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7081  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Sale 5-6-2010: Civilization Sale on: May 07, 2010, 04:28:13 AM
getting this just to have it via steam and not deal with the patch download nonsense.
7082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier, action/adventure beat-em-up from Square Enix on: May 06, 2010, 11:08:27 PM
from what i was reading in the cag thread, it was pretty hit or miss whether the store had it priced that way publicly or in the system, had any knowledge of the sale at all, or would even honor it with the printed blog. 

fwiw, my store had all of the games in stock and properly priced.  no problems at all.
7083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier, action/adventure beat-em-up from Square Enix on: May 06, 2010, 10:48:22 PM
myto, i didn't have to prove i was part of their card to get the price.  of course, it might be hard to find two days after the fact.  the deal went viral on slickdeals and the thread over at cag is over 100 pages long.

if you end up in a store with no idea what the deal is about, you can post in the cag thread and ask shc-gamer to notify the store.  he's sears/kmarts customer liason guy and has been the force behind getting deals like this going in kmart.  he pretty much sat at the computer on tuesday and called/emailed any store that was reported not honoring the deal.

i'll dive into this over the next few days.  the music is definitely worth a listen and i have already had moments where i just left it playing. 

there are 4 different endings, but i have no idea how much they differ. 
7084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5 on: May 06, 2010, 02:23:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 06, 2010, 02:20:30 PM

it's going to be exclusive to Steam.

that's a pretty big coup for steam to pull off. Not sure I'm happy about it being only available digitally, but it will do nicely. 
7085  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Indie Bundle - 5 Games, Pay What You Want on: May 06, 2010, 03:44:20 AM
interesting promo.  have world of goo and penumbra (not sure if its overture or the other one) and i've played gish at some point.

lugaru looks unusual, but not sure i'd get much out of it.  kind of interesting premise and looks like it has some interesting fight mechanics.

aquaria sounds pretty interesting though.  always like -vania games and never tried an underwater one before.

7086  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How do i change backgrounds in Win 7? on: May 06, 2010, 03:07:23 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on May 05, 2010, 11:53:47 PM

Beware the bug. If you set the desktop to a solid black background, you get long startup times. If you want a black desktop, make yourself a black .gif, .bmp, or somesuch, and set your background to use that, instead.

Atomic

link: http://lifehacker.com/5451159/solid+color-backgrounds-cause-30+second-login-delay-in-windows-7

Oh hell, I had totally forgotten about that. Amazed they haven't fixed it.

Sorry if it left you think you'd screwed something up.
7087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HAWX 2 Impressions on: May 05, 2010, 11:35:15 PM
the sequel is coming later this year, according to kotaku.  read that for what you will of course.

i enjoyed the first one, even the highly wonky "rc plane mode" which an honest effort to get you airsick.  the game was a good balance of over the top aerial action and plot and had a great selection of aircraft to fly.  
7088  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How do i change backgrounds in Win 7? on: May 05, 2010, 11:27:37 PM
right click, personalize.  click desktop background at the bottom.  drop down list, select solid color and black. 
7089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Alan Wake on: May 05, 2010, 07:18:41 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 05, 2010, 07:10:40 PM

He doesn't die at the end of the game? SPOILERS!!!!!

oh noes teh game is ruined!!!111

(not at you teggy, just those who cry spoiler for every aspect of the game brought up before they've played it)
7090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Top 100 Video Game Villains on: May 05, 2010, 07:15:01 PM
I don't remember the name, but the main bad guy in bladerunner was pretty bad ass.

Kain from C&C and Kain from soul reaver get my personal vote though.

