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9841  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.
9842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Chocobo Dungeon review/impression thread. on: November 17, 2008, 11:54:11 PM
9843  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. 
9844  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.
9845  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. 
9846  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.
9847  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. 
9848  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. 
9849  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. 
9850  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.
9851  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
9852  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...
9853  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.
9854  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. 
9855  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
9856  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.  
9857  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.
9858  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.
9859  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. 
9860  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.

9861  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.
9862  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.
9863  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. 
9864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shaun White Snowboarding? on: November 14, 2008, 06:11:08 PM
wow.  either they really hate snowboarding games in general, or this one missed the trail completely. 

different reviewer, but amped 2 got a 7,

this part pretty much kills it for me though.

Ubisoft Montreal also saw fit to include a rubbish snowball-throwing mechanic, which works by letting you press B to instantly snatch a snowball from the ground, then hold B to aim it at your nearest opponent and release the button to fling it. Anyone who gets hit by a snowball instantly collapses face-first into the ground. Think of an un-aimed snowball as a tiny green shell (though capable of rapid fire) and an aimed snowball as a red shell. And yes, that means that in first place, the AI pelts you with what might as well be rocks at all times.

i hate that mechanic even worse than the rubber banding ai racers.  it's a cheap mechanic and always leaves me pissed off i lost a race rather than encouraged to see what i did wrong. 
9865  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: L4D Demo Friday Night: on: November 14, 2008, 12:50:06 AM
as i don't think cod will be arriving in time for friday's fun, if you see me online, send me an invite.  i might be on later in the night though.
9866  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamestop - trade in 2 games, get new release for 19.99 on: November 14, 2008, 12:43:29 AM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on November 13, 2008, 09:12:01 PM

Looks to me like they're giving you $40 trade in value on a limited list of new to relatively new games. $20 each. Seems to me to be a lukewarm deal at best. I could be wrong, what do new'ish games typically trade in for there? (I hate GS too and rarely if ever go there).

especially the more recent ones.  mercs 2?  saints row 2?  only $20?  F that.  no way is that a good deal when they will just slap a 54.99 sticker on it. 
9867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Good post-apocalyptic music? on: November 14, 2008, 12:27:12 AM
i'm looking for music which fits the theme of an end of the world movie/game.  i have found that fallout 3's music is a great fit for that game in every way, and i am looking for other non game pieces in the same mold.

for instance.

In the house in a heartbeat - 28 days later - this evokes the desperation of the zombie movie
Pink Floyd -High Hopes  haunting intro, very somber song.  growing up, i pictured this song to a scene of b052's taking off with a load of nukes for russia. 
Muse - Time is running out the video makes this obvious, but it has that modern rock 'screaming at the end of the world' feeling.
Metallica - The Memory Remains - i really liked the vibe from the last part of this song, both the guitar and the vocal by marianne faithfull.  damn haunting and i always associate this song with the matrix. 

9868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: November 13, 2008, 10:22:05 PM
good luck on your second round.  go kick ass, even if it is with the noob tube. 

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 12, 2008, 04:07:45 AM

Keep me on your friends list, I'll be back. 

will do man.  we'll keep your spot open until you get back. 
9869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond movie trailer rules on: November 13, 2008, 10:18:37 PM
i have a very good feeling i'll be feeling very bad tomorrow.  i may even need to call in sick.  :cough
9870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Expansion? on: November 13, 2008, 06:38:27 PM
3-5 hours?!  i guess you can kiss most of our hopes goodbye.  expansion pack all the way.
9871  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 06:27:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 13, 2008, 06:24:45 PM


c'mon baby, lick my battery.
9872  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Spore for PC; Fable: Lost Chapters for PC or Xbox and Fable II on: November 13, 2008, 06:26:11 PM
how's $30 shipped for spore?  only one activation used
9873  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 06:23:51 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 13, 2008, 06:20:46 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 13, 2008, 06:19:37 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 13, 2008, 06:16:44 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 13, 2008, 06:13:47 PM

damn though.  i hope that feature comes back soon.

a reminder to us all... just how dependant we have become on the machines keeping our secrets...


perhaps we could post spoilers in 128 bit hashes instead?  slywink

Screw that, ig-pay atin-lay.

hey, i resent that.  i am not latin.  :Grrrrr
9874  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 06:19:37 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 13, 2008, 06:16:44 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 13, 2008, 06:13:47 PM

damn though.  i hope that feature comes back soon.

a reminder to us all... just how dependant we have become on the machines keeping our secrets...


perhaps we could post spoilers in 128 bit hashes instead?  slywink
9875  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 06:13:47 PM
just a point to you then mytocles.  avoid reading any of the fallout impressions thread.  there's definitely some things in there you don't want to read right away.

damn though.  i hope that feature comes back soon.
9876  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 13, 2008, 01:22:07 AM
i will be in with this one when i get my copy.  going to go for the TRU deal though, as i am already way past my game list. 

woot!  just got confirmation that gamefly is sending this one out to me.  my wallet thanks you, patron saint of cheap ass gaming.

in without getting kicked out of the house.  yay me!
9877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 13, 2008, 01:15:09 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 13, 2008, 12:56:09 AM

I hate you guys and the forum effect.

+1.  i am leaving early to stop at tru on the way home and see if they have it early.

woot!  just got confirmation that gamefly is sending this one out to me.  my wallet thanks you, patron saint of cheap ass gaming.

in without getting kicked out of the house.  yay me!
9878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 12, 2008, 11:51:26 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 12, 2008, 11:04:29 PM

that's so wrong.  biggrin 
9879  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: November 12, 2008, 10:42:33 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on November 12, 2008, 04:28:37 PM

What is with Minnesota? A wrestler for Governor and now comedian as Senator.

I mean here in California we just have Austrian Body Building/Actor Governors and past Senators who were actors.

No damn comedians.

Carrottop in '12!!!!
9880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD5 Perks question on: November 12, 2008, 10:28:23 PM
i never got high enough to see those perks, but i would have used the monkey perk.  sounds like great fun.
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