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9841  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: A few Blu-Ray Disc/ HD DVD movies for sale *ADDED MORE MOVIES* on: August 23, 2007, 07:27:04 PM
interested in memento.  pm sent.
9842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Do We(I) Care About Achievements? (Bioshock inspired) on: August 23, 2007, 06:49:13 PM
i must admit to a little score whoring.  some of the ones i have, i have set out to get outside of the normal playthrough.  a handful in saints row were like this.  i also felt a little remorse at sending crackdown back without getting some of the random feats.  if i hadn't gotten so addicted and played to the point of burnout, i would probably still have it.  i'm annoyed that i missed one thing in overlord which will prevent me from getting the 100% evil.  i'll be annoyed if i miss an early recording in bioshock which keeps me from getting that one. 

i'm most annoyed when an achievement point isn't tied to anything tangible in game, and is boring to pull off too.  finding all of the cd's in saints row is like this.  i have no interest in the song unlocks, so the only reason is for the points. 

i love getting points when i least expect it.  the crackdown ac. for keeping a car in the air for x seconds was cool as i got that after a cluster grenade attack from a skyscraper. 

i hate it when large amounts are tied to small milestones.  oblivion's could have been so much more than just the quest line advancement.  edf2017 is horrid for this reason as it takes the points at completion to the extreme.

i also hate the insane requirements for some mp achievements.  gears and the 10k kills.  hosting x number of matches or playing for 8 hours straight in graw.  those i see as the most harmful types.  you have to play long after you would have probably moved on just to get those ones.
9843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console game trade ins on: August 23, 2007, 06:14:02 PM
for reference, the "keep it" price from gamefly dropped to $40+tax.  still a bit high imo, but comparable. 

to answer your q, it depends on what you want vs your time investment to sell or trade here.  if they have a game you're interested in, i'd go for it, assuming the used is in good shape and you are ok with a used copy. 

if you have a hollywood video, check out their game store side.  they can occasionally have good deals on trade ins.
9844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock = System Shock 2 2007 Edition (NO SPOILERS) on: August 23, 2007, 06:08:28 PM
if you are going to sell, do it now.  i doubt the buzz will be as strong once the big game hits the scene. 

that said, if you do keep it, the figure is pretty cool and will be a permanent fixture on my game shelf.  i'm a little disappointed in the other extra, the music cd, but i really bought it for the figure anyways.
9845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 23, 2007, 06:00:32 PM
i was really hoping my wife would be interested enough to watch along, but alas it was not to be.  she'd rather play bejeweled or something.  we watched another oddball dram-edy last night.  got to see zach braff swear alot and a couple of hot chicks' naked.  otherwise, a dull excuse for a night. 

i won't be able to get in any serious game time until next week.

played half hour this morning and found another gene tonic.  have not faced a big daddy yet.  i'm anxious to see one in action.  that med level is certainly large enough and has a lot of cool stuff to search out.  very cool area.
9846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: wanna see some GT5 porn? on: August 23, 2007, 05:51:10 PM
what's very funny about the whole no-damage bit is that they did it in forza.  real cars from everyone.  and boy oh boy did i dent and scratch the sh-t out of my cars in there.  i think they have finally figured out that having your car in the game is better to your brand than keeping them from looking scratched up.
9847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] 60GB PS3 for $349! on: August 22, 2007, 11:29:05 PM
aha.  turns out there's a store not far from work and they have them in stock.  instant gratification ftw!

of course, this is after bioshock has been released and will take up all of my time, but there you have it. 
9848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A Teaspoon of Urine to Gauge a City's Drug Use. Fascinating on: August 22, 2007, 10:58:41 PM
i'd be curious to see what non-mainstream drugs are getting into the system.  stuff noone expects to see, like horse tranquilizers.

pretty interesting method of testing a city. 

you would think that it would be fairly easy to identify various levels against known populations and approximate a ratio based on that number.  it would be helpful to see how the levels fluctuate during heavy tourism months and see what it does to the ratios. 

damn, i should have been a science geek.
9849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock = System Shock 2 2007 Edition (NO SPOILERS) on: August 22, 2007, 10:30:48 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 22, 2007, 10:11:43 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 22, 2007, 09:48:03 PM

Bioshock may as well be considered a sequel, and like other sequels shouldn't be docked for having similar gameplay mechanics as it's predecessors. I don't recall seeing God of War 2 or Persona 3 being flagged because of similarities with the previous iterations, nor do I expect it with Metroid 3.

