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9161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what time is the 360 dashboard update? on: May 07, 2007, 08:17:51 PM
He could mean that they are wrapping up the certification process, or getting it uploaded and ready for download or testing the downloads from offsite or who knows what.  I think you need to relax and let it come when it's done rather than feel like they owe you to get this out today. 
9162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 5-7-2007 on: May 07, 2007, 05:32:01 AM
Played (and still playing) Spiderman 3 on the 360.  Not great by a long shot but it will hold my interest for a week or so. 

I also tried out the demo for Catan and enjoyed it right up until it told me it was limited to 7 points for the human player.  Bastards!  That really did make me want to go out and buy it, though, and I likely will later this week.
9163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't drink this much....ever. on: May 06, 2007, 08:52:40 PM
I'm just glad that when I was in my college drinking phase my friends weren't dicks and just let me look like an idiot on my own. 
9164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 06, 2007, 07:49:28 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 05, 2007, 11:50:17 PM

Quote from: The_Man on May 05, 2007, 11:35:47 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 05, 2007, 01:14:34 PM

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in your review KD,you said that it isnt kirsten dunst doing her lines,although i know her name wasnt there on the credits,it does sound a bit like her.
See?  Easily replaced.  icon_twisted

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i looked at the achievements on my card ,and some look easy while others look like they could be hard..which is how it should be...one achievement is for swinging at 200mph...ouch,i think i am limping at a steady 25mph icon_lol at the moment,not that i cant tell whether there is a speedometer anywhere....i think it will be fun getting the achievements anyway
If you want to know how to get this one, just let me know...I'll point you in the right direction.

I would like to know how to do this.

Thanks

Spoiler for Hiden:
Get on top of the Daily Bugle and walk to the edge.  You'll see two air vents.  Walk between them and you'll get a prompt.  Launch yourself across damned near the entire map with a slingshot move and you'll get this achievement pretty quickly. 
So, there ya go.

I've gone to that location and never get a prompt.  Do you have to unlock a special skill first or something?  I do have the dual-web thing. 

Also, does anyone know how to get the stupid Web Slinger achievement?  It says "Web up 25 enemies", but I know I've used the web subdue move more times than that and it apparently doesn't count.  Is there some other trick to it?
9165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 28%! on: May 06, 2007, 07:28:32 PM
So you've never heard of the differences between murder, voluntary manslaugher and involuntary manslaughter as well as the subclasses within each of those?  The result may be the same (a dead person), but the motivations behind the crime greatly affect the punishment. 
9166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 06, 2007, 07:12:13 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 06, 2007, 03:08:34 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 06, 2007, 02:11:23 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 06, 2007, 01:29:05 PM

If anyone wanted to try out the game for the PC, it's on sale at CC for $10 this week.

For $10, or $10 off? $10 for a brand new title is just...nuts.

It's $10. $9.99, actually.

I saw that as well.  Not sure if it's a misprint or what (it says regularly priced $19.99), but I see Best Buy has it for $22.99. 
9167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe on: May 06, 2007, 07:05:54 PM
You can download a teaser trailer from the official site and there is a little bit of a preview on Eurogamer who played an early version and has a couple screenshots.
9168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 28%! on: May 06, 2007, 12:38:28 AM

Quote from: dbt1949 on May 05, 2007, 11:25:56 PM

I suppose Nixon might have had lower numbers just before he resigned but personally I never thought of him as a bad president. A little too greedy perhaps but not that bad. GW on the other hand has not impressed me since day one. I wasn't really even pro Gore during the first of his elections and was fairly neutral about him.
I bet the Secret Service really has to pay a lot of overtime protecting him.

Your card has now been pulled.    slywink
9169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 06, 2007, 12:27:02 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 05, 2007, 08:19:19 PM

I don't know if it's the same excerpt as OXM, but the prologue chapter is available at Bioware's website.

The OXM chapter is the first one after the Prologue (it starts with "Eight years later."), so if you have the magazine you get to check out two chapters. 
9170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 06, 2007, 12:24:28 AM
My first impressions of the 360 version are pretty "meh".  Trying to follow lizard tracks while constantly re-hitting my Spidey-sense?  Yuck.  Timed missions that says the helicopter got away even though I'm right fucking next to it?  Suck me.  Not being able to do any damage to cars, hot dog carts, etc?  Lame. 

I'm not very far into the game at all, but so far I can't think of a single thing that I really like about it.  The controls don't feel all that tight and the camera isn't very good either.  The combat is too full of canned animations that have my guy bouncing all over the place and just asking for button mashing, and the web swinging is just (so help me) boring, slow and a little annoying.  And don't get me started on the weak cinematics.  Peter Parker looks like he has freaking Down syndrome. 

