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1121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: September 20, 2010, 06:14:53 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 20, 2010, 03:44:28 AM

OK opener. SO SICK OF PUZZLES IN EVERY DAGGON CHALLENGE.  Time to innovate Survivor producers.

Jeff Probst has said this seasons challenges will be less physical and more puzzle oriented due to the tribes age differences. So I image there will be quite a few puzzle pieces to come. As long as the challenges are creative I don't mind them. And I dig Jeff Probst saying "puzzle pieces".
1122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: September 17, 2010, 07:04:07 PM
Here's the hidden immunity idol clue BTW. No wonder they didn't figure it out:

1123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: September 17, 2010, 06:59:20 PM
A pretty boring start to the series overall. The Talisman of Power thing is a dumb and probably ruin the challenges when used. I'm also not sure about the whole reveal for the hidden immunity idol. Are the clues just going to show up at each treemail? That'll stink. But I do like the fact it was unexpected and now two people who probably didn't want to work together have to. And why didn't the old team get a hidden immunity idol clue?

You can already tell the old people's tribe is in trouble. Too many old bittys and grumpy old men. I don't get the sense they'll be able to get any unified orginization together to win the challenges. However I do like the fact that Machete is on the tribe so there's that going for them.

I'm also thankful the young tribe has their own celebrity lookalike in Fabio. They need some comedic personality to even out their cutthroat attitude.

So not off to a good start but maybe its working towards a slow foot blistering boil.
1124  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale Day 15 Mass Effect 2 & Metro 2033 + new promo codes! on: September 15, 2010, 11:52:57 PM
Sweet. I had no idea some D2D games could be installed on Steam and I was kicking myself for not getting Metro 2033 for $25 on the Steam dealie a few weeks ago.
1125  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: September 15, 2010, 02:14:47 AM
Picked up Blonde Redhead's latest album with that dealie. Didn't even realize they had an album coming out.
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comcast On Demand rentals 5.1? on: September 15, 2010, 01:00:37 AM
So I basically never use Comcast OnDemand to rent any pay movies although I've used the free On Demand content. Are all the purchasable OnDemand movies Dolby Digital for 5.1 sound? It looks like most of the free On Demand movies are.

Basically the film Monsters is due out On Demand on 9/24 and I figured I'd save the trip to the theater and some $$ to watch it next month at home. Of course I want a good experience (HD/5.1 sound) but its unclear if all those movies are in 5.1. It's not DTS but I can live with Dolby Digital if its that.

I also looked at PS3 and 360 which I think are also supposed to get it. From what I can tell the PS3 is stereo (PLII) and the 360 trailers via component cables was coming up PCM PLII.

So any experience? Or other caveats that would have me rethinking this idea and just waiting till October to see it in theaters?
1127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: September 14, 2010, 05:53:42 PM
I ended the game with close to 40 tinderboxes and maybe 4 or 5 oil flasks. I was very selective on using the tinderboxes until I hit around 30 and then I figured I might as well use them more. I typically just used them in areas I figured I'd need to solve a puzzle. Or if there were hallways I would light a torch on or near a corner.

I mainly utilized the lantern so there were times where I was down to 1 oil flask but never out.
1128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: September 12, 2010, 12:31:16 AM
Finished the game today. Steam says I played 7hrs total which is probably about right. Enjoyed the game throughout for the overall experience. Had a single puzzle I couldn't figure out that I had to look online to find the solution. There's 3 different endings to the game and after finishing one you can do the other two.

