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7121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach on: September 10, 2010, 03:58:51 AM
i have a feeling they may have cut back a bit due to the overwhelming amounts of cat helmet editions from the last legendary box.  i expect to see a few for a while afterwards, but not whole crates like they did last time.
7122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RRoD - Should I be Angry or Grateful? on: September 10, 2010, 03:56:33 AM
yeah, at least you can get it replaced for now.  my recommendation is to look into gazelle.  you can get it as an amazon gift card and get an extra 5% back too.

it won't net you as much as you might get on ebay or the like, but you won't have to deal with the hassle of selling it either. 

if i weren't broke, i would probably do this myself with my old system. 
7123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Onion's NFL Preview on: September 09, 2010, 01:08:24 AM
i like this one particularly:

St. Louis Rams
Strength: Going into 2010, the Rams are almost perfectly positioned to receive another high draft pick in 2011

7124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Thompson is at it again! on: September 09, 2010, 12:38:06 AM
i thought this guy was out of the trouble making business?  oh well, we'll just have to go back to ignoring him.
7125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard Changes it DRM? on: September 09, 2010, 12:31:17 AM
i read through much of it and this is the final word from blizzard on it:
Offline mode is intended to be available for 30 days upon authenticating your client by first logging in with an active internet connection; however, we are aware of an issue with the offline mode not functioning properly after the computer has been restarted. We are working on a solution for this issue to be included in an upcoming patch. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this matter.

so, it's not as dire as the article makes it out to be, but it does need to be fixed.
7126  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale! Day 8: The Sims 3 & The Sims 3 Ambitions on: September 08, 2010, 08:57:41 PM
The PAX code for an extra 5 bucks off makes it even better.
7127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: VVVVVV on: September 08, 2010, 06:06:01 PM
looks good, might pick it up during the inevitable steam winter sale.
7128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: September 08, 2010, 06:02:56 PM
all the more odd then that the last (latest?) dlc for mass effect 2 has been highly reviewed.  you would think some of that talent would rub off a bit.
7129  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Starcraft II $39.99 at K-mart on: September 08, 2010, 05:44:44 PM
the closest store to me didn't have this the first time on release week either.  mostly, the stock goes as soon as they open.  there's a thread on CAG with kmart employees posting and they try to stay on top of the promo and keep stores adhering to the sale so if you find a store not honoring the sale price, you can email the team to get the store updated.  they also update the thread with relative stock levels and when the next shipment arrives. 

probably the best social implementation of store-buyer deals i have seen and many of the deals they now have are a result of the posters on CAG. 
7130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HAWX 2 Impressions on: September 08, 2010, 02:59:40 PM
There was only one mission in the cockpit view and I didn't pay attention to the readouts.  After that, the missions have all been chase camera. As it's a rental, I don't know if you can change view, except for the off-assist mode you mentioned.

Played a little further and have unlocked a few more aircraft and upgrades. The missions are getting longer with multiple objectives and there have been a few quirky ones thrown in too.
7131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HAWX 2 Impressions on: September 08, 2010, 03:55:41 AM
i've had this a short time and gone through several of the campaign missions.  so far, i have manually taken off twice with the full taxiing onto the runway, a complete landing and a mid-air refueling section.  the missions so far are fairly short and not that complex.  there was one level straight out of modern warfare, so you decide if that's a good thing or not.   i really hope they improve the mission structure soon as it's been straight interception affairs.  there was a short bombing section which was new as well.  i hope it makes a return later on. 

the leveling up aspect is still present but they don't give you the choice to play with the new toys like the last one did, instead you pretty much step into the shoes of a different pilot/plane.  you can select the plane/loadout on mission replays, which seems like a small thing but imho, kind of takes the appeal out of getting new aircraft and choosing which loadout to take with you.  there are a lot of those challenges again and it seems to be similar to the way splinter cell conviction handled it.  you get points to unlock aircraft loadout packages. 
7132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-man : Shattered Dimensions on: September 08, 2010, 12:05:39 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 07, 2010, 09:41:07 PM

Our review is up on the front page for Wii, PS3, and 360!


7133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul-New Simon Pegg/Nick Frost film on: September 07, 2010, 09:20:11 PM
Awesome. Nick and Simon have a great comedic duo and it's always good to see them together. At first I was a bit off that Edgar wasn't involved or the third in the "blood and ice cream" trilogy was going to be directed by someone else but this sounds good. That the third will be next year is even better.

