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8681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda : Spirit Tracks announced for DS on: December 16, 2009, 12:56:57 AM
i picked this up last night due to the sale and put in just enough time to get the spirit train and sent off to the first part of the map.  so far, the presentation and style are what's making this game enjoyable.  i wonder if i'll end up liking the ship in PH more though, as the train is obviously limited in movement.  looking to put more time into it.
8682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: December 16, 2009, 12:48:55 AM

Quote from: Razgon on December 15, 2009, 10:05:35 PM

Bah, its just oblivion with Sixshooters...

fallout with cowboys and indians.

the wildlife aspect they talked about sounds pretty cool too.  if you are alone in the wild west, you should have a bit of fear about attacked by animals. 

i hope they give you some method of starting a campfire out there.  mostly useless, but it would amp up the atmosphere and also give you an option should you wind up a long ways off from town. 

this just moved up from my b list. 
8683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alternate End of Year Awards on: December 15, 2009, 10:14:19 PM
best cinematic experience in video game form:  Uncharted 2
best art design, console:  Batman
best art design, download: tie between PJ shooter and Flower

contenders for 'of all time'
best use of a movie license:  Ghostbusters
best use of a comic license:  Batman AA (easy win for lifetime imo)

8684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: December 15, 2009, 06:56:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 15, 2009, 03:28:35 PM

gah!  February 2nd!  I was hoping for a late February release due to Mass Effect 2, Bioshock 2 and possibly Star Trek Online....

yeah, that means this will likely see a small delay until i get it, failing any deals early on.

i've loaded up the first two with mods to get a romp around the zone until then. 
8685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another year, another 10,000 Gamerscore on: December 14, 2009, 08:40:33 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 14, 2009, 08:12:57 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 14, 2009, 08:00:05 PM

end of 2006: 9730
end of 2007: 13395 (+3665)
end of 2008: 17940 (+4545)
end of 2009: 22275 (+4335)

When did the 360 launch? November 2005?

I had my first kid May 2006, my gamerscore has suffered ever since.

How are you figuring out your score at the end of each year? I just happened to write my down last year.

not sure about the rest, but i'm just going off of what i remember last year, which was wrapping up gow2's campaign to break 20k not long before new years.
8686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another year, another 10,000 Gamerscore on: December 14, 2009, 07:33:33 PM
great thread idea.  i'll have to go back to the list and see what i've accumulated.  i too have had a habit of shooting for over 10,000 points per year and i've actually done it in less than the three years i've had the system so my x0,000 moment happens around the end of the year. 
8687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox 360) 2 Refurbs or 1 New? on: December 14, 2009, 07:30:00 PM
well, i wouldn't be honest if i told you my refurb experience was good.  i started this gen with an elite when those hit the market and that unit lasted a year.  it's replacement, one built not much later than mine, went rrod less than a year after i got it, something like 7-8 months.  current model is over a year as well, but it too is a refurb and i fully expect it to die just after my three year warranty is over, so may-june or so.  although, tbh, i wouldn't be surprised if it went and died sooner.  it's a few months 'younger' than the last one, but still well before they brought out jasper.  the heatsink is supposedly better than stock due to the refurb, but if that's all it took to make the older models run without issue, we wouldn't hear so many stories of perennial failures.

the only solid model (so far, at least) is the jaspers.  smaller cpu/gpu, less heat and noise = lower chance of failure.
8688  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 13 COH: Tales of Valor $7.50(daily sale) on: December 14, 2009, 05:56:02 PM
while it's probably a moot point anyways, target had coh:tov on clearance a while back.  might be worth a visit to see if any copies remain in the wild.

as for tiger woods 08, does ea kill the servers for pc games once the newer version is released like they do on console?  not a huge thing for a golf game necessarily, but if you are interested in the mp side, it is.
8689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/14) on: December 14, 2009, 05:53:15 PM
going to snag a live points card for alien breed and hopefully get zelda: ST on the cheap due to the target sale.
8690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First trailer for Pixeljunk 1-4 (Shooter) on: December 14, 2009, 05:52:27 PM
that's too bad then.  that means it's what, 20 levels or so?  those stages can be pretty short if you know what you're doing. 

