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521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [slang] "Lifting Cars" on: August 05, 2008, 03:42:59 PM
Connecticut - stealing cars.  Heard it when I was younger, not lately though.
522  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Learning to play guitar (for real) - (It has begun) on: July 22, 2008, 06:47:22 PM
Here's another site that has a good beginner's video lesson program for free
523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I Think This Just Might Work [possibly NSFW] on: July 22, 2008, 04:54:33 PM
A great idea, but I can just imagine the horror of waking up and seeing one of these next to you.
524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 09:16:00 PM
No followup. And no indication as to what the future may hold, as they did in Batman Begins.

I'm guessing the next one will be about Batman being hunted as a villan himself and clearing his name.  I thought the movie ended with a big cliffhanger... him taking the blame for Harvey's crimes and going on the lam. 
525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 08:16:35 PM
Don't forget that Joker also promised Batman he would make him break his one rule before everything was over (his one rule is that he will not kill).  When Dent died, Joker won.
526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Babylon AD Trailer on: July 01, 2008, 09:33:39 PM
Looks like Children of Men meets XXX
527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cell phones - help me chose my next provider on: June 25, 2008, 09:19:03 PM
Google "Sprint SERO"

Unlimited data, unlimited text, 500 minutes

$30 a month
528  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [100 pushups] Results Tracker Thread. on: June 24, 2008, 02:22:58 PM
Initial test: 27
Level of intensity: Level 3

529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 23, 2008, 01:36:51 PM
I'm in. Will be doing it in parallel with the couch to 5k program linked on page 1 as well.

Initial Test: 27
Day 1: 10, 10, 8, 6, 17
530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 16, 2008, 06:24:18 PM
Only one man can save us now...

531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 09, 2008, 09:49:08 PM
You're on the right trail  icon_wink

I'm heading home soon.  If anyone thinks they have it, check the image properties to see, then go ahead and post a new one. If nobody has it by later, I'll post another shot and a hint.
532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 09, 2008, 09:45:05 PM
Epic Rail

533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 09, 2008, 09:41:47 PM
534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 09, 2008, 09:31:56 PM
535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 09, 2008, 09:29:39 PM
536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 09, 2008, 08:55:45 PM
I read that too. Nooooooo on the remake.

OK, here's a fun one

537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 09, 2008, 08:40:04 PM
Rosemary's Baby?
538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 09, 2008, 08:19:21 PM
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.  Just watched this a couple weeks ago... incredible movie. As an aside, the HR director at my old company was the female lead's cousin.

Damn you Simon!!
539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 09, 2008, 08:09:24 PM
Right you are Pete!
540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 09, 2008, 08:00:25 PM
don't look at the image properties

541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 09, 2008, 07:39:55 PM
Looks like Wizard of Gore to me
542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 27, 2008, 05:48:45 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
and how is surviving three waterfalls any more rediculous than jumping out of a plane in a FRIGGIN INFLATABLE RAFT and surviving without a scratch? Have you guys even watched the 2nd and 3rd Indy movies lately?
543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Working out, getting lean-supplements, etc on: May 27, 2008, 05:34:27 PM
The only thing I take is protein, as it aids in shortening recovery times and is the building block in gaining lean muscle mass.  1 gram per pound that you weigh per day.  If you are in a serious program (which it sounds like you are), this is the basic "must have" supplement.
544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dreams can be so interesting on: May 23, 2008, 05:17:47 PM
Did she have legs or a flipper?
545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What song is stuck in your head. on: May 19, 2008, 05:20:15 PM
The Subway "5 Dollar Footlong" jingle
546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So you think you can drink? on: May 08, 2008, 06:11:55 PM
Think again
547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 01, 2008, 08:55:23 PM
don't eat yellow snow
548  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTA IV: Which system and what's your gamertag? on: May 01, 2008, 06:05:54 PM
platform: 360
gamertag: Covenant72
549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: April 30, 2008, 05:14:32 PM
More thoughs on Michelle

