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1201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will be joining the motorcycle a few years on: March 23, 2011, 03:27:33 AM

Quote from: Zekester on March 23, 2011, 02:36:56 AM

Scooters have come a long way. I had a 250 a couple of years ago, and it would do almost 80mph. And there are 650cc scooters now that easily top 100

Yeah the Vespa I have is a 250 and will go 85mph before the rev limiter kicks in. I hit that a couple of times on the freeway. But that's pushing it. The bike comfort zone is really around 55mph. There's still plenty of power on hand if you need to accelerate quickly.
1202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will be joining the motorcycle a few years on: March 23, 2011, 12:29:11 AM
Take the riding course to get your license before you put money in to anything. That will not only give you the experience you need for the license test but allow you to ride bikes in a "safe" environment. It'll also allow you to see if this is what you want to be doing. Beyond your bike cost you'll also want to factor in equipment as it's pretty expensive too.

This will be my third year riding and I've already had a couple close encounters. The worst of the bunch happened on highway where some idiot in the center lane hit the breaks so they could get off at an exit they passed. There were two cars in front of me and I saw them brake hard. I did the same but started feeling my bike skid. So I let off the breaks and swerved in to the left hand lane avoiding the car that was in front of me which was now almost at a stop. Thankfully no one was in the left-hand lane or it could have gotten bad. The other incidents were mainly people not paying attention but I was so no problem.

But hey its also a hell of a lot of fun the majority of the time. Last year I road my bike (a Vespa) from Chicago to Connecticut and back again. It was fun, boring, exilerating, tiring, stupid and freeing all bunched together. Looking at doing another road trip this year.

1203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Majesty 2 announced on: March 21, 2011, 12:12:12 AM
Picked this up during the Steam sale a few weeks ago and have been playing it quite a bit (25hrs according to steam). There's something about this game that's very addicting to me.

Still working through the main campaign and had a few tough missions but got through them. Then I hit the third to last mission "Pretenders to the Throne" where you have two kingdoms on either side of you and need to take them out. That mission almost made me give up the game right then and there. None of the strategies I've used before worked and trying something new only ended the same way - my settlement being overrun by powerful Paladins just when I was starting to get things going. Very frustrating. Even after reading some strategies online I would still get overrun.

So if anyone happens to be playing this still and wants yet another strategy for this particular level I'm spoilerizing it before I forget.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Towers are your key for winning in this level. You need lots of them and need to get dwarf towers soonish. Once you have a good tower setup going to stop both kingdoms attacks you can build up forces to attack.

Start building things as far SE of the keep to open up the area where the caravan can be build. Build a warriors + rangers guild and marketplace. Build two defense towers. One will go dead center of the norther part of you keep building - get it as close to the keep as it'll go. The other will go to the SW corner of your keep - again as close as it can go. These two areas are going to mark where you build all your towers.

When the marketplace is up build the carvan (no need to upgrade it). Pump out your warriors/rangers and upgrade their keeps so you get the first level powerup for them.

Build a blacksmith.

Focus on building defense towers. Get 3 in the norther portion of your keep and four in the SW portion. Put them as close together as you can. It won't look pretty but it'll keep the attackers at bay.

Clear the dens that are in the immediate vicinity (wolf + bear den to the South of the keep, wolf den to the East of keep). Don't bother doing anything else with your heroes.

When your defense towers have been upgraded work on upgrading the keep. once you have that upgraded build the dwarf guild. And once you have that start building dwarf defense towers. Put one in the SW corner of the keep first. Then one in the north section of the keep. You'll need at least two in the SW portion to keep attackers at bay. Three would be better.

It's slow going to get enough cash for all that but once you have a stable defense you can start building other guilds, upgrading, exploring and attacking the other keeps.

BTW, I'd recommend attacking the SW keep first as they're the stronger of the two.

Forget about trying to save your villagers and Fast Forwarding the time is a big help on this mission.
1204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: March 18, 2011, 06:38:36 PM
This past episode was pretty boring. The one interesting thing about it was Rob replacing the new hidden immunity idol clue with the old useless one. Since both tribes now have dominant groups in charge, and both of those groups have the hidden immunity, things won't get interesting until them merge and individual immunity is up for grabs. So they basically need a merge in this next episode to keep things interesting or else it'll be either Philip or Stephanie.

