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7081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finding a missing person on: December 23, 2009, 01:25:19 AM
wow man, that's a tough situation. 

pull her myspace, facebook, twitter page or whatever social site she's on and see if she's posted.  go to the cell phone provider and have them check call logs/gps coords.  call onstar if she has a vehicle equipped with it. 

tell them to remain calm (i know, but a full blown panic will not make this easier) and have faith that she'll come home on her own.
7082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Breed coming to XBLA! on: December 23, 2009, 01:18:42 AM
yeah, i wouldn't blindly recommend a purchase as what you see in the demo is what you get.  the levels are longer, but the gameplay doesn't get much deeper than 'shoot the aliens, search for ammo, hit the button'  2 player on harder difficulty might be fun, but i haven't been able to try it yet.
7083  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 20 - 40% off nearly everything at GOG on: December 23, 2009, 01:16:13 AM

Quote from: frost on December 23, 2009, 01:02:24 AM

weren't they just recently giving away tex murphy 1 and 2? 

wasn't that for mean streets and martian memorandum?  technically, those were the first two tex games.  UaKM, PD and OS were the later ones from '94-98 with fmv and the lead producer acting.  mean streets and martian... were old school point and click adventure games.

7084  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 20 - 40% off nearly everything at GOG on: December 22, 2009, 03:30:46 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 22, 2009, 01:23:24 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 22, 2009, 06:38:26 AM

anybody have any luck with the fmv tex murphy games on win7 x64?  those three are very tempting, but i wonder if they will work.  after picking up beyond good and evil and hitting a wall with it, i am a little more hesitant now.

I've played a bit of Overseer on W7 x64 with no problems.

awesome.  I never gt to play that one or pandora when hey first came out.
7085  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse Christmas Sale Dec 20-26th: Fallen Earth 50% off, all Meridian 4 60% on: December 22, 2009, 06:41:58 AM
small note that AYIM has some heavy graphical corruption on win7 x64 with no word on a fix.  it renders the screen either completely invisible or leaves out large chunks of the texture work in lieu of a white graphic.  i had the luck to try a few levels only before it got too borked to continue.
7086  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 20 - 40% off nearly everything at GOG on: December 22, 2009, 06:38:26 AM
anybody have any luck with the fmv tex murphy games on win7 x64?  those three are very tempting, but i wonder if they will work.  after picking up beyond good and evil and hitting a wall with it, i am a little more hesitant now.
7087  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 20: Dawn of War 2 $19.95 (updated daily on: December 22, 2009, 06:19:22 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 21, 2009, 03:24:40 AM

Quote from: mirage775 on December 21, 2009, 12:49:23 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 20, 2009, 10:31:46 PM

todays ornament is Machinarium.

That looks interesting

It's a pretty cool game.

between this and trine, i should be all set for quirky 2d platformers. 
7088  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamersgate Weekend: Trine, Insecticde, Faces or Battlefield 2 Complete 50% o on: December 19, 2009, 05:42:16 AM
looks like the changed the price for trine to 9.95 to match the description.  oh well.  looks like d2d gets my money instead.
7089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ffviii now up on psn! on: December 18, 2009, 05:50:40 PM
i didn't last long enough to see the third disc, so i can't imagine the direction it took in the fourth.  i had higher hopes for it than i did for vii, but that's due to my getting a ps1 just to play vii after it released and was reviewed so highly.
7090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone find they don't buy downloadable titles (XBLA, WiiWare, PSN) anymore? on: December 18, 2009, 05:47:21 PM
true, and i love that they do that, but in the end, i'm not losing out on points as long as they keep releasing something worth buying.  i'm just banking them.  when i get a deal on them, i feel the trade off is worth it.  

now, even if they had done this for wii, i wouldn't have done the same thing as i had little dedicated interest in playing straight ports of old console games.

amazon is pretty good with sales too, although i haven't got any that way yet.  
7091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most Anticipated Game 2010 on: December 18, 2009, 05:41:32 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on December 18, 2009, 12:00:07 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 17, 2009, 04:10:28 PM

The shooting controls were abysmal.

This statement being said about a capcom game?  No way!   icon_lol

I quit very early on where I discovered they made every attempt to make the game a chore to play.  Fun for the first ten minutes of killing zombies, then the gun battle, then the assault vehicle & convicts, then out of my machine and back on my shelf.

