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7041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR 2 impressions thread on: February 13, 2009, 07:22:12 PM
got a little time with it and it does seem a proper sequel to the first one.  hopefully it will open up a bit as the current level really comes off as too similar

my biggest gripe is the graphics.  apparently they didn't bother to code this thing for 1080i screens, so i get to see the game in all of its 480p 'glory'.  after finishing up mgs4 and playing the killzone 2 demo, the graphics are less than impressive in this mode. 

otherwise, it looks like fun. 
7042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can Home be salvaged? on: February 13, 2009, 12:03:21 AM
hell, i had the beta and all i ever did was spend an hour tweaking my avatar and walking around a beautifully sterile environment with other clones wondering what i was doing there. 

unless companies get going with good free home content, or at least stuff tied to your games, then it should be killed off.  i'm not paying for virtual crap, regardless of it's quality.  i've never bought a theme or a gamerpic, so why would i bother with a banner in a virtual home? 
7043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PSP2 and the Return of Sony on: February 12, 2009, 11:53:14 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 12, 2009, 11:12:20 PM

Two  thoughts:

1)  Sony should stay FAR away from anything that is going to potentially cost $500


especially for a portable device, no matter how many cool gadgets they manage to stuff inside.  the ds' popularity proves that games win the war, not fancy everything-in-a-box designs.  

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Here's what the next PSP should be: an iPhone with buttons.
The next PSP should be a fantastic point-and-shoot camera and camcorder.
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i neither want nor require a gaming device to have a camera when my phone does this just fine, thankyouverymuch.  
The next PSP should be a top-quality GPS unit for both pedestrians and drivers. (Without buying an additional module.)
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this i could use, but again, many phones also do this now, so why bother with it in a gaming device?

The next PSP should have a touchscreen.
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why, just to be like the ds?  imo, outside of the quirky japanese games, the touchscreen is not the end-all, be-all of gaming control.

The next PSP should have accelerometers and a compass.
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not sure why these are useful in a gaming device.  iphone-ish features will not win over against the cost.

The next PSP should come with a great web browser.
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agreed here.  not that the existing browser is bad, but if they could improve it with chrome's speed and firefox's flexiibilty, then i would be happy.

The next PSP should be offered in two flavors: one with a phone inside, one without.
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imo, this the diversion point for sony:  do you remain a solid gaming device or saddle up with a service provider?  risky proposition considering the opposition.  iphone is the leader here and android phones are faltering it seems.  why tie your next gen with another big 'what if'?

The next PSP should be able to download and purchase games over-the-air via 3G or Wi-Fi, saved to copious internal flash memory. (Something the current PSP is finally seeing in part through the PlayStation Network, but perhaps Sony should abandon retail entirely. It's worked for the iPhone, Gamestop and Wal-Mart be damned.)
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agreed, but give users a second method of purchasing and transferring via pc, not just through 3g


The next PSP should be Sony's best mobile gaming device. (Although it need not be much more powerful computationally than the current PSP.)
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it should be more powerful, but not exponentially powerful.  the ps3's architecture proves one thing about that approach:  complexity does not necessarily equal better games.  

The next PSP should cost $500—or $200 when subsidized by wireless carrier.
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again, i would rather see a solid gaming device like the psp is now with a better push for 3rd party developers.  marrying this with a phone is not going to be easy to sell.  plus, such a device would have to shrink to be feasible as a phone.  the psp is huge compared to an iphone and even gutting out the umd drive would not shrink it enough to be a comfortable size

Sony needs to go all in. Convergence is a bear. A bear that, when you've just about wrestled it into submission, grows another couple of arms holding pico-projectors and a WiMAX chip. But it's where gadgets are going, like it or not, and while it may take another decade or two for all of the aspects to come into their own (see: the iPhone's horrible but heavily used camera) the opportunity exists for companies to rise to the challenge of making miraculous do-everything magic pocket lumps.

