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1441  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVR Luddite has questions on: September 16, 2009, 06:31:31 PM
The TiVo HD will record HD shows over the air. But the device requires a subscription in order to work. Subscriptions are monthly/yearly or lifetime based.
1442  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: September 15, 2009, 06:27:00 PM
At level 26 now and haven't hit a content gap yet. But there have been plenty of points where I've been doing missions marked 1 or 2 levels above me. Since hitting 20 or so I've been having to run around between Canada/Desert/Millennium City to get quests within my level. Whenever I dry up in the area I'm in I just use the crime computer to tell me where to go.

I also notice that after PvP my experience bar will typically go up a tick and I'll do PvP for short spurts.
1443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: September 10, 2009, 07:01:12 PM
Ellen was a guest judge on last seasons So You Think You Can Dance. She was only there for a single night and basically wore out her welcome by the end. She was funny but offered nothing in her critiques other than one-liners. You knew she had no business judging the dancers which made the whole thing lose the little bit of credibility it has. Thankfully it was just the single night.

Dunno how she's going to bring anything extra to American Idol. Would rather they just go back to the 3 judge panel with what they already have. Hell if they were so hard up for a 4th judge they should have brought in one of the former contestants as they would have something to bring to the critiques.

If they bring back the judges save again this year along with this then that Simon Fuller guy is way out of touch with the audience.
1444  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: September 02, 2009, 03:43:55 AM
From all the complaints about the nerf I was expecting the game to be impossible to play. After several hours I didn't notice too much difference than before. With my solo character I was completing missions just fine but did notice battles were slightly longer (electricity build with no defensive/offensive buffs). I did have one super villain battle which lasted about 30 seconds (20 seconds more than usual) but still was not a close battle. It was nice to see the villain laster longer, as they were able to get off several powers during the course of the battle. Normally they get off 1 charged attack and then be dead.

Playing as a team (2 players) was little different than before. We were still plowing through mobs and multiple ones. Triple health mobs did take a bit longer to kill but other than two or three times where we got overwhelmed I didn't feel in danger.

So I'm not sure what all the complaints are about. Even in the game chat people were complaining of nerfs. From what I've seen the game still needs to be tweaked to make things more difficult.
1445  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 31, 2009, 06:48:49 PM
Yeah, they need to balance the game a bit more. My wife and I haven't had any problems tearing through mobs. Henchmen go down in about 1 second, mini-bosses in about 5 seconds, and bosses between 10-15. It was fun as you could tear through missions but now its a bit unfun as its little challenge.

Even the Fight Club mission at L17, which recommends 3 people gave us no problems. The one time during that mission I got overwhelmed I just held down block and within seconds my wife took out the mobs that were swarming all over me. I can't think of another mission, so far, that had us in any real difficulty.

They really need to raise the health on all enemies. Henchmen need to have health more along the lines of the min-bosses, the mini-bosses double what they already have, and boss battles should, at the least, take a minute to complete.
1446  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 30, 2009, 03:00:05 PM
There's always going to be those people that level up way before anyone else. The L38-L40 users after 48hrs are not the norm. After two days of heavy playing I'm at 18 and I've already been through the newbie zones multiple times. The new players are going to level a lot slower their first run through. But I do agree, at this rate, people will hit 40 well before any signifcant content areas come out. They'll need to get an expansion out there pretty quick as after the 2nd L40 character you've probably seen it all as far as content goes.
1447  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] H2 on: August 28, 2009, 06:50:11 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 28, 2009, 06:14:20 PM

Rob Zombie fails as a director and writer. Spectacularly at that.

I'd agree except for Devil's Rejects which was awesome.
1448  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 8-28: THQ Collecttors pack 25% off on: August 28, 2009, 06:44:20 PM
This was a toughy for me but ended up melting and getting it. Had The original Dawn of War, Titan's Quest (both) and STALKER but none of the other stuff. Mainly got it for the two Company of Hero games, the Dawn of War expansions and Dawn of War 2.

