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7721  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Machinarium 5 Bucks! on: August 06, 2010, 07:09:33 PM
it's a pretty fun little puzzle/adventure game with a great visual style. 
7722  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Silent Hunter 5 50% off on Impulse though 8-8 on: August 06, 2010, 07:08:49 PM
Standard - $24.99
Gold - $29.99

don't forget to use the GT client
7723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Velvet Assasin - what happened to it? on: August 06, 2010, 07:06:19 PM
too bad. the gamespot review makes it sound worth a playthrough, but the ign review really tanks it. 

might be worth a rental in a lull. 
7724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FFT: War of the Lions. I'm Gonna Actually Play It on: August 06, 2010, 06:57:39 PM
if you get the addiction, see you in november!

i also have a copy of this, still in the shrinkwrap, so i am totally there with you.
7725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman:Arkham City due probably next October! on: August 06, 2010, 06:56:04 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 06, 2010, 06:53:17 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on August 06, 2010, 06:47:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 06, 2010, 06:44:36 PM

Batmobile level!

I hope it's like MarioKart!

I think there's a game idea there:  the Batmobile, Joker Wagon, Penguin Sled, Cat Cart, Riddler Rider, Two Face Two Wheeler, Freeze Plow, Harley's Harley,....

in a perverse way, this could work, but in a lego batman sequel as kart racing makes more sense there. 
7726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist -- 8/6/10 on: August 06, 2010, 05:34:00 PM
more SC2 on the pc, brotherhood in arms HH on the 360 and maybe TR underworld as well.

i've also decided to quit on crackdown 2 after one too many failed attempts to do the damned wingsuit races.  i can sail around the islands just fine, but the flaky controls do not suit a racing mode imo.  also, the roof races go from fun to abusing when you get to the third island. 
7727  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer Madness Alan Wake, Mass Effect 2, Alpha Protocol, etc. on: August 06, 2010, 05:30:38 PM
some great deals there.  too bad they don't have alpha protocal for the 360 at that price.  oh well, it's not like i have any spare cash to spend anyways. 
7728  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: August 06, 2010, 05:28:35 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 06, 2010, 04:43:13 AM

Quote from: Rowdy on August 05, 2010, 07:23:46 PM

Try to give me an example of something that's highly popular (as defined by sales, or ownership, or audience) that doesn't meet the requirements that it was designed for.  Some product that hopelessly fails at everything it's meant to do, but is still incredibly popular.

Internet Explorer

and yet still in demand due to MS's archaic requirements for updates and office integration and lazy gov't, old companies too slow to update their interface, and horrid web developers who refuse to support more than the #1 browser (#1 because it's the default option and general users are ignorant of the others)

perfect example pug. 
7729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another pet vacuum thread on: August 06, 2010, 05:20:33 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 02, 2010, 11:16:46 AM

My Dyson is going on 8 years old now, and it has just as much suction now as it did the day I bought it from what I can tell.  They only issue I run into, which I would have with any vacuum is that my wife sheds terribly and so I am constantly having to cut large masses of long hair off of the beater bar.

i think we are married to the same woman.  same thing happens to me and our 5 year old dyson.  i pretty much echo everything arkon says here.  it still picks up a lot, unlike the standard bissel we had before it. 
7730  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive CDV Sale on: August 06, 2010, 05:14:53 PM
the CE version of sacred 2 is also the same price on amazon right now.  it has the high res textures (i hear these are available for d/l somewhere) and the carrier imp, basically a walking version of the hero chest you use to store and share items with your other characters
7731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman:Arkham City due probably next October! on: August 06, 2010, 03:40:15 AM
i am ok with "just" getting a bigger explorable area.  i think batman would make a great open world game, but AA proved that a great batman game doesn't need to go that route. 
7732  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Sale 8-5-2010: Gratuitous Space Battles 75% off on: August 06, 2010, 03:03:04 AM

Quote from: pingwrx on August 06, 2010, 12:07:55 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 05, 2010, 07:42:18 PM

only $4.99, or $6.24 for the complete set.