I agree, and in virtually every aspect Bioshock is a very perfected System Shock 2. Hell...left unpatched, SS2 was prone to some nasty UI bugs. Relative to their respective times of release I do feel the sound was superior in SS2, but it's a very moot point and doesn't diminish the fact that Bioshock's sound is kick ass compared to 99% of everything currently out their.

Unfortunately for MP3, because the most significant difference between it and it's prequels is the control mechanic. I'm fully expecting it's play mechanics to be put under an electron microscope.

as it should be.  as it was with resident evil 4.  and the godfather.  and twilight princess.  in essence, every wii game with a non-wii counterpart is under the microscope.  until every wii developer gets the controls down pat, the controls are suspect. 

i miss the suspense from ss2 most of all.  if you took a moment to work on a weapon or hack a station, you had to be careful that you weren't found, as it was very possible for a mutant to find and attack you.  it was something you didn't get from other games.  plus, you could be found pretty much anywhere.  crew quarters weren't inherently safe just because the door shut behind you. 

i'm not getting that feeling here.  if i clear an area and stop in a corner to hack a safe, i don't feel the hairs on my neck tingle because i think a wrench is being raised to my head.  if hacking didn't "pause" the action, it would be different. 
9850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 22, 2007, 10:13:51 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 22, 2007, 10:06:08 PM

Got a question for you folk.  Is a Bouncer not a Big Daddy?  I keep killing these Bouncer things and there are no Little Sisters with them.  They keep respawning in the medical area.  Did I just waste a ton of money and ammo?

what's it look like?  i read elsewhere that the BD's will sometimes call out the sisters from their hidey holes if you follow them around.  i also read that there are BD's without companions. 

i haven't got enough play time to see these things yet.  just splicers.  lots of them. 
9851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: new video footage of MGS4(and some info on the bosses) on: August 22, 2007, 07:58:25 PM
unusual looking bosses.  all mechs.  where's the human bosses?  i want another fist fight ala mgs1.  give me a sword fight while you're at it too. 

once (if) i get the ps3, this will be on the list.  i'll finally go through with my delayed play-through of snake eater in advance. 

of course, i was never as good at these ones as i was at the splinter cell games.
9852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 22, 2007, 05:56:13 PM
perfect.  i hadn't even bothered to look.  why spend a minute of my game playing window to look through the menus?

9853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 22, 2007, 05:38:19 PM
i really need to take a day off to play this.  last night i started and got as far as the demo ending bit and had to stop.  wife really wanted to watch a movie.  it ended up some goofy icelandic thing with subtitles and a crazy plot.  at least they showed some skin.  i fell asleep halfway through. 

this morning, i had an hour to play it and made my way into the med section and got the second plasmid. 

for the audio log achievement, does it count found or played?  i ask because right after you hack the first sec bot is a log.  when i hit 'A' the damn bot flew in front of my face and got deactivated.  the prompt for reading the log went away and i don't see a way to hear it now.  does that mean i'm too late?

i loved watching the gun toting splicer die after she ran up to heal at my hacked station.  :twisted:
9854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 2 !!!!!!!!!!!! on: August 22, 2007, 04:43:03 AM
i liked the 30's setting.  remember how the cars became progressively better as the storyline aged?  nothing like the feeling you get from grabbing a sweet ride after paying your dues in the old jalopy.
9855  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamestop 10% off (in store) email coupon on: August 21, 2007, 07:51:21 PM
ah.  thanks for clearing that up :DOH!
9856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Drought is Over!!! BIOSHOCK IN MY HANDS! on: August 21, 2007, 07:49:34 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 21, 2007, 07:14:56 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 21, 2007, 06:56:43 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on August 21, 2007, 06:39:49 PM

There's an artbook?

