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10321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: John Woo's presents Stranglehold on: October 15, 2006, 06:59:39 AM
I'm near positive I saw that exact same demonstration movie a while ago but I'll be damned if I can remember where.  Either way it looks awesome and I'm glad to see some other people are looking forward to this one, too.  
10322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Online Service - more details on: October 15, 2006, 12:10:08 AM
It's good to hear that Sony has learned a few things from Live and will have some of those elements available in their service, too.  What worries me is the fact that each developer is going to be using different server and match-making tools and have to support their own bandwidth.  What makes Live great is that it all just works so well and seamlessly.  It's not perfect but it is mostly painless. 

No matter what I think it will be a while before Sony's service matures and comes into it's own.  Which doesn't bother me since I won't be able to afford one for the first year anyway. 
10323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "Must Have" XBLA Games? on: October 14, 2006, 11:57:53 PM
So far none of the Live Arcade games have made me want to buy them.  I'm really looking forward to Assault Heroes and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, though.  Small Arms looks a bit like Smash Brothers with guns, so that could be cool to play with friends. 
10324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thoughts on Black? on: October 14, 2006, 11:52:32 PM
Well I got frustrated in Metal Arms and was looking for something new so I picked this up today.  From the same cashier who told me not to buy it last night, even.  Interestingly enough, today he said "If you don't like it for any reason you can return it within 7 days" ... so he told me not to buy it last night why?  Dillhole. 

I could do without the intro movies, they do nothing for me, but so far I am liking the gameplay.  The sound and graphics are definitely great and put you right in there.  I'd agree with Bullwinkle that only if you shoot like an idiot would it take a full clip to kill somebody.  Usually two or three quick bursts from the AK and they're down for good.  Or a clean shot to the back of the head.  icon_biggrin  We'll see how long it lasts, but for less than 20 bones I'm not going to complain as long as it's fun. 
10325  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Guitar Hero for $39.99 on: October 14, 2006, 11:26:48 PM
That same sort of thing was happening when with their 360 deal last week or whatever.  Perhaps the deal is now dead.
10326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox 360) Splinter Cell Double Agent mulitplayer demo on Marketplace on: October 14, 2006, 09:20:53 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on October 14, 2006, 07:49:04 PM

Splinter cell-  good graphics !!!!!  really looked clear and had good game play.  I didn't like this because SAM moves slow!!!  You can definitely tell that this is a stealth game.  Controls were fairly standard- again not having much time to mess with them- just way too slow for my taste.  The controls almost seemed really jumpy when you were shooting at a target.  It took a clip to take down one person because of gun recoil.  I would just like to see recoil toned down.  Plus when you move it feels like he is still crouched and walking really slow.

So have you played any of the other Splinter Cell games?  It's not exactly a fast-action sort of series so I wouldn't expect Quake pace or anything. 
10327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye G4TV! on: October 14, 2006, 05:22:42 PM
This is a bad site with very annoying ads (I want to break that mosquito's buzzer), but if you really want them: Olivia Munn pictures

As for G4TV, I'm not too sad to see it go.  Recently 90% of their air-time has been spent on crappy reruns of shows I don't want to see and I hardly ever watch their original programming, so no big loss other than Ms Munn. 
10328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox 360) Splinter Cell Double Agent mulitplayer demo on Marketplace on: October 14, 2006, 02:33:48 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on October 14, 2006, 02:21:57 PM

Downloading......  I don't know though, I had some hands on with the game which was discussed in a previous thread, but I didn't really like the single player too much.  Although most of the time I buy the game to play  online with people, I want to have a good single player too.  We will see after the download.

I'd definitely be buying this one for the single-player more than multiplayer.  I'd be interested to hear what problems you had with it.  Was it mostly to do with the newer action and daylight elements, or was it just not solid all around?
10329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: South Park - the WoW Episode on: October 14, 2006, 04:05:05 AM
So it looks like The Sword of a Thousand Truths from that episode is an actual item in the Burning Crusades expansion.  icon_biggrin
10330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd question - Paying Bills? on: October 14, 2006, 03:12:35 AM
I pay them online within a week after I get the email that a new bill has been posted.  Rent is the only check I write. 
10331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thoughts on Black? on: October 14, 2006, 03:04:14 AM
I was thinking of picking up Black for the XBox this weekend but when I went in to EB to find a used copy of the game the helpful desk jockey said to me "You don't want that game.  It sucks.  You can empty a clip into a guy and he doesn't go down. Plus it's only like 8 hours long." 