Sold just put it into my backlog. ninja

great deal on this and the dlc.  looks like a great way to spend a few minutes when you want something simpler to control but more complex in the planning stage.  

also boughten.  hooray backlog!

i also see they have dropped the price on DoW2 CR to $20 if you missed the last sale. 
7733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torchlight 2! on: August 04, 2010, 11:20:14 PM
The overland stuff sounds like the change from D1 to D2. Sounds good to me.
7734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: which is the best gothic? 2 or 3 ? (rpg sale) on: August 04, 2010, 11:15:49 PM
Keep in mind that gothic 3 is also a touch easier to get into due to the dificulty. G1/2 are defnitely more harsh when it comes to new players. Wander off the trail at your own risk, there be dragons. In the early game, you are very weak and the monsters around are not necessarily close to your level just because they can be found the starting towns. The controls also take some adjustment and the combat is also quite different from your standard rpg.

There was a community patch for G3 which supposedly addresses many issues left after the last official patch.
7735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox's lack of Blu-ray a 'problem' for developers on: August 04, 2010, 10:55:49 PM
Not a bad idea rickfc. I would love if they did that, but the argument could be said of multi disc sharing of the other discs. It wouldn't pay off long term with ME2 due to the final missions being on the 1st disc, but it might allow you to share them from other multi disc games.
7736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR DS! on: August 04, 2010, 05:51:42 PM
They dug up the named assailant's facebook page. Gives you reason to fear the future with people like him and his friends running around. Thuglife4life crowd.
7737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: nippon ichi's next rpg: criminal girls on: August 04, 2010, 05:47:54 PM
Punishment? "Bad girls". Obscuring mosaics?  SRPG. I expect the CE to include something you would put away when your wife/GF/parents come by. :p
7738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds: The Temptation now Two Worlds 2 on: August 04, 2010, 05:35:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 04, 2010, 06:34:58 AM

Quote from: EddieA on August 04, 2010, 06:21:37 AM

Here are some shots of the rather large collector's edition.

yeah... pass.

7739  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: August 04, 2010, 04:51:54 AM
it's a fine film that got so over-hyped it will take a decade for anything to get to its level.  a sci-fi "epic" from one of the guys who helped create the craze for sci-fi, in pre-production for a decade and filmed in 3d at a huge cost and then hyped up beyond any other film's PR budget by at least double. 

in the end, james took a well-worn theme and gave it to us in a pretty picture.  that's all it is when you strip off the visual effects and polish so it is hard to see it as good as other epics were either the story was strong to begin with like lotr and classics like ben-hur or even pop favorites like star wars.  it also loses out when compared to 30 year old movies as flashy effects are more effective when you are younger.  if this had been made in 1980 with SW:TESB level effects, we would all have a more favorable impression of it. 

i saw it once in 3d (not imax) and yes, the effects are beyond what other movies have shown us yet.  it was a good action flick but i can separate my reaction from my critique and see where the movie lacks depth. 

i haven't felt the need to watch it again, tbh.  i wouldn't say no if someone wanted to buy me a ticket to an imax showing however. 
7740  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie Quote Game on: August 04, 2010, 04:28:36 AM
yeah, i googled it and unless you've seen it recently, you would be hard pressed to guess it off that. 
7741  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]Shutter Island on: August 04, 2010, 04:27:20 AM
i thought it was a pretty good movie even though the reveal was easy to spot, pretty much for the same reasons that hepcat posted.  it's like going into an M night movie and expecting something other than a twist.  well, that or crap-served-lukewarm. 
7742  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The best year for movies? on: August 04, 2010, 04:13:35 AM
well, you got a point there.  half of those movies are below my threshold for watching though, even on a free channel.

7743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Sims Medieval on: August 03, 2010, 09:09:12 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 03, 2010, 03:17:56 PM

How do they handle the Sims' exciting urination ability in an armored suit?  icon_eek

don't you know?  they had "helpers" for that.  it was like a sidewinder missile, fire and forget.  that's the knight errands job to clean the suit.  and if they did it well enough, one day they would get to fill the armored boots.
7744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Breed Evolution: Impact Demo out on: August 03, 2010, 09:05:56 PM
maybe i should give the demo a try then.  if the mp community is stronger around the pc it might make up for the console's state of DOA. 
7745  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Bad Person Because... on: August 03, 2010, 09:04:12 PM

Quote from: McNutt on August 03, 2010, 08:47:06 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 03, 2010, 08:40:44 PM

sorry, fireball, but this must be said.  

