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9241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 - nifty CE stuff on: March 25, 2008, 02:53:55 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 25, 2008, 02:44:52 PM

Seems like a good deal, considering they are throwing in the soundtrack.

A limited selection of the soundtrack, not the whole thing.  If this were $20 cheaper I might consider it, but as much as I'm looking forward to GTA IV I don't find any of those things really appealing. 
9242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 25, 2008, 03:09:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 25, 2008, 02:29:20 AM

OK, maybe I'll pass on Vikings:  6.3 from IGN.

I can't hear you! Lalalalalalalala... 

After having passed on Conan and Beowulf there is just no way I can not buy a game called Viking, and I have a feeling this is going to be better than either of those by a mile. 
9243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3, or why you are going to no life thanks to Kathode. on: March 25, 2008, 02:39:54 AM
Why I am going to no life?
9244  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 25, 2008, 02:32:50 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 25, 2008, 12:53:57 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on March 24, 2008, 11:03:48 PM

So I'm curious...

Assuming Age of Conan makes its newest release date, is Warhammer Online scheduled to release anywhere near it as far as timing? 

Has it even been announced or speculated?  Does anyone see these games being released within 3-4 months of each other, or is Warhammer still a long ways out?

IGN says June 10th for Warhammer.

That's the same date that EB/GS is showing and if it's accurate I don't think it's going to be good for either game. 
9245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If you steal a 360, don't send the ransom note from your personal Live! account on: March 24, 2008, 07:00:43 PM
He send the message from his SoundBlaster Live! card?  Amazing.
9246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 24, 2008, 06:59:18 PM
VIKING!!! 

I might try out Dark Sector once it gets a price drop.
9247  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online hands on by IGN on: March 24, 2008, 06:55:15 PM
I agree with the potential problems, but I wonder if they use some sort of combination of damage done (dps), damage taken (tanks), damage repaired (healers), etc and use that composite to determine the "highest" score. 

I think it would be very short-sighted not to take all classes/roles into account and I can't imagine there wouldn't be several people on the team willing to bring it up and stick their neck out for the healers/tanks/whatever. 
9248  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 24, 2008, 05:17:45 AM
After reading that preview I'm tentatively looking forward to this one.  My only worry is what someone else mentioned, the fact that the combat may require so much attention that you lose the "sit back and eat Cheetos" vibe of most other MMOs.  Trying to maintain that level of control for potentially hundreds of hours may be a bit much.

If you're keeping up on the pre-order bonus item stuff, it looks like ordering via Amazon.com gets you a bonus Amazonian curved bow (as well as the hardcover mini-guide). 
9249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First 15 minutes of Dark Sector on PS3 on: March 23, 2008, 09:47:35 PM
It's 'Viking'.  Not plural! 
9250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Sonic title 'announced' on: March 23, 2008, 09:41:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 23, 2008, 09:30:48 PM

Sonic Unleashed.... maybe Tails is Sonics secret Sith Apprentice....

ATV's were unleashed long before the Force.  slywink
9251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Here On Linked In? on: March 23, 2008, 02:42:25 AM
Yeah, I'm on there too but I think I only have two contacts.  I don't use the site often at all (only signed up when a friend invited me), but isn't the point of it to have contacts for people you actually know and who's skills you can recommend? 
9252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games don't need writers on: March 22, 2008, 02:52:27 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2008, 06:04:34 PM

Great Writing: Grim Fandango
Great Game Design: Paintball

9253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 22, 2008, 02:48:54 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2008, 06:08:57 PM

March 25: Boston Six-Pack

“More Than a Feeling” (Master)
“Peace of Mind” (Master)
“Smokin’” (Master)
“Rock & Roll Band” (Master)
“Something About You” (Master)
“Hitch a Ride” (Master)

$2 each or $10 for all 6

More crap.  frown
9254  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: is Warhammer Online dead? on: March 21, 2008, 02:59:40 PM
You have seen the achievement goals in something like LOTRO, right?  Often the first one is to only kill 100, but the second step for a more useful trait will be to kill 10 times as many or something.  For the most part I never went grinding those monsters to see the little bar inch up unless I was very close to the end. 

