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8841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Now Factor-5 Has Closed Down on: December 21, 2008, 06:47:42 PM
the only one that comes to mind is that sylpheed game for the 360, which didn't seem to sell very many.  played it for a bit and i liked it, but it was more like a 3d 'bullet storm' shooter like something Treasure would make.

so, this makes 2 developers who went with sony this gen, put out mediocre games, then disintegrated.  any other devs we should watch out for now KG? 

i really hope quantic dream doesn't end up like these two.
8842  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Amazon][update #5] Band of Brothers bluray, $54.99 on: December 21, 2008, 06:41:33 PM
damn good price on this.
8843  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Stalker - $4.99 weekend sale on: December 21, 2008, 06:40:32 PM
damn, that's a great deal.  i need to pass this on to a few people.
8844  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: UbiSoft holiday price cuts [PoP, Far Cry 2, EndWar] on: December 21, 2008, 06:39:26 PM
it figures.  at least it's a price drop and not just a short time sale.  of course, i already dropped 60 on far cry 2 (and barely played it :doh!) so this is not really getting me excited right now, but whatever.  hopefully gamefly drops it's used prices on these ones two and i get snag a copy of PoP for ~25.  that would balance out fc2 i think
8845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost another of my little dog buddies today on: December 20, 2008, 09:22:01 PM
it's always hard to lose a pet, but even harder to lose one unexpectedly.  you have my sympathies daehawk.  my wife still gets bummed when she misses our 12 y/o chi, gone two years now. 
8846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 20, 2008, 06:50:10 PM
damn shame it is.  rental at best from the $1 a night kiosk in the grocery store.  i'm sure they will have lots of copies.
8847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: December 20, 2008, 06:45:39 PM
expecting another 8 inches of snow tonight, with more coming through monday.  and my idiot boss still expects me to come in on monday.  hell, if it does come in as heavy as they expect, my wife will get stranded at work and i won't be going anywhere. 
8848  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: December 20, 2008, 06:23:27 PM

Quote from: mori on December 20, 2008, 12:57:23 AM

I wish the media and congress would get off this corporate jet thing. It is a business tool, like an IT department, you fucking idiots! With continued thinking like that I will be laid off in 6 months mad.

i really hope you can survive this mori, it's hard to not point out the jets while also holding aig and the bailout banks responsible for bonus money.  all about public perception, and this administration needs a positive spin.
8849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 19, 2008, 08:01:34 PM
ok, that's pretty damn cool.  i missed out on amazon's sale last week, but i will be keeping my eyes open for a sale.
8850  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: December 19, 2008, 07:58:04 PM
well, it's official.  gm and chrysler will share in ~14B now and another 4B in february.  they made an out for themselves though with a possibility of recalling the loans if neither company is deemed viable by march 31st.  we will see how they define that one.  georgie announced it himself.

here are some of the concessions.

Quote
The loan deal requires the companies to quickly reduce their debt by two-thirds, mostly through debt-for-equity swaps, and to reach an agreement with the United Automobile Workers union to cut wages and benefits so they are competitive with those of employees of foreign-based automakers in the United States.
but, it's also not absolute in this
Quote
The plan announced on Friday offered a compromise between the positions, by making the requirements nonbinding and allowing the automakers to reach different arrangements with the union, provided that they explain how those alternative plans will keep them on a path toward financial viability.

executive concessions are required too.
Quote
To gain access to the loans, G.M. and Chrysler must agree to a range of concessions, including limits on executive pay and the elimination of private corporate jets.

so, now the ball has been punted over to baracks team for next year (and congress, who retain a 15 day rejection period, just as they all go on holiday vacation)
8851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can someone explain the goal of GTA4? on: December 19, 2008, 06:09:44 PM
damn, that's cold.  biggrin
8852  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All PS3 Amazon Lightning Deals on 12/18 on: December 18, 2008, 09:19:00 PM
as is the abba thing, oddly enough. 

and "Iceland has research facilities?" = resistance 2?  don't spoil me if that's tied to the game somehow, but otherwise, i have no idea what it could be.

hope it's a good deal though.
8853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free Radical Shuts Down on: December 18, 2008, 09:15:41 PM
damn shame.  second sight was one of the most underrated and overlooked games of the last generation imo and i was really hoping they would get a sequel.  could have been awesome, but with the loss of bf3, i can see how hard it would be to continue as an independent, and with the economic nuclear winter we have now, getting picked up now by a bigger pub is more unlikely.

sad day indeed and unfortunate that haze is their swan song.
8854  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Crysis (PC) and Gears of War 2 (360) on: December 18, 2008, 07:49:25 PM
ibs on gow2 if ridah cancels it.
8855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yay... it is a wonderful Christmas Gift from my company! on: December 18, 2008, 07:46:19 PM

Quote from: morlac on December 18, 2008, 07:09:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 18, 2008, 04:13:39 PM

and why do companies always need to announce stuff like this during the holidays?  waiting until January wouldn't make much difference.

