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8841  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [48H Madness] Dawn of War II $36 shipped on: February 26, 2009, 10:39:29 PM
so tempting.  the reviews sound good and the game looks great.
8842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: February 26, 2009, 10:36:06 PM
i don't think there's a recommended level as much as there being a pretty long slog through dc, both above and below ground, with the usual collection of super mutants and ghouls.  if you can handle a mutant or two and not need to stop, you should be ok. at level 8, you should be pretty capable of reaching there; i made it to rivet city before i was that level, even though i snuck around the mutants and only engaged critters and bandits. 

once you make contact with the first soldier, you can let him and his squad take most of the mutants and pick up the loot.  the actual dlc content shouldn't be too much at that level as they do dole out gear and supplies pretty regularly. 
8843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV:The Lost and Damned on: February 26, 2009, 10:30:20 PM
damn, some of the missions get tough pretty quick.  so far, i have had to redo 3 of them more than once.  the school bus was a pita during the escape as you get so much heat on you from the start.  i got lucky though and lost a bunch of them when the got out to take pot shots at me.

i'm still getting back into the groove though, and i am pretty rusty with gta's gameplay. 

i just advanced the story past stubby the show-off's missions and have a whole chunk of extra things to do.  like the gangwars better as some of them have been pretty big so far.  i really loved it when one war was to take down a truck driver.  pretty cool. 
8844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Noby Noby Boy [PSN]? on: February 26, 2009, 10:20:15 PM
a few hours with it and i kind of wish i hadn't.  it's pretty damn trippy and i ended up having some messed up dreams that david lynch would have been proud to write. 

8845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Member "Semiconscious" Destroyed My Chances at Marriage and Gave Me an STD on: February 26, 2009, 10:16:40 PM
damn.  this just gets better. 

'naked in bed' you say?  damn, she knows how to play hardball. 

Quote from: Graham on February 26, 2009, 07:25:15 PM

Just wait until you get married.  Then you'll realize that it is a regular occurence for no reason whatsoever.

sad but true.  you'll be lucky to glimpse a piece of side-boob when she changes after the wedding.

look on the bright side, you'll get lots of time to spend with that new game you got.
8846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: February 26, 2009, 10:08:58 PM
tbh, you don't really need to get the content unless your run out of game (not likely any time soon) or you want to get an early bump in equipment.  once you finish the content, you do get some pretty cool gear and when i restart, i'll likely do it as soon as i can survive.  the biggest hurdle to actually playing through at low levels is that your starting gear and stats make you highly vulnerable to the enemies you face getting to the start off point.  it's not impossible, but it could be a bit tough.
8847  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Persona 4 for sale on: February 26, 2009, 01:35:01 AM
damn that's a good price.  too bad i would likely shelve it as you have done.  still, it's tempting. 
8848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Member "Semiconscious" Destroyed My Chances at Marriage and Gave Me an STD on: February 26, 2009, 01:10:23 AM
she decided to prance around in a sheer bodysuit this morning during breakfast. The kind access buttons

this just warrants a 'ttiwwop' response.  that's just cold, man.

to get back at her, get drakensang and play as a female elf whenever she comes by your pc.  check ceekay's pic for reference.   biggrin
8849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/23) on: February 23, 2009, 03:11:04 PM

Quote from: madpeon on February 23, 2009, 02:52:15 PM

Is Galactrix still coming to XBLA this week?

if it got bumped, that would make the decision between ds and xbla easier.

just wish it wasn't so damned expensive on the ds compared to it.  portability vs big screen.

if i end up getting as addicted to it as i did pq, then the ds would be better.  i played that one all the way through without changing games. 

killzone is a rental, as is eat lead, but not for a while i think. 
8850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: February 22, 2009, 05:24:38 PM
i wasn't surprised to see ellen go all bitchy again.  hell, if my friends who also watch had been over on friday, we would have made a drinking game out of it. 

