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8841  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?
8842  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. 
8843  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.
8844  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.
8845  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. 
8846  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.
8847  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. 
8848  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. 

8849  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.

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. 
8850  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.
8851  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?
8852  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"
8853  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.

8854  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?
8855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In which you cannot stop staring on: June 11, 2008, 06:01:20 PM
that's so wrong. 
8856  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. 
8857  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.
8858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MGS4 Reviews! on: June 11, 2008, 05:02:12 PM
the konami review fiasco concerns me a bit, but i think they have reason to be concerned.  mgs2 was so highly rated but popularly lambasted that it hurt mgs3, imo.  they want to cut down on the pre launch buzz kill that a hugely critical review would do, and i think critics are more likely to drop the scores simply because it's an mgs game.

the eg review sounds like the perfect middle ground for mgs players.  it has the good, bad and the ugly, and it doesn't dissaude me from playing.  it confirms why i like the series, even as i dislike its flaws.
8859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which is a bigger waste? on: June 11, 2008, 04:45:26 PM
i have surpassed the point where hours of gaming needed to finish my backlog > hours left in my life available to devote to said backlog.  mostly in rpg's too.  persona 3 fes, smt nocturne, dark cloud 2, xenosaga 1 and 2, and the list goes on.  nevermind the more recent additions to the backlog via clearance sales. 

these days, i rather enjoy the middle ground of gaming time, ala gta 4.  not a 6 hour breeze through but not going to demand three solid weeks to complete.  it also has the luxury of a lot of optional side quests that are not storyline dependent.  just cause i beat the game doesn't mean that doing the races or the cop missions has less value, unlike getting "knights of the round" in ff7 after it's already easy to beat the end boss. 

compare my experience in gta 4 with ~35 hours played with my ff7 save game which was less than a half hour from 99:99:99. 

my corollary to gta 4 is bourne conspiracy.  i have found the experience uninspiring and have been pushing to the endgame so i can send it back for a different one.  if there was another 20 hours of gameplay, i wouldn't bother to finish it.  it doesn't help that the last part of the game combines my least favorite aspect with my most hated game standard.  come hell or high water, this game will be in the mail come monday. 
8860  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm still alive!! on: June 09, 2008, 08:45:10 PM
you still have to be aware of gamera though.  that damn turtle shoots fire out of his feet and can do some mean gymnastics.

gamera is really neat, gamera is filled of meat.
8861  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nazgul vs. Labradoodle - Epic Fail on: June 09, 2008, 08:35:50 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 09, 2008, 05:39:38 PM

Quote from: kratz on June 09, 2008, 04:17:56 PM

I'm impressed that you were able to misspell nazgul after visiting that link.

It could've been worse - he could've posted it in the Steals and Deals forum. Tongue

8862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much of your life have you lost to Gaming Trend? on: June 09, 2008, 08:34:34 PM
14 days, 20 hours and 53 minutes.

not sure how much of that is from being logged in but away while at work.
8863  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G announced - only $199 for 8GB on: June 09, 2008, 08:32:03 PM
hell yeah.  16 gb unit after the initial rush is gone and they return to the market.  i figure that's the perfect amount for me to take along and the phone applications will be great to have.

bye bye crappy blackberry pearl.

8864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] The Bourne Conspiracy on: June 09, 2008, 07:36:00 PM
and spigot says basically the same thing with fewer peterockian paragraphs. 
8865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] The Bourne Conspiracy on: June 09, 2008, 07:34:07 PM
not sure how much i have finished, but i think i am missing the boat here.  sure, the fighting is very cool to watch, but it's not really that much fun to play.  most of the time, i'm holding A down to block, as even one combo from a boss hurts me far more than i hurt him, even with strong attacks.  this gets especially worse if they pull a knife.  i agree that the audio ding makes a huge difference, at least with my frustration level, that is. 

i had many a moment where i was attempting to pull off a takedown only to get shoehorned into a sequence and get nailed because i hit the wrong button.  nothing like whittling down a boss' life bar down only to get killed because of a timed sequence to make your blood boil.  i mean 'whittling' in here is the worst i have seen in any hand to hand fighting game i have played.  i hit him with a strong combo which should do damage and instead rewarded with a 2% drop in his health.  this wouldn't be so bad if you could stagger the SOB with regular attacks, but it only seems to happen with an uppercut, which makes the kicks practically useless imo.  sure, they do damage (again, 2%) but you drop your defenses to try it, and he can usually hit you before you kick him. 

