, 04:04:16 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on September 20, 2010, 02:21:34 AM


Quote
The lawyers I spoke with say most defense attorneys will advise you to reach a plea agreement rather than risk going to trial on child-pornography charges.

that's supposed to make us feel better?  reach a plea on child porn charges?  wow, that right there is more than enough reason to lock up your wifi.  and having an open wifi wouldn't be a better defense anyways as you have no way to prove it was open at the time the crime occurred.  once they show up with a warrant, they already work on the assumption you are guilty;  your word means diddly.

it's not the dude with his laptop i am worried about, it's the guy living next door in range who concerns me.  someone close enough use a free connection whenever they want. 
6735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Irrational teaser site (Bioshock : Infinite) on: September 20, 2010, 12:19:06 AM
i got that one bullwinkle.  that big hurking thing next to her is "Him".  that's what they call the golem
6736  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale Day 18: GTA IV or GTA Episodes on: September 19, 2010, 05:28:11 PM
9-19
Age of Conan: Rise of the godslayer - $7.50
FF11: complete - $5.95
6737  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: IE9 Beta on: September 19, 2010, 04:47:48 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 18, 2010, 05:39:16 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on September 18, 2010, 04:58:47 PM

Can you drag out a tab into a new window like you can in Chrome? Every time I test / work in IE I hate that I can no longer do that.

...and the Daehawk award for not bothering to read previous posts goes to...
ftfy

biggrin
6738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG closing shop? Say it ain't so! on: September 19, 2010, 04:41:39 PM
ouch.  this kind of puts a damper on all download services, doesn't it?  this has been a fear of many for years.  if they fold, what do you do then? 
6739  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How do you see who is using your wifi? on: September 19, 2010, 04:38:11 PM
i have to disagree with the "free wifi for all" mentality.  sure, you can protect your pc to guard against outside hacks (and you should), but a free wifi connection isn't just used for that.  if someone uses your wifi, their activity is now using your net address so anything they download looks like came from you.  if you don't see why that's a problem, i would invite you to search for child pornography and see what happens. 
6740  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How do I remove a driver in win7 on: September 19, 2010, 04:30:54 PM
the first step is to identify the driver by manufacturer or by name. 

i would recommend Autoruns.  it lists everything that loads up when the pc starts and categorizes them into groups.  you can see the whole list of drivers this way and who makes it.  then you de-select the box next to it and that will disable it from starting up the next time.  then you can remove the file from the pc if you want.

there is a more detailed way of pulling off every file associated with it but it requires a bit more work.

as for the bsod, most of the time, it is a driver issue but the irq message points to failing hardware.  i would disable the onboard device if it's not in use.  you can do so from the device manager control panel under network adapters. 
6741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about Steam on: September 19, 2010, 04:39:47 AM
yeah, i was always hoping they would/could make that list larger, but it really looks like it's not a huge priority for the parties involved.
6742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Earth Defense Force returns! on: September 19, 2010, 04:38:15 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 19, 2010, 04:30:32 AM

Quote from: Caine on September 19, 2010, 04:15:49 AM

and they bring us hope by pointing out that the dev didn't make the flawed and boring matt hazard retail game, but the better xbla side scroller. 

Unfortunately, despite what Kotaku says Vicious Cycle did develop the crappy Matt Hazard game as well (Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard).

Good to hear that there will be 150 weapons, though.  The constant weapon upgrading was one of the better parts about EDF2017.
aw yes, kotaku effect strikes again.  well, looking at their list of games, it at least shows they can handle the licensed games well  Roll Eyes and their history shows some promise. 
6743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Move on: September 19, 2010, 04:30:53 AM

Quote from: lakers1 on September 19, 2010, 12:00:31 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 18, 2010, 03:34:37 PM

Bocce is pretty good (it's hard to get far throws, though).

Everything seems to be fine except for Tiger Woods 11.  I cannot get it to recognize the Move controller at all.  I spent way too much time last night trying to get that to happen.

I haven't seen anything online about it, but I have heard the Move support is pretty shoddy.  I may try to take it back (wish me luck).