Semi regretting it as the games I really want to play will probably wind up as regular weekend dealies (I missed the two times DoW2 was on it) and could wait to play those but ah well. It's done.
1449  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 25, 2009, 08:43:22 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on August 25, 2009, 08:16:17 PM

Quote from: Aganazer on August 25, 2009, 07:54:31 PM

Cryptic said in their advertising "Both of these offers are only going to be around until supplies last, so sign up while you still can."

It sucks, I know, but it wasn't misrepresented. There is some noise about it on the official forums so I wouldn't be surprised if they turned it back on. Stay tuned!

Logically the concept that something virtual is limited in stock is hard to process, no matter how clearly stated it may be.

Hmmm, maybe I should sell my account with the lifetime sub. $500 anyone? biggrin

That's part of the reason I was fine with getting the lifetime. I figure I can sell it later for what I paid for it and maybe some more. I saw a LOTRO Lifetime account going for $480. In a few years I imagine any core players that didn't purchase a Lifetime will want one.
1450  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 23, 2009, 04:07:48 PM
Ended up pulling the trigger on a Lifetime subscription. Figure I can sell that in a few years to an addict for at least $200.
1451  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 22, 2009, 05:39:20 AM
Came across a few other decent clones.

Samus is looking a tad malnurished there but otherwise has the equipment right.

It's the Man of Diamonds! aka "Diamond Man"

Probably the easist clone to create but still looks fantastic jumping around

Zombie Hulk Smash!

There was also a fantastic P.N.03 character running around with the acrobat skill so they were doing cartwheels all over the place. Unfortunately they didn't stand still long enough for me to get a decent shot.
1452  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 21, 2009, 08:55:13 PM
Well I found Cryptic's policy on creating characters that bare a resemblance to existing ones:

Here's the crux of it:

"While Creating your Champion's Costume: You may not create costumes or costume/name combinations that are recognizable as the registered property of any company. (This includes things such as: comics, anime, movies, or video games.)"

Which to me sucks as its damn fun to see if you can create an existing character with the tools you are given; like creating celebrity Mii's. Hopefully you can still get away with creating versions of the characters that are obvious parody's.
1453  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 21, 2009, 03:18:47 PM
So what are your thoughts on seeing versions of existing "heroes" in the game? And what is Cryptic's stance on this? Is copying an existing work within this game a copyright infringement?

For me I'm loving creating existing video/computer game characters. I also get a kick out of seeing well made copies of existing superheroes in the game.

Here's the latest one I thought was really clever.

1454  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 20, 2009, 08:02:37 PM
How do you sell stuff in this game at stores? I see a buy tab but not a sell tab. My inventory is filling up so want to get rid of some of these items I have no use for.
1455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "The Asylum", the most unapolagetically bad movie production company ever on: August 20, 2009, 06:06:14 PM
I've seen parts of several of these on Sci-Fi channel and what I saw was all pretty bad but perfect for those weekends when you don't want to do shit.
1456  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 19, 2009, 08:58:41 PM
Loving this character creator. I just found out there's a pull down menu for head/body/hands/legs that offers even more options including jackets! Didn't realize they were there till I started hitting the random button and wondering where all those new pieces came from.

In any case here's my latest. Not quite as good as the Duke clone but not too bad either. I wish they had normal sized knee pads I could put on or specifically size the robot ones. Meet Ben.

Indy, do you know where the Polecats are hanging out?

Is this what I gotta fight to get a sequel made?

Where's my knee pads and these boots don't quite look right!
1457  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 19, 2009, 02:45:58 PM
Having a great time playing around with the character creator. I forgot how fun the COX character creator was and this one is right up there with it. Made three characters but only two are worth showing off.

Feather Duster

Nuke Dukem

Shake it baby!

