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7601  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 06:13:47 PM
just a point to you then mytocles.  avoid reading any of the fallout impressions thread.  there's definitely some things in there you don't want to read right away.

damn though.  i hope that feature comes back soon.
7602  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 13, 2008, 01:22:07 AM
i will be in with this one when i get my copy.  going to go for the TRU deal though, as i am already way past my game list. 

woot!  just got confirmation that gamefly is sending this one out to me.  my wallet thanks you, patron saint of cheap ass gaming.

in without getting kicked out of the house.  yay me!
7603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 13, 2008, 01:15:09 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 13, 2008, 12:56:09 AM

I hate you guys and the forum effect.

+1.  i am leaving early to stop at tru on the way home and see if they have it early.

woot!  just got confirmation that gamefly is sending this one out to me.  my wallet thanks you, patron saint of cheap ass gaming.

in without getting kicked out of the house.  yay me!
7604  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 12, 2008, 11:51:26 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 12, 2008, 11:04:29 PM

that's so wrong.  biggrin 
7605  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: November 12, 2008, 10:42:33 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on November 12, 2008, 04:28:37 PM

What is with Minnesota? A wrestler for Governor and now comedian as Senator.

I mean here in California we just have Austrian Body Building/Actor Governors and past Senators who were actors.

No damn comedians.

Carrottop in '12!!!!
7606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD5 Perks question on: November 12, 2008, 10:28:23 PM
i never got high enough to see those perks, but i would have used the monkey perk.  sounds like great fun.
7607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 12, 2008, 10:27:04 PM

Quote from: mytocles on November 12, 2008, 10:04:25 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 11, 2008, 05:00:22 PM

The game finally "clicked" with me last night and now I'm totally in love with it. I cleared out the Super Duper Mart which was a great moment in my gaming career. I thought I had the whole thing cleared out but the minute I went into the pharmacy and the Raider used the intercom, it was definitely a creepy moment. Also, sneaking along in complete silence, only to inadvertantly bump into a shopping cart made me jump a bunch of times. Those things are so loud!.

I lolled hard when I did that last night, because I remembered reading this post, but wasn't thinking about it until the same thing happened to me.  I about jumped out of my socks!  icon_eek

This game really has it's creepy moments, full of suspense and breath-holding creeping around corners, etc.  I played all night last night - this is exactly the game I need right now; the previous 3 games I played were FFXII, Infinite Undiscovery, and Fable 2.  It was time for some mutants and FO3 is not disappointing, at all.  nod

As for arranging your houses in game, that is what my friends and I did with Morrowind (XBox)... we had a long, friendly competition as to who decorated their stronghold the best.  One favorite thing we did (I didn't discover this, unfortunately, but it was brilliant!) was to place an unlit torch, say on a chair at a kitchen table.  Then place another one on that, then a skull on top of the 2nd one.  You could then remove the first two torches and have the skull floating in space at the dinner table. Another decorating idea was to make rooms into shrines... candles, skulls, backlighting, etc.  Good times, good times!  icon_biggrin

i've been stacking some of my duplicate weapons on the shelf and put my trusty baseball bat, glove, and ball from the vault on the comfy chair.  of course, i also tend to keep my food items in the fridge, my books in the filing cabinet, and my powered armor on the desk.  not functional, but it makes the area look different from the standard.
7608  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Dead Space PC F/S-Price Lowered on: November 12, 2008, 10:23:49 PM
depends on the game ridah.  even though it's true you can't trade them in, it's not like you couldn't ebay the thing. 

tbh, although i really want to play dead space, i don't feel compelled to buy something now when i won't even install it until spring, even considering how little the price drop should be in 4 months.  by that time, i may have already rented it for the 360 anyways.
7609  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: November 12, 2008, 07:59:51 PM
of course not.  all ships make sounds in space.  duh. :rollseyes

the kelvin looks cool too.  i am looking forward to this.
7610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 12, 2008, 02:08:17 AM
agreed there.  outside ambient 'music' always lets me be somewhat calm and i can let my guard down a bit.  as soon as i step inside though, i just get wigged out with the creepy music.  that's before anything even sees me. 