Spoiler for Hiden:
Everytime Nico asks her a question, she dodges it and asks him about himself; never really giving up any personal information. I was thinking at the time how weird and off putting that was. He even makes a comment about how hard it is to talk to her on their first date.
550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: April 30, 2008, 05:04:13 PM
Well, I got a couple hours in last night and can already tell this is the best GTA yet (for me).  Some things that stand out to me:

1) It's been stated before, but this city is INCREDIBLE.  It just really nails the "feel" like no other game before. That's the best way i can describe it.
2) I love how the cars handle now.  I seem to be having a much easier time driving this time around than I usually do.
3) The new wanted level system.  I always thought that clearing your wanted level was very nebulous as far as how you went about it (ignoring paint n spray).  Now you have a definite mechanic to work with, and a clear objective. I also like that paint n spray is no longer a get out of jail free card. Always annoyed me that you could have a cop right on your tail, jump into the garage and wow... instantly clear your wanted level
4) Relationships. This system looks to be fantastic in regards to actual rewards and benefits gameplay-wise for fostering the relationships. Time will tell if it gets tedious however.
5) Combat... it just feels more real. I capped some local in the back a couple times, he fell down, then dragged himself back up and tried to stumble away. One more in the head and he was done for. Just seems more gritty and violent to me this time around.

About the only thing I don't like so far is the hand to hand combat. You can't button mash anymore like you used to, as his punch/kick time is so slow.  I think the system is just ignoring any button presses during the animations. I don't see myself being without a gun ever in this game. It's more realistic which seems to be the general direction they took this version, but in the name of hypocracy, I will choose to not like it in this one area  icon_biggrin
It also won't let me pick up trashcans and hit people over the head with it even though I can push them around... DAMNIT!

Some things I miss from previous versions:

1) Skill ups.  I enjoyed levelling up the different weapon types and vehicle skills and seeing your character get better at things.
2) Learning new melee moves at the gym. Nuff said
3) I'm hoping the side stuff like collectables, house robberies, semi truck deliveries, vigilante, taxi, ambulance, fire missions, etc are still present.  I havn't found any yet, but I still havn't unlocked all the side stuff yet, so I'm waiting with my fingers crossed. I quickly looked over the available achievements and didn't see much about that stuff though, so I'm a little nervous.

If they don't properly fill out the city with side missions and optional things to do, my opinion will shift, but right now I am totally in love with this game.
551  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag REQUEST THREAD on: April 29, 2008, 06:00:43 PM
Well, I don't participate much here, but some of you might remember me from the old GG days and I just got a new 360. Please feel free to add me.

Gamertag: Covenant72
552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / errrr The Tuesday Toad? on: December 28, 2004, 09:25:31 PM
... Who's your daddy?  

Yeah...I love it when you call me Kermit.
553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / National Treasure [Not the movie!] on: December 03, 2004, 02:39:46 PM
there was some PC game many years back that was kinda the same thing... you had to solve several puzzles and I think the first to solve them all got $1,000,000 or something
554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Champions of Norrath Query on: November 19, 2004, 06:37:14 PM
Can someone please explain to me how offline multiplayer works in Champions?  I keep reading about 1-4 players multitap required.  I basically need to know if just two players can play using the two controller ports.  The wording on some reviews makes it sound like 4 people are REQUIRED for coop play.  Also, can I get a confirmation of if it is split screen or not?

555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Get ready to toss out your Tivos or VCRs if this passes... on: November 17, 2004, 03:34:49 PM
You could feasibly extend this to say fast-forwarding AT ALL would be illegal, as that would allow you to bypass the myriad of product placements that are found in films & TV shows.
556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Platform Recommendations for Indoctrination on: November 15, 2004, 01:47:15 PM

   Having just moved in with my girlfriend, I find myself in the predicament of having to get her into gaming.  I know this is possible, as she said she used to play games and enjoyed them (it was quite some time ago however).  After a couple weeks of gleaning information, and a few failed test runs, I think I finally have myself a plan that will work.  So here's what I need from y'all:  I need some recommendations that meet the following qualifications...

