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9241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 discs come pre scratched on: September 30, 2007, 03:50:52 AM
Maybe I'll try just going in there without a receipt and see what they say.  I can live with mildly scratched discs that still work fine (and I can get them replaced free from MS when I'm done playing), but as kathode said, having my brand new case all dented up on both sides was the icing the broke the camels cake. 
9242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 discs come pre scratched on: September 29, 2007, 05:41:59 PM
Well my experience with Best Buy was not quite as pleasant.  Since I ordered it online with the deal to buy Halo 3 and get 1600 marketplace points for $4.99 I am unable to return or exchange my game without them also charging me full price for the points.  That was the only reason I ordered this damn thing online and I wouldn't have bought the points if they weren't $15 cheaper than normal.  The service desk guy in the store was not helpful, and the non-English speaker on their hotline was even less so.  All I want is a copy of the game without a metal case that's all dented and discs all scratched, but that is apparently too freaking difficult.  Fuck Best Buy. 
9243  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Oh, cruel fate! on: September 28, 2007, 10:54:22 PM
So I've been patiently (and sometimes not-so-patiently) awaiting my copy of Halo 3 to arrive in the mail all week.  I preordered from Best Buy online to get in a couple deals they had going and I've put off buying a local copy because I was sure mine would arrive by the weekend.  Well, it finally arrived in the mail today. 

However, fate played a cruel trick on me and I also got a phone call saying that I will have my second interview for a programming job first thing Monday morning.  This is an awesome opportunity to get back into my field of programming, and at a game company on a great project no less, but I am in dire need of scraping some rust from my skillset so I can impress.

So here I am with the hot new game everybody is playing and talking about, just urging me to play it all weekend and be able to take part in the discussions, and yet I really need to spend my time studying.  Argh!  What a cruel mistress.  Wish me luck!
9244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/28/07 on: September 28, 2007, 10:42:50 PM
Most of my weekend will be spent convincing myself to crack the books and brush up for a technical interview on Monday morning.  Having failed at that I will likely play Stuntman: Ignition!  And maybe a bit of Halo 3 if it actually arrives in the mail today.  Booo, shipping! 
9245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: September 28, 2007, 04:13:24 PM
You can now see a video of the PSP version over here at VE, and check out some screenshots at the official THQ site.  I think it looks pretty sweet if you're a fan of the genre or Warhammer 40k.  Of course the PSP version looks better graphically, but the DS one looks pretty cool, too. 
9246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Impressions (No Spoilers) on: September 28, 2007, 03:21:20 PM
I can't wait until you guys are done with Halo 3 so the forums get some normal thread traffic going again. 
9247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Kind of Dumb S#!% is this? on: September 28, 2007, 03:17:43 PM
And you can now preorder the boxed version and get access to that, too. 
9248  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Upgrade time....help? (Update with potential purchases) on: September 28, 2007, 04:20:33 AM
Hehe, HL2: Episode 3 probably won't be out before next Christmas. 
9249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YOUR favorite television series of all-time is... on: September 28, 2007, 02:53:22 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 27, 2007, 07:41:44 PM

4. The Simpsons pre-season 9 - When this show was firing on all cylinders it was unequaled. It hasn't been consistently funny for about ten years now but from seasons three to about season eight every episode was gold. That's a record no one else can top.

Yup, I'd have to go with that one as well as The Sopranos. 
9250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Next up for sodomy: Knight Rider on: September 28, 2007, 02:48:33 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 27, 2007, 06:08:53 PM

Here we go, the video of the new Transformers cartoon


Err, uh...I think David Hasselhof was in the audience there.  See? Not off topic at all.

I think that visual style looks like crap for Transformers. 
9251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Kind of Dumb S#!% is this? on: September 27, 2007, 04:27:41 PM
I'm almost willing to bet that Kane and Lynch gets delayed just because things have been so quiet about it.  But yeah, there are waaaay too many games coming out in the next two months.  Thankfully the only must-buy's for me on there are PGR4, HL2: Orange Box.  Of course then there's  FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage and The Simpsons game.  