There's a code you get after the credits. The three codes can be used to unzip a "supersecret.zip" file thats in the games directory. It has a bunch of concept art and early video demos of the level editor and game. There is also a really neat document in there that the developers used to pitch their idea for the game. The storyline of the game they pitched is very different than the one they ended up with. There were also some mechanics from the original concept game they didn't use (such as money). Worth a read through if you enjoyed the game.
1129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve has 3 big surprises in store for us in the next 12 months.... on: September 11, 2010, 04:16:39 AM
Just had a thought. A version of They Hunger was supposed to be released by Valve at some point. That might be too old a series to get much interest at this point.
1130  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 9-10-2010: Blood Bowl Dark Elves Edition 75% off on: September 10, 2010, 11:37:14 PM
Tempting. Is the single player worth it? Reviews made it seem more like a multiplayer game.
1131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: September 10, 2010, 06:09:43 PM

Quote from: Tscott on September 10, 2010, 11:38:01 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm pretty sure there was something after me at this point, but I somehow got really lucky and escaped without ever seeing it, and it never seeing me... whenever before in a game have I considered missing out on a enemy a good thing?

Spoiler for Hiden:
There is something in the cellar. But don't worry it'll be back for you later in the game.
1132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting a PS3 Soon... on: September 10, 2010, 02:32:31 AM
Will 3rd Uncharted (#2 at least) and Pixeljunk Shooter. Will also reccomend Zen Pinball (PSN) if you like pinball. And I would imagine Batman is just as good on the PS3.
1133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: September 09, 2010, 06:41:45 PM
I put a few hours in to this the other day and am loving it. The little tips from the developer at the beginning of the game explaining how the game is better played as an experience driven game than just getting through as quickly as possible really set the right tone for creating an immersive experience.

I never did care for Penumbra as I quickly became bored by it and just stopped playing. Having the right expectation of how to play these games should help. I'll have to go back and try those games again with this mindset.

In any case if you played the demo it isn't too long before the game will veer away from where the demo takes you. It was nice to see how quickly new material is presented. Later you'll visit another one of the demo areas and then a bit later still the last part with the water - which goes on a bit longer than what was in the demo.

My favorite moment so far was when I was looking around a room with a closet and I heard the door in the adjacent room bust open. Some text popped up warning me I should hide as I can't fight whatever it is. So I jump in the only hiding spot, the closet, and close the doors and wait. And wait.

I don't hear anything but at this point in the game I was playing so long that i was fully immersed the game. I was actually afraid to open the closet doors to find something lurking in the room. Great stuff.

All puzzles I've run across have been logical or just something I missed.

The story you uncover as you piece together your history and the current state of things has me interested and I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

So far the game is a winner.
1134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 07, 2010, 06:33:46 PM
Finished off the first season of Nip/Tuck. Awesome show. I can't stand watching the surgeries but love the characters and the writing. I found the show pretty dark overall but there is some really nice wit on display too. The stories typically do not go where you think they are going to go. I loved being continually surprised and often stunned when the show went from the unexpected to over the top.

Highly recommend the show if you haven't seen it. If the surgeries bother you they become less prominent a few episodes in where they are reduced to a 30 second music montage.

I read the show starts losing steam during Season 4 and then after that it gets worse. But hell if there are 4 seasons around the quality of S1 I'll be happy.
1135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/06) on: September 07, 2010, 06:00:02 PM
Amnesia tomorrow and Recettear later in the week. Both games won me over with the demos.

Also purchased the RE5 DLC content which was half-off this week (360). 560 points for the bundle.
1136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath remake coming to PS3! on: September 03, 2010, 09:00:27 PM
This was one of the last games I got on the original Xbox and loved it enough to finish it. It was basically Borderlands lite in a western setting. Not sure how it stands up against today's FPS. Hopefully they price it at $40 or less.
1137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 02, 2010, 12:00:40 AM
Just a heads up. Netflix added 1,000 plus movies to their streaming service today. I'd use FeedFlix to sort through them all: http://feedfliks.com/streaming

A lot of forgettable stuff in there but a few keepers as well. Actually a lot of the stuff I'm adding are these old horror flicks I haven't seen since I was a kid/teen like "The Food of the Gods" and "Subspecies". 
1138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what games do you regret not finishing? on: August 31, 2010, 06:43:24 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 31, 2010, 12:38:24 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on August 31, 2010, 12:19:54 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on August 31, 2010, 11:56:42 AM

Mass Effect.

