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7841  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. 
7842  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. 
7843  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
7844  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.
7845  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.
7846  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. 
7847  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. 
7848  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.
7849  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.
7850  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.
7851  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.
7852  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
7853  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. 
7854  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.  
7855  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. 
7856  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
7857  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.
7858  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.
7859  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.
7860  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
!
7861  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. 
7862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tons of Limbo reviews on: July 19, 2010, 05:41:38 PM
cool.  we had an earlier thread with a 15+ minute giantbomb playthrough if you want to get a look at it.
7863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: July 19, 2010, 04:50:50 PM
High explosives and helicopters are a great way to take them out. I recommend looking at the achievement list as it tells you a few ways to deal with enemies you may not have considered.

It's a fun game to revisit now and again, even after beating the campaign.
7864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/19) on: July 19, 2010, 07:46:23 AM
Getting AS for sure. Already joined the steam group for it.

I thought darkstar one for the 360 was out this week; next week instead then.

I believe the xbla game is Limbo. Going to try the demo.

Picked up dawn of discovery in the last ubi sale:  lot of fun with it.
7865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of Discovery on: July 19, 2010, 03:55:25 AM
picked up dawn of discovery gold with the $10 ubisoft sale and despite the annoyance it inflicts by forcing the temporary folder on C:, i am loving the game.  lots of depth beyond the obvious and the three campaign missions i've done have been great at getting me up to speed on it's mechanics.  and it looks and sounds pretty awesome even on the old pc i have.  i love this kind of city builder and it's been a long time since i've played one and enjoyed it.  i plan on going through the campaign to get a handle on all the little stuff, does anyone know how long the "tutorial" phase lasts before they take the training wheels off?

i saw some had basically started the free mode after 3 missions, but as someone who's never played an anno game before, i don't know what i might be missing
7866  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Ubisoft Store Summer PC Game Sale on: July 19, 2010, 03:44:13 AM
picked up dawn of discovery gold.  great game
7867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Swarm coming to Steam on: July 18, 2010, 08:29:02 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on July 18, 2010, 02:01:29 PM

I "analyzed" the trailers a bit. A few things I saw...

*One "post mission failure" splash screen suggestion: "Coordinate your squad's movement and firing zones."

*One tip popped up: Press "L" for Combat Flares

Actually, if Cain's already played this stuff I guess I shouldn't waste time analyzing.  icon_smile

think "top-down Colonial Marines".  a marine's worst enemies are the stalking aliens and the trigger happy aiming-optional marine with a flamethrower on your six who decides to "help" by lighting everything up like the 4th.  your next worst enemy is the lone soldier who thinks he can rush through and complains about how slow you are.
7868  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Official Name Change: Odin on: July 18, 2010, 07:03:22 PM
thing is, i ID you more with sith lord and the avatar, so now you seem like a random lurker, not a gg lurker.
7869  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Welcome CeeKay to the team on: July 18, 2010, 07:02:13 PM
so, this morning we had an error accessing the site:
Quote
Warning: mysql_query(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL-Link resource in /home/knight/public_html/index.php on line 131
Too many connections


this is what happens when you give ceekay a direct pipe to the site: 

CKDoS
7870  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Welcome CeeKay to the team on: July 18, 2010, 07:14:35 AM
Wow. I think I'm having an aneuryism. Gratz CK. Now you can call this work and not feel like lying about it.
7871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Swarm coming to Steam on: July 16, 2010, 11:07:42 PM
no, it's better.  4 person coop with classes.  it actually rewards you to have a balanced group and good team tactics win out over what passes for it in alien breed.  AS was the best mod for UT2K4 of them all imo and if they can get it on steam for free, it will be a great gaming night way to get a GT group. 
7872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 16, 2010, 10:51:03 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on July 16, 2010, 07:56:10 PM



it also makes a pretty kickass dinner too.
7873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trapped Dead on: July 16, 2010, 05:38:52 PM
Co op rts?  Odd genre bender they have here. Not really sure how an rts would work in a zombie game. The shots look good though so I'll keep my eye on it.
7874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 07/16/10 on: July 16, 2010, 04:15:54 PM
Going to wrap up both crackdown 2 and transformers wfc.
7875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Lantern: The Movie on: July 16, 2010, 04:55:27 AM
at least he'll be recognizable here.  once he went all mutant-y in wolverine, it was just another bad guy and not as fun watching him fight
7876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising 2 Announced!!! on: July 16, 2010, 04:52:34 AM
there.  that's worth buying if you want a decent CE.  not sure i'll spring on it over the regular version, but it includes stuff you can't get online. 
7877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Zone Magazine goes bye bye on: July 15, 2010, 05:16:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2010, 04:36:36 PM

Quote from: morlac on July 15, 2010, 04:35:15 PM

I would feel weird taking a kindle into the pooper.

out of context sig material anyone?  Tongue

i bet it would feel weird too.  those things aren't exactly pooper shaped you know.
7878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3 on: July 15, 2010, 04:57:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2010, 04:33:43 PM


fable 3, now with less content! 

this sounds like the way bioware "fixed" the inventory system in ME1. 

i like how he thinks that "nobody used more than 60% of the content" as a bad thing.  pete, it gave us a reason to replay it and do something completely different.  you know what games are called when everyone has the same exact experience?  linear, and when describing an rpg, that's usually a bad thing.  looked at how everyone's initial response to ff13 was tainted with how long the open-aired tunnel section lasted.  fable has been about choice and interacting with the world since the first game.  now you decide we have too much choice and take the option away?  might as well go with static upgrades ala zelda then and don't even bother to call it an rpg.  take away the world interaction stuff too as some people never bothered to try it out either. 

his comments don't make me very confident that the design is going in the right direction.  i want to see this, but now it's like anticipating the matrix revolutions after seeing reloaded.  you just expect to be disappointed but hope for better anyway. 

don't strip out everything that makes fable more than just a coloful action rpg with corny voice acting.
7879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3 on: July 15, 2010, 04:44:04 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 14, 2010, 08:07:53 PM

47 hours of speech!

and it's all in one cutscene; take that MGS!  icon_twisted  Tongue
Fable 3, the "interactive" movie
7880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DeathSpank - "Monkey Island meets Diablo" on: July 15, 2010, 04:43:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2010, 04:27:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 15, 2010, 04:14:38 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 15, 2010, 03:59:55 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 15, 2010, 03:54:19 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 15, 2010, 03:58:55 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2010, 12:53:05 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 15, 2010, 12:43:03 AM

Quote from: Caine on July 15, 2010, 12:30:10 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 14, 2010, 11:22:14 PM

Quote from: vizionblind on July 14, 2010, 09:18:54 PM

no online co-op = fail

Yup.

it also singlehandedly drops this from buy now to buy on sale in a lull. Reviews pegged it at being on the shirt side as well, so I'll stick to my backlog and my rentals.

You'd prefer the pants side?

I can't wait to hear him pleat his case.

Hahahah

ha, yuck it up you louts.  i meant short.  the kotaku review said he plaid it for 8 hours and 25 minutes finishing 96% of the quests.  for a diablo clone, 8.5 hours is pretty short.

Oh noes, here we go again.  icon_wink

Plaid shortS?

when historians write about this thread they will say it was the puns that kilt it.

that was sarong
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