I had it happen to me last year right after the holidays (jan.) and was left staring at nice sized CC bill and thinking if only I knew...

this should not be underestimated.  it's one thing to go into a holiday knowing cuts are coming and dealing with being bummed out and quite another to expect better and get worse after you have already spent the money. 

you could be like my job, where it was such a notion was soundly defeated by all those making 50k and up (including those who do little beyond a 30k starting job, mind you) in favor of cutting hours for certain people by half and flat out canning quite a few others.   
8856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 17, 2008, 09:46:38 PM
an ounce of prevention...
8857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I want to take her face ... off! on: December 17, 2008, 09:44:55 PM
ouch, so live with a malfunctioning face without taste or smell (my gods, imagine how boring eating must have been) or assisted suicide? 

"between a rock and a hard place", you both have been demoted.
8858  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pain threshold (probably not good for your appetite) on: December 17, 2008, 09:42:27 PM
so, will this make for some interesting mp conversations in cod: waw? slywink

the most extreme pain moment for me was when i grazed a telephone pole with my leg one summer.  scraped off the skin from my knee to my upper thigh with the biggest section about an inch wide and taking off the top layer.  i don't remember dealing with much pain during that time, but i know it hurt.  memory block or something.  when i was 5 i went to hug my grandma's dog and it turned away, with the chance encounter of it's tooth peeling back a 2 inch long piece of skin just under my eye.  again, memory block on the full event, but my parents said i calmly walked outside to tell them i was hurt and sat through the stitches just fine while asking the doctor about it all. 

compare that with my mom, who once walked herself inside to call 911 after breaking her ankle in the yard.
8859  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 17, 2008, 09:34:37 PM
i am watching the roads and the weather reports.  if the conditions that shut down olympia migrate any further north, i am out of here.  they can use me as off site support, those who remain that is.  the office is about 2/3rds empty right now.
8860  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it Unreasonable to Fear for Obama's Safety? on: December 17, 2008, 09:31:34 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on December 17, 2008, 03:27:39 AM

Quote from: Caine on December 15, 2008, 09:23:19 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on December 13, 2008, 01:28:40 AM


I think the fear is somewhat exaggerated. It would take quite an effort I believe, to pull it off, and I just don't see most hate mongering racists having the ability to do so. It's one thing to send racist cartoons, and another to actually commit to and succeed in assassinating a president.

There was a lot of hate for Bush, and I don't think there was any sort of attempt or plan, even.

Ale

never underestimate a crazy person with a plan.  mcveigh, dc sniper, etc.

i wonder if anything was ever attempted on bush and hidden from the media.  obviously, anything serious never happened, but i'd be surprised if nobody was ever caught in the planning stages.  don't forget the one case of attempting to kill barack at the dnc. 

i really think the secret service (yes, SS was a bit jarring to read for me too) is up to the task of protecting their man.  they have been at this job for quite a while and are not letting situations happen when they don't have a position of security.  i've also seen and heard what kind of protections they build into their vehicles and equipment and to be sure, they can handle an armed ambush (and probably an army) long enough to extricate themselves. 

were such an event to occur, the ISS crews would be able to see the fires at night.

But with the way that Secret Service totally failed to protect Bush from shoes, I think US Secret Service's capability is probably overated. I'm seriously doubt they can protect Obama from serious attempt if they don't fix the flaw in their protection.


so maybe now all reporters going into a press release will be forced to take them off?   

Quote from: Scuzz on December 17, 2008, 04:20:15 PM

I do agree with that logic. I think most non-bush fans believe that Cheney is much worse than bush.........

i think many people believe that cheney really is the man with the power and bush is the puppet.

8861  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: December 17, 2008, 08:59:50 PM
+1 to Windows95 for K&L giveaway
8862  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Holiday Game Giveaway on: December 17, 2008, 08:59:16 PM
got K&L in the mail yesterday and everything looks and plays fine.  thanks again win95  thumbsup
8863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of the Argonauts on: December 17, 2008, 08:53:34 PM
well that does at least sound fun in parts.  put this one on the buy cheap list or wait til rental.
8864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: December 17, 2008, 07:59:04 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
yeah, that's what i figured i would do.  i have been mostly relying on my own skill to be stealthy and sticking to shadows.  i have about a dozen of those things now and haven't used one yet. 
8865  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 17, 2008, 07:56:36 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 17, 2008, 07:04:53 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 17, 2008, 06:44:25 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 17, 2008, 06:30:21 PM

Quote from: msteelers on December 17, 2008, 06:22:32 PM

My time will be limited tonight, again. I'll probably only be on from about 5:00-6:30 est or so.