oh well.  i hope they do well enough to release another level pack, especially if they are as smartly designed as these ones are.

at least i'll have it wrapped up in time for alien breed, i guess.
8691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox 360) 2 Refurbs or 1 New? on: December 14, 2009, 05:48:31 PM
two issues here.  refurb systems are generally either older generation and more prone to burn out even after a refurb.  you can't polish out design flaws when it's the cpu/gpu size that's the root cause.  i wouldn't take a chance on a used system without full proof, in person, that it could play games online, not after that mass Live banning that just occurred a month or so back.  plus, you have the problem of MS not allowing you to transfer the warranty on a used console, so if it goes TU two months after you get it, it's a full price repair. 
8692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I finally understand the hate for the Sci Fi channel.... on: December 14, 2009, 05:42:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 11, 2009, 09:07:24 PM

LOL, I wasn't paying attention to the number of episodes listed and so many series I watch lately are only 10-13 episodes so I was thinking at 6 episodes I was halfway done, but Farscape has proper seasons so I'm delightfully a third of the way through the first season.

oh, how i envy you the experience of watching this the first time.  were it possible to inflict brain damage related to just watching this show, i would be tempted, just to get to see it again for the first time. 

glad you stuck with it through the opening season stumbling blocks.  had i not know how good it would get, i would have dumped it myself after disc 2.  luckily, they tightened up the storylines and introduced their best characters/story arcs, not to mention, drop that bad habit of fully orchestrating every scene like it was a george lucas movie. 
8693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 6 Things Hollywood needs to stop doing on: December 14, 2009, 05:38:10 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on December 14, 2009, 02:25:35 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on December 14, 2009, 01:06:07 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on December 13, 2009, 06:53:15 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 13, 2009, 06:16:05 AM

Then there's the Lord of the Rings or the first three Star Wars movies.  Those were planned and one movie flowed into the next.

So the Luke kissing his sister in Star Wars was intentional? icon_lol

George had originally planned for the series to be nine movies long.  However, he had to get the first movie made and then hope that it would be a success in order to make more movies.

As for the kiss being planned, we all know that George works from a vague outline and then makes up the story as he goes.   Have you ever read an original draft of the first Star Wars movie?  Ugh!  What a convoluted pile of crap that was.  Good thing he had people around him to help him with rewrites, pacing, and dialog.

Too bad he didn't follow the same plan with Episodes I - III.

Yes!  The treatment for Star Wars is hilarious, and the name "Starkiller" was a little on the nose.

on the nose, or more to the side, on the cheeks?
8694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: December 14, 2009, 05:35:28 PM

Quote from: cheeba on December 13, 2009, 11:04:31 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 13, 2009, 06:16:45 AM

Like almost all of Cameron's previous films?  That's the guy's MO.

Yeah a bit. The Terminators were a bit less preachy at least. The overarching theme to the Terminator series was that it's human nature to kill ourselves, but that wasn't the plot of the movies.

i think it was more like the line from sarah, 'the future is what we make it', ie. don't give artificial entities control over your life, be it corporate or AI.  that's why they invented skynet, to take control of our nuclear arsenal so we wouldn't have to be afraid of a power hungry mad man behind the button.
8695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flight of the Conchords on HBO on: December 14, 2009, 05:30:59 PM
sad, but not unexpected.  i bet it takes them a while to write each episode and coming up with new material plus acting is a lot more work than they first thought it would be.

what, no love for 'leggy blonde', 'sello tape' or 'humans are dead'? 

imho, there were only two songs from season 1 that i didn't like, and that's 'mermaids' and that one in french.  i also think that some of the songs worked better as stand-up, but others, especially 'beautiful girl' work much better in the show. 
8696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First trailer for Pixeljunk 1-4 (Shooter) on: December 14, 2009, 05:27:31 PM
I have a sinking feeling that I might be close to the end.  If that's the case then it means there are not that many levels.  So far, I've seen four suits and substances.  There are some cool interactions between some of them and the suits.  I've found all but one of the named miners and saved every one so far.  I really hope there is more as I've had a lot of fun with it.
8697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another pet vacuum thread on: December 14, 2009, 05:24:07 PM
another vote for the dc17.  i recently ran a test using our older bissel and then ran the dyson after it downstairs (where the kids hang out 90% of the time) and there was still half a can's worth of hair in there (wife and daughter both keep their hair past shoulder length).  basically, the bissel got the visible stuff you see on the carpet and barely touched the embedded stuff. 

it's pretty close to 5 years old now and runs as good as it did when we got it.
8698  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse weekend sales on: December 13, 2009, 06:43:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2009, 05:42:11 AM

wait, are Time of Shadows and Dawn of Magic 2 the same game?