It's not a terrible game by far, but it smacks of being developed by thier port/sequel studio and rushed to meet the movie deadline.  Thank god I only rented it. 

9171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Possible Hetz sighting? on: May 05, 2007, 10:12:02 PM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on May 05, 2007, 09:47:13 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 05, 2007, 05:03:06 AM

Now if this was over a Wii, I could understand. But you can find a PS3 on almost every street corner store nowadays. biggrin

There are wiis on every corner if you look hard enough.

The very fact that you have to "look hard enough" means that they obviously are not "on every corner" and widely available yet. 
9172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free and Legit MP3's on: May 05, 2007, 09:28:54 PM
Well, if you sign up to try eMusic for 2 weeks you can download and keep 25 free mp3s from their indie-heavy catalog.  (and if you decide to cancel, you can do that online and don't have to call and sit on hold or anything). 
9173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 05, 2007, 08:10:35 PM
I see that there is an excerpt of the book in this month's OXM.  If you're not a subscriber it's probably cheaper to pick up the paperback than the disc version of the magazine. 
9174  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Tony Hawk $10.00 Costco on: May 05, 2007, 07:59:28 AM

Quote from: weeskwee on May 05, 2007, 07:57:15 AM

it can and is.

wish i could get into the freaking place. i hate these membership stores.

Same here.  And I'm not about to pay $40 to save $20 on a dang game. 
9175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my DS Lite on: May 05, 2007, 05:39:03 AM
The original wide-style GBAs had absolutely horrible screen brightness since they had no backlight or anything.  The GBA SPs fixed that but I'm not sure it's better than the original DS, although I don't have them to compare. 
9176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: May 05, 2007, 05:26:55 AM
There are a bunch of new screenshots and a teaser trailer for the game up over at TeamXBox.  I think the game is looking quite nice and it's going to be a must buy for me come June. 

Here are a few choice shots (click for larger version):









9177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]double dragon next wednesday on: May 05, 2007, 04:35:28 AM
I'd say that the barrels in the unenhanced version look much better than the generic gradient-filled ones of the "enhanced" stuff.  The rest looks barely changed at all, really.  Boooo-urns. 
9178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii Rumour]the first star wars game for the system? on: May 05, 2007, 04:32:44 AM
I would be that if it does hit the Wii the lightsaber combat will just be wiggling the wii-mote to swing like in Zelda.  The game isn't designed and set up for any sort of one to one saber swinging. 

Another port of a game I played a year ago.  Hooray for innovation!
9179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 05, 2007, 04:19:20 AM
So it sounds like everything I was afraid of is basically true.  Poor story, too many villians, lots of questionable CG and of course some weak acting the same actors you either like or really don't. 

Why couldn't they just make a story mainly about Venom?  Sure, start out with a Bond-esque entrance of action against Sandman or something, but let the main movie be about a single villian and really develop it well. 
9180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Monster Squad coming to DVD... on: May 05, 2007, 03:41:13 AM
I can't say I've ever heard of this one, but I think it might be worth a rental when it comes out. 
9181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hello Dad, I'm in Jail! on: May 05, 2007, 03:35:52 AM
Hooray for one spoiled, dumb bitch getting her just dues. 
9182  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Tony Hawk $10.00 Costco on: May 05, 2007, 03:27:02 AM
Which one is this...it can't be Project 8, right?
9183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking of selling my Wii on: May 05, 2007, 03:12:54 AM
If mine wasn't a gift I would have sold it a couple weeks after I got it.  Part of the problem is that most of my gaming is solo gaming and the other is that the wii-mote controls are so gimmicky and inconsistently implemented that I never feel safe getting a game for the system.  And of course there just aren't many games on the horizon that interest me. 

I will keep it around for those rare new games and for fun when visiting family and friends, but that's about it. 
9184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]double dragon next wednesday on: May 04, 2007, 07:47:58 PM
It would be nice if it came with enhanced graphics, but I see no mention of that or Live multiplayer. 
9185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell: Conviction on: May 03, 2007, 05:46:08 PM
And Sam Fisher continues to get younger and younger...
9186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 03, 2007, 06:51:52 AM
I'm away from home this week, but for those of you who have been playing this version of Catan, is it worthwhile for the singleplayer only?  I've never played the boardgame but mostly just because it's hard to get people together to play those sorts of games and I would like to check it out. 
9187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dry Cleaner Loses Pants, Lawyer Says They're Worth $67 Million on: May 03, 2007, 05:13:16 AM
He's not only a lawyer, he's a judge.  And a total ass-hat.
9188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot Fuzz - The Trailer on: May 03, 2007, 03:00:12 AM
Man, I really can't believe there are so few people who have gone to see this.  You guys suck! 
9189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your current favorite music? on: May 03, 2007, 02:37:13 AM

Quote from: wonton on May 02, 2007, 11:20:54 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 01, 2007, 04:36:30 AM

Quote from: Clay on May 01, 2007, 01:40:40 AM

Word is that the new White Stripes album is great.  Anybody heard it? 

