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9361  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: January 28, 2007, 12:08:42 AM
Well the only info I can seem to get in the normal forums is "beta testers should only post information about the game in the beta forums, the address of which has been emailed to you with your invitation".  Unfortunately that information was not in the Stress Test invite I got. 
9362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anybody wanna be Netflix buddies? on: January 27, 2007, 11:32:06 PM
Is there a way to check out and compare somebody elses ratings and such before befriending them?  I don't really want to add somebody and then see that we don't have the same tastes and then delete them. 
9363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will you check in to room "1408"? on: January 27, 2007, 11:29:18 PM
Surprisingly, that does look like it has potential. 
9364  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: January 27, 2007, 11:06:09 PM
So far I am having a pretty good time with this one.  I've played a couple melee classes up to level 9 and 5.  Considering it will be another three months before this is released I am impressed with it. 

I had some more comments in there, but I don't know what details of the NDA are.  I can't find those details online and they didn't even tell me where the beta forums are so I'm wondering if it has been lifted or they just aren't applying it to Stress Test people or what.  Daehawk, do you know where I can find those details?
9365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What will you buy from XBLA with out thinking twice on: January 27, 2007, 06:33:39 PM
Probably the Worms translation because those were awesome games.  Maybe Super Off-Road if it ever makes it there in good form.  Honestly I'd be more interested in original or new updated games than old ports, so it's hard to say for any of those "without thinking twice".  Thank goodness for mandatory demos. 

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 27, 2007, 05:21:51 PM

Guitar Hero 2 tracks.  There is no resisting....

Cheater, that's Marketplace stuff, not Arcade.  slywink
9366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does Memory Foam... stink? on: January 27, 2007, 03:28:45 PM
Haha, welcome to the forums, KiloOhm!  I've never..."used" a foam mattress so unfortunatly I can't help you with that one.  smile
9367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Price... INCREASE? on: January 27, 2007, 03:25:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 27, 2007, 03:19:29 PM

15% + sales tax rates?  eek  and people complain about the 6.75% we have here.  Does that mean you guys pay less income taxes (or whatever the equivalent of those would be up there/over the pond)?

Well, they have other benefits like socialized medicine and such that are probably payed for by taxes like that.   
9368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 26/Jan/06 on: January 27, 2007, 02:08:49 AM
I'll be giving the Lord of the Rings Online stress test a try or two, as well as trying to make some more progress in Ratchet & Clank and possibly a bit more of God of War if it doesn't keep annoying me.  I would most certainly be playing the Crackdown demo if I could ever get it to download, but it continues to defy me.  Curses!
9369  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: January 26, 2007, 03:48:32 PM
I'm sure part of the night will be spent in queues or lagged in game, but I'm still excited to get a chance to see this one.  They have put out surprisingly little media (video, screenshots) or details of gameplay and I want to see the different races and characters and everything.  I noticed on their preorder site it says "Play as a monster", which would be pretty cool.  Uruk-hai ftw!  slywink
9370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Unreal Tournament 2007 now UT3 [PC, PS3 and 360!] on: January 26, 2007, 06:01:35 AM
Yeah, I know it's been rumored for 360 for quite a while but this is finally confirmation.  What I think is silly is calling it Unreal Tournament 3 when it is the fourth in the series.  Of course, the fact that it is getting constantly delayed probably plays a part in that.  Plus, I don't know anybody who was a fan of naming them 200X and dreaded the yearly Madden-esque releases when they first started that.   

This is one that would be a no-brainer for me to get on the PC given the mouse/keyboard control scheme and mod-ability, but I'm sure my computer won't be able to play it when it finally comes out so it will probably have to be a 360 purchase.   icon_confused
9371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Unreal Tournament 2007 now UT3 [PC, PS3 and 360!] on: January 26, 2007, 03:55:29 AM
Well, I jammed most of the details into the title, so I'll just reiterate.  Apparently Unreal Tournament 2007 is now being called Unreal Tournament 3 (did they disown 2003?).  The reason I put it in Console Games is that it has also been announced to be coming for the XBox 360 as well as the previously announced PC and PS3.  You can see a new trailer at that IGN link (and hopefully a local copy here at GT soon). 

No word on whether the 360 version will do any sort of multiplatforming or only on XBox Live.  Or maybe some sort of Windows/XBox Live and a separate Windows/PS3 open-format? 
9372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: January 26, 2007, 03:42:00 AM
Updated my list.  Anyone else?
9373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GoW sells out... in Japan!! on: January 25, 2007, 04:45:18 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 25, 2007, 04:13:38 AM

So they sold out 10,000 copies? Good but hardly fantastic if accurate.

Whoa, whoa, whoa.  Stay on topic here, buddy!   rules
9374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tag - what's yours mean? on: January 25, 2007, 03:54:07 AM
Well, I guess it came from multiple things.  There's an old Roger Miller song called "Engine Engine #9" that I used to hear from my Dad's record player when I was a young'un.  Deftones also have an awesome song called "Engine #9" on their first album, and of course there are numerous children's rhymes using that line (Engine, engine number nine, coming down the railroad line...).  Then there is the Beatles' famous Revolution 9, from which I loved to quote "Number nine?  Number nine?"

