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8841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Super Bowl Commercials on: February 01, 2009, 11:41:59 PM
ok, the jason statham one wasn't too bad. 
8842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl XLIII on: February 01, 2009, 11:39:50 PM
if the opening drive is any indication, this is going to be a rout. 

challenge called?  best of luck to you there az.

and az gets it.  interesting.
8843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1st sign of darkness UPDATE! back in time for GTAIV! on: February 01, 2009, 11:13:46 PM
and # 2 is dead, itself less than 10 months after i got it back.  it was showing signs and ringed out 4 times over the last week, but it always managed to revive itself.  this afternoon, nothing.  sadly, the support site is offline, which means you have a longer pita to slog through when you call them up.  major hassle and explaining to level 1 support always annoys me.  and it's always a treat having to repeat what you typed into the phone (why doesn't any system where you punch in a long sequence of numbers actually forward those to the tech?!). 

so, i'm now waiting 3-5 days for the box.  sadly, this means i won't get to play godfather 2 when it comes out, but at least i will have a newer one back in time for sacred 2.  hopefully one with a more recent build date.

8844  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer shooter madness on: February 01, 2009, 03:22:45 AM
note that they also have a few console games in the mix on sale too.

turning point for either is 9.90
bia: hh is 15 for the 360 and
jericho is 15 for the ps3
8845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] The Maw on: February 01, 2009, 03:19:15 AM

Quote from: Chaz on January 24, 2009, 10:03:31 PM

I played the demo today, and bought the game as soon as I got to the end.  Wound up finishing it in a single sitting.  I think it took me 2.5, maybe three hours.  Definitely short.  Still, the whole thing is incredibly endearing, and I really liked it.  The gameplay is fairly simple, some light platforming and puzzle solving.  Graphics and production values were very impressive for an XBLA game, which I guess is what they were going for. 

It was worth the money to me to support an indie developer putting out a quality project, but due to the short length, it's not a guaranteed recommendation.  I wound up with about half the achievements, and I'll probably go back to unlock the rest, which will likely double my total playtime, but if you're not interested in the achievements, ten bucks might be a bit much for you.  I definitely appreciated the premium theme unlock.

same here.  left the last level for later, but it hasn't taken much time except for the 'mech' level.  only point of annoyance is movement speed.  i missed one creature on the mech level and there was no way i wanted to go back through everything just then.  too slow and finding the little yums is a little hard when they get stunned in a flower patch.  looking forward to getting the theme unlock.

between this and the fallout dlc, they make up the most expensive dollar per hour i have spent on a points card yet.  5-6 hours total for 1600 points.  oh well.  they are both high quality downloads. 
8846  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 31, 2009, 09:00:26 PM
cool.  look for me to hop back in tonight.  my game time is limited during the day to sp games, but night time is open this weekend.  hit me up if you see me online.
8847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest V - less than a month away! on: January 31, 2009, 06:52:12 PM
time to push past the last boss fight in dqiv then.  i've made two attempts up to the boss, getting to his lair at one point, only to have a kid turn the game off, or bump the cart out.  i should have enough time to finish the 6th chapter too, if i don't get distracted.
8848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefly's Capt. Mal's new show..Castle on: January 31, 2009, 06:37:06 PM
sadly, that set up also describes a few good shows, like monk and psych. 

at least the cable channels let a show run even if doesn't hit mega huge status in the first year. 
8849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fannie Mae Contractor Indicted For Logic Bomb on: January 31, 2009, 06:34:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 30, 2009, 06:33:45 PM

5 days after the guy got fired and a few months before it was set to go off doesn't seem like 'last minute' to me  slywink

ah.  that's what i get for not rtfa :doh

8850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would it be legal to...? on: January 31, 2009, 06:20:14 PM
damn, that site sounds like it could be a real popular one these days. 

my last week at work, i could see the tension among the flock.  more people tailgating, cutting others off, and aggressive driving than usual.

i've snapped a few pictures in my time, but never thought to do anything with it.
8851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: January 31, 2009, 06:14:32 PM

Quote from: GGMark on January 31, 2009, 01:41:55 PM

i have liked the majority of this series from the start, but I have to admit that this season has been better than the last couple.

