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10081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Eagles on: November 06, 2007, 01:35:54 AM
"Come on, man. I had a rough night and I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man!" - The Dude
10082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What did you play this past weekend? (11/5 edition) on: November 05, 2007, 03:49:32 PM
I played several hours of The Simpsons Game on my 360.  Despite some mediocre gameplay mechanics, I am compelled to play because of it's classic Simpsons humor and satirical levels.  

I also played some 360 demos: Virtua Fighter 5 (not really my bag, but I didn't give it much time to learn) and Scene It (maybe if I had more occasions to play it than once a year).
10083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/5) (The real post) on: November 05, 2007, 02:30:13 PM
I'd be interested in Viva Pinata for the PC if it includes the ability to change the speed of the game.  I can imagine that the mouse interface would greatly help, too.  

I might pick up Call of Duty 4 for the 360, but I want to try a single player demo first.  
10084  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free EGM and GoW on: November 05, 2007, 07:40:07 AM
Hooray for free magazines!
10085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HD-DVD for 200 bucks. on: November 04, 2007, 09:17:04 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 04, 2007, 09:05:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 04, 2007, 07:59:25 PM

I caved and bought the HD-DVD add-on for the 360.  Since it now comes with the Season 1 Heroes HDDVD along with the 5 titles I couldn't resist.

that's a regular deal now?  oh so tempting....

It's actually $165 with Heroes, King Kong and remote with free shipping at Buy.com, but it says the deal ends today (11/4/07).  Had I not bought so many new "toys" in the last couple months I would probably jump on it, but games take priority for this season.
10086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher on: November 04, 2007, 08:16:10 PM
So how does this game perform?  Is it pretty system taxing or does it scale well to older hardware?
10087  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: $25 TRU gift card when you buy Mario Galaxy on: November 04, 2007, 05:19:51 PM
D'oh, you're right.  It was Mario & Sonic Olympics I saw in this ad, not Mario Galaxy.  I still can't believe that they would give out $25 for a game that will likely sell tons anyway.
10088  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: $25 TRU gift card when you buy Mario Galaxy on: November 04, 2007, 04:36:36 PM
This seems too good to be true, and I just checked my local weekly ad and this deal is not in it.  Mario Galaxy is listed at normal price of $49.99 and the only giftcard deal is a $10 GC if you buy $75 in total. 
10089  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Start-up sequence questions? on: November 04, 2007, 03:54:36 PM
As far as I know both programs allow you to disable starting with Windows within themselves.  For Steam just go to File->Settings then the Interface tab and unclick "Run Steam when Windows starts".  There is something very similar from within Messenger (in the Preferences or something) but I don't have it installed to tell you exactly where it is. 
10090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassins Creed New Video on: November 04, 2007, 03:37:09 PM
They haven't revealed any details on the whole main story, but they've been "slipping" small things here and there with some modern/futuristic tech stuff and mentions of genetic memory. 

As an aside, Jade Raymond may be attractive but she sucks at talking about the game.
10091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music for warning - suggestions please! on: November 04, 2007, 08:26:21 AM
So how are you liking the Marketplace subscription thing, warning?  Do you think it's going to be something that you continue?

For me it seemed like it would be really cool for a little bit to fill up my Zune, but after that I don't know that there would be enough new music for me to want to keep it up.  Also, I would like to own any albums that I really like so I can listen to them anytime and not lose them if I unsubscribe. 
10092  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Pretty good game rental deal at Hollywood Video on: November 04, 2007, 08:13:15 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on November 04, 2007, 03:29:46 AM

Game rentals are $7.50 these days?? geebus! I have'nt rented a game since 1994...back when they were $2 a week.

Yeah, game rentals are expensive these days.  If I rent I get them at Blockbuster because you effectively get them for two weeks since they have their "No late fees" thing that gives you two weeks until you will be charged for the full game (and then credited it back minus a restocking fee if you return it). 
10093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 04, 2007, 07:28:56 AM
Bill Roper has a State of the Game open letter up over at their site.  It smacks of blowing smoke up your ass considering the problems I've been reading about, but take it for what you will. 
10094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Simpsons Impressions? on: November 03, 2007, 07:20:09 PM
Quick impressions after maybe an hour and a half (did a couple episodes and lots of wandering around, checking stuff out and getting collectables) is that I'm pretty sure Hit & Run was the better game.  Obviously this is supposed to be more of a beat-em-up/platformer, but the camera sucks, the controls just aren't quite right and there are quite a few annoyances.  Very mediocre platforming, and I've played my share of those.  I can definitely see why this is getting 70%. 

