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9841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hella cheap HDMI cables... Are they real?? on: December 21, 2007, 09:21:57 PM
this happened last generation with the optical cables.  the cost of a 12 ft cable was $4 and it costs the customer 50, with an occasional "special" at 40.  oooh, then it seems like a bargain, 20% off. 

it was inevitable that a retailer would eventually sell these things for cost + 20% or such and sell an S-ton of them. 

good thing the market can sustain high enough volumes to make the low cost feasible for the sellers.

oh, and i remember a pair of speaker cables which was $4700.  they were quite reluctant to allow any testing on them.  ya, what a shocker.
9842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: He's a 19-year-old pipe layer.... on: December 21, 2007, 09:15:53 PM
no mention of whether he laid the pipe down without using any gloves.  you know those things are dirty right?
9843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gift Recycling on: December 21, 2007, 09:10:31 PM
i've done this a few times, but luckily never back to those who knew i was re-gifting.  especially with candy.  if i didn't, i'd end up in a diabetic coma in no time
9844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: smurfette is so going to smurf this guy. on: December 21, 2007, 09:08:31 PM
and like smurfette, the only one who's interested in smurfing a blue dude.  unless he's got a million dollars that is.
9845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / smurfette is so going to smurf this guy. on: December 21, 2007, 12:32:42 AM
why he thought it was a good idea to ingest silver, i have no idea.

and to surprise noone, he's moving to california.
9846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box [360] - Thoughts and Impressions please. on: December 21, 2007, 12:01:01 AM
also thanks.  that's going into the rotation.
9847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Game of the Year stuff on: December 20, 2007, 11:55:21 PM
i can't knock the list for best action game of the year, but i haven't played enough on the pc to honestly name one goty.
9848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever Tomorrow!!! on: December 20, 2007, 11:52:32 PM
always like looking at this list, and i hope they go back and update it.  there's been a few more unexpected events since then.
9849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A 'what if' cast for Halo the movie on: December 20, 2007, 11:32:18 PM
that's a really well matched cast.  too bad it's a pipe dream and if we ever get a halo movie, it will be "eww bull"shit  quality casting instead.

now, here's who would be in his halo

as the MC, none other than:



cortana is played by another known (and poor actress)



thus spending his entire casting budget, letting a flat cast of c-movie actors flesh out the rest.
9850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which Fall Releases did you end up Buying? on: December 20, 2007, 10:22:01 PM
360 bought
bioshock (finished)
cod4 (finished regular, 1/2 through veteran)
assassin's creed (finished and sold)
mass effect (~level 25, 1/3rd through main story)
halo 3 (finished twice, legendary on coop)
rock band (playing through solo guitar)

ps3 purchased
warhawk (barely played, bought used from xmann)

DS purchased
legend of zelda: ph  (stalled before last fight)
neves (sucker for portable puzzle games)

only one wii
super mario galaxy (~30 stars)

only two pc
two worlds (explored half of the map, low 30's character)
crysis (on zero g level)

rentals
moh: airborne (gamefly, finished)
blacksite (gamefly, unfinished)
orange box (gamefly, beat portal)
uncharted (gamefly, chapter 10)

i've bought a handful of older 360 games too.


9851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box [360] - Thoughts and Impressions please. on: December 20, 2007, 07:42:03 PM
also finished up portal, but that was saturday night instead.  loved the whole thing and it went by way too fast unfortunately. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
kind of a play on a theme, what with the scientists creating a machine which kills them, then the machine "creates" a person which kills the machine. 

i'll go back to play the advanced levels once i finish up uncharted.  that game is currently grabbing all of my time.
9852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: December 20, 2007, 07:13:01 PM
you will hate the last level then.  those elite F-ers are all over the place, sometimes more than one at a time.

why they ever decided to take what was a very fun and somewhat realistic ww2 game and through in those super soldiers is beyond me. 

they made the end level pretty bad.  surprisingly enough, the level is based on a real fortress, which i never knew about.  odd. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flak_tower

