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7281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sword of the Stars: A Murder of Crows Expansion Announced! on: August 15, 2008, 06:44:08 PM
i can agree with the first half hour disappointment.  i had slowly expanded out from earth and had made some of the fleets pretty decent sized for that phase of the game but it was all very droll and boring.  build, assign, move, next turn, rinse repeat.  occasionally, a colony ship would land on a decent planet and i would name it.  unfortunately, my 2 year old hit the power button and killed my empire before i found any enemies to fight.

i really need to give this game a fair shake again.
7282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can't make this stuff up... Frédéric Bourdin on: August 14, 2008, 09:25:02 PM
damn what an interesting bit.  you really wonder about that barclay family though, and it makes the whole thing seem like a hollywood movie.
7283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Banking help: stopped checks from customer on: August 14, 2008, 08:26:13 PM
so it's not just the recent purchase but one from last year?  how is it possible for this guy with an unresolved balance due get a purchase via check?  methinks your accounting people are in for a ass chewing. 

good luck with this, but at this point, i think you are SOL on every seeing any of that money returned.

too bad he picked the items up.  with a delivery address, you might have had a shot of recovering the items and/or busting him on the spot.  by now, he knows the gig is up, so he would be stupid to call/visit.  if he is that dumb, play along and get the cops involved. 
7284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bionic Commando Rearmed Impressions on: August 14, 2008, 06:55:48 AM
ok, the d-pad is really getting me annoyed.  both against a boss and again in 06 i was constantly getting screwed by hitting the wrong grapple at the wrong time.  it's just too damn unreliable.  if i'm trying to swing at an angle, it's a good chance that i'll grapple straight ahead instead.  getting the timing down for an angled swing followed by a vertical hang stopped me from getting past the boss in 02.  it's frustrating.

i am really hoping that i'll get adjusted to the 360 controls, or i will be pretty much done with this game. 
7285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: August 13, 2008, 08:25:08 PM
btw, i find it odd that his "top 5 games of all time" include spider man 2.  other than portal and silent hill 2,  i can't make out the last one.
7286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: August 13, 2008, 08:17:55 PM
that pudding comment was priceless. 
7287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews on: August 13, 2008, 07:36:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 13, 2008, 05:50:35 PM

I have absolutely zero desire to see this movie.  None.  Not even a little tiny bit.  The potential for cool was there (i.e. the Clone Wars cartoon series was awesome), but every single thing about this film just screams "epic fail".

a big +1 to everything you said.  if LF felt it necessary to add a baby jabba to add some kiddie appeal, then i really have no desire to see this.  the preview i saw last even had a clip of it and was the beginning of the end for me.  no way i'll even bother;  i have better movies to go see instead.  a gay jabba in the movie is probably the last thing anyone wanted to see and is not something i ever expected to write about for that matter.  they must be out of their FN minds. 

shame really as i liked the original animated cartoon and have them on dvd.  i'll go watch that instead.
7288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bionic Commando Rearmed Impressions on: August 13, 2008, 07:27:28 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 13, 2008, 07:24:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 13, 2008, 06:51:49 PM

depending on reviews I may end up grabing the pc version.

And you'll be charged more for doing so (if I remember right).

$15 for the pc version, apparently for "market reasons".
7289  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [XBLA] 1600 Marketplace Pts for $15 at Target on: August 13, 2008, 07:23:39 PM
they've gotten better with their text.  i grabbed two and had no problems reading either one.  they are more resistant to being scratched off too.

i'm glad they have these as i much prefer a download service to not have access to my CC number. 
7290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Siren: Blood Curse on: August 13, 2008, 07:20:12 PM
from what i have seen elsewhere, the disc release is not likely to hit US shelves any time soon.
7291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need Wii Sports Boxing tips! on: August 13, 2008, 07:18:07 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 13, 2008, 12:58:51 PM

turning the controller sideways and lifting it does an uppercut. Remember that your actions need to be exaggerated.

don't forget to have someone video tape it so we can all see.   icon_twisted
7292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/11) on: August 13, 2008, 07:16:27 PM
just a quick note for others looking at BC:R.  tearing issues apparently hamper the 360 version, and the well known limitations of the Dpad are noticeable.  the ps3 version also offers remote play.  no word on tearing there yet as the psn likes to make us wait an extra day.

core gameplay is good however, regardless of which version.
7293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Miyamoto 'Banned' From Talking About Hobbies on: August 13, 2008, 07:14:16 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on August 13, 2008, 07:04:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 13, 2008, 06:56:57 PM

so, what happens if he gets into S&M?

Or what happens if he gets into narcotics?

do you forget that the big N has had a thing for magic mushrooms for a long time?
7294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Conan worth $20? on: August 13, 2008, 07:12:56 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 13, 2008, 06:31:30 PM

If you're into the Conan world, it can be mindless fun.  I enjoyed it and would say it's worth $20, as long as you know what you're getting into.

