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9441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 10, 2008, 05:06:10 PM
Man, I wish my copy would get here already!  Stupid Amazon free shipping (why is it always three days from them notifying the USPS and giving me a tracking number and it still doesn't even show being picked up?)
9442  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: NPD online subscription tracker (new in 2008) on: May 10, 2008, 04:40:28 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 10, 2008, 01:54:06 PM

CoX is #5?  icon_eek

I didn't expect that. Well...go Heroes!

Well, it's by using their weird formula for averaging quarterly online revenue, so it may only be with publicly traded western companies or something.  There is also the fact that in Asia the subscription model is generally much different than western countries, so I'm curious how they account for that. 
9443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 10, 2008, 06:44:33 AM
Was any of what Cliff said even necessary for the video?  Certainly didn't seem so to me.  It's guys shooting from vehicles.  Maybe they should worry about actually getting the story into the game this time rather than having to describe it in gameplay videos. 

No, I'm not bitter at all. slywink
9444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Panda movie trailer on: May 10, 2008, 06:33:11 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 09, 2008, 08:08:13 PM

Word from the animation community, and from a friend who interned on Kung Fu Panda is that it's really, really good.  Miles above prior Dreamworks stuff.

It wouldn't take much to be better than the other Dreamworks Animation crap...but that trailer doesn't give me much confidence.
9445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do Not Attempt on: May 10, 2008, 05:44:46 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 10, 2008, 03:43:10 AM


I played it 4 times and every time the gimp shot himself right away.  Is there actually more to it than that?
9446  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Any interest for a Chicago-area get together May 31? on: May 10, 2008, 02:17:37 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 06, 2008, 01:18:59 PM

Why isn't this in the Off topic forum where people will actually see it? There are quite a few Chicagoans (sp) here....

Yeah, I don't live in Chicago but if I did there is a good chance I wouldn't see this topic in here.  This forum is a bit underused/visited.
9447  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Random sightings on older games: RTWGold, Warhammer Collection, on: May 10, 2008, 01:10:11 AM
I've seen that Civ collection on clearance at Target, but I didn't really look to see which games/expansions were in it.
9448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 10, 2008, 01:02:12 AM

Quote from: disarm on May 09, 2008, 11:26:17 PM

one more little thing worth mentioning...they really improved the replay system from DiRT.  while you could do replays in DiRT, it always bothered me that you couldn't use different buttons on the controller to carry out the various functions...you had to actually move between the buttons on-screen and hit the A button to select them.  now you can smoothly go back and forth through a race at various speeds (both fast and slow), pause the action instantly, and watch the carnage of a big wreck in all its splendor.  they are still missing a photo option though...

You can also rewind to the point before you spun out/crashed/whatever so that if you have one tragic accident you don't have to start the whole race over.  I haven't really messed with that aspect much, but it seems like it could be a very good thing to avoid re-running a whole race when you crash on the last lap (you can also select Pro mode to turn it off and get better scores if you are hardcore).
9449  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stimulus Rebates! on: May 09, 2008, 10:44:51 PM
I just got my $600 deposited today, and as much as I would love to pick up a new PC or a PS3, I decided it was better spent going directly to credit card debt.  One of them is paid off now but I still have quite a bit on the other so I need to behave a bit (if buying 5 games this month is considered behaving...).
9450  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 09, 2008, 10:10:35 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 09, 2008, 09:14:55 PM

Im IN closed beta..its what wont run. Heck the game was final a week ago and is at the shippers now ready to go out I bet. It wont be any better than what Im not getting to play now.

Considering they just released a 540 meg patch (that I'm guessing you never downloaded) I think it will be quite improved from the version on the disc.  I'll eat my hat if they don't release at least another patch before live. 
9451  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 09, 2008, 08:09:58 PM
They took a lot of the Advanced options out in this last patch, it seems.  They may have reverted to forcing shader 2.0 for now.  I do know that the patch fixed my crazy-long load times and frequent hitching when playing.  I haven't had it crash yet, either, but I haven't played for that long since the new patch.
9452  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Zune Software 2.5 on: May 09, 2008, 06:07:18 AM
It's funny (and frustrating) that they still haven't gotten version 2.5 to have the features that the first version did.  I wish there was an option to just use that software with the new firmware on my Zune. 
9453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 09, 2008, 01:37:35 AM
I tried this out on my lunch break and was impressed.  As others have said the graphics are great and I felt that the driving was great, except that I totally suck at the drift racing.

