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7121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Blu-ray, er PS3 has broken. on: November 21, 2010, 10:39:01 PM
damn thing went and died the other day while playing a movie.  no warning, just powered off.  it doesn't give a ylod either, just a slight red light when you flick the back power switch. 

this thing has been vertical on a tv shelf about 5 feet off the ground since i got it and has very little dust in it anywhere (i give it a good clean periodically with compressed air) and has been primarily used as a BD/dvd player.  it barely had any dust in the HD casing either. 

it is a 60gb bc model and probably over 3 years old, so the odds of getting an exact replacement or getting it back from sony are questionable.  it would also cost more than a standalone player to repair it. 

that leaves me with a few options.  send it in and hope for the best, but get back a unit that could fail in another year.  say adios to the ps3 gaming scene, which i haven't played a game on since last year and sell the few games i have and also lose the only source to quickly replay any of the large stack of ps2 games i still own.  or pick up a new slim model, hopefully on a BF sale, but lose the BC, which tbh, i haven't touched a ps2 game in almost 2 years either. 

not really sure what my best option is here atm.  mostly, i am a little bummed it died with comparatively little use on it, almost from neglect. 
7122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is your biggest disappointment / surprise game of the year? on: November 21, 2010, 10:29:22 PM
the year is almost over and with a couple of exceptions, all the big games are now out.  looking back at the games we were all hyped up about going into 2010, what games do you feel missed their mark and which ones were surprise hits?

for me, the biggest disappointments is a tie, for largely the same reason.  SW The Force Unleashed 2.  it had the potential to be such a great follow-up and instead it pales in comparison to the first in almost every way.  the level designs were fairly uninspired, combat devolved into mindless button smashing, boss battles were boring or went on too long and the game set up some potentially awesome moments and then left them on the cutting room floor.  top it off with a plot that asked questions but gave no answers and will likely stay that way and you have a game that you can only ask "why couldn't this have been better?"

the other would be crackdown 2.  it felt too much like an expansion pack and had very little innovation while stripping it of some of the things we loved in crackdown 1. 

candidates:  fable 3 for how it feels like a huge step back from #2 and front mission evolved, for taking a genre with serious potential and basically blowing it. 

as for the biggest surprise, it has to be dark void.  i had no hopes that it would be anything better than decent and was surprised at how fun it was flying the jetpack and being able to go from flight to hover to ground combat could change the way a fight played out.  it also had some great music.

candidate (only until i have played through) and surely the one for top spot for others:  AC Brotherhood.  that ubi took a game seen last year as cheap cash-in and made it one of the best games of the year in less than a year's time is surely a sign that they know what they are doing.  it expands on ac2 in real and useful ways and feels like a proper sequel on its own.  toss in a mp mode which we all doubted could work that actually comes off as the freshest mp experience since MW turned it into a rpg-like and you have a game which is a serious goty contender. 

so, what's yours?
7123  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Age of Empires 3 Complete Collection 10 CENTS! on: November 21, 2010, 09:55:56 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on November 21, 2010, 09:32:10 PM

I dont think i'll even pay a dime for this one. the other two were good.

it's not bad and tbh, even if it was a steam crazy sale for $5, i doubt i would even bother as i already have good rts games to play.  but for a dime, i am more than willing to give it a try.

played for an hour or so and it reminds me that i need to brush up on my hotkeys as it wasn't long before i was getting swarmed by the other team. 

the meta game is unusual and i wonder how deep it is.
7124  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Age of Empires 3 Complete Collection 10 CENTS! on: November 21, 2010, 05:54:20 PM
for those of you with the game, you may run into the step where it asks you for your cd key (on the back of the manual, the installer proudly says!).  here's where it is under GFW

you need to sign into your gfw, go to downloads, then click the cd icon, and there is a view key tab below it.

thank you CAG, no thank you GFW for not automating what steam does all the freaking time.

7125  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So. Full Body Scanners. on: November 21, 2010, 05:32:02 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on November 21, 2010, 08:17:31 AM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on November 21, 2010, 12:53:20 AM

Quote from: Zekester on November 20, 2010, 11:48:29 PM

Fake?

I demand links proving this!  icon_wink

no, seriously....were those PS'd or what?

