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1161  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / OnLive - 18 Free Games (till Jan 31st) on: January 15, 2011, 05:38:10 AM
If you have an OnLive account you can play the following games for free up until Jan 31:

Alien Shooter: Vengeance
Defense grid gold
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Frontlines: Fuel of War
King's Bounty: Armored Princess
LEGO Batman
NBA 2K10
Ninja Blade
Prince of Persia
Puzzle Chronicles
Saw
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Tropico 3
Unreal Tournament III: Titan Pack
Wheelman
World of Goo
Zombie Shooter 2

I haven't checked out the service in awhile and I do have to say it seems like lag is almost non-existant now. Graphics still are a bit muddy on my monitor still but many games still seem playable.
1162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your favourite Game cover art? on: January 15, 2011, 01:06:54 AM
Oh yeah....



One of those faces may look familiar - the company name would be a hint.
1163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A Pac Man Reality Series? on: January 14, 2011, 07:37:05 PM
I will not be putting a quarter in to that machine.
1164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: January 14, 2011, 07:33:43 PM
It'll make good TV so I'm fine with it.

If Rob winds up on Redemption Island I can see him sticking around by winning those challenges. If Russell winds up there I don't see him getting far as he's never been good at challenges.

Beyond that the rest of the cast looks pretty good this season. I can't imagine they will be as dumb as last seasons contestants.
1165  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: January 14, 2011, 07:25:31 PM
That's a fun album. Regina may be a bit of an acquired taste as she does some odd vocal inflections and unexpected melody changes. There's a few catchy tunes (Fidelity, Better, On the Radio) and the album has one of my favorite songs from her (lyric wise) Sampson.
1166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your favourite Game cover art? on: January 14, 2011, 07:06:46 PM


The box was oversized (long/tall) and just cried out "pick me up and bring me home!" - which I did.
1167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR 3 on: January 13, 2011, 06:48:19 PM
Does it come with a birthing action button or something?
1168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 09, 2011, 05:21:45 AM
Saw another good recently added movie by the title of "Exam". Takes place in the future where 8 job applicants are placed in a room together. The room has 8 desks with 8 pencils. There is a guard in the room. Their instructor gives them a set of rules to follow. If they don't follow the rules they are disqualified. There is a single question they must answer. He starts a timer. 80 minutes are on the clock counting down. He leaves the room but the gaurd remains.

The applicants must figure out how to answer the question with the rules they've been told. It's an interesting process and I didn't feel cheated at all by what developed through the course of the movie. It's not perfect and I wish it went another direction towards the end but it was entertaining. If you liked movies like Cube you'll probably enjoy this one.

I also noticed that some movies were now offering different audio options for streaming (on the PS3 at least). I was hoping for choices between the subtitled/dub audio tracks but it looks like it may just be a choice between stereo and 5.1 tracks right now. It's a start.

 

1169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: January 08, 2011, 03:52:09 AM
It does not. But the game doesn't start exactly where the demo does and the sections from the demo are spread out throughout the game. So there will be moments of retreading what was in the demo but its not that big of a deal. There will be new stuff before/after those sections.
1170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Catherine on: January 08, 2011, 03:48:03 AM
It looks like the game is a puzzle platform style game from those pictures. Not what I was expecting if that's the actual gameplay from it. Less interested if so.
1171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Look back at Carmageddon on: January 07, 2011, 07:33:54 PM
I remember picking that one up on a whim and being surprised how much fun it was. Put many hours in to it. I had Carmageddon 2 and 3 but don't recall if those were as good.
1172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: January 07, 2011, 07:26:35 PM
The game was freaky and according to my wife I was pretty vocal at times but man that guy is a bitch. "there are no cubbies to hide in! ::whimper::"
1173  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: January 03, 2011, 07:24:44 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 03, 2011, 06:09:26 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 03, 2011, 09:47:21 AM


One of my favorite albums OF ALL TIME.