I do kinda like Redeption Island for allowing the two teams to trade information or call out people if they have the oppertunity. I'm not sure how big a factor the person coming back in to the game will play.
1205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Island on: March 17, 2011, 06:19:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 17, 2011, 02:37:29 AM

What's with the lightning laced machete?
1206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 17, 2011, 05:52:20 PM
Got to check it out a bit during lunch. Outside one of the train stations there were about 30 people standing around in white and red uniforms with a 3DS tethered to them. I think it was only me and one other person that was checking it out.

Basically tried out 3 games:

- Lego Star Wars
- Nintendogs
- Some racing game

First being outside it was hard to see the screen. The 3D effect in the first game I tried, Lego Star Wars, didn't seem all that great. I did love the new little controller nubbin you slide around. It worked really well. Not much to say about the game. It was a Lego game so played and looked like one.

The 3D screen in Nintendogs really stood out to me. You could see the depth there pretty easily. I did notice I had to look at the screen at a certain angle to really see the 3D. When I wasn't in the sweet spot I could still see the game fine but the 3D effect didn't look crisp. I never played a Nintendogs game so wasn't sure what I was doing but did manage to give the dog a bath, feed it, and lamely throw some toys.

The third game I tried was some driving game. This had the best 3D out of the games I tried. The game itself was nothing to talk about. Basically a racing game with powerups.

There were a few other games there to try (Madden, Street Fighter, Pilot Wings, Mii something or other) but I got the jist. One of the tethered people asked if I was going to buy it. I was truthful in saying I wouldn't but would likely get it when the second generation comes out. Its neat tech but there's no games on the system right now that make me want to go out and buy it.
1207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: March 11, 2011, 08:22:56 PM
Some of these girls it seems like they're brand new contestants as apparently they don't have enough personality to appear on screen for more than seconds at a time.

A little let down about Russell going and did feel for him when he broke down - you could tell how much Survivor meant to him and he fit it so well. I did love how he went all Hyde again and stirred things up by goading Ralph to reveal info. I'm fine with not seeing Russel on the show for awhile. Say another 4-5 years. It would give him time away from the game to reflect and hopefully come up with a new strategy. I don't buy that he wouldn't come back.

I loved Rob's commentary about Philips poor choice in swimwear and how things were flopping around. It's both an "ew" and "har" comment in one. I really hope Philip sticks around for awhile yet. I'm not even close of being tired of him randomly telling people he's a former Federal Agent. And it wouldn't be fair for the viewers to have him leave before he explained who's getting the Gorillia and/or the Lion.
So far this is a pretty strong season. I'm not sure if its going to be one my favorites but its already memorable.

*modified for clarity sake
1208  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Midweek 3-8-2011: Mafia 2 75% off + Crasher, Wings of Prey and Majesty 2 on: March 10, 2011, 01:10:41 AM
Was always curious about the Majesty games. Hmm. The Complete version is tempting.
1209  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift on: March 07, 2011, 07:07:24 PM
Is it just me or it is annoying that mobs many levels below you will still attack and knock you off your mount easily?
1210  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift on: March 07, 2011, 07:05:10 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 07, 2011, 02:51:53 PM

I also took paladin as i'm going sword and board (something else I rarely do).  The healing capabilities were a pleasant surprise in that line, too.

I'm going down the Paladin line for my main one and other than the full heal there's not much healing going on. Later down the line you get healed for dealing damage with your triggered shield attacks or blocking with your shield but its not a significant amount of healing. It helps keeps you in the battle a little longer but you'll still need the caster heals or potions.

I do have to say the class is a lot of fun though. It was pretty boring to start with but I think around L15 I began to have a change of heart. Now at 27 I'm really liking the class.