Here you go.

Note that they are not merely fakes, but 10-month-old fakes.

Hey, that's pretty neat.

Ale

Mr Fed uses LMGTFY   The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.
7126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: November 21, 2010, 05:27:13 PM
i found with another game a while back that the link in the library didn't have a manual, but the store page did.  it was odd and i thought it was the same problem greg had until stumbling on a forum post on steam which mentioned it.
7127  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Age of Empires 3 Complete Collection 10 CENTS! on: November 21, 2010, 08:55:49 AM
damn, that's crazy.  it was a perfect thing to spend the "extra" 10 points i had in my account. 
7128  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / GFW DotD 11/20 - Bioshock - $1.99 on: November 20, 2010, 10:20:06 PM
i wonder if this means they want to compete with Steam on fire sales too.

link

they also have BS2 for $10
7129  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Spend 2400 XBLA points, get 800 back on: November 20, 2010, 10:16:28 PM

Quote from: Laner on November 19, 2010, 04:57:29 PM

I neglected to read the fine print where it said the weekly deals were not eligible :/  So no points for me.

which is bad considering how many over at CAG were convinced the dotw were eligible, complete with some form of confirmation from xbox reps on twitter. 

all i know for certain was the RB transfers were not eligible.
7130  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Fallout New Vegas digital CE. 30 bucks @ D2D on: November 20, 2010, 10:14:44 PM
damn, that's an awesome price.
7131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds: The Temptation now Two Worlds 2 on: November 20, 2010, 06:09:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 20, 2010, 11:30:47 AM

first patch for TW2 is out on the main website:

    * fixed crash in singleplayer campaign during streaming of levels (CD icon) or during teleportation.
    * fixed one crash in multiplayer.
    * fixed quality of rendering ogg videos (when HD video option is off)
    * if game crashes while playing wmv videos then it is switched to ogg mode and next time ogg will be played.
    * fixed missing in shops magic cards: Air Life and Air Lightning.
    * fixed type of potion ingredients generated in village shops.
    * fixed endless invisibility spell error.
    * fixed wrong direction of camera in sniper mode in reversed vertical view.
    * fixed problem with changing bid by +/- keys in dice minigame on laptop keyboards.
    * fixed displaying wrong number of equipment parts in "destroy equipment" message box
    * added missing "Check for updates" option to settings.
    * some player reported long time of making savegames in full screen. It was possible caused by taking screen shot. Save screen shots can be turned off by console command: game.MakeSaveScreenShot 0 - it should be added to autosaveGame3.con file in Parameters subdirectory of save game.
    * one change was made which could fix problem with saving multiplayer characters / village. Now if sending data to server fails then game make two more attempts to send

reminds me of the early launch/patchwork done on TW1.  means the game should be pretty damn good when it hits the US. 
7132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homefront on: November 20, 2010, 05:58:45 PM
it also sounds a little like it did in saboteur.  you destroyed the nazi's infrastructure while inspiring the common man to fight.  while i think homefront isn't going the whole sandbox approach (which would be awesome btw) the basic premise is great for setting up a game
7133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops [Impressions start @ page 12] on: November 20, 2010, 05:08:33 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 19, 2010, 02:40:59 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 19, 2010, 02:22:25 AM

No sure I'll get time tonight but I am all in for Friday night shootyface. Usual time for me though, so about 9, west-side time.

Assuming we don't drop power like the other night and tank my ISP for a day and a half. Grrrr

I think I'm going to be in for the long haul tonight, too.  The fall softball season has ended and the winter one doesn't start up until late January, so all of a sudden my Friday nights have cleared up for a bit. 

Shooteyface!
sorry i missed out on the fun.  let's just say my choice of lunch options went wrong.  I had a nice six pack all lined up too.  frown
7134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/19/10 on: November 20, 2010, 05:04:58 PM
blops
AssCreeBro
FONV

not necessarily in that order.
7135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: AC: Brotherhood - impressions and full review! on: November 20, 2010, 05:02:37 PM
i still mostly die more than not but i had a great moment the other night playing the team game.  we were the targets and i spotted the enemy on the roof and was notified that he had seen me.  i joined a group chatting and hit the disguise before he came over the ledge, completely oblivious and turning to look out the door.  i left the group and walked up to him and stunned him and was about to circle back the way he came when one of his buddies jumped from the ramparts and landed on my back. 

i also got the achievement for losing two ore more pursuers by running past a gate and into a hay bail.  they didn't give me a chance to get out though and eventually found me hiding.  not sure it's a good thing that you get a "press X to assassinate" when you approach your target's hiding place though.  it's not like he could see me hiding.
7136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: November 20, 2010, 02:23:20 AM
are you kidding me? - morning news crew manages to miss a bridge collapse. 

