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9681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: September 05, 2007, 09:54:22 PM
my take concerning the turrets against a BD.  read only if you want to get a heads up on my experience.

Spoiler for Hiden:
word of warning, the MG turrets will not last long against the might of a pissed off big daddy.  trust me.  if you have the option, use a hacked security camera so the bots will draw aggro.  much more effective at keeping his attention as he cannot simply run up on them and bash them.  rocket turrets won't last longer but will do more damage
9682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Ocean 4 - first details and screens! on: September 05, 2007, 08:42:19 PM
sounds interesting.  i still haven't loaded up so3 so maybe i'll give it a try before this one comes out.
9683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So they're making us choose... on: September 05, 2007, 08:37:55 PM
ep 2 via steam to join with hl2 and ep 1 already on my account.  if they somehow get the idea to force steam owners to pony up for the OB just to play, then i won't bother with it.  UT3 is big on my list of mp only games, but i can wait a while before picking it up.  so little time these days.
9684  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Xbox 360 w/ Bioshock for sale. *SOLD* on: September 05, 2007, 08:32:32 PM
that's what i told him last night.  he was concerned that they would deny warranty coverage as he wasn't the first purchaser and may not have the receipt.  i guess i wasn't convincing enough.
9685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: September 05, 2007, 08:30:49 PM
they act all slow and sluggish when walking around too so you get this huge fake out, thinking that all you need to do is back up and plink them to death.  then they wake up and bum rush you.  i think it was great to see that actually.  made me afraid to deal with them.

btw, it's not just early on that they can F you up good.  during a fight with a boss, i had a BD as my friend tanking him while i took potshots at the boss.  big mistake as i ended up hitting the BD and after the boss died, he aggroed on me.  as the boss was a human, all of my ammo loadouts were anti personnel.  even though i could hit him with electro shock, i couldn't load up enough armor piercing/anti BD ammunition to take him out fast enough.  i had to use up a ton of medkits and wasted a bunch of AP rounds on him. 

you will find tonics which speed up your movement speed soon enough.  not sure how much they realistically help, but these later fights are much easier for me. 
9686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New iPods announced on: September 05, 2007, 08:13:07 PM
i remember reading a piece after release about the cost of components and there was still more than $200 difference.  i don't think the component costs have gone down that much. as demand is still high enough to sustain the bulk purchases, it's likely they haven't increased manufacturing/purchasing quantities to drop a $200 cut. 

this rings more like the sony price cut.  "we have a larger inventory than we expect or want so we will drop price to clear our overhead before the end of the quarter/year."

apple is just more proactive about the cut than sony was. 
9687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New iPods announced on: September 05, 2007, 07:21:20 PM
damn.  i also just noticed that the touch is 16gb and not 160.  damn these eyes and damn that monitor strain. 

/back off the fence.  i would have much rather had the touch screen + HD storage over flash based.  especially at that price.  i shouldn't be surprised though.  that screen must cost some dough.
9688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New iPods announced on: September 05, 2007, 07:11:13 PM
i didn't see that until now.  man, that is a huge cut, which is what the thing should have cost at launch imo.  that really is a kick in the nuts to the early adopters. 
9689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New iPods announced on: September 05, 2007, 06:47:19 PM
wow.  160gb drives in the current line and the new touch screen.  if the price difference between the touch screen models isn't too big, i would grab one. 

i love that they added wi fi to this model.  it's like the best parts of the iphone without the contract nonsense and a ton more music capacity for half the freaking cost.  i bet at&t will be pissed.  it will cost less to grab a blackberry and the 160gb model and get more functionality to boot. 

i'm almost sold now.
9690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fun little animations? on: September 05, 2007, 06:39:25 PM

Quote from: juniordan on September 05, 2007, 04:48:18 PM


ouch.  makes you want to smack the attacker over the head with a frying pan. 
9691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: September 05, 2007, 06:36:35 PM
not really no.  except in a general sense of the endings.
9692  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Xbox 360 w/ Bioshock for sale. $260! on: September 05, 2007, 06:24:26 PM
glad you got a buyer.  my buddy was still on the fence last night when i asked him.  it was mostly his concerns with the build date and the rrod/warranty issues. 

of course, now that ascendent's sprung on this one, he'll get buyer's regret.
9693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: September 05, 2007, 06:20:48 PM

Quote from: Jag on September 05, 2007, 06:17:10 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 05, 2007, 06:11:46 PM

i've made it to mr ryan's office complex and so far, i've only found 6 upgrade stations.  have i missed some as it seems i have fewer levels to finish than i would need to upgrade the other 4.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Did you find the weapon upgrade station in Arcadia that is revealed AFTER the defoliation? That one is hard to find

not sure.  i played that level last week.  i never leave a level without exploring every gray area on the map.  i think i may need to check a map for the locations to be sure.  same with the audio clips.  i won't be replaying this as soon as i finish so i won't get burned out. 
9694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: September 05, 2007, 06:18:40 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on September 05, 2007, 06:15:53 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't kill him at the end of the level, but when I met him later on at his apartment, he had a key on him.

