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9841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a space game to play/replay on: November 21, 2008, 07:16:24 PM
none of the above


modded, of course
9842  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTT: My Windows Vista Ultimate for your Vista Home Premium on: November 21, 2008, 07:14:53 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 21, 2008, 07:06:45 PM

Just to confirm, you know that Vista Ultimate is a complete superset of the functionality of Home Premium, right?

ixnay on the actfay, there brendan.  i'm trying to broker a deal slywink  biggrin
9843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woot Off on: November 21, 2008, 07:13:53 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 21, 2008, 05:58:58 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 21, 2008, 05:43:52 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 21, 2008, 05:42:26 AM

The Woot Off just had a 40 GB PS3 for $280.  And I missed it!   crybaby

Refurbished. And it lasted about as long as a BoC.

Gamestop sells refurbed 40 GBs for $350.  It would have been a deal if I had noticed.  smile

There's usually only one instance of a BoC in a Wootoff, by the way.  If you miss it, you miss it.  I got through to the order screen this time, but never could get through to the order confirmation screen.

i have been close only once and had hit the order button for three when the site timed out.  when i finally got a response, it was gone. 
9844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Florida Teen Live-Streams His Suicide Online on: November 21, 2008, 07:12:38 PM
wasn't there either a movie about this kind of event, or a tv show about it?  i know they have had stories involving a murder posted live, but this just sounds like a plot for a law & order episode (if not, it probably will be)

it's sad that nobody took him seriously

here's the most poignant quote (from the father) i have read in a while

"The anonymity and lack of personal connection bring out the worst in people."

you said it man.  you have my sympathies.
9845  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTT: My Windows Vista Ultimate for your Vista Home Premium on: November 21, 2008, 07:04:49 PM
hmm.  as the discs supposedly have all versions on them, you could just swap out serial keys, right?  of course, it would make better sense to trade the package too. 

i have a full home premium i would trade you. 

9846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 21, 2008, 07:01:13 PM
with any luck, i will get this in the mail today and be able to play with you all tonight.  the demo was fun and very unsettling, and i can't wait to play with a full group.
9847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shaun White Snowboarding? 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.
9848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Alone in the Dark vastly improved on: November 21, 2008, 06:55:34 PM
well that blows then.  maybe i'll just wait for the ps3 version to hit the bargain bin. 

if they can't even support the versions they have with the basic functionality upgrades and ignore the whole subway sequence, then they really deserve to fail with this. 

it's too bad though, as the game had a spark of brilliance or two and should have been held back until '09. 
9849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 20, 2008, 09:00:34 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 20, 2008, 05:01:00 PM

It's also per-browser (cookie based) so if you really want to fight the good fight you can vote once per browser at work and once per browser at home. 

if it's just browser based, could you not dump your cookies and re vote?  or use chrome's incognito mode and just keep hammering on it?  i would've assumed they would have a better system to stop exploits than that.

voted too btw
9850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 20, 2008, 08:07:06 PM
had a great moment up north of dc while trying to get into a building.  came upon a very one sided match between two raiders and two super mutant brutes.  they hadn't spotted me yet, so i sniped one of the mutants in the head and then finished off with a shot to the torso.  his buddy made short work of the two raiders while i backed up around a corner and threw a grenade out near a car.  the explosion staggered the second mutant but didn't hurt his limbs.  he came my way so i ducked out and popped two combat shotty rounds and made him drop his gun.  he took two steps towards me and realized that he wouldn't be able to hurt me so he turned to get his gun.  that's when i shot him square in the back.  easiest 100xp i have had in a while.

i also had a great moment while attacking a bandit camp.  placed a mine near their entrance and backed up to draw them out.  the mine took one of the bandit's legs off and both he and his leg flew out about 30 feet from the entrance.  his buddy took a bit of damage and fell to an assault rifle burst.  the last bandit managed a single missile which hurt, but not enough to matter. 

damn i love this game. 
9851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 20, 2008, 06:37:34 PM
ok.  it is pretty cool, but i also saw the lag when backing up from a profile.  that's annoying and could lead many new people to think their system is broken.  installed and played both fallout and fable and didn't see any difference at all in fallout.  fable was pretty noticeable though, which is nice.  

i also tried the kingdom game, but i'm not sure if i like it enough to buy it.
9852  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 20, 2008, 01:08:31 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 19, 2008, 03:38:22 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 19, 2008, 03:34:20 PM