I hope they didnt blow part of the story showing us clips for next week.  Because WOW.

that was a great scene and a tense way to end the episode. 

yeah, that bit in the previews about one person definitely sucks.  i would have rather not seen any of that stuff.  knowing how the stand off ends is a let down. 

i am hoping the bad news is just a smoke screen though, and that's why i think they mentioned it

Spoiler for Hiden:
saul tigh, dying in an escape attempt.  possibly a radio message by the turncoats designed to rattle roslyn and company's cage?! 
8852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fannie Mae Contractor Indicted For Logic Bomb on: January 30, 2009, 05:57:39 PM
wow.  this is why you always confiscate company owned laptops and shut down access while the boss handles the HR side when firing of this kind of person.  damn near textbook example too. 

while the finding of the code is timely and extremely good luck, i find it pretty suspicious.  if it was so buried, then why was this other engineer even looking?  sounds more like this other guy was aware of it and decided to expose it at the last minute to assuage a guilty conscious.  the odds of stumbling on this code just sounds astronomical. 

btw, this just kicked off the pixies' "where is my mind?"  in my head.  fight club ending in a different form.
8853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just got laid. Off that is. on: January 29, 2009, 06:59:50 PM
good idea about CL.  i spent a few hours yesterday searching through monster, careerbuilder, dice and jobdango, and all i have to show for it is a bunch of auto-generated "thank you" messages and a huge increase in start-your-own insurance business offers from farmers.  grand. 

i am still getting phone calls from my old work about stuff they are breaking.
8854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your biggest gaming timesinks on: January 29, 2009, 01:14:10 AM
nothing so grand in this generation except fo3 and oblivion.  if they counted the hours i spent working through mods and researching how to increase the graphical beauty, i could easily add another 20 hours right there.  already at 48 hours in fo3 and i haven't beaten it yet.  

ff7 is the leader though, at 99 hours after getting almost everything finished.  

u7 through both parts took a considerable amount of time to finish.  

i have no idea how long it took me to finish everything possible in star control 2, but it was all worth it.  same with star flight 1.
8855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Day One - post apoc survival show from LOSt guy on: January 29, 2009, 12:31:18 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 28, 2009, 08:39:46 PM

you had me at 'post apoc'.  I hope it's not lame like that one show with what's his name in it whose name i can't forget that was cancelled reupped and recancelled.

jericho?  i caught one episode and it was more like a farm based soap opera without power.
8856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Back in the pool, you! Blood in the water, sharks on the prowl. on: January 29, 2009, 12:04:28 AM
so, last friday was my last day at work.  4 years of reliable support and i got a week's notice, 2 weeks severance plus my vacation, and medical coverage through feb.  yay!  the manager who decided to sack me and hand my duties to the other IT guy (a manager who also doubles as a department head) took 4 of those days to even say a word.  my manager is now expected to take over the day to day support when he hasn't done any of this in 7 years. 

in any case, i now need to look in this pitiful market for something that pays the bills.  every job offer i have found is getting hammered with requests.  i am registered in 4 different sites and have been asking all of my former business contacts and friends.  i am waiting for unemployment and hope my old work doesn't try to screw me around or anything.  no reason to, but if they expect 3-4 more layoffs will magically save the company, i would not be surprised if they contest granting benefits. 

any got a life preserver i can borrow?