I've seen a few other "familiar faces" in game including, believe it or not, Weird Al Yankovic.
1458  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Guitar Hero 5 deal on: August 16, 2009, 08:55:33 PM
The Activsion site is saying it can take up to 6 weeks to ship the Van Halen disc after you type in your code. Still would get it before the regular release.

I went with the Amazon dealie where you get $5 towards MP3 downloads (although it looks like it has to be songs from the game) and $10 off your next video game purchase. Never got World Tour so probably going to use that $10 towards World Tour and get the instruments for $89. It came out cheaper than getting the $99 GH5 guitar bundle and the drum set for $89 (doesn't even have the mic or World Tour) seperately.
1459  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 15, 2009, 12:21:37 AM

Quote from: Fez on August 14, 2009, 09:44:48 PM

Umm..if you didn't get your key, don't worry.  I can't even REGISTER on the Champions Online website at the moment.  Seems like it's totally incapable of dealing with the traffic their getting right now or something.  Not a good start when you can't even register an account.

If the problem with registering is due to high demand on the system well then that's what the beta process is for - to iron out those things before launch.
1460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Darkest of Days debut trailer..time travel shooter on: August 14, 2009, 07:02:41 PM
Same meh from me. The controls felt off to me for shooter. The graphics were not all that great and there were some odd pop-in animations like at the very beginning where arrows raining down on you appear out of no where. I almost stopped playing the demo - then the sci-fi stuff happened, which got me interested enough to play the rest of it.

My opinion slightly improved but not enough to buy it. I liked the Civil War theme, and mowing down enemies with a futuristic machine gun was kinda fun. But there were some jarring moments where the game would all of a sudden turn in to an on-rails shooter. When you were left to your own devices you had to get to certain points on the map to get the game to move forward. This even goes for an escort mission where you are required to head in to a trench to get to the next point to advance the story when you probably could have just as easily went around the trench and avoided the Confederate in the trenches.

When its on Steam for $5 I'd probably consider picking it up. Or better if it arrives on GameTap.
1461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead stroll onto AMC on: August 13, 2009, 12:41:35 AM
I have Book 1 of the series (#1-#12) which I thought was pretty good - although a little annoyed at the quality of the drawings got worse later in the book. Whats the verdict of the rest of the books? I'm reading on Amazon that the plot starts crapping out. Given the price of the books I've been hesitant to purchase more. Any opinions on the rest of the series?
1462  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Search is Over: The Best BBQ Sauce In the Universe Has Been Found on: August 12, 2009, 06:37:24 PM
There's a Sweet Baby Ray's Restaurant around here. We've been to it twice now. I gave their ribs two chances but both times they were pretty lame, even with the sauce. However their Onion Strings appetizer with the BBQ sauce is fantastic and is probably enough to get us to go there a third time.
1463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Interested in traveling to Japan on: August 11, 2009, 06:40:48 PM
I'd also recommend heading to Kyoto. When doing some training for my company in Japan I went to Kyoto on my only free day. Really amazing place with some neat temples and rock gardens. I headed there from Osaka and I think the train ride was only an hour or so (one transfer). I had one of my trainees with me at the time and that made getting around a lot easier on me as I don't speak/read the language fluently enough to be effective. He was able to help avoid having to wait in any of the long bus lines by the end of the day I got to see quite a lot as well as eat lunch at a very traditional Japanese restaurant in the area which I probably wouldn't have found or went to on my own.

If you don't know the language you might want to look in to hiring someone local to go with you.
1464  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: August 08, 2009, 02:05:40 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on August 07, 2009, 03:35:16 PM

Who was better than Joshua last year?

Katee was a better dancer. Joshua was right up there with her but Katee was more impressive. The judges really built up Joshua by continuing to reference how he didn't have such-and-such training and that he shouldn't be able to do what he's doing. Like this year I would have been happy with either of the final two winning but the better dancer (Brandon) didn't win and it went to someone the judges built up ("I think you're peaking at the right time").
1465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: August 07, 2009, 03:27:33 PM
Definitely a good finale for the show. It's also great to see the show getting some popularity and they were able to move to the Kodak theater for the finale.