I loved the sequel and it would have been nice to go into it with a carry over character and my own backstory.

I stopped playing because I wasn't having fun. And playing games is a hobby, not a job.



+1

I've tried multiple times. Just can't get into it. The combat system is super awkward.

Same for me, though it wasn't exactly the combat.  It's just "something" that has never clicked.  I'm actually still trying to get through it, hopefully before the GotY edition of the second one comes out (or whatever they'll call the one that has all the DLC).

Same issue with the original Mass Effect. Stopped playing it after awhile and didn't touched it until Mass Effect 2 was sitting there in the shrink wrap. Instead of popping in ME2 I willed myself to put the original back in and complete it knowing if I didn't do it then I likely wouldn't later. With setting the goal of focusing just the main mission and not getting caught up in side-quests or crew relations I was able to finish the game in two or three days of playing. But I almost stopped right from the get go as my last save started at a driving mission. Ugh.

I'm glad I went through the process of finishing the first game. There were quite a few good moments in there and by the end I was pumped to play the sequel to see how the decisions I made played out.

I think I can say it would be difficult to go back and play the original after the sequel. The interface and gameplay is clunky and slower paced which would be an adjustment.
1139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: August 30, 2010, 06:04:37 PM
I tried Zombie Island at L39 (2nd play through) and the monsters started at L42. So about half-way through to get in the L41/42 range to do this seems about right.
1140  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Quiet Radeon 5850's on: August 28, 2010, 09:47:12 PM
I ended up going with the ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5850 DirectCU card which was both overclocked by default and seemed to be the quietest 5850 card out there. I'm pretty impressed as it was a nice performance upgrade to the RealTek 4850 and is a hell of a lot quieter. Can barely hear it.

For those that are interested I also did a PSU upgrade for the Dell XPS 420. The power supply fits in the XPS case fine but there's a small gap at the back of the computer. The Asus video card fits perfectly in that case. I was slightly worried as some of the 57xx and 58xx card deisgns the fan basically sits right under that huge CPU shroud. Not good for cooling. The Asus DirecCU design has the fan sitting well near the front and well out of the way of the CPU shroud allowing for plenty of air flow.

I had two hang ups during the PSU install. Mainly it was a bitch to pull the cables under the CPU shroud area. Then of course after I had the PSU installed I read in the XPS manual that shrould comes off pretty easily. That would have saved a lot of time and hassle if I read that first.

The other hang up was my new PSU seemed to be missing this 4 pin connector for the processor power. There was a plug that looked to fit in there but it had 4 extra pins. After my wife read the manual she saw that the pin snapped apart to make 2 4pin 12V connectors. Probably wouldn't have caught that for days.

Total damage: $388

Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650-Watt     - $69 after mail-in rebate
ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5850 DiretCU - $319
1141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why zombies? Have they jumped the shark? on: August 21, 2010, 01:06:34 AM
It's not at the point of saturation yet but getting very close for me. I'm definitely not readily seeking out zombie films or books like I was a year ago. I'm becoming more selective.

Zombie computer games are pretty much at the point of saturation now and I imagine in the next year the likelyhood of putting zombies in games will not automatically = $$. Just type in the word Zombie in the Steam search and you have 44 entries - about 20 of which are dedicated zombie games. That's quite a bit. I saw an add for a game titled Zombie Pirates where the game looked like it was probably a straight up pirate themed game but they stuck the word Zombie in the title to ride the zombie gaming sales wave.

For gaming the zombie theme has basically become the equivalent to what the WWII theme was for FPS's. I'll still be there for L4D3 but won't be putting money toward B style zombie games like a Zombie Driver 2 or what have you. 