i may look like bourne, but i don't feel like him in this game.  quick, how long did the fight in his paris apartment take in the movie?  a few minutes, tops.  here, it takes about 20.  you hit him twice, the audio dings, and you have to stop your combo to hit the right button.  why doesn't my hitting you in the face stop you from attempting a move?  why doesn't my takedown do more damage to you than a few combo's? or daze you?  when bourne drops a guy into a glass table in the movie, he moves to end the fight.  here, you wait for him to get up.  btw, if you want to hit him at all, you need to use the fast punch as you just don't seem to connect as often with the strong punch:  he'll start his combo on you before you can hit him.  oh, and fast attacks seem to do even less damage on bosses.  my one cool "aha" moment was when i was able to disarm the knife wielding boss in paris. 

your adrenaline level raises due to your damage, so that bar even takes a while to fill up.  at least it regains some of your life, which is why i think the devs made your attacks so weak.  i can imagine the conversation they had about this.  "our fighting system looks so cool, but the gunplay/driving is kind weak.  how can we make fights last longer so players will notice it more?  i know, make bourne hit like a little girl.  ooh, that means most boss fights will be an impossible battle of attrition.  well, we'll make blocking infallible and give you regenerative powers.  great.  now everyone will see how cool the moves look."  over and over again. 

yes, the gunplay pales in comparison to pretty much every shooter of the current generation, but i am finding myself enjoying that more than the block party the fighting game turns into.  at least i can kill with one hit without filling a magic bar.  btw, don't waste your adrenaline on shooting.  it doesn't really do anything a well placed bullet can do, and you can save your adrenaline for getting through the boss fights.  i do wish they had added a zoom with the rifles though.  be careful when in a shooting section not to get too close to an enemy though as you will get shot by his friends with no way to avoid it.  had they made a human shield mechanic in here, it would have made up for the times when an enemy runs up on you. 

all in all, the reviews pegging this around average have it right.  the game does not live up to its potential and i feel it makes a huge mistake in nerfing your fighting moves.  the highest difficulty only serves to widen the gap between damage given and taken ala cod4 veteran. 

i haven't even mentioned the laughable driving sections.  check point to check point with the occasional random button moment. 

at least the autosaves are often.  my mini review:  5/10.  rent it if you like bourne, but if you want a good fighter, there are better games out there. 
8866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does the population get more negative every day? on: June 06, 2008, 11:57:16 PM
when i find life turning into a piece of shite, i read a few cracked or somethingawful articles and make fun of stupid people over the internet.

Quote from: Canuck on June 06, 2008, 11:31:08 PM

People obviously aren't getting enough sex.  When you're getting lots of sex, the smaller things in life tend not to matter so much.
as a married man, i concur (in theory)
8867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: knocks another one outta the park. on: June 06, 2008, 11:54:13 PM

batman quits is in such bad taste, but i still laughed.

captain france is also chuckle worthy.

a good place to start for new insults.
8868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie pet peeve on: June 06, 2008, 11:36:40 PM
mentioned earlier, but i'll repost for discussion.

i hate when a person or group of socially unacceptable miscreants, who F around for the first half of the movie suddenly develop a conscious and go on to save the world/orphanage/new girlfriend/<fill in the blank>.

super troopers
office space
half baked
bad santa
hancock (looks like it anyways)
dirty deeds  (bad example with a bad movie, but it fits the pattern)

hell, just be the same characters throughout.  if i wanted a redemption story, i'd go watch something with tim robbins in it. 
8869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] The Bourne Conspiracy on: June 06, 2008, 09:51:28 PM
i have this coming via gamefly in the hopefully near future, so i will be posting impressions as soon as i have played a bit.
8870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rune Factory Frontier (wii) Damn this looks cool on: June 06, 2008, 09:47:43 PM
i had the ds version rented for a while, and i was bummed they wouldn't let me buy it off them.  i had to send it back though as i really wanted to find a used copy elsewhere to send in it's place.  no luck on that front.