+1 to this.  i got it @ the same price and have no regrets doing so.  i enjoyed the demo enough to play through twice.  have you tried the demo?  it's a pretty good representation of the gameplay
7295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bionic Commando Rearmed Impressions on: August 13, 2008, 07:11:23 PM
for the first time ever, i really regret getting this on xbla.  had i read about the psn version and remote play, i would have got that version instead.  plus, the damn d-pad is so wonky and the analog so loose that it makes some of the directional swinging a big pain in the ass.  the only + to getting the 360 version is the discount on points cards i got so it makes the game $7.50 instead of 10. 

overall, no tearing that i could notice (1080i over component) and the graphics look nice.  has all the nuances of the original with a nice layer of polish.  plus, i like that it saves progress after every full stage. 

7296  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance watch - August on: August 13, 2008, 02:14:41 PM
mikeg, i can grab a copy for you.  add ~$3-4 for tax +shipping.  lmk if you want to do that.
7297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 12, 2008, 09:40:49 PM
once again kotaku nails it.   icon_wink

still, a bioshock style batman game in arkham?  sounds interesting.
7298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/11) on: August 12, 2008, 08:02:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 12, 2008, 06:18:35 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 12, 2008, 05:35:25 PM

line rider.  saw a pretty cool commercial with that in the background.  why no ds version?  this would be a great little drawing game on the go.

There is a DS version.  Comes out the same day, too.

cool.  add that to the buy pile.  i may even sub that instead of the pub games.
7299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/11) on: August 12, 2008, 05:35:25 PM
line rider.  saw a pretty cool commercial with that in the background.  why no ds version?  this would be a great little drawing game on the go.
7300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL]360 game installs on: August 12, 2008, 05:24:25 PM
i have a 120gb drive in mine, so it is definitely interesting to see what they can do with loading times.  i anticipate using this in fallout 3 for instance, and maybe other open world games.  i think we will see new games being able to take more advantage of this as an option.  it should be possible for devs to code something in to improve it if they know about it before hand.  there might not be as noticeable an effect for older games though. 

and yes, it does seem odd that the more powerful our consoles have become, the more like a pc they get.  downloadable content, patches, now installs, oh and bsod's of course.
7301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 12, 2008, 05:15:30 PM

Quote from: kathode on August 12, 2008, 04:59:10 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 12, 2008, 04:36:29 PM

damn.  just what i was wanting after assassin's creed and gta iv. 

sounds like it needs work though, but pandemic already has a few sandbox games under their belt, so this could be fun. 

let's hope they can resolve the combat issues before TDK hits dvd release for a tie-in.

Yeah I don't know why they felt the need to include that tidbit.  Newsflash: Unfinished game is unfinished.  Kotaku is there!

no S, man.  the game doesn't even have an official status yet.

combat being boring is kind of odd though.  yeah, so batman is mostly punching and kicking.  he isn't freaking spiderman on the ground and can leap 25 feet in the air and grapple bad guys or anything.  just make sure that he can use whatever weapons and environmental objects are around.  hell, give us a modified version of AC's combat and i'd be happy.  the super hero in gotham city ala gta just sounds so kick ass. 

give us a collection of batman's biggest foes to fight, thugs and mobsters to take out, gadgets to hunt for bad guys, radio scanners to hear police responders calls and a few interesting ways of getting around town, and you got a hit on your hands.  surprised it hasn't been done with batman before.
7302  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Target Clearance watch - October on: August 12, 2008, 05:06:40 PM
saw some new games yesterday when i picked up a few points cards. ymmv as always.

360
bully - 20.98
bioshock - 27.98
kingdom under fire: circle of doom 27.98
kane and lynch - 27.98

ps3
kane and lynch - 20.98 (why cheaper, who knows. they had more than a dozen though.)

saw no pc games on clearance.  most of the 360 games had 3 or more copies.
7303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek Movie Cast Photos on: August 12, 2008, 04:48:23 PM
not sure what they should do with simon pegg.  on one hand, he's a great actor to cast, but scotty was just so iconic in his older years that it's hard for anyone to really replace him.  i saw that pic and it doesn't do much for me. 

i think it will be difficult for any of us to get a good feel for a character and the actor until we see what direction the story is taking.  if they go for a more serious tone ala nolan's batman, then the actors may be just right.  who knows. 
7304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Too Human demo coming next week on: August 12, 2008, 04:38:24 PM
that review confirms TH's place in my gamefly queue and not on my wallet. 
7305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 12, 2008, 04:36:29 PM
damn.  just what i was wanting after assassin's creed and gta iv. 

sounds like it needs work though, but pandemic already has a few sandbox games under their belt, so this could be fun. 

let's hope they can resolve the combat issues before TDK hits dvd release for a tie-in.
7306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I received an incredible cash offer for GamingTrend today... on: August 11, 2008, 05:01:19 PM
i love the 'what do you think?' question.  what does he expect you to say, "yeah, that's a great offer for an established domain name which i've run for years.  if i had to put a price tag on the work i have invested into this site for years, that and the out of pocket expenses would equal $60."  :rollseyes
7307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo this thursday? on: August 11, 2008, 04:44:29 PM
nuts.  this would have been a highlight.
7308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You know what sequel we need in the current generation? (poll building) on: August 11, 2008, 04:43:53 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on August 09, 2008, 08:36:22 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 09, 2008, 07:51:03 PM

parasite eve.  come on SE, this should be a no-brainer.  and that cell phone game doesn't count.



the psp version looks like it might count...

looks good.  this would fit the bill.  when's this come out again?

a big +1 to R.A.D.  - nothing quite like remote controlling a big robot against godzilla's friends in tokyo. 
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/11) on: August 11, 2008, 04:41:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 11, 2008, 04:12:35 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 11, 2008, 02:18:36 PM

Quote
Bionic Commando: Rearmed (XBLA)
Fable 2: Pub Games (XBLA)

Yes.