He said he was a bad person for doing it.

he also threw in that he missed the last time seeing his uncle, a clear plea for sympathy.  the whole thing read like a bad excuse to me.  sure, admitting he's bad is a start, but it's not like he admitted that the whole thing is his fault.  if he had a true sense of right and wrong, he would have waited or found a different dryer on another floor.  he would have been late, but he would have been there. 
7746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NBA Live 11: Now with bonus NBA Jam on: August 03, 2010, 08:50:50 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 03, 2010, 05:48:31 PM

From the sound of it, they're re-making NBA Jam for the Wii, and then packaging a demo of it for download, but that it won't actually be full featured like the Wii title.

Quote from: EA
"And the only way to play 'Jam' on the 360 and PS3 is by picking up 'Elite'. There's a one-time use code that will be in every copy of 'Elite', so you just go online and redeem it. We're not selling 'Jam' on PSN or Xbox Live. If you still want the full product, the full experience is on the Wii, but if you pick up 'Elite', you're still getting a good taste of it, especially with the inclusion of online play."

Wow, what a way to leave money on the table.  "We'll give you a gimped version for free with our latest game, but no way to purchase the remaining features on your console."

Oh, and NBA Elite is the new title for the NBA Live series.
leave it to EA to go full retard.  who do they think will end up liking the game as is, vs those who will say they nerfed it and hate it for what it isn't?
7747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox's lack of Blu-ray a 'problem' for developers on: August 03, 2010, 08:47:18 PM
i felt it bad style to ask the questions and then answer them myself.  thank you grim. 

maybe i should have had a smiley tacked on at the end, no?
7748  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The best year for movies? on: August 03, 2010, 08:45:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2010, 02:50:48 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 03, 2010, 02:36:23 PM

What year did Battlefield Earth come out, again?  Any year but that one.

it came out in 2000, along with:

Almost Famous

Gone in 60 Seconds
O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Shanghai Noon
The Whole Nine Yards
High Fidelity
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Boiler Room
Coyote Ugly
American Psycho
Bring It On
Charlies Angels
Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
The Patriot
Pitch Black

of course that year also had Dungeons & Dragons....

yeah, hard to throw out the baby with the bathwater on this one.  all of the bolded movies override the stench of battlefield earth imo.
7749  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 03, 2010, 08:42:47 PM
7750  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Famous Movies in Famous Places... on: August 03, 2010, 08:42:06 PM
especially rocky.  my biggest regret from the philly trip was not getting time to go inside the museum.  at least i got to see the view though.
7751  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Bad Person Because... on: August 03, 2010, 08:40:44 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 03, 2010, 08:32:48 PM

I'm a bad person because I was in a hurry to get my clothes clean for my cousin's rehearsal dinner, but there was someone else's clothes in the dryer, so I took his out to dry mine real quick. I put extra money in the dryer so that everything would even out after I came back, got mine, and put his back in... but karma bit me in the ass. I pulled out my clothes, and I've never seen so much lint in my life!

I was so upset, I didn't go to the dinner. Which sucks, 'cause it turns out that woulda been my last chance to see my uncle alive.

sorry, fireball, but this must be said.  your inability to plan ahead does not grant you the right to dump other people's stuff out, sob story or not. it also does not excuse those who cut in line at the grocery store, those who cut in at the last second on a crowded off-ramp or those who steal the parking spot you were clearing waiting for.  bad behavior is still bad regardless of the underlying cause.  
7752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox's lack of Blu-ray a 'problem' for developers on: August 03, 2010, 08:35:31 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 03, 2010, 08:20:57 PM

If anything, this may drive Microsoft to be first out of the gate for the next generation.  They'd need to get around to joining up with the Blu-Ray Disc Association to get things rolling, but if they can make the justification to move to the next generation (especially if they provide 100% reverse compatibility), I think that will give them a huge leg up on Sony in the next go-round.  The real trick is not only outstripping their current capabilities, but the PS3's as well.