+1
1174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's The First Game You Remember Finishing? on: January 03, 2011, 07:19:15 PM
Video games: either Superman or Raiders of the Lost Ark for 2600

Neither game had much in the way of hints telling you what you need to do next. I know for Raiders I had to wait until Video Games Magazine had a few tips on it for advancing in the game. Recall one of the hardest parts was an area near the start where Indy falls down from the top of the screen and needs to maneuver to a hidden "cave opening" that's right below a branch. The "completion" screen had Indy standing on these titles with the Ark overhead. I remember my sister and I looking at each other at the moment we saw that and saying "what does it mean?" I still don't know.

Computer games: Ultima 2 for Apple //e

Had just gotten an Apple // and had Ultima 3 but was struggling through it when I got Ultima 2 for X-mas. I played it non-stop until I finished it. Loved that game. I did finally finish Ultima 3 - once those helpful Quest For Clues books came out.
1175  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A Cataclysm coming to WoW: Impressions Incoming! on: December 31, 2010, 04:34:14 AM

Quote from: rittchard on December 30, 2010, 08:30:49 PM

Has anyone else had trouble with their account getting hacked into?

I found out a few days ago someone hacked my account and started using a Cataclysm trial for my account on Christmas. I hadn't used the account in about 7 months. Thankfully I caught it early and nothing was deleted. The person just leveled my character 10 levels. I changed the password then had Blizzard lock the account. I plan on going back to WoW once I get tired of LOTRO and will go through the process of re-activating it after being locked (think you have to send them some infomation).

No one had access to my account so its a bit of a mystery on how it got hacked. Dunno if I'm going to bother with the authenticator - shouldn't really have to it resort to that.
1176  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 30, 2010, 07:07:11 PM
Some good games there today but after everything I bought already the $20 and up prices are to steep.  icon_frown
1177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft modified AC2's DRM? on: December 30, 2010, 07:04:41 PM
To answer the original question there is an option to save locally. I'm glad you started the thread as I had forgotten about that when I heard it mentioned awhile back. I bought the game during the Steam sale and had been playing it regularly so certainly want to save locally. It took me a bit to find where to change that setting. You would think it would be in the game options or on the silly Ubisoft UPLAY service but its not. When you launch the game there's a login window (to Ubisoft) and on that window is a small star type icon. If you click on that it prompts you asking if you wish to save locally.

If there was another location to change this where its more clearly laid out I didn't see it.

In the few days I played before turning this option on I did not have any issues with losing progress or getting disconnected from the game.
1178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Richard Garriott will take your photo...from SPAAaaaace on: December 30, 2010, 12:31:33 AM
If anyone's interested The Moth recently recorded Garriott talking about his space adventure and the difficulties of getting to the point where he could go in to space. Some interesting stuff in there including a brief history of how he got in to creating the Ultima series. It about 12-14 minutes total:

Podcast
1179  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 29, 2010, 07:23:19 PM
Any opinions on Swords and Soldiers?

Probably in for Greed and Archon. It'll have to pass the work day test. If I still recall they're for sale when I get home I'll buy'em.
1180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oddworld Strangers Wrath and Munch's Odyssey on the way to the PC on: December 28, 2010, 07:54:02 PM
Something to look forward. I was so disappointed in how poorly Munch and Stranger played I deleted them both as they aren't worth playing in their current forms. This or a patch fixing current issues would get me to reinstall.

Really was looking forward to playing Munch as I always regretted not picking that up in stores when I had the chance.
1181  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: December 23, 2010, 07:45:24 PM
LOTRO has started this daily lottory thing that's turned out to be pretty good. I've already won it several times on various characters. Lottories happen hourly and are easy to join.

Just go to my.lotro.com and login. Then click on "more widgets" and select Lottory. You can then go in to the widget and see all the lottories. Just have to click on which characters you want to join the lottories and you're in. Check back in an hour to see if you won and also join others. Prizes range from various items, mounts, silver and what not.

Also today Virtue/Class/Race are 20% off today if you were holding off on spending any points unlocking them.

