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1401  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Bethsda GOTY Games sale! on: June 10, 2010, 06:47:30 PM
Tempted for Fallout 3 GOTY. Have the original on disc but none of the DLC. $25 for DLC...hmmm.
1402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Really? on: June 10, 2010, 03:20:13 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 10, 2010, 02:40:24 AM

Quote from: Purge on June 10, 2010, 02:10:30 AM

I hope so. I enjoyed the first.

I don't see any way they can recapture the magic of the 1st.

Threeeeee Deeeeeee!
1403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Torchwood: Children of the Earth on: June 08, 2010, 04:18:42 AM
Hopefully Netflix will offer it via steaming soon after the episode airing like they do other Starz series.
1404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead DLC coming after The Passing on: June 08, 2010, 04:12:23 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 07, 2010, 04:02:38 PM

while waiting for DLC, you can try I Hate Mountains, a fan made campaign set in the great outdoors.

Only had a chance to play the first two levels so far. That second level is one of the best L4D levels I've played. It takes place at a mountain lodge that was set up as a safe zone. Very intense from start to finish and one of the best designed levels for the series. Its oozing with atmosphere with almost every room giving a glimpse of how those survivors lived there before it went to hell...and then how they died after.

Can't wait to try the others tomorrow.
1405  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest 2: Velious? also, behold the Rage of the Mercs on: June 07, 2010, 07:02:30 PM
Bah. Just watched the video. The Merc thing is for the original EQ.  crybaby
1406  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Gold Box Hi Def Deals June 7 through 11 on: June 07, 2010, 06:25:14 PM
Great price on the Harmony 880 remote too right now - $70. Lowest I've seen it.
1407  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest 2: Velious? also, behold the Rage of the Mercs on: June 07, 2010, 06:20:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 07, 2010, 03:34:48 PM

DPS Mercenaries are incoming.

That's actually pretty sweet. Typically play EQ with just the wife and I and while we're able to do just about any dungeon its sometimes slow going with just two. A purchasable 3rd party member would help keep things moving.
1408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: June 4th 1977-VHS comes to USA on: June 05, 2010, 05:38:58 PM
I can recall the family renting VCRs from the local video stores before they got inexpensive enough to buy. This was back when they were all metal and had the pop-up tape loading mechanism. Plus a WIRED remote control. Think our first purchased VCR was a Fisher 4-head hi-fi VCR. Now that was technology.
1409  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Gold Box 5-3-2010: The Wire Complete Series 64% off on: June 03, 2010, 07:05:20 PM
After hearing about how good the show was I took a bit of a gamble with getting it for $80 during a previous Gold Box sale (Jan 2009). It was well worth it and would have had no problems paying $90. Fantastic television.
1410  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC official forum Dev Postings of note on: June 03, 2010, 06:56:25 PM
Yeah, I haven't run in to any lack of quests until recently but I think that is by design. I'm almost L30 and getting a bit too big for the current zone I'm questing in (Wild Lands) and its starting to push me to do quests in the next zone (Borderlands?). There's a bit of a gap between the two but I'll likely just jump over to Cimmeria or Kheims L20-L30 zone and use those quests to level up. They should have plenty of quests available.

Outside of Tortage I've only run in to a few instances where other users were trying to do the same quest where I'd have to either wait my turn or group up for a bit. I'd say its on par with what I'd hit in WoW and EQ2 or other mature MMOs. For Tortage you'll run in to this a bit more as everyone is going through the same quests. Underhalls seemed to be the most annoying part as you'd have to wait your turn often. Outside of that it wasn't too bad.
1411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defense Grid (and other tower defense games) on: June 03, 2010, 06:39:56 PM
Purchased but not played yet. Loved this game so looking forward to playing these new maps tonight.
1412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atari goes all a GOG on: June 03, 2010, 06:38:28 PM
Well I can kinda see it being a bit silly to put recent releases on GOG as there are several other digital distribution sites that also offer the game. The only benefit is the DRM removal. I'd rather continue to seeing GOG focus on getting the "older" games than more recent releases. That's what I attribute the site with and would love the focus to stay in that area.

'course I'm not putting money where my mouth is. I've only purchased 3 games from GoG since it's been in beta. So what I want may not be financially what they need. But if they were to expand to Amiga emulated games I'd likely spend some serious $$ on Psygnosis and Cinemaware games.
1413  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC official forum Dev Postings of note on: June 01, 2010, 06:38:36 PM
Just started playing this again and noticed people in chat asking for more players to launch the PvP matches. I'm on a PvE server and I do have to say I haven't bothered to try and get in a PvP match. Asking for players to join the PvP matches is a bit of a turnoff too as it makes me think it isn't really worth it if no one is doing it in the first place.