Apologies for looking to hop into your game with Teggy on Sunday and then logging off shortly after.  I was trying to get some game time in before my grandmother woke up and came downstairs but just as I was about to play in a game she came down for a cup of tea.  I couldn't bring myself to say, "Sit down and shut up, Nanny, I need to do some killin'." 

I also have Call-of-Duty-induced tourette's, and I worried about what might inadvertantly come out of my mouth while my grandmother was listening.   ninja

Isn't this the grandma who's into violence? Maybe she'd like to play too.

Not necessarily violence, but she enjoyed both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and she helped me tear through an entire bottle of the 1.75L size Maker's Mark in about a week.  She's no ordinary Nanny. 

dude, she sounds hard core indeed.  give her moosnuckle's login and get her in the game.  i would love to hear a granny smack talk some 14 y/o's down a notch. 

i seem to get into equal periods of good and bad streaks.  lose two games in a row badly, then go a few with 3:1 or 4:1 kill ratios.  mostly, i stick with my one weapon and swap out scope and silencer depending on range.  i do not run and gun though unless i'm under fire or it's right after a spawn and i don't see friendlies. 

.97 k/d ratio.  woohoo. 
8866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fight Night Round 4 - Summer 2009 on: December 17, 2008, 07:39:09 PM
hey developers, can we keep the burger king out of it this time, please?  i guess the downfall of the big three will have some benefit as i wonder if dodge will have enough money to get a product placement this time.

i picked this up a long time after the mp was dead and gone, so it will be cool to try out my crappy skills against real players.

now, i'm off to get me a whopper in my new Ram pickup truck. 
8867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: December 17, 2008, 07:34:27 PM
thanks for the info there damage.  i saw that armor listed in the guide, but not where to find it and i didn't want to randomly read through anything.  i ended up getting the special helmet from crow, which sadly looks pretty dopey and reminds me of the mechanist too much.  of course, that was before i got the shady hat from moira, which trades armor for stealth, but could be useful in certain areas.  

one other point which i have wondered about regarding pickpocketing.  
Spoiler for Hiden:
my stealth is up to 70 and i have the silent running perk, but i have not been able to pickpocket dave to get access to his rifle.  what gives?  i've tried it while he was asleep, but maybe he wasn't deep asleep yet.  guess i will keep trying.
8868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone in AZ wanna design MMOs? (Job opening) on: December 17, 2008, 07:23:50 PM
hey, if they wanted to outsource the work to the NW, i would do this all remotely.  biggrin  i guess it means i would have to get my crack pipe back though, as i haven't touched a mmorpg in a while. 
8869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 17, 2008, 07:19:07 PM
those are great zimix. 
8870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Adam Walsh murder solved on: December 17, 2008, 07:17:12 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 17, 2008, 02:24:59 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 17, 2008, 10:04:28 AM

I take it this is something that really upset the populace back then?

... to see someone casually accuse him (joking? or not) of it really irked me. Still does.

basically, this part here.  no one has done as much as john walsh to fight crime and rally people around catching criminals.
8871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I start Fallout 3 again on: December 17, 2008, 07:09:28 PM
yup.  if you are decently equipped, just increase the difficulty.  it makes you change how you initiate combat and forces you to be careful. 
8872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Adam Walsh murder solved on: December 16, 2008, 08:34:02 PM
i am truly happy they finally solved this case.  i thought they would never find the guy who did this.  maybe now john can have peace.  he has done enough good to last a lifetime imo.
8873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [SNL] Sequel to Dick in a Box? on: December 16, 2008, 07:30:33 PM
i love the 80's eurotrash style in this song.  not too bad, but they do beat the joke to death. 
8874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tuesday Time Waster: Asteroids while on drugs on: December 16, 2008, 07:19:08 PM
hehe.  i will have to try this later.

