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9841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What did you play this past weekend? (11/5 edition) on: November 05, 2007, 05:30:05 PM
played a bit of halo3 mp on friday, then loaded up perfect dark to see if it was any good:  it's decent, but considering i paid 5 bux for it, a good cheap diversion.  also fired up just cause (also had on the cheap) and i could see it getting some good playtime in the off times.  also did a few more missions in front mission.  while i really miss the improvements from 3/4, it's pretty fun for portable strategy.
9842  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hellgate F/S on: November 05, 2007, 05:06:45 PM
would you be interested in a trade for that copy of two worlds i had up a while back?
9843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC cancels Heroes on: November 02, 2007, 07:17:03 PM
so, was this some attempt at a spinoff cash-in? 
9844  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free Trial Xbox Live Codes? on: November 02, 2007, 07:14:57 PM
one came with halo 3?  if it does, i missed it.  and if i have it, it's yours dude.  we need some more targets to aim for on fridays  icon_twisted
9845  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: For Sale: XBOX 360 HD DVD Add On Drive on: November 02, 2007, 07:12:33 PM
damn that's tempting.  if i may ask, why are you selling this? 
9846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Console debate] Which console do you WANT to "win" and why? on: November 02, 2007, 07:10:00 PM
not sure why everyone is so timid about the subject, it's not like we own the damn companies or anything.  i'd personally love to see the ps3 succeed this gen, although i think it's pretty much impossible to "win" this gen due to it's significant lag and publicity mis-steps.  i think including blu ray lead off the on the wrong foot.  even though it counts as a plus to parts of the market, the majority are not interested in the format war and are still tied to their sd collection/non-1080p hd sets (if at all).

their reputation for original games will only go so far if the third party support drops.  it's the same case as N with the 64.  they may come for the 1st party games, but they stay for the third party.  N faces the the opposite problem with the wii, to a lesser extent.  non gamers know about the wii, and they want it for the games N has out.  but once you leave the core group of developers, you run head first into ps2 ports, poor control implementation, grainy versions of multi console big games, and a general sense that very few games worth owning exist.  the good games get harder to notice when there's so many mediocre games around. 

the 360 has a very big rep for hardware failure, enough that people are worried they are buying a machine with a short life span.  one of my friends held out until just last month to buy one, despite the huge amount of games he wanted to play.  i would consider him to be knowledgeable about the market. 

who should win?  tough call.  they all bring something good to the market.
9847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any chance that Episode 3 (Half Life 2) would come as DLC on the 360? on: November 02, 2007, 06:20:01 PM
in any case, as bullwinkle said, ep 3 is at least 18 months away, and more like 2 and a half years away, counting in the inevitable delays. 

remember, when valve says "episodic content", they really mean, "6 hour value priced game which takes as long to make as a full length, full price game."

you could realistically expect to see ep 3 on the xbox 720, of course, sold in a mega pack for $80. 

i wish i was kidding, btw.
9848  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: AWESOME HD-DVD player price from Wal-Mart on: November 02, 2007, 12:27:33 AM
i would have posted this, but i actually had to do some work today.
9849  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Marvel Ultimate Alliance Coop. on: November 01, 2007, 09:38:31 PM
if you see me on, send me an invite.  i just started this up a week or so ago.  not very far in, but it's pretty fun. 
9850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]some good news....well,i'm glad of it anyway on: November 01, 2007, 09:34:16 PM
wow, that's a great demo.  i look forward to it.
9851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HD-DVD for 200 bucks. on: November 01, 2007, 07:05:23 PM

Quote from: disarm on November 01, 2007, 07:02:57 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 01, 2007, 06:27:03 PM

walmart's first black friday of november will sell the hd-a2 for $100

it also lists hd dvd's for $15, an acer laptop for $350, and a sanyo 50 in plasma for $1000.

too bad for most of us work gets in the way.

i've also just caught a rumor that you may be able to get HD-A2 for $100 at BestBuy right now...for as long as supplies last of course.  i'm heading to check it out soon...

