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10081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blockbuster Online - Total Access. on: November 04, 2006, 04:12:44 AM

Quote from: Scott on November 03, 2006, 06:44:06 PM

Whichever adds games rentals will have my money.  Right now we use Netflix.  The Blockbuster plan sounds interesting, but I'm happy with Netflix now, and would rather not change.  If Blockbuster added game rentals as part of their package though, I'd switch that day.

I've never used it, but what about something like Gameznflix that does both games and movies from the same service?  Looking on their site it appears they also have books and audio-books as well as movies in Blu-Ray, HD-DVD and UMD formats. 
10082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Talk to your kid about Masterbation on: November 04, 2006, 04:01:12 AM
It's from Weeds on Showtime.  I haven't seen it yet (have it in the Netflix queue) but it's about a suburban mom who sells weed throughout the neighborhood and such.  Supposed to be pretty funny and from that clip I think it looks quite entertaining. 
10083  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gow on sale on: November 04, 2006, 03:55:28 AM
If you have the last issue of OXM there is a coupon in there to get 15% off the game at Circuit City (about $9 on the regular, or $10.50 for the collector's).  They are also giving away a free Gears of War faceplate with a preorder, although some sites say that's only for preordering the collector's version. 
10084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: November 04, 2006, 03:48:32 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 03, 2006, 11:50:37 PM

Quote from: Arkon on November 03, 2006, 03:27:49 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on November 03, 2006, 02:39:40 PM

CGW's Matt Peckham only gives NWN2 5 out of 10 stars in the Jan issue. Is his review pretty un standard for NWN2?

http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3154870
The review is utter crap.  Read it, you will see he is more focused on criticizing the D&D Ruleset then he is the actual game.

And the review is such utter crap, 1UP has actually pulled the review:

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The 1UP Network review of Neverwinter Nights 2, authored by Matt Peckham, has been officially retracted from 1UP.com and will not appear in the January issue of Games For Windows: The Official Magazine.

Upon further review of the author's text, listening to the feedback from our community and others, and after internal discussion between the 1UP and GFW editors, we have determined that the text of the review did not live up to our editorial standards. We respect the opinions of Mr. Peckham and all of our writers, but we felt that this particular review of Neverwinter Nights 2 did a disservice to fans of the RPG genre.

We have commissioned a new review by a different author to be published next week on 1UP.com, and in the January issue of Games For Windows.

Er...whoops?

So they are actually putting reviews back in the magazine?  Hopefully they significantly changed or got rid of that mess of quotes system they have been doing. 
10085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I caught one of my local Gamestops in a lie on: November 04, 2006, 03:30:42 AM

Quote from: Ridah on November 03, 2006, 08:24:35 PM

I think some of you are taking this too far, it's not THAT horrible of a retail environment. Sure, they can pressure you with suggestive selling, but is it that difficult to interrupt them and say "Sorry, I'm not interested, please don't offer me anything else"? That would shut them up right there, and if they make some snide remark, ask to talk to that person's manager (even if it's the store manager).

Oh, and I have a tip for people who wish to make their complaints heard. There is actually an 800 number that you can call, I forget what the heck the number is though, and the number of calls is actually tallied in each district. If a district gets a lot of these calls, they go on some sort of list and the DM is given hell from the Regional Manager. I remember my DM telling me about that. So if you wan't to beat them, beat them at their own game by hurting their productivity.

Or just kick them in the jimmy and run like hell!  icon_biggrin
10086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 3/Nov/06 on: November 04, 2006, 02:38:19 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 04, 2006, 12:19:53 AM

The last thing we need is some naked guy named Raiden popping up in the Nth hour of our games, holding his junk and doing cartwheels....

 :icon_eek:  Does this sort of thing happen to you a lot? 
10087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 03, 2006, 03:56:53 PM
I'll just add that the 360 is getting Crackdown early next year and supposedly the next Splinter Cell game later as exclusives. 
10088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 3/Nov/06 on: November 03, 2006, 03:50:26 PM
I downloaded Sam & Max: Episode 1 but haven't played anything beyond the office yet so I will definitely be going through that this weekend.