i really like the combat music too. 
7611  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: November 11, 2008, 08:27:56 PM
+1 to farscry for fast payment.
7612  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: November 11, 2008, 07:12:46 PM
if it's any consolation, i had the same thought KD.  i really hate for a company to go whining to the gov't when it gets bad, but what can you do?  let em die and take how many thousands of jobs with them?  i was in that boat with boeing and it sucks knowing that your job is just another red mark on the company's books and that neither you nor your co-workers livelihood means anything to them.  morale goes into the can and everyone is so concentrated on the layoff instead of how to make the best product. 

if gm fails, look to the other companies in similar situations to follow.  hell, even toyota is doing poorly compared to previous years and they were always looked at as very solid.

good luck to anyone who works at gm and may the ceo's take the blame and lose out on bonuses. 
7613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Love This: the stick Enters the Toy Hall of Fame on: November 11, 2008, 06:41:52 PM
in honor of the stick's momentous award, i ask of you all, what would be your favorite toy that isn't a toy?

we used to use a blue tarp for sliding down snowy hills in winter
7614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Veteran's Day on: November 11, 2008, 06:37:37 PM
a big thank you to all of you who have served, are serving, or will be serving.  without your commitment, none of this would be possible. 
7615  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 48 HR XBOX LIVE Code on: November 11, 2008, 01:34:44 AM
i'll pm it to you tomorrow.
7616  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Circuit City, scavenging the going out of biz sales (was: Fatal Short Circuit) on: November 11, 2008, 01:33:28 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 10, 2008, 11:08:30 PM

So does this mean they're done?

I have a 10.00 gift card from there... can I still spend it?

i wouldn't wait much longer.  estimates are not good for cc to remain viable beyond the end of the year.  i would use it before they decide to stop honoring them. 
7617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 11, 2008, 01:14:13 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 11, 2008, 12:49:04 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 11, 2008, 12:27:34 AM

Quick MP impressions:

Game is more of the same from COD4.  If you've played the beta, you know what to expect.  One especially neat new map is in a bombed out asylum: lots of tight corridors with some open spaces to boot.

Downside: Only MP game modes available before level 14 are Free For All and Team Deathmatch.  Hardcore is not available until level 18.

WTF? I know it can be fast and easy to level up but what is the reason behind this?

that seems pretty odd.  what about through parties?  
7618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 10, 2008, 11:59:07 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on November 10, 2008, 10:41:21 PM

Why oh why did I just come home with this game?

I need help.

oh good, you can give us impressions then.  biggrin

i really wonder about the quality of the game when reviews are as locked down as this one is.  no reviews makes me nervous, despite the TRU deal.
7619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 10, 2008, 09:11:57 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 10, 2008, 09:09:33 PM

Quote from: Jag on November 10, 2008, 08:30:53 PM

Also are clipboards worth anything? Like Financial Clipboard, etc.

They can be used as ammo for the Rock-It Launcher. One of the issues I've always had with the Rock-It Launcher (besides the constant noise) is having to give up weight in your inventory for ammo. So far Pre-War Money is the only item I've found that can be used as ammo and that also doesn't weigh anything. I know you can sell it for a decent return at a vendor, but seriously folks you don't need the caps that bad if you want to play with the Rock-It Launcher. Making money is easy in this game. Just start stocking up on Pre-War Money as you're playing until you build the Launcher.

Do the Garden Gnomes have any extra significance or value?

i thought so at first, but i think it's more of a free form idea to collect them all and put em in your house.  i haven't bothered to keep any of them though, even the pristine ones.  would make a funny projectile though, i guess.  the idea that you can hurt someone with a dollar bill rolled up is pretty odd though.
7620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 10, 2008, 08:48:32 PM
and the 'librarian' is very interested in getting her hands on them.  i have made over 2 grand already in much less time than it took me to earn it the old fashioned way.

i had almost 1900 before, so now i can afford to get the house upgrades and a theme myself.  

Quote from: Tokek on November 10, 2008, 08:15:53 PM

Found something cool this weekend when I was playing.  Was exploring and found a ledge with a motorcycle parked near it.  There's a box half buried by the ledge and it contains a recording and a chinese gun.  Apparently, someone committed suicide there and left the note, bike and the gun for his brother (I think it was his brother) and when I looked down, I saw the blood splatter and his skeleton.