The extra cast should be interesting too.
7134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-man : Shattered Dimensions on: September 07, 2010, 07:09:09 PM

Quote from: Graham on September 07, 2010, 06:57:21 PM

Reivews are up:

You can see the links for the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 at the bottom of the news piece.

sounds like a really good spider man game is possible.  the narrower focus seems to help, despite the potential of a sandbox world.
7135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] Lebanon (interesting war film about 1982 Israeli tank crew) on: September 07, 2010, 06:49:08 PM

Quote from: Jag on September 07, 2010, 05:42:18 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 07, 2010, 04:09:26 PM

BTW I'd heard once that the producers of Patton were counting on using the Israeli Shermans with the modified French 75mm gun. As the rumor goes, thinks heating up between Arab League countries and Israel in the aftermath of the 6 Day War prevented any of them being available.

That would have gone over well.

"The Arabs are advancing, get our tanks there to stop them!"
"Um, all our tanks are being used in a movie right now."

I did notice that many of those cheesy 80s fighter movies (sans Top Gun which used an entire Squadron) used IAF planes for both sides.

useless trivia of the day:  one of my old high school buddy's father was in the squadron that top gun used in the movie.  his plane was even in one of the shots but i have long forgotten which bird was his.  he also greatly despises the goose death spiral scene as being totally impossible.  according to him the damn f-14 couldn't move that way even if you wanted to. 
7136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Black Ops on: September 07, 2010, 06:45:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 07, 2010, 06:08:19 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 07, 2010, 04:14:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 07, 2010, 02:33:11 PM

Gary Oldman and Ed Harris are going to be doing voice work for this.

so gary will be doing the russian leader's voice then?  ed harris can voice the US leader.  not a bad matchup. 

full details.

i do remember oldman's character from w@w.  too bad they couldn't get keifer to go in again.  that would be fun biggrin
7137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RIP Brian Wood 33 ..Relic lead designer killed in car wreck on: September 07, 2010, 06:02:11 PM
it was in the CoH online thread. 
7138  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale! Day 6: Force Unleashed and Disciples 3 on: September 07, 2010, 05:48:19 PM
Cities XL $19.95
Tropico 3 Absolute Power - $9.95

with the PAX promo code, this means you can get both for $10.95.  great deal.
7139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: September 07, 2010, 04:56:40 PM
mentioning "direct to video" when discussing steven seagal movies is like telling you that an M night movie may have a twist at the end.  i think he's done as many of those as actual theater releases.   Tongue
7140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 09/3/10 on: September 07, 2010, 04:54:24 PM
played some dow2 and that was about it. 
7141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/06) on: September 07, 2010, 04:53:39 PM

Quote from: Tscott on September 07, 2010, 04:50:21 PM

I don't know.  I might be getting Amnesia.

now here's an out-of-context quote waiting to happen.  biggrin
7142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: September 07, 2010, 04:49:53 PM
dropped in lieu of medivacs?
7143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: September 07, 2010, 04:48:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 07, 2010, 03:41:51 PM

and they just put up the Kings Quest 7 & 8 bundle.  I'm hoping they run a special on them soon; 30 bucks for all 3 bundles seems kind of pricey.

better to do the telltale adventure bundle instead.  save $10 and get 4 whole other games with it.
7144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Black Ops on: September 07, 2010, 04:14:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 07, 2010, 02:33:11 PM

Gary Oldman and Ed Harris are going to be doing voice work for this.

so gary will be doing the russian leader's voice then?  ed harris can voice the US leader.  not a bad matchup. 
7145  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Telltale's Great Adventure Bundle on: September 07, 2010, 08:11:12 AM
great cause but i am not nearly as interested in the other games as i would be if sam & max were included.  it's not likely to be at this point as they've sold 1200 and only have 3 more days to go. 

not a bad deal at all if you wanted to get puzzle agent though. 