I'll still be there for the Walking Dead show and World War Z movie but don't see myself regularly seeking out some lesser known zombie flicks that make their way around.
1142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 20, 2010, 06:50:31 PM
Got around two watching the two Stargate SG-1 TV movies:

Ark of Truth - crap
Continuum - Not bad. It picked up in the last 25-30 minutes and ended up being ok.

Another recommendation:

The Visitor - This one stars the father from 6 Feet Under. A quiet film but I really like the interaction between the two main characters.

Not recommended but its so batshit crazy you might want to watch it anyways:

Zardoz - A very 70's sci-fi movie staring Sean Connery. In this one a giant flying stone head tells a bunch of wastelanders "The gun is good! Penis is evil!" I wasn't quite sure what was accomplished by the end but this film is just a culmination of WTF moments anyways.
1143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Last Exorcism on: August 20, 2010, 06:34:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 19, 2010, 10:37:29 PM

I tried chat roulette for the first time the other day with my netbook. First peson that popped up was a guy whacking off  disgust

He was exorcising.The ad campaign works!
1144  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 19, 2010, 07:39:25 PM
That's a good write up on the Lair experience in the game and pretty much mirrors my own.

I basically play the game with my wife and as a duo we can usually move through the lair slowly but typically at some point it just becomes impossible for two to complete.  So you end up trying to get a group together. Typically there's a few people that want to try it but don't have the quests or you can't share the quests with them. That means they either leave right away or once the run turns bad (which there's usally a point) they leave meaning you gotta pack it up or go at a snails pace.

It's unfortunate because some of these Lairs have pretty neat ideas or layouts but the shortcoming are preventing people from going through them. So like mentioned in the article we either skip the lairs or give it a half hearted try just to see the design.
1145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 2 on: August 19, 2010, 07:26:36 PM
Great news there. Loved the original. The original wasn't even on my radar until after it was released and was discussed here. After 15 minutes of the demo I purchased it and played it exclusively until finish. Not too many games do that for me.
1146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Monsters on: August 18, 2010, 11:49:17 PM
Looks like a different trailer popped up on the Apple site today: Monster Trailer
1147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] The Amazing Race announced on: August 18, 2010, 11:38:49 PM
Almost worth it to get this just to see Phil's browsie when you step on the mat.
1148  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Foreign Legion or Dogfighter 50% off/ Borderlands 66% off til Thursday on: August 18, 2010, 06:59:42 PM
I am weak.

Borderlands and DLC purchased.  icon_frown
1149  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Quakecon Sale Day 3: Fallout 3 GOTY 50% off on: August 15, 2010, 12:44:47 AM
I put in 45+ hours in to the GOTY edition DLed from Steam and can hardly recall crashing. Finished the main game and did a fair portion of the DLC content (Pitt/Point Lookout/Broken Steel). I did not install any 3rd party mods.
1150  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Quakecon Sale Day 1: Oblivion 60% off on: August 12, 2010, 07:27:00 PM
Bah. Wasn't going to purchase any more games for awhile but $9 for all the Oblivion expansions and DLC I can't pass up even though I probably won't bother playing it for quite some time.
1151  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest Next on: August 09, 2010, 11:34:05 PM
Depends on what they do with the PvP. If the implementation is similar to Warhammer where you have the option to level up entirely without touching PvP and the death penalty for PvP is almost non-existant than I'll likely give it a whirl.

EQ 2's strong point was the PvE so I hope they don't lose focus on that. Still some of my favorite dungeon runs come from EQ2.
1152  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer Madness Alan Wake, Mass Effect 2, Alpha Protocol, etc. on: August 06, 2010, 07:09:44 PM
Metro 2033 is tempting at that price. I just can't justify purchasing any more games for a bit. It seems like the last few months between Amazon and Steam sales I've purchased a boat load of games I haven't played yet or only played a few minutes of.