Just wanted to thank the group for another fun round of COD MP last night.  It has been a while since I last really enjoyed MP gaming and it's nice to back to playing again.  Although tonight my efforts may be focused more on creating the most fabulous avatar than playing COD MP.  Fabulous

Even an avatar worthy of PeteRock's name shouldn't take you more than a few moments. smile

this is pete we're talking about.  i expect a fully unique avatar which evokes the fabulosity of peterock in ways no one imagined. 

btw, i saw you log on last night.  did you get a new 360 or did the rrod turn out to be a one time glitch?
9853  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: L4D Full Game Friday Night (360): on: November 20, 2008, 01:05:14 AM

Quote from: pingwrx on November 20, 2008, 12:49:15 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 19, 2008, 02:28:02 PM

Hoping to fire this up Friday night. Anyone gonna be on and playing it on the 360?
I will be my copy from GF shipped today will be here by friday looking forward to killing some zombies. thumbsup

as did mine, but my experience tells me that this won't be delivered until saturday.  grrr
9854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 20, 2008, 12:33:05 AM
holy hell.  that's insane.   
9855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 20, 2008, 12:30:03 AM
this isn't a mandatory update then?  odd.  for some reason i always thought this was the required update.  of course, i also thought they would have a classic interface available too, so what do i know.

so, how big a difference is the game install vs no install?  might be worth it for fallout and some of the other big open world games.  
9856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 20, 2008, 12:16:50 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on November 20, 2008, 12:06:50 AM

OK, I'm going nuts trying to get to the GNR Building.  How do I get there?  I can't find a way past all the rubble surrounding the downtown area.

dunno from experience as i used the underground approach, but the guide does mention an overland passage is available, but it isn't as easy to take due to the rubble and the mutants. 
9857  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: November 20, 2008, 12:11:33 AM
a big +1 to zaxxon for picking up a copy of chocobo dungeon on clearance.
9858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 18, 2008, 09:09:01 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 18, 2008, 08:43:38 PM

Quote from: mytocles on November 18, 2008, 07:28:41 PM

Not only that - but remember, there are only 20 levels for your character to gain.  You may become over-leveled with all that cross-country tripping.  Just a thought...  icon_confused

Interesting thought..other than when I first came out of the vault, I haven't had any real problems with the battles- I guess it's because I always target the head and have high perception....I wonder if you can 'over level' or whether your SPECIAL attributes determine how easy or hard the game is...not that the two aren't related of course.

i do most of my dc travel above ground.  despite being a mass of wreckage, you can manage it.  it's just more likely to be super mutant battles instead of mutated animals/ghouls.  but you can still sneak around a good deal too.  i went overland all the way to rivet city for instance.
9859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Chocobo Dungeon review/impression thread. on: November 17, 2008, 11:54:11 PM
9860  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Lots of Atlus RPGs on sale for $20 at Amazon on: November 17, 2008, 09:38:58 PM
damn.  some of those are very good deals right now. 
9861  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 17, 2008, 09:37:23 PM
damn dude, that sucks. 

when i hopped on sat night, i saw maybe 4 or 5 people, and nobody playing cod. 

i need the practice anyhow.  my short stint in mp was mostly just me learning the ropes again.  my ratio was below .50 the whole time, but it didn't get much time due to fallout though.
9862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: November 17, 2008, 09:34:51 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 17, 2008, 09:33:04 PM

Coming in paperback June 2, 2009.  Hopefully it doesn't come too late....

FN sweet.  thank you zombie jesus. 
9863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stardock to continue Master of Orion and Star Control? on: November 17, 2008, 08:52:14 PM
i would buy up a stardock sequel to star con 2 in a hearbeat, even if i never got the huge blocks of time to devote to it like i did sc2. 

moo is a perfect fit, even if it takes away from gc's fanbase.
9864  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 17, 2008, 08:48:15 PM
saturday night.  PST, so i may have missed the east-coasters.  either that or i don't have a large list of people who were playing it.  i played a few hours of sp instead, so no biggie. 
9865  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 17, 2008, 08:06:36 PM
eh, when i logged in to play this everybody was already in gow2.  and only a handful too.  maybe i'll get better luck finding you guys next time. 
9866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 17, 2008, 07:57:09 PM
top of my gamefly queue with a game sent back friday to hopefully get this one by end of week.  of course, i haven't had a chance to play the demo and nobody was on it during the weekend, so i may need to try it out with random players. 
9867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: November 17, 2008, 07:49:31 PM
annoyed that the theater i saw QoS at did not have this trailer.  this looks interesting, but i bet it kicked ass on the big screen.
9868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/18: The Tropical Edition on: November 17, 2008, 06:55:34 PM
yup, but you need to check with the studio's site to see which device is supported. 