I'm sure I will pick this up when it comes out, even though I have too many other games to play as it is.  It's gotten me even more excited to see what they bring with Dirt 2!
9454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CONGRATULATIONS ROCKSTAR!!!! GTA:IV 500MLN. on: May 09, 2008, 01:31:58 AM

Quote from: The Grue on May 08, 2008, 09:55:01 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on May 08, 2008, 09:53:41 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on May 08, 2008, 04:24:13 PM

I have mixed feelings about the success of GTA. Sure it's fun and in some ways artful, but it's also incredibly sexist and juvenile and exploitative and base. And you know tons of kids are playing it, M rating or no. This is not exactly gaming's best foot forward when this thing breaks all sales records.

And yet it's had half a billion dollars worth of sales.  I think the fact that this game sells so well says that this is what the people want.  You can't blame the game for what it says about us.  If the game was truly offensive, it wouldn't sell so well.

Precisely.  Look at Postal, for instance.

Well, there's a difference between a good game with offensive material and a shit game made only to be offensive. 
9455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Caption This! on: May 09, 2008, 01:13:07 AM
Need new picture.
9456  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dealing with a difficult coworker on: May 09, 2008, 01:07:46 AM
As a developer, I say you just need to pay more attention.  slywink
9457  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 08, 2008, 06:05:40 PM
That's pretty close to the system I use at work (although I have 7950 w/ 512 of RAM) and I think you will get decent performance at medium settings.  Hopefully the patch they release will put an end to the hitching and that will make the performance seem much better overall. 
9458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lord of The Rings : Conquest on: May 08, 2008, 05:59:10 PM

Quote from: Butterknife on May 08, 2008, 05:44:42 PM

I read through the interview and it looks pretty exciting.  I never did play Battlefront -- how are these guys as developers?  Reliable?  Will they deliver all of this?

It depends on the team but they are pretty good and I think they can deliver.  They've done Mercenaries, Star Wars Battlefront 1&2, Destroy All Humans! 1&2, and the Full Spectrum Warrior games.  They're working on Mercenaries 2 and Sabateur, which both look very cool.
9459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fight Night Round 4 - Actually some good news! on: May 08, 2008, 05:51:48 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on May 08, 2008, 04:43:47 PM

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A new physics engine will allow for missed punches, glancing blows, and other unexpected animations.

I hope they don't turn this into a game where every punch I throw I have to watch an animation of what just happened.  IE.  I throw a punch and miss and have to watch the animation of me throwing a punch and missing........

Yeah, this sounds kind of cool but if it results in slower, unresponsive gameplay I am not going to be happy with that. 
9460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 08, 2008, 05:42:46 PM

Quote from: disarm on May 08, 2008, 03:27:57 PM

surprise!  three track demo is up on Xbox Live...downloading now! icon_cool

This would only be a surprise if you didn't read my post.  slywink
9461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 08, 2008, 05:39:55 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 08, 2008, 04:00:08 PM

Quote from: Mattc0m on May 08, 2008, 03:57:50 PM

Dude, I loved the Brucie missions... he's a great character.

I loved his reaction in the race mission when...
Spoiler for Hiden:
  I hopped out before the race started and started throwing molotovs at the other cars.  Of course they didn't let me complete the mission but his reaction was worth it.

You do realize that if you equip molotovs before you enter the car you can throw them out the window, right?
9462  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 08, 2008, 05:38:04 PM
Well, realize that paying for that 3-day early access gives you a total of 10 days for $5, so it's not as if you're paying more than the portion of a regular month's subscription. 
9463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any Toronto area game programmer wannabes here? on: May 08, 2008, 05:36:25 PM
I'm a programmer and my sister is in Toronto...does that count?  slywink 
9464  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for - 1 month free trial for Netflix on: May 08, 2008, 05:21:18 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on May 08, 2008, 12:40:12 PM

Does the one month free thing only work for new customers? I'm not new to Netflix, but I haven't subbed since around January. Godzilla Blitz sent me an invite for the 1 free month, but Netflix seemed to recognize that I was a previous customer and said no go.