NM, looked it up and they are indeed the same.

yeah, that's odd. 

to add to the oddness, the box art for dawn of magic 2 is that of the first one. 

so impulse sells both the european and US version of the same game under different names without mentioning it.   awesome.
8699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 6 Things Hollywood needs to stop doing on: December 13, 2009, 06:19:37 AM

Quote from: Qantaga on December 13, 2009, 05:39:00 AM

These are all pretty good, but I would add a seventh:
7. Stop changing major plot points in book adaptions for no other reason than your hack screenwriter just wants to put their grubby fingerprints on perfectly good source material.
I know there can be time considerations and production issues that necessitate some changes, but there are way too movies (and even tv shows) adapted from books that have major plot changes made for no good reason other than screenwriter, director, or producer ego.

+ eleventy billion.  'i am legend' would have been a much better flick if they had kept the 'whole damn meaning of the title' correct instead of the dying hero bs we got.

i, robot gets into this category on the sheer awfulness of taking a bunch of related stories and making a movie with such a disjointed representation of their themes.

as for the trilogy issue, if the story natively has three major acts and can be adapted to film without scimping on the story, then go for it.  lotr did it successfully because they knew they had an established and popular book to go off of.  spiderwick, not so much.  same with golden compass.  narnia is close enough to almost make it, but don't blow your wad of cash too soon or you won't last out the slow stuff that kills your sales.
8700  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 12 Sims 3 $39.95(daily sale) on: December 13, 2009, 06:05:20 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2009, 05:48:28 AM

on a side note, they have changed the list from what was shown at CAG.  CoH: Tales of Valor was not on it.

i noticed that, and with the weak sales on sims and dragon age, i have less faith that i'll score a cheap copy of risen from this sale.  bummer.
8701  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse weekend sales on: December 13, 2009, 05:37:59 AM
agreed.  had i known that's what they did, i wouldn't have bothered posting.
8702  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 12 Sims 3 $39.95(daily sale) on: December 13, 2009, 05:37:24 AM
wow, a $10 sale on a what, 6 month old game?  i guess i can ignore the page until monday. 
8703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: True Crime 3 to the PC? on: December 13, 2009, 05:33:21 AM
it did several things differently, most notably the melee combat, but also that you supposedly had multiple endings and could kill off major characters, changing how the plot flowed later on.  not sure if that was really in there or if it was anything more in depth than gta 4's approach.  i did enjoy the police work aspects to it and how you were penalized for excessive force and not apprehending small time perps.  shooting while driving was odd, but a huge step above gta: sa and let you aim in all directions due to a bullet time aspect.  they also allowed you to use BT to disarm opponents, most useful for those with a hostage.
8704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My first CD of FarCry is bad - How can I get a copy? on: December 13, 2009, 04:53:36 AM
i'll let you know if i still have a copy of it.  been a while since i searched through the box
8705  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse weekend sales on: December 12, 2009, 11:29:20 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on December 12, 2009, 10:35:44 PM

Is that a good price for AI wars and Gratuitous Space Battles?  I'm interested in both, but neither seem like they'd be long term interests, more casual fun kind of games.

tbh, it looks like $20 is the price for these.  that's what they are running on steam atm.

current price for GSB is 23 on impulse, $20 for ai wars.  not sure if that's due to the bundle pricing though.

8706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: December 12, 2009, 10:42:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 12, 2009, 07:31:00 PM

Quote from: Rhinohelix on December 12, 2009, 07:24:05 PM

Even the reviews that liked it mention the heavy-handed, cliched nature of the plot.  What really saddens me is that now by inserting ham-fistedly environmentalist, radical left wing politics into sci-fi action adventure, yet another venue has been infected with polarizing ideology.  Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes I want to just go see a movie without re-fighting the political battles of the Aughts.

