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6801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Jackson has a heart attack on: June 25, 2009, 09:57:58 PM
not only 3, but 3 in a week's time


how long before the bad jokes start?
6802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: June 25, 2009, 08:10:19 PM
that's a pretty good line there sky.  Bay should be the new army recruitment film director.  could do wonders for initial enlistment numbers.
6803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: June 25, 2009, 08:07:22 PM

Quote from: Brendan on June 25, 2009, 06:56:18 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 25, 2009, 06:49:29 PM

any reason you can't buy a physical copy of x64 and upgrade to it from x86?  'the key...' sounds like 'only' the way it's written on the link.  i would like to avoid the whole launch day download wait if at all possible.

You can't do an in-place cross-architecture upgrade from x86 to x64, unfortunately.  You'll need to do a clean install where you migrate your data using the Win 7 version of USMT.

no, no.  i get that you can't cross the architecture streams.  logically, it breaks more than it could fix.

what i wonder is why he wrote 'the key to this ...' regarding the x86 -> x64 upgrade rather than just saying 'yes'.  the way he describes it makes it seem like you are somehow locked to a platform if you buy the upgrade anywhere else.  like amazon checking version key platform for eligibility requirements.

in any case, i'll probably be dual booting the main pc at home just so i have a working os to fall back on should i hit an unknown, at least for the initial run.
6804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1TB HDD for the 360? on: June 25, 2009, 06:51:32 PM
it would make sense either way, but having it up there makes it easier to justify the 'slightly' more expensive 1tb drive.  there's a marketing scheme in that method.
6805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: June 25, 2009, 06:49:29 PM
any reason you can't buy a physical copy of x64 and upgrade to it from x86?  'the key...' sounds like 'only' the way it's written on the link.  i would like to avoid the whole launch day download wait if at all possible.

6806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: June 25, 2009, 04:09:16 PM
the upgrade deal is nice, but the install method from clean os is backwards.  i guess they figured out why the upgrade version of vista was more popular than the full.
6807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: UPS are puppies on: June 25, 2009, 04:03:32 PM
and thank god for that.  they were always consistently at the bottom of the list for regular deliveries.

of course, now when we talk about ups, it can't be followed with "at least their not as bad as dhl"

they once delivered a load of books to my house and left them sitting on the exposed side of the porch in spring.  luckily the box soaked up the rain and didn't let any in. 
6808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] flower sun and rain on: June 25, 2009, 03:52:03 PM
that opening post and your name really make a great match btw.  it's as if we were all present to a brain dump of a sleeping patient.  rambling at it's finest (worst?)

and this bit here, awesome in an ironic way.  biggrin

Quote from: semiconscious on June 23, 2009, 11:20:04 PM

we'll never have a video game written/directed by philip k. dick (r.i.p.), but we do have fsr (as it refers to itself). i'm not saying this's a good thing - while i'd strongly encourage anyone who hasn't read 'the 3 stigmata of palmer eldritch' to drop everything & do so immediately, he also had a strong tendency to wander off to places that, while obviously interesting to him, weren't really all that interesting (or comprehensible) to anyone else, & fsr tends to cross that line pretty frequently...

and no, not interested in trying out a game which takes your mind on such a trip.  it sounds intriguingly horrible.
6809  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Ghostbusters Coop on: June 25, 2009, 03:42:05 PM
i haven't finished sp either, but i'm close.  within a night's worth i imagine.
6810  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for Splinter Cell Double Agent (PC) on: June 25, 2009, 12:49:47 AM
all complete in box, or dvd case iirc.

i also have CT available, but you'd have to bribe me for that one.  it's a keeper. biggrin
6811  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Ghostbusters Coop on: June 25, 2009, 12:42:19 AM
i have it and if you see me online, send me an invite.  i would like to try the mp out without dealing with random Live 14 year olds
6812  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam Weekend Sale] Zeno Clash 50% off this weekend on: June 25, 2009, 12:37:51 AM
so, i saw some pics of this.  is it solely an fps with crazy characters/environments ala serious sam or is there something deeper here?
6813  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: iPhones (16G-3G) on: June 25, 2009, 12:36:32 AM

Quote from: Devil on June 22, 2009, 12:57:48 AM

Caine/Anyone - Shoot me a PM. We can probably work something out.