there's a bb close to work.  perhaps i should take an extended lunch.
9852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HD-DVD for 200 bucks. on: November 01, 2007, 07:04:41 PM
my ginormous catalog of blu ray discs proves how much on the fence i am on a next gen player (one movie) but even a partially gimped player at $100 looks damn good considering the next alternative is still in the what $400-500 range?  even if you decide you can't live without the extra resolution, and assuming you don't have a set with a good upscaler, you still have a reasonably priced unit to gift or sell.

my biggest barrier is my older tv.  it doesn't do 1080p or 720p, so my net gain is much lower. 
9853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why is Agent 47 on: November 01, 2007, 06:31:58 PM
they should have used statham.  it would have been a simple thing to take his character from transporter and make him into 47.  i also think vin would have been better than tom elephant, but whatever.

i still hope this one is good.
9854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HD-DVD for 200 bucks. on: November 01, 2007, 06:27:03 PM
walmart's first black friday of november will sell the hd-a2 for $100

it also lists hd dvd's for $15, an acer laptop for $350, and a sanyo 50 in plasma for $1000.

too bad for most of us work gets in the way.
9855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii...I'm Not impressed, but... on: October 31, 2007, 10:51:09 PM
aside from the puzzle games, my wife has shown no interest in any other game that i've played.  not even more of the more cinematic ones.  sorry, not much help, but just know that there are a great many people out there for whom gaming is not enjoyable.
9856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: October 31, 2007, 10:04:08 PM
always worth the risk of watching it at work.
9857  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: K-Mart's sale prices on games - some great deals on: October 31, 2007, 04:19:26 AM
got a good run at the 2nd store i went to.  grabbed kameo, pdz for $5, just cause for 8 and st: legacy for 7.  if you go, you should also check the ps2 section.  i grabbed a copy of rogue galaxy for 7 as well.

there was some oddness though.  the copy of gun, marked with a yellow tag at 20 rang up at 40.  i laughed and took my 5 games for $35 (after tax) home. 

no clearance gc games whatsoever.  they had a few other 360 games marked, topspin 2 i think and something else.  they also had a few copies of the ones i grabbed if anyone really wants one.  lmk and i'll pick them up for you.
9858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Good in game Movie, Bad Game. on: October 30, 2007, 11:04:48 PM

Quote from: warning on October 30, 2007, 10:59:57 PM

I've never read an issue of Game Informer.

except for the year i had a sub ala the used deal, i haven't read one any deeper than the counter "browse while a 12 y/o tries to haggle the clerk to sell him an m rated game."

i haven't missed much.  it was mostly useful for the pretty pictures and preview info.  reviews, not so much.
9859  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Woot-Off in progress (10/25/07) on: October 30, 2007, 05:59:21 PM
you can see some of the listings for the BoC contents on, oddly enough, bagsofcrap.com
9860  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: K-Mart's sale prices on games - some great deals on: October 30, 2007, 05:58:13 PM
thanks for the news.  i'll take a look next time i'm around
9861  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Two Worlds PC CE FS on: October 30, 2007, 05:56:51 PM
i've moved on and it's doubtful i'll replay this.

$40 shipped priority. 
9862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/29) on: October 29, 2007, 08:11:11 PM
i grabbed front mission ds last night, so that will fulfill my portable strategy gaming need.  i will check reviews for panzer tactics though. 

witcher and hgl are tempting, but i'm unsure of what was cut from the witcher's US release other than teh bewbz, and hgl has been getting further down the buy list.
9863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Eye of Judgment out Oct 24 - card-based game (think Magic) for the PS3 on: October 29, 2007, 06:33:31 AM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on October 27, 2007, 07:11:09 PM

