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8681  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: WOOT OFF on: June 20, 2008, 10:23:56 PM
damnit.  i had the stupid firefox plugin on the last two days and had no problems.  today, i kept getting delayed page refresh issues and outright no access so i turned it off.  problems went away, and of course, i miss the damn boc. 

not my day.  time to go home.
8682  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: WOOT OFF on: June 20, 2008, 04:29:05 PM
had i not spent 1100 bucks on my car yesterday, i would have been tempted.  now, not so much.

surprised the tripod sold out that fast.  i wanted to see how tall it was before i bought it, and when i hit the button, they were gone.
8683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP: 3 PC games series you'd like on it on: June 20, 2008, 04:27:28 PM
i have played starflight via the sega genesis emulator.  much fun although it really would benefit from a proper refit graphics wise. 

best part is i could still use my old paper maps/notes i took back in '92
8684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: worst parts of great games. on: June 20, 2008, 04:25:22 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on June 20, 2008, 02:26:36 PM

Quote from: EddieA on June 20, 2008, 01:04:09 AM

Driving around Haven City in Jak 2 was horrible.  The streets were so overclogged with other vehicles that you sometimes just had to sit there and wait for them to move in order to get past.  Since you had to drive all over the city between missions, it became a chore to play.  All they had to do was decrease the traffic by half, and the game would have been great.  Thankfully, that's just what they did for Jak 3, and that was one of the best games of the previous generation.

I didn't play Jak 3 for exactly that reason.  After how good Jak 2 COULD have been, I didn't want to get burned.

i quit jak 2 and was almost in the same boat as you are.  i got it cheap on the recommendation of someone here and i was very surprised.  it's a much better game than 2 was.  i really want them to make a ps3 sequel
8685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock - I'm at that part again .... on: June 20, 2008, 04:15:50 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on June 20, 2008, 03:33:44 PM

Oh, and there's also the old 'Make them think you're a Little Sister' trick.  use the ability that makes them follow you, and then make someone else (preferably another Big Daddy) fight you.  Massive fun insured.

i used this one a few times early on, when you still have a limited inventory.  i actually liked that part of the game more than the later parts as it forced you to improvise rather than just spray them with the electric gel gun. 

don't forget that you can stun them with the electric power.  then run up on them with the shotgun and hit em point blank.  keep all of your special ammo for the daddies.  (armor piercing, electric)  before you engage them, load your shotgun and your smg with the special ammo.  even the pistol with AP hurts them.  use any turrets you come across, and make your first attack a stun.  the daddy won't need much time to kill the turret, so make the most of them.  after a few hits, stun them again. 

if you can find a hidey hole of your own to use, or some cover, use it to your advantage.  i was able to dance around the melee type in the first encounter and only got hit once by jumping over a bar.

8686  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: WOOT OFF on: June 20, 2008, 03:43:08 PM
ok, wth is this?!

oddly enough, i am actually considering this as a gag gift for my dad's birthday.
8687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: June 19, 2008, 08:08:42 PM
i loved the title and what it was inferring, but then i find that the title is also the name of a pub in camden. not sure if it's another apolycptic film, or just a movie about drinking.  either way, i can't wait to see it.
8688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: June 18, 2008, 07:29:28 PM
pretty good review.  good song selection.
8689  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking to borrow PSP Pandora Battery (FOUND) on: June 18, 2008, 05:15:18 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 18, 2008, 04:25:59 PM

Pandora should actually be safe from bricking- IIRC the whole way it came about is because it was Sony's method of fixing bricked PSPs. 

true that.  i should have mentioned that the previous ways of upgrading (lumines, liberty city stories) were potential brick makers.  pandora solves all. 
8690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 18, 2008, 05:07:20 PM
not to put on the dunce hat, but did you refresh your dns locally?
8691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Homebrew. What are the must haves? on: June 18, 2008, 04:36:42 PM
a few i have tried.

psptube - youtube videos on psp,
pmp mod - support for pmp videos (smaller video files, better compression)
pmp vlc - still in development, but it will bring a known media player with lots of media support.
XBMC Remote Music Interface - control an xbox media center with your psp.
psp maps.  cache google maps on your psp to use away from net access.
ir shell.  Control your infrared based electronics (Phat-only), multitask between UMD games and/or homebrew, listen to mp3ís while in game, snap screen shots, etc. 
digiplay - flash file player
pspvnc - control vnc enabled pc's with your psp.