+1 to all of this.  i made it to the second fight with that a--clown and said to hell with it.  with that and the horrible ai of the other survivors, it was a pita to play.  i was able to get three of them grouped together for a run back to safety, outfitted all of them with sledgehammers and got all of us to the door to the outside.  zone in, one of them stayed inside and went down pretty quickly.  then i tried to take the other two through the park area with those G-Damned convicts and lost one to them and the other to zed, despite having outfitted pretty well.  i tried to wait until morning so the jeep wouldn't show up and they died anyways.  it was like the game was saying "you are screwed either way, so we are going to make it so you won't even bother."

the damn boss battles and the convicts also used the classic cheat.  i can kill a zombie with a plate, but i can't kill three unarmored humans with a shotgun blast to the face or a burst from an uzi, nevermind the bosses who soak up bullets like wolverine. 

rant over, but my most anticipated game is either mafia 2 or red dead redemption.  both are in my genre of choice, and i always love getting into a new open world and exploring it. 
7092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone find they don't buy downloadable titles (XBLA, WiiWare, PSN) anymore? on: December 18, 2009, 05:10:13 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on December 18, 2009, 01:18:14 PM

I don't buy them because I refuse to buy XBL points.  If they sold them for cash, I would probably buy some.

Quote from: Clay on December 18, 2009, 01:38:21 PM

I'm with you there. I hate the point system and has prevented me from buying at least 5-6 games. I don't pay enough attention to it to know how the points translate into dollars and I refuse to buy something when I don't know how much I'm paying for it.

i think i must be the only one who likes the points system, especially for how they abstract the value of them.  if they simply said $20 like the psn and wii cards, you wouldn't see near as many sales on them, imho.  at least none that i've ever seen.  as it is now, once a year target and toysrus either drop the price, give you a gift card, or make them eligible for 2for1 deals.  if the damn tru site had let me order it, i would have been able to grab 4800 points for $40.  that would have dropped the purchase price of anything i got with it by a third.  instant sale price.
7093  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 17 Resident Evil 5 $24.95(updated daily)) on: December 18, 2009, 04:57:12 PM
well that's good news at least.  as long as it's as cheap as it is on gamersgate, i'll get it through d2d.

Quote from: CeeKay on December 17, 2009, 08:47:36 PM

I was all excited for it to be rise of flight too  crybaby

i would have been too.  RoF is just the kind of game i could get in to. 
7094  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox 12 month + textpad + headset for $30 on: December 18, 2009, 04:51:43 PM
yeah, that sucks.  i would have grabbed one of these, if nothing else for inputting in the 12 month card. 
7095  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse: Today Only: Demigod 75% off on: December 17, 2009, 11:17:17 PM
i've also seen a copy on clearance at target for 12.50 if you want the option to resell it should it not be your thing.
7096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone find they don't buy downloadable titles (XBLA, WiiWare, PSN) anymore? on: December 17, 2009, 08:00:29 PM
i've actually bought more DL games this year than any year before.  sometimes, it's the sale priced offerings on psn like flower and prince of persia, and sometimes it's the anticipated game of the moment like shadow complex, splosion man, shooter, and alien breed.  hell, i still haven't played the last guy, even though it's been over a year since i bought it.  i'd have to check my catalog for what i bought this year, but as long as the game looks like fun, i'll give it a chance.

the biggest change though is this; i used to have the xbox set to download every trial game automatically.  now, i don't bother unless the game looks good.

i should add that in the three-ish years i had the wii, i never bought anything off the wii store.  a few reasons for that, despite all the good stuff available.  i bought a 360 6 months after the wii and stopped playing any wii games except big titles.  most of the games early on were either ones i had played or those i had no interest in, and all were quite expensive to boot. 
7097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Breed coming to XBLA! on: December 17, 2009, 06:22:33 PM
i downloaded this and unlocked it once the trial was over.  i was impressed by how well it controls and it feels like a top down version of shadow complex in some respects.  very responsive so far and i've gotten adjusted to using the bumpers for camera control.  first full level (of 5) took me about 50 minutes, and i was searching every side room for loot.  level was pretty linear, with a number of backtracking (not more than a few rooms away though) and had you mainly working to shut off the reactor.  everything in this level looked like you'd expect an engineering area to look.  second level is on medical, and there are more lighted rooms, lots of medical equipment, etc.  there are a number of items i've found, two grenade types, med kits which take more than a second to apply and gun turrets.  so far, i've seen 4 weapons, with the shotgun being my favorite.  it takes down a drone in one hit up close. 