No copies around here for me. I went to two gamestops. They only got one per store.  My best buy said they were supposed to get 4 but none arrived as scheduled. Also, no luck at Target, Wal-mart,Kmart, Circuit City or Miejers. I ended up ordering from Amazon. My son is wanting to play this pretty bad as well. I should have ordered another deck. Guess I'll hit some stores next week for boosters.  Keep the impressions coming.  icon_biggrin

saw two at target tonight.  i'd bet that they would be there for a while.
9864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis SP Demo on: October 29, 2007, 06:25:23 AM
i had to turn off aa to get it to work, but i ran it with everything set to high and at 1280x1024.  i'll give the ultra high hack a shot tomorrow and see if i can run it.  still running an athlon 4400 +2gb +1900gt, so i should be able to hack it fairly well.  i won't be upgrading the card though, as the game looks damn sexy the way it is and there's an S ton of games out which i'd rather get anyways. 

now, that's the way to do a demo.  nice long open area with a good quantity of objectives and enemies to kill.  the time changing is nice, but the scripting is obvious.  oh well, not going to worry about that.  it would have been cool to wait for nightfall before hitting a camp though.  the ai seems pretty good in groups, but alone, you have a huge advantage.  i guess that's intended.  i felt like the predator at times, but the cloak runs out pretty quickly.  i was surprised that a melee hit with the strength mode on didn't kill them. 

fun demo.  i think i could get a fair amount of replay out of this. 
9865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Less than a Month! on: October 28, 2007, 04:47:41 PM
picked up a pre order disc from bb last night and i will be rolling my pre order from eb into something else.  the bb monkey said there was a listing for the ce in their website and seemed to believe it was being shipped to stores. of course, that was before the recent announcement, so who knows.  online only is bs.  $10 is worth it for some games, and a bargain for a few (bioshock), but paying 25 for this offering is way too much, plus there is no guarantee you'll get it release day.  if i see it, i'll grab it.  otherwise i'll just get the regular edition.
9866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assasin's Creed. In the shadow of ME? on: October 26, 2007, 07:36:58 PM

Quote from: kathode on October 26, 2007, 07:17:25 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 26, 2007, 06:03:35 PM

i've got ME and AC on preorder and after that review gave cod4 a 10, it's now getting my attention.  at this point, i am wondering it i should dump ac and go for cod instead, especially considering cod's mp offerings and the usual lifespan of live games.  while i know halo will be around for some time and i doubt any major loss of people to play against, i'm not sure how long cod will last, especially knowing another r6 is coming.  ac will be as fun to play in 6 months as it will be in november though. 

my other thoughts are that i really need to sell off the stuff i haven't played in a while. 

Your acronyms-per-sentence level is off the charts!

and we are not even discussing a jedi knight game or a splinter cell.  imagine the possibilities for confusion.  biggrin
9867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Exit on: October 26, 2007, 06:21:08 PM
it's been a while since i played the psp version, so my memory of the total levels is hazy.  i do think it was less than 220, though i also remember that new levels were supposedly available online. 

as for the nickel and diming comment, both lumines and exit were $20 or more psp games at release.  if the live version is $10, then i don't see a huge issue if they cut some of the content.  however, they better not charge you more for the extra stuff then the original game sold for.  what they should do is offer you an bundle pack with everything else which brings the price up to the psp version. 
9868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Eye of Judgment out Oct 24 - card-based game (think Magic) for the PS3 on: October 26, 2007, 06:15:13 PM
well that's good then.  it just seemed to me more of the effect of having everyone and his brother playing d2 with the same epic gear via duplication.  as there is a strategy to your deck's composition and there aren't any uber cards out there, then the whole copying thing will only reduce the total sale of cards. 

now they just need to get some positive buzz for this in the major gaming circles.  make a few commercials. 
9869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Conan on: October 26, 2007, 06:06:55 PM
i really loved the demo for some reason.  very satisfying kills and i was just starting to get the fighting style down.  it has been hit in the reviews though, so i am going to rent this one. 

i think they would have done much better with 6 months in the oven to flesh out the weapon upgrades, and mp.  they should have put in a tf style mp with different classes and a skill upgrade system.  add in a way for unique weapons and they could have had a great mp game.
9870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assasin's Creed. In the shadow of ME? on: October 26, 2007, 06:03:35 PM
i've got ME and AC on preorder and after that review gave cod4 a 10, it's now getting my attention.  at this point, i am wondering it i should dump ac and go for cod instead, especially considering cod's mp offerings and the usual lifespan of live games.  while i know halo will be around for some time and i doubt any major loss of people to play against, i'm not sure how long cod will last, especially knowing another r6 is coming.  ac will be as fun to play in 6 months as it will be in november though. 

