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7841  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 09:30:08 PM
wife is working this weekend, so count me in.  i just need to reactivate my live cards. 
7842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wheelman on: January 16, 2009, 09:28:03 PM
i was ready to write this one off, but knowing that the same people behind CoR: EFBB makes it worth watching. 

so now feb is getting ugly with the expected releases.  first sacred 2, then this, then gf2?!  urrrrgh, this will be a fun (and expensive, i expect too) month. 
7843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U.S. Airways plane has gone down in the Hudson River on: January 16, 2009, 08:32:53 PM
this has to be the most successful splash down of a large jet in a crowded area in history.  hell, most water landings make it obvious why you don't try this kind of thing unless you have no chance of making it to land
7844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Cold! on: January 16, 2009, 08:29:14 PM
thank god the pac nw is back to its usual self, all cloudy and mild, with a chance of sunshine. 

we get bonus points due to our pale white skin reflecting the sun's rays back up into the clouds, thus lowering our carbon footprint. 
7845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Mafia/Mob Movies? on: January 16, 2009, 08:25:13 PM
while i don't think Heat really fits, it does stand as one of the best crime movies of all time, imo of course.

the departed is also a damn fine mob movie. 

other notable mentions for mob/mafia related plot lines

Enemy of the State - the set up for the MiB vs the mob in that film is great
True Romance - great scene with christopher walken and dennis hopper, plus an awesome mexican standoff.
7846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Karma is a bitch, not a Chameleon on: January 16, 2009, 08:19:04 PM
this joke writes itself.   once word gets out on the block that the new fish is none other than the man who 'gave' us such great mind melting songs which stick in your mind like a dog with peanut butter stuck to it's mouth, he's done for. 
7847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Circuit City up for sale/auction on: January 16, 2009, 08:15:43 PM
CC problems are traceable to a drastic change in upper management polices, starting with the transition from higher paid salespeople to basement level waged anybody's.  the management saw this as a good cost saving measure, but it really tore down what made cc a good place to shop:  knowledgeable salespeople, and buyers started to see this more and more. 

since then, it's been story after story of price-matching and sales screw-arounds, shoddy customer service, and managers acting like punks.  their rep has taken a dive and as more of the anecdotal stories were publicized, it started to happen to more people in larger numbers and upper management just sat on their thumbs. 

depending on the liquidator, i wouldn't count on any big sales just yet.  the last one who took over cc's closing stores was found marking prices up so they could keep the appearance of a clearance sale.
7848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best way to learn console shooter controls? on: January 16, 2009, 07:21:23 PM
how about a nice fps shooter like fallout or bioshock?  both are pretty slow compared to anything like halo or cod.  while they are diversions, they are good for getting your instincts down. 

for a true shooter, i second hark's recommendation of rainbow six.  one of those games which work so much better with the controller than a keyboard.  r6v is where i got familiarized with the console control scheme. 
7849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV on: January 15, 2009, 09:34:39 PM
except now you've explained it and borked the whole thing up.  nice comedic timing there newman  Roll Eyes
7850  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 15, 2009, 09:32:57 PM
true camping is a skill you need to develop, and to paraphrase kenny 'beadface', you need to know when to hold on to them, and know when to fold and run.  as msteelers points out, all the really good camping spots are known, and it's up to you to either secure them with betties, change it up a bit by being just off the usual spot, or be willing to relocate if the enemy knows you are there and makes a concerted effort to get you. 

the power of a good camp spot is offset by the knowledge once everyone knows you are there.  there are some maps where it's really easy to relocate from decent spots (seelow, church tower in outskirts, shady grass in makin and courtyard) and in that case, it's best to avoid the alternatives unless you know it's clear.  but no spot is unsurmountable, and glitchers tend to be identified pretty quickly, even in HC as it's easy to spot people doing abnormal behavior where a glitch is exploited.
7851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV on: January 15, 2009, 09:20:08 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 15, 2009, 07:57:11 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 15, 2009, 07:46:23 PM

Damn Hark that sucks, sorryo to hear man.

It's ok, since you can release the focus attack to unleash an attack at any time it's probably usually too risky for your opponent to go in for the throw if you're charging focus.

this is not the 'quote post' button you were looking for.  :waves hand

i hadn't caught this in the thread either (nor on live, hmmmm).  damn man, does this mean you won't be mp'ing as much now?
7852  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it Unreasonable to Fear for Obama's Safety? on: January 15, 2009, 09:14:59 PM
nevermind the oddly derailed topic considering the impending inauguration, i am a little surprised the state stepped in on this one.  there is more that we haven't been told yet (or ever)
7853  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is this the final nail in the coffin for the 4th Ammendment? on: January 15, 2009, 09:10:43 PM
a system designed to keep track of people currently wanted by law enforcement failed to update it's records more than 4 years after the warrant expired is shocking.  especially considering that they haven't been lapse in going after people wanted for crimes since then.  it's only by chance that this guy happens to be a habitual law breaker.  call it what you will, but letting evidence stand simply because the person once had a warrant is shoddy enforcement of the 4th amendment. 
7854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hope she's not going into medical school! on: January 15, 2009, 07:42:24 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on January 15, 2009, 07:31:16 PM

