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9281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: crackdown downloads already on: February 21, 2007, 03:30:17 AM
Yeah, the email I just got from XBox says "All Crackdown purchases made in North America include an invitation into the Halo 3 multiplayer public beta if purchased before the Halo 3 beta period begins.  Crackdown packages will be specifically marked with a Halo 3 sticker before the beta begins." 

To me that pretty much says that all copies purchased before the beta begins will be getting access to beta, but to make sure check for the Halo sticker. 
9282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 02/20/07 on: February 21, 2007, 03:18:23 AM
I'm adding A Guide to Recognizing your Saints, Man of the Year, Flushed Away and Babel to the queue. 

If you have read The Prestige, be prepared to throw away some of your knowledge and assumptions from the book since they were liberal with the changes.  Considering it was the Nolan brothers rewriting it they weren't bad changes, necessarily, but it did change the nature of the story a bit. 
9283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: crackdown downloads already on: February 21, 2007, 02:34:17 AM
Were you guys able to download the new agent Four-Play Pack from the marketplace?  On mine it shows the red cancel/not available icon in the price slot, and I'm thinking it's because my Gold subscription just ended last week. 

I can understand them giving Gold members demos and video previews and such ahead of Silver members, but not free content for a game I just freaking payed $60 for!  Dillholes. 

EDIT: D'oh, I just noticed on the back of this 48-hour Gold trial included in the game that it "allows access to online multiplayer gaming, but not to other Gold Membership features".  Double Dillholes. 
9284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why no Chess on XBL? Any Plans For It? on: February 20, 2007, 03:45:05 PM
I want Battle Chess!
9285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst song lyrics of all time? on: February 20, 2007, 03:42:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 20, 2007, 01:50:07 PM

Number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine...

9286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike (Booster Pack) Preview on: February 20, 2007, 04:00:20 AM
That was a great preview and I liked the "spice" you added. 

My only concern with this is the same as it was with their previous expansions and booster packs, namely the fact that it splinters the community which makes it harder to find good games playing the new maps/modes. 
9287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NSFW: God of War 2 sex minigame on: February 20, 2007, 03:55:48 AM
I'm not always a fan of Action Trip, but I thought this was pretty good (of course it should be noted God of War is by no means implied to be a piece of shit game):

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9288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It rubs the lotion on its skin! on: February 20, 2007, 03:11:09 AM
I have to admit that I never did see what the big deal is with that movie.  Neither great nor scary in my opinion. 

And I think we have a new contribution to the "worst song lyrics" thread.  slywink
9289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Avatar changing madness!!! on: February 20, 2007, 02:55:33 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 20, 2007, 12:07:30 AM

Don't think I've changed mine since the beginning.  Maybe it's time for a new one...

Gratch, I've always been a little confused as to what yours was, anyway. 
9290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst song lyrics of all time? on: February 20, 2007, 02:49:43 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 20, 2007, 02:18:40 AM

Bloodhound Gang:

I don't know if you can really consider "joke bands" when considering the content of lyrics. 

And it looks like Springsteen's lyrics are a little bit different. 
9291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony hints at downloadable HDTV and movies on PS3 on: February 20, 2007, 02:28:36 AM

Quote from: Calvin on February 20, 2007, 02:16:53 AM

Quote from: jblank on February 20, 2007, 12:34:48 AM

I must be in the minority, but I like HD downloads. I have downloaded 5 movies and maybe 8 or 9 TV shows off of XBLM, and I think its great. It's not perfect, has some negatives, but its nice, the quality is excellent, and more HD is always better. Gotta give props to Sony on this one. thumbsup

So long as microsoft has the assinine 24 hour viewing thing in place for rentals I will never, ever do one. Its a decision beyond absurd to me.

Maybe I'm alone here, but I can't think of a single situation where I have started watching a movie and didn't finish it within 24 hours.  As long as you don't start watching it you get the standard rental period.  

As for the issue at hand, I really don't care to pay to download movies or TV shows, be they HD or SD.  
9292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 2/19/2007 on: February 20, 2007, 02:17:27 AM
I spent quite a bit more time with The Lord of the Rings Online playing my burglar, and that was about it for the weekend. 
9293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/19) on: February 19, 2007, 03:28:47 PM
Crackdown for me as well.
9294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 50 Films to See Before You Die on: February 19, 2007, 05:53:57 AM
From those movies I have seen nearly half (24):

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Sexy Beast (2000)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Back to the Future (1985)
Alien (1979)
Lost in Translation (2003)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Boyz N the Hood (1991)
The Player (1992)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Trainspotting (1996)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Scarface (1983)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Fight Club (1999)
The King of Comedy (1983)
Manhunter (1986)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Brazil (1985)
9295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 demo at Gamestops now on: February 18, 2007, 07:43:30 PM
Yeah, how did another thread become about lifetime return policies?