i would like to get both tropic thunder and wall e on blu ray, but i am waiting for a decent sale and/or xmas present.  need to leave something for people to get me.   icon_wink
9869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/17) on: November 17, 2008, 06:28:46 PM
nothing, but i am trying to get L4D on the 360 through gamefly. 

time to hit the recent additions to the backlog...
9870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Chocobo Dungeon review/impression thread. on: November 17, 2008, 02:21:02 AM
got a deal zaxxon.  pm me your paypal.  big thanks.

i played a very scant amount of this a few months ago, but for that kind of money, i can wait a bit to get back to it.
9871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond movie trailer rules on: November 17, 2008, 01:56:47 AM
agreed on most accounts.  not as strong as CR by a pretty wide margin.  nobody in this film felt threatening, even the bad guy feels like a henchmen to a bigger bad guy.  sure, that seems to be the direction now, and the big meeting scene was well done and paints a good picture of future movies, it didn't do much for this one. 

the car scene was ok, but it felt cut in half. 

i liked it ok, but i really want a good follow up now. 
9872  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Left 4 Dead - Fry's sale on: November 15, 2008, 12:41:56 AM
360 - 49.99
PC  - 39.99
available wednesday, by noon. 

also noted, with dvd/bd prices
wall-e $15/25
tropic thunder $15/27
9873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good post-apocalyptic music? on: November 14, 2008, 11:41:26 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on November 14, 2008, 05:57:55 AM

Dude, one title absolutely heads up the list:

Earth Died Screaming by Tom Waits

After that, it becomes a question of thematic songs for the End of the World, or musically fit songs that properly convey post-apocalyptic asthetic?

London Calling - The Clash (thematic and musically fit)
Corona Radiata, Ripe (with Decay) or  Me, I'm Not (the 14 min long version) - NIN (for musically fit, thought not thematically fit)
The Day The World went away - NIN (thematic)
After the Gold Rush - Neil Young (Thematically & Musically fit?) - and arguably the #2 to Earth Died screaming

both thematically and musically i guess.  my list was a mix of that as well.  

i have listened to all of the suggestions so far.  good choices all around.  some very dystopian sounding pieces, a number of heavier 'moment of destruction' songs and a few somber "hymn for the dead' style songs.  thank you everyone.  
9874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: November 14, 2008, 09:41:38 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 14, 2008, 08:56:40 PM

Love the Muse song they use in the trailer.  I have never read Watchmen, but I bought it recently at an airport bookstore after seeing someone else on another flight I was on reading it.  Haven't finished it, but enjoying it so far.

i also love the song used in the intro part with rorshach talking. 

muse - take a bow is the song later on and a great fit. 

R's voice is a pretty good match for the character too.  very strained and gritty.

this is looking good.
9875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond movie trailer rules on: November 14, 2008, 08:42:23 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 14, 2008, 08:03:22 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on November 14, 2008, 06:31:29 PM

I just hate this current trend in movies having to be darker, grittier and depressing in order to be praised. 

It seems to be the trend but I hope it ends soon.  A darker Bond, a darker Batman, a darker Battlestar Galactica, a darker Mickey Mouse (wait that is still in the planning stages).  It seems like darkness/violence is all that young people can relate to.  The biggest shows - non-repeats have been things like the Sopranos, the Shield, Deadwood, etc.  Dark sells right now.

the new star trek has been mentioned as an anti dark film, so that could be a good boost. 

of course, we all know how the harry potter films have progressed, but that's more to the way jk rowling took the series, but yeah, people are going for more grittier films than they used to. 

as long as they still make the fun ones, then i won't complain too much though.  i have wide tastes when it comes to movies and i don't favor one at the expense of the other. 