Don't forget Rock Band.  I'm sure a lot of you will be buying that the same day as Mass Effect.

And also the PC with Quake Wars, Tabula Rasa, Hellgate, The Witcher, Crysis, Gears of War, Unreal Tournament 3, etc.
9252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boston authorities overreact... again, reportedly wet pants on: September 27, 2007, 04:03:01 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on September 27, 2007, 03:55:46 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on September 26, 2007, 06:04:00 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on September 23, 2007, 04:10:35 PM

We live in a different age now, and we need to help do our part as citizens to work with the system.

That sounds a lot like Communism.  smile


Our government has asked us to help and do our part to be vigilant so are you saying our government is now based on Communism?
Anotherwords be part of the solution not the problem.
It's easy to put blame on things and criticize. The real deal is contributing to the solution even if it is in small ways.
Last time I checked that had nothing to do with Communism.
This country was founded on all citizens contributing to the defense of the country.

Really?  I think it was founded with white males defending the country. 

But we really all do need to be vigilant and do our part to stop thoughtcrime.  Big Brother is counting on us.  War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength!
9253  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Upgrade time....help? (Update with potential purchases) on: September 27, 2007, 03:49:54 PM
Why is a silent, passively cooled board a Pro for the Intel but a Con for the AMD? 

I used to always buy top of the line motherboards because I wanted that ability to upgrade the CPU a couple steps sometime in the future.  What I found is that I never did that because the price for performance boost never seemed all that great and I might as well just go all new when it was time to upgrade.  No matter what path you go they always make it obsolete within a year.  One of the reasons I haven't upgraded my PC in a long time. 
9254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 suddenly won't work after DVR goes wacko on: September 27, 2007, 03:44:00 PM
Did you try plugging the PS3 into the other HDMI slot?
9255  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Next up for sodomy: Knight Rider on: September 27, 2007, 03:05:02 PM
If only it could be as good as that show Viper from the mid 90's.  slywink
9256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Activision buy Bizarre Creations on: September 27, 2007, 11:52:58 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 27, 2007, 11:34:42 AM

statement from MS

http://kotaku.com/gaming/jumping-the-ship/microsoft-responds-to-bizarre-acquisition-304189.php

Quote
Project Gotham Racing is a signature racing franchise for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE and we plan to continue the series but we have nothing further to announce.


Oh, god.  I hope that doesn't mean they are going to give it to another developer or do it internally. 
9257  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [poll] Our official GT list(s) need some fat trimmed. on: September 27, 2007, 07:16:03 AM
I think they days not active is the number of days they aren't active on the forums, if I'm not mistaken.  So he's saying people that no longer visit the forums for whatever reason won't be on the list whether they still play or not.
9258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: September 27, 2007, 07:13:59 AM

Quote from: Xmann on September 26, 2007, 05:59:31 PM

Is the controls done pretty well with the controller?   I usually suck big-time with controlling at driving games.  Does it handle ok?

Yeah, I have to say that the controls are spot on for a game like this.  A bit arcadey so you can do drifts and such, but tight enough so you're always in control and can hit your marks with some practice. 

I haven't tried out the construction set or multiplayer yet, are those pretty well implemented?  I think constructing my own stunt course will be pretty dang fun. 

I also like the little side projects with the commercials and stunt shows.  They're so much less forgiving than the movies, but rewarding when you get them right.  If the full game was like that it would drive me nuts, though. 
9259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mystery Meat on: September 27, 2007, 07:06:52 AM
Good god, the puns are killing me!!!    icon_eek
9260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Halo 3 Breaking records on your 360? on: September 27, 2007, 07:00:18 AM
Don't feel bad, PeteRock.  You're not the only one around here who took advantage of the Best Buy deal online with cheap Marketplace points and free shipping.  And still waiting. 

