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9161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Savage 2? on: June 08, 2008, 07:03:30 PM
You can actually try the game for free (for 5 hours) with a download from their site.  It's also the same price directly from the developers, so I would suggest getting it from them if you do.  It's a tiny, self-funded team (6 people I think) and they deserve full support if you care to give it. 

I actually preordered the game ages before it came out (it was delayed several times) and played for a bit when it first came out.  For some reason it just didn't strike me as being as much fun as when I used to play the original Savage.  Part of that was the "dumbing-down" changes they made to the commander, and part of it was something I can't really quantify.  It also still had a few problems when it came out, but they have since done some large updates which may have improved it quite a bit. 

They also added a lot of persistent bonuses and stats stuff that wasn't in the first game, but I didn't get to try them out too much when I was playing.  I should really re-install this and see how much it has improved.


PS- for those interested, you can still download the first Savage for free
9162  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (PVP related) on: June 08, 2008, 06:49:28 PM
I created my main characte on the PVP server Deathwhisper since a co-worker was starting on there, too.  I soon rediscovered why I hate free-for-all PVP.  I was ganked many times in the underhalls or White Sands Isle when I was very weakened right after defeating a boss or group of enemies. 

Apparently that is also the server with the forum crowd from Something Awful, which may have lead it to be even more dickish than regular PVP servers.  Either way, I'm going back to PVE for now.

Maybe with the forthcoming jail system it will help, but that seems more designed only for killing those who are 10+ levels below you. 
9163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: June 08, 2008, 05:38:17 AM
Yeah, tough to find a decent picture of her.  Also, where's our random hot pic for the new page?  smile
9164  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra cheap but capable PC -- does it exist? on: June 08, 2008, 05:35:56 AM

Quote from: Giles Habibula on June 08, 2008, 05:30:33 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 07, 2008, 02:48:14 AM

Actually, the first two on that list were tempting me just now. Just add memory, a hard drive, and a video card...?
Then I remembered the OS....

In my opinion, once you add all that other crap you might as well have just bought one of the cheaper pre-built systems or build it all from scratch and get exactly what you want.  Unless, of course, you have those other things sitting around and can transfer them to the new system until it's time to upgrade.
9165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What years comprise your own "Golden Age" of PC Gaming? on: June 08, 2008, 05:33:33 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 08, 2008, 02:48:49 AM

1993-1998

Yeah, that pretty much sums up my golden age, too.  From Doom and Sam & Max through Grim Fandango and Half-Life, with a ton of other great games in there.  I might extend it to '99 just to catch a few stragglers and the "beta" releases of Counter-Strike.
9166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Job hunt on: June 08, 2008, 04:29:16 AM
I don't know what industry you're looking to get into, but for me I had better results sending resumes directly to companies with targetted cover letters.  It never hurts to know the companies you are applying at and what they are working on and have done in the past. 
9167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: June 08, 2008, 04:21:10 AM
I can't say I've ever heard of her, but here goes:

9168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Incredible Hulk Game on: June 08, 2008, 02:41:24 AM
Yup, it was just released.  So how does it play?  Is it as much fun as Ultimate Destruction was? 
9169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Actual Duke Nukem Forever gameplay footage! on: June 07, 2008, 11:40:17 PM
A few choice quotes from George B from their forums.  It sounds as if he's saying that footage is about 6 months old.

You know, when this game finally hits the streets I hope that they have a book about the development of it.  I am curious as hell how things could really still be so much in flux at this point. 
9170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 07, 2008, 07:59:04 PM
Ah, sweet irony:

9171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Indiana Jones Impressions on: June 07, 2008, 04:33:35 AM
Ok, I think I need some help and GameFAQs doesn't have any walk-throughs yet. 