9853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My first piece of art on: December 20, 2007, 12:54:44 AM

Quote from: Simon on December 19, 2007, 11:19:25 PM


Also I just realized... yes my name is Simon and yes I like to do drawing. ninja

+5 pants to you, fine sir!
9854  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: MS Live Points Deals? on: December 19, 2007, 09:45:20 PM

Quote from: rickfc on December 19, 2007, 09:42:12 PM

Quote from: TradeAble on December 19, 2007, 09:20:35 PM

I noticed on cheapassgamer.com they mention that Target will have 1600 Point Card for $17.88 on 12/23-12/29


That's not a bad deal.  Almost $10 off the SRP.


math isn't adding up unless you live in canadia. 1600 point cards are $20.  17.88 is basically cutting the tax out of the equation.

9855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cracked.com Women of the 70's vs. Today on: December 19, 2007, 08:39:57 PM
i have spent many boring hours at work reading the articles and they have never disappointed.

10 Classic Toys (And Why They Suck)
Quote
#5. Boomerang

Why it sucked:
A curved piece of wood designed to return to the user when thrown. They are usually associated with the Aboriginal People of Australia, which leads us to believe that the Aborigines did not have many friends if they had to develop a method of playing catch with themselves.

Fun fact:
The returning variety is not the only form of boomerang. You can also get non-returning boomerangs, though most people just refer to these as sticks.
9856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: December 19, 2007, 07:51:52 PM
great news.  i was hoping he would do one last review before xmas, and he goes and does one for mass effect.  perfect
9857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP questions on: December 19, 2007, 01:20:37 AM
looks like the passed the hurdle then.  it used to be you couldn't hack a battery unless you had a hacked fatty psp to do the work.
9858  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paper starships and other vehicles on: December 18, 2007, 09:04:23 PM
damn.  now i have something to make here at work when i'm not putting out fires or coding some boring ass project.

love the wing commander jets.  i'll have the rapier and the dralthi up soon.
9859  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blade Runner - Final Cut on: December 18, 2007, 08:45:57 PM

Quote from: Fellow on December 18, 2007, 05:44:48 PM

Bought the 5-disc Blu-Ray version myself from Warner Bros 20% off sale. Ended up spending about $22 for it. Waiting until the weekend to watch this sucker.

damn good price.  linkage for the lazy?

nuts to me.
re the briefcase versions.
"Production Delay: Due to production and shipment delays from the studio impacting all retailers, this title will not be available to ship by the street date indicated above. We are working with the studio to get this product in stock as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience."

and the BR non briefcase version is out of stock.



9860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New firmware for PSP (3.80) - Internet Radio on PSP on: December 18, 2007, 08:24:37 PM
if that's true, than damn.  that would be so awesome and make having a 4gb memory card less of a requirement to playing ps1 on the psp. 

someone needs to check this out and see if it's working. 

i really hope they have done this.  i so want this option for ps2 games as well. 
9861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: December 18, 2007, 07:18:32 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 10, 2007, 01:40:54 PM

Quote from: depward on December 06, 2007, 04:28:55 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 06, 2007, 04:18:06 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 06, 2007, 02:45:51 PM

I finally finished up Ratchet and Clank this week and sent it back to Gamefly. Uncharted is next in my queue.  I'm looking forward to giving it a run through next week.  I really enjoyed the Gears style combat in the demo. 

Knowing a bit about your gaming preferences, I honestly think you are going to love it.

gellar

Agreed.  Denoginizer - I think you'll really enjoy Uncharted...

