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9841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The silence of Spore on: February 12, 2008, 07:03:40 PM
great, a release date.  how about some new screenshots, movies, non-developer hands on impressions.  it's hard to get excited during a blackout.
9842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roy Scheider died on: February 11, 2008, 06:31:35 AM
a good actor and he will be missed.  RIP roy.  god speed.
9843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok is $34.99 right now at on: February 09, 2008, 12:35:18 AM
too bad, i would have given it a shot at that price and then sold it off here. 
9844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: February 08, 2008, 11:44:53 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 08, 2008, 11:36:06 PM


While this is great, the patch caused my nearly complete download of SoaSE on my desktop to restart from the beginning, and all the people downloading the patch have slowed my install down to single or double digit kb/s.

That said, I'm going to do a LAN game with a friend today, should be fun.

ouch.  not the best way to manage patches unfortunately.  should have let you get the whole thing and then grab the patch right after. 
9845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok is $34.99 right now at on: February 08, 2008, 11:00:56 PM
nuts.  back up to regular price
9846  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire? on: February 08, 2008, 10:26:44 PM
muches gracias muchacho. 
9847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OK guys--YOU settle this argument! on: February 08, 2008, 09:29:13 PM
i'll take The Rapists for 800 alex.
9848  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 1/08) on: February 08, 2008, 09:18:30 PM
+1 to gratch for a good deal on the witcher.
9849  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire? on: February 08, 2008, 09:15:32 PM
can i get the info for whomever's vent server we'll be using?  i'd like to try out a coop map over multiple systems once i get my feet under me.
9850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher on: February 08, 2008, 09:13:47 PM
i got this in a trade a few days ago and it has ctd'd twice on me so far, in the prologue and again in ch 1, only once during a load.  i hit a key and crashed the first time, and again after i finished the drunken master gardener quest.  that was a fun quest btw, but it's unfortunate they didn't animate your attacks as a drunk.  so you stumble around all crazy like and then when you draw your sword, it's back to badass sword fighter.

great looking game artistically speaking and i love the detail they put into the world. 

this is on xp, amd 4400, ati 1900, 2gb ram. 
9851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Strategy Talk on: February 08, 2008, 08:48:58 PM

Quote from: JuniorDan on February 08, 2008, 08:31:04 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on February 08, 2008, 07:41:10 PM

The only way I could kind of accurately put it would be GalCiv meets Conquest Frontier Wars. Which is all kinds of awesome in my book.

Yooo.. I forgot about Conquest Frontier Wars,, that was the shit.. Holy crap If it is like that plus GalCiv I am on it as I get out of here.
Which leads to my next question: Is it windows Live and how dose Windows Live work on the PC? (I have a Live 360 Gold account)

mp is through Iron Clad Online, (ICO) and afaik, not live supported.  you create an account with them and whatever named players you want to use in game.
9852  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [2/8/08] Geezers Gone Wild nights are BACK! Now with more COD4! on: February 07, 2008, 08:33:42 PM
as long as i don't get wrapped up in sins, i'll be on to fan the embers after you east-coasters go beddy-bye and as early as i can in the evening. 

i need to get as much mp in while i can.  i don't expect to be doing as much in the coming months.
9853  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire? on: February 07, 2008, 08:24:46 PM
in as well.  i got both my main name and my live tag, account name is the same as my psn login. 

so, do you add the account name as a friend or the player name you add in once you get logged in to ICO?

i saw kato last night, but he was already in and i was too interested in learning the game to set up a vent client.

i like what i see, even though it doesn't seem anywhere as complex as gc2.  kind of like homeworld with a strategic scope minus the 3d playfield.
9854  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: COD4 What's Your Play Style and Prefered Kit? on: February 07, 2008, 01:44:54 AM
unless it's a small map, i pretty much stick to the smg.  rpd w/grip, stopping power,  deep impact.  take and hold defensive positions and cover teammates. 

9855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: February 06, 2008, 07:38:29 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on January 31, 2008, 10:15:13 PM

Yeah he's pretty much guaranteed to hate CoD4. 75% of the game is in the multiplayer mode which he's almost sure to avoid completely.

Still, it should be plenty entertaining smile

it's up now

pretty excellent gun-wank that sucks you in

9856  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: So, what's a man gotta do to get back in on some COD4 shootyface action? on: February 06, 2008, 07:49:54 AM
as always, if you see me online shoot an invite over.  if i'm not in burnout, i'll jump over.  if i am in burnout, it depends if i'm well, burned out on it or not. 

i need to put cod4 back in my 5 recent games played anyways.
9857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: nVidia buys AGEIA on: February 05, 2008, 09:36:50 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 05, 2008, 02:29:55 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 05, 2008, 02:00:48 PM

I briefly looked into the AIEGA PhysX card a while back, and the fundamental stumbling block to me is the card does not improve graphics performance/speed in any wayicon_confused I was like, "huh?"

