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7321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: February 07, 2009, 07:58:24 PM
well, i guess we didn't get to see gaeta and company get spaced, but we did get a much more memorable ending to the mutiny.

can't say i'm at all sad to see him go, but he always brought a presence to his scenes.  rip tom. 

the massacre inside colonial one was brutally handled and it was the first thing i expected him to do after he left the podium.  i half surprised that he didn't get gaeta replaced after his reaction though.  good to see felix was angry by it and his desolation when realized he had made a deal with the devil. 

good to see baltar showing some remorse and strength instead of wallowing in self pity (and another six's arms). 

i fully expected to see tigh or adama pull the trigger personally after what the mutineers caused.  i am also surprised at how easily he retook the ship and his handling of the execution squad. 

i wonder what the survivor count will be after adama goes through the turncoat marines. 
7322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Cera flips out on: February 07, 2009, 07:28:12 PM
it's kind of hard to follow, but yeah, it definitely seems like a spoof of old bat-mang
7323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A-Rod Tests Positive for 'Roids on: February 07, 2009, 07:23:47 PM
i take it nobody is actually shocked by this news? 
7324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Candy Land... the movie? on: February 07, 2009, 07:22:09 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on February 06, 2009, 06:20:31 PM

Does anyone know if this will be considered canon within the Candyland mythology?

good one.  you've been sigged my friend.

tell me, is uwe boll involved?  this could be a good outlet now that game movies have been denied him.  a whole range of board game based movies would be right up his alley.

next stop:  Trouble, the Movie.  starring sarah michelle gellar as the woman with a magic cube in her hand
7325  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Sale: Ghost Recon Complete $19.99 on: February 07, 2009, 07:18:04 PM
well, graw 1 had a much larger map you could play in compared to the console versions.  i remember trying to take side paths in the city missions and getting bumped by invisible walls on the 360 all the time.

squad command was also better, iirc.
7326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness - Worth buying for cheap? on: February 07, 2009, 07:16:11 PM

Quote from: marcusjm on February 07, 2009, 07:07:55 PM

I got that with Doom but that was after 72 hours continous play, it was quite scary in fact,
I saw monsters on the bus home.

ah yes, the joys of an all-night game session (or longer, as your case was).  sleep deprivation ftw!
7327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 07, 2009, 07:14:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 07, 2009, 04:32:10 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 07, 2009, 03:33:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 07, 2009, 02:33:15 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 07, 2009, 08:35:57 AM

Apparently, since Monday I've played over 7 hours!
And only tonight did I discover the power parking and showtime thingees. Downloading the game means no manual, and I honestly just had no idea those modes were in there. I wonder if I'm missing anything else.

Power parking?
High speed emergency brake parking between two other parked cars, one where you end up facing the opposite direction you started the manuever from.

Is that an actual event?  That's exactly what I pictured.  Wow, I've never seen that.

you also get an achievement for it, both sp and due to a mp ach where you try to get the top random stats of the group. 

had i my 360 to play this, i think now i would.

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 06, 2009, 08:39:24 PM

'Nother pack announced:

Cops & Robbers
Slotting in soon after the Party pack, Legendary Cars, Toy Cars and Boost Specials, comes another premium pack - Cops and Robbers. This one’s dedicated to bringing you the thrills and spills of cops and robbers car chases in Paradise City.

We’re keeping details of the pack under wraps for a little longer, but here are the first ever screen shots to keep you going! Check these stunning high resolution at and on Sony’s excellent PlayStation Blog from Monday (9th February 2009)

Man, I've got to give them credit.  I've never seen any game with such a dedicated team behind it.

I have to wonder if this was a proposed strategy.  Instead of releasing a new version every year, you keep updating the one you've got.  I'd be interested to see the numbers on that.

Add to that Sony's recent comments that the PS3 is "future proof," and I wonder if we'll see the day where consoles become like plug-n-play PCs.  Where you head to the store every few years to buy new "Guts" at a cheaper price, but keep your basic unit.  Seems like it would be complicated, as you'd have to either make sure games could run on older versions as well as new ones, or make them extremely well labeled, so there'd be no confusion.