emulators - s/nes/n64/gba, genesis/sega cd/game gear, mame, scumm

agreed that the best use is to copy your umd's to the memory stick and to have emulation on the go.  it's dead simple with m33 cfw.  set your iso mode to umd, connect to the pc, and copy the iso.  disconnect, reset iso mode to ms, connect and copy back.  voila.
8692  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamefly used game sale on: June 18, 2008, 04:20:53 PM
it's probably until they run out of spare copies, like most of their previous sales.  ie, if you want the game, don't put it off too long. 
8693  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking to borrow PSP Pandora Battery (FOUND) on: June 18, 2008, 04:19:10 PM
as long as you follow the steps exactly, your chance of bricking is only as big as bricking for installing the official firmware.  my brother in law had the update from socom 2 brick his just purchased psp the day he bought it. 

once you are running the cfw, you can play every current game you would with ofw.  the old days of waiting weeks to get an update are pretty much done.  now, you can get an update within a few days.
8694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: worst parts of great games. on: June 18, 2008, 04:13:55 PM
a few more that royally suck.

forced stealth sequences in action games with instant death penalties for being seen.  add this with having crappy silent ways to get past guards.  luckily, i haven't played anything like this recently.  Viking could have been in this category but it's still possible to recover from being caught, and getting the whole camp after your butt is pretty easy to avoid.

timed sequences combined with checkpoints.  i quit bourne conspiracy for this one. 
8695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / worst parts of great games. on: June 18, 2008, 04:46:46 AM
gamesradar had a great article about this, and i agree with every example to one degree or another.

so, they mention these games/series:
kingdom hearts
halo
gta 4
legend of zelda
dead rising
mass effect
mario kart

see which ones you will already know about first hand.  i knew about all but kingdom hearts.  what other turds in the pool have  you all seen in other games?

i'd add gotcha traps in the tenchu series.  nothing like being forced to replay an entire level because a GD pitfall was hidden in a cave on the way to the exit.
8696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Firmware 2.40 - Ingame XMB! on: June 18, 2008, 04:34:47 AM
confirmed......again.  and with trophies.

in fact, it's the next big update, coming "soon", after a minor and potentially useless 2.36. 

8697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Creature Creator to be released on June 17th (PICS!) on: June 18, 2008, 12:30:48 AM
damn.  that is a seriously cool download method.  my hat is off to whomever came up with that one.
8698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 17, 2008, 11:29:44 PM
any list of extension compatibility yet?  i am temptd, but there's a few extensions that i have grown so fond of that vanilla firefox is actually hard to use.
8699  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking to borrow PSP Pandora Battery on: June 17, 2008, 11:23:13 PM
unfortunately, it looks like i was wrong about that part.  there's a few different places to find good info about it, so i'll pm you the details.

as for what i was remembering, it's this.  you can mod the memory stick without requiring a modded system, but you will still need a pandora.  you might try to find some clearance/used batteries to mod or use your existing one and buy one of the newer ones.  i seem to remember that the newer ones are pandora proof.
8700  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking to borrow PSP Pandora Battery on: June 17, 2008, 11:06:29 PM
any idea what fw the one you are getting is at? 

i have been off the psp mod pages for a bit as i haven't really used it for a while, but i think it's possible to mod your battery to a pandora without damaging it and then modding back after you have a custom fw installed.

i'll see if i can find any good info to confirm this.
8701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Melaleuca on: June 16, 2008, 10:38:07 PM
jack's burning revenge?

never heard of em.
8702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stan Winston RIP on: June 16, 2008, 10:37:14 PM
sad day for cinema.

just curious though, did anyone check to make sure it's really him in there? 
8703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: June 16, 2008, 10:34:21 PM
stay sharp out there kato.  GL and godspeed. 
8704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How to Rip Off Every Game Ever Made on: June 16, 2008, 09:07:08 PM
FN nuts.  they ripped off movies as well. 

that these guys actually coded a game engine to showcase other game assets is a bit of a surprise too.

