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9681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 25, 2008, 01:27:52 AM
eurogamer has a great article comparing hdd loads against disc loads. 

they found some great results (hl2) and some minimal ones, and also saw where developers have implemented great 'shadow loading' procedures, ie load the level while the cinematic loads (gow2) to surprisingly worse load times (halo 3). 

sadly, no great increase was made when it came to Elevator Riding Extreme aka mass effect.
9682  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: November 24, 2008, 11:46:27 PM
hey, don't discount the power of his performance in trading spaces.  drunk/stoned animal delivery guy.  how can you not go wrong with that?
9683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Postal via Kotaku on: November 24, 2008, 11:43:53 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 23, 2008, 01:49:40 AM

OK, so I got my Netflix rental today, and started watching it.  within the first 10 minutes we have a pretty funny scene about Islam and then a bit later we get to see Dave Foley... complete with full frontal nudity  eek

I'll watch more after my eyes grow back.

no wonder it only released in 4 theaters. 

i had completely forgotten about this mess until i saw it listed in the on-demand section. 

so, how bad was it in the end? 
9684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]hellboy 2 on: November 24, 2008, 11:42:13 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 24, 2008, 09:08:44 PM

I can agree that DHP has more impact, but after about 10 minutes it didn't affect me anymore.

me either, and at times, i almost thought it was him.   not saying he did a bad job or anything, but dhp's voice fits the character perfectly.  coincidentally, just like his "brother" did for Beast in x-men 3.
9685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/25: the pre-Thanksgiving food binge edition on: November 24, 2008, 11:37:28 PM
which makes the lack of a director's cut all the more disappointing.  probably holding on to that for a 2nd chance next year. 
9686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 24, 2008, 08:17:05 PM
what's stupid about the whole thing is i don't remember it being this obvious in cod 1.  it had some awful moments at higher difficulties, (russian level in the building surrounded by tanks), but you weren't always the "one man in the army worth" anything/killing either. 
9687  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So. If the US Hadn't Invaded Iraq... on: November 24, 2008, 07:51:33 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on November 24, 2008, 06:43:07 PM

We would be frustrated to still be in Afghanistan, but the American people would accept it much better than what has gone on with Iraq.

There would still be saber rattling towards Iraq but with Iran getting the bomb? both Iraq and the US would be looking at them.

Bush would be leaving the presidency dis-liked by the left but still with some respect. McCain may have won the presidency.

this sounds perfectly reasonable.  bush's approval rating wouldn't be approaching single digits. 

i have to wonder, how would this have affected the current economic crisis?  slowdown in housing market would still have occurred but would not big enough to drag down the big banks. 

biggest change would be not looking a dem controlled legislative branch though. 
9688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 24, 2008, 07:46:27 PM
yup.  there's one part in particular where only you trigger a bonzai attack.  no quantity of ai friends running past this guy get his attention, just you.  that whole level was full of obvious trigger points. 
9689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seriously cool gift for a Firefly Fan on: November 24, 2008, 07:44:10 PM
i would like to order the google.  i hear the google is great for finding things and i lost my keys.  can you fax it too me?
9690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]hellboy 2 on: November 24, 2008, 07:43:02 PM
wife and i saw this last night, and while it was pretty good, i felt it came off more like a harry potter meets m.i.b. and it wasn't written as well.  the story took some detours a little too far, and the whole spear point business fell flat.  i also miss the extra cast that were in hb1 and that niles crane didn't voice abe this time.  it all felt like they had to cut out too much and picked up some of the threads while dropping the more important ones. 

i did like the story sequence though;  the animation style was pretty cool and i would watch a feature length film using it. 
9691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS 3 price drop? on: November 24, 2008, 07:34:22 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on November 24, 2008, 07:30:10 PM

In 2009?  So rumor has it...