The better dancer didn't win (same with last year) but I'm happy with the results since it wasn't Evan winning.

Anyone else notice Little C was missing from the judges Chorus Line routine? Also anyone heard why they were doing the next show so soon - September 2nd I think they said? Even though I love the show I would have been fine with a longer break in between.
1466  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: stressed? watch this on: July 23, 2009, 06:27:30 PM
That's huge!

They have a similar exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium. There's a large viewing room where you just couldn't help yourself but sit down and stare at it in awe. The Georgia tank looks to be a bit more diverse. As you walk around the tank there's different viewing areas and a glass hallway where you see stuff on either side and above you.

I posted a few videos of it on YouTube awhile back. My camera definitely doesn't hold up to the quality of the HD stuff but you get the idea. Certainly a must see if you head to Georgia.
1467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Walt Disney's Ponyo on: July 23, 2009, 06:18:26 PM
I'm a big fan of the Miyazaki films but this one isn't connecting with me from the trailers. Will still see it though.
1468  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: So, what do you think the big MMO of the fall will be? on: July 22, 2009, 05:56:00 PM
I'll still be playing Warhammer but most of the buzz seems to be coming from Aion. I'm not very interested in another fantasy MMO so will probably skip that one for Champions/Marvel Universe after those two have matured a bit. I tend to skip initial MMO launches due to the usual initial problems/headaches.
1469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you still get excited for games by id? on: July 22, 2009, 05:46:38 PM
I'm not as excited about this game as I was Doom 3. But Doom 3 was their last real company produced game which was 5 years ago. Back then what you could still do with a 3D engine was quite new. We were amazed by real-time lighting effects, physics and even simple stuff like enemies that could interact with the environment. Since then there's been a lot of impressive 3D engines (Half-Life/Fear/Crysis) and there doesn't seem to be the huge jump in technology used in these engines that are mind blowing anymore. It's mainly improvement on graphics/physics.

I didn't see anything in the Rage preview that had me asking how they did that or wondering if I was looking at something real-time or CG.

I'm sure there's going to be some neat unexpected technology improvements but based on what I've seen so far I'm not jumping out of my seat in excitement for it like their last game.
1470  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer Weekend Madness 7-17: Mirror's Edge & Prince of Persia PC $5.90 on: July 18, 2009, 02:04:54 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on July 18, 2009, 12:52:16 PM

Quote from: Crawley on July 17, 2009, 11:38:17 PM

On topic: Mirrors Edge and Prototype shipping.

Off topic: Is there a location where that GoGamer support link is featured on Gaming Trend? I tried looking for it before coming to the forums but couldn't find anything.

The first post called Support Gaming Trend Links.

Whoops. I do tend to ignore those sticky posts.
1471  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer Weekend Madness 7-17: Mirror's Edge & Prince of Persia PC $5.90 on: July 17, 2009, 11:38:17 PM
On topic: Mirrors Edge and Prototype shipping.

Off topic: Is there a location where that GoGamer support link is featured on Gaming Trend? I tried looking for it before coming to the forums but couldn't find anything.
1472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Digital Games sales are growing up on: July 17, 2009, 06:25:41 PM
I do a lot of digital download purchases but typically they're of older games that are on sale. I'm with Huw and brettmcd as far as wanting the actual CD/Manual/Box for any new releases. But I definitely see that tend going away and would probably start buying those new releases digitally if the price difference between the retail version was different enough.
1473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the 10 worst consoles ever on: July 17, 2009, 06:16:00 PM
If I had the money at the time I probably would have bought the CD-I. I can recall being blown away by the Golf game they always had playing in Sharper Image. Plus it had Dragons Lair 1 & 2 on there which I thought would be so cool to be able to play at home.
1474  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online Producer's letter on: July 16, 2009, 07:38:53 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 16, 2009, 02:57:47 PM

Quote from: Arclight on July 16, 2009, 09:48:41 AM

There is an air of desperation in that post.

really?? Where?