Sometimes I fear for the human race, are people really this stupid and helpless?

half of me sympathizes with someone who was sold something by a rep with an agenda ("stick with ubuntu, you will love it, blah, blah").  dell should have just made the change without trying to make a linux convert. 

the other half faults this woman for blaming dell for all of her problems when a little due diligence (and a backbone on the phone) would have kept this from being a problem.    if you don't know what you are ordering, don't flatly accept the sales pitch;  ask someone who knows or get a review of the spec sheet before you buy it. 
7855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Outlander..a Chris roberts movie..ya the Wing Commander guy on: January 15, 2009, 07:35:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 15, 2009, 03:15:37 PM

sounds like a big bowl of suck with a side order of crap.  Chris Roberts should spend his time on something useful, like making Freelancer 2.

big +1 to this. 

hell, i would rather watch the cinematics for WC 1-5 than all of the drek that movie was. 
7856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Khan is Dead on: January 15, 2009, 07:30:58 PM
sad day for star trek fans everywhere.  khan ranks as the best villain in any of the ST movies or shows imo. 
7857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider Anniversary downloads for 360 on: January 15, 2009, 07:27:02 PM
just cause definitely pales when compared against current games, but part of the fun is taking over the islands for the locals.  it's very repetitive, but if you like the thought of exploring a huge chain of islands and can accept the limitations, it's pretty enjoyable.  note that i never retook more than half of the island and the associated story missions, but i got it cheap, so i don't feel too disappointed. 

it would be hard to go back after far cry 2 though.  JC doesn't have nearly as much attention to detail and lacks variety in the environments.
7858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 2 Knothole Island now available! on: January 15, 2009, 07:10:36 PM
that right there is enough for me to never bother with this.  patches and downloads which invalidate my save game are bad enough as it is.   afaik, the only way to get a copy is to buy one of those memory cards.  i'm kicking myself for not grabbing one on clearance a year ago.  could have come in handy with those games where you only get one save.  thankfully, there aren't many of those.
7859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mount and Blade on: January 14, 2009, 06:12:06 PM

Quote from: Chaz on January 14, 2009, 04:13:38 PM

Looks like Gamestop is clearing these out.  I found a copy for $5 there last night.  YMMV

great price.  i will look for one as soon as i can get over to a GS.
7860  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: January 14, 2009, 06:11:17 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 14, 2009, 03:30:40 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 14, 2009, 03:26:01 AM

My K/D in normal is much, much lower than in HC

Hmm. Maybe i should just play HC then Tongue

+1 to this SL.  in fact, if nobody is on to play HC, i usually play something else entirely.  far cry 2 has my attention at the moment and is much more enjoyable than normal cod mp. 
7861  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Cleaning out old Nintendo consoles on: January 14, 2009, 06:09:21 PM
damn.  i had forgotten all about un squadron.  fond memories of dropping napalm with the warthog (which may or may not be true, my memory isn't what i used to be)

good game bundles you have there.  too bad wife would kill me if i got them. 
7862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 2 Knothole Island now available! on: January 14, 2009, 06:05:29 PM
not sure i will ever go back to fable now.  i think i did everything i really wanted to do, although the res shrine sounds like a great way to

ending related.
Spoiler for Hiden:
bring back the dog.  i regret not going with the ending where you get him and your family back.  stupid sacrifice ending. 
7863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBL: Castle Crashers Impressions on: January 14, 2009, 05:58:18 PM
too little far too late.  i think the ccc has moved on to other games.

i bought it and played a number of hours, but i have bigger games to play right now.
7864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Singularity on: January 14, 2009, 05:56:22 PM
sounds like a timeshift clone.  hope it fares better than 'good demo, bad game'.  i have more faith in raven though than whomever put TS out.
7865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Circuit City up for sale/auction on: January 13, 2009, 11:26:37 PM
so the long drawn out collapse over the last 2 years finally comes to a close.  sad, but it was destined to be.  cc has too many hurdles to cross when compared to its competitors. 
7866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Indiana Jones game cancelled. on: January 13, 2009, 11:20:33 PM
damn.  this was the other half of the tech demo shown with sw: fu.  could have been fun as long as it wasn't a movie tie-in.
7867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend Arrested, Legal Questions Inside on: January 13, 2009, 09:13:38 PM
lucky break.  hopefully his friend does better too.  count this as a lesson learned and move on.
7868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help regarding craigslist on: January 13, 2009, 09:04:23 PM
i don't think he can.  notice he remade his account and no posts are associated with it.  sadly, no phone misdirection.
7869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help regarding craigslist on: January 13, 2009, 06:50:39 PM
cool phone, is it still available?

sorry, couldn't resist  icon_twisted

don't think i have ever heard of such a thing.  send it to the and see if they have any phone #'s to call or higher ups to contact.
7870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wealth management president thought to stage airplane crash on: January 13, 2009, 06:48:43 PM
a 'misunderstanding'?!  what the hell is this guy smoking?  no, i didn't mean to crash a plane and attempt to hide from authorities under a fake name? 