Would really like to move both, so someone else jump in too!  icon_smile

you have a price range in mind?
6814  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for Splinter Cell Double Agent (PC) on: June 25, 2009, 12:35:32 AM
i have and i do.  how's 5 bucks sound?
6815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1TB HDD for the 360? on: June 25, 2009, 12:20:49 AM
i wouldn't buy a 1tb drive as i find the idea of full games for download less inviting when the games are full price.  no media, no resale, not interested.  hell, the only stuff i buy downloadable on the pc are either locked in drm affairs like HL2, mmorpg's like eve, or dirt cheap like the rest of the stuff i've bought.  of course, tie this into the fact i haven't bought a full price pc game since stalker: cs.  i also haven't, and won't, buy the movies and videos from xbla.  hell, most of it's free already on youtube/hulu, etc.  renting is different as at least you aren't getting stuff freely available elsewhere and it's near the cost of a physical rental anyways.

ftr, i have also decided to wait on the recent fo3 dlc in lieu of getting the boxed copy, but that's secondary to the fact that i haven't played it in a while and i have a bunch of other games on my plate now.

now, if they had a game dl service ala gamefly, aka 2 games dl at once per month, no limit to # of different games you 'had', then that changes things considerably.  i would be interested in a dl version of gamefly and would probably drop them altogether.
6816  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (Updated June 12th, 2009 9:25 AM) on: June 22, 2009, 09:26:15 PM
+ to Gratch for fast payment, plus a few dollars more.

and a +1 to leo8877 for lightning fingers with the paypal
6817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Didn't Circuit City go out of business? on: June 21, 2009, 11:10:54 PM
beware this one too.  there's already a following of CC #2's bad company antics.
6818  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arrested during a haircut on: June 21, 2009, 11:08:54 PM
that's awesome.  i see that being an avatar for many years to come.
6819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is there anything that can be done with this purchase? on: June 21, 2009, 11:07:49 PM
sounds contradictory:




so, which is it?  either you have a key or you don't.  so, you buy a sealed retail box with no keys and hope that the publisher gives you a code to play it?  proof of purchase will be hard to verify and unless you go to one of those other sites, i don't know how you could play it at all, never mind the mp side. 
6820  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: L/F: Arcanum (PC) on: June 21, 2009, 11:03:26 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 20, 2009, 07:56:21 PM

Yeah, I like $5 better.  smile  Let me know if you track it down and how much you'd like for it.

cool.  i'll get a chance to find it and let you know.  really though, i don't have a huge likelihood of playing through again in this lifetime. 

yup.  got the disc, manual and ref card. 
6821  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: iPhones (16G-3G) on: June 21, 2009, 11:01:47 PM
yeah, 500 is way too rich for my blood, but i am still interested in one.  lmk if you settle on a price and if you are at all interested in partial trade/$ offers.  i've got a whole shelf of games + movies so if you are looking for something, chances are i might have it.
6822  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Random game sale - updated with more games on: June 21, 2009, 11:00:04 PM
bump for updates
6823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First 2 InFAMOUS Review on: June 21, 2009, 10:53:47 PM
finished on evil last night, and yeah, the ending twist wasn't really expected, nor the reason behind it.  (the character's reason, not the game designer's).  overall, i like it quite a bit, even though the powers you get towards the end aren't useful enough to use outside of specific occasions.  i rarely even used the last one at all and mainly beat the boss with ample use of shield and the evil side sith lightning.  it took me a couple of tries before i got the hang of the last fight, eliciting a few almost controller throwing moments.  shield is your friend against his big attack and you can avoid the ground effect attack pretty well.  the only one that is going to hit you is his force push, but with the open power lines around, you can get healthy fairly easy. 

don't know if i'm up for a second playthrough as it started to drag on me at the end, even after a week's hiatus for red faction.  as it was, i found all the dead drops and 327/350 with all but two sections of the middle island cleared out.  no idea how many stunts i completed, which really highlights how dumb that portion is.  why doesn't the game let you look at all of the stunts so you can go after them?  yeah, it shows you the highest unfinished one, but after trying for that one through half the game, i fell back on using the known stunts and said to hell with the others.  i did get one back accident though, but beats me what that was. 