I think this is the spot "My guild’s Keep is getting attacked -- I’ve gotta run!"
1475  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: July 10, 2009, 05:50:55 PM
Sweet. Came close to buying this and Pablo Honey a few weeks ago.
1476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward on: July 10, 2009, 05:47:16 PM
Hopefully it turns out better than Hospital Tycoon which was another clone but was just lacking something Theme Hospital had. I think a soul.
1477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [revisit]Vampire: Bloodlines (now with retrospective!) on: July 06, 2009, 06:25:45 PM
Was the problem with the sewers just navigating? I completed the game and loved it from beginning to end but never really had an issue in the sewers. I seem to recall one mission in there where you ended up having to kill some sewer boss guy that was tied to the main plot line. I remember being in the sewers awhile before I got to him, and having to do some backtracking, but never felt I hadn't a clue of what to do next.
1478  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: June 29, 2009, 06:33:03 PM
On Iron Rock it seems like Destruction has a slight advantage in RvR. I just got my sorcerer up to L30 and Destruction was owning Order in Tier 3 RvR. A little bit too much near the end there we would would have to all hide in the keep and not attack them until they committed to the inner door. But even then they tended to tuck tail and run if there was more than two groups there. Up until then it was just fine so not sure what happened but its made T3 RvR boring currently.

Since T3 was getting boring I figured I'd try out the Choppa class and wait for some new T3 blood to get in the mix. The Choppa is at L10 right now. Tier 1 is pretty lively for both Order/Destruction but Destruction again seems to have a slight advantage. I'm hoping these core group of people in T1 follow it in to T2. One thing that does suck about T1 is its hard to get anyone to leave the Chaos/Empire RvR zones so most of your time is spent RvRing in the same area.

I can't speak to T4 on this server in any detail. But city sieges seem to go back and forth which means one side isn't over powered. When Land of the Dead opened I've noticed Destruction has access to it each time I log in, even though Order won early access to it via the live event.

The only other server I can speak to is Magnus and that of T4 where Destruction was overwhelming Order to the point where there was a city siege on Order a few times a day. It was boring for Destruction and depressing for Order. I stopped playing my T4 Order characters after a few months of this where it was obvious there was little to be done to stop the other side. I'm not sure how the earlier Tiers are on that server though.
1479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Jackson has a heart attack on: June 26, 2009, 06:50:45 PM
Hearing a lot of Michael Jackson around Chicago. Someone was blasting it from their car when I was on the way to the train station yesterday. Then this morning going to work. Yet again while going to lunch. I'm getting my Michael fix.
1480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Old making of EQ article on: June 22, 2009, 05:59:34 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 22, 2009, 05:34:13 PM

There are times when I miss the original Everquest desperately.  No world, before or since, has absorbed me so thoroughly, and I doubt any ever will.  I played most of the subsequent MMORPGs, including susbtantial time in WoW and EQ2, but I really think you can't go home again.  I feel like I knew what the Desert of Ro smelled like.  It was one of the few games ever to make me forget completely that I was playing a game.

Around a year ago or so they re-subbed all old accounts for a month. I checked it out during that time and re-visited old haunts and what not (had a thread somewhere on it with screen shots...maybe on OO). It definitely was a blast to go back to the old haunts. A lot of things haven't changed a bit. Guards/Vendors stand where they always were. The same sound effects play out. You can still only have 9 spells memorized at a time.

But there were plenty of differences in the original areas too. Desert of Ro (south and north) got a face lift in both design and graphics and actually looked pretty slick. The UI was overhauled but still seemed a bit cluttered. And things were a lot more empty - for instance it kinda was depressing to go to West Commons and see it completely devoid of anyone running around much less at the tunnel trying to buy/sell loot.

I tried starting a new character but I just couldn't go back to the grind and get used to the complicated UI. More recent MMOs have spoiled me.
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