Pretty nice touch.

earlier i posted that nathaniel had died of apparently buggy causes ala walter and the other accident prone megaton residents.  last night i ran into his wife and now i'm not so sure.  she was sad about his passing.  she didn't mention his pockets being looted though, so i think i'm in the clear.  paranoid icon_twisted
7621  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Circuit City, scavenging the going out of biz sales (was: Fatal Short Circuit) on: November 10, 2008, 08:39:48 PM
filing for chapter 11

seems their vendors are having commitment issues and won't sell them goods on credit.  if you happen to work at any of the still open stores, i would suggest you start applying to best buy as that's where the business will go. 

so long cc.  i never really had a problem with you, but you always seemed to be out of stock of whatever it was i wanted anyways. 
7622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie[ UP! .....Pixar's new one on: November 10, 2008, 08:06:10 PM
maybe when wall-e hits dvd. 

i must be the only one who likes bugs life more than every other pixar movie except incredibles.  not sure why, but it just had a charm that the others haven't had.
7623  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TRU: 15.00 Gift Card with purchase of COD5 W@W. on: November 10, 2008, 07:59:58 PM
and there goes my resolve to wait on a rental.   

 crybaby for my wallet.
7624  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 360 games for $10 each. 1 left! on: November 10, 2008, 07:58:16 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 08, 2008, 03:45:56 AM

Heh, I think the lesson here is not to put commentary next to the game name or it won't sell.  slywink

yup.  oh well, it was the dark horse of the list anyways.  maybe i should change the commentary to "now, 8 bucks!"
7625  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 48 HR XBOX LIVE Code on: November 10, 2008, 07:56:29 PM
i still have one as well.
7626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/10) on: November 10, 2008, 07:52:44 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 10, 2008, 07:46:27 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 10, 2008, 06:46:03 PM

Pete, I have five words for you.

Four player co-op vs. nazi zombies

i know man.  i know.  that right there was almost the tipping point, but my experience in the mp beta has told me what i needed to know.  it's basically what everyone wanted/expected.  cod4's mp with ww2. 

damnitall.  i am 4/10ths on the fence again.  if i saw any specials on this one, i just might get it as well.

and i just saw the tru deal.  consider this one a go. 
7627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 10, 2008, 07:47:33 PM
daehawk, it seems like you may not need this tip anymore, but i found a really good source of income:  pre war books.  pick up every one you can find.  every time.  when you get to the library, you will make a lot of money from them.  best weight to cap ratio i have noticed and pretty easy to find.  not only that, but there's 11 of the things in close proximity to the library.

i left this vaguely specific in case you want to discover it on your own.
7628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shaun White Snowboarding? on: November 10, 2008, 07:36:55 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 10, 2008, 01:59:28 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 09, 2008, 10:56:52 PM

I was more a fan of Amped than SSX, so this looks like it should be right up my alley. 

I'll take it to the next level and say Amped 2 was the peak and Amped 3 was a disappointment. Anyhow, I'm very interested in hearing impressions on this one.


i really liked what i read about sws in the previews and the potential for balance board support and especially about target's bonus material.  now that i'm looking at a packed gaming season, i really have to wait on this one.  this looks like it could be to snowboarding what burnout paradise was to racing games.  big open mountain with areas to freestyle and challenges around. 

i didn't play as much of it, but ssx3 did this pretty well i think too. 
7629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tell me how bad Blacksite Area 51 is. on: November 10, 2008, 07:32:15 PM
i'll dig up the impressions thread if you like, but i got this in a rental right after launch last year and it was very much a last gen game in pretty much every way.  basic guns with no bells and whistles, annoying 'edgy' ai buddies who never die, never do much except keep enemies attention, but still provide a required service as only they can open special doors, mediocre graphics, boring gameplay all around (imho), and a cliched story that veers into the worst plot c@#kpunch (basically, it promises one thing and never delivers, which is the primary subject implied by the title).  it doesn't help that the first level looks like it could have been a ps2 level with it's obvious fake tunnel feel down a boring and dull canyon.  wrap it up with a stupid puzzle style end boss (again, cliched) and mp which was (as in, nobody should be playing this now), laggy, small level design, and mockingly bad old school feel. 

the worst part of it happens when you get to the level in the demo and realize that it's pretty much the best level in the game and the best part from that level.  what could have been a very cool x-com vibe fps ends up a generic fps with little to redeem itself. 

can you tell i was disappointed?  slywink  the only reason i played through was to find out how deep the crap lined rabbit hole went and warn others away. 
7630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 10, 2008, 07:19:04 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on November 10, 2008, 07:04:15 PM