Anyway, about the time of playing Half-Life online I started using that name because it was just a sort of faceless/nameless tag and I have continued to use it (although I wouldn't mind a change).
9375  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: January 25, 2007, 03:21:54 AM
I just got my invite to the beta for the stress test starting this weekend, and I'm about 15% downloaded.  I'm surprised that it's only 2.77 GB, but I'm sure the install will bulk that up a bit.
9376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EBGames going away. on: January 25, 2007, 03:08:37 AM
I am not a fan of GameStop by any stretch of the imagination, but I have also had some less than stellar experiences at Best Buy so I wouldn't give them the halo and wings either.
9377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Impressions on: January 25, 2007, 02:28:56 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 24, 2007, 04:34:28 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 24, 2007, 03:45:43 PM

I still can't get the damn thing to download!  Every time it just sits at 1% until it eventually craps out.  I've started and restarted and cancelled and rebooted and everything else a couple dozen times and it still won't work.  Why do they hate me?  Why?

have you gone to the setup blade, checked the memory option and made sure it's not still on your HD?  It may show up as 'unknown game' or something like that.

Yeah, it shows it there with the exclamation sign instead of the game logo and calls it "unfinished game download cache" or something.  Of course it has it at 1.2 GB, but it sets that much aside as soon as you start downloading.  I've deleted that and retried a few times and still can't get beyond 1% (which it usually starts at, although a couple times it has started at 0%).  I even went and downloaded the Battles of Midway demo just to make sure something hadn't gone totally wonky.  This was a game I was seriously looking forward to and now I'm just frustrated and pissed off.  frown
9378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Impressions on: January 24, 2007, 03:45:43 PM
I still can't get the damn thing to download!  Every time it just sits at 1% until it eventually craps out.  I've started and restarted and cancelled and rebooted and everything else a couple dozen times and it still won't work.  Why do they hate me?  Why?
9379  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Burning Crusade sells 2.4 million in ONE day on: January 24, 2007, 06:00:09 AM
Pardon me if this was posted in one of the other WoW:BC threads, but I thought it was worth noting.  Apparently Blizzard has shipped over 4 million copies of the expansion and sold 2.4 million of those in the first freaking day!  These are world-wide totals (almost 1.2 million in North America and more than 1.1 million in Europe), but still that is an incredible amount of sales for one day.  That kind of success calls for one thing... MONEY HATS! 
9380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Impressions on: January 24, 2007, 03:45:39 AM
unjoyed?  Is that a word?  Tongue
9381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 01/23/06 on: January 24, 2007, 03:41:50 AM
This Film Not Yet Rated and Sherrybaby are in the queue.  I saw The Puffy Chair 3 or 4 weeks ago...but I think that was because it was produced by Netflix so maybe they got it early.  Odd, anyway.
9382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And the 79th Oscar Nominations are... on: January 24, 2007, 03:35:52 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 24, 2007, 02:16:36 AM

If anybody here's going to write off Little Miss Sunshine because it isn't "manly" enough or that it's a "chick-flick", you're moronic and obviously haven't seen the best movie of 2006.

Word.
9383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Semaj goes on a crime spree on: January 24, 2007, 03:19:48 AM
This was the same kid that bypassed airport security, got somebody else's boarding pass and flew his dumb ass to Phoenix and then San Antonio before getting picked up by the authorities when he tried to get another boarding pass to Dallas.  Yeah, airport security is just that good. 
9384  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Handheld goop in my Console Gaming forum. on: January 24, 2007, 02:40:38 AM
I don't know if there is even enough handheld discussion to necessitate a seperate forum, and even though I don't have a current handheld I never really find those threads disturbing my perusing of the Console forum. 
9385  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: How about a comments feature in the news section? on: January 24, 2007, 02:31:14 AM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on January 24, 2007, 02:10:43 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 24, 2007, 01:19:47 AM

A big minus, IMO, with that design is that the discussions then acquire a time-limit on them.

Now having the article link to a corresponding forum discussion would be better, but I don't check the news unless a headline grabs my eye.

I thought about that, too, but the problem then becomes a lot of extra forum posts that are just press releases and junk.  Unless it only created the auto-post in the forum if somebody clicked on "Comment on this story" or something.  Well, we will see what is coming in the redesign. 

Perhaps if the news post automatically made a corresponding post in the forums, allowing for continual discussion past the headline disappearing off the front page?
9386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EBGames going away. on: January 24, 2007, 02:18:00 AM
I don't really see this as a big deal, they've been merged for a long time they're just being renamed.  Although I still always type in www.ebgames.com if I want to see their website because otherwise there's a chance I will type in gamespot instead of stop.  Hooray for confusingly similar names. 
9387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN Picks PS3 as Best Console of 2006 on: January 24, 2007, 02:15:43 AM
The PS2 also supported Linux...look at all the unexpected fruit that bore! 
9388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Impressions on: January 24, 2007, 01:47:18 AM
My thoughts are that I'm pissed that I still can't get it to download.  I tried a couple times before work and it just wouldn't go after sitting for about 10 minutes and now I'm getting the same thing.  Grr.
9389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Delayed on: January 23, 2007, 03:48:29 PM
Dang, I tried to start my download here before heading to work and after sitting for about 10 minutes it gave me a popup that said "The download could not be completed.  Please try again later.  Blah blah"  Man, I thought we were done with that kind of crap.  Maybe their servers are just overwhelmed right now, but it would be nice if it at least put me in some sort of automatic queue or something. 