That one won't be out until the middle of June, so I haven't heard it yet but I will certainly buy it.  Jack is also working on a new Raconteurs album due out early next year I think. 

That's the first I've heard of a new Raconteurs album (YAY!).  Where'd you hear it from?

I think I read it in the most recent Rolling Stone.  I don't remember exactly what it said but they are going for a bit of a different vibe (country-ish?) with the next album I guess. 
9190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/pc] Shadowrun Achievements.... on: May 03, 2007, 12:17:26 AM
The IGN write-up of the comparison between the PC and 360 version made it sound like the PC version probably won't be the choice to play.  When you're aiming with a mouse you want fast and accurate aiming, not some widespread handicap BS. 
9191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your current favorite music? on: May 01, 2007, 04:36:30 AM

Quote from: Clay on May 01, 2007, 01:40:40 AM

Word is that the new White Stripes album is great.  Anybody heard it? 

That one won't be out until the middle of June, so I haven't heard it yet but I will certainly buy it.  Jack is also working on a new Raconteurs album due out early next year I think. 
9192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise Announced on: May 01, 2007, 04:08:02 AM
I sure hope this doesn't suck.  I'm not optimistic about the whole Burnout in an open world thing. 

And I agree about those shots.  I assumed they were photos of a monitor/TV. 
9193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This is really going to kill Monday's commute... on: April 30, 2007, 03:17:05 AM

Quote from: dbt1949 on April 29, 2007, 09:52:23 PM

What are "shnikes"?

Come on, people...Chris Farley!  I have no idea if that's you spell it, but it's certainly his word. 
9194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Sony marketing idea: Showing decapitated animals. (not a joke) on: April 29, 2007, 01:21:34 AM
Wow, that's quite an event where the topless girls are the tasteful part  And then they top that by printing pictures from the event in their Official PS Magazine.  You would have thought somebody in the organizations might have reconsidered these plans somewhere along the line.  Sony's PR and marketing departments seems incredibly inept these days. 
9195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 28, 2007, 10:03:32 PM
The video was pretty good, and the longer one even better.  Hopefully the game rocks.
9196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is this how it will all end? on: April 28, 2007, 09:44:54 PM
Some preliminary reports are finding that a fungus may be playing a part in killing off the bees.  The same fungus "caused widespread loss of bee colonies in Europe and Asia", apparently. 

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-sci-bees26apr26,0,7437491.story
9197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: April 28, 2007, 05:34:05 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on April 28, 2007, 03:30:19 PM


Anyone seen any actual gameplay video yet?   I'm not talking about the post-race replay stuff that we've been seeing but while you are actually racing.

- shaggy

While it's not an actual race, if you check out the "GDC 2007: Forza 2 Demo" over at IGN you can see that guy do a test drive for his modified car.  If you want to skip all the modifying and painting and crap the test drive starts at about 8:30 (other than a couple seconds at the beginning of the video).  He also slams into walls to show some of the damage that you can do to the car, although he really seems to suck at it and can't even get the bumper off. 
9198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: April 28, 2007, 07:00:35 AM
Well, the Forza guys have released this week's Pitpass Report a bit early.  The first part talks about running tournaments in the game, which sounds well implemented.  They also have a new HD video up of a new race showcasing an American muscle car ('69 Camaro SS) running against a more nimble Japanese racer ('95 Toyota MR2), which is something I've been curious to see. 

Direct link to download 720p video.
9199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crazy pool shots on: April 28, 2007, 05:26:16 AM
Some nice shots in there, but I absolutely hate that song with a burning passion. 
9200  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help for system for in-laws on: April 28, 2007, 03:23:30 AM
That certainly looks like a good system that should do them well for a number of years. 

Honestly I don't think that small of a CPU ugrade would be noticeable at all, but I'm of the opinion that if it is a reasonable price to get a faster one, and $15 is pretty negligible, go for it.  Saving the money would be fine, too.  Either way it won't be a make or break decision.

Clicking on the Product Details (below either of the green "Continue & Select Services" buttons) and then clicking on the Technical Specs tab it shows these:
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Expansion Slots:
PCI: 2 Slots
PCIe x1: 1 Slot
PCIe x16 (Graphics): 1 Slots

So it should be good to go for future video card upgrades.  At least until manufacturers decide they need a newer and better interface to get the masses to upgrade once again.  slywink  EDIT: I did see it is only a 305 Watt power supply, so if you do end up putting in a much more powerful video card you may also need to replace that.  Just something to remember for the future.

The only other thing is that they are probably going to want some sort of speakers, even if they are just the cheapest you can get. 
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