on the downside, it highlights the biggest downside so far.  the aliens are pretty stupid and seem to have two states:  static guard or head-on run at you.  if you time it right, you can take down multiple enemies two feet away with the shotgun.  also, the scripted elements are pretty easy to anticipate after the first half hour or so.  there are not a randoms roaming around so after a while, the tension you felt at first fades out a bit. 

the other drawback is how easy it is to game the spawns.  most of the time, they all occur in one room, so you can back up into the last room and wait for the doors to open.  i'd have preferred it had there been more of an alien presence already roaming around that reacted to gunfire and came to attack you.  i hate to say it, but towards the end of the first level, i felt more like the orkin man than a survivor.  i hope the difficulty on epic is more to my liking as the middle difficulty level isn't much of a challenge so far, or that the game introduces some smarter enemies later on. 

still, i like what i see so far, and even though it won't be the goty material i hoped for, still fun.  i would love to get a co-op run through epic as well. 
7098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda : Spirit Tracks announced for DS on: December 16, 2009, 12:56:57 AM
i picked this up last night due to the sale and put in just enough time to get the spirit train and sent off to the first part of the map.  so far, the presentation and style are what's making this game enjoyable.  i wonder if i'll end up liking the ship in PH more though, as the train is obviously limited in movement.  looking to put more time into it.
7099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: December 16, 2009, 12:48:55 AM

Quote from: Razgon on December 15, 2009, 10:05:35 PM

Bah, its just oblivion with Sixshooters...

fallout with cowboys and indians.

the wildlife aspect they talked about sounds pretty cool too.  if you are alone in the wild west, you should have a bit of fear about attacked by animals. 

i hope they give you some method of starting a campfire out there.  mostly useless, but it would amp up the atmosphere and also give you an option should you wind up a long ways off from town. 

this just moved up from my b list. 
7100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alternate End of Year Awards on: December 15, 2009, 10:14:19 PM
best cinematic experience in video game form:  Uncharted 2
best art design, console:  Batman
best art design, download: tie between PJ shooter and Flower

contenders for 'of all time'
best use of a movie license:  Ghostbusters
best use of a comic license:  Batman AA (easy win for lifetime imo)

7101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: December 15, 2009, 06:56:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 15, 2009, 03:28:35 PM

gah!  February 2nd!  I was hoping for a late February release due to Mass Effect 2, Bioshock 2 and possibly Star Trek Online....

yeah, that means this will likely see a small delay until i get it, failing any deals early on.

i've loaded up the first two with mods to get a romp around the zone until then. 
7102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another year, another 10,000 Gamerscore on: December 14, 2009, 08:40:33 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 14, 2009, 08:12:57 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 14, 2009, 08:00:05 PM

end of 2006: 9730
end of 2007: 13395 (+3665)
end of 2008: 17940 (+4545)
end of 2009: 22275 (+4335)

When did the 360 launch? November 2005?

I had my first kid May 2006, my gamerscore has suffered ever since.

How are you figuring out your score at the end of each year? I just happened to write my down last year.

not sure about the rest, but i'm just going off of what i remember last year, which was wrapping up gow2's campaign to break 20k not long before new years.
7103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another year, another 10,000 Gamerscore on: December 14, 2009, 07:33:33 PM
great thread idea.  i'll have to go back to the list and see what i've accumulated.  i too have had a habit of shooting for over 10,000 points per year and i've actually done it in less than the three years i've had the system so my x0,000 moment happens around the end of the year. 
7104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox 360) 2 Refurbs or 1 New? on: December 14, 2009, 07:30:00 PM
well, i wouldn't be honest if i told you my refurb experience was good.  i started this gen with an elite when those hit the market and that unit lasted a year.  it's replacement, one built not much later than mine, went rrod less than a year after i got it, something like 7-8 months.  current model is over a year as well, but it too is a refurb and i fully expect it to die just after my three year warranty is over, so may-june or so.  although, tbh, i wouldn't be surprised if it went and died sooner.  it's a few months 'younger' than the last one, but still well before they brought out jasper.  the heatsink is supposedly better than stock due to the refurb, but if that's all it took to make the older models run without issue, we wouldn't hear so many stories of perennial failures.