Those free-month (or 2-week) things are only for new customers.  You may be able to trick their system by signing up with a different email address (I did that for the free trial of GameFly a couple times) or it may use your actual address in the check in which case you just need to move and change your name.  slywink
9465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 08, 2008, 02:48:06 PM
It looks like we will get to try out the racing and see for ourselves.  A demo should be up on XBox Live right now and PS3 later today.  Too bad I have to go to work...

Also, what is with these companies releasing demos right after GTA4?  If it were me I would wait at least a couple weeks. 
9466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge anyone? on: May 08, 2008, 05:55:49 AM
Visuals look good, gameplay is going to make or break it though.  I'd much rather just have a third person camera to give me real body awareness. 
9467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman (PS2) or Chase Hollywood Stunt Driver - should I bother? on: May 08, 2008, 05:47:12 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 08, 2008, 01:43:15 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 08, 2008, 01:30:20 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 07, 2008, 02:59:22 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 07, 2008, 02:52:29 PM

I would argue that Stuntman is a poor indicator of how much you'll like Stuntman Ignition.  From what I remember, there were some fairly hefty loading times for retries in the first one, and the stunts were very unforgiving.  Ignition removes the loading times, and the stunts are more forgiving.  I didn't like Stuntman, but loved Ignition.

OK, well, if I think that I would like it with easier stunts and shorter loading times, I will get Stuntman 2 smile

He's talking about Stuntman: Ignition on the Xbox 360, not Stuntman 2. 

I think we're talking about the same thing.

Yeah, I guess so.  For some reason I was thinking that there was actually a Stuntman 2 released like a year after the first, but I can find no record of it.  Weird.
9468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CONGRATULATIONS ROCKSTAR!!!! GTA:IV 500MLN. on: May 08, 2008, 05:42:49 AM

Quote from: Jubei on May 08, 2008, 04:45:17 AM

GTA IV won because everyone actually wanted it.
Everyone bought Halo3 because thats all they saw anyone playing on the xbl dashboard......well i did anyways.
Still dont get why they say halo is a story driven game, i didnt get it at all.

And also because GTA4 was on two platforms...
9469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 08, 2008, 05:41:59 AM
I had to laugh tonight when after I went drinking with Roman I tried to hail a cab and instead of doing the whistle and wave thing Niko yelled out in a slurred accent: "Taxi caaaab!"  "Yellow car!" as he stumbled around and fell down.  That just struck me as really funny, for some reason. 

I've finally gotten the second safehouse unlocked and a few missions beyond, but the game is still not really grabbing me.  Here I am, a huge fan of open-world games and I have to talk myself into playing the biggest release of the year.  What the hell?
9470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 08, 2008, 01:31:36 AM
I had an Amazon gift card so I ordered it through there.  I'll give impressions after I get it next week or whatever (free shipping). 
9471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman (PS2) or Chase Hollywood Stunt Driver - should I bother? on: May 08, 2008, 01:30:20 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 07, 2008, 02:59:22 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 07, 2008, 02:52:29 PM

I would argue that Stuntman is a poor indicator of how much you'll like Stuntman Ignition.  From what I remember, there were some fairly hefty loading times for retries in the first one, and the stunts were very unforgiving.  Ignition removes the loading times, and the stunts are more forgiving.  I didn't like Stuntman, but loved Ignition.

OK, well, if I think that I would like it with easier stunts and shorter loading times, I will get Stuntman 2 smile

He's talking about Stuntman: Ignition on the Xbox 360, not Stuntman 2. 
9472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360 and PS3] The Bourne Conspiracy Demo Available... on: May 08, 2008, 01:09:50 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 07, 2008, 05:13:32 PM

The button-pushing sequences are all over this game, by the way.  If you hate their recent prevelance in games, you'll be extremely frustrated.