8857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 -- DL content on: January 28, 2009, 11:44:34 PM
i finished this up pretty quickly last night and i have to agree with dreamshadow on all accounts, right down to the last part of the sim portion. 

i also enjoyed the fight up to the sim portion as you need to help (or not, if you want) the initial contact make it to base.  my biggest complaint in that portion was accidentally tagging him with a round, which forced me to restart the section twice. 

the first half of the sim is pretty cool as it puts you back into a newbie's boots and forces you to take it slower than a high level character needs to worry about.  it isn't too hard though as the enemy ai is prone to looking the other way while on patrol, letting you knife them in the back if you choose.  it picks up pretty quickly though and you will be running and gunning with a full range of weapons, including the gauss (which is a damn fine distance weapon).

the squad section is decent, but i am torn as to how effective they are.  the first half of the mission, i lost a man without even seeing him die.  the snipers took down the rest of the squad later, leaving all of them for me and benji.  overall, the level and environments are pretty cool, nevermind that the doctor keeps her patients in an open door tent in their skivvies without so much a heater or blanket in sight.  hehe.  both parts of this section are fun and give you so options, however they limit your weapon choices down to a set gear, so i can imagine it would be much harder if you went as a sniper or heavy.  (you can improve your loadout with a speech challenge though.)

for some reason, they don't let you take your squad into the last part, which is pretty dumb, imo.  also, you don't really have much control over the squad.  i really wish they had added some form of brother in arms style management at least, as they stand, they all run around and there's no strategy in who you take with you.  i would say not to take more than one missile guy though.  they tend to hurt friendlies as well as enemies.

overall, i enjoyed it, even the wth?! ish ending you get post sim.  it makes sense though, and you can get an explanation for why. 

best touch?  (watching a squad posing for a photo, which is immediately recognizable for anyone who has thoroughly explored.)  love the loot too.
Spoiler for Hiden:
one thing that i noticed though, is after getting the suit, i was able to equip any other power suit without training, not complaining, but it means anyone able to survive to the starting point can get a big twinking early on.
8858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Pickle on: January 27, 2009, 07:55:08 PM

Quote from: Darren8r on January 27, 2009, 07:34:41 PM

didn't just keep them in the box and buy 12 great games, keep them seal and then say "Hey Darren8r is going to want all this someday when I put it on eBay." Of course they are die hard gamers who probably played the living crap out of their consoles.

funny you mention that, because while i didn't buy 12 games just to sit on them, i didn't get a ton of play out of the n64 i bought.  i was a heavy ps1 player and never really had the money, time, or inclination to get one until perfect dark.  i had so much fun with friends playing goldeneye that i was very interested in it, enough so that i preordered the game before i had the console.  i only really picked it up for that game and a few others, so my collection is small compared to most people, but the system has been in the closet for years and kept in good shape.  

iirc, i picked up
star wars ep 1: pod racer - damn, this should have been good enough for a sequel.
perfect dark
conker's bad fur day.
a space action adventure game from rare who's name escapes me atm.
possibly pilotwings as well, but i'm not 100%

while i would say a wii is a great way to get into the next gen and get n64 games, it's still a little hard to find, the current gen library is hit or miss, and it will cost a lot more in the long run.  most vc games are somewhat more expensive than the cart price, but you get the benefit of having it play without worry of hardware failure in either the cart of the system.

vc games from 6 different systems, plus a category of dlc.
(nes, snes, genesis, n64, tg16, wii ware) plus gc games
new hardware, no fear of old parts breaking
able to play current gen games.
fairly cheap gc games, assuming you can find the ones you want.

cost (250 - Wii, 20 - classic controller, ~20 for gc controller) + price per downloadable game is higher than you could pay for the cartridge.
no way to hook up n64 controller, so some games are harder to play.
vc games are not all inclusive, so getting every game can be just as difficult as finding a good cart.
8859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 -- DL content on: January 27, 2009, 07:36:37 PM
good, now if my 360 doesn't rrod me again, i should be fine to play this tonight.

it has been rrod'ing when i shut it down.  twice on boot up, twice on shut down.  last night, i played for 3 hours or so without a problem and didn't notice the rings until my wife pointed it out.  this morning, it came up just fine, then ringed out when i shut it down a minute later.  keeping my fingers crossed that it will work enough to play through the dlc.