i think the parkour implementation should be the de-facto standard for all similar games.  so much better than ass creed's implementation.  here it felt like i was in control of how i scaled a building vs AC was about finding the path lined out by the designers

overall, a 8.5/10 for me. 
6824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ghostbusters impression thread on: June 21, 2009, 10:43:39 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 21, 2009, 05:45:02 AM

By the way, Fireball, why were you trying to slime the podiums?!   saywhat

Nothing at that point in the game indicated that slime was the proper weapon for that fight.

iirc, one of the others says you should use the slime to stop it
of course, that was such a hectic fight, i don't remember if it was ray or egon who said it.  i was able to shut them down with the slime eventually.  remember you have to arc it a bit up as it's not a beam weapon and gravity does take effect.
6825  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: L/F: Arcanum (PC) on: June 20, 2009, 06:59:34 PM
pretty sure i have the manual and game lying around somewhere.  what's the going price for it these days?  wow.  i just checked.  someone out there wants 50$ for a new copy.  that's nuts.

how about $5? 
6826  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: iPhones (16G-3G) on: June 18, 2009, 08:14:55 PM

Quote from: jblank on June 18, 2009, 08:02:45 PM

Apologies for the thread hijack, but I'm an AT& T customer that would LOVE an Iphone (currently have a Blackberry Pearl).....what is their "new upgrade stance"?

good starting point here

199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB) for all new AT&T customers and existing AT&T customers who have fulfilled their previous agreement. In addition, AT&T yesterday extended this pricing to iPhone 3G customers who will be eligible for a full upgrade in July, August, or September 2009.


Existing AT&T customers can easily check their upgrade eligibility at or by visiting any AT&T company-owned retail store. Customers can also call *NEW# (*639#) from their AT&T handset to receive a text message with information on upgrade eligibility.

and yes, i am interested in upgrading from my current phone.  i made the mistake of upgrading to a vue in february and now have a long wait until i get eligible.  have you considered price?  open to partial $ & trade?  lmk what you have in mind.

btw, i just did the *639# and it gives you exactly what you need to know regarding price and eligibility, including eligibility date.  in my case, 6/25/10, just in time for the next iphone.
6827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: June 17, 2009, 04:29:17 PM
i loved doing that.  it's so much fun to watch them fall out of the sky.  even better when they can hit something else.

the only problem with rfg is that now every other game that promises something similar will be knocked a point for not doing what this one does.  they need to license the engine out.  there isn't a sandbox destruction game out there that even compares to the level of detail of rfg.
6828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ghostbusters impression thread on: June 17, 2009, 04:24:05 PM
i have to echo most of the good and bad that was said here so far.  the look, the atmosphere, the sound, the humor and the characters.  everything is right.  you feel like you are in a movie, you get to go point on a lot of awesome ghost hunts and you get a tightly condensed experience.  outside of RFG, i haven't been as happy with a game after playing it all this year.  most games make you wait for the hook, or have one a step removed from you personally.  GB (and RFG) get you on the first strike and keep reeling you in. 

i was a bit apprehensive that the mission structure would be one long path of ghosts and run together like a very long day, but they give you some downtime between the big missions, which opens up the station to look at.  great details there and if you haven't talked to Vigo yet, make sure you do.  there's also some great phone calls you can listen janine answer. 

i like how they integrated the 'revisit' scenes without making it feel like a cheap way to fill up the game.  there are definitely enough moments in those scenes that you get a new, but familiar experience. 

upgrades can make the difference in a tough fight, so use them.  being able to hold down the trigger with a heat reduction upgrade is noticeable.  same with the focusing effect on the proton stream.  i don't think it's actually possible to buy everything in game though, as you don't get all that much for a trap and the upgrades all cost major dough.  really glad you don't have to restrain yourself for damage reimbursement or i would never be able to afford anything.  biggrin 

i made it past the library and into the museum on experienced, and my only drawback would be the lack of co-op through the campaign.  even having just two person co-op would have been awesome. 

now, where's the twinkie?
6829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ghostbusters impression thread on: June 16, 2009, 10:10:13 PM
anyone actually finding this in store at toys r us?  i'm curious if i should call around or just take my chances tomorrow
6830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghostbusters impression thread on: June 16, 2009, 12:53:30 AM
show of hands, who's getting this?

so, how long will it take to go through this in mp? 

in case you missed it, toys r us apparently has this with a 20 gc this week.
6831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/15) on: June 16, 2009, 12:47:45 AM

Quote from: Destructor on June 16, 2009, 12:43:44 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on June 15, 2009, 11:49:36 PM

How much is Magic on xbla?