The sad part is if it appeared on Steam for that price or lower I'd have a more difficult time avoiding purchase temptation.
1153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Velvet Assasin - what happened to it? on: August 06, 2010, 06:56:50 PM
If you have Gametap you can play it on there too.
1154  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Quiet Radeon 5850's on: August 03, 2010, 06:43:10 PM
Anyone have an experience with Radeon 5850 cards and the noise level they produce? I'm currently using a RealTek 4850 card which is pretty noisy. I'm planning to upgrade to a 5850 but would like to choose one that isn't so loud.

The other interesting piece about this is I'm adding this to a Dell XPS 420 computer which has a mini-tower case. After a lot of searching I found only a single person that put a 5870 card in their XPS 420 (it fit!) but it was recommended to use a new power supply which I had already planned on doing. Will be interesting to see how this works.
1155  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Beatles Rock Band $16.99 (360 / Game Only) on: July 30, 2010, 12:01:20 AM
Just noticed today Amazon has the 360 version of Beatles Rock Band for $16.99.

PS3 and Wii versions are at $19.96

This is the lowest I've seen it for the 360. It was at $20 for some time so not sure how much more it will drop.

And if it matters the AC/DC Rock Band track pack for the 360 is down to $9.74
1156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: July 29, 2010, 06:49:16 PM

Quote from: kronovan on July 29, 2010, 06:10:08 PM

How are people finding the performance of this game - especially those with less than bleeding edge gaming rigs? I've noticed the stated minimum system requirements are very low, but I'm skeptical.

Techspot has a good article on performance for lower and higher end systems here: http://www.techspot.com/review/305-starcraft2-performance/
1157  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: EQ2 goes free to play also on: July 28, 2010, 06:30:49 PM
So the two benefits of paying $15 for the extended server access over the regular server access comes down to the ability to purchase rare gear and not paying for Sentinel's Fate?  Seems silly and over complicated.

They should just bring the free access as they have listed here over to the main servers then offer those free users the ability to purchase new features/areas/whatever and they can pick and choose what they wish to buy in to. Then just keep the standard subscription fee going for those that want to use that.
1158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Virgin - Please advise on: July 23, 2010, 06:51:56 PM
For zombie books I'd recommend the As the World Dies books trilogy by Rhiannon Frater. I don't recall seeing anyone mention these books here. They're pretty inexpensive on Kindle compared to the print version cost so the investment is pretty minimal. I can easily say these books are some of my favorite zombie books, right up there with World War Z. The covers of the books look like they are for young adults but you quickly find out they are not.

Well written characters, constant fights for survival, some good laughs, some bleak moments and a satisfying ending round out this fantastic trilogy.
1159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead stroll onto AMC on: July 20, 2010, 06:19:58 PM
Well I like what he said about wanting to eventually veer off from the comic story. After the first book (not sure what issues that covers) the story became stuff we've already seen or read before in other zombie books/movies. The books have a good cast but not sure the writer knew exactly what to do with them except kill them off, drive them insane, or maim them.
1160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inception, Nolan's latest film on: July 18, 2010, 04:49:27 AM
Definitely loved the film. My only (minor) complaint was the architect team member contributions seemed under utilized. I figured with as much time as they spent with that character they would use some of those maze/optical illusion like talents. I can only recall two instances where their talent came in to play. I was anticipating some crazy crap going on but I guess there was plenty of strange things going on to throw even more in there.

BTW saw this at a Muvico theater which was an interesting experience. Muvico is this upscale movie theater. It has a VIP balcony where you can reserve seats. You pay a premium for it but get some benefits along with it. The main benefit being are these oversized "love seats". They are the most comfortable movie theater seats I've sat in ever. It basically sits two people with some room to spare . There's also a nice gap between seats so your not too aware of anyone else near you - other than your loved one. It almost made it seem like a private showing. As mentioned you pay a premium for it ($16 a ticket) but damn if it wasn't well worth it for this film.

If you have one of these theaters near you its worth checking at out least once.
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