And I will undoubtedly continue wasting away the hours playing Battlefield 2142, trying to earn some new weapons for my two soldiers.
10089  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Thinking of upgrading processor, need software advice on: November 03, 2006, 05:47:50 AM
Yar, I just go to the manufacturer's website and get the details there, and if you haven't ever checked they will likely have a BIOS update or five that you may want to check into. 
10090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kingdom of Heaven - Director's Cut? on: November 03, 2006, 03:51:54 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 02, 2006, 01:21:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 02, 2006, 03:25:00 AM

Too bad this version isn't available on Netflix.  I already had the original in my queue and would definitely replace it with this one since it seems to be the superior version. 

That's really weird since they have director's cuts of many other movies.  You should put in a request for them to carry it. 

Can you do that?  Man, I didn't even know they had that feature.  Huzzah!
10091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blockbuster Online - Total Access. on: November 03, 2006, 03:44:28 AM
The big feature of Netflix that I like is the Friends system, which allows me to check out my friends' queues, what they have watched, their ratings and written reviews, give each other personal recommendations and compare their tastes with my own.  That system and having my friends as a part of it is the single reason why I signed up for Netflix instead of Blockbuster. 

Another problem I had is that Blockbuster's "one free in-store movie rental per month" thing would requrie me to actually print out a fucking coupon and I don't have a printer.  The least they could do is just send it in the mail (you know, like all the movies that are coming to me?) or better yet just credit it to my BB account so it is in their computer next time I go. 
10092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need for Speed Carbon Impressions? (360) on: November 03, 2006, 03:01:52 AM

Quote from: disarm on November 03, 2006, 02:43:38 AM

Quote from: jblank on November 02, 2006, 05:38:54 PM

Cheap bastards. disgust Just put what you have into the game for, you know, the people paying $60.00 fucking dollars for your stuff. finger to EA.

for what it's worth, all of the 'cheat' content that EA is selling on Marketplace for Carbon can be unlocked inside the game if you're willing to play it enough...buying it separately on Marketplace just allows people who are too lazy to play the whole game to get some of the best upgrades/vehicles easily.  if you read the descriptions for the content online, they very clearly inform you that the 'cheats' can be earned by completing certain parts of the game.  while i don't like the direction EA seems to be headed, i can't completely hate them for this one.  everyone who buys the game gets the same content, but buying the stuff off Marketplace keeps you from actually having to earn it all.

Actually, if you read what they say in their descriptions you will see that they say "Many of the items in this bundle can be achieved without purchase by progressing through Career, Challenge Series and Reward Card." (emphasis mine)  So that is a bit misleading, making people think they are possibly missing out on some elements by not purchasing these things.  
10093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 02, 2006, 03:31:16 AM
This one hits a little close to home, and perhaps that's why I like it so much:

10094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kingdom of Heaven - Director's Cut? on: November 02, 2006, 03:25:00 AM
Too bad this version isn't available on Netflix.  I already had the original in my queue and would definitely replace it with this one since it seems to be the superior version. 
10095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: November 02, 2006, 03:19:18 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 02, 2006, 12:07:13 AM

Here is a screen shot.    THe game runs fairly well so far

Undoubtedly it runs well at 320x240!  icon_wink

D'oh, a little late on that one.  Damn you, Destructor!
10096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I just got an xbox 360, now I have questions on: November 02, 2006, 02:54:58 AM
I actually read this article about the possible problems with the Intercooler just a few days ago.  The personal cases are based on only his six friends but it mentions they all had problems as well as similar statements from Microsoft call center reps to those mentioned above. 
10097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 01, 2006, 03:47:18 PM
Both of those mascots are freaky abominations. 
10098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch titles announced, VC titles included on: November 01, 2006, 04:10:31 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on November 01, 2006, 04:07:47 AM

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God I hope they are not blowing their load all at once

Come on now, are you telling me you've never blown your load all at once? There's always room for replenishments in the pipeline!  icon_wink

Yes, but when a company gets to be Nintendo's age it can take a bit longer to "recharge".  icon_wink  See: the N64 and Mario 64. 
10099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Halo movie a no go on: November 01, 2006, 04:08:13 AM

Quote from: stiffler on November 01, 2006, 01:59:55 AM


I am glad I never saw SMB or the Double Dragon movies.  I did go see The Wizard in the theaters.  Jenny Lewis!