it is a bit odd that boomer knew exactly where to go.  plot hole. 
it's also screwed up that tigh didn't talk to six as soon as ellen arrived.  plot hole to move liam's death.
the whole time he was with ellen, i kept thinking, 'man, he's a dumb ass".  sleeping with her, then not telling her about six and the baby, then letting her take control of the cylons like an avenging angel.  damnit, tigh, show some strength. 

liam's death was pretty much the focal point for this week's plot.  do what you can do drive six to the edge.

really bummed that there are only 4 episodes left.  also bummed that they don't have enough time for more action until the big finale.  that means likely 1 more meandering episode like this and last week, and a buildup through the next two until the end. 

was i the only one thinking that tigh would be pushed to poison ellen twice?
8851  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Woot Off! on: February 21, 2009, 01:32:15 AM
i kind of figured i would confuse people with that post.  i know other people have gotten them before, but in pretty much all cases, the boc was pretty much crap items and not the good stuff that keeps people awake at night hitting F5 like worker bees. 

hopefully you'll get something decent out of it.
8852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My XBox just died on: February 20, 2009, 07:47:18 PM
apparently mine is scheduled to be delivered today.  fingers crossed, both that they do and that it's a new one.
8853  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Woot Off! on: February 20, 2009, 05:14:38 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on February 20, 2009, 12:24:10 AM

WOOHOO!!!  I was finally able to grab my first BoC.  Will give the details of its glorious contents once they arrive. 

they = 3 bags of crap

congratulations.  i got as close as having three in my cart and then the site timed out when i tried to continue.

you could be gt's first lucky crap winner.
8854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Don't lose the Windows Live ID email address attached to Xbox Live - or else on: February 20, 2009, 01:17:36 AM

Quote from: Doopri on February 19, 2009, 11:28:53 PM

whoooo wait a second???

I've had live for a LOOOOOOOOONG time now - i have NO CLUE what the email address is thats tied to my account.  i first got live for the original xbox and then continued on that account for my 360

i THINK at some point i may have set up an msn or some such thing... but is the deleting of microsoft email accounts a new thing?  did they just do a mass delete and thats why the problem is creeping up now?

in other words... if i havent been hit by this yet... will it come back to get me? (keep in mind that most likely, whatever email account i set up for my xbox - was probably 6 or 7 years ago...???)

i first created a hotmail account before ms bought it and used it for college.  a few years later, i fell out of using it as i had a new one with a family provider.  my hotmail account was deactivated and deleted then.  at least 5 years ago they were doing that.  not surprised they still are actually, but it's one reason i never went back. 
8855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Streaming videos from your PC to the Xbox 360... on: February 19, 2009, 07:03:15 PM
playon is $40 for non-beta users, and i don't think the trial counts for a $10 discount.  one time fee, and as for now, the only one to work with hulu.  not sure if it works for abc though, as that still requires a pc browser and wouldn't work through the ps3. (it installs something beyond a codec). works through the browser though, and not too bad on the ps3.  you can even zoom the screen in enough that you barely notice it's a 'cast.  because the ps3 goes into a standby mode after 10 minutes, you need to move the sticks every now and again as the darker standby screen is too hard to see.  of course, no fancy stereo sound though.

i have tried without much success to get a lightweight linux box (actually, a linksys nslu-2, using unSlung) to house all of my media files and stream to either machine.  some fiddling with linux should sort that out though. 

xbmc is also an option for full pc's and modded xbox 1.  not tried it, but it's always mentioned.

tversity works pretty well and i got it go with no problem on the ps3 (can't check the 360 as it's still in the shop).  simple install, simple to set up and it was found right off the bat.  i even use the linksys box for media sharing too. 
8856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DSi US launch slated for April 5th, $169.99 on: February 19, 2009, 05:20:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 19, 2009, 12:20:33 AM

$170 for 10% thinner unit, a little bit larger screen, and a camera I would never use?  No thanks.