It's obviously not meant as a low-level goal, it's something to add long-term rewards for players, too.  If all rewards were earned after killing 100 somethings, then (sadly) you would have earned all of them fairly quickly.
9255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: While My Guitar Gently Weeps? on: March 21, 2008, 01:56:09 AM

Quote from: Rowdy on March 20, 2008, 07:40:11 PM

After playing both, I think I'm one of the minority that prefers GH3 to Rock Band, at least for guitar.  I HATE the new guitar, the strum bar is simply unworkable for me.  I don't want to grab it with two fingers to strum!   mad

However, I agree that GH3 gets way too fricken hard.  The last tier on HARD level is simply ridiculous compared two the first two games, and compared to all the tiers that come before it.  Very frustrating flying through most of the level and not being able to finish it with only 3 songs to go, esp. when I finished EXPERT in GH1 and GH2.

Or you could just use your GH3 guitar to play Rock Band and have the best of both worlds.
9256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/17) on: March 17, 2008, 02:43:59 PM
Nothing.
9257  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Headphones for PSP? on: March 17, 2008, 05:02:07 AM
What, you don't trust that Amazon is on the up and up?    saywhat
9258  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 17, 2008, 01:55:38 AM
That's good to know, Ceekay.  I still haven't decided if I want to get the collector's or regular edition, but I think that price for the CE at GameStop is a bit ridiculous.

Has anyone heard who is getting the Rhino pre-order mount?  I noticed on their site it says that at launch the Rhino will only be available via preorder from certain partners (like the Mammoth from GS/EB), but doesn't mention who. 
9259  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 16, 2008, 09:09:30 PM
I wonder what level you get mounts and how much they cost.  That EB/GameStop deal to preorder and get the free Mammoth mount is tempting but I'm curious how long you have to go before you can actually use it since they also give you a bag you can use right away.
9260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP..what do you use for wireless net / mp? on: March 16, 2008, 06:45:55 AM
I have a fairly cheap ($40) Netgear router and have never had any problems with the wireless (PSP and laptop) or wired (PC and 360) portions of it. 
9261  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Xbox 360 Noise on: March 16, 2008, 06:44:15 AM
Well, you could probably send it in to Microsoft for repairs, but repairs outside of warranty are fairly expensive I think (like $100 or so). 
9262  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Mad Max game coming on: March 16, 2008, 03:30:20 AM

Quote from: Lee on March 16, 2008, 01:10:22 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 14, 2008, 11:25:55 PM

And Mel gets crazier smile

What part makes him crazy, being a drunk or being a Christian? Some sort of combination of both?

I think it's the whole package.  Alcoholic, overzealous Christian, bigot and the nice bushy beard and crazy look in the eyes to top it off. 
9263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol, a spy RPG from Obsidian on: March 15, 2008, 06:07:22 PM

Quote from: kathode on March 15, 2008, 05:12:00 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 15, 2008, 04:06:46 AM

Are there actually any screenshots in the GI preview?

Yeah, they wouldn't let you on the cover without real screens, but I haven't gotten my issue yet or seen any scans.

I have the issue and there are several screenshots but they aren't exactly spectacular.  Most of them look pretty plain and the main character looks as average as he does on the cover.  They still have over a year of development left, though (if the Spring 2009 date is to be believed), so it'll be interesting to see how it comes together.
9264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol, a spy RPG from Obsidian on: March 15, 2008, 02:30:22 AM

Quote from: kathode on March 14, 2008, 09:59:51 PM

Man, the game sounds good but that cover would have trouble trying to look more generic.

Yeah, I thought the exact same thing when I got that in the mail. 
9265  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 15, 2008, 12:30:49 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 15, 2008, 12:22:14 AM

new Dev Diary video!!!



 icon_twisted

I think it looks pretty cool, but I'll reserve final judgements on the combat system until I've seen it in action first-hand.  In theory I'm all in favor of a more action-based combat system, but it's extremely difficult to do something like that in an MMO environment. 

On the other hand, decapitations!!
9266  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTORO Volume 2: Mines of Moria (paid, full-box expansion) on: March 14, 2008, 11:20:53 PM

Quote from: Doopri on March 14, 2008, 07:24:40 PM

so ive never played but clicked on the post and you two made it sound like the lord of the rings DOES NOT CURRENTLY HAVE -


eregion
moria
lorien OR
minas tirith???

where the hell do you play?  that beaten up old town no ones ever heard of and the berry patch of bilbo baggins second uncle, twice removed???