The game just reeks of atmosphere. I'm still in the area covered by the demo but I'm being more careful to check out all the nooks and crannies and my gosh it's just brilliant.
yup

i would avoid reading past the first two chapters or so. 

Actually, I hear you don't want to read ANYTHING if you don't want it spoiled.

i stopped after looking at the logo pages and the big daddy progression.  that's as far as i went and i had to skip a bunch of stuff which looked spoilerish in between.
9857  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamestop 10% off (in store) email coupon on: August 21, 2007, 07:24:32 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 21, 2007, 05:11:51 AM

Or, because I'm a cheap bastard, just print out this image (its a screengrab of the coupon they send you) and enjoy your savings.  ninja

So, cheaper Bioshock this week, and a bunch of cheaper games next... biggrin

EDIT: I don't know why it states 'only good at the store location above', as there sure as heck isn't a store location printed ANYWHERE in that picture or my e-mail. In fact, the e-mail was nothing but this image.

check the bottom of the page.  now i know where you shop  icon_twisted 

i guess that means that your image is useless for everyone else not in TX

off to make some dummy hotmail accounts. 
9858  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamestop 10% off (in store) email coupon on: August 21, 2007, 07:21:39 PM
hey thanks.  this is great timing since i'll be going in for this today.  any issue using this for more than one purchase at a time?  i guess i can just grab a few copies and hit up the other gs in the area.
9859  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: A few Blu-Ray Disc/ HD DVD movies for sale on: August 21, 2007, 07:14:37 PM
if i can get sony to cough up a ps3 in that 150 off deal, i will be interested in a few of these. 

cross your fingers for restocked 60gb systems.
9860  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for PSP games on: August 21, 2007, 07:11:28 PM
i've got:
Burnout Legends
Locoroco
Exit
Virtual Tennis

let me know if you're interested. 

would be up for graw 2.  i have gow.  what do you have for trade gc and pc?
9861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 2 !!!!!!!!!!!! on: August 21, 2007, 07:04:39 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 21, 2007, 06:52:37 PM

When's it due?

unknown.  hopefully with the long time since the first one, this means they have already done most of it and are within a year of release. 

i predict fall '08. 
9862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Drought is Over!!! BIOSHOCK IN MY HANDS! on: August 21, 2007, 06:56:43 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on August 21, 2007, 06:39:49 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 21, 2007, 06:38:24 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 21, 2007, 04:09:47 PM

but one the guys I know there told me that the GameStop just down the street had about 75% of their's broken right out of the box  icon_cry

Well, free printed artbook for their troubles then.

There's an artbook?

The game just reeks of atmosphere. I'm still in the area covered by the demo but I'm being more careful to check out all the nooks and crannies and my gosh it's just brilliant.

yup

i would avoid reading past the first two chapters or so. 
9863  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 6/07) on: August 21, 2007, 06:28:11 PM
+1 to Goldchamp for payment on baldurs gate games.
9864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Drought is Over!!! BIOSHOCK IN MY HANDS! on: August 21, 2007, 05:48:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 21, 2007, 05:46:16 PM

Quote from: warning on August 21, 2007, 05:13:07 PM

Got mine today.  There were four regular copies and two of the collector's copies.  I considered the CE for a moment but went with the regular version.