How about the giant poo monster?  That villain was the shit!
7091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: May 05, 2010, 02:34:18 PM
Sounds fun.  Love that it's free and ms/Sony didn't force them to charge for it.
7092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: May the fourth be with you. on: May 04, 2010, 11:15:05 PM
It's also my anniversary. I didn't pick it for this reason, but now I'm tempted to tell her that. smile
7093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Alan Wake on: May 04, 2010, 10:28:28 PM
woohoo, i read something forbidden. 

for 5 bucks, i'll tell you whether it's a favorable review. 
7094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I spy with my little eye, Dubai from way up high. Plus a girl in a bikini on: May 04, 2010, 07:44:33 PM
someone with way too much time on his hands took 4250 pictures and created a massive image.

direct link to 45 mega-pixel image of Dubai with full zoom.  
7095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My head is in space, recommend some good sci-fi books on: May 04, 2010, 05:28:16 PM
glad to see greg bear's name pop in here:

i really enjoyed the two runner's books from william c deitz.  "Runner" and "Iago's run" are set in a post civilization crash where the vast sprawling empire is breaking down and nobody remembers how to fix anything.  the space faring ships are all automated and sentient and once in a while, the ship decides to retire to prevent a catastrophe.  it's post apoc without the galaxy wide destruction.

he also has the drifters run series and the legion of the damned series.  both great

also glad to see scalzi's name.  loved the old man's war books.  great heinlein-esque sci fi/

kim stanley robinson's mars series is good if you have interest in the red planet

ben bova has a series of books related to interesting planets/moons within the solar system and most of them tie in together. 
7096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: May the fourth be with you. on: May 04, 2010, 05:20:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 04, 2010, 04:41:15 PM

do we get drunk and blow things up to celebrate this fourth?

what, like the fourth of July?

no, we drink corona lights and pick fights with hispanic looking people at the bar.


then we blow shit up.  

7097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Alan Wake on: May 04, 2010, 05:06:42 PM
sounds interesting. 

not sure i'm going to get this, as ceekay says, rdr is right around the bend.
7098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: May 04, 2010, 04:02:55 AM
Woohoo. Finally able to put this down now. It was fun while it lasted but it's time to move on. Considering I was only able to get 3 demo kills during 36 hours of mp and noone on my list is still playing, I can live without those two cheeveos.

Time for some love for he backlog until I grab nier.


And yes, RDR is the next big thing, mp and sp. Two weeks left.
7099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: May 03, 2010, 08:01:35 PM
The last few times I've logged in and nobody on my list is playing.  I hope to wrap up my time with it tonight by hitting level 22.

My nights have been very hit or miss.  It's either great fun with good matchups or completly lopsided affairs with the winning team @ 50+ tickets left.  I have given up on rush though. Haven't had a good team playing that mode in ages.


Hark, you still playing this? 
7100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/03) on: May 03, 2010, 06:28:26 PM
Likely to pick up Nier@Kmart@$40 this week if I can find a copy.

Interested to hear if picross is good in 3D. Loved the first one.
7101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier, action/adventure beat-em-up from Square Enix on: May 03, 2010, 06:25:50 PM
I think I'll trade in bc2 and use that to pick nier up.

Nuts to me and my backlog.
7102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: May 03, 2010, 06:18:05 AM

Quote from: Moliere on May 03, 2010, 03:58:37 AM



So is he talking about the game or the movie? I assume it's the movie.

I would guess he's annoyed that the game blows chunks again. EG gave it a ~5 and said how disappointing it was considering how cool it should have been.

Can't wait to see this.
7103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier, action/adventure beat-em-up from Square Enix on: May 03, 2010, 06:13:34 AM
Damn fine take on it KG. That makes it almost imposible to ignore this game while the Kmart deal is going on despite the short time before red dead and my insurmountable backlog.

Any idea how long this is with the first playthrough?
7104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This made my day... Make-A-Wish superhero! on: May 01, 2010, 04:27:43 AM

Quote from: Misguided on April 30, 2010, 09:08:51 PM

Right here in town and I hadn't heard about it yet. It's fantastic that they got so many different people to participate.

yeah, you would think the closing of two major freeways for any length of time would have noticed. 

the pic of the kid is priceless, but i fully expect to see it P-shopped on the net before long.
7105  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: Call of Juarez:BiB on: May 01, 2010, 04:20:22 AM
daehawk, it's a pretty good sequel with two playable characters with different abilities.  it does away with most of the annoyances of the first one and looks pretty damn nice.  i also really enjoyed the weight and feel of the guns you use.  it made the firefights pretty intense and not just 'halo with a 6 piece'. 

recommend it if you like westerns.
7106  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam: Rockstar Week on: May 01, 2010, 03:40:31 AM
i dl'ed them a while back but never played them.  go team backlog!