whispered world looks pretty cool though. 
7146  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale! Day 5: Company of Heroes and Dawn of War 2 on: September 06, 2010, 05:33:36 PM
SW:TFU Sith - $7.50
Disciples 3: Renaissance- $27.95

beware of these two though.  the pc port of TFU was considerably poorer than the console and D3:R is pretty bland according to the impressions here.
7147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Earth Defense Force returns? on: September 06, 2010, 07:30:09 AM
I had a lot of fun with it even though I never finished it, nor earned any achievements. A sequel could be even better with co-op. Hopefully, they can get some kind of insane Serious Sam player counts and have 8 or more against the mobs.
7148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/06) on: September 06, 2010, 07:26:19 AM
I have HAWX 2 on the way from gamefly. The first was pretty fun and this should be decent fun too, at least for a few days.
7149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jupiter visible to the SE on: September 06, 2010, 04:46:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 06, 2010, 03:53:40 AM

I just googled Uranus.

you would, you sick freak!
7150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Firefall from Red 5...massive team shooter...beta signups too. on: September 06, 2010, 04:38:37 AM

Quote from: Azhag on September 06, 2010, 12:37:15 AM

Well, I joined. Certainly interesting looking... not sure if it'll be for me or not, but worth trying out smile
also signed up, with the same name here.  hopefully the beta starts soon, that looked fun.
7151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HAWX 2 (no, I am not using the dots) - fall '10 on: September 05, 2010, 06:20:29 PM
well, it looks like i was able to get a game in on time so this will be delivered some time next week, hopefully wednesday or thursday at the latest so i'll have impressions to offer up for the short time i have with it until a certain game hits next week.  i was able to get that game for less than full retail, so i don't have to worry about getting the spot open in my queue.

i only sent back mafia 2 on thursday, so i was a little surprised they mailed me saying hawx 2 was on the way yesterday. 
7152  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale! Day 4: Modern Warfare 2 and Puzzle Quest 2 on: September 05, 2010, 04:55:53 PM
Company of heroes - $4.95
DoW2 - $14.95

7153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Sandman the series? on: September 05, 2010, 02:13:48 AM
If Neil is involved, I have some hope it won't suck.  I wouldn't put it past the cw to go all out to mold it into their own image though.
7154  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale! Day 3: Europa Universalis 3 and Mount & Blade: Warband on: September 05, 2010, 01:29:23 AM
modern warfare 2 - $10 off.  $49.95, what a deal  Roll Eyes

puzzle quest 2, $14.95, $5 off. 

remember, you can use PAX to save $5 off any game over $15. 

maybe better luck tomorrow. 
7155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath remake coming to PS3! on: September 05, 2010, 01:16:33 AM
in on day one.  i didn't have an xbox until the 360 so i missed the original.
7156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman:Arkham City due probably next October! on: September 05, 2010, 01:13:12 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 04, 2010, 12:07:50 AM

1st game spoiler
Spoiler for Hiden:
i know The Riddler got arrested at the end of the first game,but then he should actually be THERE in Arkham City,right?

well, technically...
Spoiler for Hiden:
he was only arrested if you found out all of his clues.  he should be in there personally, but in one of the previews, his puzzles were mentioned as the basis for a new form of puzzle.  they won't be simple collectibles this time if i read it right. 
7157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: September 05, 2010, 01:10:16 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 05, 2010, 01:02:30 AM

Quote from: Destructor on September 05, 2010, 12:57:19 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 04, 2010, 06:04:35 PM

They're having a 25X XP weekend. They don't mess around.

They realize that nobody is going to play multiplayer once Halo 3 comes out in 2ish weeks, so they're going out with a bang.

Halo 3?

halo 3: reach?
7158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fun with Captcha! on: September 04, 2010, 12:40:54 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 03, 2010, 11:04:01 PM

It seems a bit twisted that we have designed robots to decide whether we are human or robots.

It's true, Deckard was an android.
7159  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Want to save 5 bucks at Direct2Drive? on: September 03, 2010, 03:09:30 AM
from the link you posted here.

Just enter the coupon code “PAX” and get $5 off instantly for any purchase over $15!

oh well, i guess you could get a few of the deals and then use the code to save a few more.  not a bad deal i guess. 

and fwiw, i haven't even installed star wolves (the game i got for $2.50 in july) as it was a 4+ gb zip file that needs to be extracted and i haven't committed to spending the 2+ hours it estimates it would take to extract.  and 7zip is supposedly faster. 
7160  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Want to save 5 bucks at Direct2Drive? on: September 03, 2010, 01:30:19 AM
too bad they locked it to $15 minimum; I used the last $5 off to get a game for $2.50. Would have loved to get tropico 3 for a buck.
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