Don't quote me on this, but I thought it was 800 points.
ok, but if it's not 800, we are coming for you
6832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Death to Spies: Moment of Truth on: June 15, 2009, 06:20:20 PM
the first was super cheap during the weekend with one of the DL services sales, but no, i didn't try it.  it looked dated, but interesting.  no reviews though, so i wasn't feeling too risky.
6833  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend MMO sale on: June 15, 2009, 06:18:48 PM
i went with the eve online deal and yup, 51 days of access for 8 bucks and change (tax in WA state)

now i just need to know how to get enough time to play it with all of these great console games launching at the same time.
6834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: June 15, 2009, 05:35:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 15, 2009, 06:12:20 AM

Quote from: Razgon on June 15, 2009, 06:10:24 AM

re: Buildings

Give it time - you have to remember the gravity isnt what you are used to, so things might take a little longer to fall down :-)

still, it's annoying when a building is apparently being held up by nothing other than a ladder that led to it's roof while the entire upper section is intact  icon_evil

true, but through my 20 hours of addicted play through, i noticed this happening only a handful of times.  i loved watching the alternative happen though, when a building that was visually standing up collapsed after a short delay and watching pieces from above wreck lower structures.  this happened during the sniper hunter mission. 

i only ever saw the worst case of broken destruction once, when a walkway i trashed hung over the ground without a support structure at all.  too bad i couldn't jump to it, but i did get it crash eventually.
6835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/15) on: June 15, 2009, 05:29:55 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on June 15, 2009, 04:17:50 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on June 15, 2009, 03:18:28 PM

will be watching ghostbusters impressions with my credit card in my hand...

just saw toys r us is doing a $20 gift card w/ ghostbusters on consoles... hurry up with those impressions!

goodbye reservations, hello TRU
6836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/15) on: June 15, 2009, 06:04:51 AM
very much interested in busting some ghosts on the 360. 
6837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise: Big Surf Island... on: June 11, 2009, 08:08:08 PM
its' been a pretty long time since i loaded up b:p.  i really should get back into it, sounds like fun.

who would have thought that a year and half after it released, we would still be playing it and not looking forward to a sequel?
6838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Possible hacked XBox accounts on: June 11, 2009, 08:05:14 PM
some interesting info regarding .tk

basically, it allows anyone a free .tk domain with redirection within the html frame, ie you can in essence spoof your crappy neon-glow web page with a url.

aka, a very easy way to hide your web page's real id within sheep's skin. 

.tk was the worst of the worst for malicious phishing, and still remains a huge red flag.  basically, if you see it in the domain, don't click it at all.
6839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: June 11, 2009, 07:51:19 PM
i think it's pretty damn odd that i never got the singularity bomb, now that i think about it. 

i'm pretty sure that's the only weapon i never got to use and i really wanted to try it out too, although the grinder i passed on in favor of the arc welder.  (btw, i love that all of the guerrilla weapons look and sound like mining equipment)

finished 67 of the side missions, but i skipped out on the demo and racing ones about half way through when i saw that they stuck around after the sector was cleared. 

i figure i can get that achievement and the fliers one if i go at it directly.  not so much for the gold ratings though.
6840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: June 11, 2009, 04:04:24 PM
make sure you make a manual save before you take on the main base in EOS.  damn, that was fun.  great setting and a number of ways you can tackle the objectives.

i've actually managed to find all of the edf supply crates and destroy them. and the propaganda boards too.  not sure what it did, but after the last crate, i got a cheat unlocked.  could be fun.

not likely to ever get all of the ore mined though.  those things are all over the place and i still have almost 90 to go. 

btw, i tried something new with the fliers and the nano rifle, which makes the hint earlier work.  don't aim for the body of those things.  so much more fun to watch them spiral into the ground anyways. 

funny moment regarding those.  i knocked one out of the sky and after it crashed, i get the message that 'x of 300 ore mined'.  apparently it crashed into a deposit or two.  biggrin
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