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10321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause on: October 08, 2006, 02:28:43 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on October 05, 2006, 04:17:45 PM

Today's lesson:  Don't piss off the cops when you are sitting near a military base if you are not prepared.

One helicopter is no big deal.  Two helicopters... not much of a problem.  3 helicopters, regular police, scout tanks, lav's and more all at the same time start to get really painful in a hurry.

Heh, no kidding.  I've found that I have to take along the rocket launcher on some of those missions just to get rid of the ground armor.  Otherwise they often take me out before I can hijack one for myself. 

I finally got that damnable 1000m Base Jump Achievement last night.  I ended up using the peak next to Eagle's Nest instead of that one as I found it had a longer valley/trough without many hills that I could cruise down.  It still took me a few tries (I was stuck at 997 for a if that's not frustrating) but I finally got the right combination of location and my drop angle. 
10322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best place to buy a PS2 locally on: October 08, 2006, 12:35:45 AM

Quote from: Xmann on October 07, 2006, 01:37:29 PM

he's down in the Tampa area so i'll tell him Wal Mart then. 

Last time I looked Tampa was in Florida, so maybe it's worth checking out that Brandsmart store corruptrelic mentioned since that sale it is $30 cheaper than normal price.  I wish that wasn't such a regional store or I'd probably end up buying one, too. 
10323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 07, 2006, 08:00:06 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 07, 2006, 07:33:34 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on October 07, 2006, 06:58:26 AM

It isn't too bad once you get past the caffeine headaches.

Coffee fixes that up right quick and has no calories.  Or add some cream, 90cals, big deal.

And it tastes like hot dirt water, the best of both worlds!  icon_wink
10324  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearances on PC Games on: October 07, 2006, 07:52:44 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on October 01, 2006, 08:57:41 PM

Anyone willing to pick up a copy of D&D Online and the Station pack?  I won't be able to pay for a few weeks, but...?

Preference is for D&D Online, as I've already got EQ, SWG and EQ2 (the only reason I'd want it is for MxO).

Zarkon, did you still want a copy of D&D Online and/or the Station pack?  I was just in my Target and they still have copies of both. 
10325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NDA lifted, Preview for COD3 posted. on: October 07, 2006, 05:48:31 PM
Part of the issue is likely that the GameCube and Wii graphics chip doesn't support any kind of vertex or pixel shaders so games for those platforms have to be designed with that in mind to look as good as the best games on the Cube looked. 
10326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are vegetarians allowed to eat fish? on: October 07, 2006, 07:36:40 AM

Quote from: GGMark on October 07, 2006, 03:10:58 AM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on October 06, 2006, 01:42:25 PM

Her name wouldn't be 'Lisa', would it?  icon_lol

I'm a 7th level Vegan: I don't eat anything that casts a shadow.

So when its sunny out, the plants cast shadows dont they?  So does that just leave you with things like Moss, and low cut grass to eat?  or well, what about bugs and such that NEVEr leave the darkness of a cave?  they dont cast shadows.


I can understand becoming a vegitarian for 'humaine' reasons.  Where you dont like the treatment of animals.  Don't force this idea on me though.  (not you personally Lonestar, I am just generalizing).  I dont understand the arguement of humans shouldnt eat meat.  We are omnivorse.  With teeth designed to eat everything.  I also like the arguement of well apes dont eat meat.  Yes.  Yes they do.  They also commit murder, rape, and war on other troops of apes. 

Working in restaurants as long as I did, people would come in all the time and say they were vegetarian and couldn't have any sort of animal product, then turn around and eat something made with Eggs, or cheese, or milk, whatever. 

It seems to be a trend in younger people today to NOT eat meat.  I don't know why.

Lonestar was referencing an episode of The Simpsons.  I'm pretty sure he's not a 7th Level Vegan.  icon_wink
10327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NDA lifted, Preview for COD3 posted. on: October 07, 2006, 02:25:35 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 07, 2006, 01:43:30 AM

Uh oh, I think digg is overloading the article a bit.

Yar, could be.  I noticed the Latest News shorts on the front page now says "Doh! DB is borked" and New Content "Update Unavailable".  icon_biggrin
10328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bra unhooking record attempt (w/Video!) on: October 07, 2006, 02:14:43 AM
I actually saw this one quite a while ago.  The third guy is unbelievably fast. 
10329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies I wish had made it to DVD format on: October 07, 2006, 02:11:16 AM

Quote from: Purge on October 06, 2006, 05:32:28 PM

Rats of Nimh (WS)

I think that was called The Secret of NIMH, and funnily enough I was just thinking about this movie earlier in the week!  I haven't seen it in ages but would love to see it again.  Apparently it was released on DVD and can be had on Amazon for only 8 bucks. 