Although the actual regions included in LOTRO are a small part of the Middle-Earth map, it is quite large in-game.  It gives them plenty of room to add areas in expansions like this.  I'm sure there's a map of it online somewhere...
9267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How sick do YOU have to be - to be unable to play video games? on: March 14, 2008, 10:45:29 PM
Welcome back to the land of the living, Mytocles!!  I was actually getting worried since we hadn't heard from you in so long.  Glad to know you're on the mend!
9268  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: PC and 360 Games for Sale (Updated) on: March 14, 2008, 10:43:46 PM

Quote from: Dunamis on March 14, 2008, 09:12:01 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 14, 2008, 06:50:04 AM

Pscyhonauts for $8! That seems too good to be true!

Tis the truth.  I never opened the box and the $29.99 price tag is still on it.  Too much backlog.  My loss is your gain.

If there is anybody out there who hasn't played this, DO IT!  How can you really go wrong for 8 freaking bucks!  Hell, I will buy it for you just so you can play it.  slywink
9269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 14, 2008, 02:51:36 PM

Quote from: Zimix on March 14, 2008, 01:38:23 PM



Javelin: It flies better than your buddy Jim
9270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommended PSP games on: March 14, 2008, 02:39:27 AM
The Syphon Filter games are great action/shooter spy stuff with some impressive effects for the PSP.  You can get the first one for $15 or less, I think, and it's totally worth it.
9271  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 13, 2008, 02:50:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 13, 2008, 06:05:20 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 13, 2008, 04:48:48 AM

A new movie, eh?  Who's playing Conan?

French Stewart.

Oh, if only I had the mad photoshop skillz. 
9272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Incredible Hulk on: March 13, 2008, 02:49:41 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 13, 2008, 05:51:10 AM

I liked the first Hulk, was I the only one?

You're not the only one, and I don't really understand the hate.  Want to car-pool to the "re-education seminar"?  slywink
9273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tax Time on: March 13, 2008, 05:05:49 AM
I got back about $130 this year.  It's nice to see a big check come back but it makes more sense for me to use the money to pay bills and put in my own savings throughout the year. 
9274  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 13, 2008, 04:48:48 AM
A new movie, eh?  Who's playing Conan?
9275  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 13, 2008, 03:11:02 AM
Sooo.... CONAN!
9276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Incredible Hulk on: March 13, 2008, 02:58:12 AM
I actually kinda liked the first one but that trailer doesn't do anything for me.  
9277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 13, 2008, 01:42:51 AM
OK, if you want to see a little bit of the actual game, check out the third dev diary: Creating Midgard.  It sounds like there are three open-world islands that you progress through and the combat looks pretty cool. 
9278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 12, 2008, 02:10:24 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on March 11, 2008, 11:16:25 PM

What a dumb trailer.

THE GAME LOOKS GOOD, SO PLEASE FUCKING SHOW IT NEXT TIME. Thanks.

Quiet, you.  slywink  It's not great, but I don't mind this compared to a crazy pre-rendered intro that is vastly superior to the actual game.
9279  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 11, 2008, 08:38:50 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 11, 2008, 04:47:25 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 11, 2008, 04:22:25 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 11, 2008, 02:01:54 PM

Thats definitely going to steal all those mass market gamers away from Blizzard. Yeah, those are entry level specs!

What are entry level spec's?
A 400$ POS PC your mom would buy from Best Buy, clueless as to what it could do-there are millions of those PCs playing WoW. It helps.

Yeah, our current min-spec machine is a 1.3Ghz Duron with a Geforce 5200 and 512 MB of RAM.  It looks much worse and isn't so smooth, but it makes sense to try to target that market.  Maybe not so much for Conan with a Mature rating, but it's limiting nonetheless.
9280  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: March 11, 2008, 03:48:54 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 10, 2008, 03:11:05 PM

Lag mitigation discussion thread (with a link to the Powerpoint presentation)
http://forums.champions-online.com/showthread.php?p=74531#post74531

Hmm, I've tried downloading that file a few times and it just says that the zip is invalid or corrupt.  I really wanted to read that, too! 
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