And since we're derailed, I think it's funny to see the hypocrasy of the biggest penny-pincher around to be promoting spending more "Premium" stores.  This is the same guy that buys $4 gallon cans of coffee and all of your clothes second hand?
9296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WTF is a Koei anyway? How about a Capcom? on: February 17, 2007, 04:34:08 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 17, 2007, 03:34:10 PM

and yet we get stuck with company names like Gamecock......

I think it's pretty obvious that those guys name their companies to get attention (hellooo GoD, then GodGames, then downgraded to The Gathering by Take 2) and it doesn't help my image of them in the least. 
9297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sweet "No More Heroes" interview on: February 17, 2007, 04:23:16 PM
Travis Touchdown?   retard
9298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you like Carlos Mencia? on: February 17, 2007, 04:42:42 AM
I think it becomes pretty obvious that he has no actual defense when he repeatedly turns to personal attacks like calling Joe "a whiney little bitch like all the other whiney little bitches". 
9299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you like Carlos Mencia? on: February 17, 2007, 04:28:28 AM
Your video link is not valid. 

Edit: Heh, I see you have fixed it.  smile
9300  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: x360 Live Movers and Shakers [02/14/2007 edition] on: February 17, 2007, 03:23:12 AM

Quote from: fyedaddy on February 17, 2007, 03:11:45 AM

How do I get in on this now that my 360 is back from the dead?

You are already on Purge's list, so all you have to do now is earn gamerpoints!  (something which I need to get to work on, also  slywink)
9301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ghost Rider trailer on: February 17, 2007, 03:06:56 AM

Quote from: Chaz on February 17, 2007, 02:53:35 AM

How did they manage to not make Ghost Rider look bulky when he's in flaming skull form?  I mean, I totally disagree with Cage as a casting choice, but they could have salvaged it by at least making Ghost Rider look like, you know, a biker? 

Also, what's with his skull looking perfectly bleached white?  I mean, come on, it's on fire.  Add in a little soot.

I think this movie looks like absolute shit, but as far as I know Ghost Rider was always pretty much normal guy sized (as far as Marvel goes, at least) and his skull has been white. 
9302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A new crop on: February 17, 2007, 02:46:20 AM
Out of that list I chose Stalker. 

You could probably also add GRAW2 and C&C3 to that list since they're also scheduled to come out next month. 
9303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Feb/07 on: February 17, 2007, 02:32:21 AM
I will be continuing on with some Lord of the Rings Online beta action, and if my mouse hand is aching enough I will probably pop in Sly Cooper or God of War on the PS2.  I really freaking hate repetitive stress injuries, especially when it affects my gaming!
9304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My previous gaming girl is now not so much into gaming.... on: February 16, 2007, 03:01:31 AM
You could always try talking to her about it.  Just say that you noticed she doesn't seem to game much any more and you miss sharing that with her.  She should certainly have more valueable insight into the situation than an outsider. 
9305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best, and worst, concert you've seen on: February 15, 2007, 03:55:13 AM
I don't think I have a worst concert, but some of the best:

Eels - Every concert is a different band (other than singer/songwriter E) and mood.  Blues rock four-piece, full horn backup, dual guitar garage rock three-piece, mellow string quartet with other multi-instrumentalists...always awesome no matter what. 

Tom Waits - I think either you love him or you wouldn't be at one of his concerts.  A great showman.

Rage Against the Machine - um, they rocked.  They are getting back together to headline Coachella this year, I wish I could go. 
9306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 15, 2007, 03:28:10 AM
I'm not sure I would call this a most disappointing game of the year.  It's currently sitting at 84% at GameRankings and for me that is certainly an acceptable level.  I never expected this to set the world on fire, I am just looking for a fun game.  From what I played of the demo there is a pretty damn good chance it will be that for me.   
9307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: February 15, 2007, 03:17:10 AM
Maybe, in time.  I haven't actually played either of the other two and I'm not a huge rhythm game fan so I don't know if they would grab me like everyone insists.  Plus, the non-original vocal tracks is a big negative for me. 
9308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite All Time Games on: February 15, 2007, 03:13:27 AM
I don't keep a list, but here's some that come to mind (although I'm sure there are more I'm forgetting):