Quote from: wonderpug on October 06, 2006, 05:42:31 PM

Star Wars

Umm, what?  You are aware that they have been released on DVD, right? 
10330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA buys DICE then shuts it down on: October 07, 2006, 01:46:59 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 07, 2006, 01:31:52 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on October 07, 2006, 01:11:23 AM

What a wonderfully misleading thread title there.  Roll Eyes

So they closed down a small satellite office. Anybody take the time to look up what stuff these guys produced? Here's a hint, it was arguably some of DICE's weakest stuff IMO.

Also are people here naive enough to think EA is the only company that has ever shut down an office?

But it does give people anohter chance to say F*CK EA.

Plus, as someone over at QT3 pointed out, DICE themselves laid off everyone in their New York studio earlier this year (the guys that did Desert Combat). 

That was the former Trauma Studios as I mentioned above.  In that situation they were given the option to relocate to the Swedish studios, but they decided to stay in the States and form Kaos Studios (working on Frontlines: Fuel of War) instead.  Although due to that closure DICE also didn't pay the final $200k supplement for the earlier purchase of Trauma, but I'm no financial analyst. 
10331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Oct. 6-8 on: October 07, 2006, 01:36:35 AM
More Just Cause for me, and if I decide to mix it up maybe a little bit of Lego Star Wars 2. 

I think I'll also be trying out the demo for BF2142 just because it's there (and free). 
10332  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / ParaWorld 48 Hour Madness on: October 06, 2006, 02:53:38 AM
Over at GoGamer they have ParaWorld as part of their 48 Hour Madness for only $22.90 with shipping of $2.59 (Total: $25.49).  Their "48 hours" used to last much longer than that, but with the new redesign they may actually be that short.  Hurry, buy now!  icon_wink

I'm sure Ron and the kids would appreciate using the link provided or the one that sometimes appears on the Front Page
10333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Quick, Halloween is approaching - what's your favorite Halloween CANDY on: October 06, 2006, 02:38:49 AM
I am now 28 years old.  For every holiday my mom still sends me a package of Peeps in the mail.  Bunny Peeps, pumpkin Peeps, pine tree Peeps, whatever.  The kicker is that I don't even like Peeps!!  They sit around for a couple weeks until I eventually try to eat one and then throw out the pack, but I just don't have the heart to tell her that I hate them. 

As for candy I do like, I'm a sucker for Snickers.  Chocolate, nuts, carmel...these are a few of my favorite things. 
10334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: October 06, 2006, 02:29:17 AM

Quote from: Jag on October 05, 2006, 01:55:02 PM

I started reading the Tim Dorsey series, but the graphic violence hit a little close to home being in Fla and all. Not something for a light bedtime read. I like his writing, but i'm not a fan of 'realistic' violence. I get that from the news.

Sorry to hear that you didn't dig Tim Dorsey.  Out of curiosity, which one did you try reading? 

I recently finished Anansi Boys and enjoyed it, although for some reason it seemed to loose steam for me towards the end.  I had previously read American Gods and Good Omens and have just started on Neverwhere. 

The newest Terry Pratchett book, Thud!, was excellent, as always. 
10335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Never Delete Any Email Ever on: October 06, 2006, 02:20:51 AM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on October 05, 2006, 03:30:23 PM

And believe me, for every email you're glad you still have, I've seen one that people wish was deleted in the routine course of business.

It's my opinion that if you are worried about an email you sent incriminating you, you need to rethink what you are doing in the first place. 
10336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!! on: October 06, 2006, 02:14:57 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 05, 2006, 10:01:24 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 05, 2006, 03:08:57 PM

While it may be done in the same visual style as Sin City, I sincerely hope it's not all look and no fun as that film was.


Shut.  Up.

10337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: weird emails on: October 06, 2006, 02:13:38 AM
I have gotten three emails to my hotmail account from two different people to some lady who is apparently living in France and her friends/relatives were talking about dividing some crap after somebody died.  They kept the tea set for her.  Or something.  They wrote such cryptic emails that upon receiving the first one I assumed it was spam.  After the second I wrote back to the original mailer, and then received the third from something else.

The funny thing is that my hotmail address (seraas@) is just my first intial and last name, and not exactly a popular one.  And the lady's name they were writing to did not start with or contain any of those letters.  I really wanted to inquire as to how she came up with that combination. 
10338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ask the Devil on: October 06, 2006, 02:05:04 AM
What's with all the damn sports questions?
10339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demos questions on: October 06, 2006, 02:00:16 AM
As for why we aren't seeing more demos out on Live right now, I would say it is two-fold.  First off is that the games are coming out for the holiday season and 80% of games purchased then (a made up percentage) won't be purchased by the player themselves but as a gift.  With huge AAA type games like those you mentioned most gamers who are interested in them are willing to purchase them without a demo, and if the demo comes out a few weeks (or months) later it likely won't hurt those initial sales too much. 