7137  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Spend 2400 XBLA points, get 800 back on: November 19, 2010, 02:43:48 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 19, 2010, 12:57:21 PM

I got mine a few days ago.
same here.
7138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 19, 2010, 07:18:26 AM

Quote from: TK-421 on November 19, 2010, 12:47:14 AM

Quote from: hispanicgamer on November 18, 2010, 11:02:47 PM

Those are awesome!

I especially like how each set of instructions calls for that double ended, bent allen wrench yet not a single one of them actually shows it being used.

love those.  were there more of them?
7139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: November 19, 2010, 04:35:20 AM
yeah, i saw that.  bummer.
7140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Sorcerer's Apprentice on: November 19, 2010, 02:40:25 AM

Quote from: hepcat on November 18, 2010, 08:49:00 PM

I think I need to watch Raising Arizona and Wild at Heart again so I can try to remember why Cage still has a career in film.

reading about his role in RA makes me weep for his career.  I don't think he's been in a real good movie in years.  crybaby
7141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Shows That Would Be Better With Zombies...... on: November 19, 2010, 02:32:46 AM
Zombies would be the only reason I would even watch most of those shows.
7142  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal: Sniper Ghost Warrior on: November 19, 2010, 02:24:27 AM
Thats tenting. I'll have to read some reviews first though. 
7143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops [Impressions start @ page 12] on: November 19, 2010, 02:22:25 AM
No sure I'll get time tonight but I am all in for Friday night shootyface. Usual time for me though, so about 9, west-side time.

Assuming we don't drop power like the other night and tank my ISP for a day and a half. Grrrr
7144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Cowboys vs. Aliens on: November 18, 2010, 08:45:34 AM
i guess i am the only one who read the title and thought texas cowboys vs illegal aliens then.
7145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spider-man: Sam Raimi out! re-boot in progress! on: November 18, 2010, 08:44:58 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on November 07, 2010, 05:25:04 AM

Here's my guess: The studio was probably upset by how he mismanaged Venom and wanted him to use him again. Raimi said no. The studio said yes. The toxic buzz after Spiderman 3 meant that Raimi no longer had a whole ton of influence, and the studio figured that the Spiderman name is what people want.

It still angries up my blood, though. Cliff Robertson and Rosemary Harris were perfectly cast.

and jk simmons too. 
7146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 18, 2010, 04:24:25 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 17, 2010, 08:03:27 AM

she needs to be wearing a Princess Leia Slave Outfit for that pic.
ripley's outfit from the end of alien (or the earlier pic) would work too.
7147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Create on: November 18, 2010, 04:20:17 AM
decent review so far, but i have far too much on my plate, even for a decent incredible machine style game.

sadly, it sounds like they wanted to have the the LBP quantity of items without giving you as much freedom to create interesting community challenges and managed to come up with a poor implementation of level sharing to boot.

and Move support (on the PS3, of course) is more tiring than useful.
7148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: AC: Brotherhood - impressions and full review! on: November 18, 2010, 04:13:08 AM
haven't checked the uplay things yet but from the last few ubi games i have rented, i have a pretty decent stash already. 
7149  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Buying AssCreedBro & NFS:HP? Best deal seems to be TRU on: November 18, 2010, 04:11:49 AM
i have never been able to take advantage of the TRU deal.  even when i had a chance last year to get one with batman, they didn't have enough copies and sold out within 2 hours. 

now that kmart is doing these i just go there.  it's such a little known thing in my area i have no problem getting a copy.  hell, after the deals and credit i had going in, ACB was basically free.  $40 in game credit plus the $20 in game credit from purchase. 
7150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 17, 2010, 04:47:19 AM

Quote from: Biyobi on November 17, 2010, 04:41:35 AM

Quote from: TK-421 on November 16, 2010, 09:27:04 PM

Oh this is just too wrong....