I'm on the 4th Raiders level (I think) called "Pursuing the Ark" and am at the point where I need to get the two motors to raise the gate (next to the little pond).  I've gotten the one motor from the tower with the pressure plate, and I can see the other one hung up by the set of 3 towers but I can't get to it.  I just can't swing off that second rope and get onto the third tower.  Am I missing something?  I tried it for a long time last night and finally had to give up and lose my progress. 
9172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Siege 3 coming on: June 07, 2008, 04:15:48 AM
Even in the first one I enjoyed it much more when I just concentrated on a single hero and occasionally had some support followers, so I think the single-hero direction should be good.  Less automation, more gameplay.
9173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MINI Cooper -- building it on: June 07, 2008, 04:10:23 AM

Quote from: Austin on June 07, 2008, 02:34:51 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 07, 2008, 02:29:10 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 07, 2008, 02:18:45 AM

Not a fan of the checkered mirrors at all, and if it were me I'd probably toss the roof, too. 

How about the interior?

Whatever floats your boat.  I like it enough, although not for my car.  I tend toward more understated though.

Austin, you just read my mind. 
9174  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: What to do with back issues of PCG and demo discs? on: June 07, 2008, 02:20:16 AM
Recycle 'em.
9175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MINI Cooper -- building it on: June 07, 2008, 02:18:45 AM
Not a fan of the checkered mirrors at all, and if it were me I'd probably toss the roof, too. 
9176  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra cheap but capable PC -- does it exist? on: June 07, 2008, 01:38:33 AM
Since their ad popped up on the front page here I've been checking out CyberPowerPC.  They have a ton of options for configuring your own system so you should be able to build a system with a few core components that are high-end and fill in the others with cheaper stuff that can be replaced over time. 
9177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV..first DLC due....Q1 2009!!??!! on: June 06, 2008, 07:35:18 PM
Heh, obviously I didn't meant to put the 2 in there.  Not sure where my mind was this morning.  Maybe it was on this trailer or something.
9178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: weekend playlist-06/06/08 on: June 06, 2008, 07:16:14 PM
I'll try playing some more LEGO Indiana Jones on my 360, but I got stuck on one stupid puzzle last night and had to quit without saving 45 minutes worth of progress.  That pisses me off.

I might also pick up GRID if I feel like it, or else I'll play some more Age of Conan or one of the numerous other games I haven't finished yet (GTA4, PGR4, Stranglehold, etc etc).
9179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV..first DLC due....Q1 2009!!??!! on: June 06, 2008, 03:05:29 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 06, 2008, 02:59:15 PM

hopefully I'll finish the game by then.

Yeah, I probably won't have finished it by then.  Too much other stuff has distracted me and I was getting kind of bored anyway.  Which is surprising since I finished Saints Row 2 and Just Cause after many hours, and they don't rate nearly as high. 
9180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Indiana Jones Impressions on: June 06, 2008, 02:14:29 AM

Quote from: spigot on June 05, 2008, 02:11:14 PM

I really wish it had online co-op, but other than that I'm having a blast with it. I never played Lego Star Wars but I'm really enjoying Indy. I'm almost done with ROTLA. I just hope Lego Batman has online co-op.

I'm pretty sure they have already said that LEGO Batman will have online co-op. 

I haven't seen any scenes from Crystal Skull, but I did see Luke Skywalker hanging upside-down in an ice cave.  smile
9181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Actual Duke Nukem Forever gameplay footage! on: June 06, 2008, 02:01:25 AM
Yeah, I can't say I was too impressed. 
9182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: June 06, 2008, 01:43:37 AM
My vote goes to Right Bastard
9183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: June 06, 2008, 01:40:49 AM
That would be 7, but rickfc's isn't showing up.  I'll attach it here for rickfc:

9184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Impressions] Grid on: June 05, 2008, 04:30:24 AM
I had to pick up LEGO Indiana Jones so I didn't get a chance to buy this one yet.  Maybe this weekend after payday. 

I haven't read anything about those major lockups on the 360, but hopefully it's not too widespread and can get fixed quickly. 
9185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Indiana Jones Impressions on: June 05, 2008, 04:28:10 AM
I've played the first few missions of Raiders and watched quite a bit at work (both 360 versions).  It's definitely more of the same, so if you didn't like either of the LEGO Star Wars you won't like this, but if you did then you know what to expect.  It has very similar gameplay with all the good and bad that comes with it.  The camera still sucks, in my opinion, and hurts the platforming gameplay in several locations. 