If anyone has the engineering talent to do it, it's Sony.


really, i am not fascinated by the idea of a psp turned into a phone.  why bother when the iphone pretty much fits his description anyways?  

here's a +1 to much of what depward said.  better download support, harder to hack, but easier to port your library of ps1 games (or even ps2, now that would be cool) and a 2nd analog. 
7044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Aliens vs Predator on: February 12, 2009, 10:54:45 PM
saw that too about the rpg.  let's all hope that this isn't true.  could be bad news for obsidian as a developer.  i would be very annoyed if a:cm gets canned though.  that has the potential to be great.
7045  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 12, 2009, 07:29:50 PM
no check?  what about all of us who aren't getting a paycheck this year?  8 bucks less on taxes per check means diddle squat to me, but 500 bucks would have been helpful. 

damn dems



slywink
7046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 12, 2009, 02:48:59 AM
paying down debt brought on by bundle o' joy #2.  kids are expensive. 
7047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Aliens vs Predator on: February 12, 2009, 02:10:49 AM
odd that it will be by the group who made the first one.  i'd be happy with either dev really as both were pretty fun, although different.

now, where the H is colonial marines?

apparently, pushed back to 2010.  nuts
7048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Satellites were not meant to play bumper cars... on: February 12, 2009, 02:02:34 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 12, 2009, 01:49:38 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on February 12, 2009, 12:22:11 AM

I hope they had AAA...

if they took 15 minutes they could have signed up with Geico.....

you suppose they could insure my monolith?  it's only been used a few times.  low mileage too.
7049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Satellites were not meant to play bumper cars... on: February 12, 2009, 01:36:25 AM
so i guess we are on the way to wall-e's portrayal of low earth orbit junk yard after all.  so much stuff, it can't help but smash into something eventually.
7050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead DLC on: February 12, 2009, 01:33:58 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on February 07, 2009, 12:37:06 PM

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The latest edition of Gametrailers TV revealed that the recently-announced Survival Pack DLC, for L4D, will include Death Toll and Dead Air in Versus configurations, and Survival mode, which pits four human players against never-ending waves of zombies, across twelve maps.

The pack is free, and will arrive this "Spring."


Quote from: CeeKay on February 12, 2009, 01:30:50 AM


it will be late!?
7051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] War World Demo Impressions - Hands down the Worst Ever on: February 12, 2009, 01:30:09 AM

Quote from: EddieA on February 12, 2009, 12:07:58 AM

I think we have a new candidate for worst XBLA demo.  The new Minesweeper Flags demo only lets you play for 30 seconds before quitting.  It almost makes War World's 45 seconds seem generous.  Seriously, though, WTF are these people thinking?

just do what i did.  play the time unlimited game that shipped with my pc.  biggrin

seriously though, 30 seconds?  that's beyond pathetic and a sign that the game will fail.  who will buy a full game of something just about everyone can play for free when the demo cuts you off before you can see if it's any different?
7052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 11, 2009, 11:34:48 PM
hehe.
7053  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: My pink DS lite for your blue DS lite on: February 11, 2009, 10:20:24 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on February 11, 2009, 09:37:14 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 11, 2009, 09:10:06 PM

have you considered a can of spray paint?

I haven't really...I'm hesitant to use spray paint when:

A) I'm no handyman
B) Screens, buttons, electronics are involved

I may look into those "skins", though.

i know of some people who have pulled this off and posted the results.  i can't find any of them at the moment though, but the results were pretty good if you took precautions and disassembled the ds first. 
7054  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance 2009-01 on: February 11, 2009, 09:17:01 PM
did not see any of the games i was looking for, but far cry 2 for the ps3 has been marked @ 29.98, and they had several copies. 

mercs 2 for the ps3 was still labeled at 30 at this one
bia: hh for the ps3 was also 30.
7055  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: My pink DS lite for your blue DS lite on: February 11, 2009, 09:10:06 PM
have you considered a can of spray paint?
7056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FEAR 2 impressions thread on: February 11, 2009, 01:58:00 AM
i got confirmation that fear 2 is on it's way via gamefly, so i'll be taking the plunge with this one by the weekend.  anyone else looking forward to this?  the only review that i could read give it high marks for ai, it's bullet time mechanic and it's level of fun.  mp is a bit of a red headed step child again, but it looks to be a good follow-up to the first one. 

only thing not mentioned in the review is about the environments or length, so hopefully both of those things are better this time around.
7057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CoD:WaW map pack! on: February 11, 2009, 01:51:49 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 11, 2009, 01:47:33 AM

I wonder if you really know the best way to attack a tank, since tanks can be killed in about 5 seconds by someone on foot (and strategies for this have been posted multiple times on this forum), and cooperation isn't mandatory to make that happen.  You could always get in a tank yourself, too, you know....

