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8841  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: A financial S storm is brewing. Fannie/Freddie seized. on: September 10, 2008, 12:36:18 AM
yeah, it's a tough act to beat buchanan for that spot.  there's nothing quite like "didn't do anything to prevent america's deadliest war"  on your resume.  at least gwb is too close to election to seriously consider going after iran, syria, or north korea right now. 

harding was a right bastard too.  scandals aplenty and rampant cronyism with allegations of ripping off gov't money.
8842  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance watch - September on: September 09, 2008, 11:56:14 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 09, 2008, 09:31:28 PM

I think we need to start a "Target Clearance watch - September" thread...  Tongue

8843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blog Name and Tips on: September 09, 2008, 07:30:19 PM
i've been contemplating starting one to ignore, and coming up with a name worth remembering is difficult. 

any advice for a good blog site? 
8844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Farcry 2 thread on: September 09, 2008, 07:28:17 PM
anyone confirm this pre-order upgrade is at the stores?  i hate to go there only to find out they don't know what the H is going on.

for that, i will go there just to pre-order.  hell, why not?  launch week game sales have pretty much dried up it seems.  even fry's has been pretty tame in that regard, and they have sold games for $20 less on launch in the past.
8845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin on: September 09, 2008, 07:25:16 PM
odd how the whole thing has turned around again.  wasn't sierra also working on a fear 2 with the expansion developer?  that could muck things up a bit.

it's all for the best though if name recognition helps monolith sell this game and stay around to make more games. 
8846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE Impressions on: September 09, 2008, 07:22:32 PM
i've passed by the display for this game a few times already.  while i held back more in favor of later games, i still get tempted when i see the box. 

after reading about the hype let-down, i think i'll wait a bit.  i have enjoyed previous games which faced this same dilemma and have no doubt that i would enjoy what i played of spore, but not so much that i need to have it this week.
8847  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance watch - August on: September 09, 2008, 07:15:12 PM
i'll keep my eye out for that one kurt. 

saw this today:

lost odyssey @ 42
ut - ps3 @ 20 (still a ton of copies on this one.)

nothing but shovelware on the pc though. 
8848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo Impressions on: September 09, 2008, 07:10:33 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 08, 2008, 04:19:38 PM

This is all the fundamental problem with Jedi- they're too damn powerful and the movie places no bounds on their power ("Size matters not").  In a 2 hour movie, you don't have to deal with the elephant in the room for various reasons (Luke is still learning, doesn't want to use the force for evil, etc) but in a longer novel or game it becomes problematic so you have the creation of the Ysalimari, vibroblades, and whatever Force Unleashed uses to nerf them. 

they didn't F Up the jedi in  jedi outcast, only forced you into an early gimped phase with gradual progression into badass.  really, the biggest obstacles to jedi in any game should be limited to laser snipers ala JO and enemies who keep their distance.  swarms of troopers are more because you would expect them to try to take out a jedi, even when outmatched.   giving them super equipment just because you made the jedi powers too strong is stupid and mean that they should have balanced out the whole game better. 

hell, why didn't they play on the whole anger management issue and make the more powerful dark side powers available after you got worked up?  keep a chain of attacks and then you can really go nuts. 

too bad.  back to the rental queue for good.

fwiw, i read some parts of the novel the other day.  i obviously didn't get all the plot points, but it follows a similar vein to what has been in the movies before.  in one notable moment, it's practically a remake of a particularly memorable scene. 
8849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully-Xbox 360 Final Analysis. Worth A Purchase? on: September 09, 2008, 06:59:08 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 09, 2008, 04:00:45 AM

Quote from: Caine on September 08, 2008, 05:49:27 PM

just as fun as before, and the extra games aren't too difficult.  biology kind of sucks due to the slow movement speed.

That's what killed it for me but there's a slight trick - rapidly tap the thumbstick in the direction you want it to go in, and it moves quicker than just dragging it. More accurate too. Bio 5 you're going to be left with like 5-10 seconds so ignore the clock and just tap the thumbstick and you'll get it.

i cleared it with ~10 seconds before i knew about this trick.  what a pain and for very little payoff.  at least geography gives you item locations.  bio and music should probably been cut from the game, imo.  especially music.  85% + accuracy in the later classes is a pita.
8850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 09, 2008, 06:56:13 PM
did a pretty interesting mission this morning with multiple objectives and some attempts to stay on china's good side.  unfortunately, it didn't work out and now they hate my guts.  wonder how much that will cost me.  made 5 mil on the mission though, so it's all good.  i'll probably stick with the allies for now and go back to them later. 

getting closer to the moab...

no more glitches or errors to report, but i feel the onset of burning out with it.  still, it's been a fun ride, if a little bumpy.
8851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A small army of used games and movies - WTF DO I DO WITH THEM? on: September 08, 2008, 11:47:26 PM

Quote from: rickfc on September 08, 2008, 11:37:38 PM

Even though it may be a bit of a hassle, I'd probably list on the GT forum and see what you'd get.  If that don't work for ya, then go the Gamestop route.

do. this.