now, imagine if you took one of these drugs, then played the game in it's drugged state.
8875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: December 16, 2008, 07:14:36 PM
well that's just odd of them to do that.  i would imagine that the extra area is pretty small then if it only has 4 missions, which means the new vehicles are pretty much one hit wonders anyways. 
8876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of the Argonauts on: December 16, 2008, 07:12:37 PM
i saw that last night, but i didn't read it yet.  sounds like it might be one of those 'love it or hate' games.  oh well.  a blip on the radar just went out, but was only a small blip anyways.
8877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 16, 2008, 12:18:00 AM
Jones Bigass Truck Rental & Storage
8878  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Wired's 10 Most Disappointing Games of 2008 on: December 15, 2008, 10:46:34 PM
7. Stalker: Clear Sky (PC)
3. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
2. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360, PS3)
1. Spore (PC)

these 4 i played and only agree with spore.  stalker, while maybe not the game we all dreamed of back in 2005, is a great follow-up and does a lot more than i expected it to. 
sw:fu was hyped, then trashed after release, but even though i think they missed out on an opportunity with the techs they unveiled, i had a lot of fun playing it and i wasn't expecting anything grand after the demo hit.
mario kart wii is functionally the same game as it has been for years, only this time with motion.  sadly, a sign that shows through on other N titles (animal crossing is the biggest example here).  it's still a lot of fun though.
spore had the most potential, but sadly became too big for it's own good and suffered from a design standpoint of complexity vs playability. 

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 14, 2008, 08:06:42 AM

Disappointing doesn't mean bad. I was disappointed in Mercs 2, but I still consider it one of my favorite games of 2008, and I'm sure I'll play it for a long time.
i too was disappointed by what they failed to do, but i had fun with it.  to me, it's almost like a dynasty warriors game in that i already know how to play it, but i still enjoy the feeling i get going through the motions.  missed potential, but a solid game.

good topic starter though for a GOAT thread.
8879  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Home invasions by the police on: December 15, 2008, 09:48:16 PM
Quote
One of the most appalling cases occurred in Maricopa County, Arizona, the home of Joe Arpaio, self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America." In 2004 one of Arpaio's SWAT teams conducted a bumbling raid in a Phoenix suburb. Among other weapons, it used tear gas and an armored personnel carrier that later rolled down the street and smashed into a car. The operation ended with the targeted home in flames and exactly one suspect in custody--for outstanding traffic violations.

swat team assaults can get out of control.  here's a little event i watched unfold when i was a teenager.

in 1996 the county swat team staged a hostage situation in an abandoned building across the street from me.  the week before, we all got a letter stating what was expected to happen and that everything would be fine.  (basically, warning us about a door breaching charge).  that day, we all woke up pretty early and talked to the officers milling about before the big event started.  the county brought out an apc which was damn cool to see and we got a chance to ask the county "spokes-cop" about it.  no idea how many officers were involved, but there were city, county and wsp vehicles lined up down the block. 

they had a few of their own inside with a couple more playing hostage.  they had snuck up a few guys and placed a sting of det cord around the front door and main window.  that was a loud enough blast to set off car alarms.  they popped off a number of tear grenades and started to storm the main entrance with the apc using it's turret to knock the door down. 

this is when it all came apart.  the house was abandoned and set for demolition (hence the owner not caring what happened to it) and part of this was due to a tall tree which was planted much too close, resulting in the root system upsetting the foundation and making one side pretty unstable.  after the blast, and the apc knocking out a good chunk of the front entry way, the roof began to collapse, hitting a few of the officers inside.  the c4 cord also started up a fire, which spread from the front to the now exposed roof members and eventually it burned a sizable hole into the roof.  before we knew how bad it was, they had an ambulance and fire truck en route to help.  the tear gas was applied too liberally i assume as it was everywhere.  we eventually went back inside and tried to deal with it, so you can imagine the fun of the emt's and firemen. 

eventually the fire was put out, but the house looked pretty beat up and i was shocked it didn't collapse all the way and nobody was seriously hurt.  but seeing this all go down, i wonder

obviously, i am not aware of everything surrounding this case, but i've seen how easy things can get out of control, especially when there is little control to begin with.
8880  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it Unreasonable to Fear for Obama's Safety? on: December 15, 2008, 09:23:19 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on December 13, 2008, 01:28:40 AM


I think the fear is somewhat exaggerated. It would take quite an effort I believe, to pull it off, and I just don't see most hate mongering racists having the ability to do so. It's one thing to send racist cartoons, and another to actually commit to and succeed in assassinating a president.

There was a lot of hate for Bush, and I don't think there was any sort of attempt or plan, even.

Ale

never underestimate a crazy person with a plan.  mcveigh, dc sniper, etc.

i wonder if anything was ever attempted on bush and hidden from the media.  obviously, anything serious never happened, but i'd be surprised if nobody was ever caught in the planning stages.  don't forget the one case of attempting to kill barack at the dnc. 

i really think the secret service (yes, SS was a bit jarring to read for me too) is up to the task of protecting their man.  they have been at this job for quite a while and are not letting situations happen when they don't have a position of security.  i've also seen and heard what kind of protections they build into their vehicles and equipment and to be sure, they can handle an armed ambush (and probably an army) long enough to extricate themselves. 

were such an event to occur, the ISS crews would be able to see the fires at night.
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