unless they botch the wii version, i would be interested in getting this.  something unusually fun about a farming game.
8871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SONY: - Pay For Demo Exclusive content Programme+cancel 8 days and getaway 3 on: June 05, 2008, 11:25:09 PM
i guess i am the only one disappointed that the getaway 3 was canned.

both one and two had some pretty cool stuff going on and i was really hoping for an enhanced and all prettied up version for the ps3.  bum deal.

small point of sadistic gameplay from #1.  the cars all burned to the ground instead of exploding ala gta.  every car took exactly 6 shots to the grill to ignite.  (trust me, i counted them more than once.)  people were too stupid to move the vehicle if they were blocked or attempt to get out any other way.  cops were also too unaware to react to a car jacked more than 2 cars ahead.   you never ran out of bullets for the basic gun. 

now combine that with this:

people inside cars would burn to death if stuck inside. 
8872  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: MS Technet subscription - $100 on: June 04, 2008, 08:16:54 PM
that was quick.
8873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sad day for a friend on: June 04, 2008, 07:23:55 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 04, 2008, 06:57:24 PM

Fast foward a few years to this week.  He takes two Klonopin AT WORK and then falls asleep at his monitoring station.  His boss walks in to find him asleep with alarms going off around him and can't wake him. 

i thought you were going to say he had died.  there's a reason they don't want you to mix drugs and booze.  he should know better. 

stay strong and don't let him deny what he has done to himself.
8874  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / MS Technet subscription - dead on: June 04, 2008, 07:20:11 PM
saw this posted on consumerist via slickdeals.  basically, you get a student discount for what is usually a $350 subscription to DL full versions of MS software.  if you have never heard of technet, it really sounds like a huge pirate scam or something, but it's actually a well known microsoft project to get people using their software for development purposes. 

the details are here

it's basically the server and home OS's, server software and Office 2k7 full. 

10 licenses PER product, with no limitations and no expiration. 

not for business use, except for evaluation.  (should be obvious, but i thought i'd mention it.)

my mom and stepdad used to subscribe to the physical variant and would get a giant folder with a ton of product cds in it.
8875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Metered Internet on: June 04, 2008, 06:20:45 PM

Quote from: morlac on June 04, 2008, 03:47:56 PM

Except 4 gb is on the LOW end.

My steam folder is 24+ gb.
Age of Conan 25+ gb
Medieval 2 7.53 gb
Witcher 8 gb

Games are getting bigger too not smaller.

age of conan is 25 freaking gigs?!  eek

my god, how big are the patches?
8876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Liberty City Police Face Allegations Of Incompetence, Brutali on: June 04, 2008, 05:42:14 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on June 04, 2008, 04:25:33 PM

This would make a great DLC concept for GTAIV, play as the cops.

drive around and beat up innocent people walking down the street?  search baggage at the airport and look for interesting things to confiscate?  give up police chases after the guy who scuffed our paint gets three blocks away?  "ok, we chased him enough for now.  let's stop for donuts."
8877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization Revolution demo coming Thursday on: June 04, 2008, 05:17:44 PM
portable crack on the go.  if i get this on the ds, i may not ever get any work done again.    (of course, i said the same thing for simcity ds and look how that turned out)
8878  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GameStop Gamedays on: June 03, 2008, 11:56:45 PM
wow, that's unusual.  why would anyone actually stop you from buying it?  it's not like it will wipe your hard drive or kill you or anything.  even though i don't think it's all that great, it's not shovelware. 

what a maroon.
8879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MGS4 Release Date on: June 03, 2008, 09:31:08 PM
i definitely hear the similarities in the melody.  too bad they had to go and throw out the mgs theme from #2.  there's enough of a difference that it almost sounds evocative rather than plagiarized.

and yeah, i was wondering about the whole "release on a thursday"  odd choice.  let's hope they don't stall on the launch and everyone does have it in by tuesday night to sell when they open.
8880  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GameStop Gamedays on: June 03, 2008, 08:58:08 PM
i will be grabbing viking when i can find it.  i picked up timeshift on the pc on a clearance sale and it's pretty forgettable.  nothing about the game stands out and the central theme of the game gets stale pretty quickly.  i haven't had any nibbles on selling it, even for bargain bin prices, so that right there tells me why it's also in this lot at gamestop.

viking just looks like fun.  it may not be perfect, but i can get some enjoyment out of it.  (i like the dynasty warriors games, for example)
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