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9161  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] System stable... for now. on: June 08, 2007, 01:22:41 AM
I don't mean to be rude, but for what reason did you install Vista?  I can't honestly think of a single reason I would upgrade yet, especially given the lack of solid drivers and all of the problems I've heard about.  I guess if you like wasting system resources on a uselessly shiny interface it might be interesting for a day or two. 
9162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the big news was .....pac-man mazes[XBLA] on: June 08, 2007, 01:01:44 AM
The problem with that stick issue is that not many people want to pay $40+ to play $5-10 games.  At least no one I know does.
9163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hitler's Console Gets Banned (Video) on: June 08, 2007, 12:51:32 AM
But it doesn't make any sense once he says that "All I'm left with now is my shitty N64".  He can still play all of his 360 games, just not online.  Needs a re-write.
9164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 07, 2007, 02:06:31 PM
Starshifter, I predict that by next week you will be bored of Forza and wondering what the fuss was about.  I can't see spending $200 on something that you aren't even really interested in.  Hell, I really like cars and racing games and I had to convince myself just to get the game itself.  
9165  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] 3-Day banned again! on: June 07, 2007, 12:58:36 PM
I played on a WOW RP server for a while and it was actually pretty pleasant.  I eventually went back to my characters on the PVP server because that's where my friends and guild were and I wanted to play with them.

I'm not saying that RP servers can't be full of uptight asshats, but as long as you're not being an out of character goof-turd I didn't see anybody having issues with anyone else on there.
9166  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Deep Discount games for $2 on: June 07, 2007, 12:17:55 PM
Prices look normal to me.  Too bad, I could use some budget gaming.
9167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the big news was .....pac-man mazes[XBLA] on: June 07, 2007, 12:11:29 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on June 07, 2007, 03:53:23 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 06, 2007, 09:23:38 PM

Seriously, stop laughing and give it a try.

I most certainly will once I can swallow the 800 point cost. Thanks for the positive write up, BW.

Giving it a try is always free on XBLA.  slywink
9168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360) Tomb Raider: Anniversary a go? on: June 07, 2007, 12:24:59 AM
I'm not a fan of episodic downloads, especially for something like this which wasn't really designed for it  Plus, multi-Gig episodic downloads on a system with a pretty limited hard drive space is not a good idea to me.  But what do I know. 
9169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 Olympics Logo confirms presence of Cthulhu on: June 07, 2007, 12:20:35 AM

Quote from: Destructor on June 06, 2007, 10:46:29 PM

The design is made up of four jagged pieces that form the numbers 2012 in a variety of colors.

Is THAT what it is? Or is supposed to be? Wow. I never saw that until I outright read that.

I didn't get that either.  Even after reading their official site. 
9170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 06, 2007, 11:32:33 PM
I always thought that 1nsane deserved more attention.  It was a PC offroad racing game with all sorts of super fun multiplayer modes like capture the flag, king of the hill and gate rally that I haven't seen adapted in other racing games.  It also had everything from ATVs to rally cars and trophy trucks that had real-time deformation and a random map generator. 
9171  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: x360 Live Movers and Shakers [06/05/2007 edition] on: June 06, 2007, 01:35:34 PM
Man, I have to get to work!  I gained 425 points and nearly got knocked off the top 50 by losing three ranks. 

I call shenanigans!
9172  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] 3-Day banned again! on: June 06, 2007, 01:29:49 PM
I got a temp ban once for telling some higher level guy to "Fuck off" when he kept killing the mobs I needed to kill for a quest. 
9173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 06, 2007, 01:10:54 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 06, 2007, 12:55:10 PM

While they usually don't get fantastic reviews, I'm an absolute sucker for the Tenchu games.   Tenchu Z is my most anticipated game of the summer.

I do stay far, far away from the handheld versions, though.

