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9361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Obama takes Iowa-is this the end for Hillary? on: January 05, 2008, 07:35:20 AM
Purplemonkeydishwasher!
9362  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What MMO's are everyone doing these days? on: January 05, 2008, 12:35:14 AM
For those of you playing Guild Wars, do you feel like you can solo PVE stuff enough to make it worthwhile?  I don't really do any PVP and I tend to play solo for the most part; my impression from the demos and that of people who played it before was that GW wasn't really focused on that. 
9363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budgety but not Crap Home Theater Audio on: January 05, 2008, 12:10:03 AM
Man, I can't wait for the day when I consider spending $1000 no home stereo equipment to be "budgety".  smile
9364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone watch Psych on: January 05, 2008, 12:07:44 AM
Yeah, I have grown to really like Psych and I'm a big fan of Monk.  I can't say I've ever watched Dead Zone, but it looks like more of a serious kind of thing. 

I'm not sure why USA Network does such weird seasons with these shows, but I guess it's going to work out great for us fans if they already have these shows in the can. 
9365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone try the Kane and Lynch Demo on Live on: January 04, 2008, 06:03:38 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 04, 2008, 04:55:19 PM

I tried it.  The controls were really clunky.  Destructible environments were neat.  That's about it.

I'm curious, what aspect of the controls did you find clunky?  The only thing I don't like about it is clicking the left stick to run/slow-walk, but you do that rarely enough that I don't mind too much.  It seemed like a very adequate and responsive control scheme for a 3rd person shooter. 
9366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official response for LIVE on: January 04, 2008, 05:19:06 AM
Yeah, I think I would have even just preferred to get a free week or two added onto my account instead of an Arcade title.  
9367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 03, 2008, 09:27:12 PM

Quote from: skystride on January 03, 2008, 06:08:35 PM

I just googled it and watched the video here.

Honestly I think that is some of the best stuff I've seen on Conan in a long time.  I think they need to have the writer's strike more often. 
9368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Patapon for the PSP looks insane....LY FUN on: January 03, 2008, 04:35:15 PM

Quote from: depward on January 03, 2008, 04:26:46 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 03, 2008, 06:19:21 AM

Even better news:

It's going to retail for $20.

Now there's no reason a PSP owner should pass Patapon up.

That's awesome.  VERY cool.

That is great, because I probably would have waited until it hit that price anyway.  I'm much more willing to take a chance on a $20 game than a $40 one.
9369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 03, 2008, 04:33:51 PM

Quote from: skystride on January 03, 2008, 04:24:56 PM

Can someone explain how unlocking works (with no cheats)?  Are unlocks for local band/solo tour not shared?  Do you have to play at higher difficulties to unlock some songs?

I got to a point in local band play where I wasn't getting anything new.  It appeared that I have played everything at least once.

I think on the easiest difficulty in a solo tour you only get access to 37 of the 58 songs, but Medium or higher difficulties you can unlock all of the songs.  

Quote from: wonderpug on January 03, 2008, 03:42:50 PM

The next OXM (January 15) will have three exclusive Rock Band songs:

* Freezepop — "Sprøde"

* Bang Camaro — "Rock Rebellion"

* Count Zero — "Shake"

Also, I missed Conan, anyone see him play Rock Band last night?

I have heard of none of those...
9370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone try the Kane and Lynch Demo on Live on: January 03, 2008, 04:20:36 PM

Quote from: greeneggsnham on January 03, 2008, 04:03:39 PM

I'm waiting on the DLC where you go on a mission to get Jeff Gerstmann fired from Gamespot. Till it's available, I think I'll pass.  icon_twisted

You wouldn't just get him fired, you'd get him "F*$#ing fired in his stupid f@$%ing face, Lynch!  What the hell's wrong with you?".  slywink
9371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/31) on: January 03, 2008, 05:10:18 AM
I bought Kane and Lynch [360] for myself and Zack and Wiki [Wii] for my niece (as well as the Wii for their family since I found one by chance).
9372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So any interest in doing a Forum weight loss challenge? on: January 03, 2008, 04:38:10 AM
You're right, without seeing you say that you stickied it I wouldn't have seen it up there.  But now I know, and knowing is half the battle! 
9373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2008 on: January 03, 2008, 04:36:00 AM
Cripes, you're reading 2 books a day, CSL?  You're a madman!
9374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm about ready to stop chatting during games on XBOX Live on: January 03, 2008, 04:13:18 AM
This is one of the major reasons I mostly avoid playing games on Live.  I much prefer to play something like Team Fortress 2 on the PC where not everybody has or uses a microphone.  It's usually much more civil, or at least quieter.