I guess we'll see how the Wii Motion Plus comes together.  If it becomes a requirement for some games, or if, as is my pipe dream, it works BC with all games, or if it's just a gimmick that won't be adopted enough.  If it's handled right, it could pave the way for the console I was mentioning above.

don't forget, they are expecting to add a whole separate island sometime down the road (or did that already happen?  it's been a while since i kept up with the news)

7328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phantasy Star demo for PSP on: February 07, 2009, 07:06:07 PM
i'll have to dust off the ol' psp to see what this is like. 

and yes, if this has any of the spirit of the old genesis games, it will be very appealing as a sp only game.
7329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 -- DL content on: February 07, 2009, 07:04:27 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on February 07, 2009, 01:43:20 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 07, 2009, 01:38:00 AM


mildly disappointed, but i can get caught up on other games. 

of course, by the time these two come out, i will be pretty well addicted to sacred 2, so i might not even grab these for a while.
7330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness - Worth buying for cheap? on: February 07, 2009, 07:02:02 PM
there's a demo for you to get a feel for the controls and it's decent length too and shows you more than just the intro level.

small note though.  the demo is the only time i have ever felt motion sickness.  luckily though, i didn't have anything happen during the time i have spent with the full game. 

so far, it seems pretty cool. 
7331  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Prince of Persia and/or Fallout 3 (360) on: February 07, 2009, 06:59:12 PM
any trade interest in pop?
7332  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 12/08) on: February 07, 2009, 06:58:44 PM
+1 to Alefroth for fast payment
7333  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 12/08) on: February 07, 2009, 06:57:30 PM

Quote from: warning on February 07, 2009, 05:52:16 PM

+1 to Caine for some great DS games.

and a +1 back to warning for super fast payment
7334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: February 06, 2009, 07:56:33 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
maybe they can fake an alien ship or something? 
7335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: February 06, 2009, 07:38:16 PM
yeah, that was kind of where i left off after hearing about it too. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
i thought, what if this happened here?  would we be so quick to team up when the obvious answer is they are the ones who are capable of making such a weapon?

keeping my fingers crossed, but without the squid, what is left for creating a sense of global unity?
7336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 1 or 2, which to get? on: February 06, 2009, 07:30:26 PM

Quote from: skystride on February 06, 2009, 05:06:30 PM

This was the game that made me give up PC gaming as my main platform and made me competent at using the controller to play a FPS. 

+1 to this.  i played r6v1 on the pc using the controller when i found the m/k controls a bit lacking. 

played #2 a bit, but as i missed the opening due to a rrod, i never got as much time out of it as i did with the cod's. 

to deal with the price issue, i use gamefly for mp games where the life of the game drops off after a few months.
7337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most underrated 360 game in your opinion on: February 06, 2009, 02:02:01 AM
played some of it for the pc with the controller and it feels kind of spotty.  aiming and squad control shows a few flaws compared to similar games.
7338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 06, 2009, 01:59:50 AM
you can look down the sights when crouched behind cover, but i wasn't able to do it while standing at the edge of a wall.  you have to look up first though, so it's not as fluid as it should have been. 

one thing that always annoys me about control configurations.  why the H don't they just let us define whatever the hell we want rather than go with a handful of presets?  you could set up all of your fps games to play pretty much the same without much hassle. 

demo was shorter than the time it took to make the account and download it, but it was decent.  great graphics and competent ai, which is pretty much what i was looking for here. 

was anyone else getting a sense of deja vu when the end sequence played in slow mo?  it felt like the end of the f.e.a.r demo long ago and made me think that kz2 is f.e.a.r without the slow mo gameplay and the shock you moments.
7339  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: x360 Live Movers and Shakers [02/05/2009 edition] on: February 05, 2009, 11:49:15 PM
i never thought i would see this thread again.

wow, thanks for all the work. 
7340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My XBox just died on: February 05, 2009, 11:47:05 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 05, 2009, 11:12:48 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 05, 2009, 11:06:24 PM

i got a coffin sent to me yesterday for the elite that rrod'ed on sunday.  must not be every case.  i told her to send a box though, so that may be it.  good that ms is fixing it though as this isn't a rrod, so the warranty is  shorter.

my own went out today, so i'm crossing my fingers that it will be back soon. 

I actually asked if they sent out coffins and she said they don't anymore and that this was a new procedure.  I bought an Elite less than a year ago, so it was still in warranty, though I think barely.

Edit - Actually, I just checked and they show this unit warrantied until January of 2010.  They must have  given me more than a year on it.

well that's odd.  i got one without any hassle from them.  arrived 3 days after i called them. 
7341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My XBox just died on: February 05, 2009, 11:06:24 PM
i got a coffin sent to me yesterday for the elite that rrod'ed on sunday.  must not be every case.  i told her to send a box though, so that may be it.  good that ms is fixing it though as this isn't a rrod, so the warranty is  shorter.

my own went out today, so i'm crossing my fingers that it will be back soon. 
7342  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DS, 360, GC, PC games for sale on: February 05, 2009, 11:03:17 PM
bump for updates
7343  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / N64 +5 games, 2 controllers, MEU on: February 05, 2009, 10:05:43 PM
n64 is in good shape and has very little use on it.  looking to sell all as a bundle.  $50 + shipping.

the games
Perfect Dark + Memory expansion unit, which was required
Pilot wings 64
Jet force gemini
SW racer
Conker's BFD box + manual.
+2 official controllers
7344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: February 05, 2009, 07:25:28 PM

Quote from: Pharaoh on February 05, 2009, 06:54:49 PM

About the ending changes...