I'd have to agree.  Despite it's recurring problems, I really like the Tenchu series.  I remember that the first Tenchu came out like a month before Metal Gear Solid and everyone was all hot for MGS but Tenchu was getting no love. 
9174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will complete __________ by the end of the summer on: June 06, 2007, 12:53:46 PM
Hmm, Forza 2 and DiRT aren't really much for being "complete" so maybe I will say Tenchu Z (assuming I buy it next week...which I will because I'm a sucker).  
9175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Trailer on: June 06, 2007, 12:36:12 AM
I hate trailers that show you absolutely nothing of the game.
9176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 05, 2007, 01:29:59 PM

Quote from: naednek on June 05, 2007, 03:40:25 AM

Ain't that the truth...
9177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 Olympics Logo confirms presence of Cthulhu on: June 05, 2007, 01:25:58 PM

Quote from: Clay on June 05, 2007, 12:12:56 PM

Here's the 'official' explanation:

That's a pretty shitty "explanation", and the video looked like something from MTV in the 80's. 
9178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bittorrent on: June 05, 2007, 01:14:12 AM
Once the file is downloaded, it's just like any other file of that type (wma, avi, whatever). 
9179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming Music [soundtracks] on: June 05, 2007, 01:11:22 AM
Thanks, Lockdown!  I'm not really big on game soundtracks in general, but there are some that really click with me (like Interstate '76, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, etc). 
9180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re-Visiting Wii Play on: June 05, 2007, 12:32:41 AM
This was a mostly worthless collection of games to me.  If I had a friend who needed another Wiimote and was thinking of picking this up, I would tell them to save the $10 and get one without WiiPlay. 
9181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Facebook - anyone else use this? on: June 04, 2007, 12:15:11 PM
They won't believe that my last name is "Fakename", so no I'm not on there. 
9182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 04, 2007, 12:00:03 PM
If you want to be shamed by others' artistic abilities, check out some of the threads over at the Photo and Video forum.  Particularly this ever lengthening thread.  Some of the cars in there are very amateurish, but others are amazing considering the game hasn't even been out a week. 

And talk about a way to waste away time just looking at cars...
9183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 6-4-2007 on: June 04, 2007, 11:04:34 AM
Played a number of hours in my Forza 2 career and that's about it. 
9184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 03, 2007, 04:20:51 AM
I decided that I wanted the unlockable muscle cars so I just went ahead and deleted my saved game and started a North American region career.  I'm doing pretty well with this Cobalt SS so far and have unlocked and won a couple muscle cars already. 
9185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 03, 2007, 02:46:31 AM
Well, I broke down and bought this today.  I think it was mostly Lockdown's picture thread that pushed me over the edge.  smile  So far I'm enjoying it more than the demo. 

The silly thing is that I'm not much of a multiplayer type guy for games like this.  I'm not very good at sim racers and I'm far too used to being able to nudge the AI cars or take sloppy turns without being chastised by uptight players.  Oh, well.  I'm sure I will have some fun running through the career mode on my own. 

One question: I picked Europe as my home region, but I want to get the classic American muscle cars, too.  I know you are supposed to be able to buy any vehicle from all regions, but for something like that is it only really late in the career mode?  It looks like you start unlocking classic cars right away, and it might annoy me to not be able to buy those for a long time. 
9186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mother and daughter banned for life from Disneyland on: June 02, 2007, 11:11:04 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on June 02, 2007, 09:11:54 PM

There's a party in my pants, and the daughter is invited.

A search party?  Tongue
9187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Loch Ness monster - new video on: June 02, 2007, 01:21:12 AM
Doesn't look like anything more than previous footage that has been analyzed.  For all it shows, it could be a seal or submerged dead tree causing that wake. 
9188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My blog has been locked by Blogger as "spam" on: June 02, 2007, 01:09:09 AM
Man, if they start deleting blogs with no real content they would never get any rest.  slywink
9189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: June 02, 2007, 12:00:00 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 01, 2007, 09:28:42 PM

First let me preface by saying that I liked the DiRT demo a lot more than the Forza2 demo.  However, the description of the multiplayer leaves me cold.  Forza2 has been ridiculously fun online just because of the sense of racing with other people.  Racing against the clock just doesn't seem as exciting.  Are they doing it this way just for the rally races, or for the buggy races too, which had multiple cars on the track in the demo?

Also, the game looks gorgeous and the racing model seems fine, but does anyone know about the "game"?  Will you get to buy cars, upgrade, tweak or anything like that?  I'm leaning towards buying it when it comes out, but I'm playing a lot of Forza2.