I also got sick of people getting all pissed off when I was new to a game and didn't know the map or exactly what to do.  Not very newbie friendly environment at all. 
9375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games finished in 2008 - console and PC... go! go! go! on: January 02, 2008, 02:30:33 AM
Completed:
Kane and Lynch [360]
Rock Band [360] (guitar on Medium)

In progress:
Call of Duty 4 [360]
Half-Life 2: Episode 2 [PC]
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360]
Mario Galaxy [Wii]
9376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 3 more Rock Band tracks on: January 01, 2008, 11:00:46 PM
I saw this over at Major Nelson that there are 3 more Rock Band tracks now available.  Two cover and one original; not my cup of tea, but I'm sure it will make some people around here happy:

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Content: "Gimme Three Steps"
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Only in Canada, United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: "Gimme Three Steps"--Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Content: "Hard to Handle"*
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Only in Canada, United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: *"Hard to Handle" is a cover version of a song as made famous by the Black Crowes.

Content: "Limelight"*
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Only in Canada, United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: *"Limelight" is a cover version of a song as made famous by Rush.
9377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming Trend's Forum Weight Loss Challenge on: January 01, 2008, 09:20:14 PM
Start: January 6th
Starting Weight: 298.2

Week 1: January 13th
Today's Weight: 299.4
Weight Loss/Gain This Week: +1.2
Weight Loss/Gained To Date: +1.2

Week 2: January 20th
Today's Weight: 297.4
Weight Loss/Gain This Week: -1.8
Weight Loss/Gained To Date: -0.6

Week 3: January 27th
Today's Weight: 294.2
Weight Loss/Gain This Week: -3.2
Weight Loss/Gained To Date: -4
9378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So any interest in doing a Forum weight loss challenge? on: January 01, 2008, 09:15:42 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on January 01, 2008, 08:02:52 PM

I'll do it as long as I don't have to post shirtless pictures of myself!

Word. 

So how long are you expecting this "challenge" to go on? 
9379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone try the Kane and Lynch Demo on Live on: January 01, 2008, 05:17:58 PM
Well, after seeing the game on sale this week and Knightshade playing it on Live (mostly likely for review, but I can pretend it was for fun) I went out and picked it up with a BB gift card I had.

So far I have to say that I like it quite a bit.  The gameplay mechanics are the same as the demo, although there are some things I didn't realize I could do before.  For example, if you get next to a teammate and pull up your inventory (click right stick) it will also bring up theirs so you can give/take/swap weapons with them.  You can also do silent hand-to-hand take-downs by walking up to a guy and hitting 'A', which is useful when trying to not alert other enemies.  Your AI teammates are actually not total retards for once, but you can give them quick orders if you'd like to have them defend, follow or attack your target.  If you stick close to them they can revive you with an adrenaline shot if you go down, and you can do the same for them (although they rarely get killed). 

The graphics are not "next gen" by any means, but they are serviceable and pretty good considering all the bullet holes and destructibility in the levels.  It's a more understated "soft" style than something like Stranglehold, but I don't think it looks any worse as a whole and the levels are less cluttered.  The effects while in tear gas and such are kind of cool.  Also, the nightclub level is quite cool in a disorienting, claustrophobic way.  With the crazy lights and all those people in there you get paranoid that one of the guards got behind you (and they probably did if you weren't careful).

The story has turned out to be a little better than I was expecting, other than some mediocre dialog and stuff (especially involving Lynch's blackouts).  There is still an abundance of swearing, but only really in those scenes so not while acutally playing the game for the most part. 

The only big downside so far is that there seem to be points where things just get a bit difficult for me and I die about 10 times and have to restart the 'scene' (there are frequent save checkpoints).  That can usually be overcome by switching up your tactics a little, but it can be frustrating.  Unlike COD4, if you want to take your time and kill the enemies one at a time instead of rushing at them, it is a valid way to play and the cover mechanic supports that. 

I'm guessing KD will be writing a review for the site soon enough, but if you enjoyed the demo you should give the game a rent because I think it's better than the hype/hate made it seem.  A bit of a spiritual successor to the gameplay of Freedom Fighters mixed with a heist movie like Heat.  These are good things.
9380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Years Eve plans on: January 01, 2008, 04:50:00 PM
I screwed up and thought that I had to work today so I just got some Chinese food, watched a movie and went to bed about midnight so I could get to work on time this morning.  And then I turn up and nobody else is here.  That will teach me not to look at the next month/year on the HR calendar!
9381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wall-E on: January 01, 2008, 04:48:09 PM

Quote from: Austin on January 01, 2008, 02:52:28 PM

Cars is in the top 3, n00bs. 

