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7721  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: D2D $5 off any game $5 or more. on: July 30, 2010, 01:26:37 AM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on July 29, 2010, 10:38:40 PM

Code doesn't work for me with Starwolves 3. 
Thats odd. They must have changed the code to stop working on sale items. I wonder if it still works more than once?
7722  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Didn't Circuit City go out of business? on: July 30, 2010, 01:21:06 AM
The disappearing cashier is one if CC's trademark business practices. It's right up there with the battery sales pitch from radioshack clerks and clueless best buy sales people.

The worst fallout from CC going under is the lack of competition for best buy. No reason for good sales any more. Same thing happened o Fry's.
7723  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what if the famous guy you're posting about drops in to chat? on: July 30, 2010, 01:14:28 AM
Well, according to the rule of three, if I'm quoted three times, he'll appear.
7724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown 2: Impressions and Reviews incoming! on: July 29, 2010, 11:09:47 PM
warning, semi-rant incoming.

imho, the middle 3 levels of your skills are the best time to be had.  you are still getting access to new and cool areas, hints of areas you will be able to reach eventually, and a sense of progression.  the game still has potential.  once you max out, all of the areas you see 'should' be accessible and every missed ledge and jump begins to annoy you as some surfaces are no longer as easily climbed as before.  one building in particular is a perfect example in how annoying it gets.  there are a series of lips which go up to one of those AU's.  they are easily gripped but the game somehow makes it imperfect to do.  instead of having the guy grip the next highest point automatically as he has done for every similar building surface since, he now seemingly jumps out a tad each time, meaning you miss the ledge.  if you don't press forward the whole time, you miss the ledge. 

some of the end game stuff is pretty irksome too, at least it was for me.  suicidal agency choppers that always seemed to turn my way when i was flying one for clearing freak breaches.  imprecise bat-wing gliding when going after the rings.  the way the damn suv always seems to fly off the road at the slightest bump making many jumps more of a pita than they are worth.  getting juggled by rocket thugs with no way to break out of the chain unless you fall out of sight.  hell, even the agency chopper is its own pita.  trying to land it without taking even a sliver of damage is futile. 

some of the achievements are just plain finicky.  purge and i tried for the "drive the suv into the chopper" and despite getting it a few times, did not get the achievement.  the first time we tried it, he hit the chopper dead on from a ramp and blew the thing up.  nothing. 

anyways, i enjoyed much of the game, but just like the first one, the end game is where the fun begins to turn into frustration.  after the missions are done, you have nothing significant beyond orb hunting and some slightly fun challenges. 
7725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: July 29, 2010, 10:41:23 PM
i hear you on that ceekay.  i have a handful of achievements that wouldn't take more than a night to get and i'd rather be playing something else, even on the pc without some form of gs tracking. 

i have a buddy who is pretty determined to get the 1100 though and has since gotten more of them than i have.  at the rate i see him on live, he might soon pass my mp rank on the way to 50 too. 
7726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 thread anywhere? on: July 29, 2010, 10:38:58 PM
i go back to it now and again when the more cerebral games get all brainy-like on me.  it's great for letting off steam in enjoyable ways and you can still work towards 100% completion even when you only get small amounts of play time.

i still have the first one and it is better in every way imaginable. 
7727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: July 29, 2010, 10:34:18 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on July 29, 2010, 10:08:07 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 29, 2010, 09:03:08 PM

i haven't got the korean's affinity for mp skill.
Hey, I'm part Korean and I have zero affinity for Starcraft 1/2 mp skill. It really doesn't run in our ethnic blood lines.  icon_lol I fondly remember helping a visiting Korean uncle snare copies of Diablo and Starcraft at Best Buy in summer 1998 to take home to a cousin who was a PC gamer. I wonder sometimes if he is out there on now among the masses.  icon_smile
no offense intended BJ.  biggrin  comparing myself to the best players in the world is like comparing CoD K/D ratios with hark.  i call it a good day when i get over 1:1.  translated to SC2 terms, that would be like living more than 5 minutes against some of the people who already dominate the game.  
7728  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Starcraft 2 Friends list on: July 29, 2010, 09:51:35 PM
7729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Street Slide on: July 29, 2010, 09:33:02 PM
they started with seattle too, so if you ever wanted to see the city without dealing with the ever-present traffic, there you go.  awesome stuff and it reminds me of the internal stuff that they revealed while i was working there. 
7730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what if the famous guy you're posting about drops in to chat? on: July 29, 2010, 09:19:22 PM
he may be an ass, but he's no derek smart
7731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Men of War: Assault Squad & Vietnam too! on: July 29, 2010, 09:11:03 PM
i had the first game on my old steam account and if you played soldiers: heroes of ww2, it's pretty much the same game with updated graphics and more weapons (guessing as i played the first level before the steam account was lost).