The only complaint I have is output damage is so low that in PvP your role basically becomes to annoy the opposition than to actually kill them. After I finish out the Paladin line I have to look in to lines to raise my damage output.
1211  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Sale 3-3-2011: Ubisoft Weekend Deal Pack on: March 04, 2011, 01:44:24 AM
Oh nice. $12.99 for Call of Juarez. In!
1212  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift on: February 28, 2011, 06:27:00 PM
So it looks like there's no PvP level range implemented for the game. There were a bunch of level 45's hanging out Gloamwood killing all the L20 players. Our guild couldn't put a dent in the few high level players and they basically stopped everyone from being able to quest or do anything in that zone. They really need to put in some limitation there as its no fun entering a battle you have 0 change of winning.
1213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: February 28, 2011, 06:10:40 PM
I think the expansion comes bundled with the first game. So you would have to buy "The Dragon Knight Saga" edition to get it.

Steam has both the original game and the bundle (surpisingly the bundle is $10 cheaper). But its still pretty pricey at $40 if you just want the expansion. You probably want to wait until a sale.

And the expansion starts right where the original game left off. In fact there's no pause between the final cut sequence of the first game and the intro of the expansion.
1214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: February 24, 2011, 03:51:47 AM
The expansion basically starts out where you get quest after quest. It's a bit overwhelming for awhile. It might be best to just choose one of the quests you have and follow it through.

I basically kept picking up quests till I got to the tree (you'll know it when you see it). Then just picked a quest and tried following through on it to completion or as far as I could go. I widdled down the quests by the time I got to the tree one.

I thought the quests in the expansion were a lot more fun than what was in the original game even though the expansion is just confined to the city. There's a lot of variety and some neat stories to boot.
1215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: February 22, 2011, 07:21:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 22, 2011, 04:38:24 PM

Pinball Gold Pack

Includes Pinball Dreams 1 and 2, Pinball Fantasies, Pinball Mania, and Pinball Illusions.

Haven't heard of Pinball Mania but the others I played the hell out of on the Amiga. They probably don't hold up well to today's video pinball standards (Zen Pinball) but will have to get this for nostalgic purposes.

Balls of Steel, the Duke 3D tie in pinball collection, had some really good tables too - loved the Mutation table. Hopefully they'll get that at some point. It probably holds up a bit better.
1216  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: February 21, 2011, 06:20:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 21, 2011, 09:11:57 AM

This album was a disapointment. Hopefully they didn't peak with "Misery is a Butterfly". The follow-up album "23" had a several really good songs then a bunch of just ok ones. This album I only bothered to listen to twice - the only decent song is the last one Spain.
1217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: February 20, 2011, 08:17:21 PM
That was a great opening for the season. Philip reminds me a bit of a former boss I had. He was so fixated on process and control where certain steps had to be followed exactly before you could get to the final goal. The problem was he would create the process and all those steps he created would turn in to inefficent busywork. If you didn't follow the process exactly he would get all flustered just like Philip was getting.

I suspect he's going to be short lived on that tribe but it will be fun seeing his frustration build until he goes.
1218  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: eBook bargain thread on: February 17, 2011, 07:11:54 PM

Quote from: Crusis on February 15, 2011, 03:02:43 PM

My novella Barriers Beyond is on sale for .99. Get it while you can. I will have to pull it soon. nod

Getting sick of the zombie thing but for 99 cents I gave it a go. That was a great story from beginning to end and left me wanting more. Great stuff.
1219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Island on: February 17, 2011, 01:44:35 AM
Damn that trailer was a downer.
1220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warhammer 40K Movie - Ultramarines (Now with TRAILER) on: February 15, 2011, 12:03:33 AM
The IL one isn't too bad a drive but it doesn't even look good enough to warrant a trip. Stick'n with the AMC Best Picture Showcase that day.
1221  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Girls of Gaming 75% off sale on: February 11, 2011, 12:19:16 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 10, 2011, 06:24:10 PM

The ad says 75% off all Girls stuff, but the pricing doesn't seem to be in effect yet.