and personally, i really liked CR.  who says that bond should be as campy now as it was then?  i just wanted a great movie about james bond, and they did that.
9876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife lost her job, disability woes, unemployment - I need your advice. on: November 14, 2008, 08:19:45 PM
damn sorry to hear about this ron.  as said earlier, gt is the community it is because of you (and your staff, i'm not forgetting you either) and knowing that you are facing these kinds of problems is sad. 

i would be very angry if the company i worked for pushed me out just because of a disability.  hell, they have had a less than good medical insurance rating due to a former employee who had cancer, and i know they didn't cut her loose. 

definitely look for a lawyer/help group to consult with.  this sounds like a cop out by the company.

you didn't say, but what about the drivers from the other car accidents?  if she wasn't at fault, it should be possible to file a claim against them for damages.  i just hope you didn't already settle out of court on those accidents or you may have waived your right to file claims. 
9877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October NPD numbers on: November 14, 2008, 07:35:43 PM
they really should put the release date in there, not just month.  comparing 4 days of october for fallout vs 11 for fable really doesn't make a fair comparison, but i am really happy fable sold that many already though.  

790k for 11 days  71.8k per day
375k for 4 days 93.75k per day, just this version alone.  (in light of kathode's comments, i really wonder why they didn't add all versions to this chart)

saints row did badly though
270k over 18 days 15k per day, if you take a reasonable estimate of 190k for the ps3, that number only jumps up to 25.5k per day with a ~500k total units sold, and i am being optimistic.  is 500k enough for a sequel?  unknown, but how many units of sr1 were sold?  
dead space's #s may not be enough to keep it afloat.  a victim of timing or interest?

of course, this being the monster season of 2008, i expect most of these numbers to stay high enough into 2009 as people get around to picking up games they missed.

9878  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's Cabinet on: November 14, 2008, 07:07:38 PM
up next, clinton in as sec of state, and what's this, mccain?

this could be an interesting 4 years people.
9879  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamestop - trade in 2 games, get new release for 19.99 on: November 14, 2008, 06:56:25 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 14, 2008, 04:33:44 PM

Sorry you guys don't like it.  The value for effort I got on the two titles I traded in was more than worth it.  Maybe someone else here will feel the same way.

no need to apologize leo.  i appreciate the work you put into posting this, and i do see the value if you have some of the older games on the list.  my beef is with gs and their handling of trade values for the more recent games.  imho, both of the ones i listed (and several more if you look) should be given a higher value than the older ones on the list.  it annoys me as i usually like to keep games around for a bit after playing them in case i want to replay again, and when or if i sell them, i hate having to cut my throat to sell it.  if i was going to sell gta 4, i would not be happy getting only 20 bucks for it, especially considering it hasn't dropped price yet.  same with any of the other games i have which still demand full retail price now.   once they have dropped 20 bucks or hit budget status though, i don't consider the drop in trade value that bad as the drop in used value is much easier to accept from my pov and if i bought it at 60 then it's my own fault for not selling it sooner. 

gs annoys me as two of these games would resell there for 110 total, plus the 20 you gave them for a new game means they are making 70 bucks per transaction once those games sell. 

note, i don't hate gs all around, and i have bought used games there before, but it was always due to some special of theirs (3 games for the price of 2) and never a recently released one.  i have also taken advantage of pre orders if it was a good offer or a game in high demand.
9880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Watchmen: the end is nigh on: November 14, 2008, 06:33:54 PM
if the movie wasn't enticing enough for hardcore fanboy's (and alan moore) to hate on, then this should put them over the top.  apparently, a game is being made which takes place ~10 years before the events of the book and features rorschach and nite owl fighting crime.  there's a handful of pictures in the current issue of egm which look ok enough and i am reminded of the warriors, both by the look of the enemies and the general style of the environments shown.

in it's favor are a coop campaign and different fighting styles with both heroes.  R is weaker, but a more vicious fighter who will use any weapon he finds; nite owl relies mostly on his strength and gadgets (like batman, i would guess.)  it also has a story penned by Len Wein, who worked with moore and gibbons on the novel.  it also happens to be a downloadable episodic game ala penny arcade's, with an expected 12 chapters (nice touch, that) for both the major systems.

i just finished re-reading the novel a while back and i have to wonder:  how this could tie into the canon without either revealing the plot of the first one, or having a story so fleshed out that it's absence in the novel stands out.  i really hope they bring in the rest of the characters though, as it would be pretty cool to see the world fleshed out. 
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