my other thoughts are that i really need to sell off the stuff i haven't played in a while. 
9871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Eye of Judgment out Oct 24 - card-based game (think Magic) for the PS3 on: October 26, 2007, 04:22:47 AM
by "broken" i mean the original intent of the collectible aspect.  it just means that the online ranked system will be essentially meaningless as people who wouldn't otherwise spend money for the booster packs can now hang with those who do, and it lessens the importance of the pack and makes rare cards commonplace.  it would be akin to an easy button cheat for pokemon giving you one each of ever monster.  not a big deal for sp, but it breaks the mp in some way.
9872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Eye of Judgment out Oct 24 - card-based game (think Magic) for the PS3 on: October 26, 2007, 12:30:50 AM
and it's broken.  scanned and printed cards have been found to work just as well as the store bought ones.  so much for unique decks.  and the damn thing is barely out in stores. 

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Despite supposedly being printed using special inks rendering photocopying impossible, reports are sprouting up around the interwebs of people successfully copying cards from Eye of Judgment on the PlayStation 3 and scanning them into the game with little or no problem. One of our readers sent pictures of a card he printed out from Penny Arcade, which despite some curling and color differences from the other cards seems to be scanning in just fine.
9873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Less than a Month! on: October 25, 2007, 09:52:44 PM
looks like there are others.  best buy is not listing the LE though.  bummer.
amazon
best buy apparently mentions this in store.  not confirmed though
9874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Less than a Month! on: October 25, 2007, 09:42:10 PM

Quote from: Calvin on October 25, 2007, 09:23:16 PM

Ok I am not clear on this-the only place to get the LE is from EB/GS online? What about Best Buy, etc?

good question.  can anyone clear this up?  if they are the only ones listing the le, then it's totally bull if they force you to online only. 
9875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Less than a Month! on: October 25, 2007, 07:44:51 PM
now that the me:le from eb is ol only, i'm tempted to grab it at bb instead. 
9876  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Woot-Off in progress (10/25/07) on: October 25, 2007, 06:09:31 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on October 25, 2007, 06:01:54 PM



My wife and I are dorks.

ftfy

great, there goes all of my productivity for the day.  the W-O before last i spent every waking moment refreshing and watching the firefox extension.
9877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlestar Galactica is on Live!!! on: October 25, 2007, 05:59:03 PM
true true.  lesson learned.  too bad you can't sell arcade games to some poor unsuspecting sap.

is there any fun to be had here outside of the "thrill" of playing through the first two season's major battles?  this looks pretty shallow and if they had attempted to charge full price for this, they would have been laughed at out of the gate.
9878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fire update on: October 25, 2007, 05:51:42 PM
stay safe dimmona.  keep us updated if you have to move back out again.
9879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft-delaying 4 games until next fiscal year!! on: October 25, 2007, 05:41:41 AM
it would have only made the 1st quarter look like the 4th.  a ton too many games to play all releasing at once.  i do want to play it now though, but had it slipped, i would have just shifted to something else.

now, not sure why they bothered to say the other 3 were delayed now when they were already well known. 
9880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Daughter's Christmas Present: The Saga Begins on: October 24, 2007, 11:48:04 PM
my wife still has the house i gave her a few years ago.  it's ~90% done and currently on a shelf in the garage.  stained and shiny wood floors, unstained roof, stairway which needs to be installed. 

those things take quite a bit of work.  one thing i remember is to leave all of the main pieces flat in the box and only remove them when you need them from the cutting otherwise they can warp.  also, get yourself some extra thin plywood pieces as extras for the eventual breakage.  make an outline on a sheet of paper before you get going too far so you'll have something to refer to. 

other than that, there's not much advice to give you if you're already good with your hands.  (ceekay excepted)

good luck and be sure to take lots of pictures of the construction and final stages.
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