I'll eventually give it a shot but am in no rush.

I do have to say the game is a lot better this second time around than the initial 1 month I played way back when. The combat seems a lot slicker and progression a lot quicker (5 days of playing an already have a L23 Conq and L27 assassin). Feats seem to have been tweaked too as both my characters seem like killing machines with the Feat choices - I don't recall choosing Feats having such a dramatic effect. Its too bad they still haven't introduced mounts before L40 though. Jogging/Sprinting just sucks.
1414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Gary Coleman on: May 29, 2010, 12:11:03 AM
Now who's going to replace him in Avenue Q. frown
1415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 28, 2010, 07:07:23 PM
Even though Lee's home town is like two towns over still wasn't feeling much interest in him and thought Crystal was the better singer. However I think he's the better American Idol winner choice for what it is. Crystal didn't quite fit in the mold of that. God knows what her first album would be like if she won - pop something or other. Hopefully 2nd place gives a bit more freedom in music style.

I couldn't believe all the people they were showing at Mount Prospect green. Kinda wish I'd gone to that now or to his "concert" at Arlington Park. Oh well.

When I went through Mount Prospect today I was expecting a bunch of Lee fanfare but other than the old "vote 4 Lee" and "good luck Lee" posters there was nothing. Even the little LED display in downtown Mount Prospect was flashing news of some upcoming play instead of a congratulations message.

I'll probably head out there this weekend and take a few pictures of the signs for prosperity sake. But looks like the town is ready to move on as am I with American Idol.

Time for So You Think You Can Dance!
1416  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Trauma Team: $30 Amazon DOTD on: May 28, 2010, 06:34:48 PM
Damn tempting. But I still haven't played my copy of the last Trauma game. There's just not enough time to play all these games.  crybaby
1417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Natal is The Wave (maybe) on: May 28, 2010, 06:25:18 PM
If its around that price at all (even $100) it either needs several compelling games that are coming out for it (I haven't seen any yet) or come bundled with a must have (Fable 3).

Right now out in a big way. Will see after E3.
1418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 17, 2010, 06:39:38 PM
Parvity wuz robbed!

Another bitter jury that had a difficult time putting personal feelings aside for gameplay. While I was ok with Sandra winning I don't think she deserved it as she really didn't have much game. The only moves she had that I can remember were 1) Playing on Russells fears and getting him to vote out Coach. 2) Finding an Hidden Immunity Idol (HII). Parvity seemed to be gunned for since day 1 even by the Hero tribe before they merged (the JT letter). She also made one of the biggest plays of the game giving away the two hidden immunity idols (one to Sandra no less) to keep the Villains with the majority after the merge. Plus having to tip-toe with Russell to keep him from feeling like she was betraying him could not have been easy for 39 days.

But it seemed like most of the jury already made up their minds on who they would vote for before they got there. I've never seen a final tribal council with so few questions. It was mainly all statements. That means the remaining survivors don't have the opportunity to sell themselves so they just have to sit there and see how the votes play out. It robs both the jury members and viewers or any interesting insights the survivors can provide as well as sway votes based on their responses.

They need to tweak the final tribal council and allow the survivors to respond to jury members if they make a statement. Or bring back the option to plead a final case where the survivors can address some of statements the jury has brought up.

In any case Russell does a terrible job at selling himself at the end. On par with Amanda. Given what they showed at the jury and on the reunion show he has no end game. Given the last few episodes he was really shooting himself in the foot in getting votes. Out of everyone on this season though I'd put Russell in spot #2 for top player with Parvity still winning at #1.

Speaking of the #2 spot. How the hell could Rupert be #2 for that Sprint favorite player vote? What was likable about Rupert this season? And how did Erik not win for dumbest Survivor moves? He had the haircut to prove it. Speaking of dumb - Colby. But he did have one interesting insight about not allowing the contestants to go in the water or jungle. I wonder what that decision was about - and agree it takes the adventure out of the game.

Overall one of the best seasons of Survivor despite another finale let down.
1419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 07, 2010, 07:05:49 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 07, 2010, 06:24:24 PM

I honestly don't see how any season of Survivor will ever be able to compare with this one again.