This is actually using the UPS Mail Innovations, where they take it most of the way and then the Postal Service does final delivery.  The thing to remember with package shipping is that often if it misses one crucial scan you may not see tracking updates until another facility processes that piece from the load.  It's not a 100% thing, even though we would like it to be. 
9261  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Ram and processor for sale on: September 27, 2007, 03:28:40 AM
Well I might as well grab that processor to squeeze out the last bit of life in my system.  PM sent. 
9262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: September 26, 2007, 04:40:14 PM
Man, this game totally rules.  It's about everything I could have wanted from a new Stuntman game.  Lots of fun scenes in different movies, lots of vehicles, a bit forgiving but always making you want to replay and get a higher score.  Screw Halo 3, go pick this up at Best Buy for the $40 sale this week! 

OK, so I'm still waiting for my copy of Halo 3 to arrive via mail becasue I was a cheap bastard and got a deal online, but this game is still pretty badass.  Given how I'm not much of a multiplayer fan, I can conceive that I will have more fun with this than Halo 3. 
9263  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [poll] Our official GT list(s) need some fat trimmed. on: September 26, 2007, 04:05:53 PM
That sounds like a reasonable proposition.  Remove them if they haven't been active for some length of time, and if they return you can add them back on. 
9264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Halo 3 Breaking records on your 360? on: September 26, 2007, 03:18:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 26, 2007, 03:12:27 PM

Quote from: Farscry on September 26, 2007, 02:46:45 PM

I don't know about Live (I don't have much gaming time during the week), but I think Halo 3 is breaking the record for "most ridiculous number of simultaneous threads on page 1 at GT" icon_wink

it needs it's own forum  icon_wink

Just like Morrowwind back in the day.  Actually, this is nowhere near as annoyingly omnipresent as that was. 
9265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defender of the Crown..FREE on: September 26, 2007, 03:16:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 26, 2007, 02:32:02 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 26, 2007, 01:37:35 PM

Okay, I now feel just slightly old now. And holy crap, an Apple IIGS image. That computer was the shitz in the day, yo.

was that the one that a dozen different shades of green?  it's been so long I can't remember which was which....

Hell no, the IIGS was the top dog of the Apple II line.  The GS stood for Graphics and Sound...both of them!  I think it was actually 256 colors at once in the high res mode.
9266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3]Clive Barkers Jericho demo this week on: September 26, 2007, 02:37:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 26, 2007, 02:23:59 PM

Scrapland kinda blew.

ALTERNATE POST:

Scrapland = Crapland.

It was a hell of a lot better than American McGee's Bad Day LA!  Tongue
9267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3]Clive Barkers Jericho demo this week on: September 26, 2007, 09:53:08 AM
Well it's well-established that comics, rock and roll and videogames were what turned Hitler into a genocidal maniac, so they're just playing it safe. 

Quote from: kathode on September 25, 2007, 09:06:37 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 25, 2007, 06:51:14 PM

I loved Undying as well but isn't Barker the only connection to that?  Are any of the actual development staff from Undying working on Jericho? 

Yup, totally different team based in Madrid.  They did the American McGee game "Scrapland" a few years ago.

Trailers for this one haven't looked too promising if you ask me.

That wasn't exactly American McGee's game.  He came in as a producer late in the development cycle and they slapped "American McGee presents" up top, which helped them sell an extra 2 million copies.  Not.   slywink
9268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Halo 3 Breaking records on your 360? on: September 25, 2007, 03:29:13 PM
Thanks for the video links, Purge! 
9269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall TV Season 2007 on: September 25, 2007, 02:49:04 PM
Does anybody else think that the guy in Chuck looks an awful lot like Jim from The Office?  I haven't watched the show yet, but every time I see an ad I think it looks like they tried to get somebody that looked as much like him as possible. 
9270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 reviewed on: September 24, 2007, 03:44:13 PM
I have to admit that even though I bought the Collector's Edition of Halo 2, I barely played the thing.  I was too busy playing World of Warcraft beta and then the full game for the next year and a half.  I really want to play through the single player of Halo 2 before I take on 3, but I don't know if I can force myself to do that when everybody else is playing the new one. 

I'm also one of the few that isn't all that interested in the multiplayer stuff.  I had fun playing on a LAN with the older ones, but I'm not a big fan of public games.
9271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wish me luck- NCsoft UI Design test- UPDATED!!!!! YESSSSSS! on: September 24, 2007, 03:31:32 PM
Good luck, man!!! 