......aaaaaaannnnnnnnnddd


Gamefly sent me John Woo's Stranglehold instead of Uncharted, Assasins Creed, or Jerricho, which were all above it in my queue.   mad mad mad

ouch.  tough luck with the game.  both uncharted and AC would have been better games to get instead.  btw, i'd nix jericho off the list.  for all respects, it's a huge pile. 

i got a bit lucky with my Q and got uncharted last night.  up past the level from the demo, past where the plane went down, and it's a beautiful game.  it's even more amazing that the whole thing has no visible load times.  yeah, i know it's behind every cutscene, but it looks great and plays even better.  naughty dog always had a knack for getting the most out of the hardware.  impressive. 

i really like the gunfights and how enemies react to my actions.  the combination of duck and peak pistol users, charging shotgun guys and ak guys providing covering fire really mixes up the encounters.
9862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Gundam style/color PSP on: December 18, 2007, 07:04:50 PM
that does look pretty cool actually. 
9863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP questions on: December 18, 2007, 07:03:46 PM
i haven't checked whether the pandora is still the only way to hack the slim, but maybe destructor knows. 

the slim is pretty slick looking, but if modding/homebrew is a big part of your plan, you may be out of the loop unless a friend can help with the battery.

as for the new vs used, if you buy used, make sure to check for the appearance of burnt crystals.  i haven't seen any in a two year old unit with decent use, but i have heard of issues with used units before.
9864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New firmware for PSP (3.80) - Internet Radio on PSP on: December 18, 2007, 06:58:47 PM
that's a cool feature and it will be great once they get some more ps1 games out there.
9865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New firmware for PS3 (2.10) - More videos supported on: December 18, 2007, 06:57:49 PM
i think i'll hook up my external player to the ps3 from now on. 

or, even better, will this work with an external networked drive share? 
9866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New firmware for PSP (3.80) - Internet Radio on PSP on: December 18, 2007, 06:53:00 PM
FN sweet. 

in the same boat as destructor.  i like my snes/n64 stuff too much to downgrade to official firmware.
9867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 in 2008? on: December 18, 2007, 06:45:50 PM
let's hope they can up the enemy count per encounter and make the friendly AI actually somewhat intelligent so we aren't forced to let brainless lie dying on the ground during a fight. 
9868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2007: Your Gaming Year In Review? Highs. Lows. The Unexpected? on: December 18, 2007, 12:27:26 AM
Highs: cod4 and bioshock.  i was skeptical of both games being as good as they were, but i really enjoyed both of them. 

unexpected: my conversion from a 50/50 ps2/pc game player to a 360/ds player.  12 months ago, i had just got the wii and i was not expecting to end up with a ds, a 360 and least of all, the ps3.  i've played only a handful of pc games since (two worlds, crysis, psychonauts) with only one being platform specific.  i've only bought one ps2 game and haven't even opened it.  meanwhile, my 360/ds catalog is big enough to take up it's own shelf. 

lows:  having very few new wii games worth recommending to new owners.  other than smg, there's mostly remakes or upgraded sequels.
9869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your GOAT of the year for 2007? on: December 18, 2007, 12:10:05 AM
i've been lucky and missed the real bad cow turds this year, but i'd put blacksite area 51 up at the top of my personal list.  it's not the worst game ever made, but the worst one i've played made this year.

ooh, i almost forgot lost planet.  2 levels in and i'm bored with it. 

honorable mention:  the last 1.5 levels of moh: airborne.  ooh, how many "super soldiers" can the german army put in my path in this supposedly realistic ww2 game?  each with a minigun and able to stand a clip into the head.  at least they put the worst enemy into the worst level and spared the others.
9870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is Your Game of the Year? on: December 17, 2007, 10:08:25 PM
solid leaders:
cod 4.  memorable sp, perfect mp.  if i had an extra 2 hours to play, it would be this one
halo 3.  great mp, coop sp. had and will have a lot of fun in mp, even if i never advance rank
rock band.  my only regret is not having any local friends to play with on a regular basis.
smg.  everything i have seen about this is beautiful and a blast to play
loz:ph.  great controls, great gameplay, great graphics.  i can't find a major fault with it.

close, but not quite:
assassin's creed.  great in a lot of ways, mediocre in too many to be considered goty.  sequel gets an automatic upgrade to day one buy.