Finally they brought back the double-points package bonuses which are pretty good deals. Especially if you are F2P as any purchase of points will upgrade your account to Premium (1 additonal character slot and 5gp gold cap).
1182  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: December 22, 2010, 04:00:58 AM
The traits really arre not going to factor in to much of anything at that level. At L40 we still only have 2 virtue/race trait slots open and its barely effected us. We did open up the class ones which had some significant bonuses. You can earn points (5/10/15/20) for completing deeds in areas and there are plenty of deeds to complete in the free to play areas. So with a little work you don't have to pay anything to open up new slots.
1183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oddworld Strangers Wrath and Munch's Odyssey on the way to the PC on: December 21, 2010, 06:52:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 21, 2010, 12:07:22 PM

I fired up Strangers Wrath and played through the tutorial.  Water textures look screwed up, and there is no resolution options other than full screen (stretchy) or windowed (looks better), but it seems to be running OK so far.

You can modify the config file to put in the resolution you want:
width=1650
height=1080
fullscreen
resolution=custom

The textures still look pretty horrible in spots and gameplay is not smooth at all. Hopefully they can fix Stranger's and Munch's to a playable state. Really want to play Munch since I missed that one.
1184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: December 20, 2010, 08:25:08 PM
Yup, that was a entertaining last episode. I'd say the last two episodes were the best from the season and the right person won. I forgot which contestant said Fabio had shown the most growth but he certainly grew during this last episode. I loved seeing Fabio get some smarts and made Sash look like an ass and didn't make Chase or Holly look too good either. He played that perfectly with everything he said and did. Plus the group voted out the right person, Holly, who would have had a good chance at winning.

I was wrong about how the final tribal would play out. I figured Chase would basically give it away but he actually fought. I don't think he sold himself on some of the things he said although Alina seemed to buy in to it with the whole man/boy thing - which I don't think she fully understands. I also figured there would just be a bunch of comments made by the jury but they actually asked questions. Useless Kelly even asked a useless question - didn't Sash basically just answer Kelly's question a few seconds before she asked it? I also liked how Chase, Sash and Fabio were jumping in on each others comments - which allowed Chase to burn Fabio on reminding everyone how clueless he was after the votes were in. If there are any takeaways from this season it would be for the final contestants to continue fighting even if it isn't their "turn".

But other than that this whole season was horrible. Probably one of, if not, the worst. In fact it's got me so upset I've started investing in this new venture capital that is global and has an eco-friendly atmosphere and is looking to OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT! Wha? Quick Wendy pass the bong back to Fabio. Jeff's about to ask how your husband correctly told you that you would be voted off first. Strange. I heard words coming from your mouth but they didn't make a whole lot of sense. In any case I know if you continue to wear that cowboy outfit with the oversized hat and tassels there will be no fluffing in your future.

So is this next Survivor with redemption island going to be another All-Star style game? There were quite a few former contestants in the audience. And they played up the Cerie vs Rupert thing. It seems too soon but the prospect of seeing Russel vs Rob is titillating. The All-Star crew would be the best ones to sell this "twist" if its going to be included going forward.

But the best news of night was that Survivor wouldn't allow quitters on the jury! Oh...unless they decide they want them on it. Soooo... did anything change?
1185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: December 17, 2010, 08:40:33 PM
Quote from: rittchard
Now I know I'm a bit biased, but I think people misread Chase as being flat out dumb, when I think his problem is not stupidity but more of an innocent uncontrollable sincerety that has gone so far awry in this game that he ends up unable to shut himself up even when he knows better... Colby kind of had that problem as well, the angst between being fundamentally a "good guy" vs wanting to do what it takes to win the game.

Yeah, I was thinking along the same lines with him being similar to how Colby acted in Season 2 by basically giving away the game. And while Holly isn't exactly as likable or as in the background like Tina was in S2 the finale may play out similarly. If those two are in the final I can see Chase doing something stupid like apologizing to Jane and telling her he doesn't deserve her vote and she should vote Holly.