+1 on both.

same here.  time to hit up target for the xbla points deal.
7310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now Isaac Hayes has left us on: August 11, 2008, 02:23:12 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 10, 2008, 10:23:59 PM

I'll never enjoy Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls again....

now they are dried chocolate salty balls...
7311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You know what sequel we need in the current generation? (poll building) on: August 09, 2008, 07:51:03 PM
i went back through my ps1 games and found a few i would love to see again.

parasite eve.  come on SE, this should be a no-brainer.  and that cell phone game doesn't count.
colony wars.  sadly, one of psygnosis' games which died when that studio did, same with that futuristic helicopter game.
einhander.  this should be a psn game at least.
fear effect.
7312  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: August 09, 2008, 07:36:04 PM
+1 to turtle for graphic novels in great shape.
+1 to crumsteel for superfast payment on Lost: Via Domus sale
7313  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS - Crimson DS Lite + DS Flash Cart + Games on: August 09, 2008, 07:28:50 PM
ygpm re super card
7314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bernie Mac leaves us at age 50 on: August 09, 2008, 07:19:30 PM
second celebrity death this year i feel sad about.  with this and carlin's passing, the world is a few shades duller than it usd to be,  i always liked bernie mac and his tv show, and his smaller roles in movies often overshadowed the other characters in the scene. 

he will be missed. 
frown
7315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 07:35:19 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 08, 2008, 07:06:08 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on August 08, 2008, 06:04:45 PM

Anchroman.

A couple funny moments but the characters are so unlikeable and self absorbed that I just can't stand it... I've tried watching it twice and turned it off halfway through both times. Terrible movie.

+1.  Anchorman is fucking terrible.

Quote from: gellar on August 08, 2008, 06:24:39 PM

Quote from: McNutt on August 08, 2008, 06:23:28 PM

Happy Gilmore

Office Space



Die.

gellar

LOL.  +1.  Die

Quote from: CeeKay on August 08, 2008, 07:05:55 PM

Shaun of the Dead....

We can no longer be friends.

a big +1 to each of these. 

shaun of the dead?!  really?!  you sir, have terrible taste.
7316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: August 08, 2008, 05:51:35 PM
damn, dude, that soccer ball trick is just evil.  like the VC sending women with grenades to blow up in your face evil. 

here's where it gets worse though.  if a marine kicks it and dies, they score a small victory.  if a kid does it and dies, then they get to blame us for the death and it's a small victory.

can't.  fucking.  win.

just remember to keep your head on your shoulders over there.  we've had a spate of people losing theirs over here.
7317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Godfather II on: August 08, 2008, 05:37:00 PM
good to see they aren't going for a simple rehash of the first game with "all new weapons, cars, and business/rackets to extort".  i liked scarface for what it was so it's a good sign to me that they are describing GF2 in that vein. 

day one purchase at this point.  i have played gf1 twice now and it was just as fun the second time around.
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New High-water mark for collector’s editions on: August 08, 2008, 05:32:21 PM
damn.  this actually looks kind of cool.  shit, between this and the fallout pip boy clock, amazon is really getting good at the collector's edition swag.  so, if you get this and the fallout clock, you can freak out your neighbors until the cops come.  just keep mumbling about the apocalypse when they get there.


i really want them to do this with the aliens game next year.  a full size replica of a pulse rifle?  hells yeah.

7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Braid on: August 07, 2008, 06:22:32 PM
played world 2, then went back and got all the pieces, (without hinting, i might add somewhat happily) and before i knew it, i was buying the whole damn enchilada. 

i haven't been able to get 2 pieces in the 3rd world and only just started on world 4 before kicking off a new game in condemned 2.  (btw, how's that for an extreme contrast in games) and while i see the intended solution, i don't see how it can work for me just yet.  this is the set of three locked doors in the cave on that somewhat long level.  the other piece is probably a timing issue as i can't see to get up where i need to go fast enough just yet. 

i love the rewind mechanic and how the glowing green objects work in that regard.  one thing i found on accident is how you can speed up your rewinding with the bumpers.  it really helps out with the green objects as they move at normal speed while you speed along. 

btw, i loved the first boss encounter. 
7320  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How to reformat... without a CD? on: August 06, 2008, 10:56:54 PM
yup, best solution is to do as smurff said.  you might be able to contact the manufacturer and order/download an os image.  also, if you have any friends with MS subscriptions to technet or msdn, you could ask them for an image of the disc to burn. 
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