I seem to remember the reviews being pretty good and the big negatives were the length of the game (maybe 8 hours) and no multiplayer.  I don't care about the multiplayer at all, and the short length isn't too big of a deal to me if the game is good.

So, now that it is a number of months after the fact and people have finished the game, is it not worth $18?
10332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else give up computer gaming for the console recently? on: October 14, 2006, 02:38:51 AM
I have mostly abandoned my PC since I bought my 360 a few months ago, but that has more to do with the fact that there just haven't been many games I've been excited about for the PC other than multi-platform ones and so far I have preferred the 360 controls and experience over the PC. 

Most of the must-buy PC games lately are RTS or RPGs; I've been long burned out on RTS games and tend to only go for more action-oriented RPGs and Titan Quest filled that void for a while. 
10333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The most bizzare game you have ever player is... on: October 14, 2006, 12:43:12 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 14, 2006, 12:09:04 AM

Tass Times in Tone Town.  I don't think you can find anything more bizarre without speaking Japanese.

DUDE!  I don't know anybody else who has ever played this game outside my family.  I played this with my older brother way back in the day. 
10334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/Oct/06 on: October 13, 2006, 02:50:28 PM
I decided to wait until the backwards compatibility fix comes in for MK: Armageddon so I don't have to unlock everything on two systems, so I might go try and find a cheap copy of Black or finish up Lego Star Wars 2. 

I've also gotten the itch to dig up Metal Arms from my box of oldies and give it a try on the 360. 

Also, if you haven't played Psychonauts, it's on Steam for $20 now.  Go do the world some good and play it!  icon_biggrin
10335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 13, 2006, 03:00:15 AM
For me it comes down to the fact that when I buy a game, especially something like the sequel to one of my favorite games of all time, I want the physical package in my hands so I can hug it and squeeze it and put a little dress on it. 

I would love to watch the Sam & Max cartoon series, but the voices in it are so wrong.  Ever so wrong. 

However, if you don't care about having the physical media and being able to play the game whenever you want in the future and/or have interest in the other games on GameTap then that is certainly a great deal. I know I saw a couple other games on there I wouldn't mind having access to.   
10336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 13, 2006, 02:49:58 AM

Quote from: ATB on October 12, 2006, 07:58:42 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 12, 2006, 06:11:47 PM

Did you grow up on Mars?

You should know. We played canasta all the time together.

Canasta?  Did you grow up as an old lady or something?  icon_wink
10337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: xbox live downtime next week on: October 13, 2006, 02:39:28 AM

Quote from: The Grue on October 13, 2006, 02:35:55 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 13, 2006, 02:32:51 AM

I'm guessing this is the big Fall Update we've been waiting for.  Or at least I have.  There's supposed to be some major updates for the dashboard interface and with any luck another BC update that adds some classic and newer games. 
It's almost like you didn't read the post  icon_biggrin :

Q: Is this a Dashboard update?

A: Nope.

Haha, actually I read the first couple questions and then skipped down to the goodies at the bottom.  My bad!
10338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: xbox live downtime next week on: October 13, 2006, 02:32:51 AM
I'm guessing this is the big Fall Update we've been waiting for.  Or at least I have.  There's supposed to be some major updates for the dashboard interface and with any luck another BC update that adds some classic and newer games. 
10339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone play on Live without the headset? on: October 13, 2006, 02:20:44 AM
When I used to play Live games on my original XBox I used the headset for the first couple weeks and then never bothered hooking it up again.  Since my free month of Gold ran out with my 360 I haven't even bothered to renew the subscription, and never used the headset.  Playing with random, overly vocal teenage jerkasses has burned out my patience for online games. 
10340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Urgh! HDTV Indecision 2006 on: October 12, 2006, 02:09:17 AM
Just out of curiosity, what is the Costco return policy if you are no longer a member?  Do you have to have a current membership to return something?  What if you go for a couple years without renewing and then get another one just to return your broke-ass TV? 
10341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: October 11, 2006, 02:57:07 PM
Oh, I like rock and I think it's good that this game is aimed for that rather than something like techno or hip-hop (ugh!), but my problem is that I really despise hair-bands and most of the 80's, which have a number of tracks on there. 