Top 3 worst movies Pixar has made, indeed.  slywink
9382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wall-E on: December 31, 2007, 09:58:32 PM
I didn't think Ratatouille was nearly as good as some people say, but it was loads better than Cars.  That was easily the worst of the Pixar movies. 

Wall-E looks like it could be pretty good, even if he looks way too much like Johnny-5.
9383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Originals for next year? on: December 31, 2007, 05:47:24 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 31, 2007, 05:14:10 PM

BIGGER HARDDRIVE PLEASE...120 gig aint gonna last!,LOL

I know, I can't even fit one of the titles on my 20Gig hard drive with all the demos I have on it.  I guess I could just delete them, but I like to replay a lot of them occasionally. 
9384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/31) on: December 31, 2007, 05:44:51 PM
The XBLA title announced for this week is Metal Slug 3 for 800 points.  No idea if there is a second one as usual, though. 
9385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox Originals for next year? on: December 31, 2007, 04:51:59 AM
Over at the Surfer Girl Reviews Star Wars rumor blog she lists some original XBox games that are supposedly coming out this next year.  If she's right, there may be a few happier people around here (mostly because that should mean they also get straight backwards compatibility).  I've bolded some interesting ones:

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Some of the 2008 additions to the Xbox Originals lineup: Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding, Amped 2, Armed and Dangerous, Blinx: The Time Sweeper, Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space, Blood Wake, Brute Force, Conker: Live & Reloaded, Dead or Alive 3, Deathrow, Dino Crisis 3, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Fable bonus content, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, GunValkyrie, Halo 2, Jade Empire, Jet Set Radio Future, Mechassault, MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf, Metal Arms: Glitch in the System, Midtown Madness 3, Ninja Gaiden, Quantum Redshift, Panzer Dragoon Orta, Phantom Dust Rent-A-Hero No. 1, Shenmue II, Sneakers, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Stubbs the Zombie in "Rebel Without a Pulse", Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus, ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth, Tork: Prehistoric Punk, Voodoo Vince, Whacked!. Service expected to have over one hundred titles end of next year.

Nice to see ones such as Armed and Dangerous, Deathrow, Voodoo Vince, Metal Arms and the Mech Assaults.  I know at least one person around here will be happy to see her mention Midtown Madness 3, too!  Of course it's just rumor, but she has been right about other things before.

Oh, and she also mentions that Cryptic is no longer working on the Marvel MMO and some other things.
9386  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Tony Hawk Proving Ground Limited Edition - $30 on: December 31, 2007, 04:22:56 AM
I was in Target tonight and saw about 10 copies of Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Limited Edition [360] on clearance for $29.50.  I think it includes a second DVD with some Tony Hawk skateboarding video tips/tricks and some Guitar Hero 3 content (demo and character unlock for Proving Ground) and such. 

Too bad it wasn't Skate, because I would have bought that one. 
9387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Toyota Prius: My Two Cents on: December 31, 2007, 04:12:35 AM

Quote from: Bulletpig on December 31, 2007, 03:14:17 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 26, 2007, 05:25:07 PM

I use a car sharing service (flexcar.com), and they have a few Prius available.  One is parked right near my house, so I've used it a bit.

I've always been pretty impressed with it, no issues with accelleration or anything.  Since I don't pay for gas (gas and insurance is included in the rental fee), I cant really judge how good it does on that front, but from a strict performance viewpoint, it's a pretty nice car.

That flexcar.com thing seems pretty cool.  Too bad nothing here in our area but could see that being handy.  Would be great when a pickup is needed to move something.

Regards,
Pig

For a lot cheaper you can just rent a U-haul pickup for a day if you need to.  I think it's only $20 a day for local use (same price as a van or 10' truck). 
9388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Live is 100% FUBAR on: December 31, 2007, 04:05:56 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 31, 2007, 03:25:29 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on December 31, 2007, 02:21:39 AM

live is still not working...hmmmm....oh well....

Yep.

There are about 8 times as many players in COD4 than usual.  I wonder if H3 is seeing such an increase.

Bottom line, XBL needs about 100 times more servers/capacity than it already has.

Time for a class action!

I can imagine that the $37-40 sales on COD4 has seriously increased those numbers.  I know I wouldn't have bought it without that sale last week. 

It's actually kind of nice to see big name games actually giving people a break in price for once, instead of having to wait 6+ months (same goes for Assassin's Creed). 
9389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video downloads wave of the future? Yeah right on: December 30, 2007, 08:55:58 PM
The problem with the used games/DVD business is that none of the money in that industry actually goes to the people that produced the product.  You may be paying 90% of retail price, but 0% of that goes to support the creators.  It's all profit for shitty businesses like GameStop and Blockbuster. 
9390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdom Under Fire: Cirlce of Doom demo on: December 30, 2007, 04:31:37 AM
Was anybody able to figure out the "Sythesize" mechanic?  I joined a couple weapons and items but all it seemed to do was average their qualities rather than add them up or create something new and unique.  Why would I pay to create something that seems worse than one of the original items?
9391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Live is 100% FUBAR on: December 30, 2007, 04:29:10 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 30, 2007, 04:21:32 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 30, 2007, 04:02:15 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 30, 2007, 01:01:50 AM

PSN network is 100% free and 100% running currently, just got done playing UT3 and Warhawk online on lag-free servers.