According to an anonymous source that attended a Sony Computer Entertainment Staff Annual Briefing on Friday, SCEE's David Reeves revealed that from March 2009 onwards, Sony will be getting more competitive in price.

feeling the hurt it seems.  hopefully it's not too late.  now they just need to get ff13 out the door to revive the populace that they have a system.
9692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 24, 2008, 07:22:57 PM
not only is veteran a ridiculously stupid exercise in "how high can you get your blood boiling", but hardened is almost as bad.  i have been trudging through the sp on hardened and it's easily taking me 1.5 times as long to get past.  areas like the sniper battle in stalingrad took half a night to get past due to the ai's one shot kill vs my two hits plus his instantly knowing exactly where i was at all times bs.  the pacific mission with you in the trenches and a flamethrower was also pretty puzzle-like as you had to know in advance where the enemy would pop up.  on top of that, the ai always exhibits two flaws.  enemies target you over your buddies whenever possible, even when you are 1/10th exposed as they are, and your buddies take 5x as many rounds to kill anyone, even an enemy in open cover. 

if i hadn't already committed to 2/3rds of the campaign, i would be restarting on normal.  i won't bother with veteran unless i get the need to scream insanities at a tv screen and replace a controller.
9693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II DLC - December on: November 24, 2008, 07:05:58 PM
as long as it's not the ce content bundled up for $10, then i'll be happy.
9694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/24) on: November 24, 2008, 07:05:20 PM
chrono trigger goes on the xmas list.  nothing to buy though, as i already have a used game coming from gamefly, plus the two rentals i have now.
9695  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 3DO system FOUND on: November 24, 2008, 07:02:17 PM
i always thought about getting that system back in the day, but stuck with the faithful genesis instead.
9696  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Dead Space $30 at Target this coming Friday on: November 24, 2008, 07:00:42 PM
sounds good, but i hate fighting the crowds on black friday.  sleep is better imo.
9697  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon gold box - Midnight Club, Force Unleashed for 360 on: November 24, 2008, 06:44:08 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 24, 2008, 02:58:13 PM

MidnightClub: LA $40
Star Wars Force Unleashed $30

Midnight Club is deal of the day. Star Wars is limited time, 3 hours left!

that's a great price on tfu.  if you haven't played this yet, i recommend it.  great game and sadly overlooked after the reviews hit the net.
9698  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 3DO system FOUND on: November 24, 2008, 06:42:48 PM
59 games and it didn't have the one you wanted?  geez, how many games did they make for that system anyways? biggrin
9699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gordon Freeman defends the LHC from alien attack on: November 23, 2008, 06:21:19 PM
that's great. biggrin
9700  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: PS3 Godfather Toys R Us 5 bucks!!! on: November 23, 2008, 06:07:09 PM
damn.  despite playing through this twice already, i would almost certainly grab this for the ps3 extra's. 

agreed though.  it was an overlooked gem imo. 
9701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely hilarious Oblivion AAR on: November 22, 2008, 10:21:30 PM
god damn that's hilarious.
9702  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 48 HR XBOX LIVE Code on: November 22, 2008, 10:08:35 PM
i have 2 trials to give away if anyone wants them.  pm me if you do.
9703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Home Beta on: November 22, 2008, 12:31:12 AM
hey wow.  me too.  maybe they're going for the 'soft launch' by inviting everyone with an email address and a ps3.
9704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: November 22, 2008, 12:29:46 AM
i like the parting shot line about far cry 2.  i should know, i bought 2 other games right when that came out and haven't done more than one mission in it. 

9705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Neb. finally gets the law right. on: November 22, 2008, 12:22:34 AM
after a few months of nebraska law having the biggest loop-hole in history, they have closed it down.  no more will we hear of children and teenagers being left at hospitals.  the limit is 1 month now. 

one source of many

this part hurts though:
Hospital officials have described children crying hysterically as they pleaded with their parents not to leave them.

as rick james would say, that's cold blooded.  as a father of two, i cannot fathom being in the position to just walk away with my kids in the hands of strangers.  i sympathize that there are problems, but that first step away is one you should never take. 
9706  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for Game Cube and Resident Evil Games on: November 21, 2008, 09:49:05 PM
i have re4 for the gc if you want it.  at this point, i doubt i'll ever play it.  still pretty much brand new, only played once or twice. 

new price is around $20.
9707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 21, 2008, 09:44:37 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 21, 2008, 09:28:23 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2008, 09:19:08 PM

Quote from: Owain on November 21, 2008, 03:52:52 PM

I do however absolutely love the install to HDD and it is amazing the difference it makes with noise.  One of my co-workers said he never realized some of the ambient sounds that were in FO3 until he did that.

i haven't noticed that, but i will check it when i get the chance.  seems odd that ambient sound fx wouldn't play before though.