Damn cock teases!
1222  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Changes coming to Warhammer Online on: February 09, 2011, 05:23:52 PM
I'm sure it'll still continue on. I was really hoping it would get a bit more popular. I thought the PvP was excellent in Tier's 1-3. Tier 4 just didn't do anything for me. Glad I played it when I did as I had a ton of fun but have no intention of going back. frown
1223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: February 09, 2011, 04:45:37 AM
Dunno if I'd reccomend this exactly but since it was the strangest movie I've seen I figure I'd mention it. The film is "Dogtooth". Its about a family where the three "kids" (like 20 year olds) have been cut off from the rest of the world. Their parents teach them differently from everyone else. Like words that mean one thing to us mean something completely different to them (a "phone" is a salt shaker apparently). Planes can fall out of the sky and turn in to toy planes. The father brings home a prostitute to have sex with the son weekly.

I started the film thinking I would just check it out for a minute or two but couldn't turn it off. I had to see where the film was going. When the film ended I've never been so vocal. I basically said: "What?" "What?" "WHAT?" "What???" "What just happened?" "What?" "WHAT!?!?"

This film moved waaay beyond "Zardoz" for the strangest film I've ever seen. And it has a dance number that topples the odd dance number from "Napolean Dynamite."
1224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus Season Two on: February 08, 2011, 04:52:21 AM

Quote from: Morgul on February 07, 2011, 01:48:55 PM

I tried to stream episode 3 last night and kept getting some sort of error, try again later...

Was having the same issue the last two nights (on a PS3). Finally was able to play it this evening.
1225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 on: February 04, 2011, 04:34:12 AM
Picked it up on Steam. Once you install the game you have to put in all this registration information including your name/address/bday/email information. I tried skipping that part but then the game runs in "demo mode". So I regretabilly filled in all the information and "unlocked" the full game (didn't I just purchase this?). It seemed like overkill what they were asking for. I got some code afterwards which I'm not sure where it comes in to play.

But I got in the game and played for an hour. Do have to say the game looks nice and runs very well and I like the start so far. Too early to give any real impressions but there's already plenty in this thread.
1226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: February 01, 2011, 10:34:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 01, 2011, 01:23:11 AM

Quote from: Crawley on February 01, 2011, 01:19:21 AM

Mindread might be helpful in finding what's up with that person...and others.

That character is one of the quest highlights in the expansion BTW.

wait, is he

Spoiler for Hiden:
the one that runs up to the guards complaining about imps or something in his house when you first leave the market plaza?  I was trying to figure out why he seemed familiar.

Yes that was him. In fact...
Spoiler for Hiden: can get him to give you 500gp several times if you keep saying you are not ready to help. Esentially you can make back the money you gave him in the original game.
1227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: February 01, 2011, 01:19:21 AM
Mindread might be helpful in finding what's up with that person...and others.

That character is one of the quest highlights in the expansion BTW.
1228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: January 31, 2011, 06:57:56 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on January 31, 2011, 05:42:19 PM

I am at level 12 and about to enter Laikos temple..............

Also...I hope this doesn't cause a problem but.....

Spoiler for Hiden:
There's an advancement of the main story there and you may have to complete that battle to move forward. I would pop back there and see if there is anyone to fight. Rhode is probably not there just *I think* 3 henchmen - which is fine. But best to check and make sure. You don't want to return in 10 levels and find you can't advance the story.

If they're there you're probably good and can continue. If not you may want to look at restoring a save.
1229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 29, 2011, 05:15:02 PM
Watched a really good Kung Fu movie - IP Man. I noticed the sequel was out in theaters this week and had a 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes so figured I'd give the original a shot.

The movie has some pretty fantastic fighting sequences. There is a ten man vs one fight sequence that's probably one of the best fight sequences I've seen. The film plot starts out like any typical 70's Kung Fu story might but then throws a curve in to the mix. I found the main character, IP, pretty facisnating and you can't help  but root for him. The plot gets a little heavy handed at times in the melodrama and there is a revision to world history at the end that was a bit strange but hell this is a Kung Fu movie.

This film looks great by the way. You could tell a fair amount of money was spent on this.

