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61201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony did well in December on: January 08, 2008, 01:42:08 AM

Quote from: Turtle on January 07, 2008, 11:46:54 PM

Also, a lot of the deals MS got early with developers for the 360's year long lead are done, meaning Sony can court those developers, which they have when they signed Epic to make an exclusive.  And even got Crytek on board.

It'll be interesting to see UT3's PS3 sales.  If they're as lackluster as the PC version is I wonder if Epic will do such an exclusive again instead of being able to get 360 people on board right away.
61202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony did well in December on: January 07, 2008, 05:21:29 PM

Quote from: Arkon on January 07, 2008, 04:55:39 PM

Quote from: depward on January 07, 2008, 04:43:25 PM

I wish people would shed their initial negativity and see the PS3 as the wonderful gaming / blu-ray / multimedia machine it is.  And I do stress "gaming" in it too - I have ten quality PS3 titles.  I don't see how people would say the, at least, initial game library isn't there.

Fine numbers.  The 360 will most likely have more along with the Wii, but keep up with the good advertising (finally!) and release some good content (Little Big Planet in September?!) and let's hope for three competitive consoles in the future.

Perhaps because while to you there are good games on the system, nothing the PS3 offers at this point that I can't get elsewhere is anything I am interested in, enough so to spend the money on one.

pretty much what I was saying before the web ate my post.
61203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: The Final Season (spoilers inevitable) on: January 07, 2008, 05:04:02 PM
so, Saturday the weather here was fairly crappy and I ended up watching all of season 4 on HBO On Demand.  the second time through it wasn't as bad, but still I didn't like it as much as the first 3 seasons.  Watching it reminded me how depressing Baltimore is in alot of areas and made me glad I don't live there anymore.
61204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: January 07, 2008, 04:37:10 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 07, 2008, 04:27:40 PM

Oh, you got a ways to go.  Does the game say you are at 55%?  There are 22 Chapters IIRC.  You'll see some new enemies around Chapter 11 or 12. 

yeah, when I load my save game it says 55% complete.  It sounds like I should be getting to those new guys soon, so I shall soldier on!
61205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Decent looking Sci Fi movie coming out Tuesday: Sunshine on: January 07, 2008, 04:35:36 PM
I almost saw Sunshine in the theaters but wisely chose to see Live Free or Die Hard instead.  I did put it in my Netflix queue though.
61206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Garbage Day + 55 mph wind gusts = Ken not having a good day on: January 07, 2008, 04:33:24 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 07, 2008, 03:38:12 PM

As a Boston resident, I would like to thank California for using that extreme wind to bring New England some nice, warm Mexican air.  Last Thursday we had biting sub-zero wind chill, and this week it looks like we're going to get as high as the 60s!

Thanks!


yeah, it's 63 here right now and it's supposed to hit 70 tomorrow.  I may run home and change into my shorts!
61207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 07, 2008, 04:30:48 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on January 07, 2008, 03:41:05 PM

Bourne trilogy, Transformers, Batman Begins, Heroes, Star Trek, The Matrix trilogy, etc.

yeah, I don't really feel like waiting for the Blu Ray versions to come out on those so I'm leaning towards getting a HD DVD player right now.  it's not like they're going to magically stop working after all.
61208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft for DS Homebrew... on: January 07, 2008, 04:26:16 PM
holy eye strain Batman!  eek
61209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: January 07, 2008, 04:24:21 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 07, 2008, 04:13:02 PM

What level are you at?  There is a bit of a change-up in enemies right after the final jet-ski bit on the river (pro-tip- in that segment you can fire and drive at the same time) and you start getting lots of cool new weapons as well (I pretty much never used the AK from that point on). 

The other "twist" is in the final third of the game but you should see some new enemy and weapon variety soon, as well as a bit more in puzzle and platforming. 