Yeah I have had trouble with the Tiger Woods demo on the starter disc; when you are at the tee it just won't recognise the controller.

The kids love the eyepet and the sports game. I (ahem) quite enjoy the gladiator challenge.

We never had a Wii though so it is a new experience.



is that you joey?

that sucks about TW11.  one of the few golf games i would actually buy. 

so, at this stage, can you make a definitive yes/no recommendation?  what's the best move game so far?
6744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 19, 2010, 04:27:50 AM
if you haven't installed this to your hd (possibly with halo 3's known performance hit from install in your mind) you might want to:

source
Quote
Installed: Initial Load Screen to the appearance of Microsoft Game Studios Logo: 10.3 seconds.
Not Installed: Initial Load Screen to the appearance of Microsoft Game Studios Logo: 12.0 seconds.

Installed: Opening Mission: 8.1 seconds.
Not Installed: Opening Mission: 21.4 seconds.

Installed: Firefight: 21.6 seconds.
Not Installed: Firefight: 45.1 seconds.

Installed: Custom Game Load: 9.7 seconds.
Not Installed: Custom Game Load: 28.7 seconds.

6745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 19, 2010, 04:21:52 AM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 19, 2010, 04:19:48 AM

Quote from: Caine on September 19, 2010, 03:49:30 AM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 19, 2010, 03:34:23 AM

Single player legendary playthrough complete.  It really wasn't that bad after working out which weapons counter the different enemies best.

were you able to get through the end sequence as designed or did you use a work-around?  curious as i haven't yet started a legendary run-through, but it seems to be more doable than others.

Are you talking about 'pillar of autumn' or 'lone wolf'?

pillar of autumn.
6746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Earth Defense Force returns! on: September 19, 2010, 04:15:49 AM
according to kotaku, this is slated for spring.  3 player online co-op (3?!) 6 player survival, 150 weapons, 4 upgradeable armor sets. 

and they bring us hope by pointing out that the dev didn't make the flawed and boring matt hazard retail game, but the better xbla side scroller. 

youtube link if you don't want to d/l it.
6747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have MS points..tell me of game worth using them on on: September 19, 2010, 04:02:59 AM
hearing good things about shank and todd pilgrim if you want to try old school beat-em-ups and comic jumper got a decent review in the latest GI. 

castle crashers is awesome as well.
6748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Irrational teaser site (Bioshock : Infinite) on: September 19, 2010, 04:00:49 AM
i just read through the GI article on this and other than what's already been released, it seems there's another big guardian type who you have to face.  it's a single entity and not mass produced and from what they wrote, has an interesting relationship with the woman you have been sent to rescue.  think stockholm syndrome, but not so sinister.  also similar to the big daddy/little sister relationship.

the plasmid system is different now too.  instead of powers as spells like in 1/2, they are now more like potions and have different strengths and doses.  they named them vigors, nice touch.  they say this allows them to have a bigger range of powers and not tie everything into a mana pool.  we'll see how that turns out as you might run out of one potion at the wrong time.

also, they haven't decided on a mp component and were considering how best to do the respawn vs reload mechanic.  the big man also let the question of whether this is in the bioshock universe up to the player.  lastly, the subtitle was chosen for a reason but he was unspecific beyond "play it and then you'll know".

decent sized article and it has a number of pics and the description of the first demo played through. 
6749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 19, 2010, 03:49:30 AM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 19, 2010, 03:34:23 AM

Single player legendary playthrough complete.  It really wasn't that bad after working out which weapons counter the different enemies best.

were you able to get through the end sequence as designed or did you use a work-around?  curious as i haven't yet started a legendary run-through, but it seems to be more doable than others.
6750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another !#@#!@ reason to hate Steam (Civ 5) on: September 19, 2010, 03:26:52 AM

Quote from: Lee on September 18, 2010, 10:12:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 18, 2010, 10:04:57 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 18, 2010, 09:38:30 PM

Quote from: baelthazar on September 18, 2010, 08:57:27 PM

Yeah! Let's shoot the messenger too!
GT would only benefit.
That's harsh.