<warning has his own Big Daddy anyway>

you say the sweetest things....

word of warning.  do not google image search big daddy without safesearch turned on. 
9865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genres You Used To Love, But No Longer Do on: August 21, 2007, 05:46:54 PM
wasn't space force 2 released a while back?  sure, it's a genre bending space sim ala he-who-shall-not-be-named, but it seemed pretty cool.  i've only seen a copy in store once at a fry's.  too much on my gaming plate so i looked but didn't buy.

i played a lot of x2, but mainly to build the empire up enough to get a decent cap ship. 

freespace 2 is the last of the true space sims of wc and x wing slant.  iw2 would be the last really good sim that attempted to do realistic physics.  sadly, the dev is quite dead now. 

i guess you can count realistic tactical squad based fps games in the dying category.  with r6 vegas morphing into an action game with tactical wrappings, and everything past ghost recon 1 putting team mates as side kicks instead of playable characters, there hasn't been an entry since swat 4. 
9866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 2 !!!!!!!!!!!! on: August 21, 2007, 05:31:42 PM
damn that looks nice.  i heard about this elsewhere and it made me very happy to know a sequel is finally coming.  i really hope they prod the team behind hidden and dangerous and get pterodon working on a vietcong sequel. 

this is my most anticipated of the three though.  loved the first one as well.  they really nailed the atmosphere. 
9867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 21, 2007, 05:25:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 18, 2007, 11:34:47 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 18, 2007, 11:01:47 PM

Apparently the big daddy figures are breaking. A lot. As a result, gamestop has stopped all 360 LE order.

are there even any out to the public yet?  I thought they were exclusive to Gamestop.

i put this in the other thread of atb's but it bears repeating.  2k will replace the figure and send you the art book if you get a busted figure.

link

the eurogamer review is pretty glowing.  i don't remember the last time they gave a game i liked a 10. 

damn i need to come home early.
9868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Drought is Over!!! BIOSHOCK IN MY HANDS! on: August 21, 2007, 05:22:37 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 21, 2007, 05:18:29 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 21, 2007, 05:15:53 PM

crazy me, i have almost made the jump to go back to the store right now.  i knew i should have waited and gone in to work late.

Yeah! That's what you get for being responsible.

if i didn't have an appointment with a qwest installer at one of our locations, i would have been quite sick.  too sick to come in to work, actually.  :cough: 

oh, i almost forgot the customary  finger to qwest.  your service sucks and your install windows are way too f-ing wide.  5 hours with a call an hour before you arrive is bull.
9869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Drought is Over!!! BIOSHOCK IN MY HANDS! on: August 21, 2007, 05:20:14 PM
woohoo!  if you happen to be one of the unlucky few who get a busted figure, 2k will replace it for you and throw in a copy of the art book.  how cool is that?

link

the name of the book is ironic as well.

Quote
2K Games has identified a small percentage of Big Daddy figurines that have been damaged in transit to US and Canadian retailers. We are in the process of setting up a replacement program to ensure customers who are affected by the damaged figurines are issued replacement figurines as quickly as possible.

Since redemption will not be immediate as replacement figurines are currently beginning production, we will be also sending affected customers a complimentary special printed edition of the BioShock art book, "Breaking the Mold," to enjoy while the replacement figurines are produced and shipped. Additionally, 2K Games will cover all shipping costs for the figurines and art book.

Please check back at this page shortly for details on how to obtain a replacement figurine. We apologize for any inconvenience you have experienced.
]

almost makes you want to break yours doesn't it?
9870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Drought is Over!!! BIOSHOCK IN MY HANDS! on: August 21, 2007, 05:15:53 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 21, 2007, 04:09:47 PM

I walked in to Electronics Boutique and picked up my CE at exactly 10:00am this morning because I wanted to be absolutely assured that my Big Daddy would be intact.  Fortunately all of their units arrived okay, but one the guys I know there told me that the GameStop just down the street had about 75% of their's broken right out of the box  icon_cry

-Autistic Angel

you got to be kidding me.  i swear if they try to pawn a broken one off on me, i'm going to be shoving the pieces up their ass.  what a pile of crap.  i will be opening mine as soon as i get there. 

crazy me, i have almost made the jump to go back to the store right now.  i knew i should have waited and gone in to work late.
9871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Drought is Over!!! on: August 21, 2007, 02:52:45 PM
too bad gamestop doesn't open until 10.  i am all ready to go sit out and wait for an early opening.  now it won't be happening until after work.  nuts.