It's really hard to say who might win at this point as there is no clear cut player left that is fully competent. Plus you have a jury that's full of angry, crazy and indecisive people. After what what went down at this last tribal I'm not sure how they would throw their vote. I get the sense there will be more speeches made than questions asked this year.

I also have to say I love Jane for throwing water on the fire to show that Dan's knees were just fine. He jumped up off the shelter like he had a pair of alligators going for his ankles.
1186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blake Edwards Dies Aged 88 on: December 17, 2010, 08:09:58 PM
Oddly my favorite movie from him is Skin Deep with John Ritter. It was never well reviewed but always gets me laughing.
1187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: December 17, 2010, 08:05:34 PM
Dang. Just recently finished the first season via Netflix streaming and liked it quite a bit. Its an odd show since many of the characters were not that likable or just wooden but the overall story and individual episodes won me over and kept me interested. It's too bad they don't give these shows a better shot. Even the first season of Fringe wasn't all that hot but got significantly better in the subsequent seasons.

Not much sci-fi to look forward to watching. Not sure if I'll bother finishing The Event and gave up on V a few episodes in. Nothing else sci-fi related has caught my eye.
1188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [anime] Summer Wars on: December 16, 2010, 04:34:04 AM
Been awhile since I've seen anything anime related that's got me exited but this movie looks pretty awesome.
1189  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoG Holiday Sale on: December 16, 2010, 04:21:01 AM
I haven't purchased much from GoG before but figured with these prices might as well get some of the games. So picked up:

Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic (had 1 and 2 but never this one)
Waxworks (Forgot about this game! Had it on the Amiga. Now they just need to get the Elvira games)
Realms of Arkania 1-3 (Had them all but likely not going to dig around trying to find these discs)
Another World (Figure I'd try the enhanced version finally)
Temple of Elemental Evil (still have the CD around somewhere but figure its going to be a pain to get working)
Outcast (ditto on above comment)

Really hope they get the Elvira games. I remember those as actually being pretty good.
1190  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Fileplanet] Free Downloadable Soundtracks for Games on: December 14, 2010, 07:27:18 PM
Another one worth mentioning that isn't on the list but is a free DL is the Lord of the Rings Online soundtrack: http://www.fileplanet.com/199894/190000/fileinfo/The-Lord-of-the-Rings-Online-Soundtrack

Works good as background music when I'm reading on the train.
1191  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon 17 Days of Video Games: Day 14: Role-Playing Games + Halo Reach Legendary on: December 13, 2010, 07:08:22 PM
Kinda limited on the RPGs. 90% Square RPGs. And ones for the PS2? Really?

FF13 is tempting at that price but I know I'll play it 2hrs and then never touch it again. I did order Chrono Trigger as I never did play that one but I ordered it the day before so missed the sale price!  icon_evil Of course it was only $1 more expensive but...  icon_twisted
1192  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: December 13, 2010, 07:00:51 PM
Some good 50% dealies the next 7 days: http://www.lotro.com/lotrostorefeatured/913-lotro-store-daily-deals

Highlights:

Wed - 50% off removing Currency Cap
Thur - 50% North Downs quest pack
Sun - 50% Evendim quest pack
Mon(next) - 50% off Inventory bags

North Downs and Everdim should compliment each other well for the post Lone Lands (L25-L30) crowd. We purchased the Everdim pack awhile back when it was 20% off and had a lot of fun there. It's well laid out and looks great. There's an odd leveling gap in there around L32 where quests dry up but then they pick up again around L34 and really hit their stride where there are a large amount of quests offered in the same general area. Another bonus if you're a prospector/miner is the entire zone has huge deposits of Rich Iron/Gold.

I remember hating North Downs when the game first came out. Back then it took forever to get your horse so even at L30 you were running around without one. It just took forever to do any questing in that zone.
1193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: December 10, 2010, 01:07:18 AM

Quote from: rittchard on December 09, 2010, 10:17:46 PM

Sash is getting more and more annoying, if that's even possible.  Didn't he say he was going to play his idol or was that just BS?