Spoiler for Hiden:
The ending is still exactly the same in which Rorsach gets killed by Manhattan to stop him from telling everyone about Adrians plan. The change was made that the catalyst Adrian uses to stop the conflict isn't a giant squid alien anymore, but some fusion bomb he invents. This was done to cut all the time needed to explain the island, how adrian made a giant squid alien, etc.

ah.  you know, i can live with that.  while the original is better from a shocking standpoint, it also needs a lot more time than they wanted to take.  and it's already a long movie to begin with.

Spoiler for Hiden:
i do think it makes adrian out to be more of a bad guy than he already is though, as instead of shocking the world with an alien and all of that psychic pulse stuff, he just resorts to killing people.  it really weakens the unifying aspect of the whole plot.
7345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Software BC on the PS3-is it ever going to happen? on: February 05, 2009, 05:52:50 AM
the 80gb still had the "Graphics Synthesizer" inside, letting the software emulation do the rest.  the other versions do not, hence no way to emulate the graphics, apparently.  my guess is that full emulation via software is too costly/complex to the cpus to perform adequately enough.
7346  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm all for gov't agencies saving money, but this is ridiculous. on: February 05, 2009, 05:38:08 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 03, 2009, 08:08:29 PM

Paid my last medical bill online.  The urgent care clinic even has web check-in where I can do other stuff during the 2.5 hour wait to see the doctor.

lovely health care system isn't it?

7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doing my part for the bailout, I guess... Circuit City/Chase rant on: February 05, 2009, 05:25:07 AM
link from consumerist

a small sampling from consumer affairs
Samuel of Arlington Heights IL (02/04/09)
While checking my Chase Credit Card statement I noticed that my monthly minimum payment had more than doubled and there was a new fee of $10 (service charge) on the account. When I called the service rep told me the terms of my 4.99% lifetime fixed rate balance transfer loan have changed. The 2% minimum is now 5% AND there is a $10 per month service fee. I was told that Chase could remove the $10 fee and reduce the minimum back to 2%, if I allowed Chase to bump up the interest rate to 7.99%. When I asked they could do this, I was told the Service Agreement gives them the right to do that.

sounds like their definition of "little progress" is pretty wide.  a lot of people with balance transfer loans have been hit.  i smell money grab, and i don't know whether to believe a spokeswoman saying 'just .05%' affected.  from my understanding, had i used chase to do a balance transfer last fall with a guaranteed 0% rate, limited amount transfer, i would have been subjected to the increase, regardless of payment history.

pr0ner, it wouldn't affect him as the change went through at the end of the year. 
7348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most underrated 360 game in your opinion on: February 05, 2009, 02:10:21 AM

Quote from: naednek on February 04, 2009, 11:42:14 PM

Quote from: Jeff on February 04, 2009, 05:06:07 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 04, 2009, 05:00:49 PM

I'll give my vote to The Bourne Conspiracy.

The hand-to-hand combat was some of the most brutal and visceral I had ever seen in a game.  


This thread is doing brutal, hand-to-hand to combat ... against my wallet.

Bourne Conspiracy was fun for the first few levels, after that, it's very repetitive, and on rails.  Rent it.

if you enjoy feeling like a bad ass killing machine who lands a brutal looking combo to knock a painfully small sliver of life off of a boss who gets right back up without so much a pause, then go for it.   get ready to love those combo animations, as you will see them again and again and again, especially during the later boss levels.  

each fight (except the last one, a horrible timed fight) breaks down to blocking everything, then trying to land a "stong" combo and knock a small chunk off, then blocking.  rinse and repeat until you get your adrenaline up and then do some real damage.  if you let yourself get hit, you take a lot more damage than they do.  it should be a telling sign that the part i enjoyed the most was one of the poorly implemented aspects:  shooting.  clunky controls, but at least you could kill an enemy in one hit without using a power move.  

add to that a tacked on driving section, pointless item collectibles, and a h2h system which looks better than it plays and you have one of the most disappointing games i have played.

with all due respect to peterock, just rent this or buy a used one at gamestop so you can return it after the thrill has worn off.
7349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone else here on Facebook? on: February 05, 2009, 01:06:12 AM

Quote from: Sith Lord on February 04, 2009, 11:10:51 PM

I've never done Facebook, but I'm increasingly liking LinkedIn.

