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7121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gas mileage - what's yours like? I just hit 600km (372miles) on: August 25, 2010, 04:05:48 PM
2001 Acura RSX ~170k.  i always get over 27 mpg on a 13 gal tank.  it's gotten better too.  i used to get 23-25 depending on traffic.  

the highlander fares a bit worse of course, but if we take it easy we get over 20 mpg.  
7122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II on: August 25, 2010, 02:47:53 AM
Nice shots ceekay. They really nailed the atmosphere.  Thanks man.
7123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach on: August 24, 2010, 08:15:50 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 21, 2010, 01:59:18 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 20, 2010, 10:23:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 20, 2010, 07:52:43 PM

Damn, I need a couple more points.

Same. Strange find though.

Actually, I think this might be a problem:

Just a warning - looks like Reach is out there in the wild. This time it seems we can't blame the French; apparently, a group of modders figured out how to fool into allowing a download of the copies put up for some press. (Ouch!) Videos and screenshots are already online, and it's likely that if you hang around on forums, you WILL see spoilers. (We'll do our best to keep them off the HBO forum, but we can't guarantee anything... and we certainly can't help with other places on the interwebs.) So if you're looking to play Reach unspoiled... now might be a good time to go dark.

Whoops. Talk about making it easy to pirate - they pulled it from Microsoft's own servers!

they are getting targeted and banned by ms though so it shouldn't last long.  i would still avoid the grungier parts of the web to avoid any spoilage.
7124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Ruler on: August 24, 2010, 08:12:00 PM
any comparison to sins of a solar empire?  obviously, this is more grand in scale but i am curious as i just restarted soase with mods and noticed this was out.  looks interesting to be sure.
7125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: August 24, 2010, 08:09:55 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on August 24, 2010, 03:21:35 PM

I look forward to playing this game in 2015.
quiet you!

it will be 2016 for sure
7126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II on: August 24, 2010, 08:08:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 24, 2010, 06:01:57 AM

damn, the winter part of the game is nicely done.

got any pics for those of us not running uber PCs?  my machine won't handle it as well so it's console for me.  also, broke so rental is cheaper.
7127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: They do nothing small in China on: August 24, 2010, 08:05:53 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 24, 2010, 03:31:45 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on August 23, 2010, 06:51:56 PM

Pics or it didn't happen.

Article with a picture.

Over three days and two nights, Wang, a truck-driver, managed to haul his coal-carrying truck over a grand distance of 10 km.

Mr. Wang’s truck, and hundreds of others, have, over the past 10 days, been slowly inching their way along the 110 Expressway, part of a 100 km-long convoy that, according to some reports, may perhaps be the world’s longest-ever traffic jam.

almost 70 miles.  that would stretch further south than i usually go and much further north than i did when i was working.  i can't imagine what the side streets would be like at this point. 
7128  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Plain Sight 80% off! on: August 24, 2010, 07:34:46 PM
damn, two bucks is awesome.  can't pass this up for that.  anyone want to go in on a 4 pack? 
7129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Idea for Sustainable Energy, Elzar style! on: August 24, 2010, 02:47:25 PM
Duracell better get working on those Z batteries if they want in on this.

I was wondering how one would transfer energy from one planet to another. Not like you can beam it out. Would really only be useful for a station or one of the moons.

Maybe you should hawk the idea to Ben bova. He's always writing books about stuff like that.   
7130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Kinect on: August 24, 2010, 02:29:01 PM
So, by his response, we can see that the video chat is out at launch then?  Or is that buried in the meat of the article? 

If so, it's never good to strip stuff out at the last minute.
7131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting that time of year..Oktoberfest girls..NSFW on: August 24, 2010, 07:43:23 AM

Quote from: Crux on August 22, 2010, 03:42:55 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 22, 2010, 02:19:24 AM

#31 Boris Becker the lucky bastard icon_biggrin

I can't seem to scroll past #10. It's so mesmerizing.

you should.  44 is even better.
7132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Survival on: August 24, 2010, 03:02:32 AM
that is good news.  i've always preferred his show to bear's.
7133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: They do nothing small in China on: August 23, 2010, 05:35:50 PM
if that happened here, there would be a noticeable spike in violent attacks. 

hell,9 days in?  better to walk.
7134  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Some Decent iPhone/iPad Game Price Drops on: August 23, 2010, 05:10:46 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 20, 2010, 01:45:54 AM

The iPad version of N.O.V.A. is 99 cents and the iPhone version is FREE! Showing up for me, just bought it.   icon_biggrin
it shows up as free for me too on the app page but prompts you to fork over the $5 once you start it and after you finish the short two level demo. 

in app purchase "freebies" should put that in their description.