I agree. The last few seasons have topped the one preceeding it. For me it started with Fans vs Favorites (Season 16) which I thought was almost as entertaining as the original.

Last night's flip almost felt like it was more for our entertainment than it was for strategy.  While in principle I agreed it was to his best interest to split the girls, did he really have to do it so stupidly?  I guess you can argue that crap worked in his original season against the dumb chicks he was with, but he's already seen how crafty Parvati is, did he really think he could get away with playing the 2 of them against each other?

I think he lost his mind around there. The only thing I can think of why he did it when he did it was he had immunity so whatever he did it couldn't hurt him that night. In past Survivor episodes when people win the immunity idol they sometimes get in everyone's face. But the tactic he used was not deftly done by a long shot.

They should just end it here because next season is poised to be a real letdown.

I know. How much better can it get? Although like I mentioned before the last 4 seasons have topped the one before. But I gotta think it has peaked at 20.

What they do need to do for the next season is make the hidden immunity idols all look like Russell.
1420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 07, 2010, 06:45:43 PM
That episode was all sorts of crazy. With mainly Russell losing his mind...and pants. That was some bat shit, lost in the jungle for days, type of thinking working Parvity and Danielle that way. Kudo's to Parvity for calling Russells bluff. That was a great scene where Russell saw his whole ploy fall apart and he didn't know what to do but yell and get angry. But also kudos to Russell for making Danielle cry at tribal, making me laugh at the "I was testing youuuuu" comment and confusing the hell out of Jerri to get her to change her vote at tribal. When was the last time you've seen someone on tribal go to and change their vote based on what was said?

I'm trying to figure out how Russell thinks he going to win now. Danielle seemed like a shoe in to me to get 0 votes at the final tribal. Parvity is the much bigger threat. Right now I don't see a single person on the jury voting for Russell based on the last few days - except for JT who still thinks Russell is surviving that All Girls Alliance. If Russell makes it to the end with Colby and Rupert will he get any votes still? Probably Candice's vote.

The biggest threats in the game right now for winning seem to be Parvity and Sandra. I have to say for barely being seen at all until the last few episodes Sandra is doing everything right - she says just enough or nothing at all. Plus that HII find helps.

Speaking of that I loved the idea of reading the HII clue in front of everyone.

BTW you can now vote for the "Dumbest Move" in Survivor history and they'll be giving away a trophy to the winner at the final tribal council:
1421  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: May 07, 2010, 12:18:18 AM
If they can do it for free great. But somehow I bet any free content will come piecemeal over time which you would blow through within an hour or two when released. I'd pay $30 to get a large content update, covering a wide range of levels, offering many hours of play, and having it all at once.

Or if they're too lazy steal City of Hero's archetect tool and let the playerbase build new stuff.

They need to do something big and soon about the lack of overall content to keep the game fresh.
1422  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Demon's Souls $32 @ Amazon(PS3) on: May 06, 2010, 07:27:16 PM
Where can you see your promotion credits? I've only known them to appear during the checkout phase.

1423  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: May 06, 2010, 07:20:13 PM
Hopefully the next thing they work on is new L1-L30 content. It gets an A+ in the variety of character creation/classes but its so hard playing through the same exact areas each time you start a new character. I love the class I'm playing but running through those same missions/areas kills the fun.

$30 expansion for those level ranges with a few new "dungeons" and it'd be a sale.
1424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Attempted car bombing in Times Square? on: May 04, 2010, 06:27:22 PM
Early on they were showing a video of some guy near the scene that was taking a shirt off or something and had a red shirt beneath it. The news was putting a lot of emphasis on this guy and how odd doing that was (umm..maybe it was hot?). Is the guy that got arrested the same one in the video? 
1425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] A Princess of Mars (2009) on: May 03, 2010, 06:14:56 PM
Got as far as this John Carter getting transported to Mars and then decided I have better things to do.

But I'll probably go back and try and watch the whole thing to see how much more it can go off kilter from the books.  icon_frown
1426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 30, 2010, 06:38:39 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on April 30, 2010, 03:06:56 PM

Colby & Rupert need to gang up on Russell and beat the livin' tar outa him.

Before they got 30 feet to him they would have been knocked out by all the Immunity Idols Russell would throw at them.