yeah, but you're evil
7350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tenchu: Shadow Assassins [Wii] on: February 05, 2009, 01:01:27 AM
eh, no rooftop?  sorry, i'll wait for a better version to come along. 
7351  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / DS, 360, GC, PC games for sale on: February 05, 2009, 12:42:45 AM
Pirate of the Caribbean - $8
Fable 2 - $30
CoD4 - $25
Full Auto - $8
Army of Two - $20
Spiderman 3 - $10

Metroid Prime - $7
Res Evil 4 - $10
Donkey Konga 2, Donkey Conga Jungle Beat + 1 set of congas - $25

Spore - one activation used, $20
World in Conflict - $15

prof. layton - $15
nervous brickdown - $10
hotel dusk - $10
new mario ds - $20
mario kart - $20
pokemon pearl - $20
Freedom Wings -  $8
Puzzle Quest - $15

all prices shipped.  paypal preferred.  all games complete in box, manual included, etc.
7352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doing my part for the bailout, I guess... Circuit City/Chase rant on: February 05, 2009, 12:14:54 AM
look for the email lists and do an executive email carpet bomb. is the place to look and for letter advice.  i would also recommend you to forward it to their email as some of the big companies also watch for negative feedback there and have made good in the past. 

chase is a horrible bank and just recently decided to charge everyone with a transferred balance $10 a month plus jacking up the minimum payments.  to existing customers, with no way to get out of it except full payment. 
7353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: February 04, 2009, 11:40:55 PM
god i hate the nytimes and any site that requires you to register just to read the damn thing.  you can bypass the whole BS if you go to the link directly.

and yes, don't read the article unless you already know the story or some of the big points will be spoiled.

ok, so this is new to me about the ending.

Spoiler for Hiden:
But he also angered fans when he revealed that he had changed the ending of “Watchmen.” Though the film does adhere to the essence of the story’s last chapter,
i'm guessing he refers to dr manhattan turning Rorschach into a red inkblot on the icy landscape and the motivation behind Doc's act.  if that's the case, then i'm kind of disappointed.  it's a little bit like turning batman into a mass murderer, just because he's being hunted.  it also means they may have thought sequel potential.

oh well, if i am still looking for a job then, i will be going on opening day somehow.

7354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OP. FLASHPOINT 2 and ARMA2 on: February 04, 2009, 06:55:24 PM
if they can keep the core game identical between platforms without dumbing anything down, it could be good.  true, mods made the pc game last much longer than it ever would without it, and that kept the mp community going around as well. 

why not mods though?  ut on the ps3 had them as an option, so i don't see why it couldn't be possible again.
7355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 to be revealed in March on: February 04, 2009, 06:51:43 PM
most of my ire with ea was directed at the godfather delay, so with a potential launch in april, i can lower the rant level to 0 now.  still, this isn't a good sign that the megalith is weakening.  it could doom a lot of the smaller titles/developers.
7356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Godfather II on: February 04, 2009, 06:48:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 04, 2009, 04:58:58 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 04, 2009, 04:40:55 PM

Hopefully with a bettery party system and clan support.

stealing from Dubayah's dictionary again?  Tongue


and ok, so april isn't as bad as 2010.  we can reduce the rant level to +1.

now, as long as they don't sack the team as soon as they finish the game, we can look forward to a godfather 3 game.
7357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 to be revealed in March on: February 04, 2009, 05:29:52 AM
i was afraid of checking this thread after the godfather 2 date got pushed back, and i was right.

+2 to your standard 'fuck ea' rant.   damnit. 
7358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Godfather II on: February 04, 2009, 05:27:55 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 04, 2009, 01:36:49 AM

and it's been delayed until EA's fiscal 2010.


+ your standard 'fuck ea' rant.  shit, this sucks.  looks like killzone 2 is the big one this month for me.   shit, man, wasn't this already pretty much done?
7359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 04, 2009, 05:25:51 AM
ign review is pretty good and now i'm in.  sounds fun and now that i know sacred 2 is getting bumped back to late march, this will fill the gap nicely.  too bad they go and get reviews out and then make everybody wait for the full game when it sounds like it's ready to go, but i can handle a small wait.

i am so glad that the ai is getting well reviewed.  infinity ward should pay attention to this when they make their next game.  smarter ai > tougher dumb-bots. 
7360  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT/FS - PC/DS/DVD Sets || LF - PC: KotOR 2, NWN1/2, Jade Empire on: February 03, 2009, 08:00:44 PM
i have nwn 2, vanilla flavored cd version.  barely played, so everything is still in great shape.  not really looking for any trades atm, so lmk if you want it and at what price you have in mind.  
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