To be blunt... I was extremely underwhelmed by what was in there.  About the only thing I got out of it was curiosity satisfaction.

Spoiler for Hiden:
no, not that one.  the one with the numeric lock on the bottom.  i got the padlocked one after i killed him.  odd, i didn't think i had a choice whether to kill him or not.  i just opened up and my brainwashed bouncer tanked him while i shot him in the back. 
9695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: September 05, 2007, 06:11:46 PM
one thing that i noticed last night fighting a bouncer's bigger brother was how effective the upgraded shotty was with the electric buck.  i started with a grenade and electric shock and then just went to town on his metal ass.  i was very surprised as an earlier encounter with this one really wrecked me.  if you can keep your space from the bouncer, you can survive much longer.

pete, i used the environment against the first one.  let's just say i must have really annoyed him by my movements.  biggrin

i've made it to mr ryan's office complex and so far, i've only found 6 upgrade stations.  have i missed some as it seems i have fewer levels to finish than i would need to upgrade the other 4.

oh and one last thing

Spoiler for Hiden:
how do you open the 2nd locked stand in cohen's area?  the medical tonic
9696  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War Friday Night: September 7 2007. The RETURN? on: September 05, 2007, 05:34:36 PM
this would prompt me to reactivate a gold card.  i didn't get much mp in the last 4 months, so i was a bit hesitant to use one up.  now that i have graw2 inbound, i'll have a reason to do some mp. 

i hope to finish up bioshock by friday, so if you see me, send me an invite.

9697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prism: Light the Way [DS] on: September 05, 2007, 05:27:51 PM
sweet.  this will fill the void when i finish up on picross.  thanks for the info.  i'll have to try the demo when i get home.

US release is oct 16.  i'll grab this before my trip to texas.  perfect.
9698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stranglehold on: September 05, 2007, 05:24:53 PM
so how long will you keep it after you've beaten it ATB?  should we expect this to pop up in the trade forum this weekend? 

this looks like the perfect rental game.  sadly, that means it will probably tank. 
9699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mercs 2 delayed until Q2 08?! on: September 05, 2007, 05:18:57 PM
if this is true, then nuts to us.  after gtaIV getting the dnf treatment, this was my "sandbox blow S up game".  i guess now we'll have Q4 madness repeated in Q1'08.  i really hope this isn't true as there isn't a 3rd game in my favorite genre.

next up will be a announcement that assassin's creed is delayed.  with splinter cell 5 occupying the spot in my "sneaky bastard" genre, there wouldn't be a game left this year.

if it does happen though, i'd probably pick up a B list game instead.

oh yeah, the news is easily found, but here's a starting point.

9700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 Crisis Core bundle on: September 05, 2007, 05:06:31 PM
+1 to what lee said.  i seriously doubt i would be able to get a signal from anything worth watching.  not a big thing though, as i would never use it when better options are available. 
9701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/3) on: September 04, 2007, 06:45:20 PM
moh on gamefly, but i won't be getting it any time soon as they already sent me a new one. 
9702  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Xbox 360 w/ Bioshock for sale. $260! on: September 04, 2007, 06:24:40 PM
remember that buyer i mentioned?  he's re-interested. i've prompted him to stop lurking so he can contact you directly. 

you can thank me in part, because after i showed him bioshock last night, and he didn't run away from an fps on a console (the horrors!) he actually got to enjoying it quite a bit.  almost enough to buy it on pc, but at this price, his spot on the fence is getting precarious. 
9703  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Resistance PS3 FT on: September 04, 2007, 05:59:32 PM
9704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Streets of Rage 2 on: September 04, 2007, 05:32:16 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 02, 2007, 06:04:31 PM

Secret ending in SoR 2 co-op? As I said, I played that all the time, and I have no idea what you're talking about.

sorry, my mind was wrapped around the ending of sor 1. 
9705  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: 360, DS, and GBA Games on: September 03, 2007, 06:15:22 PM
you know, i haven't really touched vp in a while.  trade that for graw2?
9706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flight of the Conchords on HBO on: September 02, 2007, 05:56:48 PM

Quote from: stiffler on September 02, 2007, 04:35:33 AM

Quote from: Arkon on August 30, 2007, 11:58:57 AM

Yeah the episode with Brett's girlfriend who was about to ship out to Iraq was great.

Shh, she is a sniper.  Special Forces! ninja2

That was the first episode I've seen and I LOVED it.  The songs were great.  So surreal.