the only solid model (so far, at least) is the jaspers.  smaller cpu/gpu, less heat and noise = lower chance of failure.
7105  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 13 COH: Tales of Valor $7.50(daily sale) on: December 14, 2009, 05:56:02 PM
while it's probably a moot point anyways, target had coh:tov on clearance a while back.  might be worth a visit to see if any copies remain in the wild.

as for tiger woods 08, does ea kill the servers for pc games once the newer version is released like they do on console?  not a huge thing for a golf game necessarily, but if you are interested in the mp side, it is.
7106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/14) on: December 14, 2009, 05:53:15 PM
going to snag a live points card for alien breed and hopefully get zelda: ST on the cheap due to the target sale.
7107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First trailer for Pixeljunk 1-4 (Shooter) on: December 14, 2009, 05:52:27 PM
that's too bad then.  that means it's what, 20 levels or so?  those stages can be pretty short if you know what you're doing. 

oh well.  i hope they do well enough to release another level pack, especially if they are as smartly designed as these ones are.

at least i'll have it wrapped up in time for alien breed, i guess.
7108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox 360) 2 Refurbs or 1 New? on: December 14, 2009, 05:48:31 PM
two issues here.  refurb systems are generally either older generation and more prone to burn out even after a refurb.  you can't polish out design flaws when it's the cpu/gpu size that's the root cause.  i wouldn't take a chance on a used system without full proof, in person, that it could play games online, not after that mass Live banning that just occurred a month or so back.  plus, you have the problem of MS not allowing you to transfer the warranty on a used console, so if it goes TU two months after you get it, it's a full price repair. 
7109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I finally understand the hate for the Sci Fi channel.... on: December 14, 2009, 05:42:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 11, 2009, 09:07:24 PM

LOL, I wasn't paying attention to the number of episodes listed and so many series I watch lately are only 10-13 episodes so I was thinking at 6 episodes I was halfway done, but Farscape has proper seasons so I'm delightfully a third of the way through the first season.

oh, how i envy you the experience of watching this the first time.  were it possible to inflict brain damage related to just watching this show, i would be tempted, just to get to see it again for the first time. 

glad you stuck with it through the opening season stumbling blocks.  had i not know how good it would get, i would have dumped it myself after disc 2.  luckily, they tightened up the storylines and introduced their best characters/story arcs, not to mention, drop that bad habit of fully orchestrating every scene like it was a george lucas movie. 
7110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 6 Things Hollywood needs to stop doing on: December 14, 2009, 05:38:10 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on December 14, 2009, 02:25:35 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on December 14, 2009, 01:06:07 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on December 13, 2009, 06:53:15 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 13, 2009, 06:16:05 AM

Then there's the Lord of the Rings or the first three Star Wars movies.  Those were planned and one movie flowed into the next.

So the Luke kissing his sister in Star Wars was intentional? icon_lol

George had originally planned for the series to be nine movies long.  However, he had to get the first movie made and then hope that it would be a success in order to make more movies.

As for the kiss being planned, we all know that George works from a vague outline and then makes up the story as he goes.   Have you ever read an original draft of the first Star Wars movie?  Ugh!  What a convoluted pile of crap that was.  Good thing he had people around him to help him with rewrites, pacing, and dialog.

Too bad he didn't follow the same plan with Episodes I - III.


Yes!  The treatment for Star Wars is hilarious, and the name "Starkiller" was a little on the nose.

on the nose, or more to the side, on the cheeks?
7111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: December 14, 2009, 05:35:28 PM

Quote from: cheeba on December 13, 2009, 11:04:31 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 13, 2009, 06:16:45 AM

Like almost all of Cameron's previous films?  That's the guy's MO.