I can tell you what won't benefit them: an add-on BR drive.  I fail to see them getting enough market penetration and developer buy-in to make that a long-term viable option.

if nothing else benefits from the awful hd-dvd add-on, i hope the lesson was learned back then; add-on peripherals rarely become mainstream and all too often become a footnote in the end.  they also hamper future generations from trying it, for the wrong reason.  i also hope they have realized the error of offering arcade units.  don't make your lowest common denominator be your developers biggest obstacle. 
7753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another year, another 10,000 Gamerscore on: August 03, 2010, 08:24:43 PM
i've more than surpassed my 30k at the end of the year.  already at 41820 and i still have 5 months to go.  should be around 45-46k by end of year.  mafia 2, fable, halo reach, moh, cod, not to mention the backlog of games that await. 

of course, the current hankering for starcraft 2 keeps me off the console pretty effectively.

since april '07, i have averaged about 1072 gs per month.  not bad.  i guess that means i should be close to 49k by years end.  maybe make 50k the end of year goal just to have it a tad more difficult.
7754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: August 03, 2010, 05:43:09 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2010, 02:59:00 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 03, 2010, 01:32:09 AM

On Mission 7, I just want to say...
Spoiler for Hiden:
Slow down, you #$*#$(*&#%*(#%*()#%ing TRAINS!!!!!!!  @#$(*&%

that may not necessarily be everyone's mission 7.

either way that was a cakewalk.

yup, i've done 8? and haven't hit that one yet.  as i said before, it's unfortunate that you can't revisit old missions with new toys without starting a new character, at least not as a replay. 
7755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gameinformer on: August 03, 2010, 05:40:58 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 02, 2010, 09:08:45 PM

The reviews have come a long way since their 6.75 Paper Mario 2 debacle.  They are well suited for their target audience and seem to generally align well with the overall metacritic score on a game even if GI is almost never an outlier in terms of rating a game high or low.

That said, I find their Second Opinions very suspicious- they are almost never more than a point off of each other and usually much narrower than that. 

agreed on the second opinion stuff.  it usually seems to echo the main reviewer's take on it with not much variety.  certainly not as the old mag that did it.  who was that that had 4 people's takes on a game?  no doubt out of business but the reviews always stood out imo. 

GI isn't bad for previews and stuff, but the only reason i have a sub is due to the recent gamestop sales on used games.

if you want to see a corporate shill mag, look at the one best buy hawks.  i got one in a promo and it reads like paid hype from the advertisers.  their "review" on crackdown 2 is poor writing at best and barely concealed  corp-speak at worst. 
7756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3 on: August 03, 2010, 05:35:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2010, 03:40:04 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 02, 2010, 10:17:21 PM

I'll probably grab both versions.

they just announced the PC version is delayed, so I guess I'll be getting the 360 version first.

what, we didn't respond fast enough for you or something? Tongue

replying to yourself is the first sign of schizophrenia you know.  either that or get the bot's logic tree checked; the "respond to self" verification is broken again.    icon_razz
7757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/02) on: August 03, 2010, 05:32:36 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 02, 2010, 11:33:24 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on August 02, 2010, 11:30:34 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 02, 2010, 06:58:51 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 02, 2010, 06:20:45 PM

I looked at the release dates for the rest of the month (Wow, August already...?) and there's nothing that really piques my interest except Madden. 

the only game out this month on my gamefly queue is mafia 2, and i would not be surprised if that got bumped back a week or two. 

Your tongue. Bite it. Now.


of course I still have to play through Mafia......

there's still time left to play through it. 
7758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The best year for movies? on: August 02, 2010, 07:22:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 02, 2010, 07:02:53 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 02, 2010, 06:38:11 PM

Johnny Mnemonic had Dolph Lundgren.  Don't dis the Dolph.

It also unfortunately had Keanu in it.  I'm considering it a wash. 

how could you say that?  sacrilege!  heresy!  how could you look down on works of art such as this?
7759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/02) on: August 02, 2010, 06:58:51 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 02, 2010, 06:20:45 PM

I looked at the release dates for the rest of the month (Wow, August already...?) and there's nothing that really piques my interest except Madden. 

the only game out this month on my gamefly queue is mafia 2, and i would not be surprised if that got bumped back a week or two. 
7760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: August 02, 2010, 06:56:45 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 02, 2010, 11:54:19 AM

Quote from: jersoc on August 02, 2010, 10:03:00 AM

pfft, i can play this in 2 months  nod
I think you mean 2 years, in keeping with the "new series entry every 12 years" Blizzard tradition.  icon_razz

Diablo II (just 4 years after Diablo) messed up my expectations there. I thought by now we'd be waiting for Diablo VI...

once they went with wow, they didn't need to worry about long dev times draining the coffers.  and they know that despite how long a game takes to come out, we'll still buy it by the bucketload, as seen by sc2's player population. 
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