So if you like or liked Kung Fu movies this is not one to miss.
1230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: January 28, 2011, 07:50:49 PM
I'm in the same boat. I was expecting the worst but really enjoying it. I like the tighter format of quick comments/votes and not focusing so much on the bad/goofy auditions. Stephen Tyler is a big reason I'm enjoying it. I like his goofy comments and that he's also intently listening to each contestant and gets in to the auditions at time.

I'm interested in to hearing how they handle the live critiques during the actual show.

But so far one of the best seasons of Idol in awhile.
1231  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive THQ Week Day 4: Red Faction 75% off on: January 27, 2011, 07:48:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 27, 2011, 05:57:46 PM

Day 4: Red Faction $2.50

FYI this is the original Red Faction game from 2001 if you want to save a click to verify.
1232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: January 26, 2011, 04:41:45 AM
Woo. Finally finished the expansion. I thought the expansion was better than the original game. Even though you didn't get to use dragon form all that much I thought the quests were a lot of fun and kept me interested throughout. It also had a MUCH better ending to it than the original game.

According to Steam I played 52hrs - it seems like more to me. Reached level 46 by the end and basically was just throwing skill points in to various passive skills I didn't care about. It wasn't a great game but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
1233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can You Tell Me About Netflix on 360? on: January 25, 2011, 06:29:16 PM

Quote from: Chaz on January 25, 2011, 01:15:18 AM

The 5.1 sound on the PS3 is nice, but being able to control the 360 with my Harmony remote is also nice.

There is an adapter from Logitech/Harmony that you can add to your PS3 that will allow you to use Harmony remotes with the PS3. I bought one after I started using the PS3 Netflix more and more. It's simple to set up and works flawlessly. It was $50 when I got it but I've seen it go on sale for around $30.
1234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 24, 2011, 07:41:10 PM
If the movies don't center around Neo then that might be ok. Do more of a side story like the "Final Flight of the Osiris" in Animatrix.

I always found the fight sequences with Neo in the last two movies to be boring since he was basically a god like character and couldn't be beat while in the matrix. The fighting was pointless.
1235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/24) on: January 24, 2011, 06:56:06 PM
Dead Space 2 for 360. Normally I wait till the price goes down but started playing through the original again (damn you Steam!) and can't wait now to place the sequel.
1236  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: LotRO Angmar 1 day sale on: January 22, 2011, 09:29:42 PM
It's a good zone. I think I got that one for 50% off awhile back and it was worth it for that so 75% is a steal. It's a higher level zone area (L40-L50).
1237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2K announces Duke Nukem Forever for 360, PS3 (and PC) 2011 on: January 22, 2011, 01:22:59 AM
A new trailer released today. There's a few good laughs in it.
1238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: January 21, 2011, 07:39:24 PM
Holding off as well. Beyond the high price for the unit/games the low battery life has given me pause. Will wait to see what the next revision of the device brings.
1239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Event on: January 20, 2011, 07:02:20 PM
The flashbacks didn't bother me so much. It just that none it turned out to be that compelling - the flashbacks or current time stuff. I watched the entire season but already I can't recall how the season ended. I'll probably give it another shot but I can see pulling the plug pretty quickly if it doesn't grab me.
1240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: January 20, 2011, 06:56:59 PM
I went in to it expecting it to be awful but came out liking what I saw. I thought Stephen Tyler would be a joke but he actually had some constructive comments along with a few witty ones. I also liked that he really got in to some of the auditions - like when he knocked on the table during one of the songs. J Lo was a turn off since she kept whining about having to say 'no' but I think she'll come around. Randy was Randy but not so annoying as he normally was - he's looking good too.

I liked that the voting was a lot quicker and a lot less informal. Before there would be the whole drama of hemming and hawing before someone said "yes/no". Now it was like "just give them the golden ticket" or "yes/yes/yes". I also liked there was hardly any segments of Ryan talking to contestants before/after they audition. I think that allowed them to show a lot more auditions which is what I want to see. And finally they showed just the right amount of bad auditions - very few.

Really the only thing they need to work on is dialing back the the melodramatic imagery during the sob stories. The family walking through a bad neighborhood, a quick shot of police arresting someone, the dangling phone. All a bit over the top for me.

Otherwise I had no complaints. It might actually be a good season.
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