Interstate '76 (PC)
Grim Fandango (PC)
Sam & Max Hit the Road (PC)
Full Throttle (PC)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (PS1)
Doom (PC)
Grand Theft Auto 3 (PC)
World of Warcraft (PC)
Rune (PC)
Mega Man 2/3 (NES)
Super Mario World (SNES)
9309  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: February 15, 2007, 02:54:28 AM

Quote from: Zarkon on February 14, 2007, 05:21:09 PM

Okay, the blog has been updated with LOTR impressions from my end.  I'll have a full preview within the next few weeks.  Got questions?  Shoot 'em to me in the blog, and I'll try to note them for the preview. smile

As far as your last part about uber-guilds pre-ordering and hitting max level before the game even ships, I think they have stated that there will be a level cap applied to this but I can't seem to find it off hand.  But even if they do allow them to hit max level, how does that really affect me as an average player in any way? 
9310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Wii channel just launched -- nothing special -- on: February 14, 2007, 03:43:19 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 14, 2007, 03:19:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 14, 2007, 02:01:57 PM

Well, I guess there are quite a few people who can't get enough of internet polls, so I suppose there's an audience for this.

Are there people who enjoy internet polls? 

I don't know, maybe we could ask people their opinions on that and tally them into some sort of list.  slywink
9311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 02/13/07 on: February 14, 2007, 03:12:33 AM
I've already seen The Departed and don't need to see it again so soon (although I loved it), so I'm just adding Half Nelson and The US vs John Lennon to the queue. 
9312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot needs to adjust their Wii review section on: February 14, 2007, 03:07:04 AM
So did you actually email them or suggest this in their forums? 
9313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War Climbs the Ranks of ATB's Top 10 Games of All Time on: February 14, 2007, 02:51:10 AM
I tried getting into this game a few weeks back and didn't think it was all that great.  Some parts of it were pretty damn cool, but others (camera, boss health system) did not sit well with me.  The fact that I haven't gone back to it yet certainly says something. 

I'm will probably pick up the sequel, but not until it is used for a lower price. 
9314  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: February 13, 2007, 05:48:48 AM
For those of you others in the beta, check your email for a link to a feedback survey.  One of the questions towards the end asks how well you think the game makes you feel like you are really in Middle-Earth.  Give your feedback, help make it better.  smile
9315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 13, 2007, 04:33:12 AM
That is a pre-visualization trailer from last year's E3.  Basically a tech demo for what they want it to look like. 
9316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Trash Filled Cars. on: February 13, 2007, 04:31:01 AM
I am far from a neat freak and my car is certainly not trash free, but when it gets to the point that it is as high as your seats and obstructing proper operation of the pedals that is just waaaay too much garbage. 
9317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Take this Blu Ray!!!! on: February 13, 2007, 04:27:24 AM
Now that is the sort of storage leap I was expecting in the next level of optical storage.  Of course, the price range is slightly above consumer levels.  slywink
9318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 13, 2007, 04:22:45 AM
So is this the follow-up to MX vs ATV Unleashedslywink

It was kind of disappointing to see that nearly all of the pictures in the article were concept paintings.  Hopefully it turns out really cool, and I kind of hope they don't rush it out for the holidays (currently set as a November date, apparently). 
9319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How fast can you type? on: February 13, 2007, 03:49:29 AM
I seem to average in the 105-110 range.  That makes me chuckle when I think of those job ads I see for a typist/secretary that require 40 WPM. 

Hooray, we all qualify to be administrative assistants!  smile
9320  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: February 13, 2007, 03:42:06 AM
So far I think this is a pretty well done game in the same vein as WoW, but I have to agree with others that there are points where I just don't feel like I am in Middle-Earth.  I have tried out a human, a dwarf and a hobbit and have only gotten up to level 15 so that feeling may change as I get futher in the game.

As I kind of mentioned before, one of the things that I think is cool is the little Accomplishments system they have going.  As you complete certain tasks (maybe killing so many of an animal, not dying, completing all the quests in an area, using one of your special attacks, etc) you can gain Accomplishments.  At the first level for some they only give you a title (Bob the Wary or Jim, Spider-bane), but other ones (and those ones in further levels) give you Traits which you can apply to your character to give you bonuses to your stats.

One thing I hate is the nearly useless over-map.  It contains very little useable information and often doesn't even correspond accurately to the real terrain. 
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