Besides, without Darkstar the population of women at GT would fall down to being just Mytocles and jersoc.
Well it was an idiotic post. Steam sucks because Wal-mart broke street date? Great logic.

I hope you don't play WoW CeeKay, just because someone looks to be a woman, doesn't make it so.

there.  fixed that for you. 

and yes, this isn't steam's fault at all.  if 2k had chosen a different drm/delivery system with an online activation, you would be right back where you started.  you can fault 2k if you want or walmart if you want, but the real culprit is the pirates.  if they weren't so intent on breaking the drm and getting something for nothing, 2k wouldn't have to keep upping their game from the old cd check to an activation model. 

if you still want to blame 2k, blame them for sending the game out without turning on the retail activation servers.  that would be warranted imo. 
6751  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale Day 17: CivCity Rome or Simcity 4 Deluxe on: September 18, 2010, 05:56:26 PM
wow, getting later and later to update the site.  been an hour already.
6752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Evochron Mercenaries on: September 18, 2010, 04:55:29 PM
the game sounds amazing and it looks like they have expanded it quite a bit too.  glad i didn't pick up legends a few months back.
6753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/17/10 on: September 17, 2010, 11:50:28 PM
halo mp now that the sp is done. 
not much else really except maybe dow2.
6754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Move on: September 17, 2010, 10:23:11 PM

Quote from: MaxSteele on September 17, 2010, 09:51:26 PM

Quote from: Chaz on September 17, 2010, 09:34:32 PM

Quote from: Devil on September 17, 2010, 07:57:40 PM

See how well I can word this:
Balls change color depending on the situation in the game.

I think that's not entirely accurate.  Your balls can change color depending on the game state, but what's going on in the room around you has a much bigger impact on the color of your balls.  Number of participants holding balls also matters.

Holy cow, I'm 12....  I couldn't read this without smiling.

me too max.  guess we should get back to 7th grade. 

i also started hearing ac/dc at the same time.
6755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have MS points..tell me of game worth using them on on: September 17, 2010, 10:20:22 PM
'splosion man
trials hd
shadow complex - this is worthy of a blind purchase if you ask me and if you like the castlevania games. 

both of the puzzle quest games are great fun if you haven't tried them yet.
6756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bought PSP, need games! on: September 17, 2010, 10:18:27 PM
got a copy of final fantasy tactics if you want. 

also, lumines is a great puzzle game, as are the exit games and patapon

both of the syphon filter games are awesome and imho, right up there with the metal gear games in overall quality. 

the ff7 sequel is pretty good too.

the god of war game(s) are awesome as well.

both the gta stories games are great fun and a nice way to revisit the setting.
6757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Earth Defense Force returns! on: September 17, 2010, 10:15:20 PM
it looks good despite the big flying ant having visible polygon lines.  if they can get the numbers of bugs on one screen that they did in the first, i can stand a little bit of blockiness.  decent texture work on the soldier too. 

bit of a gamble with that dev.  they really botched the matt hazard game from a gameplay perspective, but then again, this isn't going to compete with the big games either. 
6758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: God Bless Texas! on: September 17, 2010, 03:21:57 PM
Ah yes, Texas. The "fry anything" state.
6759  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Indie Bundles - 6 games for$20, 12 for $30 on: September 17, 2010, 08:06:04 AM
link

Summer of love bundle
aaaAAAaaaA!!
Brainpipe
Captain Forever
Cogs
Saira
Space Giraffe

Indie love bundle
And Yet It Moves
Auditorium
Aztaka
Eufloria
Machinarium
Osmos

they also have the mega bundle with all 12 and apparently, if you have some of these games already as i do, you can get the serials gifted to other people.  might be worth a shot for a group looking to pick up a bunch of gaming on the cheap.

through 9-22
6760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good 'last gen' system / games for kids? on: September 17, 2010, 07:48:46 AM
If you go with the gc, lmk as I have both donkey konga 2 and jungle beat and a set of the drums. I also still have a wavebird, a copy of Zelda (sadly without manual though) and a few other games, plus some of the more mature games if you want something to play on it.  I can get you a list if you are interested. 
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