the game as a design has a lot of great aspects which i have always liked (direct control) but it is punishingly difficult at times and very unforgiving of tactical mistakes.  once you get your head around the mechanics, it is very satisfying to pull off ambushes and attacks without taking casualties.
7732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Swarm coming to Steam on: July 29, 2010, 09:07:46 PM
the sigs are cool but i really wish the avatar was a little more like the Live avatar and not just a picture and # achievements. 

it's funny you mentioned sc2 as i was totally imagining a level in it set like alien swarm with you controlling a single marine.  maybe a mod for AS to bring in the sc2 marine classes against zerg swarms would be possible, at least in theory.  i doubt any serious attempt to get the characters ported in would bring down activision's lawyer swarm of their own and shut it down.
7733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: July 29, 2010, 09:03:08 PM
older system here:
amd 64 x2 @4400 (dual core)
2 gb ram
win7 x64
1900x 512mb.

runs ok at medium details @1680x1050 with no distracting stuttering or lag in game (so far).  i tried lowering the res to get around the 2 minutes to load a level, but the game doesn't adjust the physical resolution to fit the monitor, so i end up with a windowed effect, and that's more distracting than the lag. 

it wouldn't be considered a good setup for competitive mp, but i don't think i'll miss it much.  i haven't got the korean's affinity for mp skill.

7734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: July 29, 2010, 06:00:00 PM
damn turtlers biggrin.  i took a large force up and mopped up two of the zerg bases while completing the optional objectives and picking up resources.  a good force of marines backed up by medics can pretty much wipe out a standard zerg base.  you can still take casualties, but the reduced zerg presence afterwards was a relief.  i actually wanted to go mop up the last base when the calvary dropped in and "saved" us.

i picked this up after coming into some extra money and just downloaded it.  fastest download of 6gb i've ever had.  not much more than an hour to get it downloaded. installing was longer by quite a bit though.
7735  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: D2D $5 off any game $5 or more. on: July 29, 2010, 05:49:09 PM
it works once with more than one item, then it gives you an error for some reason, saying the cart has more than 3 items when it doesn't.  it will work again on single items over $5 though. 

was able to get a few games on the cheap this way.  star wolves 3 for 2.50 is pretty much the best price you can expect to get on it.
7736  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 29, 2010, 01:03:45 AM
haha, that's a good one.  the description for christopher robin is great.
7737  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have You Ever Truly Been Terrified? on: July 29, 2010, 01:02:09 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 28, 2010, 11:57:05 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 28, 2010, 10:18:47 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 28, 2010, 10:12:40 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on July 28, 2010, 10:05:46 PM

Desert Storm, 1991

Thank you for your service.


+2.  I was just a stupid kid in my junior year of High School back then but looking back it's kinda disgusting how commercialized people made the whole thing.  there were Desert Storm trading cards for christsakes!  I'm hoping at least some of the money they made off that stuff went to food causes.

+1 to the thank you and one for the  finger to commercialization.  hooray, it's the new topps "faces of death" series of iraqi war victims.  god, that was sure classy work.

as for my most horrifying event, it's being on a free climb and realizing that the ground around and above me was soft as hell and i hadn't packed anything to help. 

i've also had some close calls with drowning and vehicle accidents.

nothing makes you go into a panic like realizing your 4 year old daughter didn't walk with her mother and had instead decided to take the long way around the park.  even thinking back to that makes me nervous.
7738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Really LttP: Mafia on: July 28, 2010, 01:52:44 AM
The combat is a bit different from GTA but it's got it's own style. You have enough time before the sequel comes out.
7739  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: EQ2 goes free to play also on: July 28, 2010, 12:41:30 AM
that's odd and cool.  i wouldn't even mind the lower level restriction as i never played that high up the first time.  would be fun to get the mezzer going again.
7740  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Washington State Questions on: July 27, 2010, 09:06:07 PM
i live south of seattle and all of my tech jobs have been north of seattle or in the redmond area.  traffic can be a major pita when it wants to be, especially on the east side.  that area gets a lot of vehicles, but due to the reduced lanes, it is more vulnerable to disruption.  it is the number one annoyance to living here. 
7741  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Washington State Questions on: July 27, 2010, 03:48:32 AM
well, you can't throw a rock up here in the seattle/bellevue/redmond area and not hit a software engineer, so you'll be in good company.  obviously, you know who the big dog is, but there are a lot of other sdet jobs in the region.  beginning of this month, i checked a new batch of postings and amazon was hiring a ton of them.  as for good areas to live in/raise a family, you have a lot of choices both north and south of the big cities.  you'll have traffic either way but the trade off is getting more house for your money in either snohomish or pierce county.  home prices should be recovering around much of the region (unless the bottom falls out again) by the time you are considering moving out here. 

for outdoor activities, you can't beat the variety you get here.  the sound provides great camping/fishing/boating areas, the coast with its sandy beaches is a few hours away, mountain ranges on both sides give you lots of hiking trails and climbing the mountains of course.  head east over the cascades and you have a whole different climate similar to what you get in reno.  we've been out doing short 2-3 day vacations and have had very different experiences.  there is also a lot you can do and see in seattle and as day trips. 

been here all of my life.  it's a great state to live in, despite some drawbacks. 
7742  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 27, 2010, 03:26:45 AM
it's good to be the almost-king
7743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier, action/adventure beat-em-up from Square Enix on: July 26, 2010, 08:50:32 PM
How is nier connected to drakengard?  I played through most of it and much of the first drakengard and don't see any sign that the stories are in the same world. Did I miss a super secret storyline or something?  