Quote from: kathode on November 10, 2008, 06:55:07 PM

Laughed quite a lot. Wonder, could you VATS a guy in mid-air? Would be very cruel I guess.

i have with the shotgun.  pretty funny to watch them fall back like that.  especially deathclaws, although their hide is tough enough to survive a point blank headshot.  i also hear you can vats target grenades mid air.  never been in a position to use that myself.
7631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 10, 2008, 07:17:03 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 09, 2008, 01:59:47 AM

Quote from: ChaoZ on November 08, 2008, 11:25:19 PM

I'm really having a hard time with ammo in the game. Maybe I'm just wasting a lot of shots outside of VATS. Doesn't help that ammo sold is usually a cap a bullet. Or maybe it's because I've put the main quest on hold and am just wandering a bit.

Yeah, I had a problem too until I picked up the Perk that increases the amount of ammo you find in containers and such. Early on, firing outside of VATS tends to be a rather severe drain on your ammo, simply because you can't pinpoint things like limbs and heads (which causes more damage per bullet). As your skill increases though, you'll be able to get away with avoiding VATS more and more. I still use it more often than not simply because it's just so damn cool to watch.

Other things to keep in mind - constantly rotate weapons. As far as Small Guns go, there's like 6 different kinda of ammo for it. Also try to avoid using ammo on creatures that never carry any. Obviously there will be times you'll want a gun against the insects of the world, but a fist (or sledgehammer) tends to work quite well. Also (obviously) keep your weapon 'health' up by Repairing everything you can get your hands on. More damage per shot.

maybe it's just lucky collecting or maybe my ocd-level scrounging, but at level 12 i have tons of ammo for every weapon, even ones i never plan on using and i haven't bought any except .308 since the very beginning.  i mean over 600 rounds of 5.56, 150 x.32, 500 rds 10mm, 150 rds shotgun and hundreds of rounds for the flamer, railroad and dart weapon, and quite a few energy cells for every weapon.  explored pretty much most of the SE map (5, 8, W side of the potomac in 9 for you guide owners.  imagine the map cordoned off like a phone keypad, non owners) and only gone as far as gnr and a visit to rivet city in the main quests.  

small arms is over 80 due to pickups and 2x gun nut, as is repair and lockpicking.  my secondaries are in the 50-ish range.  found 5 bobbleheads and 30 or so skill books + 1 quest perk.  

i have been having a lot of success with sneaking and real time hunting rifle head shots.  you can pinpoint limbs outside of vats btw.  i've taken off many raider's heads that way.  also gimped a few too, especially those ones who run up while i have my shotgun handy.  i favor the hunting rifle for initial combat, swap to combat shotgun in close up.  silenced 10mm for those special occasions inside buildings when i can tackle enemies alone.  even with low damage, you can still get lucky and the sneak bonus always helps.  chinese assault rifle for outdoor vs big nasties and when i'm going for crippling shots outside good shotgun range.  

vats usage is about 75% of the time as it just makes combat easier to manage.  i just wish you could move and change weapons during it so you could start with a grenade and follow up with something else.
7632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 10, 2008, 06:47:27 PM
not only are there too many games to play, but the bundle of good mp games makes it harder to pick the right one while the mp is hot.  hell, i haven't even decided if i will get one due to my current addiction to fo3.  so, potentially, no mp at all for me  saywhat
7633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/10) on: November 10, 2008, 06:38:27 PM

thank the gods for that one.

although i do want to play mirrors edge and cod:waw eventually.  which adds to the eventual backlog of gow2, lbp, and a handful of portable games for both dusty handhelds. 

i still have to finish the last 4 games i bought and am really not getting enough time to finish. 
7634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 07, 2008, 08:52:48 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 07, 2008, 08:48:01 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 07, 2008, 08:39:16 PM

At 15 points each level that means only 300 points - so only 3 skills maxed out.  Now there are some perks, books, etc. which can add extra points so that isn't exact but it does give you something to think about. 