On the plus side it's full of all the humor and characters from the show, with many references to past episodes.  It was great to just be running down the street past Karl and hear him singing the Stonecutters song!

Is is possible to go back and do old episodes somehow?  I missed 3 of the beer caps in the Land of Chocolate but don't know how to get back there.  Hell, I have no idea where more of them could be hidden in that little level anyway. 
10095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Simpsons Impressions? on: November 03, 2007, 03:18:05 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 03, 2007, 03:09:52 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 03, 2007, 12:59:52 PM

OK, I give in.  I'll go pick it up when the store opens.  Apu pleading to me has pushed me over the edge.   

It helps that I just got my Best Buy Rewards in the mail with at 10% off coupon and $15 in certificates.  How can I not buy it? 

You lose money not buying it.

I see you can understand my logic.  smile

Quote from: CeeKay on November 03, 2007, 03:13:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 03, 2007, 12:59:52 PM

OK, I give in.  I'll go pick it up when the store opens.  Apu pleading to me has pushed me over the edge.   

actually it's Homer  Tongue

Well, it's hard to tell in that picture.  I thought I saw a little white pointer thing going to Apu's head between him and Krusty.  More importantly, though, it gave me reason to sing "Who needs The Simpsons Game...I doooooo!". 
10096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 03, 2007, 01:14:14 PM
In case anybody didn't know, the Patch 0 is now up for single player.  Looks like a lengthy list of fixes. 
10097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: US PS3=CDN PS3? on: November 03, 2007, 01:04:16 PM
I thought they had recently lowered the price of games in Canada because of the monetary changes also. 
10098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Simpsons Impressions? on: November 03, 2007, 12:59:52 PM
OK, I give in.  I'll go pick it up when the store opens.  Apu pleading to me has pushed me over the edge.   

It helps that I just got my Best Buy Rewards in the mail with at 10% off coupon and $15 in certificates.  How can I not buy it? 
10099  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/FT DIRT 360 on: November 03, 2007, 12:51:04 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on November 03, 2007, 12:12:10 PM

Nope, I'm not gonna play it again.  I like racing games and if they don't impress me the first time I play them or the way the controls are, I won't play them again.  I also bought Test Drive Unlimited and played that almost all night, it's cool.

You are dead to me.  DiRT pwns Test Drive!  slywink
10100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: November 03, 2007, 06:10:19 AM

Quote from: Old Negus on November 03, 2007, 12:54:44 AM

While the graphics aren't as nice as the other versions, we really like the fact that when you mess up you hear your guitar make the mess up sound (via the Wiimote). That'll come in extra handy when we finally get another guitar I'm sure.

That seems like something that could have easily and cheaply been implemented in all of the guitars since they were making new models anyway.  Funny they didn't think of that. 
10101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Console debate] Which console do you WANT to "win" and why? on: November 03, 2007, 06:02:58 AM
Well I like a mish-mash of cake and ice cream, so there!
10102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Simpsons Impressions? on: November 03, 2007, 03:18:42 AM
Man, you guys are really breaking down my resistance here.  Quit it!  I haven't even played all the games I already have!
10103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 02, 2007, 04:02:23 PM
Heh, I was just looking at the page where that picture came from.  Or at least I am assuming that's where you saw it, with the crane/equipment disasters and such. 
10104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo sells alotta software, son on: November 02, 2007, 02:43:52 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 02, 2007, 02:01:18 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on November 02, 2007, 07:24:23 AM

Wii Play is probably the biggest disappointment on the Wii. A few of the games are fun, but I wish they had just done a little bit better. Yeah, it's really only a $10 game, but still. The Wii needs another fun collection. Just too many clunkers in Wii Play to want to stick it in the drive. And it's sold over 6 million copies. That'll teach 'em! Tongue

I still say that everybody buys the game as a slightly more expensive second controller. That's the only reason I can fathom as to why it sells so well.

That was absolutely the only reason I bought it, although I will admit I also expected the games in it to be better than they were.  I figured for $10 we could get some enjoyment out of them, but unfortunately it was a waste of money. 
10105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Simpsons Impressions? on: November 02, 2007, 02:37:45 PM
Yeah, I have to echo Chaz here.  I'm a huge Simpsons fan and even though I did like the visual style, references and everything, the actual gameplay of the demo sucked. 
10106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBL: America's Army Demo on: November 02, 2007, 07:47:51 AM
So what ever happened to the fact that the America's Army games were free because they were developed as a recruiting tool using tax dollars?
10107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's the Day of the Dead on: November 02, 2007, 05:04:08 AM
Absolutely one of my favorite games.  As has already been said, great characters, story and voice acting. 
10108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elder Scrolls Online? on: November 02, 2007, 05:03:06 AM
It will be pretty boring if everyone else auto-levels along with you.  slywink
10109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why is Agent 47 on: November 01, 2007, 01:22:19 PM
I think Olyphant can be good in certain parts but a cool, dispassionate assassin is not one of them.  He has too much of a smirky nature or something.
10110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 01, 2007, 12:55:21 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 01, 2007, 12:20:15 PM

An update:

The preorder sold for $274.05.