I think he was indicating the DVD drive was so loud that he never actually noticed the ambient sounds over the roar of the DVD drive.

ah. biggrin  got it.  i always use headphones anyways.
9708  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Turkeys sacrificed as Palin conducts interview on: November 21, 2008, 09:43:34 PM
just be grateful she wasn't getting an interview with gov. schwarzenegger slywink
9709  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 21, 2008, 09:27:52 PM
remember, pete likes to say "whore" a lot, and fuzz prefers the F bomb.  sometimes as every word in the sentence.  you'll know it too by the quantity.  anything less than 5 is somebody else. 

9710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a space game to play/replay on: November 21, 2008, 09:24:15 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on November 21, 2008, 09:18:15 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2008, 07:45:39 PM

how about x3 post the last patch?  i hear it makes the game a lot more starter friendly

ORLY?  I might have to investigate that.

here's the thread on it.

note, this isn't a patch like i thought, but an expansion.  the last big free patch did help though, iirc.
9711  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 21, 2008, 09:21:30 PM
that's great news.  i haven't had as much time to play except with Ftard players, so getting a boost to xp would be very helpful.  get me out of the single digit level bullcrap. 
9712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 21, 2008, 09:19:08 PM

Quote from: Owain on November 21, 2008, 03:52:52 PM

I do however absolutely love the install to HDD and it is amazing the difference it makes with noise.  One of my co-workers said he never realized some of the ambient sounds that were in FO3 until he did that.

i haven't noticed that, but i will check it when i get the chance.  seems odd that ambient sound fx wouldn't play before though.  i do see the difference in fable, so hopefully devs can get some good code in there to take advantage of the hdd install.  or patch something in.

for reference:

not me, but what my gamertag name implies. 
9713  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 21, 2008, 08:08:08 PM
pending delivery of my copy of L4D, i will either be here or there. 

my gut is that it won't arrive until saturday though.
9714  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 21, 2008, 08:07:03 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 20, 2008, 05:01:52 PM

And here's the answer to my question of how the fuck anyone could survive 50-75 rounds of zombies...

that was deceptively simple.  oh well, expect it to be patched out soon.
9715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shaun White Snowboarding? on: November 21, 2008, 08:01:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 21, 2008, 07:21:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2008, 06:57:25 PM

is the target wii version also spruced up with the extra mountain etc?  that might be worth picking up just to have a reason to drag the balance board back out of the closet.


cool.  anyone know if the special version is a limited time deal or a the regular item they will carry?  i want to grab this, but i need to hold off for a while and would hate to miss it.
9716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a space game to play/replay on: November 21, 2008, 07:56:46 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on November 21, 2008, 07:51:23 PM

Always wanted to try Starshatter but dont own it or X3. I played the other 2 X games. I tried Darkstar One but never got into it. I dont think I know of Escape Velocity. I know I dont own it. I dont have spare money to buy anything right now.

escape velocity is often compared to space rangers in part because they are both 2d top down games.  EV is more action oriented though and i always got a star control combat vibe from it, but it also has a pretty wide range with combat, trading, missions, and ship upgrades.  played EV nova a few years back and bought it up but i haven't seen what they are up to these days.  there was a demo iirc.
9717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja Robs Convenience store on: November 21, 2008, 07:49:57 PM
An impacted 'ninja-warrior'...

no wonder he's so pissed off.  i hear being "impacted" is very painful. 

for those of you not of the medical scene,  imagine yourself in dire need of drain-o. 
9718  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTT: My Windows Vista Ultimate for your Vista Home Premium on: November 21, 2008, 07:46:54 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 21, 2008, 07:44:54 PM

orrysay. slywink

np.  i asked him that myself.  i am curious, but hey, who's to look bad at a deal where i get an upgraded vista and cash?  smile
9719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a space game to play/replay on: November 21, 2008, 07:45:39 PM

Quote from: andon on November 21, 2008, 07:26:51 PM

Dark Star One.  It's Freelancer light.  The Economy is a little more dynamic, and the ability to upgrade your ship as you'd like it is a fun feature.

