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7041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Max Payne Trailer on: October 17, 2008, 10:02:56 PM
been too long for me to remember the whole story, but the firebombing of the restaurant stands out as one of the greatest set piece levels.

too bad they didn't use the music theme from the games.  mp2 has such a haunting theme song that would have fit nicely.

i want to see this movie in the theaters. 
7042  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free iPhone Apps & Games - the Oct 14, 2008 version on: October 17, 2008, 09:20:10 PM
one of my lists to watch out for.

7043  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Does anyone happen to have a spare crossfire bridge? on: October 16, 2008, 07:19:08 PM
if i have it, it's yours.  no plans to add on another card to the 1900xt i have, and i wouldn't expect a dx10 card to pair with a dx9 and do much of anything anyways.

now i just need to find it.
7044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 16, 2008, 06:04:34 PM
at this rate, i am almost thinking about dropping far cry 2 pc in favor of picking up the ps3 version and renting fable 2.  

i need to tell myself that a sp only game can wait a bit, but damn this sounds fun.
7045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 on: October 16, 2008, 05:36:31 PM
my first impression upon loading this up last night was 'my god, this looks horrible.'  no way does it compare to the graphical level of gta4.  not even close imho.  i don't remember sr1 looking this bad either.  in any case, it's not a deal breaker as the game is fun in leaps and spades.  obviously, this is the way volition went instead of gta4's emphasis on realism.  there is room for both types of games in my library, so sr2 should be a good solid addition. 

did a handful of missions and a number of activities, completing all levels of toxic avenger and half of the inferno atv, hitman, and mayhem missions.    except for the crappy handling of the atv, that and toxic avenger are pretty easy to beat, which is an improvement over some of the activities in sr1. 

love that they added more transportation options this time around. 

i really wish they had made it possible to bring in your character from sr1 as a base model.  i fiddled with it a bit, but there's no way i am going to spend tons of time messing with all the sliders you have available. 

i tried to join harkonis' coop last night and it wouldn't connect.  just sat there for several minutes before i canceled out.  i want to do a lot of that this weekend.
7046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: October 15, 2008, 09:06:34 PM
graphic for midget with herpes is sick and wrong.  the ending is freaking great though.
7047  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Dark Knight up for pre-order at Amazon! on: October 15, 2008, 02:02:32 PM
good deal on the blu ray version, but i would need to up it to free shipping to beat street price.  looks like very few studios support the psp as a player, so too bad for me i guess.
7048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 on: October 15, 2008, 01:52:41 PM
from what i have read, it's fully coop throughout.  missions where you would chase after someone either put player 2 into the passenger seat or give you a second car.  they didn't leave out the cutscenes either as both people see their own characters in them. 

i will be trying this out tonight.
7049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 15, 2008, 01:12:03 PM
as a follow up to my last pic.

7050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 15, 2008, 12:32:46 PM
i need to stop reading these threads....

first i move saints row 2 above fable 2 in favor or farcry and fallout, and now you guys are telling me i should move far cry back to the shelf?!


other than fallout @ #1 and sr2 @ #3/4, i don't know what to get next.

at least october is the worst month for this and i won't need to go through it again nov/dec
7051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 on: October 15, 2008, 12:24:26 PM
glad they loosened up the hitman missions.  i hated finding a target in sr1 and taking them down only to find that i had the wrong type of pistol or something, then practically disappearing when you had the right weapon.

getting respect for dangerous driving reminds me of scarface's system.  it was simple fun to piss off other drivers, get honked at, and then scream back at them.  too much like real life biggrin

sadly, i haven't played at all yet, and if you haven't noticed, it's 5 freaking 'O clock in the morning right now for me, so i am dead tired.  i will get some time with it when i get home today.

sad that mp was reduced, but coop should be a blast.
7052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sell Me On Babylon 5 on: October 14, 2008, 08:48:56 PM
sounds like it suffered from the same problem with farscape.  early jitters making it hard to watch.  FS also references season 1 events though, so skipping it is equally ill-advised.

i want to watch b5 eventually, but it never took off with any of my friends and i haven't thought to spend the coin on it. 
7053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 on: October 14, 2008, 08:36:49 PM
looking forward to starting this out tonight.  also got a free t-shirt and saved 8 bucks on sale.  sadly, i now think that fable will be the short straw instead. 
7054  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance watch - October on: October 14, 2008, 08:32:44 PM
nvm.  both copies of lost odyssey were gone when i went in today. 
7055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 14, 2008, 03:23:40 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 14, 2008, 12:44:34 AM

Quote from: shon on October 14, 2008, 12:13:25 AM

I think the Toys R US Buy 2 Get one Free is this week so I will probably pickup.

Saints Row 2, Dead Space, and ... and  .... 