Cali-FORnia!  Cali-FORnia! 
10100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: November 01, 2006, 03:53:11 AM
My system meets the system reqs, but not by much (2600+, 1Gig, nVidia 6600GT) so I would be interested in hearing how this performs on a lower end system.  Anyone?  Beuller? 
10101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I just got an xbox 360, now I have questions on: November 01, 2006, 03:23:02 AM

Quote from: DocD on November 01, 2006, 02:57:50 AM

Thanks for the offer Graham but after looking at my finances I'm going to have to wait for a while. When I want to use Live I'll just have to hook it up to my computer monitor for the time being.

docD

You will probably want to hook it up to your network and monitor to power it up at least once and download the updates that have been made available.  I personally just run CAT5 cable to my 360, but I live alone so there's nobody to tell me it's in the way or looks bad.  icon_smile
10102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 Dashboard Update on: November 01, 2006, 03:17:04 AM
Huh, I guess I had never even noticed the battery meter before.  I just waited until the lights on my controller started doing the going-dead dance. 

So far I do like some of the ways they have changed the arrangement of the menus, although it still seems goofy for some things like the XBox Live Marketplace tab to have a selection for "Games" and one for "Demos and Game Videos".  And having the Arcade downloads in two places doesn't seem quite right.  I think they could almost just get rid of that first XBox Live tab with the Marketplace selection since everything in that part is available elsewhere.  It all seems like poorly thought out interface design to me. 

Now where's my dang backwards compatibility update?  You would think they'd be able to do those more often than every 6 months or whatever. 
10103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch titles announced, VC titles included on: November 01, 2006, 02:48:51 AM
That is certainly a lot of games and I agree that hopefully they aren't blowing their load only to see the next set of games not come out for months afterwards.  Not that Nintendo would ever do something like that, right?  I mean...

I know Rapala is a brand of fishing gear, so if that turns your crank maybe you'd be into a fishing game.  Happy Feet is a CG animated movie about penguins that is coming out pretty soon.  Not sure how they will turn that into a game, but that hasn't stopped companies before. 
10104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 31, 2006, 03:56:04 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on October 31, 2006, 06:10:48 AM

Quote from: TK-421 on October 31, 2006, 03:38:43 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 29, 2006, 09:39:49 PM

Tattoo picture

Where's her belly button?

Ive been wonderingthat too. Im going with the spot at the bottom of the middle red wire.

I'd say just down and right of that, in the middle of that curved/circular blue area.
10105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/30) on: October 30, 2006, 03:53:44 PM
I'll be waiting to see how NWN2 is received and if the performance is as bad as what has been stated.  If so, I may have to pass on it since my machine is a bit behind the cutting edge.  Plus, there are lots of other games to play this holiday season. 
10106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are the symptoms of a 360 about to go bad? on: October 29, 2006, 05:18:47 AM
I've heard it's about $130, but that is just second-hand info. 
10107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it worth getting a PS2 now? on: October 28, 2006, 08:44:32 PM
I've been holding off on buying one hoping that they drop the price another $20-30 when the PS3 comes out.  That may not happen, but I'm crossing my fingers that they will go down to $100 to keep them selling. 
10108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 3 on: October 28, 2006, 04:40:06 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 28, 2006, 11:41:13 AM

iand what system will you be getting it for,i got COD2 for both PC and 360(mainly because i couldnt wait for the 360 version)...but this time i think it will just be the 360 version

heres hoping that multiplyer rooms are more like the PC version,instead of a lobby where we all meet

Well, since they dropped the PC version for this one you're going to have to go with one of the consoles anyway. 
10109  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WOWTCG] Impressions on: October 28, 2006, 04:28:43 PM
The one thing that really interests me about the CCG is that if you're lucky you can get a turtle mount for the actual game.  I played WoW for a year and a half and from the beginning all I ever wanted was a turtle mount; now after I've finally given up the crack they make one avaiable through this method.  Bastards!  Maybe after Burning Crusade comes out...
10110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 27/Oct/06 on: October 28, 2006, 05:09:55 AM
Well, as much as I dislike EA and some of their practices, I was having a lot of fun with the demo for Battlefield 2142 so picked up the real thing at Circuit City tonight since it was on sale for $38.  What can I say, I am weak. 
10111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 5 games of the past 3 years? on: October 28, 2006, 03:01:58 AM
For those of you who are playing the full version of BF2142, I've played the demo and have a question about the unlocks.  For what it's worth, I never played the full version of BF2 either, so I'm pretty clueless. 

