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9321  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for - 1 month free trial for Netflix on: April 29, 2008, 05:51:49 AM
I'm not sure that they do full month trials, but I know you can get 2 weeks free.  I can email that to you if you'd like.
9322  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Class Poll on: April 29, 2008, 03:52:44 AM
I'll likely play some sort of fighter first and experiment with whatever they call rogues and rangers. 
9323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/28) on: April 29, 2008, 03:02:43 AM
GTA4 (360)
9324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sales Data Thread: So much for the argument that only Nintendo software sells on: April 27, 2008, 07:01:31 PM
So what is the actual percentage of 3rd party titles released compared to 1st party titles?  If Nintendo makes 40-50% of the US sales on what is 10% of the software released on the system, that says something, too.

Also, if you go back a page and look at the Japanese sales figures, Nintendo makes up over 80% of the sales there. 
9325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: April 27, 2008, 06:39:43 PM
USMC Kato
9326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am Legend Teaser trailer on: April 27, 2008, 06:29:59 PM
I didn't get the second disc from Netflix, would anyone care to sum up the alternate ending in a spoiler block for me? 
9327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: April 26, 2008, 07:14:52 PM
I'd like to hear some impressions of the snowboarding part, if you don't mind. 

I'm looking forward to playing the Wii Fit minigames, but I can't wait until there is a full-on snowboarding game for the balance board! 
9328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my favourite Canadian movies... on: April 26, 2008, 07:08:30 PM
Heh, I saw this on Starz or something a few weeks ago.  Not bad.
9329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: April 26, 2008, 04:58:55 PM
So, do you live in Japan or something?  The US version won't be out until next month. 
9330  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Server Poll on: April 26, 2008, 04:36:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 26, 2008, 04:26:14 PM

is a RP server one of those ones where you have to run around saying 'foresooth' and 'prithee' and 'methinks thou art a rapscallion'?

I prefer to take on a Canadian accent and say 'aboot' and end every sentance with 'eh?'  Tongue
9331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am Legend Teaser trailer on: April 26, 2008, 04:31:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 26, 2008, 12:13:02 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2008, 05:33:18 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 26, 2008, 05:29:13 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 22, 2008, 05:01:50 PM

Quote from: Kratz on April 22, 2008, 04:41:29 PM

Watched this last night.  Enjoyed it.  The dog got me... I've got a shepherd too.  I never thought 'vampires'.

I was rather surprised that I had little emotional response.  I guess I just didn't feel the special bond Neville and Sam had in the film.  I probably should have, but something was just missing.  Their relationship felt too impersonal, as if Neville was merely going through the motions of having a dog, but I didn't see any heartfelt bond outside of the scene in the dark building.  Even while Neville was giving Sam a bath, or commenting on his vegetables, there just seemed to be "something" missing.  I talk and play with my dogs a great deal and I'm not the last man on earth.  I would just expect Sam to appear to be more important to Neville outside of his panic when Sam ran into the dark. 

man, when he had to put Sam down I had to stop the movie and give my dogs a hug.

So if he had the cure for the rat and the human, why didn't he try it on his most precious companion?  It would have been better than strangling him to death, no?

He hadn't found it yet. 

He had already had the success with the rat well before that time and was doing tests on a human (that ended up being cured).  Pretty damn close to me. 
9332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: April 26, 2008, 06:20:12 AM
That's 7.  I vote for USMC Kato who should have won the last set anyway.  slywink
9333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jimmy Fallon to replace Conan O'Brien! on: April 26, 2008, 05:36:41 AM
The weird thing is that despite the grey hair, Leno doesn't really look older than Conan these days.  Conan seems to be aging quite quickly in the face and such the last couple years.  Or maybe that's just me. 
9334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am Legend Teaser trailer on: April 26, 2008, 05:33:18 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 26, 2008, 05:29:13 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 22, 2008, 05:01:50 PM

Quote from: Kratz on April 22, 2008, 04:41:29 PM

Watched this last night.  Enjoyed it.  The dog got me... I've got a shepherd too.  I never thought 'vampires'.

I was rather surprised that I had little emotional response.  I guess I just didn't feel the special bond Neville and Sam had in the film.  I probably should have, but something was just missing.  Their relationship felt too impersonal, as if Neville was merely going through the motions of having a dog, but I didn't see any heartfelt bond outside of the scene in the dark building.  Even while Neville was giving Sam a bath, or commenting on his vegetables, there just seemed to be "something" missing.  I talk and play with my dogs a great deal and I'm not the last man on earth.  I would just expect Sam to appear to be more important to Neville outside of his panic when Sam ran into the dark. 

man, when he had to put Sam down I had to stop the movie and give my dogs a hug.

So if he had the cure for the rat and the human, why didn't he try it on his most precious companion?  It would have been better than strangling him to death, no?
9335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am Legend Teaser trailer on: April 26, 2008, 04:40:38 AM
I finally got this one from Netflix and I have to say I was disappointed.  Why does Hollywood feel the need to take what was a great story and fuck it around until it sucks?  Why can't they for once just use the story as it was written? 