Great plan, except TRU conveniently set Dead Space to release next week.

they would have to make that end before next week.  :GRRR
7056  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance watch - October on: October 14, 2008, 02:58:34 AM

Quote from: Kagath on October 14, 2008, 01:16:38 AM

Quote from: Caine on October 13, 2008, 05:36:22 PM

i saw a number of copies of lost odyssey @ 14.98 if anyone is still looking.  shipping + tax puts it around 20 these parts, so lmk if you want me to pick one up.
I'm in for one if you can get it. Media shipping to 49770.

will do tomorrow.  ygpm for paypal addy.  it actually calculates cheaper for first class mail, oddly enough. 
7057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the power of xkcd on: October 14, 2008, 02:55:58 AM
too lazy to look up link i posted on this somewhere else...

it's pretty damn cool though and is one more sign that xkcd predicts the future.  (see comic re: internet guru in a red suit)
7058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 14, 2008, 02:54:06 AM
see it before it disappears
7059  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance watch - October on: October 13, 2008, 06:55:05 PM
seattle area. 
7060  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance watch - October on: October 13, 2008, 05:36:22 PM
i saw a number of copies of lost odyssey @ 14.98 if anyone is still looking.  shipping + tax puts it around 20 these parts, so lmk if you want me to pick one up.
7061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 13, 2008, 05:32:25 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 13, 2008, 01:22:47 PM

To grab Saints Row or to not grab it. On one hand, you have what looks to be a fantastic game. On the other hand, you have other fantastic games due out next week. I hate this time of year.

this thought is top in my mind right now.  will i even get enough quality time with it before next week's big releases?  oh gods, that will be hell too.  fallout 3 might as well hit me with a power-armored shock hammer and gib me when it comes out the week after. 

saints row 2 is on a barely noticeable sale at fry's for $53 on the consoles too.  dammit, but that mp is looking great.
7062  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Video on: October 10, 2008, 07:04:27 PM
:hangs head in shame

these people should be ashamed.   

"should she pay for a rape kit?"

"she should die." "she should pay double!"


 thumbsup to the "epic fail" poster.
7063  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So... what do you think about the stock market today? on: October 10, 2008, 06:57:45 PM
and it looks poised to drop below 8k today by the end.  already dipped to ~7900.  god what a massive fuctastrophe this is turning out to be. 

btw, has a pretty slick site to watch 'the end of the world as we know it'. 

7064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A PeteRockian Milestone of Verbose Proportions... on: October 10, 2008, 06:18:04 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 09, 2008, 11:58:35 PM

Holy hell!  When the hell did I pass 2000 posts?   icon_eek

And here I thought 1000 was a milestone of verbose proportions.  I only accidentally noticed it in my whiskey/bourbon thread.  Wow.  No wonder I can't get anything done at work.   ninja 

Perhaps to celebrate I'll have to write up a summary of the upcoming weekend as it'll involve a visit from Harkonis and USMC Kato.   icon_twisted  Hilarity is bound to ensue.

the last few weeks' posts for kato must have been the straw that broke the camel's back. 
7065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best FPS of the Current Gen (so far)? on: October 10, 2008, 05:32:26 PM
i have more fond memories of cod4, due equally to it's awesome campaign and addictive mp.  even though i have played many of the others, there is very little to mark cod4 down below the others' more glaring negatives.  halo 3, if sp is reviewed as co-op instead of just by yourself also gets high marks, as does it's mp, but by itself, is good but not great.  
7066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 on: October 10, 2008, 05:27:13 PM
ok, what can i shuffle around so that i get this one too?  damn it sounds fun and the co-op will be kick ass. 

this is worse than last year.  at least then i had a clear 1st 2nd and 3rd.  this plus the 3F group are all equally sweet looking. 

time for a sale on the old stuff i think.
7067  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: October 08, 2008, 11:52:41 PM
+1 to JSL for ds card.
7068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LittleBigPlanet - Play. Create. Share. Now in (somewhat private) beta! on: October 08, 2008, 11:25:10 PM
i would love to try this but by the time i get home, the codes will be gone, most likely.  could anyone with an extra pm me a code?
7069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 08, 2008, 11:22:11 PM
ah, so it's crap then?  it can go into the pile of xbla games with wing commander and bsg.

thanks for the note.  i hadn't even noticed it was "assault" instead of "assassins".  how would a stealth assault even work anyways slywink
7070  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google: Protecting you from emailing while drunk on: October 08, 2008, 11:15:44 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on October 08, 2008, 08:18:14 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 08, 2008, 05:31:25 PM

Personally, I think Google needs to push this into other services, like texting and such.

you thought this was a joke.  well, guess what, it's actually happening now.  if this stops one youtube boob from posting crappy comments after hearing (and having friends/coworkers hearing) their post, then it's all worth it.

bonus points to xkcd for influencing the web.
7071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 08, 2008, 08:19:53 PM
tenchu?  i didn't realize that ever got ported to the xbox.  odd. 

i grabbed castle crashers yesterday and had a blast with it last night.  great little simple game with an awesome art style. 