and yes jag, you can buy them if you don't have an ipad yet.  i have a few one day freebies already.
7135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torchlight 2! on: August 23, 2010, 04:57:34 PM
or just wait for the inevitable $5 rolling steam/impulse/gamersgate/direct2drive sale Tongue
7136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/23) on: August 23, 2010, 04:45:39 PM
i've had a spot for mafia 2 in my gamefly queue for over a week now so that should be on the way.  if not, then back to the backlog while reading the impressions thread.

and it's confirmed.  should be playing this by thursday if luck is on my side.
7137  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking For: The First American Mcgees - Alice on: August 23, 2010, 01:37:27 AM
If not, I know I have a copy of it too.
7138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 20, 2010, 04:14:53 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 11, 2010, 06:49:18 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 11, 2010, 06:24:41 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on August 11, 2010, 05:44:40 PM

This has probably been done but:

Quite possibly the worst rapper on the planet.

I didn't get his name.   icon_lol

I do know that he is sweet 16, soon to be...



sweet 17.

bad enough to get mocked on tosh.o 

"remix. "

also probably been done, but i love that someone thought of doing this.

TF2: hot girl backstabbing
7139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Requiem: A Sins Of A Solar Empire Mod!! on: August 20, 2010, 03:53:17 AM
i also found out about the galactic empire mod,  it's not stable with the current version of entrenchment (currently, 1.51) while requiem is.  soage has more factions though and replaces the original three so if it can get released, it will be one to watch.  alliance vs empire vs droids vs galactic council could be pretty cool to see.
7140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Requiem: A Sins Of A Solar Empire Mod!! on: August 20, 2010, 03:48:36 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 20, 2010, 02:30:45 AM

I love Sins but i don't see the point to this if you own Empire at War

do larger battles without eaw's rigid fleet cap sound like fun?  does the streamlined soase 4x gameplay without the wonky ground battles sound interesting?  sure, eaw has a lot of great aspects which really stand out when you don't have them (subsection targeting for one and a campaign game for another) but as a stable mod for soase that lets you amass huge fleets to clash with others, you can't beat this mod.

7141  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 8-19-2010: STALKER bundle 75% off on: August 20, 2010, 02:03:18 AM
that's a great deal if you haven't already got call of pripyat.
7142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Requiem: A Sins Of A Solar Empire Mod!! on: August 20, 2010, 01:59:35 AM
this mod got me to reinstall and buy entrenchment last night.

note that the mod (like most soSE mods these days) requires entrenchment.  this one also works with diplomacy, but not with vanilla.  i also saw this mod listed on kotaku last night and have already played a little bit.  it really has the full conversion going on and while i haven't gotten far enough to get into any big battles yet, it looks and sounds spot on.  it doesn't limit you to just empire and alliance though and you can mix it up with the original 3 races. 

i also downloaded and started a battlestar galactica mod called sins of the 13th colony and it's also pretty cool looking.  it is a total conversion so no other races to fight, but with the way he has modded the game, probably not well balanced that way anyways.  no shields, lots of fighters and cap ship buffs, frak cannons and nukes, tons of missiles, etc. 

now the hard choice, which mod to play.  there is also apparently another SW mod called sins of a galactic empire, but i have not checked it out yet.
7143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 has been hacked/jailbreaked on: August 19, 2010, 08:26:05 PM
If this turns ou to be true, I wonder how it affects the Linux hack-back that was being worked on. I am still running an older FW on it as I haven't been tempted to buy anything on PSN lately. Kind of reluctant to update even though i haven't really wanted to install Linux on it.
7144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Numen: Contest of Heroes on: August 19, 2010, 08:21:52 PM
I think there was some discussion on it back in the steam sale when it was under 10 bucks and the general consensus was it was a bit flawed and generic. There is a pretty good review on it in the steam forums.   
7145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II on: August 19, 2010, 08:12:57 PM
There you go. I remember many of those vehicles and if I were to load up an old save, I'd have a bunch lines up just like that.  I always loved that aspect of the extreme free ride. 

The pic is sideways though.
7146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II on: August 19, 2010, 06:09:40 PM
it was difficult and often frustrating until you got used to the gun fights.  basically, not rushing in and praying, but going more methodically and using cover whenever possible.  also, ducking and holding your aim worked far better than a gta style run and gun.

i got to really love the mafia 1 combat and towards the end, able to go through the major gunfights without dying to anything but my own stupidity.  i had the same feeling after playing through the mafia 2 demo a few times.  it pays to take your time and fight smarter. 
7147  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 7 detecting second hard drive? on: August 19, 2010, 06:01:41 PM
open up diskmgmt.msc from the start menu.  it will show you if the drive is detected.  if it is, it should say something like "Disk 2 Basic xx.xxgb Online".  any partitions on the drives will be visible in the graph.  you should see the partition size and whether it's ntfs or fat32, its state and partition type.  it could be that the drive/partition isn't assigned a drive letter, in which case you'll need to do so manually.  you can do that from the right click menu. 