same here.  i don't need another crappy res camera.  my phone does that just well. 

if my dsl breaks, i would only get one if i couldn't find a new or used good quality dsl. 
8857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Don't lose the Windows Live ID email address attached to Xbox Live - or else on: February 19, 2009, 05:16:22 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on February 19, 2009, 02:56:18 PM

Who gives a crap about achievements. Doesn't that basically make DLC unuseable?

you might be able to re-dl them like they do with swapped consoles.  but yes, this could be bad.

i stopped using hotmail for anything a long time ago due to the 30 day limit.  stupidly short amount of time to be locked out for. 

is there such a limit for gmail as i have two and haven't seen this occur with the 2nd one which is only checked infrequently.
8858  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sleep-related injuries on: February 18, 2009, 07:43:17 PM
you know how your subconscious mind takes control and jerks you up out of bed?  i had that happen in a camper bed with one of those articulating shelf/goose-neck lamps attached via a half inch wide bolt through the shelf.  i had already partially woke up and was laying half off the side when it happened.  i hit my head on the under side of that bolt with a grazing blow.  took up a patch of scalp and i'm pretty sure knocked me out for bit afterwards.  no idea how long, but i remember stumbling into the house and my mom getting a bit nervous.  just lucky i didn't have the table out too far or it could have been a solid hit on the forehead (or worse)
8859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Men of War Demo on: February 18, 2009, 06:44:12 PM
i had great fun with the english missions in Soldiers, even though none of my men lived through the last mission.  they accomplished their objectives though, so i think it was a fitting end.  the 1st russian mission was very fun though and you can end up with a huge force if you play your cards right. 

you do need to abuse the save button a lot though. 
8860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Persona 3 Thread of S. Link of awesomeness maxed out on: February 18, 2009, 06:31:10 PM
the guide has a lot of info on the fusions, but i haven't progressed far enough to see i anything changed.  i do see that the day to day guide is different though and not much help.  all of the quizzes have been different. 

i picked the last one up last year after fes was released.  fry's had one last guide for p3 and i grabbed it.  if you have any questions about fusions, just ask and i can look for you. 
8861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Great Game Trailers on: February 18, 2009, 06:28:08 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on February 18, 2009, 06:14:45 PM


I used to just turn on the game and let it loop over, and over, and over...

+1 to this and it always makes me a little sad they stopped with the classic theme for 3/4 (although they are good, it's not the same.) frown

i loved the music from the last pop game using this song.  great song i would not likely ever heard again. 
8862  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Woot Off! on: February 18, 2009, 06:16:17 PM
as is the norm now, they sent off an email first.  good stuff if you haven't got it.

some of the good bits.

Read this Woot newsletter and watch your dreams come true - ignore it and you will meet terrible misfortune! Veronica L. of Riverdale, Ohio received this message, failed to read it, and died of natural causes a mere 58 years later! In contrast, Joe B. of Wilmington, Delaware read it voraciously more than two times, and soon received a promotion to Vice-President! Before you click "delete", ask yourself: would you rather be DEAD or VICE-PRESIDENT? Your future could depend on it!

Like everybody else, we're waiting for our business to collapse and force us back into exotic dancing.
In these tight economic times, we'd like to thank you for letting your debilitating shopping addiction go untreated.

looks like they added a twitter too, which is great.  i usually keep a small window with's current item as it updates estimated quantity and time remaining.