I'm just at the part in the flooded ruins where you zip cord down into a building after doing a bunch of jet skiing, I think it's chapter 9 right now.
61210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - 17.7M/Halo 3 - 8.1M/Mass Effect - 1.6M Oh My! on: January 07, 2008, 04:18:02 PM
I think everyone just needs to agree there's only a few genres- shooters, RPG's and sports (yes, racing is a sport) and a just get along.  you do have to enjoy semiconscious' attempts at being condescending though.  he almost has the use of smiles down just the right way  smile
61211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: January 07, 2008, 04:05:04 PM
ok, I'm about 55% through the game and the combat is starting to wear me down.  it's partly the lack of variety in enemies so far, the fact that there's a ridiculous number of them (plus the fact they come in waves) and the other fact that they seem to be everywhere.  One case is the jet ski portion, where there are all those exploding barrels that just happen to be floating around the ruins with all those pirates already stationed around- sure, it makes for some interesting action but at this point it's all getting to be 'rinse and repeat'.  Maybe if they had put in more locational damage for the combat other than body and headshot it would have spiced things up; right now I pretty much have it down it takes 3 pistols shots to drop a pistol/AK 47 guy or 5 shots to drop a Shotgun/Grenade guy, and even more shots with the AK47.  too bad the damage system from the Soldier of Fortune games never caught on....

Hopefully that twist in gameplay everyone talks about comes soon otherwise I may never finish this.  It started out with a big wow, but the whole fortress section seemed to last forever and there haven't been any fun exploring sections like the opening sequence with Sully.
61212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony did well in December on: January 07, 2008, 03:43:30 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on January 07, 2008, 10:51:31 AM

At the same time, it's also the cheapest Blu ray player, so that means at least some sales are going to have little or no impact on the profitable side of the business, namely the sale of games.

that's pretty much all mine has been used for so far.  I did pick up an used copy of Uncharted, but beyond playing about 5 hours of it so far it's been nothing but a DVD/Blu Ray player.  Now if I had bought it on my own I'd be rather disappointed, but seeing as I didn't it doesn't bother me as much.
61213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/7) on: January 07, 2008, 03:34:55 PM
nothing new but probably a bunch of used Blu Rays and one or two used PS3 games.
61214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Computer Gaming World Museum...Im in love on: January 07, 2008, 03:33:10 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on January 07, 2008, 10:15:24 AM

Quote from: kronovan on January 07, 2008, 10:09:15 AM

I thought I'd link this issue as well. Just because so many have forgotten that Halo was originally destined for the Mac.

yep.


then MS bought Bungie and there was a great gnashing of teeth amongst the Mac-ites, and lo the thought of buying a real PC rended their hearts.  Yet MS announced it would be for their X-Box, and then amongst the flocks of frat boys there was much rejoicing.
61215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Garbage Day + 55 mph wind gusts = Ken not having a good day on: January 07, 2008, 03:26:48 PM
wow, glad to hear everyone's alright over there.  I guess Calvin must have done something to tick off the Weather Gods.
61216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am I Less of a Man for Using Body Wash? on: January 07, 2008, 03:16:20 PM

Quote from: Arclight on January 07, 2008, 11:02:33 AM

**opens up an ink-blot picture** Tell me, what does this look like to you?

it looks like an octopus jizzed all over your nice sheet of paper.
61217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 07, 2008, 03:12:03 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 07, 2008, 06:21:23 AM

I don't think anyone (at least any reasonable person) has tried to argue

good thing you put that caveat in.  Just going out there and looking for Blu Ray disc reviews has led to some interesting forums with supporters on either side that made Hetz appear soft core.
61218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - 17.7M/Halo 3 - 8.1M/Mass Effect - 1.6M Oh My! on: January 07, 2008, 03:27:50 AM
tonight on FOX, 'When Fanboys Duel!'  icon_lol
61219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am I Less of a Man for Using Body Wash? on: January 07, 2008, 03:00:16 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on January 07, 2008, 02:04:37 AM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on January 06, 2008, 07:36:37 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on January 06, 2008, 02:51:44 PM

I use body wash.  And a pouf thing.  The ladies tell me I have extraordinarily soft skin.  I make up for it by having extremely large testicles.



 eek

The funny thing is, that's been my avatar on bovine conspiracy for about a year.

it looks like he's growing a face down there....
61220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 07, 2008, 01:38:29 AM
61221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am I Less of a Man for Using Body Wash? on: January 07, 2008, 12:16:17 AM

Quote from: kronovan on January 07, 2008, 12:12:34 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 06, 2008, 11:37:36 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on January 06, 2008, 11:20:58 PM

MAJOR TOPIC DRIFT!!

it must have taken alot of balls to point that out.