But all of Cameron's movies are that way. The "corporate bureaucrats are soulless and evil, but blue collar workers are good" themes in Aliens, the Abyss, and T2 were similar.  Even Titanic had a very strong class system divide. 

too true, and something we tend to forget when we look back on his movies.  i'm not surprised that avatar takes this same approach, but i think about it and District 9 and how similar the themes are and yet how wide the gulf is in terms of cost.  i was talking to someone the other day over this and it strikes me how cameron took 300 mil to make aliens that look like ST: TNG aliens, ie 'humans with crap on their face' and makeup whereas D9 took cgi aliens that not only looked like they were in the picture, but were so different from us and still believable.  when you consider the basic theme of both movies, i'm surprised it hasn't been pointed out by reviewers. 
8707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First trailer for Pixeljunk 1-4 (Shooter) on: December 12, 2009, 06:53:56 PM
got stuck in one of the fire and ice levels. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
how does one, using a water cannon, get through cooled lava rock? 
8708  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 10 Battlefield 2 Complete $14.95(daily s on: December 12, 2009, 05:09:54 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 11, 2009, 09:02:46 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 11, 2009, 09:02:17 PM

Quote from: Moliere on December 11, 2009, 06:27:09 PM

Dragon Age: Origins for $39.95 doesn't seem like that big of a deal.

no, it isn't, unless it's the CE.  i would have been on the fence for that. 

what's next in the ornament of prophecy?
Sims 3

bugger.  if i got it, it would just end up like the last two.  two weeks of play before i got tired of watching virtual people do things less interesting than i do every day. 
8709  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 10 Battlefield 2 Complete $14.95(daily sale) on: December 11, 2009, 09:02:17 PM

Quote from: Moliere on December 11, 2009, 06:27:09 PM

Dragon Age: Origins for $39.95 doesn't seem like that big of a deal.

no, it isn't, unless it's the CE.  i would have been on the fence for that. 

what's next in the ornament of prophecy?
8710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can a PS3 Slim use PS2 power and a/v cable? on: December 11, 2009, 08:56:29 PM
if they are both just cables and not adapters, you *should* be fine.  cables are providing the same power from the outlet, after all.  check the input voltage specs just to be safe.  the av cables shouldn't be a problem though.  i've been using the same 3rd party component cables from my ps2 since i got the ps3. 

8711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First trailer for Pixeljunk 1-4 (Shooter) on: December 11, 2009, 06:07:49 PM
odd that nobody has mentioned this since it hit psn yesterday.

had enough time to play through the first 2 levels of about 5 stages each. (i could be off).  most of them are several screens in width/height and have a number of people to pick up, enemies to shoot and environmental hazards to avoid/use.  graphic style is clean and vibrant and the control scheme is not bogged down with complex commands. 

i was a little bit put off by how the ship flies vs. how i expected it to based on similar games, but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it at all.  basically, i thought it would be like many gravity based shooters where you have to balance your fuel usage and amount of thrust and which direction your guns were pointing.  psn's other recent gravity based shooter is a perfect example of that control methodology.  here, they stuck with a simpler base for movement.  left stick moves you in that direction, right stick rotates your craft, so you can easily shoot at the ground while moving up.  gravity effects are light and that extends to inertia on your ship as well. 

so far, it sounds pretty basic.  you fly around, shoot enemies and pick up colonists, gems and the remnants of your enemies.  once you get to the environment and how to interact with it, things get more interesting.  so far, i have encountered lava and water which cools it into rock which you can shoot.  it's not instant, so newly cooled rock can be melted by the lava but larger chunks of rock will hold.  add in a few tricks like water filled grenades you drop or shoot, tetherable sponges witch soak up either substance, enemies that soot lava at you, pickups like heat shields and a rocket attack which raises your ships temperature.  i'm sure there is more to come and the 2nd level i played was a bit more complex than the first.  you do get a small branching level choice after the first one too. 