this one didn't last even as long as my first one.  less than 11 months on number 1, less than 10 months now.  bloody hell.
8860  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! on: January 26, 2009, 08:38:29 PM
i'm fully expecting someone to go in after the fact and piece together all of the seasons in a memento style edit, complete with all of the time hopping pieced together.  i loved the cameo's in this one, and the question regarding hurley's moments.  are they proof that he's really gone crazy, are they an occurrence of things he subconsciously figured out coming back to him via visits, or are they really a visit from the dead? 

can't wait til next week. 
8861  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Clinton had balls.... on: January 26, 2009, 08:29:22 PM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on January 26, 2009, 08:28:28 PM

If you elect me president I promise to only have 2.

thank you.  just imagine the smell if you had 14  eek
8862  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: ATI X1950 Pro on: January 26, 2009, 08:27:02 PM
unless i am mistaken (very possible) the 195x series was all pci-e.  my 1900xt is, that's certain.
8863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26) on: January 26, 2009, 08:21:36 PM
fallout 3 dlc, and that's it. 
8864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] The Maw on: January 25, 2009, 06:22:19 PM
keflings also did the whole unlocking of gamerpics thing too, and i got a pretty good amount of fun out of that one. 

now, i just need to find me some cheap points cards. 
8865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 23, 2009, 12:00:27 AM
i haven't sent this to admins yet, but one of my buddies at work also worked for MS' flight sim group.  that part of the games division has been eliminated and the current project (FS 11) has been canceled. 

not sure if this has hit the news sites yet.
8866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Atlantis Season Finale on: January 19, 2009, 11:00:56 PM
i never got into it as near as everyone else did, but when ben got on the show, i couldn't distance myself from seeing chichton in a different uniform.
8867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! on: January 19, 2009, 10:57:46 PM
damn, just reading your spoilers, rittchard, i am now excited again.  last season's shock moments really upped the ante.  i anticipate some interesting encounters with sayid and ben.  payback time, sucka!
8868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Outlander..a Chris roberts movie..ya the Wing Commander guy on: January 19, 2009, 10:52:48 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 18, 2009, 02:23:59 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on January 18, 2009, 12:52:34 AM

This movie is so bad, it makes the live action stuff from the Wing Commander 3 and 4 games look like high cinema. They could have shot a full movie with that cast (Mark Hamill, Ginger Lynn, Tom Wilson, etc.) and it would have been better than the "real" movie. Chris Roberts can rot in hell for ruining the WC franchise in his egomaniacal effort to become a hot shot movie producer.

What? Me bitter? Nah.

Agreed. That would've totally rocked.

And an eternal pox on the devs for making Hobbes turn traitor for absolutely no reason whatsoever in WC3. He actually HAD a reason to do so (if you got the 'movie reel box edition' you got the full script of the game, including what wasn't used), and it was never revealed in the game at all.

No, I'm not bitter at all. biggrin

interesting.  please tell me more.  hobbes' betrayal still ranks high as one of those "oh shit, he did what?" moments of gaming.  i remember when i saw that, i was so damn excited to talk about it to a friend who would be playing it after i lent him the discs. 
8869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 1/19: When video game movies go bad on: January 19, 2009, 10:32:29 PM
count me in as also morbidly curious.  the trailers looked good, so at least it has that much going for it.  still, a rental first.
8870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do people make me want to hurt myself? on: January 19, 2009, 10:13:23 PM
deep fried land fish,  mmm, mmmm, good.

my first thought was that this was the other peta, aka people eating tasty animals. 
8871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator stuff that doesn't make sense on: January 19, 2009, 10:05:13 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on January 19, 2009, 02:23:42 AM

Why if the machines are smart enough to plan all this to do they keep coming back later in time...why not go earlier and kill off Sarah Connors parents?  They will not be alerted to Terminators the way Sarah and John now are.

i have wondered about this too, but it makes for better movies.  terminators in 1950 would be so lop sided.  of course, it also seems odd that nobody other than john connor is capable of leading the resistance?!  what if John simply eliminated his rivals through bad tactical choices so he could assume the mantle?  hell, it's not like a bunch of 4 star generals are just going to start listening to some tweak-ed out looking guy just because he says he had a pet terminator as a kid? 