8863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Drakensang english demo (win a copy!) on: February 17, 2009, 07:18:09 PM
this is probably the reason i restarted playing the witcher.  subconsciously distracting myself instead of picking up a new game.

i wouldn't mind winning though.  slywink
8864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Next Xbox - What to Expect on: February 17, 2009, 07:15:42 PM
better d-pad, same overall controller design, and standard big external hd.

if it's got full compatibility with existing 360 hd's, then add mem card support for save games, but the hd is 100% required.  sure, this leads to two sku's, but it would drop the cost down for existing owners. 

whether the hd should be backwards compatible is different consideration though.  if they can boost the speeds of the new models and make that useful for streaming, then keeping hd bc would be a hindrance.

in any case, keep the system fully software bc with 360 games at least. 

should they consider moving to blu-ray though?  it would directly benefit sony's revenue and would only affect a handful of games this generation any ways.  if in two years, half of all 360 games are multi disc, then i would say go for it. 
8865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV:The Lost and Damned on: February 17, 2009, 07:01:24 PM
while i'm not surprised that you load up a different game instead of some in-game character swapping business, i'm a bit bummed that the gameplay tweaks/extras don't sound like they carry over into niko's world. 

either way, i'll be getting this as soon as i can actually download it. 
8866  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Far Cry for PS3, mint condition, $22 shipped. on: February 17, 2009, 06:52:28 PM

Quote from: Kagath on February 16, 2009, 10:22:37 PM

I may have picked this up if it was for 360. I just can't seem to get used to the PS3 controls for FPS games.

i had the same line of thinking, but then i rented fear 2 on the ps3 due to a rrod'ed 360 and i picked them up pretty well.  the learning curve wasn't as big as i thought it was considering how natural i am with the 360 controller.

great price for this one, and imo, one of the best shooters of the generation, once you get past the opening hurdle.
8867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: She has stolen my puppy....(got him back) on: February 16, 2009, 07:49:42 PM
good to see everything is ok now. 
8868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hypothetical: You have one hour in the holodeck. on: February 16, 2009, 07:45:23 PM

Quote from: Gromit on February 16, 2009, 04:39:11 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 16, 2009, 04:27:25 PM

Um......I don't know what a "holodeck" is.   ninja

I'm not sure if I should feel  icon_redface  or  Fabulous


And no obvious "Eagles win the Super Bowl" stuff, either.  slywink

what, and end his only chance of seeing this happen outside an lcd trip?


says the seahawk's fan...
8869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16) on: February 16, 2009, 07:17:46 PM
nothing as my wallet is pretty well scraped clean, but i am interested in getting dq5 down the road and the gta dlc after my system gets back.

with sf4 out, this marks the death of the cod5 group i think, so i will be sending that one back now too.  icon_frown

8870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR 2 impressions thread on: February 16, 2009, 07:11:17 PM
i did end up playing through about 2/3rds of the game (past the school) and even with the jagged edges, it's pretty fun.  the weapon variety is good and except for the pistol you can be viable with every basic weapon throughout.  you do get a good range of special weapons, but aside from the intended set pieces where you are prompted to use them, i always stick with the smg/assault rifle, shotgun. 

one thing i do like a lot is that you aren't always facing enemies who target you.  there's two 'factions' and they will battle it out if you let them. 

also, the story details you pick up via log files is great.  it explains much of the why's and are worth hunting for. 

i think i can finish this up with another game session, as it doesn't drag on even though each level can be pretty big.

in the end, i give it a 7 or 7.5 as it is very solid, but very much filled with the standards of a corridor shooter so it comes off pretty derivative. 
8871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uwe Boll looking for donations for his next movie, Blackout on: February 15, 2009, 07:35:09 PM
oh come on, for only 49USD! you too can say you are a movie producer.  then it's possible to use that line at parties.  imagine the possibilities!

and you get a chance to share the profits from the film.  that could buy lunch.  for two even.
8872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console games that are 100% Japanese quirk on: February 15, 2009, 07:28:13 PM
r.a.d.  a giant mecha fighting game where you control the legs with the L1/L2 and R1/R2, instead of just using the right analog.  the sticks controlled the arms for punching.  on top of that, you also controlled everything from the POV of a small kid who was also in the game world.  it was a godzilla movie come to life.
8873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 15, 2009, 07:25:00 PM
i'll throw out three mech games:

front mission 4:  while not as solid as fm3 by most fans, it was pretty good and gives you a lot of mech building srpg goodness
ring of red:  another that was pretty much overlooked and never saw huge copies sold, thus ending any chance at a sequel.  alternate history ww2 with mechs and a slice of action to a srpg game.  
r.a.d.  : a sure entry in the quirky japanese game thread, this one had you controlling your mech via remote control, complete with a little boy who needed to be protected in game and was your POV.  it was like a godzilla movie come to life.