and it's remote playable on a psp.  sweet.
8712  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 48 Hour Madness: White Friday on: December 11, 2009, 04:59:18 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 11, 2009, 03:14:12 PM

Ooh, I'm in for Rise of the Argonauts at $9.90.  I've heard enough good about the story to make it sound worth $10.00. 

yeah, that sounds just about perfect for me too, price wise. 
8713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mel Brooks movies on: December 11, 2009, 03:22:18 PM
Yesterday, one of my coworkers and I were explaining the plot of the producers to someone as an example of the kind of movies Mel was famous for.  He didn't know what 'Springtime for Hitler' even was until yesterday.
8714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: December 11, 2009, 08:34:15 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 10, 2009, 05:08:35 PM

looks like February 2010 is the release month, but they aren't giving a date.  looks like Q1 is turning into the new Q4 for releases  icon_lol

no kidding ck. feb/march '10 is going to be big. this, avp, bioshock, sc conviction, yakuza 3, mafia 2. 

it's going to be another rough month for the 'ol wallet
8715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what's your Downloadable GOTY? on: December 11, 2009, 06:32:10 AM
if you were one of the hold outs for shadow complex, it's in the rumor mill that it will be on sale this month for 800 points.  maw is also set to be 400.  just an fyi
8716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I guess Thirteenloodfumble isn't that bad after all on: December 11, 2009, 06:31:00 AM
yeah, i read this earlier as well.  it's nuts to consider how much time that is and how specific she plays games just for points. 

hell, i had to push myself to get the last 60 points in asscreed2, and i enjoyed that game.  those last few hours were pretty monotonous and unrewarding and i could not fathom what this woman has put herself through. 
8717  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Impulse weekend sales on: December 11, 2009, 06:22:59 AM
they put some of their bundles on sale this weekend:

AI War: Fleet Command / Gratuitous Space Battles - $40
Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus - $5
some of the deals
Time of Shadows - $15
Dawn of Magic 2 -$15
Dawn of Discovery[/url - $35
[url=]Cities XL
- $20

they are also offering 10% off Divinity 2 - $45  release 1/5/10

8718  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: December 08, 2009, 10:24:21 PM
wife and i finally watched this last night.  i am kind of let down even though i enjoyed it.  on one hand, they really nailed the special effects and the look of everything.  it all felt like what a modern star trek should look like.  the action scenes were well done and a great show piece for an action movie.  i did appreciate that they managed to give all the supporting cast moments on screen, even though chekov's scene came off forced.  Bones' intro was the best of them all.  he nailed the attitude and behavior much better than i thought possible.  scotty's was pretty good too, even though a bit over the top. 

i was hoping for a better plot and story though.
Spoiler for Hiden:
the timeline twist does explain how they will diverge from TOS and the rest, and i don't fault them for doing that.  i do think they could have restarted it all without tie-ing it to the other treks and just as good though.  it reminds me too much of ST:NG Generations and kirk's role in it.  they try to clean up the plot with a 5 minute exposition and it comes off as just a reason to use the mind meld.  kirk vs spock was also an odd scene and same with the stranding.  it wasn't a move i felt spock would make.  maybe that's more in line with his younger attitudes, so i can accept that.

i also thought the use of lens flare was abused a bit.  every time the camera swept past a light source, it felt like a 14 year old's attempt at film making.  i remember a scene where it was so bad, i thought they were doing a fade out. 

i have hopes the sequels will be better now that they've gotten the origin out of the way.  if they can pull off their own 'dark knight', then i will be very happy.  but this one has more in common with batman begins; overall pretty good, nothing significantly bad, but definitely a less refined movie. 
8719  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 8 Mercenaries 2 $4.95 (daily sale) on: December 08, 2009, 08:33:25 PM
was mercs on the pc a good port or did it get ported by the B team?  i would hope for a mod scene, but my hunches say no.
8720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: December 08, 2009, 06:59:19 PM
yeah, it will have some stiff competition with bioshock 2 hitting just before, and if splinter cell isn't a train wreck either. 

i also think this won't be given the ad dollars to make a noticeable impression on people not familiar with the series, so in other words, 80% of the ps3 game buying public. 
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