Agreed.  He should be wearing an entire jumper made of bacon.
Son of super meat boy?
7151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on: November 17, 2010, 04:07:41 AM
well that CE is a bust
7152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Gaming Headphones on: November 17, 2010, 04:05:51 AM
i am kicking myself that the sale ended saturday night and i didn't realize it until i logged in on sunday to buy them.  crud.  really hope these get some kind of love on black friday.
7153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: AC: Brotherhood - impressions on: November 17, 2010, 04:03:45 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 17, 2010, 03:42:11 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on November 17, 2010, 03:41:40 AM

So, does anything carry over from one to the other?

Negative.   You'll have to re-earn everything.  smile

but this time you have to ask leonardo for permission.
7154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/15) on: November 15, 2010, 01:57:45 PM
AssCreeBro. The review was pretty positve and I have a bunch of rewards points so it's basically free.
7155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Plea for Another Elder Scrolls on: November 14, 2010, 06:11:07 PM
awesome.  now that mentioned it, i do remember something along those lines a while back.  great news.  get id to do the engine, then give it to someone with a talent for world building.

now we just need something newsworthy. 
7156  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Kmart DotW 10/24 - $20 GC, Fable 3, SWFU2, RB3, more. on: November 14, 2010, 05:55:04 PM
refer to the first post for details regarding Gaming Coupons and Reward Points offers.
11/14 - 11/20

PS3
320GB Move Bundle - $50 GC

360/PS3
Hot Pursuit - $20 GC
AC: Brotherhood - $20 GC
EA Active 2 bundle - $20 GC
Apache Air Assault - $30 GC
NBA Jam - $20 GC

Wii
EA Active 2 bundle - $20 GC
Pac-Man Party - $15 GC
Sonic Colors - $15 GC
Buy a U-Draw plus a U-Draw game - $30 GC

DS
Mario vs Donkey Kong - $10 GC
7157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Plea for Another Elder Scrolls on: November 14, 2010, 05:14:07 PM
i really hope they can improve the engine enough to do away with the house/cave=load aspect of the game.  when i play the gothic types, it always drives home how much more immersive it is to just walk in to a house and not be faced with a loading screen, plus you can use them to escape from enemies the way you do in TES/FO games. 

and yeah, the scaling in NV is definitely not present early on.  i wandered north of the graveyard and was promptly ganged up by a pack of big radscorpions. 
7158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winnie the Pooh - Brand new!! Christmas 2011 on: November 13, 2010, 04:41:09 PM
looks like a good movie to take the kids to. 
7159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops [Impressions start @ page 12] on: November 13, 2010, 04:35:30 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 13, 2010, 04:15:22 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 13, 2010, 04:13:19 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 13, 2010, 01:38:30 PM

Pete, we're about the same level--how do you have so many extra BLOPS Bucks to spend on decorations?  Between guns, attachments, perks and killstreaks I'm pretty much always zeroed out.

It's all part of his fabulousness.   Fabulous

I think he doesn't actually spend any money on guns, just decorations.

that would explain it.  bling out the decorations, keep the same gun.  "if it ain't pretty, it ain't worth killing with"

other than the claymore's, i haven't dropped big cash on a lot of attachments myself.  only grabbed two killstreaks and 3 perks so far and i plan to stick with them for a while.  i am pretty much saving up for the galil and the m60 and will go full all in when they unlock.  been sticking to the enfield pretty much for now and grabbing galil's when i see them.
7160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell games on sale - advice needed on: November 13, 2010, 07:52:26 AM
No one has mentioned it yet but CT on the pc uses starforce as the drm. Not sure if they stripped that out on later retail releases, but it should have been stripped out the D/L versions. Starforce also hates 64 -bit os'es faik. Best to get it via download IMO.

It is the best in the series by a long shot, especially the stuff captured guards say under pressure.  I really should have bought the xbox 1 version of DA when I had the chance but the other version is worth playing if you can get past the early stuff. Conviction is fun, but it isn't in the same vein as the others and is basically a whole different game.  

edit - stupid iphone spell checker
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