And thanks for the impressions, metallicorphan.  Silly Brits getting up all early.  slywink
9390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 22/Jan/06 on: January 23, 2007, 03:41:24 AM
I played some more Ratchet & Clank until I got stuck on one level, and then I popped in God of War for a while on Sunday.  So far I am hot and cold on that one.  I dislike not having camera control, especially when you have me trying to tightrope walk across some skinny beam.  Who's the genius that came up with that retarded shit?  I also dislike how the health bars for bosses aren't actually indicative of how much fighting you have left.  Like I saw with the three headed hydra his health recharged each time after doing the mini game to bash his head against the post but then the final time he still had like half health and I killed him with one "hit" by yanking his head onto the pole.  Why have a fucking health bar if it just goes up and down and doesn't mean anything for the player?
9391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does Memory Foam... stink? on: January 23, 2007, 03:15:23 AM
For those of you with the full mattresses, I'm curious if there are any problems with it getting permanently "dented" or lose it's springiness after a couple years?  I've seen that happen with some cheaper regular mattresses and that always seemed like it could be a problem with a foam matress.  I mean, even a foam pillow that gets relatively little weight starts to flatten out after a while. 
9392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: most sophisticated piece of technology you will ever pee on... on: January 22, 2007, 03:45:20 PM
I saw this commercial a couple times over the weekend and I think they should have gone with the line "The most sophisticated piece of technology you're supposed to pee on."  But I guess they're not really marketing it to men...
9393  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone interested in Vanguard? on: January 22, 2007, 12:44:17 AM
I wish they would have an open beta so I could at least check it out.  Maybe they will have a 7-day trial or something once it launches.  One of my favorite things to do in WoW was just exploring all of the areas and doing crazy things even if I got killed, and it sounds like this has a huge, interesting world that is just ripe for adventure. 
9394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Game of the Year on: January 21, 2007, 10:06:12 PM
Black (on this list) was for XBox, it was released for both.  Final Fantasy 12: Milking It was picked over Bully as the PS2 choice. 
9395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tricia Helfer (BSG) in Playboy! on: January 21, 2007, 07:39:36 PM
I have to say that although she is obviously attractive, something about her face just doesn't do it for me.  It's so skinny/sunken and her cheekbones are too high and defined, her chin too prominent.

(and behold the comments of "obviously you are looking at the wrong part of the pictures!  LOL!"   icon_rolleyes)
9396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 5 Million Bucks! on: January 21, 2007, 07:33:37 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 21, 2007, 05:45:54 PM

Quote
"It's special car. It would do just over three seconds to 60, 40 years ago."


 eek eek saywhat eek eek

That is what happens when you put an 800 horsepower supercharged competition V8 in a car the size of a Miata.   drool
9397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Delayed on: January 20, 2007, 08:47:10 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 20, 2007, 06:04:39 PM

1up said that the comparisons to GTA are way off.

They said it's more like Hulk Ultimate Destruction or whatever it was.

Haven't heard the whole segment yet, but they're raving about it though.

Yeah, but more people have played GTA than Hulk.  Plus, it has the whole on-foot, weapons and vehicles aspects of GTA.  So basically it is like jamming Hulk: Ultimate Destruction into GTAIII.  Or something.  smile

Quote from: Calvin on January 20, 2007, 08:23:12 PM

Um, thats awesome.

Goddamn right. 
9398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Game of the Year on: January 20, 2007, 08:44:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 20, 2007, 08:41:10 PM

Black?  Seriously?

Well, to be fair I think he picked the most voted game from each platform.  Obviously Gears is graphically superior and totally awesome, but for an orignal XBox game Black looked great with tons of explosions and damage and all sorts of visceral fun.  It did "stop and pop" without any special (and frustratingly "special") button for it, also.  I suppose the mutli-player and co-op of Gears gives it a good edge, but I don't really play online. 
9399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Delayed on: January 20, 2007, 05:41:14 PM
Free-roaming action game in a GTA-like world where you play an super-human "agent" that is trying to take down three gangs in the city.  Your character develops five specialties/powers over the course of the game depending on what you do (Strength, Agility, Firearms, Explosives, and Driving I think), eventually allowing you to scale and leap from buildings, throw cars and blow shit up with extreme prejudice.  Morphing cars, light-pole bats, car-door shields and other craziness in solo or drop-in co-op modes. 

Here's a trailer, or the same thing in high-def

On second thought, this trailer (also in HD) is maybe a better showcase of gameplay. 
9400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hillary Announces White House Run. Oh God No... on: January 20, 2007, 04:22:24 PM
In unrelated but equally shocking news, Kobra pimps Costco in forum!  slywink
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