And now I call MAJOR TOPIC BOUNCE!  Tongue

ok, the balls in your court then.
61222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am I Less of a Man for Using Body Wash? on: January 06, 2008, 11:37:36 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on January 06, 2008, 11:20:58 PM

MAJOR TOPIC DRIFT!!

it must have taken alot of balls to point that out.
61223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am I Less of a Man for Using Body Wash? on: January 06, 2008, 09:25:21 PM

Quote from: disarm on January 06, 2008, 09:14:57 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 06, 2008, 07:55:52 PM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on January 06, 2008, 07:36:37 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on January 06, 2008, 02:51:44 PM

I use body wash.  And a pouf thing.  The ladies tell me I have extraordinarily soft skin.  I make up for it by having extremely large testicles.



 eek

Yes sireeee. Eplephantis is 1 helluva nasty disease. But look at the bright side of things, he'd never have to buy 1 of those new age, newfangled, back strengthening, inflatable ball chairs.

heh...you haven't seen anything until you've seen it in motion.  while having your own chair and table everywhere you go might seem convenient at first, i just don't think it would be worth it in the end...

 eek  that is just wrong.....
61224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Computer Gaming World Museum...Im in love on: January 06, 2008, 09:16:02 PM
wow, there's an interesting fact about Ultima IV I didn't know about: 

Quote
CGW: Is Ultima IV harder to play than previous Ultima's?

LB: No, in fact it is easier. This is because it has many menu-like displays, and easy to remember spells. The game grades itself to the player in the beginning. The first ten thousand moves only generate four types of monsters. The next ten thousand moves only eight types. After that the game breaks loose!

and apparently he had an idea for Ultima IV: Part 2.
61225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I return Stuntman Ignition? What would you do? on: January 06, 2008, 08:58:44 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 06, 2008, 08:47:00 PM

And yet EB Games used to have a liberal return policy that allowed for just that.

which probably got abused like crazy, especially with shorter games- I don't blame them for doing away with it.
61226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Garbage Day + 55 mph wind gusts = Ken not having a good day on: January 06, 2008, 08:51:01 PM

Quote from: naednek on January 06, 2008, 08:31:10 PM

Quote from: noun on January 06, 2008, 06:35:57 PM

Quote from: depward on January 04, 2008, 06:34:15 PM

Whoa dang, that sucks.  Portland is supposed to have some gusty winds later today...

Yeah, but we have the sense to weigh our garbage can lids down and secure our trashcans in place.

not everyone is as great as you noun.  Everyone, please take the time to bow down to your maker, noun, the ever so charming person everybody is dying to meet.

well someone has a bit of IQ envy I see  Tongue
61227  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: January 06, 2008, 08:14:37 PM
well, last night, at level 21, I traveled back to the Wilderness to check out the Guardian Prominence, and was greeted by 3 level 39ish Banes guarding the entrance  eek  I wonder how many lower level new characters stumbled across that thing only to be obliterated.  I also encountered that big Cyber Xanx spider near there, the one for the quest for the Codex (chuckle) and he was still showing up as green.  I'd say that mission was definitely meant to be a group one when you get it early on.
61228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Computer Gaming World Museum...Im in love on: January 06, 2008, 08:06:00 PM



 crybaby
61229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 06, 2008, 07:57:33 PM

Quote from: disarm on January 06, 2008, 07:02:33 PM

Quote from: Chaz on January 06, 2008, 03:31:59 PM

Still, other than my general dislike for Sony and their handling of BR in general, I don't have a huge problem with it.  The war ending will force BR players to drop to levels where they're actually affordable, at which point, I'll get one.

what makes you think that the format war ending will force Bluray players to drop in price?  if they haven't felt pressured enough to drop prices in order to become more competitive with HD-DVD, why should they become more affordable once they're the only format on the market?  if anything, i would think it decreases their motivation to decrease prices quickly.  sure they'll always want more people to adopt Bluray, but why take more of a financial hit by dropping prices drastically when they can just wait for the market to adapt.  once they're the only HD format around, it's only a matter of time before everyone will have to switch...and they have all the time in the world.

+1.  when you got the monopoly on the HD disc market why drop the price?
61230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am I Less of a Man for Using Body Wash? on: January 06, 2008, 07:53:08 PM
ATB, there's no way you could possibly be more of a woman than you already are.  Ike's confession is shocking however.
61231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 06, 2008, 05:30:56 AM

Quote from: Canuck on January 06, 2008, 04:15:18 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on January 05, 2008, 04:39:27 PM


There's nothing preventing Microsoft and Nintendo from licensing Blu-Ray technology should they decide they want to include a Blu-Ray drive in their next console.