Basically, how many points does it take to unlock each next weapon?  All I can see in the demo is a bar that says X/10000, and when I'm only getting like 15 points per game it will take for freaking ever to hit that many points and I don't want to wait a year before I get goddamn grenades!  Also, I'm not sure if the demo is even correctly recording my points or if it is rarely updated or what, because I can play many rounds and not see an actual increase in that number. 
10112  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Splinter Cell Double Agent For Sale (lowered price) on: October 27, 2006, 02:43:00 AM
Just to clarify, this is for the 360 version, right?
10113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do I want the 360 HD-DVD Add On? on: October 27, 2006, 02:26:02 AM
If you really don't give a shit about spending $200 on something that may be nearly obsolete or not used in a couple years, why are you soliciting advice on whether to get it? 
10114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SC:DA is good fun so far! on: October 26, 2006, 04:11:24 AM
Man, it's really seeming like the XBox version might just be the way to go with this one.  I still have my XBox, but I think I'll be waiting to see if it gets on the BC list after the fall update (which had better be here soon!). 
10115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk on: October 26, 2006, 02:23:24 AM
I agree that 2X is the place to start if you have an XBox.  It has all the goodness of Pro Skater 1 and 2 (plus a few new levels) rolled into one. 

After trying out that Project 8 demo I realized that I had no need for another of those games, as it was so reminiscent of what I had played the hell out of in the first few of the series.  I was really hoping that the "Nail the Trick" thing would be awesome, but it just didn't click for me. 
10116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Console Noise Levels on: October 24, 2006, 02:52:19 PM
Maybe you shouldn't put the console in your cabinet and close the doors, considering that will restrict airflow, raising the heat and likely causing the fans to spin at full RPMs as well as possible damage in the long run if it is running too hot. 

Mine doesn't make much sound at all, and certainly much quieter than my computer. 
10117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 24 things you should know about the PS3... on: October 24, 2006, 02:28:10 AM
I think the whole "more than $60 games" thing mostly has to do with Japan, where they will likely be priced higher according to popularity similar to how that is done now with big titles.  I would assume this is one of the reasons they have been able to lower the price of the hardware there, also. 
10118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/23) on: October 23, 2006, 02:59:16 PM
Nothing for me, I'm just waiting on Gears of War and the rest of my money will likely be going towards upcoming family birthday and holiday gifts. 
10119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 23/Oct/06 on: October 23, 2006, 02:44:09 PM
I played a little more of Black, some Geometry Wars (man do I suck at that game) and finally tried out the demo for BF 2142 which was fun but not likely to be a purchase for me. 
10120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 N00bz Journal- Updated 22/Oct/06 on: October 22, 2006, 05:19:49 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 22, 2006, 04:59:38 PM

Is there a way to soft reboot?
Not that I know of, but you can startup or shutdown the console by holding the button for 3 seconds. 

Quote from: ATB on October 22, 2006, 04:59:38 PM

Is there a snooze mode on Live where it logs you out after a certain period of time? It has only happened once, but I was playing Dead Rising and I got the pop up that I had disconnected.
No, you shouldn't get logged out of Live while playing a game for a certain amount of time or even when your console goes into "away" mode.  What likely happened was a hiccup in the service (they've been doing maintenance this week) or your internet connection. 

Quote from: ATB on October 22, 2006, 04:59:38 PM

Finally, is there a way to get more gamer pics without paying for them?
Some games (such as Kameo or PGR3) come with gamer pics.  There are some on Live that are available for free (certain games, TV shows and from media events) and you can 'unlock' some on the monthly OXM discs and upload them to your account. 
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