BTW there was this tidbit from Jeff Probst blog:

"Next season it will take more than just looking under a rock to find a hidden idol.  I won’t give away what we’re doing, but in planning our creative for next season we coined a phrase, “The Russell Factor” and it influenced how we will play the hidden idol next season."
1427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 30, 2010, 06:35:48 PM
I think I would have flipped too if I was Candice. If she stuck with the Hero's she would be the first one to go once all the Villains were gone. No changing that short of getting immunity each time. By switching she looks to be at the bottom of the Villains as well but Russell had mentioned to her that he would need to call on her sometime later in the game...or something to that effect. To me that sounded like he was suggesting he would use her to get rid of one of his alliance members (Parvity?) before the end.

So for me that sliver of a promise is better than what was already set in stone. I'd roll the dice.

In the strategic sense of things Russell needs to get rid of Parvity to have a chance at winning. The people that are on the jury and who will be on it hate Parvity but really detest Russell. That'll likely favor Parvity. Plus Parvity had that huge move with playing the two hidden immunity idols - they are not soon to forget that and I bet even some of the hero's will respect that move. Remember none of the hero's saw Russell's battle with Boston Robb and all the amazing tribal council plays he had up until that point. So that's potentially 5 voters who are going to vote  on what they've seen since the merge.

So with that in mind I think Russel would be open to using Candice to get rid of Parvity and bring her to the end. If the final 3 was Russell, Daniele and Candice who would people vote for? Russell would wipe the floor with those two as they didn't do squat.
1428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 30, 2010, 06:02:30 PM
Attempted the capture the Great Jaggi quest last night and failed - I killed him. But I came away with a lot more information to know when he's primed for capture. Wasted the first trap and tranq bombs using those way too early. Luckily got a few more completing the sub quests but never got to use them.

I wasn't thinking it was going to be that much fun trying to capture an animal but it turned out even more intense than just straight killing. I'll give it another shot tonight.

A need to use traps a lot more - those rock.
1429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Jonah Hex movie just got hotter. on: April 30, 2010, 12:33:27 AM
Whoah! I am so IN

...for Netflix streaming

1430  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 4-29-2010: Codemasters Racing Pack 75% off on: April 30, 2010, 12:23:43 AM
Well I know Dirt 2 and Grid are fantastic racers and run great on lower end systems. I've played a bit of Dirt but only recently and think I was spoiled a bit by Dirt 2 so not digging it as much as I probably should be.

No idea how the other racers are. But if you don't have any of those and even have a passing interest in racing games you can't go wrong at that price. Dirt 2 and Grid are worth that alone.
1431  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Demon's Souls $34 (PS3) on: April 29, 2010, 09:55:55 PM
I'm in for Demon Souls and for the wrong reasons.

Its one of those games that looks like it'll be so frustrating I'd probably give up after 30 minutes - so why bother? But at the same time there seems to be a lot of buzz around the unique experience this game offers.

I have a hard time passing up games that offer unique experiences. 5-10 years down the road someone will post a blog entry or a post about great games of 2010 you never played and Demon Souls will listed. Then there will be the two posters leaving comments about how they loved that game and never have played anything like it since. Then I'll be kicking myself for not plucking down the $35 to try it out.

So a bad reason to buy a game.
1432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 28, 2010, 06:31:38 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 28, 2010, 05:50:52 PM

Aaron did a decent over the top ballad but it was kind of disturbing when he dedicated it to his mom.

Kara's comment to him about him changing the "making love" lyric made it disturbing too. I didn't know the song so wouldn't have known either way if he changed it but that comment just put a horrid image in my head.

In any case I agree with you about the season. I'll stick it out but certainly one of the least entertaining seasons of Idol. I'm ready to skip to the finale. It seems like everyone has peaked so its going to be more of the same until the end.

Part of the problem this year is they've been so restricted in choices. Instead of Country week its Shania Twain songs. Instead of Rock week it was Rolling Stones songs, then McCartney/Lennon, and Elvis songs. Would be nice if they allowed them more freedom of choice so they could pick more current songs they can connect with. That would also dispatch with all the hollow "I'm honored to sing this song" comments.
1433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legend of the Seeker, Season 2 on: April 27, 2010, 06:56:49 PM
The show seemed to begin sputtering a bit in this second season which is unfortunate since it started off so great and I love the Cara character. But the stories didn't seem quite as good as the last season. If they had more scenes of Cara and Kahlan in the Underworld the show would have continued on just fine.