So basically for the next generation, for every game that the Sony and Microsoft and Nintendo sell, Sony will make money off of?  If that isn't genius then I don't know what is.  I can just picture them now "Please buy an Xbox 720! And make sure to buy lots of games too.  Especially the games! Why don't you get some Nintendo games while you're at it?"

unless MS and Nintendo use HD-DVD's and regular DVD's respectively...
61232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I return Stuntman Ignition? What would you do? on: January 06, 2008, 04:07:32 AM

Quote from: Canuck on January 06, 2008, 04:03:02 AM

Just out of curiousity, why has the price of the game jumped from 19.99 to 39.99? 

it was on sale.
61233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Live is 100% FUBAR on: January 06, 2008, 04:07:00 AM

Quote from: Canuck on January 06, 2008, 04:01:16 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 06, 2008, 02:35:13 AM

so,as i said i had been on COD4 all day,some 8 hrs on or off or so,made 5 ranks...started at 35 ended at 700xp off rank 40....just been back on to try and get that 40 rank...and yup,all the days work gone,

I remember when we used to play videogames for fun.  Now we play them for achievements or work.

watch, lines probably got crossed and someone else got 5 free ranks.
61234  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: nVidia 9800 GX2 on: January 06, 2008, 03:59:25 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 06, 2008, 03:34:46 AM

But what type of performance do you get when using 4 of these in a quad-sli setup?  ninja

you could also buy me a couple and I could find out for you.
61235  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Screenshots (dial-ups beware) on: January 06, 2008, 03:58:37 AM
there's a manual?  Tongue
61236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 Officially Announced on: January 06, 2008, 03:56:32 AM
heh...fire.....

61237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Obama takes Iowa-is this the end for Hillary? on: January 06, 2008, 01:59:42 AM

Quote from: warning on January 06, 2008, 01:52:45 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 06, 2008, 12:03:29 AM

The point, my dear Brendan, that I am trying to make, is that if GWB is at fault for every inconvenience felt by every man on earth, then he is responsible for all the good things as well.

Not if he's... Satan?

so ATB's a Satan worshipper?
61238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official response for LIVE--someone is now sueing MS over live on: January 05, 2008, 11:23:25 PM

Quote from: msduncan on January 05, 2008, 10:23:57 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 05, 2008, 04:09:43 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on January 05, 2008, 04:04:52 AM

just saw this posted in a comments section of the MN blog.

http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-9840766-56.html?tag=nefd.top

for those who don't like links....

Quote
Microsoft sued over Xbox outage
Posted by Ina Fried
Microsoft now faces a lawsuit over recent problems with its Xbox Live online gaming service.

Three Texas residents filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of themselves and others who have had trouble connecting to Xbox Live in recent weeks.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Houston, claims Microsoft's outages represent a breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation for which the software maker is liable. The suit doesn't claim specific damages, but notes the amount is in excess of $5 million.

In the suit, the plaintiffs allege that Microsoft should have known strong holiday sales would tax its servers. "Microsoft knew the increase in subscriptions would increase game-play on its servers, yet failed to provide adequate access and service to Xbox Live and its subscribers."

Microsoft has apologized for the outage and said it would allow Xbox live subscribers to download a free game.

A Microsoft representative was not immediately available for comment.

Ummm get fucking life.  It is a service and in the terms of service they give a disclaimer.  I think people need to just chill out......

wow, that is dumb.  trying to file a class action lawsuit over a week's worth of subpar service is really reaching for it.

3 weeks

so, figuring the average XBL subscription is 10 bucks a month after taxes and that's about a months worth then they're trying to get 500,000 subscribers their 10 bucks back.  of course if they win and the lawyers take their cut then it'll be alot less.

yep, that's a waste of time. 
61239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: David Lynch does an iPhone commercial on: January 05, 2008, 10:03:01 PM

Quote from: Lee on January 05, 2008, 07:23:42 PM

Who buys a phone to watch movies on? It's more of an "I am stuck at the airport for 5 hours and I need something to do" kind of thing.

don't forget the 'I'm at work and bored' reason.
61240  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Buy One - Get one free Blu-Ray Movie on: January 05, 2008, 09:57:17 PM
wow, good thing I waited as I picked up a bunch of the ones I was going to order new used for less than what the b1g1 would have cost me.
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