Plus, the only time tank maps get voted when I'm playing is when they come back to back to back, and people want to play something different.  Makin gets voted off vastly more than any tank map.


tis true. and i hate that it is.  i love the stalking maps.
7058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help! Quick NWN 2 disks Question on: February 09, 2009, 08:18:23 PM
i think it was only one disk. not 100%, but pretty sure.  the cd version was pretty heavy iirc. 
7059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: February 09, 2009, 08:12:54 PM
same here, plus i still had a hope that the whole dream sequence thing was a misdirection attempt, like last week's preview with the line about tigh's death.
7060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holy crap. I just realized it's been 10 years since I joined GoneGold. on: February 09, 2009, 08:10:09 PM
not sure when, but it was post '99, right around when ve3d exploded and iirc, op flash was on the horizon and i bought a uk copy to play it 6 months earlier.  i guess that makes it ~2000-2001 or so.  

and yes, it is odd to think of all the people you know who you have never met (or only briefly)
7061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising 2 Announced!!! on: February 09, 2009, 06:09:21 PM
maybe they can have a nod to ubisoft and have some rainbow squaddies show up as characters.  biggrin

glad to hear that this was finally announced.  now i can look forward to a good zombie game without feeling regret about not playing the first one much.
7062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/9) on: February 09, 2009, 06:05:59 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on February 09, 2009, 05:24:31 PM

Whoops! The official Rockstar TL&TD web page says February 17th is the release day, that's next week.

well maybe i will have my 360 back by then.  (probably not)

interested in fear 2 and the genesis collection of all things, mostly due to the occasional retro binge since i sold off the ps2 version a while back.

the expansion is $20 and will also be on the shelf at gamestop with a points card inside to buy it.  basically, think of it as a free box with every dlc purchase.  biggrin
7063  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: HOMM V + Star Trek games on: February 08, 2009, 07:07:41 PM

Quote from: Vinda-Lou on February 08, 2009, 06:37:27 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 08, 2009, 05:29:15 PM

found a copy of ST command 1 gold in box if you haven't got that one yet.

is this one any good?  I figured ST command 2 + 3 were better due to play and graphics improvements.

Whaddaya want for it?

it was decent, graphics obviously not as advanced as 2 or 3, but it had a lot of depth to it. 

not really looking for much game-wise atm.  do you have a copy of st legacy?  i have one for 360 which i haven't even played, just opened to read the manual.  lmk what you want for it if you do.

as far as st1, cover shipping costs and it's yours.  i'll check the package and see how much it weighs/contains and let you know how much it should be.
7064  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: HOMM V + Star Trek games on: February 08, 2009, 05:29:15 PM
found a copy of ST command 1 gold in box if you haven't got that one yet.
7065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 07, 2009, 10:12:49 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 07, 2009, 02:50:15 PM

Quote from: Toe on February 07, 2009, 01:29:06 AM




 icon_lol thumbsup

+1 to this.  great work
7066  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: February 07, 2009, 07:58:24 PM
well, i guess we didn't get to see gaeta and company get spaced, but we did get a much more memorable ending to the mutiny.

can't say i'm at all sad to see him go, but he always brought a presence to his scenes.  rip tom. 

the massacre inside colonial one was brutally handled and it was the first thing i expected him to do after he left the podium.  i half surprised that he didn't get gaeta replaced after his reaction though.  good to see felix was angry by it and his desolation when realized he had made a deal with the devil. 

good to see baltar showing some remorse and strength instead of wallowing in self pity (and another six's arms). 

i fully expected to see tigh or adama pull the trigger personally after what the mutineers caused.  i am also surprised at how easily he retook the ship and his handling of the execution squad. 

i wonder what the survivor count will be after adama goes through the turncoat marines. 
7067  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Cera flips out on: February 07, 2009, 07:28:12 PM
it's kind of hard to follow, but yeah, it definitely seems like a spoof of old bat-mang
7068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A-Rod Tests Positive for 'Roids on: February 07, 2009, 07:23:47 PM
i take it nobody is actually shocked by this news? 
7069  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Candy Land... the movie? on: February 07, 2009, 07:22:09 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on February 06, 2009, 06:20:31 PM

Does anyone know if this will be considered canon within the Candyland mythology?

good one.  you've been sigged my friend.

tell me, is uwe boll involved?  this could be a good outlet now that game movies have been denied him.  a whole range of board game based movies would be right up his alley.

next stop:  Trouble, the Movie.  starring sarah michelle gellar as the woman with a magic cube in her hand
7070  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Sale: Ghost Recon Complete $19.99 on: February 07, 2009, 07:18:04 PM
well, graw 1 had a much larger map you could play in compared to the console versions.  i remember trying to take side paths in the city missions and getting bumped by invisible walls on the 360 all the time.