I've got myself a phone interview this morning, so I'm in the same nervous boat as you (sorta).  smile
9272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Family Guy Tonight! on: September 24, 2007, 02:36:30 PM
I thought it was funnier than a regular Family Guy episode since they didn't have all of the stupid cutaway gags.  "That reminds me of the time Peter shoved a football up his ass..."  Man do they overuse that crap.  
9273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP new buyer questions on: September 24, 2007, 02:13:26 PM
The other noteable feature on the new PSP other than the TV-out that might make it worthwhile is the caching feature using the extra system RAM.  It hasn't been shown to greatly reduce load times for all previous releases, but it looks like games designed with it in mind might be noticeably faster loading (check out this crisis core comparison video). 

Having said that, for $99 there is nothing bad about the original PSP and I think it's a great deal if you never intend to use the TV-out features. 
9274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/24) on: September 24, 2007, 02:08:11 PM
I just picked up Stuntman: Ignition [360] at Best Buy's nice sale price, and I've got a preorder of Halo 3 on it's way.  I think that will keep me satisfied for now. 
9275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 3: Believe (commercial) on: September 24, 2007, 06:58:41 AM
It's just too bad that playing back the video via Silverlight is absolute shit for me.  Seriously by the end of that commercial there was several seconds delay between the video and audio, even when I would pause it to resync them.  It may be the fancy new thing, but if it doesn't work then I don't want it. 
9276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Delayed on: September 23, 2007, 08:25:47 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 23, 2007, 07:01:29 PM

i'm not even sure i'm going to get ace combat any morw.  guy at eb said the only sku for it was bundled with the joystick for $150.  no game by itself.  i haven't confirmed this, and it sounds suspect any ways, but i've picked up a few more games than i originally planned, so this one gets the bump for now.

Well they have just the game w/ no joystick available on their website, so that guy was probably either ill informed or trying to sell some extra crap.  Or both. 
9277  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Stuntman [360/PS3] $39.99 on: September 23, 2007, 12:53:21 PM
In this week's Best Buy ad circular they have the PS3 and XBox 360 versions of Stuntman on sale for $39.99.  Of course everybody and their mother is going to be buying Halo 3, but I think this is a hell of a deal on a recent release!
9278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Delayed on: September 23, 2007, 06:34:35 AM
So far it really looks like this fall/winter isn't going to be as crowded as once thought.  I can't say that this is much of a surprise since it happens every year, but it's still a bit of a bummer that some of the games I was really looking forward too have been pushed back to next year. 

So far I have seen announcements for delays or later releases for the following games:
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (all)
  • Mercenaries 2 (all)
  • Assassin's Creed (PC delayed until next year, 360/PS3 in November)
  • Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (all)
  • Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising (PC)

Out of those titles, I think the one that bums me out the most is probably Mercenaries 2.  I have high hopes for that one, and who can resist blowing everything up in an open-world game?  Certainly not me. 

The good news is that there are still great games coming for any platform you may have. 
9279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 3: Believe (commercial) on: September 23, 2007, 06:12:00 AM

Quote from: disarm on September 23, 2007, 05:40:48 AM

the latest video has been released, and it's arguably the best yet...

'Enemy Weapon'

it's generic link that should go straight to the most recent video...just choose 'Enemy Weapon' from the list if it doesn't. 
there's also a higher resolution version here icon_cool

Great, so I have to install their fancy new Silverlight thing so that I can get a video that syncs up worse than shitty YouTube stuff?  Progress is sweet.   retard
9280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boston authorities overreact... again, reportedly wet pants on: September 22, 2007, 04:28:01 PM
Where are you getting that information, unbreakable?  Look at the stitching on the sweatshirt and it appears as if that is the outside.  You can see the front middle pocket at the bottom of the picture and the stitching around the neck part.  You can see some of the visible painted design above the device.  It's also the smooth exterior surface and not the soft pill-y interior of most sweatshirts. 
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