Ugh.  I hate that shit.  frown 

I'm sure I will try the demo eventually, but hearing that (as well as poor driving and mediocre fighting) doesn't really excite me. 
9473  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 08, 2008, 12:58:47 AM
There is an interesting interview with the Product Director from Funcom over at MMORPG.com.  Of course there is the usual bit of PR bullshit in the replies, but also some honesty on the part of performance, memory leaks, etc. 
9474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman (PS2) or Chase Hollywood Stunt Driver - should I bother? on: May 07, 2008, 02:47:14 AM

Quote from: Cleric7 on May 06, 2008, 05:35:37 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 06, 2008, 04:31:29 PM

Stuntman Ignition on the 360 was one of my favorite games of the past year.  It's still "repeat until you get it" driving, but when you fail and retry, there's virtually no loading time at all, which takes a lot of the sting out of retries.  Plus, the levels are so over the top and awesome, it's still fun even going back and retrying many times to max your score.  Highly, highly recommended if you have a 360.
Agreed.
A tremendous game. And tremendously underappreciated.

Absolutely.  I know the topic was asking about the last-gen games, but it's worth repeating that Stuntman on the 360 freaking rocks. 

I played Chase on the original XBox and I enjoyed it.  Certainly not the best game ever, but it entertained me for the cheap used price. 
9475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bill Harris (Dubious Quality) & Rockband: Time for an Intervention? on: May 06, 2008, 01:31:20 AM
I don't really read them any more, but at least they are better than the "tweaking parameters for the sprorts game of the month" posts.  I fail to have sympathy for people who buy the same game every year and bitch how broken it is.  
9476  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 05, 2008, 10:00:40 PM
I think the 3-day early program is for any preorder to help offset launch-day madness.  You have to pay $5 to start early, but you get a total of 10 days out of it (3 early, 7 added onto the end of your subscription) so I see no reason not to do it. 
9477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 05, 2008, 09:36:52 PM
So for all of you guys that are absolutely in love with GTA4 have you played the other open-world games of this generation to any extent?  I'm talking about Saints Row, Crackdown, Just Cause, etc.  To me, and I've played them all for many hours, I don't see GTA4 as doing anything that is really revolutionary.  I played all the previous GTA games on PC so I was used to a decent aiming system, and I don't think the cover system is implemented all that well here. 

Don't get me wrong, I think the game is good and has many nice touches, but I don't see where the extreme excitement comes from. 
9478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/5) on: May 05, 2008, 08:21:19 PM
I'd like to pick up Boom Blox, but between GTA4, the Conan beta (and impending release) and my renewed interest in LOTRO I just don't think I'd have time to play it anyway.  
9479  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Fileplanet beta screenshots (NDA dropped for it) on: May 04, 2008, 06:18:35 PM

Quote from: StriderGG on May 04, 2008, 06:00:20 PM

Quote from: skystride on May 04, 2008, 04:28:27 PM

Quote from: StriderGG on May 04, 2008, 04:18:14 PM

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Even with all the sliders during character creation, all the female models basically look the same (especially the face).  Actually pretty much 90% of the female NPCs used to look the same until recently so I guess they are still working on it.

Sorry, but I disagree. My two female chars look very different from each other and also different from Blackjack's Splendoria. My Necro girl is kinda chubby and I giggle every time I see her run, so no, not all females look the same.

Can you post a pic?  I was talking mostly about facial model.  If you look past the hair color and style the faces are very similar despite having a million Tiger Woods Golfish sliders.

Heh, I have no idea how to host pictures, never did smile

Well, if you have the screenshot you can start a post, hit the Preview button, click on Additional Options and then use the Attach picture thing to upload it to the server here.  Alternately you could host it somewhere else and then link to it inside img tags.
9480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: May 04, 2008, 03:02:46 AM

Quote from: naednek on May 03, 2008, 11:49:54 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 03, 2008, 01:34:48 AM

The link worked but not the original.  Either way, I'll vote for Daehawk this time.

You fail again.  The person who posts on the next page, has to post pictures of random hot chicks.

I'm sorry, what was that?   slywink
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