He probably didn't play it because he won individual immunity. I can understand that. But we'll see if he plays it the next time he doesn't win it. It is pretty smart to tell everyone you're going to play it as they are unlikely to vote for you in fear you do actually play it. A good tactic.

I think Sash made the right choice with going with Chase/Holly/Jane. If he actually makes it to the final four and doesn't win final immunity I think they would take him as someone who probably isn't liked over someone like Jane who is. Of course that person who's left out will be pissed and probably give their vote to Sash. On top of that there's three jury members who were part of his alliance (Brenda/NaOnka/Useless Kelly). So maybe the voting will be pretty close if he makes it to the end.

My ideal final 3 for this season would be Chase/Holly/Dan. Dan won't get a single question asked his way. Chase will give stupid answers. And Holly will just be crazy paranoid.
1194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starting casting on: December 07, 2010, 04:19:20 AM
HBO's "Making Of" video for Game of Thrones: http://www.makinggameofthrones.com/production-diary/2010/12/5/inside-game-of-thrones-feature.html

Can reccognize several scenes from the first book. Get a look at Sandor Clegane, Petyr Baelish, Jorah Mormont, Viserys Targaryen and I think a quick peek at Sansa and Arya Stark. Then hear how bad you mangled their names in your head.
1195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 03, 2010, 07:35:02 PM
Another boatload of movies were put on streaming the last few days so take a peek at feedflix.

Have two to recommend:

Twilight Samurai - Not your typical samurai flick. It reminding me a bit of Unforgiven as the main character is an unassuming family man financially in trouble that is given a job he doesn't want but is capable of doing. It's mainly a drama with little fighting so have that expectation going in.

Dorm - Coming of age story with a supernatural theme. Saw this a few years ago after a friend recommended it and it really surprised me. I was expecting your typical asian horror flick but it wasn't that at all. There's a couple of WTF culture shock moments in there but otherwise is easily digestible for the Western audience.

A slight nod to The White Ribbon. German film that takes place right before World War 1. It's kinda a Mystery but there's no answers given to anything that happens in the film. You kinda have to draw your own conclusions of who might have done what. Which some will probably like, others (like me) will be just ok with, and then some will hate that there's no resolution. What I enjoyed most about it was just seeing the daily life of this small town in the early 1900's. It was kinda like a dark and gritty version of Wallnut Grove.
1196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will you use a public toilet that is hugely soiled? on: December 03, 2010, 01:47:26 AM
Saw the same thing happen where someone apparently missed the entire toilet and had some small explosion while doing their thing. I couldn't figure that out. How do you miss the entire seat? And what the hell is going on to make a splatter pattern like that? It was at least two weeks before I even considered using that stall. If someone actually sat in it while I was in the other stall I'd break protocol and ask what the hell they thought they were doing.

Thankfully our office is pretty decent and while every once in awhile there's some disgusting backup or what not the cleaning crews come by twice daily to make sure everythings in order (poor them). But damn that incident just didn't make a damn bit of sense to me.
1197  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Turbine 100K points Contest for LotRO and DDO on: December 03, 2010, 01:28:51 AM
Sweet. Yup, second place prize is just as good.
1198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holy Crap! Star Blazers Returns! Space Battleship Yamato! on: December 02, 2010, 07:19:45 PM
In the trailer the amount of yelling compared to the amount of special effects are =
1199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: December 02, 2010, 07:10:50 PM
I think I'm more peeved that they're allowed to be on the jury and vote who wins. That should not be. You quit you shouldn't have a say in anything in the game.

Kinda hoping Dan wins this season to seal it as the worst one.
1200  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: December 01, 2010, 06:46:26 PM
So the massive update was added to the game the other day. If you are a F2P person Lowlands is now free for all so you can quest up to about 34-35 level range. There's some nice improvements to the bank to allow easier sorting of items. They added a bunch of items to the various factions where they had little to offer before (e.g horses/weapons/armor/etc). And to help gain faction and fill out those quest leveling gaps they added random daily quests.

They also have a promotion going on the entire month where one new store item each day will be 50% off. http://www.lotro.com/lotrostoreonedaysale
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