Quote from: Jaddison on January 19, 2009, 02:23:42 AM

Given the state of the future under SKynet how does the resistance keep getting weapons and ammo?  How do they get fuel for their vehicles?

or better yet, why doesn't skynet build front line terminators with built in weaponry so they couldn't be fired by a human?  or build them with some kind of ID checking tag so only a skynet machine could fire the trigger? 

i have taken the storyline for granted that it is designed around making the best scenes for movies, not as a wholly plausible universe strictly beholden to reality.  aka, turn off part of the brain while watching, specifically anything related to time travel.
8872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 19, 2009, 07:23:12 PM
as a seahawks fan, i only say, go cards!


and yes, we do think the whole mora/zorn deal stinks.  but we do cross our fingers that mora is a better coach than an assistant coach. 
8873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whee.. I'm 32! on: January 19, 2009, 07:08:14 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on January 19, 2009, 06:46:51 PM

Wow.  Is it just me...or does birthday excitment run on an inverse curve.  It drops after 21, hits its lows in the 40s, then curves back up in the seventies?   I am just so not excited about my birthday today.

i was heading in this direction until two things happened.  my wife threw a big surprise party for my 30th with a whole room full of friends and family, which i was honestly not expecting.  they have the big grin photo to prove it.  the second change happened when my son was born the day after my birthday, which means our parties will forever be linked to each other (i will be in the background to be sure, but until he hits middle puberty, it should be fun. 

less than one month away, in fact. 

happy b-day DS!  liquor and whores for everyone!
8874  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 13 Month XBOX Live Gold Card for $30 on: January 19, 2009, 07:00:44 PM
awesome.  thanks for posting about amazon. 

missed it the first time and now i can go another year for cheap.

now i just need to find some cheap points cards and i'll be set for a while.
8875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 16, 2009, 11:19:51 PM
sadly, he did not get to keep the card.

8876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wheelman on: January 16, 2009, 11:09:37 PM
so maybe 'talented developers' was a bit early to call, then? 

end of day, i guess i am right back to where i started then.  firmly waiting for gt impressions. 
8877  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance 2009-01 on: January 16, 2009, 11:05:49 PM

Quote from: Mithridates on January 16, 2009, 10:35:39 PM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on January 13, 2009, 05:34:31 PM

I got Patapon for $5 today.

I hate you.  My Target didn't have it.  I had to fork out $18 for a used copy at Gamestop.

i would have sold you a copy cheaper than that.  hell, it was $20 new. 
8878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: January 16, 2009, 10:13:07 PM
like the game?  yeah, i guess that would work too, but unless you want to step into the comedian's twisted life, i have to wonder how much they can squeeze out of the license. 
8879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where were you the day Batman....(spoiler) on: January 16, 2009, 09:57:20 PM
what can you expect from a series where this is the plot>

The series deals with alien villain Darkseid's plot to overthrow reality

um, ok.  'overthrow reality'.  isn't that just giving you carte blanch to do whatever the hell you want?  it's basically like starting a movie and telling you it's all a dream. 

i just read the plot on the wiki page and it's pretty bad.  c quality 1950's super cheesey sci-fi bad. 

'Sonny Sumo and the Super Young Team'  ?!  is this where DC has taken super hero comics these days?  holy hell, this sounds like a bad band name or a parody on fark.

At that moment, Superman returns to Earth from the 31st century, where he was given access to a reality-altering machine...

blah blah blah.  deus ex machina taken to the 10th degree. 

can we just reboot the whole damn thing now?  dc has jumped the shark so many times, the shark has died of old age.

8880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: January 16, 2009, 09:52:53 PM
that's a relief.  i was afraid all of the theater material i saw the last time i walked past were just going to be wasted.  it sucks that fox gets to take so much of the pie for doing so little, but at least the movie moves forward.

btw, what the hell are they talking about sequels for?  are they purposeful trying to F with alan moore?  from the scenes in the trailer, they aren't splitting the movie up, so i don't know what they are talking about. 
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