By the games end I have a 4 turret cruiser that would mow down ships while I used special weapons to finish them off.

also a good one.   

how about x3 post the last patch?  i hear it makes the game a lot more starter friendly and adds more to the game than just the open sandbox.  it also looks awesome.

starshatter is another one i tried a while back but never got in to.
9720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 21, 2008, 07:42:58 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on November 20, 2008, 07:13:25 PM

I thought that review was fair and many of the points valid. Do I agree with the overall conclusion? Somewhat. The review rightly points out that Fallout 3 was striving more for the "let's put cool stuff in the game" for the sake of having cool stuff to do, regardless of whether it makes particular sense for a post-bellum world (200 years later) to still have working pre-war computers, coke machines, ammunition, useable first aid kits and other devices that should have been looted or degraded decades earlier. Even the cool atmospheric details like a woman authoring a Survival Guide or a Society for Robot freedom seemed anachronistic; the survivors needed a survival guide 199 years earlier and freeing robots seems a luxury for people on the edge of destruction. The review also notes that our wasteland is pretty densely populated mostly so to give us the opportunity to meet interesting and stimulating survivors of an ancient culture... and kill them.

Yet, these are the sort of objections that people make when they say they don't like Lost because it's so unrealistic that so many good looking people would be on the plane in the first place or that the I am Legendmovie sucked because it didn't follow R. Matheson's novella faithfully (actually I was one of those who veered towards that view but then just said "Oh, hell, I still have the novella...") and ultimately, I have to think that really recreating a more subdued, somewhat more plausible, less action-movie-style game would have probably appealed to far fewer gamers. Although I probably would have also enjoyed a less frenetic game, a more "build a shelter, hunt some food, construct a rudimentary lathe" survival game with infrequent survivor contact, I wouldn't expect anyone expecting to make money to create said game.

I'm surprised that NMA's review was relatively rant and sarcasm free; given the strong views I'd been reading there before. I love FO3 myself but I can see the reviewer's POV and share it even though I've had a lot of exciting (albeit cartoonish at times) fun. In any case, FO3's success may encourage someone to "do it right" according to his ideal and whether that's a turn-based independent or another big budget game, we'd get another opportunity to get either a gritty thoughtful ("Do I abandon the village survivors or aid them?") game or a shoot-em-up.

i have the same feelings about their review as you do and agree with the "theme park" atmosphere that you can see in fo3.  i even thought it odd early on that electricity and running water were so prevalent once you left the vault, but in the end, i can accept that a game set in a fallout world rigidly adhering to the "rules" of the accepted genre would have made the game much more desolate (no pun intended, but the word accurately describes the alternative game).  i also can accept that if nuclear technology was advanced enough to power their cars, then why would electricity be so rare as to be never seen outside a sealed vault?  it would make more sense if the power generation was obvious though, and also prone to failures or tampering.  as for running water, it really makes no sense for fire hydrants in the streets and the random bathroom to have them when in an abandoned environment, but within a maintained town like megaton, i could see it being possible.  hell, with as many things hanging over their heads, why not have some of them be water pipes?  they already have a system in place.  same with rivet city for that matter, and in that case, electricity would not be a problem either. 

the little parts, like the survival guide, also sound odd unless you consider that this one person is a little bit off her rocker to begin with.  she's probably mocked for writing a book about stuff everyone already knows by the other residents. 

small nukes also make sense if you consider their advances into miniturizing nuclear reactors.  if we advanced our tech to the point of portable reactors, why wouldn't we use the same tech for portable explosives?  we have a worry now about suitcase nukes, so that's not that big a leap either. 

his other complaints about the BoS's abundance of technology is somewhat valid though, and you should expect to see more soldiers running around without heavy weapons/armor.  the knights should have been the only ones wearing the armor, imo and it would have been nice to see them scavenge from their dead.  at least the enemy has been seen doing that. 

really though, his biggest beefs about stat increasing clothing is the biggest area where even i cannot explain it all.  i would argue that the ballcap and some other headgear increases your perception by keeping the sun out of your eyes (especially as a pale skinned vault dweller) whereas a dirty lab coat would not give you any appreciable difference for hacking a computer. 

i also think his issue with the stats is pretty valid too.  it's harder to gimp yourself here, and no stat is so critical that it dramatically alters your gameplay.  chalk this one up to 'widening your audience'.  regrettable, but i can accept that to a point. 

none of the issues he mentioned (or i agree with) change the fundamental fact that i am enjoying the hell out of this game and consider it my goty by a pretty wide margin. 
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