1) Platform game
2) Has to have an easy control scheme
3) Has to be somewhat "easy" gameplay wise (nothing frustrating like Jak 2)
4) Nothing too violent or crude (cute & funny = good)
5) This is for the PS2

So far, with my own research, I figured the first Sly Cooper game and the first Jak&Daxter would be good, but I was hoping for some other suggestions.  

Thanks all.

[edit to add PS2 as the platform]
557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet and Clank UYA on: November 11, 2004, 04:34:21 PM
I'm doing the same thing as Rage.  Got a few hours into GC right now and am having an absolute blast.  After that, it's Jak 2 (and maybe Sly 1 now), followed by UYA, Jak 3 (and Sly 2 if I like pt 1)
558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / JAK 3 on: November 11, 2004, 04:24:00 PM
I'll be picking this one up early next year most likely.  I've gotten into a platforming kick lately and finally grabbed R&C Going Commando a couple days ago.  Once that is finished, I have to go back and finish Jak 2 (never completed that one).  After that, it's Jak 3 and UYA
559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 03:52:42 PM
The radio stations are fixed.  You get the same selection no matter where you are
560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 03:11:27 PM
OK, I've played this game for several hours now, and am ready to give my impressions.  Note: This is all based on the first city and surrounding countryside.  I can't say anothing about the rest of the land, as it's still locked.

1) Graphics - Similar to VC in quality.  Certainly not a graphical wonder, but what it does get right is the "feel" of the area.  You really do feel like you're in the city, and the countryside is just beautiful.  People complain about the darkness, but that's just part of it.  The air is filled with smog, hence everything has a muted look to it.  Get out into the country and things brighten up considerably.  The mini-map (and the regular map to a lesser degree) are crap however.  Whoever chose dark green for waypoint indicators should be shot.  It's hella hard to read.  I'll give the graphics a B for eyecandy, but an A for the feel and details.

2) Sound - Not bad.  The music kicks ass (I'm a fan of 90s rap), sound effects are more of the "realistic" sort than over the top action.  A-

3) Gameplay - Here's where it's all at; this is GTA on steroids!  The sheer size and amount of htings to do is overwhelming.  Since I suck at writing reviews, I'll just list out some of the things I've done so far that I consider cool...  Stole a forklift and flipped cars over with the fully functional forks, danced at a beach party, lost some money at the OTB, get a high score in "They Crawled From Uranus", tooled around some dirt roads on an ATV, stole a Hot Dog truck, stole a TRAIN(!!), pimped out in some fancy threads, spent hours just "wandering around" finding cool little things to do.  Missions are nicely varied and are a decent challenge.  I've got a good 10 hours in now, and I feel like I've just scratched the surface of things to do.  It's also been an action packed 10 hours.  You won't find yourself wandering around trying to find something for very long.  Just climb a few fences, peek around a few corners, and you're guaranteed to find something interesting/fun to do.  Gameplay gets a big fat A+

4) Concerns from others - I'll address some of the concerns that others have stated.  The mini-map is crap (as I said above).  I've managed to get used to it, but it's a disappointment, as I used to rely on it so much in VC.  Booo on Rockstar for this one.  Many people have bitched about the tone/setting.  To that, I jsut don't "get it".  GTA was based on "Goodfellas", VC was based on "Scarface", and SA is based on "Menace II Society/Boyz in the Hood".  What's the deal?  We're still talking Hollywood portrayals of crime families.  Language is much rougher than previous games.  I do notice that it seemed to come off really strong at first, then tone down somewhat.  I don't find it to be that big a deal, as the movies this is based on are very liberally peppered with F and N bombs.  Again, no surprises here.

5) At the end of the day - To put it simply... if you didn't like GTA3 or VC, you're not going to like this one either.  We're still talking GTA gameplay here (just lots more of it).  If you were even a casual fan of those games however, this is a must have.  The sheer massiveness of it all guarantees your money's worth on this title.  It should appeal to those who like to "screw off", as well as those who are goal oriented (missions/stats/etc.)  Overall score (not an average) A+
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