I just got my copy of OXM that has the review of Dirt (9.0) and they said that the multiplayer for this version is limited to the 100-person time trials for rally and hill climb events.  Codemasters hopes to get full competitive online into the next version, apparently.

They say that the career mode is a pyramid series of races where you earn points to advance and cash to buy new cars.  There is also a rally Championship mode "which lets you set up full-bore rallies replete with between-stage repairs".  I'm sure that neither will be to the depth that Forza is, but this is a different type of game.
9190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: June 01, 2007, 01:10:49 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on May 30, 2007, 04:10:09 AM

Finished Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston : 

Loved it!  thumbsup

If you enjoyed the first, definitely check out the follow ups: Six Bad Things and A Dangerous Man. 
9191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 01, 2007, 01:12:24 AM
Unfortunately, an online check shows it to be out of stock at Circuit City and the two Best Buys near me (and even the EB and GameStops). 
9192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which $20 XBox 360 game is the best? on: June 01, 2007, 12:14:00 AM
Kameo is still $29.99 there.

Star Wars would be my first choice of those, but since I already have it I would probably get Cars or The Outfit. 
9193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 01, 2007, 12:03:45 AM

Quote from: Calvin on May 31, 2007, 11:42:32 PM

Eff eff eff. Shit. I am THIS close to buying this game now. Goshdamnit.

Me too.  You bastards are really making me want to go pick this up.  After all, it's still three weeks before DiRT comes out. 

BTW, is there any way to get that Best Buy $10 gift card without printing that thing out?  I don't have a printer at home and my work computer is only hooked into a specialty printer. 
9194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever regretted taking a new job? Career Advice on: May 31, 2007, 12:26:44 PM
I just took a new job about a month ago and so far I am mostly regretting it.  The pay and benefits are better, but the job is not what I was expecting and I don't really see the potential for advancement that they said it would have.  On the other hand, my old job was also a dead end so I'm not much worse off, but I wish I had continued looking for something else.  I'm not one to jump from job to job, but I'm wondering how long I should stick this one out before searching for something else. 

So my wonderful advice is that I don't know because I'm in a similar situation.  smile
9195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Shadowrun Impressions on: May 31, 2007, 12:14:09 PM
Clanwolfer, you aren't the only one that can't get their PC version to work online. 
9196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Shadowrun Impressions on: May 30, 2007, 11:52:22 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 30, 2007, 11:50:07 PM

juniordan - you broke our unwritten rule of no impressions until the second page! Shame on you!  Roll Eyes  icon_lol

That said - now the game looks a whole lot better. Hope to see more impressions along that very positive line soon.

Well, I don't think they were even his impressions, they were just quotes of other people's impressions from other forums.  Which doesn't really do anything for me.
9197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I freaking <3 LOLcats on: May 30, 2007, 01:52:07 PM

9198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Darkness footage on: May 30, 2007, 01:43:40 PM
Check out the footage that's available on the Live Marketplace.  It looks quite good on there (to me, at least). 

Also realize that when your view is following the Creeping Darkness thing there are filters applied to the screen. 
9199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: May 30, 2007, 01:42:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 30, 2007, 03:20:58 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 30, 2007, 02:44:23 AM

Rally racing typically has people start at staggered intervals so that you're not near other cars.  You race for time.

I really really don't understand why the sport isn't more popular in America, it's so much more fun to watch than NASCAR.  Better crashes, too.

I think you answered that in your own post.  Americans like to see the defeat.  Just beating a number isn't as exciting as watching one car win while the others lose.  Though how racing in a circle for hours on end is interesting to anyone, I'll never know.

They did invent Rallycross like 40 years ago as a TV event, and yet that hasn't hopped across the pond either.  Something like that would be a million times more exciting for me to watch than NASCAR or Indy type stuff.  DiRT does include rallycross events, also. 
9200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mad Tracks this week on: May 30, 2007, 01:21:34 PM
I tried the demo and it played decently with the controller so I decided to just purchase it.

The thing to remember about this one is that you are controlling a little spring-driven car, so you can't just hold down the accelerator the whole time.  You have to strategically release it so it can recharge, like when you are going downhill or are in the air.  Otherwise you will really start to slow down and will get your butt kicked.
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