If you have 10 int plus the perk that gives you 3 extra sp per level, that's 23 per level and then with the comprehension perk you get 2 skillpoints for each book and there are 25 books for each skill for 50 skill points plus a bobblehead for each skill worth 10 skill points... this means there's a lot of skill points to be had if you are truly obsessed.  icon_twisted

definitely.  and get that int bobblehead early on and you can bump it up even more.  save your books until you get comprehension and it's 50 points per skill, assuming you can find every one. 

you also start with each skill at 15, so it's really easy (in theory) to max out more than just your primary and two major skills.  repair is totally invaluable regardless which weapon you go with, and still useful for unarmed as you end up getting shot at much more than a ranged fighter would. 
7635  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 360 games for $10 each. Conan, Samurai Warriors Empires 2 added on: November 07, 2008, 08:44:54 PM

Quote from: Farscry on November 07, 2008, 08:28:57 PM

Samurai Warriors Empires 2, that's the one with the turn-based strategy portion and you fight the battles in real-time action, right? If so, I'd like to snag that one. smile

[edit]Yeah, it's the one I thought it was. Definitely in for that for $10!

all yours.  pm incoming with paypal addy.
7636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 07, 2008, 08:21:51 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on November 07, 2008, 08:05:56 PM

3 questions...............

1. Ive heard of a vault between Megaton and that Aerf or whatever town thats on the bridge. Is that true? I cant find it.

2. Whats a good way to make money??? I carry all the loot I can and sell it all over and over but after buying stims, ammo, and repairing my stuff I NEVER have any spare caps for buying anything like scematics or house items.

3. Can someone give me a hint where I run into Dogmeat? I could look it up but dont want a total spoiler on exactly  where and how to get him..just a hint. Thnx.

1.  don't know, haven't found it yet, but i can look when i get home.
2.  all bandit armor repairs other bandit armor so you can make some decent money that way.  wear clothing with + to barter when you sell to make a few extra caps.  scavenge everything and you can find some lying around.  you also get one whenever you drink a cola. 
3.  same answer as #1.
7637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 07, 2008, 07:59:20 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 07, 2008, 07:45:32 PM

ok, got a couple general questions i need to get cleared up before i get too far.   i just hit level 5 and thus far i'm just choosing skills i like to put my points into.   however, should i just concentrate on one weapon skill or is it ok to go between 2?   for example, i've been splitting alot of my points between small arms and heavy weapons.   am i spreading myself too thin or is this ok?

also, how does picking locks work?   is there a trick to how far to turn the pin and lock?   i haven't been able to pick anything because my pins always break.   is there a trick or feel to it i'm missing?

the guide recommends picking a primary and secondary weapon skill so you don't get tied down to one weapon type later on and putting the majority of your points into your primary until it's around 75 or so as that gets you a great % to hit in vats, then bringing up your secondary.  why not 100%, you ask?  because you can find skill books, skill related bobbleheads (both s.p.e.c.i.a.l. stats and skill stats) and increases due to armor bonuses and perks, but you don't get a bonus above 100.  i haven't confirmed in my game yet, but that's what i read in there somewhere.  of course, if you are finding big weapons and the ammo to make them useful, then you might be inclined to keep that stat raising rather than holding off until later.  my energy weapons skill is too low to really make them worthwhile right now, but i haven't had a huge # of weapons that rely on it anyway, so it's not a big thing yet.

as for lockpicking, kathode had a great post on it in the pc hints and tricks thread.  basically, you want to bend the pin to one side, check the lock with the screwdriver slowly, and adjust depending on how far you went.  if you take it slowly, you can usually get 3 attempts per pick before they snap.
7638  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 360 games for $10 each. Conan, Samurai Warriors Empires 2 added on: November 07, 2008, 07:39:36 PM
cool.  glad you got it.  great game and very enjoyable.
7639  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: November 07, 2008, 07:20:36 PM
+1 to azhag for fast payment on a couple of 360 games.
7640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 - Spoilers thread on: November 07, 2008, 06:47:50 PM
i got jumped by a band of mercs after fast traveling to marigold station.  kind of jolting actually and considering i usually go into the wastelands with my hunting rifle, not a good moment for me.  not sure who sicc'ed them on me, as i got ganked pretty quickly and couldn't get out of there and they didn't say who their employer was. 

it wasn't burke though, unless his decapitated head managed to send a message to them from moriarty's bar.   icon_twisted

it could also be that i went into one of their camps and wasted 3 of their buddies and stole their equipment too. 

i spend most of last night exploring from megaton to rivet city and sneaking past mutants.  now that i know where i need to go next, i intend on taking the road more traveled and wiping them out too. 
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