fable2, far cry 2, fallout 3 will probably be the list of definites.  i will be trying to rent saints row 2 though.
7072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's October 2008: What's your GOTY so far? on: October 08, 2008, 08:16:15 PM
ytd, it has to be GTA IV for me.  best experience all around and bonus points for nailing the environment and immersion.  sure the mandate to hang out all the time became annoying, but no other game so far has been as much fun as long as it did.

runner up would be force unleashed, beating out mercs 2.  went in with diminished expectations and was very surprised by everything.  only negative is that limiting the DMM system within the levels stuck out like a sore thumb.  that one can be destroyed, this one can't?

sadly, nothing i played really impressed me on the portables, but that's more to my shift away from them and not buying nearly as many games as i used to. 
7073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The past (somewhat rambling) on: October 08, 2008, 05:22:26 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 08, 2008, 05:14:19 PM

Quote from: Moliere on October 08, 2008, 01:56:19 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2008, 06:51:24 AM

or is it just drunken nostalgia?


Midlife crisis would have you buying a Harley to match your assless black leather chaps.

Calling them "assless" is redundant.  Chaps are inherently "assless", hence no need to label them as such. 

you know this from personal experience or just what they tell you at gimp school?  irregardless, i wouldn't want to give ceekay any ideas about his wardrobe.  we don't need a gt version of the ass banjo.
7074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In which I pimp the new Fallout 3 site on: October 08, 2008, 05:19:24 PM
the guide looks pretty nice and if the tax/shipping aren't too extravagant, i'll probably grab it from amazon.  that's a lot of reading. 

thanks for posting the joystiq link.  i don't frequent there during the day so it's nice to see the ads.  please tell the marketing people to make them into wallpaper. 
7075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In which I pimp the new Fallout 3 site on: October 07, 2008, 08:24:42 PM
any place to see these ads on line? 

better yet, get a shot of them in the wild.  bonus points for concerned looking businessmen.
7076  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So... what do you think about the stock market today? on: October 07, 2008, 07:28:38 PM
sadly, the irony here is that we don't even know if the bailout will have any appreciable effect right now anyways.  the global economy is in such a whirlwind that 700B could end up being a small speck of smeared guts next to the larger carcass of our economy on the bumper of the next depression bus. 

it certainly didn't make any noticeable positive changes for the average man on the street. 
7077  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So... what do you think about the stock market today? on: October 07, 2008, 05:55:56 PM
now we are going to buy short term debt.  i am sure it will help out the 4th quarters of many retailers who are relying on loans to stock up.  

the market rebounded for a bit, but it's back down again.  currently 9,680.40   -275.10   (-2.76%)

up next, BoA.  earnings expected to be down.  their stock price has dropped by almost 20%.  not degraded yet, but it's on the horizon.
7078  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: McCain Campaign Official: Obama to Give Tax Breaks to NAMBLA Members on: October 07, 2008, 05:39:36 PM
if this guy officially in charge of anything more critical than holding john mc cain's toilet paper, then they have well and truly F'ed themselves by hiring him. 

does he not know how fast the internet tubes are these days? 
7079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gone. on: October 07, 2008, 05:29:18 PM
thanks everyone.  i have really tried to keep busy the last two weeks and be the strong one for my mother.  unfortunately, that side of the family drifted apart some years back after my great-grandmother passed, and while we keep in contact with a number of people, it's not like the old days where everyone lived within an hours drive.  we are in the middle of a big clean up to help her transition from a caregiver to independence.  tbh, that's where the games i have for sale came from.  he was playing pc games since the c64 days and still has one in the basement. 

i am torn at this point as work + family leave me with little extra time and i am not in a position to take time off.  they complained enough as it is for the two days i took off immediately following his death.  if he had died on a monday, i wouldn't have been able to help out as much as i did.   one more reason to bail on this joint when i can find an alternative. 

in any case, i am doing as well as can be expected right now, and as long as nobody at work gives me too much stress, i should be able to refrain from breaking their neck.  slywink

7080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gone. on: October 06, 2008, 11:20:15 PM
as i surreptitiously posted in lidrgn's thread, my stepfather was in failing health the last few years and had recently degraded the last two months due to COPD.  partially from smoking, but primarily done in by an incident a few years ago which led to stomach acid being inhaled during his sleep.  that did more damage then the smoking and reduced his lung capacity to less than a third total.  well, he passed on about a week and a half ago, the same day as paul newman did, in fact.  he wanted to go home to die and be among his family before he did.  about 20 minutes after saying goodbye to his sister, he went to sleep and slipped away. 

i haven't mentioned it as i really haven't stopped long enough to feel anything about it.  that's partly why i have posted in other places as it let my mind segment a little.  reading rickfc's post brought this to the surface, so here it is. 

he was 59.  RIP Mr Magoo (his net name from ghost recon and every fps, racing, and every other online site he visited)
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