The opening sequence is in a modern looking city and all of the loading screens related to that time frame seem to come from a different world from drakengard.
7744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/26) on: July 26, 2010, 03:09:43 PM
I am also fighting the SC2 buy impulse for much the same reason despite how good the game looks. If you have a kmart around you, I'd recommend getting it there as they are giving you a $20 credit on future gaming purchases.
7745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 07/23/10 on: July 23, 2010, 04:13:51 PM
Nothing as I won't be near the tv/pc this weekend, but as I've recently finished both transformers and crackdown 2, I have to decide wether to keep either of them any longer.  I haven't had much fun in T WFC's mp and I am reaching that same point in C2 that I hit with the first;  burnout + frustration due to missed jumps on the massive buildings. 

It looks like he backlog will be getting some love soon. 
7746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: July 21, 2010, 05:43:39 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 21, 2010, 03:36:14 PM

finally got one yesterday.  i had to rip a machine gun emplacement off its post and take him out from 10 feet away.  he went down pretty quickly after that.

am i supposed to be taking him alive or something, though?  his listing in my pda still shows a silhouette with a question mark in the center.   icon_confused

pretty sure you can't take them alive. 
7747  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Server / Gaming Trend State of the Union Address on: July 21, 2010, 04:20:46 AM
despite the up front costs, the benefit of having the per month costs drop instead of increase cannot be understated.  i believe it is your best option for storage and scalability as well.
7748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend a modern combat flight sim on: July 20, 2010, 11:25:56 PM
allied force was a much bigger revamp of the original game, but other than the blurbs on the back of the box, i can't tell you much.  picked it up for my stepdad before he passed.
7749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend a modern combat flight sim on: July 20, 2010, 04:47:50 PM
i have a copy of falcon 4 allied force if you want to give that a try.
7750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wet on: July 20, 2010, 07:55:10 AM
So you are stuck in a level with no way to survive and no option other than restarting the level?  That's annoying.
7751  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 20, 2010, 06:05:35 AM
that's classic, fed.  just classic.  like the "hurt locker", but this time, everyone dies laughing
7752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Faction Armageddon and Origins on: July 20, 2010, 06:01:32 AM
sounds interesting.  good enough reason to get s--t blown up good.  i would love for this to be a DLC though. 
7753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Swarm coming to Steam on: July 20, 2010, 05:47:50 AM
played a few missions with pugs.  only able to join friends half of the time and only by joining session.  
7754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Swarm coming to Steam on: July 20, 2010, 03:42:30 AM

Quote from: Teggy on July 20, 2010, 02:02:06 AM

I've played a little TF2 with voice on Steam and didn't have any issues, but do you generally have to open up some ports to get games to work? I've been unable to join people from the GT/OO group.

i have been unable to join anything from the group as well. 

played a bit offline and it's pretty much as i remembered.  looks better, but that's about it afaik.  that's a good thing as the base game didn't need much improvement. 
7755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Swarm coming to Steam on: July 20, 2010, 12:22:21 AM
i am now, an honorary canadian  ninja

760kb baby! woohoo
7756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of Discovery on: July 20, 2010, 12:21:29 AM
ok, got another question, about the 4th mission.  i have saved 2 of the 6 people you have to retrieve and the game has prompted me to send them on the monastery.  the road is connected, but is there something i have to do to make the transfer?  and where are the other 4?  i have explored every inch of the map and expanded both of my cities  to the last allowed tech level.  not sure what i am missing here.  probably worth it to chuck the campaign and embark on my own i guess.
7757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Swarm coming to Steam on: July 20, 2010, 12:17:46 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 20, 2010, 12:13:39 AM

downloading right now, averaging around 700 KB/s.   definitely not using the nearest servers, think I may be leeching off the Canadians  icon_lol
trying that now.  i wasn't sustaining more than 40 and peaking at 150.  just wish you didn't have to restart the client to get it switched.
7758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Swarm coming to Steam on: July 20, 2010, 12:01:20 AM
for some reason, i had to exit out of steam and reload to get the install to start.

and it's downloading at the incredible speed of 37kbs.  wow, i will be able to play after you all have gone to sleep.
7759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Swarm coming to Steam on: July 19, 2010, 08:25:21 PM
it's free now.  although clicking the install button doesn't do anything yet.  go go go wait
7760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Swarm coming to Steam on: July 19, 2010, 06:32:54 PM
and now it's back to 3 hours?!

odd.  last minute patching or a quirk in the system. 
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