And yes, he paid via Paypal.  Was very worth taking the $8 hit.  Holy hell.

I realize the dollar isn't doing so well on the world market, but holy shitballs!  Who would pay that sort of money for a silly preorder box? 
10111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some 360 demo impressions! on: November 01, 2007, 06:55:56 AM
If you do decide you would like to get PGR3, I think standard price is only $20 new these days and it's on sale for $13.81 or something at Circuit City this week (price-match at Wal-mart or Best Buy). 

And don't forget that you can download demos and such while you are playing other games!
10112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hope for SUV owners? on: November 01, 2007, 06:50:40 AM
I certainly believe the the auto industry has been far too stagnant for far too long on these issues, but you also have to realize that there are other considerations when they are manufacturing a car including overall cost, safety standards, reliability and ease of maintenance.  If consumers won't pay the extra money for a certain model or they have far more breakdowns or can't get repaired at their local shop then it isn't a viable pursuit for them. 

I'm not saying those and other problems couldn't be overcome by an auto manufacturer, but those aren't going to be nearly as big of considerations for somebody that is willing to pay thousands of dollars to have a specialist mechanic retrofit their vehicle and work on it if it breaks. 
10113  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Political Threads ... is there anything they're good for? on: November 01, 2007, 03:58:33 AM
OK, I will admit I actually just laughed out loud at that one.  Damn you, CeeKay. 
10114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 01, 2007, 03:33:30 AM
That is a very round pumpkin. 
10115  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Political Threads ... is there anything they're good for? on: November 01, 2007, 03:31:32 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 01, 2007, 03:30:46 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 01, 2007, 02:27:46 AM

Get back to the games and fun. 

and LOL cats.

No.  Games and fun.  That is all.  Tongue
10116  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: MS Sidewinder gaming mouse on: November 01, 2007, 03:31:02 AM
It definitely looks like some sort of Terminator reject, but I can see that having those side buttons vertical like that would be better than trying to use them with one in front of the other like on other mice. 
10117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some 360 demo impressions! on: November 01, 2007, 03:23:45 AM
I have to agree that DiRT and Stuntman: Ignition are both great games and it's definitely worth trying out the demos.  Stranglehold was a fun demo, but it didn't make me want to buy the full game.

I actually got Stuntman for that $40 price a week after release.  I think it's smart to knock the price on a game down when it's not selling well, because if I don't buy it for $60 right away I will have probably moved on by the time it drops in price 6 months later or whatever.  I'm much more willing to give it a try (and be more forgiving) at $40 than $60. 
10118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I've now succumbed to the Dark Side on: November 01, 2007, 03:16:58 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 01, 2007, 12:28:22 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 01, 2007, 12:20:44 AM

Sony should try to get an RTS game on the system to one-up the 360's RTS games by having mouse support.

But using a mouse on a console kind of kills the whole playing on your couch idea.  And if you are going to sit at a desk you mine as well play any number of great PC RTS's. 

Except not everyone has a top of the line PC that can play things like Company of Heroes, Supreme Commander and World in Conflict in all their glory.  Having those on a standard system that can run it with full effects at a steady framerate on a big HDTV would be nice for people who bought a console instead of updating their PC since it's generally cheaper to do the second (even when it's a $600 PS3). 
10119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: November 01, 2007, 03:06:43 AM
I haven't even bought a previous Guitar Hero game and for some reason I am near to breaking down for this one.  I just have to keep telling myself that $170 is too much damn money.  I didn't even buy an original XBox until it hit $150!
10120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a new/upcoming game people should know about on: November 01, 2007, 03:04:02 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 01, 2007, 01:00:37 AM

Quote from: Punisher on October 31, 2007, 05:01:18 PM

Does anyone know if SOF is gonna have the same "gore" engine? that's really the only reason I bought the first ones...

I don't think it uses the GHOUL system, but the damage effects/dismemberments/gurgling death rattles are supposed still there.

After seeing one of the videos, dismemberment is definitely in there.  Perhaps a bit overdone, but with Soldier of Fortune you can't expect anything less. 
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