7107  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: Call of Juarez:BiB on: May 01, 2010, 03:32:36 AM
great game. 

which platform is it btw?
7108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: April 30, 2010, 06:59:11 PM
I was all set to make last night the swan song and trade it in today. I had some annoyances early on that really underscores how important good squads and communication are and almost packed it up.  I also got to see how dull a 2 vs. 3 conquest match on the big map can be. The very next match with full squads was just epic though and until I stopped playing, I was with a bunch of good players the whole time.  It also helped that I was able to get the special forces smg insignias for 100 kills and the 10k points for doing so. I made more progress last night than I did in the last few days combined.

I also got the airkill achievement and I had pretty much stopped trying for it.

I'll hold onto it for the weekend and keep my fingers crossed that the lag and balancing quirks don't kill my enjoyment. 
7109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: April 30, 2010, 02:41:53 PM
Not really sure I want them, but it's cool to see them add stuff like this.

Did you get the ice cream truck as well? 

7110  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Demon's Souls $34 (PS3) on: April 29, 2010, 03:40:32 AM
if you look now and use the 15off code, you can get it shipped for 30.59 before s&h. 

now, to decide if yet another game on the backlog (especially one known for its difficulty and epic campaign) with RDR on the horizon. 

damn tempted.
7111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2010-games list leaked? on: April 29, 2010, 02:50:59 AM
This was four weeks too late.

Some of this isn't a surprise, like me3 and bc3, but I really question anything like indigo 2. Quantic dreams takes years between games and they just releases heavy rain. I don't expect anything out of them until E3 2012. 
7112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: April 29, 2010, 02:39:37 AM
36 is about as much as I'd hope for trade in.  I'm surprised and just a bit tempted to trade it in now before they lower it.


7113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alan Wake: the end is near! on: April 29, 2010, 02:31:10 AM
That's what gamefly is for.  Those are pretty much the only games I'm interested in until fall. The rest will be played if they send them.  Otherwise it's clearing out the backlog.
7114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Job go bye bye on: April 28, 2010, 11:56:08 PM
ouch teggy.  sorry to hear that.  hope it ends up better than the old gig for you. 
7115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: April 28, 2010, 11:54:08 PM
yeah, that's pretty good and no doubt better than gamestop.  might be worth the effort by then.
7116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medal of Honor: Modern Warfare on: April 28, 2010, 11:52:17 PM
i can only speak from experience.  i've seen more lag in the last few weeks than i did in the first month. 

either way, it's still ea's servers though, so i don't think there will be much difference.

7117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medal of Honor: Modern Warfare on: April 28, 2010, 08:02:25 PM
Beginning to see this more and more these days, unfortunately. Lag is getting worse and the lack of team balancing is annoying.

I'll give them a try with this one, but if I start seeing it again, I'll just dump the game and move on.
7118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: April 28, 2010, 04:38:37 PM
i had some fun last night after the last batch of gt'ers went to sleep.  played conquest with whatever squad i could join.  i stayed an engineer the whole time.  wracked up a bunch of exp and pins/insignia. 

had a great moment when i took out the russian bradley with a full squad and the engineer who hopped out to repair it.  also rained death down on them when they sat at the flags.

then i got to play two rounds with that big ass desert conquest map.  man, that was epic.  combat heli's owned the hell out of the tanks and i had the joy of doing an end run around and stealing theirs out from under them.  between the four of us flying/gunning, they weren't able to get further than the middle flag and were never able to hold it long. 
7119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: April 27, 2010, 08:43:07 PM
That's basically it too.  RDR is going to push this into back burner territory as far as mp goes. Nevermind blur or split second, whichever ends up on top.

7120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360) Deadly Premonition on: April 27, 2010, 08:39:39 PM
Finished?  Haven't started yet. Backlog when I got it and darksiders. I've also been front loading my backlog and have a few other games I haven't touched yet. 
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