8852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/8) on: September 08, 2008, 11:46:43 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 08, 2008, 09:56:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 08, 2008, 09:30:55 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 08, 2008, 09:03:54 PM

You can buy the rock band 2 stand alone drum set this week too if you're just interested in playing that instrument.

apparently buying it any other day than on a tuesday is verboten around these parts...

For me it's the fact that by the time I can buy the game on Sunday my weekend is nearly over.  I do the majority of my gaming on Friday night and Saturday.  If the game isn't out until Sunday then that means I basically have the game for almost a week before I can devote a lot of time to it. 

It would just be nice to have a standard release day (I don't care if it's Tuesday or Thursday) so you don't have to guess "Will this store have my game in today?  What about that store?  What about that other game?  Who frickin knows."  And it's not like stores don't already have policies in place to handle music and movies like that, so why should games be so difficult?

abso-friggen-lutely.  when i'm shopping for something, i hate wasting time looking for it, be it release day new or 2 months old.  if possible, i will check online or call, but that gets old.  

it really is a grass-is-greener situation though, because even though i don't care for sunday releases, i would look for a game if i thought any stores around me broke street date.  maybe this sunday thing is pub's response to the early release  hype.  
8853  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: A financial S storm is brewing. Fannie/Freddie seized. on: September 08, 2008, 09:53:46 PM
how many posts did this take to migrate over to r&p?  i'm giddy, it's my first thread here, even though by proxy. 

so, aside from the stock sale on these two, it looked like the market approved of it and had a good jump.  not a good time to have any stock in either of those two.  hope noone here got burned too badly. 

long term, let's all hope for some stability now.
8854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/8) on: September 08, 2008, 08:17:45 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 08, 2008, 08:12:41 PM

Oh also, Sunday releases are fucknormously annoying.


agreed.  can't we kill this FN idea right now?  it serves me no purpose.  either wait till tuesday or put it out on friday if you feel you must buck the norm.  sunday release = crap
8855  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / A financial S storm is brewing. Fannie/Freddie seized. on: September 08, 2008, 07:31:53 PM
Both companies seized  their stock is shooting down like a cliff face on a san diego coastline.

is this one more sign of the new depression?  not to get too political, but which one has anything concrete to get us out of this mess?  or should we all start looking for housing in canada?


8856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/8) on: September 08, 2008, 06:34:30 PM

Quote from: kathode on September 08, 2008, 06:22:45 PM

Lock's Quest got a great review from IGN (9.0 I believe).  Definitely considering it.

Buy Mazes of Fate DS!!!! 
Spoiler for Hiden:
No, I don't have a financial interest in it or own nearly a million shares of the publisher smile

decent reviews so far.  might be worth a look for an old school portable dungeon crawl.  make you a deal, i buy the game and a few copies, you send me an advance copy of fallout 3 to "review".  i'll even say nice things about it for GT here.  then we all win.  sound good to you? biggrin

lock's quest looks interesting.
8857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully-Xbox 360 Final Analysis. Worth A Purchase? on: September 08, 2008, 05:49:27 PM
playing through a second time, and while i haven't hit anything like the bug that killed my progress in the ps2 version, are still annoying.  i've reverted to saving every other day just in case.  basically, i've glitched in the middle of doing something and can't move or do any action.  luckily, in one instance, i was in enemy territory and the beat me up, when i woke up i was fine again.  the second time, i stalled on the front steps of school before class and got caught.  after class everything was fine again. 

the ps2 bug was bad though.  basically, i advanced the story into spring before doing the snow clearing jobs and wanted to go back.  when i reloaded, my game would not show any missions available, only classes and jobs.  i couldn't advance the story.  with a single save, i was so annoyed i didn't restart.  now i stagger my saves so i shouldn't run into that.

just as fun as before, and the extra games aren't too difficult.  biology kind of sucks due to the slow movement speed.
8858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/8) on: September 08, 2008, 05:30:30 PM
it will be hard not to get rb2, but to be honest, i don't play it much unless friends come over.  yak 2 may be on the list even though i never played the first one. 
8859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qore sucks on: September 05, 2008, 07:48:54 PM
how's the quality/quantity of the content? 