Quote from: PeteRock on April 22, 2008, 04:57:13 PM

... I would have preferred that it stuck closer to the book.  I thought the book's story was more compelling and handled the idea of Neville becoming a legend amongst a new society much better than the film (which handled the infected as simple monsters).  

Yes, exactly.  And a terrible ending on top of it all. 
9336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 impressions thread - stores are receiving them! on: April 26, 2008, 03:04:18 AM
Wow, what an awesome "impressions" thread, and totally different from the other GTA thread.  slywink
9337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jimmy Fallon to replace Conan O'Brien! on: April 26, 2008, 02:25:09 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on April 25, 2008, 07:15:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 25, 2008, 06:28:57 AM

Quote from: Purge on April 25, 2008, 06:21:32 AM

I would have preferred Colin Mochre (sp?).

sure, you'd favor the Canadian  Tongue

Wouldn't that work though? Conan O'Brien is Irish... Tongue

No, he's American with an Irish heritage. 
9338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MP3 player thread on: April 25, 2008, 04:54:49 AM
I've got a 30GB Zune that I got off Woot and I like it quite a lot other than the new software on my computer.  The interface on the device itself is quite good since the last firmware, though. 
9339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: April 25, 2008, 03:44:12 AM

Quote from: kathode on April 25, 2008, 03:29:26 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 25, 2008, 03:18:34 AM

Hmm, Remedy aren't exactly known for being punctual with their games.  Hopefully trying to ship alongside a movie (if that's their intention) doens't totally screw it up. 

It's not Remedy.

Really?  Intriguing...   paranoid
9340  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (It's Golden!) on: April 25, 2008, 03:25:31 AM

Quote from: skystride on April 25, 2008, 03:15:54 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 25, 2008, 12:53:59 AM

WAR?

you mean Warhammer?


Warhammer: Age of Reckoning(sp?)

edit: should have read to the end instead of trying to show CK's ignorance!  damnit, now I'm the dumb one!


Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.  I'm annoyed at their marketing attempt to get people to call it WAR for some reason.  
9341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: April 25, 2008, 03:18:34 AM
Hmm, Remedy aren't exactly known for being punctual with their games.  Hopefully trying to ship alongside a movie (if that's their intention) doens't totally screw it up. 
9342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: General Grand Theft Auto IV Thread .... HALF A METRIC WEEK LEFT! on: April 25, 2008, 02:59:47 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 24, 2008, 08:19:38 PM

Actually, this is quite an interesting idea along the lines of a Hardy Boys story I once read as a kid called "Deathgame" (which has also since been incorporated into a number of films and I think also a Dirk Pitt story as well).  It's also the idea behind the film "The Running Man".  The premise is that a series of prisoners are released and then hunted down and killed.

The Most Dangerous Game cries at your abortion of knowledge.  
9343  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (It's Golden!) on: April 24, 2008, 04:20:06 AM

Quote from: Destructor on April 24, 2008, 03:18:40 AM

Batch 2 of the keys vanished in under 5 minutes.

Either VERY few keys are being given out, or this game is absurdly popular in the vein of WoW proportions.

I think they said they're expecting 500,000+ people at launch, which would be a massive amount of people.  

Quote from: Blackjack on April 24, 2008, 03:05:58 AM

If it makes non-members feel any better, I already missed out on today's keys. If they're even going to make Fileplanet subscribers scratch and claw for a lousy key, maybe I'll decide there's a better way to waste my time.  disgust Nah, just kidding. I couldn't get home until late, hopefully I can eek in tomorrow morning.  icon_neutral

I understand their desire to "control" the entry into the closed beta, but most "stress betas" make it more widely available because, afterall, isn't that what stress is all about? Assuming the hype doesn't die out before launch, their servers will be flooded opening day unless they've somehow succeeded in stopping their publisher from offering more pre-orders than their servers can reasonably support (afik just about every over-hyped MMO has failed on that to some degree). Even if it's just for a weekend, you might as well make it as widely available as possible and see what the servers can withstand.

Sure I'm glad to have a chance as a subscriber, I just find it a funny way to handle a 'stress beta' test. icon_confused

The problem with just opening the floodgates is potentially multi-fold.  First off is that you have no control over how many people sign-up and it could vastly surpass the system's planned capacity causing major problems or failure.  And of course when there are hundreds of thousands of pissed off gamers on the internet complaining about how the servers kept crashing or lag was horrible or whatever, it tends to not be such a good thing for the product before it's major launch.  Obviously they need to stress test things, but trying to put 20 gallons of shit in a 10 gallon tank is a recipe for disaster. slywink
9344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: April 24, 2008, 03:22:06 AM
Hmm, I didn't really think it was that great. 
9345  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GTA IV deals....? on: April 24, 2008, 01:48:35 AM
Best Buy will have a $50 gift card if you buy GTA4 and an Xbox 360. 
9346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/21) on: April 21, 2008, 07:01:13 PM
[The goggles do] Nothing.
9347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [books] Fantasy Recommendation? on: April 21, 2008, 03:47:25 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on April 21, 2008, 02:46:11 AM

Thanks for all the replies.  I am going to print this and go to B&N tomorrow.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 21, 2008, 02:16:41 AM

Well if you haven't read Tolkien, what the fuck are you asking for other recommendations for?? 