and two of my favorite rpg's

summoner.  hyped up the A before launch, reviewed poorly against that hype and it's flaws, and most people simply chalked this up to 'crappy launch rpg'.  those of us who gave it time found a good story with some interesting twists, a combat system that got deeper the more you played and a pretty good game over all.
summoner 2:  i was actually surprised this got the funds to be made, but i'm glad it did.  it took much of the lost potential of the first one and improved on it, adding more characters, a larger story and a better combat system.  
8874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR2 Impressions on: February 15, 2009, 05:23:05 AM
playing the ps3 version and my biggest gripe aside from the 'been there, killed that' feeling is that they didn't bother to code 1080i support into it so my older tv makes it look like an xbox 1 game.
8875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Aliens vs Predator on: February 15, 2009, 05:21:17 AM
review of the sequel don't give it a very good impression, even from a design point of view. 

zombies in nam?  wth? bad ai, bad graphics, bad controls.  eurogamer slammed it with a 2.  it has no redeeming qualities, which sounds like a badly managed product all around.  what did they do, let the B team handle this one?  it doesn't sound like it would even benefit from a few months of polish.  it's flawed all around.

don't they have the same people who worked on avp1 any more?  even rogue trooper wasn't all that bad, just generic.  but even generic games can be fun, just look at fear 2.
8876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tales of the Black Freighter on: February 14, 2009, 07:02:26 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on February 14, 2009, 05:45:27 PM

I'm torn as to whether to buy this or not. I'm hoping that when Watchmen is released on Blu-ray, they re-interleve Tales of the Black Freighter with the main text.

i would buy this.  i also hope that they actually filmed out the original master plan and would splice it back in with a super long director's cut or somesuch. 

as it stands, the tale isn't great on it's own and really was only a counter-story to the main one.  as chaz points out, it was better when the panels were inter-leaved with the story as they purposefully drew them similarly.
8877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So If I'm Going to Philly, Where Do I Go to get a REAL Philly Cheesesteak? on: February 14, 2009, 06:54:31 PM
not sure which store it was, but i had one at the little deli shop downtown, in that big food market near the marriott. 
8878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: February 14, 2009, 06:50:07 PM
well that was kind of a wash-out episode.  not much going on and the fill-in-the-blank plot hole approach left me feeling a little let down.  i know why they did it, but it wasn't a good episode, especially coming from last week's.  they needed to explain ellen's existence and importance, but i always dislike the "18 months ago" approach to ret-conning your story.  i think most people who have been critical of the plot holes will not be satisfied with how this episode was done.  hell, i haven't been critical and i wasn't satisfied. 

looks like next week should be pretty good though.
8879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PSP2 and the Return of Sony on: February 14, 2009, 06:37:00 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 14, 2009, 02:40:18 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 13, 2009, 11:01:50 PM

now on the ds...chrono cross.... 

You know something the rest of us don't?  slywink

eh, yeah, i wish.  hell, port the whole first gen ps1 games if you want.  how about a little ds version of vagrant story
8880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Important question. on: February 14, 2009, 06:22:35 PM
not sure what the trick is, but i do remember there being a 'display reset'  switch you used.  someone here had a problem with their hdmi connector flaking out. 

not sure, but did you use hdmi? 

if it's not easy to hook back up to your machine and then change the display to use component cables (ie, hook up both sets and change in settings) then this should do it:

With the PS3 in stand by mode Press and hold the power button for 5 secs.. (until you hear the second beep) this cause the PS3 to reset the display properties back to 480i..follow the onscreen instructions to set it back up to 1080i
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