I understand it's all a balancing act for them, trying to get a broad enough range to appeal to lots of different people's tastes.  That is a very hard thing to do.  Plus they have the problem of licensing costs and trying to convince the license holders it is a good move to do this with their music. 
10342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming words on: October 11, 2006, 03:33:04 AM

Quote from: namatoki on October 10, 2006, 05:18:07 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on October 10, 2006, 02:30:39 PM

"Babo" is used by Korean MMO players as an insult similar to that of Noob

"Babo" in Korean means stupid or idiot.  nod

Unlike Babar, which is a small elephant.  icon_wink
10343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2006 (Keep it Updated) on: October 11, 2006, 03:29:18 AM

Quote from: PaulBot on October 10, 2006, 07:03:45 PM

I keep forgetting to update my list, but thought I'd bump this to remind others to do so.

Part of the problem is that just going back to edit my post doesn't update the thread itself so it stays buried even when getting updated. 
10344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/9) on: October 11, 2006, 02:46:30 AM

Quote from: stiffler on October 11, 2006, 12:56:30 AM

MK: Armageddon (Xbox on the 11th, happy with $39 price)

The 11th?  That's tomorrow!  I thought it wasn't until next week.  Hmmm, I might just have to pick it up for the weekend then. 
10345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: October 11, 2006, 02:40:19 AM
Maybe I'm alone in this, but my problem with this whole thing is that there aren't even 10 songs I am excited about, while there at least as many that I really hate and the rest I have differeing degrees of apathy towards. 
10346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Sensor Troubles on: October 11, 2006, 02:34:42 AM
I may be mistaken, but wasn't it also brought up months ago that the sensor system had some problems with bright flourescent lighting?  I seem to remember this being bandied around E3 and the potential problems it would cause in stores such as Target that have brighter overhead lighting. 
10347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 weeks and no Xbox 360 games.. on: October 11, 2006, 02:28:24 AM
On the one hand I'm kind of disappointed that there hasn't been much coming out lately and a couple titles I was looking forward to have been delayed. 

On the other hand I don't mind not being overwhelmed with too many games to play and not enough time and money.  I'm having plenty of fun with the games that have come out and there are still a few on the near horizon to keep me entertained into the holidays and well beyond.  I certainly don't need a new, full priced game every week. 
10348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Sensor Troubles on: October 10, 2006, 02:58:31 PM
You know, it just occurs to me that there are no problems with the Wii. Nintendo is making money.  icon_biggrin
10349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bloodrayne II (New Uwe Movie) on: October 10, 2006, 03:48:39 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 10, 2006, 03:31:29 AM

and definitely the only person here who emailed Uwe directly suggesting he do a sequel! 

Until Bloodrayne II, we'll have Dungeon Siege and Postal to hold us over.  icon_biggrin

Cripes, now we know who to blame!!!   icon_evil
10350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming words on: October 10, 2006, 02:56:09 AM
I don't know if any of these words strike me as weird, per se, but they have been added to the broader lexicon for better or worse.  For the most part they are no different than the dialect that springs up from most any competitive sport, this one with the help of millions of games going on constantly with people from all over the country and world. 

Obviously "gay" (or "ghey") is one that has been thrown around for years to describe anything/anyone that is lame and I noticed really gained ground when Counter-Strike first hit the mod scene. 

And where would we be without "grinding"?  (and not the fun kind...)
10351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin 10/8/06 - Asian Edition on: October 10, 2006, 02:35:54 AM

Quote from: Farscry on October 10, 2006, 02:07:34 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 10, 2006, 01:00:58 AM

Lucy still looking good..still remember her sexy near-lesbian dance with Ally McBeal (TV) at the club years back.
Although isn't she approaching the big 40 soon?