I did read Tolkien, I just phrased it completely wrong in the original post.

 paranoid


Ah, OK.  Well, if you like realistic, gritty fantasy I would also highly recommend George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and fire series (or at least the first three books of it, the fourth was weaker). 
9348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [books] Fantasy Recommendation? on: April 21, 2008, 02:16:41 AM
Well if you haven't read Tolkien, what the fuck are you asking for other recommendations for?? 
9349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alizee -- (NSFVCW... not suitable for very conservative workplaces) on: April 21, 2008, 01:53:21 AM
9350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 21, 2008, 01:49:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 21, 2008, 01:39:54 AM



Some photochopper needs to learn how to properly do shadows.
9351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Mortal Kombat game coming on: April 20, 2008, 09:04:57 PM
Well you can see in that short video that there is blood when they hit each other.  It's just not the cartoony fountains of splatter from the MK games. 
9352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: East Side Story - free adventure game 4/20 only on: April 20, 2008, 04:50:00 PM
Thanks for letting us know.  I can't seem to connect to either download location, though. 
9353  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 20, 2008, 06:32:34 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 20, 2008, 06:01:50 AM

Quote from: skystride on April 19, 2008, 09:19:50 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 19, 2008, 07:34:37 AM

If I play this, I'll definitely be playing on a PVP server.  In all the games I've played I've always had way more fun on the open pvp servers.  DAOC, WOW, AC, EQ2

Just be wary that AoC seems to be extremely quest heavy for leveling up.  If the quest leads you through linear areas which have obvious bottlenecks then you are going to have some serious ganking going on.  If you don't belong to a guild that can break the gank, well might as well quit the game for the night and hope the next day the gankers go away because you won't be able to do anything at all.  In those games you mention, there were always alternatives.

If it isn't possible to level up without doing quests (at a reasonable rate) then I won't be playing the game anyway.  I don't enjoy quest-centric games very much.

So if you don't do quests, do you just grind or what?
9354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Mortal Kombat game coming on: April 20, 2008, 12:59:00 AM
I remember them saying the next MK game would be going in a different, more realistic direction, but I guess they just meant taking out some gore to be realistic. 
9355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The TF2 scout ..get to know him video on: April 19, 2008, 09:59:54 PM
They also have all of them in higher resolution right in Steam (in the media part).
9356  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target clearance watch - 3/21 on: April 19, 2008, 09:25:46 PM
Man, I saw a couple copies of Supreme Commander for $7.48 today.  I was deeply tempted despite not really having a rig to run it, the desire to play an RTS game again or the need for more games right now.

Def Jam Icon was also $15 for 360/PS3, which I haven't seen mentioned before.
9357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox live update? on: April 19, 2008, 09:15:45 PM

Quote from: dangerballs on April 19, 2008, 08:31:51 PM

I'm hoping with the upcoming spring update, they will finally reorganize the gamer picture section (so you can actually find the one you want) and add a downloaded items selection on the marketplace.  Also being able to preview themes and pictures before you buy (without having to use a website) would be awesome.

Yeah, that's all very overdue. 
9358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] How does it look on larger HD sets? on: April 19, 2008, 09:08:35 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 19, 2008, 07:53:14 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 19, 2008, 06:55:49 PM

Back when the system came out people were claiming that non-Nintendo component cables had an inferior picture. I don't know if there is any truth to that, but you might want to look into Nintendo brand cables.

As for the system, I always see them at Target.

Hmm  icon_confused

I did just see some at Target earlier today, but CAG has a running thread on where you can possibly find them in your area: see "Need a Wii? Official Wii Locator Thread" at the top of that forum.
9359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Gears of War on: April 19, 2008, 09:05:12 PM

Quote from: Giles Habibula on April 19, 2008, 06:16:29 PM

Well, I'm interested. The screenies look nice.
Unreal Engine practically screams like it should have a first-person option. But nothing I've read refers to this as anything other than third-person.
I'm gonna say they went ahead and made it third-person only, correct?

Yup.  It's pretty necessary given the combat is mostly duck-n-cover type stuff. 
9360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] How does it look on larger HD sets? on: April 19, 2008, 07:31:04 AM
Looks fine on my TV, but it's only a 32" LCD.  Obviously the component cables and 480p setting help with image quality.  We have a much larger TV at work (52" maybe?) and it seems to look OK on that too. 
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