squad command was also better, iirc.
7071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness - Worth buying for cheap? on: February 07, 2009, 07:16:11 PM

Quote from: marcusjm on February 07, 2009, 07:07:55 PM

I got that with Doom but that was after 72 hours continous play, it was quite scary in fact,
I saw monsters on the bus home.

ah yes, the joys of an all-night game session (or longer, as your case was).  sleep deprivation ftw!
7072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 07, 2009, 07:14:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 07, 2009, 04:32:10 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 07, 2009, 03:33:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 07, 2009, 02:33:15 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 07, 2009, 08:35:57 AM

Apparently, since Monday I've played over 7 hours!
And only tonight did I discover the power parking and showtime thingees. Downloading the game means no manual, and I honestly just had no idea those modes were in there. I wonder if I'm missing anything else.

Power parking?
High speed emergency brake parking between two other parked cars, one where you end up facing the opposite direction you started the manuever from.

Is that an actual event?  That's exactly what I pictured.  Wow, I've never seen that.


you also get an achievement for it, both sp and due to a mp ach where you try to get the top random stats of the group. 

had i my 360 to play this, i think now i would.


Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 06, 2009, 08:39:24 PM

'Nother pack announced:

Quote
Cops & Robbers
Slotting in soon after the Party pack, Legendary Cars, Toy Cars and Boost Specials, comes another premium pack - Cops and Robbers. This one’s dedicated to bringing you the thrills and spills of cops and robbers car chases in Paradise City.

We’re keeping details of the pack under wraps for a little longer, but here are the first ever screen shots to keep you going! Check these stunning high resolution at www.criteriongames.com and on Sony’s excellent PlayStation Blog from Monday (9th February 2009)

Man, I've got to give them credit.  I've never seen any game with such a dedicated team behind it.

I have to wonder if this was a proposed strategy.  Instead of releasing a new version every year, you keep updating the one you've got.  I'd be interested to see the numbers on that.

Add to that Sony's recent comments that the PS3 is "future proof," and I wonder if we'll see the day where consoles become like plug-n-play PCs.  Where you head to the store every few years to buy new "Guts" at a cheaper price, but keep your basic unit.  Seems like it would be complicated, as you'd have to either make sure games could run on older versions as well as new ones, or make them extremely well labeled, so there'd be no confusion.

I guess we'll see how the Wii Motion Plus comes together.  If it becomes a requirement for some games, or if, as is my pipe dream, it works BC with all games, or if it's just a gimmick that won't be adopted enough.  If it's handled right, it could pave the way for the console I was mentioning above.


don't forget, they are expecting to add a whole separate island sometime down the road (or did that already happen?  it's been a while since i kept up with the news)

7073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phantasy Star demo for PSP on: February 07, 2009, 07:06:07 PM
i'll have to dust off the ol' psp to see what this is like. 

and yes, if this has any of the spirit of the old genesis games, it will be very appealing as a sp only game.
7074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 -- DL content on: February 07, 2009, 07:04:27 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on February 07, 2009, 01:43:20 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 07, 2009, 01:38:00 AM


Damn.

mildly disappointed, but i can get caught up on other games. 

of course, by the time these two come out, i will be pretty well addicted to sacred 2, so i might not even grab these for a while.
7075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness - Worth buying for cheap? on: February 07, 2009, 07:02:02 PM
there's a demo for you to get a feel for the controls and it's decent length too and shows you more than just the intro level.

small note though.  the demo is the only time i have ever felt motion sickness.  luckily though, i didn't have anything happen during the time i have spent with the full game. 

so far, it seems pretty cool. 
7076  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Prince of Persia and/or Fallout 3 (360) on: February 07, 2009, 06:59:12 PM
any trade interest in pop?
7077  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 12/08) on: February 07, 2009, 06:58:44 PM
+1 to Alefroth for fast payment
7078  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 12/08) on: February 07, 2009, 06:57:30 PM

Quote from: warning on February 07, 2009, 05:52:16 PM

+1 to Caine for some great DS games.

and a +1 back to warning for super fast payment
7079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: February 06, 2009, 07:56:33 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
maybe they can fake an alien ship or something? 
7080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: February 06, 2009, 07:38:16 PM
yeah, that was kind of where i left off after hearing about it too. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
i thought, what if this happened here?  would we be so quick to team up when the obvious answer is they are the ones who are capable of making such a weapon?

keeping my fingers crossed, but without the squid, what is left for creating a sense of global unity?
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