how many games have they ripped off now?
8705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: June 16, 2008, 04:58:18 PM
wow.  we need to compare favorite games and see if our tastes are completely opposite or something.  totally different perspective here. 

i really liked the atmosphere they created with the city.  it feels more alive, and the details they added more than make up for smaller polygon counts.  i like that the vehicles don't all handle like they did in previous games, and that they all react in more realistic ways when damaged.  if i wanted crazy taxi, i'd go back to 1999.  the shooting here is much better than i hoped it would be and should be a model for how to do it right.  i wonder what kind of missions you were expecting in a crime based game?  as a man willing to commit murder to get to what he wants, do you really expect him to try his life as a normal person for a while?  i don't know what you were looking for mission wise.  any examples from similar games? 

btw, about being having to read about your rampages online.  they also talk about them on the radio too, and i also saw related news items on the tickers in downtown manhattan. 

our tastes can't be all that different as i see you are waiting for mercs 2 just as i am. 
8706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/16) on: June 16, 2008, 04:13:49 PM
northing for me.  continuing on in mgs 4 and then it's back to the backlog.
8707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cloverfield on: June 15, 2008, 06:16:27 AM
i liked most of it.  shaky cam fits with the story, and it's good to see a different take on a monster movie.  it could have been much better.  i hope they make a sequel and up the ante.
8708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Crappening (spoilers?) on: June 15, 2008, 06:13:48 AM
too bad, i thought this one had more potential than BitP, especially considering the cast and the initial premise.

he keeps this up, and he'll be worse than uwe boll. 
8709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 15, 2008, 06:11:41 AM
the two biggest flaws that the hulk has is it doesn't reach the same bar set by iron man and it really should have been released first.  i think if it had, reviews would have been more favorable, as i don't think it has anything seriously wrong with it.

you get three great action scenes which really showcase how strong the hulk can be, no preachiness about absolute power and it's corrupting effects, and enough backstory to flesh out for people not familiar with the hulk.  the hulk really has a great intro sequence, which acts like a pseudo "previously" intro ala spiderman 2, as if there was a proper origin movie with the same cast.

it's lesser flaws is that its hard to empathize with a cgi character, no matter how realistic they make him.  stark in the suit was much more believable and there's very little effective characterization going on when the hulk is on screen.  they make an attempt, but it comes off as king kong-ish instead of a real scene.  the principal bad guy makes the slide into his character far too easily imo, and they waste a lot of the emotional investment that roth works so hard to create.  as it stands, the grey hulk is just put there for something for the hulk to fight with.  it's a great fight though, but grey hulk pales compared to obediah stane and the warmonger suit. 

my biggest disappointment was stark's scene, and knowing it will be a year or more before we see RDJ in that role again.

i do still recommend seeing it in the theaters though, so if you are at all interested in the marvel universe, it's worth the trip.
8710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica 6/13/08 - spoilers on: June 14, 2008, 06:56:20 PM
total agreement here about hating the waiting.  WTH?! sci fi?

i was thinking the same thing about the last jump.  if earth is in good shape, then why no signs of life in space?  no colonies in the solar system, no spacecraft, not even any night time lights.  i was surprised that everyone felt so happy when it was clear they were in a graveyard of a solar system. 

odd that this ending parallels season 2's ending.  new president, new "home", and a final punch to the gut that makes us question everything until the next season. 
8711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Airline Extra Charges - What's Next? on: June 13, 2008, 05:28:48 PM

Quote from: SpaceLord on June 13, 2008, 03:00:24 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 13, 2008, 02:55:37 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on June 13, 2008, 05:33:50 AM


Keep charging us more, airlines and you'll run yourselves out of business because we'll quit flying.


Thing is, they're running themselves out of business even while we're flying en masse.

I can remember when flying was a pleasant experience reserved for a relative elite who could afford it. 30 years ago I used to enjoy flying, if you can imagine that. It was a treat. Deregulation did not work out so well for the airline industry. Sometimes capitalism needs guidance.  icon_wink


I'd rather it be cheap than make me feel special. And I fly for a living. It's a *lot* cheaper since deregulation.

which is part of the problem now.  cheaper fares than the cost of flying.  goddamnit, didn't anyone there take econ 100? 

of course, those airlines will probably be infused with gov't money.  they will still be working a failing business model though, which will only push the bankruptcy line back for awhile.  i work in the transportation biz and the costs are killing us too.  our numbers are down because our people are the opposite of the big airlines.  ie, more price sensitive vacation travelers than business and commuters. 