And food for thought - NVidia has PhysX, and Intel owns Havok. Just imagine the hell that'll happen if both companies refuse to license out anything to ATI/AMD.

my last big new pc (amd 4400/ati 1900) is looking to be the last setup i get using either of those two companies.  sad really, as they were always my favorite brands in their technologies.

long live the IntelNvidia i suppose
9858  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GRAW 2 Friday Night! New Co-op MAPPACK! on: February 02, 2008, 08:35:41 PM
i haven't played this in a while, but i would be interested in playing tonight.  just need to grab me the dlc.
9859  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What's the Next Big MP Game? on: February 02, 2008, 08:33:03 PM
vegas 2 for me as i played the sp on the pc, but never the mp on the three-sitty.  i had a more favorable impression of frontlines though, so that is a solid maybe, depending on reviews and gt adoption.

i should try the club demo and see if it's something i like.

otherwise, it's currently burnout paradise for me. 
9860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Faith & a .45 on: February 02, 2008, 08:22:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 02, 2008, 04:45:40 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 02, 2008, 04:20:55 AM

Or the Companion Cube, if you're not into complex passive/aggressive romances.

Gleaming the cube, eh?

it gets quite lonely in the lab.

the trailer is nice.  i like it when the show actual game play.
9861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mercs 2 falls back yet again. on: February 02, 2008, 08:18:22 PM
instead of a spring release around gta 4, it is now looking to be a fall 08 to spring 09 release.  these guys are killing me.  this is one of my most anticipated games and i hate to think it will be pushed back even further. 

9862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood Video - No more Blu-Ray/HD-DVD in MVP program on: February 01, 2008, 10:41:17 PM
premium pricing structures suck.  they make more than enough from the rental life span of a single disc to cover the expenses. 
9863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band on the Wii on: February 01, 2008, 10:40:05 PM
i wonder what kind of waggle controls they will add to this.  shake the guitar to activate star power? 
9864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 01, 2008, 10:38:33 PM
oh god that is hilariously bad.  those storm troopers must have iron clad grips. 
9865  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 1/08) on: February 01, 2008, 12:21:51 AM

Quote from: KC on February 01, 2008, 12:00:34 AM

+1 to Caine for Test Drive Unlimited

and a +1 back to kc for fast payment. 
9866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I present to you possibly the most absurd article I've ever read: The child- on: January 31, 2008, 10:30:43 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on January 31, 2008, 10:11:06 PM

I'd join in on tearing the article apart but it seems like you guys have pretty well done it already.

I agree with you. I followed a link to that article earlier on this afternoon and was pretty blown away by the open hypocrisy in it. On the board I saw it on first some of the women that post there shared pretty much the same criticisms of the article, which seems pretty damning on it's own.

i wonder what the mainstream feminist thinks about this.  this seems pretty far off from moderate feminist standards.

i never thought dallas was considered a radical hotbed of feminist extremists
9867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / who does India and Pakistan call when they need ISP support? on: January 31, 2008, 08:02:35 PM
maybe we can outsource the outsourced tech support lines while they get their internet back. 

under sea lines were cut, no one knows how.  ooh, i know who did it.

expect the ransom demand any minute now
9868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: January 31, 2008, 07:03:51 PM
remember in gran turismo, when you would slam into the other drivers and think, "it would be so cool if he drove into a wall and exploded", then you have a good idea what to expect in burnout. 
9869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pirates of the burning DS on: January 31, 2008, 07:01:41 PM
i once talked with a guy with a modded ds. had a card full of games. 

i'd get one if i could keep every cart i have in one spot and not have to lug around the larger case.  there's also some cool apps out there which make the ds like a pda.

edit for spelink
9870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tiberium on: January 31, 2008, 12:18:02 AM
renegade was pretty fun except for some of the boss fights.  i still remember the demo movie when they air drop a tank in and you get to use it destroy a nod base.
9871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: January 31, 2008, 12:16:23 AM
can you still pre-order this late in the game?
9872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: January 31, 2008, 12:05:28 AM
don't give up on it AA.  i played and loved #3 and #4 and the first psp game, and even though this doesn't have the goal of getting golds on everything, it has a lot of what made burnout fun, and i like the open world now more than i thought i would.  it's not like you have to run the same course as everyone else.  in fact, i often see the ai diverge and use multiple roads to get to the same point.  even up in the mountain area where there are fewer side streets, there are still shortcuts and jumps which put you on a completely different street.  in pretty much every race i've run where i felt like dropping out but kept on going, i've either won or been very close.  if i was hopelessly lost or misjudged the car to use, i just stopped and waited.  the event ends early and you can go find another.  except for the high mountain areas, there's an event within seconds. 

one thing which noone has commented on is the lack of rubber banding ai during races, and their imperfect driving skills.  they crash just as much as you do and they don't magically appear on your bumper right before the finish line.  i hated that about the other games in the series.  here, i've won a fair share with a sizable lead over the 2nd place car.  you see the behavior in the road rage events, but i don't know how that would have worked with you able to go anywhere you want.  marked man events are somewhat between the endpoints as you are the target of the other cars and you do have a target to reach.  during road rage, you are not the only target though, and the other drivers are after each other as much as they are after you. 