It's my secret shame that, behind my cynical exterior, I am just as big an optimist as the band's manager.

cheer up murrary.  every day is not your day, but tomorrow's another day.
9707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So ....yesterday I get to join... on: September 02, 2007, 05:53:20 PM
damn that sucks man.  i surf all the damn time at work.  it's one of the few luxuries i get in this job.  of course, it helps that i'm the only one in the department (#1 reason why the job sucks), so i have full control over who has access to what. 

i'd wager that this was more due to the level 1 outage than the surfing though.  not responding fast enough to those kinds of issues can mean all sorts of bad things could happen to the company.  hell, even the appearance you aren't taking it seriously could earn you a trip to the unemployment aisle.

good luck man. 
9708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sci-Lie's F-U to BSG fans. on: September 02, 2007, 05:44:46 PM
what a hugely stupid move to make.  this ranks up there with the splitting of season 2 dvd and broadcast and the huge ass gap between 3 and 4.  what the frack?  on top of that, you just know they will do the whole 2 dvd per season bull with season 4 now just to get that extra milking from the fans. 

btw, where the F is season 3 set?  it's only been what 6 months since the end of the season? how gods damn long do they want to drag this out? 
9709  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: 360, DS, and GBA Games on: September 02, 2007, 05:22:47 PM
no problem dude.  i'll grab it later sometime.  i'm not quite ready to part with vp just yet though. 
9710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Streets of Rage 2 on: September 02, 2007, 05:15:58 PM
i remember the first time a buddy and i found the secret ending you could only get through co-op.  man that was cool and such an odd thing to force you to do.

too bad he's still a neophyte when it comes to the 360 and still hasn't picked one up yet. 
9711  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: 360, DS, and GBA Games on: September 01, 2007, 05:26:59 PM
trade saints row for mua?
9712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NBC and Apple part ways. say goodbye to itunes episodes on: August 31, 2007, 08:50:30 PM
looks like apple has laid down the banhammer on nbc shows, calling it quits before the contract expires.  the split is mainly because nbc wanted to raise it's per episode price to $5 per episode and wanted tighter drm controls.


i think nbc will be seriously regreting this move come december when their downloads stop.  instead of selling a ton @ $2, they'll sell miniscule amounts for $5. 
9713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super-small Supercomputer on: August 31, 2007, 07:19:02 PM
building it is fine.  how much do you need to do to do to get it to do something useful?  i imagine this could be very helpful for those distributed computing projects.
9714  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: x360 Live Movers and Shakers [08/29/2007 edition] on: August 31, 2007, 05:15:20 PM
hey, don't poke holes in my umbrella.  i've got to grab on to something to make my tiny little 3k worth of points mean something.  biggrin
9715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Labor Day Edition on: August 31, 2007, 04:47:13 PM
going to push and try to finish bioshock 360.  psychonauts pc is getting interesting, so if i take a break from bio, that will be why.

i need to decide whether i'll keep playing dead rising or just send it back and wait for a cheap copy to come my way.  it's fun, but there's some good looking games i'd like to rent instead.

9716  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: x360 Live Movers and Shakers [08/29/2007 edition] on: August 30, 2007, 06:32:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 29, 2007, 04:34:43 PM

Movers (up in Rank)
Score Up 1 - Caine ( 33 ranks )

woohoo.  number one with a bullet baby.  no i can proceed to slack off for the next few months.  not sure how i can keep up with the pace set by the others though. 

man, what a summer it's been
9717  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / DS Nervous Brickdown and Phoenix Wright 2 FS/T on: August 30, 2007, 06:22:50 PM
i've finished both of these and want to move on to something new. both are in great condition w/manual and box.  paypal preferred.  open to trades on rune factory.  shipped priority.

PW2 - 15
Nervous Brickdown - 22
9718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 30, 2007, 06:03:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 30, 2007, 05:34:23 PM

Does anyone know if these upgrades are going to carry over from mission to mission, or will you have to do it again on each level?

my guess based on the demo is that you would have to carry over the upgrades in the sp mode to ever reach the top upgrade.  i'd venture that your upgrades only last in mp as long as you are on that server.  maybe the achievement list could shed some light on that.

looks like it does in some form. 
Weapon Virtuoso    40Upgrade all weapons in ranked matches

i like this one:
Human Flak Gun    5Kill an enemy player with a grenade while he is parachuting

it's at the top of my gamefly queue. 
9719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 30, 2007, 05:02:08 PM
not sure i agree with the bit about the upgrades not enhancing the game.  i went back and played the demo on hard last night using the mp40 and k98.  the upgrades for the mp40 were very helpful.  a faster reload really helps early on, but the second is kickass.  a double size clip.  64 rounds of damage with a quick reload = bullet rain.  i see that being a very popular reason to use it mp, and if you can't swap weapons in mp, or get easy access to the german guns, it makes it much more enticing to play as the bad guys in mp.

i was actually bummed when the demo ended.  that doesn't happen all that often. 
9720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] All remaining 60GB models on store shelves! on: August 30, 2007, 04:54:11 PM
i found this out personally after signing up for the card to get the $150 off deal.  as soon as i got approved, they were out.  said they should be getting more in, but i didn't believe them and didn't want to spring for a slightly larger hard drive and a game i might not like.  luckily, there was a sony store (you still get the credit this way) 20 minutes from work with a 60gb in stock. 

good thing i got that one when i did.  even if they drop the 80gb model, i'd rather have the full hardware compatibility instead.
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