8712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 13, 2008, 05:19:36 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 13, 2008, 05:05:09 PM

Tony Stark has a cameo. You can see part of it on TV Spot 8.


http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=BOq0BD_Eiig

saw that last night.  looks nice.  i'm a little surprised they put that out there considering all the secrecy about iron man's post credits appearance

i will make it a point to see this on sunday as a "father's day" present, minus the kids. 
8713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] metal gear solid 4 impressions on: June 13, 2008, 05:00:12 PM
after playing for ~ 3 hours, i am on the next to last section of act 1.  i have not had any boss fights, but i did have a rather cool moment with your contacts.  (this was the subject of one of the movies)

i like that the game rewards you for your gameplay, ie if i sneak through everything, i won't be using much ammo (if i'm doing it right, that is).  if i want to go guns blazing, then grabbing every weapon works in my favor by giving me access to a better arsenal through drebin.  i don't mind the drebin system and as pointed out, it kicks mass effects ass 6 ways to sunday.  if i had to slog through and find a guy in every level to sell my stuff, i would be as annoyed as i was in ME.

i have been playing friendly with the militia and it helps to have one side not firing at you.  it also helps that the gun play is pretty good.  i am not playing it all as silently as i did mgs1 or 2, but the game hasn't been that hard at the third difficulty yet. 

saddest part is that i won't be able to put much time into it this weekend.  too much crap going on.
8714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] metal gear solid 4 impressions on: June 12, 2008, 10:11:28 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 12, 2008, 08:54:21 PM

Quote from: stimpy on June 12, 2008, 08:37:07 PM

Quote from: Ridah on June 12, 2008, 08:33:52 PM

Quote from: stimpy on June 12, 2008, 03:44:01 PM


Plan on hitting it hard tonight when I get home.

I made the SAME exact statement last night but not regarding a game...  Tongue

The bottle?

His own face with a hammer?

half right answer.

his eeny meany peeny with a hammer?
8715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love rainy days on my days off!! on: June 11, 2008, 10:27:55 PM
well then, you would love it here in seattle right now.  it's been raining all month with record low "highs"
8716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 11, 2008, 10:26:09 PM
if you are expecting salvation from the glee club, you'll be waiting a long fricken time.  best bet is to just combine these two items.

8717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G announced - only $199 for 8GB on: June 11, 2008, 10:12:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 10, 2008, 12:53:08 AM

Quote from: rittchard on June 10, 2008, 12:31:33 AM

As much of an Apple fanboy as I am, I have to warn folks about the "lower" pricing:

At&T is jacking up the data plan by $10/month, so in effect it's $240 more over the course of your 2-year contract.  Nothin comes for free!

So keep in mind the cheapest plan will now be $40 basic phone +$30 data = $70/month

wait, they're going to have rate plans for basic phone cheaper than 60 bucks now for the iPhone?

oh, and apparently 3G coverage is kinda limited right now.  Make sure to check the Show 3G Coverage checkbox.

thanks for that.  one less barrier to getting one.  the whole damn region i live/work is 3g. 

what happens to your data transfer when there is no 3g?  do you get anything at all or is it SOL?
8718  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In which you cannot stop staring on: June 11, 2008, 06:01:20 PM
that's so wrong. 
8719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] The Bourne Conspiracy on: June 11, 2008, 05:17:58 PM
F the end boss fight.  a fight against an assassin in a burning building with a short time limit?  why the H not?  let's add the worst aspect of the game (drawn out boss fights) with one of humanities biggest gaming douche moves.  and then add a final insult with a checkpoint save right before where if you didn't rush through the first part, you get screwed in the second with no way to go back except restarting the level. 

in two minutes, i was only able to hit the M-Fer enough to drop his health by a fifth, while i was left with a sliver.  and then the timer ran out and i died. 
8720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2]Yakuza Impressions on: June 11, 2008, 05:04:32 PM
i have not seen a single copy of this on the shelves in any of the game stores i go to.  too bad as it sounds like the kind of game i would have loved to play.
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