Also demos often require an extra bit of work from the development and testing teams before they can be sent to Microsoft for certification testing and release.  With all of those teams crunching just to get the games out before the holidays they are probably more concerned about that.   
10340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 06, 2006, 01:38:01 AM

Quote from: ATB on October 05, 2006, 11:44:10 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 05, 2006, 10:05:42 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 05, 2006, 10:02:00 PM

GoW shouldn't spend too much time in your backlog - it's supposed to be only ~10 hours long.

No, no, no!  Epic's Mark Rein took great pains to express that the rumors of it only being 10 hours is completely untrue.  It's actually 12 hours!  This 10 hours stuff is a complete misrepresentation!  [/sarcasm off]. 

10-12 hours is almost a perfect length for me.  15-20 is perfect.

Ditto with me.  For most games that go up to 40+ hours of gameplay I end up either getting bored with it or side-tracked with something else and never going back to it.  I am much happier when I play a 15-20 hour game to completion and am still excited enough to replay it a bit. 
10341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA buys DICE then shuts it down on: October 05, 2006, 05:32:52 AM
Not really too surprising, they are all about consolidation.  They basically did the same thing when DICE bought Trauma Studios a couple years ago, although they at least let them live for a little while. 
10342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Need For Speed Carbon and Totem Ball are now on the Marketplace on: October 05, 2006, 05:22:40 AM

Quote from: juniordan on October 05, 2006, 04:01:22 AM

This shit is Tokyo Drift  icon_lol Not a man can tell me different.

That is not exactly a good thing for most people. 
10343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam and Max Dated (and production has been halted!!!!!)! on: October 05, 2006, 01:53:35 AM

Quote from: Tals on October 04, 2006, 07:11:16 PM

Pricing of Sam and Max. I think i'm going for the whole season pricing

Without further ado, here is the pricing for Sam & Max: Season 1:

Individual episodes: $8.95
The entire season: $34.95

Buying the entire season gets you access to each episode as soon as it comes out on Telltale's site (we'll send you an email to let you know it's available), and next spring you can get a CD version of Season 1 for the price of shipping. Remember, there will be six episodes in Season 1, which means buying the whole season up front will save you almost $20. We'll start taking preorders for Season 1 in a couple of weeks.


Ditto.  This is one game where I am willing to support them up front to help ensure the success of future episodes. 
10344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Shares fall fron news of PS3 overheating on: October 05, 2006, 01:40:58 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 04, 2006, 08:36:18 PM

I will come down to the adult film industry just like VHS/Beta did.

With the interweb and all these days, I'm not so sure that will be as much of a factor. 
10345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Leroy Jenkins! on: October 04, 2006, 04:28:12 AM
Haha, that was actually really well sync'd up with the audio. 
10346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause on: October 04, 2006, 04:22:36 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 04, 2006, 04:09:12 AM

Has anyone figured out how to shoot down the helicopters? I've only liberated the first two provinces and done a few of the main missions and collection missions so I'm not that far in. But I can't for the life of me take down those choppers and I grow annoyed.

There's a couple ways to handle those annoying helicopters, but mostly they are a pain in the ass I avoid.  You can actually damage them with your regular machine guns, but vehicle mounted guns or cannons are more powerful if you can get them aimed that far up.  Later on you also get access to rpgs and rocket launchers, so they make quick work of most everything.  

Of course, the easiest way is to have a heavily armed chopper of your own.  You get access to a lot of these later on, as well, and can steal them from areas around the map.  

Once you get the grappling gun (after the second or third mission, I think) you can also shoot that at the copter, try to zip up the line (right trigger) and then hijack it.  The only problem with this is that often after you have started to zip up the line the chopper will fly forward over your head and your line will automatically drop.  The only thing you can try to do is zip up the line as quickly as possible and hit the Use Vehicle button right away, or else try to turn in the correct direction to follow it as it passes overhead.  It takes practice and can still be difficult and frustrating since you are getting shot up at the same time.  Which is why I usually hide under the jungle canopy as much as possible and just keep moving forward.  

10347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IMPORTANT GAME INFO YOU WANT TO READ!!!! on: October 04, 2006, 04:10:46 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on October 04, 2006, 03:07:10 AM

Yup Mortal Kombat was running on the 360!  It looked ok, I mean all I could really tell was that it had a lot of characters to choose from (more than I remember there being.)  But yeah everything they had was running on 360.

Oh and on NFS Carbon, the race that I ran was a night race and yes there was a lot of neon and a lot of those stupid neon roadblock turn signs.