I'll have to read the books at some point to see where they planned on taking things - I know the show is only loosely based on the books but the overall aching plot is similar, correct?
1434  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Gold Box 360 deals on: April 27, 2010, 06:47:39 PM
If it matters the Bioshock 2 dealie comes with one of those $10 credits towards a future Amazon video game purchase.

It matter to me so I took the deal even though I have some many games on the burner.  disgust
1435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 27, 2010, 06:44:12 PM
Speaking on inventory what items are must have in your inventory?

I typically keep it down to:

Heal Potions
BBQ Spit

Then when I get a quest I'll grab:
+ special items for quest (e.g. flash bombs, tainted meat, etc)

Still finding it difficult not filling up my inventory by the time the quest is complete.
1436  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 27, 2010, 12:23:32 AM
I was upset Amanda lost to Parvity too but I couldn't blame the votes. Amanada didn't bother to talk about all the things she did in that season to make it to the finale, and I seem to recall she did a hell of a lot. If you can't sell yourself by the end by explaining to people what you did to get there, good or bad and standing behind those decisions, there's little chance to get any votes your way.

BTW my "scripted" comment was directed at how perfectly the episode played out drama wise with an incredible twist at the end.  I don't think the show is influenced and am aware of the editing techniques - which go beyond not showing certain scenes to camera men asking the Survivors to re-enact conversations if they weren't able to get a good shot the initial time it occured. But that's pretty harmless.
1437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultima IV 25 years anniversary this year! on: April 26, 2010, 06:52:42 PM

Quote from: Fellow on April 26, 2010, 12:14:23 PM

I also discovered that, if I put the dungeon floppy in the drive while walking overland, it would start loading blocks of dungeon cells with multiple chests in them and in effect let me loot them for treasure. So in effect I discovered the art of cheating. In a game about virtues.

I remember doing that to. I recall reading about the trick in one of the computer magazines - Family Computing is coming to mind. It was a neat cheat and I remember I used it for both unlimited chests and walking from one island to another. Going from one island to the other was somewhat dangerous as you generated tiles with hallways leading to a dead end meaning you could wind up in the middle of the ocean. But typically the cheat would get you close enough to the island that you could just blink over there when you got stuck.

A fun cheat.
1438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 25, 2010, 10:23:41 PM
Is there a place where you can purchase/mine/combine to get armor spheres or do they only come as quest rewards? Would like to work on getting a new set of armor but the armor spheres seem to be rare.

Also is there a way to go to the second island (Sandy Plains) outside of questing there? I can't find a way to get there from the village or Moga Woods.

Right now I've primarily been focusing on using the hammer, and have it upgraded to the highest level. As a Monster Hunter newb should I focus on using and upgrading a single weapon or focus on getting them all? So far the hammer has done everything I've needed it to. I'm not sure if each weapon has different strengths/weakness against monsters or its just the attack/defense styles that differ with each.
1439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 23, 2010, 07:28:06 PM
I think this is the first time that I ever had an inkling an episode could be scripted. That was just too perfect. And now I know what it feels like to be blindsided as I did not see that scenario playing out the way it did in any shape or form - I love it!

The one thing that really gives it away this episode was scripted was Rupert calling everything the way it was. He didn't trust Russell because Russell swore on his kids with some horrible acting, he thought Parvity had a hidden immunity idol because she quit the immunity challenge quickly, and he knew you have to wait until the plantains are ripe before eating! His clarify on this episode almost made up for that ghastly showing the previous episode where he was drooling and slobbering over his mountain man beard trying to prove he was the shit - that image can't be unseen.

Parvity really upped her game in this episode and maybe even topped Russel's big move earlier when he gave the HII to her. If Parvity gets to the finals the non-vindictive hero's (which is probably everyone but Rupert) are going to remember that big move but have no clue about Russell's earlier big move along the same lines. There may be another web site in the future.

It almost feels like a lock now that Parvity/Russell/Danielle will be at the final tribal council.

Other things of note. Boob jobs apparently don't hold up well after hanging on to a 20 foot pole for hours. Amanda is a horrible liar and manipulator "my head hurts!". Colby has checked out again. And here I thought the kimono was a bad choice of fashion.
1440  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest 2: Halas Reborn on: April 20, 2010, 06:17:51 PM
I gotta resub to this at some point and check out all these new areas. I purchased the Rise of Kunark and Shadow Odyssey expansions without even touching any of the zones as I kept leveling up new characters.

I do have to say this Halas expansion doesn't do anything for me. The ice zones always seemed boring and barren to me.
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