sucks that one of the biggest lures for getting this thing is broken.  what's been delayed?
8860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 CE..get some wood on: September 05, 2008, 07:29:48 PM
odd.  not sure what to make of this.
8861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 05, 2008, 07:21:45 PM
the warts i have seen which mark the game down a notch or two. 

camera view not being a chase cam makes some of the boat race missions a pain in the ass, especially the one with the prototype boat and all of the damn mines.  i did one and stopped.  and what the heck, as soon as you finish, the boat disappears out from under you.  thanks for dumping me off in the middle of a warzone in the fracking water,  finger

had one incredibly maddening moment which almost killed it for me.  i have been making a few backup saves "just in case" as i passed notable missions, and for some reason, my autosave ended up with an older timestamp after a string of missions for the pirates.  i didn't know that my save game was the older one until after i did a big mission for the plav and a bunch of other stuff.  so i go back to the pirate base thinking i would take the outposts for them and go after their hvt's.  nope, they never heard of me, so i get to do the damn jet ski race over again.  my autosave from earlier was overwritten by what i had just finished.  i had already done it twice the first time due to getting ganked by a gunboat (a pirate gunboat too?!), but i wasn't interested in going after the next mission target just yet, so i went ahead anyways.  about 3 checkpoints from the end, a damn vz soldier one-shots me with a perfectly aimed rpg out of nowhere.   mad 

i have seen the minor issues like an empty floating helicopter which explodes if i try to steal it, cannon fodder allies and wildly inaccurate rpg trajectory (why are my shots so damn likely to fly off at odd angles, but yet a single vz hits me dead on the nose?!)

still, i haven't soured on the game though.  trashing that fortress was awesome. 
8862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you an "older gamer?" on: September 04, 2008, 10:38:25 PM
31 and been playing them since the 2600 days.  moved up to an atari st and eventually a 386 with a whopping 300mb hard drive and 4mb of ram.  

missed out on the c64 games but i count as older anyone who played 2600 games when that was all there was.  
8863  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ike Blows Hard! on: September 04, 2008, 06:35:32 PM
makes me glad i'm 2500 miles away.  take care of yourselves, all of you. 
8864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ortega makes Shawn Johnson's taco pop on: September 04, 2008, 06:29:14 PM
a better word should have been used. 

really though, there's no way this could be done without sounding dirty.
8865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Local killing spree on: September 04, 2008, 06:23:53 PM
we spent labor day overnight at camano island and were seriously considering going up north to pick up a few things.  would have been right in the neighborhood when this all went down.  not to mention the F-up this surely did to the drive home. 

Quote from: PeteRock on September 04, 2008, 01:59:51 PM

Living in West Philadelphia...

did it also teach you how to rap?

Quote from: PeteRock on September 04, 2008, 01:59:51 PM

our area was terrorized by the Phoenix Serial Shooter...

now that just freaks me out to no end.  they caught this guy? 
8866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support Your Local USMC Kato on: September 04, 2008, 06:17:29 PM
how's your depth perception now?
8867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 04, 2008, 06:09:29 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 03, 2008, 03:51:36 AM

2) I beat the mechanic driving mission the very first time.  icon_twisted Tongue

same here.  i got very close to timing out a few times, but i was able to make it to the next checkpoint in time.  

did a bunch of the plav's missions and royally pissed off the UP doing it.  oh well, i still have their buildings to destroy.  there are a lot of them this time, and they get harder.  i died last night to an alerted building while trying to drop some arty at their doorstep.  it was very satisfying to take them out on the second try though.  artillery fire kicks butt.  hopefully they up it with a heavy barrage option later on.  

got all of the recruits too and misha's mission is so damn fun i wish i could replay it again.  that's a great showpiece and would make a killer demo.  after i grabbed the bombs, i circled the small island looking for a good vantage point to see the bunker, but it was well guarded by the fort, so i drove back down to find the jetski i used to get there.  oh look, an enemy heli is patrolling around.  i jumped out, hijacked the chopper and then pulled out a trick from mercs 1 i used to great success:  dropping vehicles on other vehicles to explode them both.  then i saw the abundance of VZ oil tanks lying around.  those make great bombs if you can aim the drop just right.  took out both tanks and the alarm towers and bunkers in the fort.  swapped my heli for a fresh one after the sams got me and layed waste to the bunker with a very satisfying explosion.  the heli didn't just explode mid- air like in the last one, so i was able to jump out and survive.  mercs 1 would have been a mission restart.  