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7148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II on: August 19, 2010, 06:29:19 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 19, 2010, 04:20:00 AM

Quote from: Laura on August 18, 2010, 07:55:56 PM

Don't forget, once you finish the game (Mafia 1) there is Free Ride, where you can drive the cab around and pick up passengers. Better yet is Free Ride Extreme, which is a lot of fun. You may have to drive from one end of the city to the other in a time limit and under a certain speed, or drive a certain course and avoid bombs dropped from above. I wonder if Mafia 2 will have extra material like that.

Extreme mode sounds unf.
I remember some of those challenges. Some of them were good fun and there was a way you could make some of the shooting challenges easier too by stockpiling the weapons you got during others. For example, one challenge gave you a sniper rifle. Once you finished that, I went back to the house you spawn at and dropped the rifle inside. It stayed permanent, as did any special cars you got, so you could use it in a later challenge to shoot out some things at the lighthouse.  There was one race where the car lost fuel at a massive rate and to win, you had to coast as much as possible and go from gas station to the next one.

It was like their version of GTA's side missions. 
7149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II demo for 360 out now on: August 19, 2010, 06:20:41 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on August 19, 2010, 01:36:58 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 19, 2010, 01:12:20 AM

The free DLC is dandelions.

 icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol
7150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: August 18, 2010, 10:09:11 PM
no console version is planned.  bummer.
7151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Kinect on: August 18, 2010, 05:58:55 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 18, 2010, 05:03:48 PM

Mollyneaux gave a talk at TED about Milo.  His brain will be crafted by millions of users in a cloud, which I think is how Skynet started.  Overall, though, it's looking more like a game.  It also looks a lot more linear, but I suppose some of that is to be expected.  They've created a problem for Milo, which is that his parents have moved him from London to New England.  He has no friends, and so he creates you as an imaginary one.  That's a great set up, IMO.

The TED talked is linked here.  Overall, pretty impressive.
so instead of a cold calculating machine that kills the human race, it will be a young boy. 
7152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teila Tequila gets destroyed on: August 18, 2010, 07:18:05 AM
huw, your surname has never been more fitting than it is with that picture. 

yeah, she doesn't rank near the bottom of the hot-or-not scale, but her actions put her firmly in the look, but don't touch category. 

besides, she has poo on her. 
7153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: August 17, 2010, 08:32:17 PM
this might actually get me interested to play again. 

they are going after the hardcore cheaters.  no more level 50 fully prestiged players with not other achievements to their name riding around and F'ing with you in free roam. 

took you guys long enough. 
7154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Gun Loco on: August 17, 2010, 08:04:09 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 17, 2010, 11:00:42 AM

some people have also been mentioning that this game could be trying to capture the Timesplitters audience

capture?  You mean for torture right?  I'm sure timesplitters fans would rather have a sequel.
7155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Insomniac at Gamescom - New R&C and Resistance! on: August 17, 2010, 06:45:37 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 17, 2010, 06:43:23 PM

Ratchet and Clank All 4 One (Fall 2011) - 4 player online drop-in drop-out co-op. Looks like it could be a lot of fun:

Resistance 3 was also announced, but their site is getting hammered and I haven't been able to see if there is a trailer.

yeah, it's pretty well smashed atm.  as long as R&C has the same trappings and doesn't try to make it into an arena combat game like the last ps2 game, i'll probably pick it up.  
7156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA/PSN] Red Faction: Battlegrounds on: August 17, 2010, 06:43:27 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 17, 2010, 06:37:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 17, 2010, 02:21:28 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 17, 2010, 06:28:59 AM

Sounds a bit silly yes, but then again, had it had some unique name of its own, we might all have loved the idea ;-)

Do you love the idea?  It's not really grabbing me.  Too early to write it off, though.

I've been burned by the crappy forced license game too many times.

hehe no, sorry, I don't LOVE the idea, but it seems like a fun small game to play with friends. What I meant was, appealing to fans of the Red Faction games like this isnt helping anyone. Fans will scoff, people who dont know Red Faction will probably wonder what the heck it is and play something else shiny.

agreed.  diluting the brand is rarely a good thing. 
7157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 17, 2010, 06:38:54 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 17, 2010, 03:41:30 PM

haha, that's great.  i love the public anonymity of ssid names. 
7158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA/PSN] Red Faction: Battlegrounds on: August 17, 2010, 06:35:29 PM
this screams of the same games we have had thrown out the door our way before.  star trek dac, battlestar galactica and that wing commander xbla game.  aka, glorified unreal tournament mods with official vehicles thrown in. 
7159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft Flight on: August 17, 2010, 03:33:40 PM
The real MS flight sim died when they laid off most of the team 3 years ago. If this is anything like the old games, I'll be shocked.
7160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Someone's been playing too much Warcraft on: August 16, 2010, 08:43:32 PM
ha.  take that intellectual property!
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