Hey, there are a lot of smoking hot ladies still post-40.  Just gotta find the right ones.   icon_biggrin

Did you see her in Lucky Number Slevin?  I found her very attractive in that movie.  Very. 

And yeah, she's 38! 
10352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Scarface - Is that your little friend or are you happy to see me? on: October 10, 2006, 02:26:00 AM
The reviews seem to be up and down on this one.  I just read the OXM review and it was a very unimpressive 4.5.
10353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause on: October 10, 2006, 02:14:16 AM
I finished up the main storyline missions last night and I can say for certain that the difficulty does ramp up towards the end.  The last series of missions is quite lengthy and difficult since you aren't going back to your base and starting fresh each time.  One hint for when you near the last missions:
Spoiler for Hiden:
When you go into the mission (19?) where you are going out to El Presidente's Island I HIGHLY suggest you take along the grenade launcher that carries 16 rounds.  You will need them to take out the tank there.  If you don't have access to this weapon yet, do some more damn missions!  icon_wink

I will agree the difficulty levels could have been tweaked a bit.  For the first 10 missions or so everything is extremely easy because all you are facing is infantry or maybe jeeps.  Once the missions get longer and the enemies have scout tanks, helicopters, anti-air rockets, etc it can get much more difficult.  My main frustration was when a scout tank would shoot me, bouncing me into the air, and by the time I regain control another shot lands right near me bouncing me up again.  Repeat until dead.  Infuriating.  Overall, if the infantry had been just a bit more difficult and the scout tanks a little less deadly I would have been happier. 

I really liked the auto-target and thought that it added a lot to my enjoyment of the game by keeping things moving quickly and decreasing the frustration that often sets in with console aiming.  Making it optional is always better, though. 

I have yet to see a submarine, but there is one of those things that looks like an underwater jet-ski that you use towards mission 18 or so.  Unless you know where to find it and that you have to hit a button to drop it down I don't think you would ever find it just wandering around. 
10354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good ps2 game for 4 yr old? on: October 09, 2006, 02:53:07 PM
There have been a number of Sponge Bob platformers, some of which have gotten pretty good reviews and they're probably $20 or less these days.  
10355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: How'd it Go on: October 09, 2006, 02:49:00 PM
I played a bunch of Just Cause again.  I finished the story mode last night and only have about four provinces left to liberate but I want to get a bit more Rioja respect to gain access to their last goodies. 

I downloaded the 2142 demo but didn't actually bother to try it out yet. 
10356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/9) on: October 09, 2006, 02:46:56 PM
Another week of nothing for me.  I'm sure the Dawn of War expansion will be cool, but I'm burned out on RTS's and I hardly even played the Winter Assault one.  

I can't quite understand why the MK:Armageddon for PS2 ships a week earlier than the XBox.  Bastids.  
10357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii VC tidbit on: October 08, 2006, 07:05:32 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 08, 2006, 07:03:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2006, 06:10:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 08, 2006, 05:00:31 PM

I saw this little comparison graph over at Kotaku earlier in the week, but honestly how large or small a console is doesn't really mean a damn thing to me:
When you're running out of space in your entertainment center it can matter alot-  that's why I like how small the slimline PS2 is.  Does anyone know if the Wii has to stand vertically, or can you lay it flat?  Laying flat would be good as otherwise I currently don't have room for it.....

I hope it can sit flat. My entertainment center can't hold any consoles vertical period. That, and I wouldn't want it to tip over.

It can sit flat.  When it's vertical it's just sitting in a little plastic piece that holds it at an angle. 
10358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin 10/8/06 - Asian Edition on: October 08, 2006, 06:23:17 PM

10359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 7 Gears of War multiplay vids on: October 08, 2006, 05:19:16 PM
Man, that is like the worstest looking game evar!  icon_wink  I could have done without that voice-over, though.  And yeah, I kept expecting to hear "50 DKP MINUS!!!". 
10360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Scarface - Is that your little friend or are you happy to see me? on: October 08, 2006, 05:12:17 PM
Heh, I was thinking the same thing.  I had written the game off as a crappy movie game but the reviews are turning out higher than expected.  I'm interested, but not interested enough to drop full price on it since we've already seen something similar in GTA:VC and graphically this one is behind the times. 
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