A class D bag

he could have hit homes with this scam of his. 
7871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [English] Payed?? PAYED?!?! on: January 13, 2009, 06:46:00 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 13, 2009, 05:01:09 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 13, 2009, 04:55:22 PM

i will say again; thank god for party voice chat in xbox live.  no longer do we need suffer at the hands of a bunch of 14 y/o maladjusted brats and their idea of language.  


No, instead of being able to ignore reams of unintelligible text, we instead wear out our thumbs hitting the ignore button so the crap they spew doesn't land squarely inside our head. slywink

eh, notice i said party chat?  as in you only hear the people you grouped with, not all the random riff-raff of the world.  it actually makes it easier to ignore them, no work needed.  best feature of the nxe imo.
7872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: January 13, 2009, 06:41:36 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 30, 2008, 08:37:15 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 30, 2008, 07:43:44 PM

Why is it Little Lamplight is the most annoying place in the game and yet you cant kill anyone there? They just piss me off with their grown up acting I just want to run my fist down the mayor's throat.

I don't know if this is a spoiler or not, but I'll play it safe:

Spoiler for Hiden:
It's simple - the town is nothing but kids. If you were able to kill them, the game's rating would've skyrocketed into something that couldn't be sold. Killing is okay. Violence is okay. Killing or harming kids - that's a BIG no-no.

Additionally - can you kill the other kids in the game? I don't think it'll let you pull the trigger if you have a kid targeted elsewhere in the game.

Spoiler for Hiden:
dunno about pulling the trigger, but you do kill a number of them if you take burke's offer. 
7873  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Big 360/PS3 game sale at Best Buy 1/11 on: January 13, 2009, 05:19:22 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 13, 2009, 08:26:51 AM

There are more deals the following week, 1/18 - Far Cry 2 and Pure for $30, and Prince of Persia and Naruto : The Broken Bond for $40.  Prices are good for either on the 360 or PS3 versions of each game.

keep your eyes open for pure at target.  i grabbed a copy there for $15 a while back, so you might get lucky if your store isn't camped by the cag crowd. 
7874  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: January 13, 2009, 05:16:32 PM
as another betty whore (who camps in hard core too btw) i use those things as they are intended:  guard duty.  nothing so frustrating taking up position and having some fool knife you before you hit 3 kills.  very few places are defensible on more than 2 sides and that means you need to watch your back and mine the approaches.  they aren't invincible though and you can find yourself dead at the hands of a skilled player or one with the bomb squad perk, especially if they have already learned that bettys are in play.  if they nerf the damage, it will break my mold.  

as for hc tactics, i recommend sticking with one weapon, preferably a rifle for big maps instead of a bolt action, and an smg for the small ones (although a g-43 can still effective on asylum and dome).  i stuck with the g-43, as i believe hark has as well through the lower levels until you get the silencer and the long range scope.  it makes for a great mid range sniper rifle and it can kill in one hit.  it can also wound though, even without juggernaut, so it's not over powered.  

hc requires a different mindset, but i much prefer it over non hc where everyone likes to run around like lunatics.
7875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [English] Payed?? PAYED?!?! on: January 13, 2009, 04:55:22 PM
i will say again; thank god for party voice chat in xbox live.  no longer do we need suffer at the hands of a bunch of 14 y/o maladjusted brats and their idea of language.  
7876  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Big 360/PS3 game sale at Best Buy 1/11 on: January 12, 2009, 06:28:16 PM
checked inventory online and ng2 was sold out everywhere.  when i went, only facebreaker and ut3 were in stock of any of the items.
7877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday PeteRock on: January 11, 2009, 08:03:20 PM
happy Bday you big lug.  celebrate with liquor and whores! j

(cod waw whores that is.) slywink
7878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 09, 2009, 11:58:00 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 09, 2009, 09:32:42 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 09, 2009, 09:21:29 PM

haha.  looks like he's 6c shy of a dollar though.  reminds me of the SNL bank with phil hartman.


I count $1.13 (three quarters, three nickels, one dime, and thirteen pennies), although one of the pennies at the top center looks like a Canadian penny, making that one worth even more.   icon_eek 

yup.  i mistook the top-left quarter for one of those funny nickels. 

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on January 09, 2009, 11:41:49 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 09, 2009, 09:21:29 PM

haha.  looks like he's 6c shy of a dollar though.  reminds me of the SNL bank with phil hartman.

I don't know if Phil Hartman was a customer in the commercial, but he wasn't the employee. The Bank Manager guy wasn't played by a regular cast member.

ETA - He is "[the] one-time head writer Jim Downey as Paul McElroy, the Service Representative who won't give you 2,000 nickels..."

i remember the other commercial.
7879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I wanted to look something up on Wiki on: January 09, 2009, 11:46:32 PM
better than the alternative :shudder

not sure what that could look like?  three words for you

pulled pork sandwich 
7880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're going to love my nuts! on: January 09, 2009, 11:41:15 PM
there's an ongoing thread on consumerist with this guy and billy mays remix videos.  some of it is pretty good.
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