really, the only thing i really miss and dislike about this one is the removal of crash mode.  showtimes are fun for random bits of destruction, but it always boils down to how many buses you can find.  there's not much variety in the destruction and you only have high level street signs for environmental damage.  the showtime race mode is pretty fun though and it gives the game a nice indirect competition mode with other people. 
9873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: eBay - no more negative/neutral feedback system on: January 30, 2008, 10:58:44 PM

Quote from: depward on January 30, 2008, 09:47:02 PM

Hey!  I met my fiancee on craigslist...   icon_neutral

And no, it wasn't from the "random encounters" section either!

wow, they do mail order brides now too?  that's great. 

(you did know posting that would lead to teasing, right?)
9874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: January 30, 2008, 10:46:19 PM
i did so many of the road rages early on that i need 25 for my next one.  it's not bad as i was regularly hitting that number as a personal goal a long time ago.  i hit 36 back when i went for the B class.  the mountain roads are good for it as the oncoming traffic is more spaced apart, so is the highway loop.  that's probably the best place now, and you can hop off for a repair pretty easily. 

the truck is great for the marked man events.  even though they get downright nasty with the whack-a-mole behavior, i could pretty much stay on the road.  they can still get you with multiple attacks and if you aren't up to speed, but you can actually get a takedown just by driving right up on them.  i also got one after getting hit from the side.  he went veering off while i just kept going.  it's almost as easy with the van.
9875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hot Coffee Revisited - Get up to $35 in GTA:SA settlement on: January 30, 2008, 09:24:33 PM
if i could just get the cash and not have to send in the disc, i would almost do this.
9876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Advice on: January 30, 2008, 08:48:08 PM
news for the slim users out there.  3.90 is out and it adds skype to your network tab.  other than that, not a lot going on in this update and certainly not dumping a custom for, but i thought i would share it anyways. 

i used the psp version of mediacoder and aside from being unable to use the avc format, it works just fine and does a good job of simplifying the whole operation.  pretty slick program and it seems to convert from pretty much every format out there.
9877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: January 30, 2008, 07:26:30 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 30, 2008, 06:07:05 PM

I "beat" the game yesterday-ie, I got my Paradise license and the credits rolled. We all know that is not the real deal though-the real deal is getting the Elite license-all 118 events finished. Dear god in heaven thats going to be hard. I played about two races, won one, and was boggled by the increasing difficulty of the AI. Wow. And the Stunt runs are going to be absolutely brutal. This game has brought a tremendous amount of awesome though-its really an incredible game, many flaws and all.

i also got my burnout license as well last night.  it was actually much easier to get the last 20 than i thought it would be.  i basically did all the quick races first, than switched off to do some burning laps, and i ended up using the van and the truck for road rages and marked man races.  that truck can take a serious beating, so it makes it pretty much the vehicle of choice for surviving the black hitmen. 

i got the last one with a 197k stunt run on the southern bridge.  i think i'll save that run for last.

i don't really expect to get the elite license as i don't much care for the stunt run (bad starting location = nigh impossible)  and i just know some of those burning laps are going to be killer with the high end cars.
9878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KOTOR II Fans - Check This Out on: January 30, 2008, 01:09:13 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on January 29, 2008, 05:18:08 AM

Quote from: Farscry on January 28, 2008, 09:47:37 PM

I plan to grab this game when the mod is finished and available to all. I loved KotOR and held off on KotOR II due to the blatantly unfinished nature of the game.


kotor II remains to this day as the only game i own which i haven't opened.  i grabbed it when it hit $20 and it sits up there next to it's older sibling on my shelf.

i should get around to finishing up on kotor 1 again, just to remember what the H is going on.
9879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Mistake; POTENTIAL SPOILERS on: January 30, 2008, 12:59:21 AM
agree with what doopri said.  not only do you go through new items quickly, but you get so much on a single planet/mission that you almost need to stop and sell your loot every other time you go out.  i think i hit the forced conversion a few times because i didn't do that, and than i just made a habit of going in and dumping as much as possible.  you don't need to keep every member of your squad outfitted unless you swap team members all the time.  fwiw, i kept garrus and wrex with me the whole time, up until where i stalled.  the only thing i ever kept on hand was the armor as you can't always get good items for sale. 

basically, i really only kept 3 synthetic/organic rounds, a handful of the best weapon/armor mods, one each of the grenade mod, and went to selling everything less than a rating below my highest gear.  i never kept multiple armor sets for a single person as i didn't see the benefit in changing out to suit a specific battle just for a minimal benefit in shields or protection increase. 

yeah, she was a pain in the ass, even though i went there for the 3rd major planet.  died many times before i realized she wasn't taking any damage and just kept healing up
9880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 29, 2008, 10:13:33 PM

Quote from: Toe on January 29, 2008, 04:19:24 AM

that's awesome. 
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