very satisfied that i picked this up.  incredibly fun game.  solid 9 now.
8868  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance watch - August on: September 03, 2008, 10:08:27 PM
last store i went to had

ps3 - ut3 $20(~12 copies)
ds - ff: crystal chronicles - $27 (2-3 copies)
8869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance 2 revealed (8 player co-op, 60 player multiplayer) on: September 03, 2008, 09:48:37 PM
would look interesting next to the big daddie from bioshock. 
8870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 03, 2008, 08:59:42 PM
sweet.  this could come in handy with the UP's light tanks they have hanging around. 

it would have been better if you could call a pick-up with the heli pilot.  that may have made it a bit too easy to stockpile the goodies though.
8871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "In a world without Don LaFontaine ..." on: September 03, 2008, 07:25:54 PM
damn, that sucks.  forever mimiced, never bested. 
8872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google Chrome on: September 03, 2008, 06:00:09 PM
damn fast.  i would make this my portable browser app over firefox if at all possible. 

i like the webapps functionality. 

if they can keep the speed and stability while adding in the extensions that make firefox so great, then i just might switch. 

lifehacker had a speed test among this, ie and firefox. 

results?  not conclusive except in specific cases, but it does seem faster.  biggest advancement comes at a price.  individual process per tab increases total memory usage to give you better stability for the overall browser.
8873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: McCain as Col. Tigh? on: September 03, 2008, 05:39:52 PM
holy S that's uncanny how much two old white guys look alike.

btw, i guess i wasn't the only one who saw palin in the black skirt/white shirt, short brown hair with glasses and didn't think of bsg.  thank god.
8874  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: September 03, 2008, 05:36:52 PM
+1 to Vinda-Lou for trade.  game in good shape as always and send quickly.
8875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 03, 2008, 05:34:02 PM
stack the containers up and drop the package on top of it. 
8876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) on: September 03, 2008, 05:09:33 PM
spore is on the short list of waiting for reviews.  too many console games to play right now.  maybe after i finish mercs 2.
8877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 03, 2008, 05:03:28 PM
some of the small things i like about the engine...

huge explosions white the screen out and your character covers his/her eyes. 
explosions in the water make nice waves which affect anything close enough. 
junk in the back of the locals' cars.  soccer balls everywhere!
burning down forests.  contributing to global warming never looked so good. 
using the giant fuel tanks to take out nearby buildings. 

oh, and for you bullwinkle....

 finger Tongue
8878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 03, 2008, 02:16:25 AM

Quote from: Doopri on August 31, 2008, 06:47:46 PM

does this game have the same faction mechanic as the first? where you have to balance relations between, what 4 or 5 sides?

so if you want to spend time in factions As field, you have to be careful about doing too many missions for faction B, their mortal enemies?

how many, and does the game have the balancing act?

i did a large chunk of the UP's targets before doing their next few missions and the rebels were fully hostile to me.  not sure how much i could reduce the hate by capping the regime, but it cost a cool 2.7 mil to get them to like me again.  sure, a buttload of moolah in comparison to the missions i was doing, but i had just made 2.2 by doing one of the pilot's challenges, so it wasn't a total loss. 

after 4 hours or so, about 20% done, with most of the UPs missions done.  i need to find some new contacts other than them and the rebels, plus get the other recruits. 

of that list of issues posted earlier, i found out that most of them are negligible and also about the c4 and air strike methods.  sure, the ai can and has blown themselves up by mistaking the building in between themselves for an imaginary castle, but i can allow artificial stupidity now and again. 

blowing stuff is as fun as i expected.  icon_twisted

while this game would have been better served by going before gta 4, it's just as fun as i remember mercs 1. 

btw, the note that this game can be too hard for dying at the end of a mission is ironic.  mercs 1 didn't give you regenerating life.  if you were on your deathbed, the best you could hope for was a medevac or a health pack drop, and those were sometimes hard to arrange.  the last mission was a killer for that reason.  regenerating health would have made it a breeze in comparison.

also, money comes easier in this game.  i don't think i had as much only 4 hours in. and with the abundance of oil and airstrikes you can simply find in the world, you don't have to buy as much this time around.  (yet)

8.5 so far.
8879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: August 29, 2008, 11:02:41 PM
8880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: August 29, 2008, 09:29:57 PM
damn good news kato.   let us know when you expect to be back on home turf.
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