MK: Armageddon actually contains all of the charcters from all of the previous MK's (including bosses) as playable characters and I think it adds up to 62 total.  That is one of the big reasons this one interests me.  I can't say I expected it to look too spectacular considering it's a "prev-gen" game, but the backwards compatibility is good news. 
10348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 10/03/06 on: October 04, 2006, 02:36:07 AM
Thank You For Smoking is in the queue. 
10349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Savage is free on: October 04, 2006, 02:23:57 AM
Heh, here is a slightly older thread about the same thing.  I'm definitely looking forward to Savage 2 and I hope it gets some good exposure since it is a non-retail release. 
10350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause PC impressions? on: October 04, 2006, 02:19:35 AM
For you guys playing it on the PC, I'm curious if you are using the keyboard to drive the vehicles?  When I tried the PC demo the cars were constantly over-correcting and fish-tailing like... a big, slidey, fish-tailing thing.  And I've played a lot of driving games on my PC. 
10351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How Many Games Have You Finished This Year? on: October 04, 2006, 02:10:40 AM
I can only think of 3 games I have finished and a couple MMOs that I'm done with, although my memory is not that good on such issues. 
10352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IMPORTANT GAME INFO YOU WANT TO READ!!!! on: October 04, 2006, 02:06:43 AM
One question: was Mortal Kombat playing on a 360?  I'd be happy to hear if it was because that would probably mean backwards compatibility near shipping. 

I like racing games a lot but I think I would be more interested in NFS: Carbon if it didn't look like it was all or mostly night driving.  After playing Tokyo Extreme Racing I don't think I ever want to drive at night again.  Ever.  Black night with reflections and bright neon signs gives me convusions. 
10353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360)Godfather-Why all the hate? on: October 04, 2006, 01:48:21 AM
I hope a demo comes out for the 360.  If I get a chance to try it out and like it I might pick it up during this surprisingly sparse holiday since Crackdown was delayed. 
10354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause on: October 04, 2006, 01:36:10 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 03, 2006, 05:22:24 PM

One nice feature that neither Saints Row nor GTA had (at least often) was how the NPCs are often fighting eachother in here. Sometimes you'll see the military and police fighting some type of street gang(s), running behind cars and lobbing grenades at the other guys, and then if you get in the middle of it you're fair game too. I ended up getting in the middle of it and taking out a couple of cops and next thing I know I've got tons of them coming after me. Jumped on a motorcycle and sped down a never-ending road past tiny villages on the ocean doing my best do dodge all the police and military vehicles trying to stop me.

Heh, that is a neat thing.  I don't know how many times I've heard a sirent or seen bullets fly by and thought "Ah shit, the cops!" and then looked up to see that my wanted level is zero and it's somebody else getting shot at.  icon_smile

I'll agree that some of the Achievements are pretty easy, but also notice that some are only worth 5 or 10 points.  You can check them all out here.  I have yet to be able to get the damnable 1000m base jump.  I can't even break 400.  I either end up face-planting half-way down the mountain or using my parachute.  I can't find a place that is steep enough so that I can get further away from the mountain and still have a long-enough run to get me the 1000 meters. 
10355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 03, 2006, 04:31:50 AM
I used to drink a couple diet sodas a day but I wanted to cut down on the caffeine and sweeteners so now I only drink them on the weekends. 
10356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo Wars - RTS by Ensemble in Halo universe on: October 03, 2006, 03:36:52 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 03, 2006, 03:26:52 AM

Sounds like their next version of AoE only prettier which, IMO, is far from a good thing. AoEIII was lame beyond belief primarily because it still used RTS mechanics that date from the early 90's.

What part of anything said or released so far sounds like that? 
10357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/2) on: October 03, 2006, 03:27:32 AM

Quote from: lex on October 03, 2006, 03:21:12 AM

Quote from: Destructor on October 02, 2006, 01:58:56 PM

Desperate Housewives: The Game
Diner Dash 2: Restaurant Rescue
Face Factory 2
Pirate Poppers
Poker Pop

These titles seem interesting.   icon_wink

Hell yeah they are!  And people say PC gaming is dying, sheesh!  icon_biggrin
10358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 2/Oct/06 on: October 03, 2006, 02:16:13 AM
I played a serious amount of Just Cause over the weekend.  I've only done about 10 of the story missions but I have liberated 20-some towns and established rebel control in 12 provinces as well as doing a bunch of collection and side-missions.  Hoo-ah!
10359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me a couple PS2 games on: October 03, 2006, 02:11:28 AM
Kobra, your kids are going to be so freaking overloaded come Christmas time that I think their heads will explode when the see all the games!
10360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My 360's Blog on: October 03, 2006, 02:07:21 AM

Quote from: ATB on October 02, 2006, 03:41:32 PM

Whoa. That's pretty cool.

Followed a couple of links. Some people have gamer scores in the 70k range.  They had better be game reviewers!  eek

Heh, I was happy when I finally broke 1000 this weekend.  Yeah, I suck. 
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