i was so hoping for an early opening so i could at least listen to the music today.  or hide the 360 under my desk  ninja
9872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] 60GB PS3 for $349! on: August 21, 2007, 04:51:56 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on August 20, 2007, 04:22:23 PM

I'm tempted to try to get a PSP using this, but I'd have to spend $100 over the cost of the PSP to get... $150 off.

buy some accessories, lots of accessories.  or wait for the slim version.
9873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is interesting. on: August 21, 2007, 04:47:41 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 21, 2007, 03:51:07 AM

You guys do realize you're already on a forum, in a Bioshock thread, talking about the game, right?

oh crap.  i guess i should stop typing now. 
9874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/20) on: August 20, 2007, 05:29:10 PM
there can be only one.  and that one is bioshock.  the ce is waiting for me, preordered.  if it isn't there, watch for headline news and a jackie boy press release about video games inciting violence.  icon_evil
9875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Drought is Over in just 24 hrs! on: August 20, 2007, 05:22:50 PM
maybe we should count up all of the also-rans.  those games which we will not be playing because the deck is stacked against them.  games which may never get sequels, or impressions threads that last a week after release.  games which we won't even rent until 6 months from now. 

for me, that list is longer than my buy-it-now list.
stranglehold (thanks for the demo.  it didn't wow me enough to make the top 5)
assassins creed frown  (this may go in the spot formally reserved for sc5)
blue dragon (no time for 40 hour rpg's not named mass effect)
eternal sonata (same as above)
cod 4 (i'll probably break the first time i see this on sale)
metroid 3 (i really need to finish 1 and 2, but i don't know when.)

halo 3 (i'm really going to feel left out for this one.)
9876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genres You Used To Love, But No Longer Do on: August 20, 2007, 05:09:29 PM
good call on flight sims.  mostly it's because they either went hardcore realism or they went arcade-y.  plus, i was never as fond of jet era missile dogfighting as i was of ww1 dogfights. 

sadly, jrpg's are becoming less and less desirable to me.  part of it is the constant rehashing of the same old stories.  i don't want to be a 14-17 year old boy who was either the-one-true-king; the one prophesied to overthrow the evil king, or the orphan who learns to be a man while saving the world.  show me something new. 
9877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is interesting. on: August 20, 2007, 05:00:44 PM
i also stopped looking at the art book after the first few pages.  damned if i didn't already spoil myself by doing it though.  if you look, go no further than the logo pages.  the big daddy evolution was pretty cool though. 

it seems half of the neogaf members are missing due to a blackout.  with so many people there already playing the game, you could find stuff out very easy.

don't worry peterock, just grab some random juice and try it out.  you won't even need a 360 to experience bioshock.  the hallucinations will do all the work.


9878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft Xbox 360 Ultimate on: August 20, 2007, 04:17:20 AM
it becomes a no win situation.  either you drop the 180 for a drive, or you drop the system you've had and buy a new one.  if the games aren't playable over the add-on, then you have basically killed your installed user base.  i'm not replacing the elite i picked up on launch.  unless they go and do this all for free, it won't fly.  never mind the confusion at the counter this creates.

so, what now?  is this ms' turn to pull stupid stunts and piss off the users?
9879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EB/GS Pre Order Bonus Question on: August 18, 2007, 09:07:01 PM
i've got my consoles vertical.  the only way i can set all three of them up on the mantle near the tv.  the 360 is even faced to the side.  it works out pretty well though. 

i'd really have loved to get a bioshock faceplate.  that would look cool on the elite.
9880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sweep the leg Johhny! on: August 17, 2007, 08:29:38 PM

Quote from: juniordan on August 17, 2007, 07:44:45 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 17, 2007, 06:08:09 PM

you got a problem with that?

i figured this would have been posted here by now, so i grabbed it from my oo post.  i feel it's worthy of a wider audience.

great little video with a good cast and cameo.

Link not working..

Que?

do a search for "sweep the leg".  not sure why it's borked for you.  working fine over here
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