Just a heads-up for those who need to play games online right now.

XBOX Live would be up and running to if they had as few subscribers as PSN

See: posts #7 & #17

deadhorse

TML, meet irony.
9392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video downloads wave of the future? Yeah right on: December 30, 2007, 02:57:19 AM
I'm not a fan of buying only digital media, but one alternative is that if things like On Demand keep expanding there will be less need for me to rent movies. 

Just because Walmart won't be continuing their service doesn't mean that the whole field of downloaded movies is a bust. 
9393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Live is 100% FUBAR on: December 30, 2007, 01:00:53 AM
Yeah, "Up and running" for 10 minutes at a time, maybe.  I can't believe they've been having these problems for several days in a row.  Unacceptable for a paid service as far as I'm concerned. 
9394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Under Fire: Cirlce of Doom demo on: December 29, 2007, 10:59:13 PM
I saw this demo on the XBox Live Marketplace and figured I'd give it a try.  I have to say that I had fun with it.  Not enough to make me buy the full game, but certainly entertained for a while (and it was a lengthy demo, at that).

Basically this is a hack-n-slash game kind of like Dynasty Warriors or Ninety Nine Nights, but I enjoyed this one more than I have those others when I tried them.  The enemies are mostly sword fodder, especially the smaller ones right away.  There are a ton of weapons of different styles, many with special abilities added on to them.  I think the depth of the game will come from selecting your best weapons, but you can also learn skills/spell type stuff.  The 'price' for learning new skills is that you have to kill a set number of certain enemies.  Kind of a unique mechanic to me. 

The graphics look really nice and your character moves quite fluidly all over the screen when you're attacking.  The levels are very narrow and corridor-ish (even though they're in the forest, sort of like Fable) so there isn't too much exploration to do other than alternate paths. 

It says that the levels are randomly generated and has drop-in coop for 2 to 4 players over Live and 6 different characters to play.  That seems like it would really lengthen the playtime you could get out of this. 

Anyone else give the demo a try? 
9395  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Just out of curiousity... on: December 29, 2007, 04:44:19 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 29, 2007, 04:27:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 29, 2007, 03:07:43 PM

don't worry, I'm still here  icon_biggrin
we're working on that...

Work harder!  slywink
9396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3]the club demo on: December 29, 2007, 04:36:18 PM
I haven't gotten to play it yet (no PS3), but it seems to me that console controls mixed with fast-as-you-can accurate shooting are not a good mix.  I can see it working much better with a mouse for aiming.  Obviously some people are very good at aiming with a controller, but I don't think you could ever be as good as a mouse just by the nature of the device. 
9397  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What MMO's are everyone doing these days? on: December 29, 2007, 06:19:45 AM

Quote from: biggercup on December 29, 2007, 04:53:35 AM

Playing Dungeon Runners. It's more of MMORPG Litle but it's free and easy to get into.

I might have to try that one again.  I enjoyed the funny items and descriptions when I played it before.  They also just released their big Chunk #2 or whatever, didn't they?
9398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone try the Kane and Lynch Demo on Live on: December 29, 2007, 06:18:22 AM
I just tried out this demo tonight and I have to say that I actually enjoyed it.  It may not be the prettiest or best game ever, but based on that demo I would definitely buy it for $30, if only for the chance to finish that escape shootout where the demo ended.  It was reminding me of Heat, and that is a very good thing. 

I like the auto-cover mechanic and think that unlike some games it actually worked quite well.  The destrucibility was also kind of fun; not as crazy as Stranglehold but lots of chunks falling off pillars and such. 

I didn't like the dialog and I think that and the "story" would be the only big downsides for me.  I don't need to hear "fuck" every fourth word to realize I'm playing a mature game. 
9399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Unknown Platform] Street FIghter IV Game Footage on: December 28, 2007, 11:16:49 PM
Well, it certainly looks nothing like the trailer they released, but at least it has more that 2 frames of animation unlike the old SF2. 
9400  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free Gamestop Calendar on: December 28, 2007, 08:48:14 PM
Prototype actually looks really cool.  It's by Radical (the guys that made Hulk: Ultimate Destruction) and it's an open-world game where your character has mutant super powers and such.  Homepage for the game.
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