One thing that works well for this one is that the mix of action, exploring and puzzles really fits with the Indy theme.  You also get to use Indy's whip quite a bit, for picking up some items and swinging around.  It's also full of the same sorts of goofy humor, like Indy getting scared and freezing up when he's near snakes.  It makes good use of the 2 characters for the puzzles, but there is no online play. 

There are a ton of unlockable characters again (it looks like 80-100 or something), but I have no idea who most of them will be other than the few main characters.  Probably "Random Tribesman" and "Tribesman with Headress" or something. 

There's really not much else to say at this point.  It's just like LEGO Star Wars put into the Indiana Jones theme.  Take it for what you will.
9186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: June 05, 2008, 03:47:17 AM
I think the rule is 7 votes, but we always seem to struggle with the last one. 

9187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Plasma or LCD on: June 04, 2008, 04:39:01 AM
In general you end up paying twice normal market value with a rent to own plan.  You'd probably be much better off saving your money for 6 months and just buy one. 
9188  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Zotac branded 8800gts 640mb for $120 on: June 03, 2008, 02:06:55 AM
Hmm, is that a decent company and reseller?
9189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We All See Into the Future on: June 03, 2008, 01:42:43 AM
I just see a big headache.  An interesting article, though.
9190  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GameStop Gamedays on: June 03, 2008, 01:38:54 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on June 03, 2008, 01:22:39 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 03, 2008, 12:53:29 AM

about the only decent deal I see there is Vikings for the 360 at 30 bucks.

How does Viking compare to the PC game Rune, anyhow?

They are quite a bit different.  Rune was fairly linear and Viking is more of an open-world game.  Rune was straight hack and slash where your movements controlled the attacks and Viking uses combos and stealth for a lot of the game and then the large army-on-army battles in other parts.  Rune used multiple types of weapons whereas Viking uses the same weapons throughout the game with upgradeable skills. 

Neither of them is perfect, and if I could choose only one I would probably say that I liked Rune better (the PC version, at least).  I did enjoy Viking, though, and it has some awesome graphics and fun gameplay in it. 
9191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360 and PS3] The Bourne Conspiracy Demo Available... on: June 03, 2008, 01:09:28 AM
I never got as far as the (awful) driving level.  I thought the fighting just felt really disconnected from my input and deeply dislike the abundance of quick-time events.  This is one that might be more fun to just watch someone else play than to play myself. 
9192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/2) on: June 03, 2008, 01:02:07 AM
I'll be picking up LEGO Indiana Jones on the 360 and also probably GRiD because I have no will power. 
9193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: June 02, 2008, 04:00:59 AM
Sure, I'll vote for Crayola Smoker even though I passed up that image.  slywink
9194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sometimes it sucks to be an adult on: June 02, 2008, 02:58:35 AM
Yeah, for all the numerous times I licked raw cake batter or ate raw cookie dough, I've never heard of someone getting salmonella from it. 
9195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's June 2008: What's Your GOTY So Far? on: June 01, 2008, 08:28:43 PM
The year isn't half over for another month. 
9196  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Big Sale Part 2: THE REVENGE on: June 01, 2008, 04:18:35 AM

Quote from: Calvin on June 01, 2008, 04:00:52 AM

Ok, Vista is the 32bit version-hopefully someone still wants it!

Thanks, I think I will wait and pick up a 64-bit version though.  I don't even have my new computer yet, so no hurry.
9197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scarlett Johansson Murders Tom Waits on: June 01, 2008, 12:13:40 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on June 01, 2008, 12:08:36 AM

Nah, you're thinking of Anna Friel.  Noted for being one half of the first lesbian snog on British TV.

Now that is something I wouldn't object to seeing.
9198  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Big Sale Part 2: THE REVENGE on: May 31, 2008, 08:00:54 PM
Is the Vista 32 or 64-bit? 
9199  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Wonderpug rules on: May 31, 2008, 04:47:33 PM
Wow, like a couple of creepy little schoolgirls. 
9200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scarlett Johansson Murders Tom Waits on: May 31, 2008, 04:41:37 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on May 31, 2008, 01:39:10 PM

You want to know an actress who can really sing?

Zooey Deschanel, that's who.

*swoon*

Mmmm, Zooey Deschanel... 

I had no idea she did an album with M. Ward, who I am also a fan of.  I may have to check that out some time. 
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