Yeah a bit. The Terminators were a bit less preachy at least. The overarching theme to the Terminator series was that it's human nature to kill ourselves, but that wasn't the plot of the movies.

i think it was more like the line from sarah, 'the future is what we make it', ie. don't give artificial entities control over your life, be it corporate or AI.  that's why they invented skynet, to take control of our nuclear arsenal so we wouldn't have to be afraid of a power hungry mad man behind the button.
7112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flight of the Conchords on HBO on: December 14, 2009, 05:30:59 PM
sad, but not unexpected.  i bet it takes them a while to write each episode and coming up with new material plus acting is a lot more work than they first thought it would be.

what, no love for 'leggy blonde', 'sello tape' or 'humans are dead'? 

imho, there were only two songs from season 1 that i didn't like, and that's 'mermaids' and that one in french.  i also think that some of the songs worked better as stand-up, but others, especially 'beautiful girl' work much better in the show. 
7113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First trailer for Pixeljunk 1-4 (Shooter) on: December 14, 2009, 05:27:31 PM
I have a sinking feeling that I might be close to the end.  If that's the case then it means there are not that many levels.  So far, I've seen four suits and substances.  There are some cool interactions between some of them and the suits.  I've found all but one of the named miners and saved every one so far.  I really hope there is more as I've had a lot of fun with it.
7114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another pet vacuum thread on: December 14, 2009, 05:24:07 PM
another vote for the dc17.  i recently ran a test using our older bissel and then ran the dyson after it downstairs (where the kids hang out 90% of the time) and there was still half a can's worth of hair in there (wife and daughter both keep their hair past shoulder length).  basically, the bissel got the visible stuff you see on the carpet and barely touched the embedded stuff. 

it's pretty close to 5 years old now and runs as good as it did when we got it.
7115  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse weekend sales on: December 13, 2009, 06:43:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2009, 05:42:11 AM

wait, are Time of Shadows and Dawn of Magic 2 the same game?

NM, looked it up and they are indeed the same.

yeah, that's odd. 

to add to the oddness, the box art for dawn of magic 2 is that of the first one. 

so impulse sells both the european and US version of the same game under different names without mentioning it.   awesome.
7116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 6 Things Hollywood needs to stop doing on: December 13, 2009, 06:19:37 AM

Quote from: Qantaga on December 13, 2009, 05:39:00 AM

These are all pretty good, but I would add a seventh:
   
7. Stop changing major plot points in book adaptions for no other reason than your hack screenwriter just wants to put their grubby fingerprints on perfectly good source material.
   
I know there can be time considerations and production issues that necessitate some changes, but there are way too movies (and even tv shows) adapted from books that have major plot changes made for no good reason other than screenwriter, director, or producer ego.

+ eleventy billion.  'i am legend' would have been a much better flick if they had kept the 'whole damn meaning of the title' correct instead of the dying hero bs we got.

i, robot gets into this category on the sheer awfulness of taking a bunch of related stories and making a movie with such a disjointed representation of their themes.

as for the trilogy issue, if the story natively has three major acts and can be adapted to film without scimping on the story, then go for it.  lotr did it successfully because they knew they had an established and popular book to go off of.  spiderwick, not so much.  same with golden compass.  narnia is close enough to almost make it, but don't blow your wad of cash too soon or you won't last out the slow stuff that kills your sales.
7117  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 12 Sims 3 $39.95(daily sale) on: December 13, 2009, 06:05:20 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2009, 05:48:28 AM

on a side note, they have changed the list from what was shown at CAG.  CoH: Tales of Valor was not on it.

i noticed that, and with the weak sales on sims and dragon age, i have less faith that i'll score a cheap copy of risen from this sale.  bummer.
7118  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse weekend sales on: December 13, 2009, 05:37:59 AM
agreed.  had i known that's what they did, i wouldn't have bothered posting.
7119  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 12 Sims 3 $39.95(daily sale) on: December 13, 2009, 05:37:24 AM
wow, a $10 sale on a what, 6 month old game?  i guess i can ignore the page until monday. 
7120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: True Crime 3 to the PC? on: December 13, 2009, 05:33:21 AM
it did several things differently, most notably the melee combat, but also that you supposedly had multiple endings and could kill off major characters, changing how the plot flowed later on.  not sure if that was really in there or if it was anything more in depth than gta 4's approach.  i did enjoy the police work aspects to it and how you were penalized for excessive force and not apprehending small time perps.  shooting while driving was odd, but a huge step above gta: sa and let you aim in all directions due to a bullet time aspect.  they also allowed you to use BT to disarm opponents, most useful for those with a hostage.
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