too early to tell between these ones
mass effect.  the issues are noticeable, and although i do enjoy it, i haven't felt the hooks to play it.
uncharted.  i'll be playing this as soon as i get it, which should be today or tomorrow.
r&c: tod.  from all respects, a perfect sequel to the series.  i look forward to getting this down the road.

i'd give the early lead to cod4.
9871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's 6 pounds 2.3 ounces 19 inches long? on: December 17, 2007, 09:46:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 17, 2007, 09:35:09 PM

I was afraid you were going to talk about my pe- err... nevermind  paranoid  Congrats on the new kid!!!! thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

wter sculpture of atb?!

why on earth would you have that?

hey deadzone, happy congratulations to you and your family.  now you will resemble your name even more.  biggrin
9872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I finally finished Half Life 2 on: December 17, 2007, 07:18:30 PM
got this in a gamefly rental on saturday and quickly went through portal.  much faster than i thought i would on a first playthrough though.  maybe going through the flash game prepped me to the mechanics and the puzzles were too obvious.  still fun game and i liked the last section.  not sure how to get the cameras off the portal proof walls though. 

i did get the gimme achievements in hl2 though, and i wouldn't have gone back to do so if it weren't for the points. 

the game is still fun, and i look forward to a complete playthrough of hl2, ep1 and ep2 when i'm not messing around with the other 8 games i have going.  i'd be up for a little tf2 action, but i haven't touched it since early beta tfc, so calling my skills rusty is a understatement.
9873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Poster on: December 14, 2007, 08:23:12 PM
damn that's cool.  it doesn't spoil anything but awesomeness.
9874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Universe at War Impressions on: December 14, 2007, 08:10:24 PM

Quote from: CSL on December 13, 2007, 07:46:08 PM

I had a review copy about a month ago now. One thing I really disliked was the close zoom you really can't get out of - i've got these huge ass walkers but can't zoom out far enough to see the entire thing well? Huh.

same problem they had with the engine in empires at war.

this was given a pretty mediocre review in the current gfw mag. 

i'm still a little bummed that they didn't take the 'empire at war' idea into the 'universe at war'.  it could have been similar to hegemony with solar systems to fight over in a large galaxy.  this is more like war of the worlds with 2 other sides involved.
9875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Auran closes up shop... on: December 14, 2007, 08:04:55 PM
i really wish they had followed up dark reign with a proper sequel.  there were some pretty cool ideas in that game.
9876  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Gears of War (360/PC), GTA: San Andreas on: December 14, 2007, 07:48:35 PM
i still have my list of ps2 games for sale/trade.  lmk if anything sounds interesting.

link
9877  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Halo 3 Legen- wait for it - dary edition - $59.82 on: December 14, 2007, 06:28:39 PM
glad i decided to go with the itchy and scratchy limited edition instead. 

me haz no kat, no use for kat helmat. 
9878  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Amazon half off on TV shows, now with added Chuck Norris! on: December 14, 2007, 06:24:08 PM
some good prices in here.  Half-Off TV Shows<img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=gamingtrend-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />.  Ron, feel free to tweak the link for the GT referral.  (Done!)

# The Simpons, My Name is Earl, Prison Break.
# Arrested Development, The Unit, Reba.
# How I Met Your Mother, MASH, The X-Files.
# Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NYPD Blue.
# Shark, Christy, Lost in Space, Angel.
# Greg the Bunny, Roswell, 30 Days.
# Family Guy, Alien Nation, Ally McBeal

also noticed this
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9879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lego Star Wars DS? on: December 14, 2007, 12:11:10 AM
i'm not sure that the 'complete saga' edition is substantially better than lsw2, so i would be wary to recommend it.  if those problems were cleared up and all of the glitches and camera issues were gone, i would say it's a great game for that age group.  the console versions are greatly entertaining and have a coop mode which was very fun.  i played the pc version of the first game that way and we enjoyed every minute of it. 

iow, i wouldn't nix it just on what i've said, but i would read all of the reviews and hopefully some player impressions comparing them first.
9880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 13, 2007, 07:11:17 PM
looking forward to trying this out tonight. 
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