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9441  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). 
9442  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?? 
9443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alizee -- (NSFVCW... not suitable for very conservative workplaces) on: April 21, 2008, 01:53:21 AM
9444  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.
9445  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. 
9446  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. 
9447  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?
9448  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. 
9449  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).
9450  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.
9451  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. 
9452  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.
9453  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. 
9454  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. 
9455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coming to Alderaan on: April 19, 2008, 07:28:59 AM
That was quite good.
9456  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: April 19, 2008, 06:53:30 AM
I still think she doesn't hold a candle to Beckinsale or many other beautiful women, but I'll vote for JCAnejo since you don't really see her tranny face.  slywink
9457  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you listening to these days? on: April 19, 2008, 06:46:14 AM
Well, I've been listening to quite a bit, but here are my most recent purchases:

The Black Keys: Attack And Release:


Clutch: From Beale Street to Oblivion:


The Raconteurs: Consolers of the Lonely:


Eels: Live and In Person (London 2006):



Other than those, I've been listenting to: The Black Angels, Black Mountain, M. Ward (I really like the Post-War album), more Eels (just saw the new concert, and it ruled as always), Kid Dakota and lots of other stuff. 
9458  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 19, 2008, 05:15:52 AM
I'm not usually that big on the free-for-all, gank-happy kind of PVP server, so I'm pretty sure I'll be going with a PVE server.  I think there should be plenty of other PVP stuff there.
9459  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Needed: Suggestions to make $400 quickly. on: April 18, 2008, 04:59:00 AM
Donating plasma or bone marrow combined with some temp/labor work can do the trick when you're desperate.
9460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Hell of a lot of Guns: Borderlands on: April 18, 2008, 04:18:37 AM
I think we'll be lucky to see this one ship before the middle of next year, and my guess would be the end. 
9461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: April 18, 2008, 04:01:47 AM

Quote from: warning on April 18, 2008, 03:48:02 AM

She's so much hotter than Kate Beckinsale.

You make the baby Jesus cry.
9462  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 18, 2008, 02:30:41 AM

Quote from: Jag on April 17, 2008, 02:14:12 PM

Anyone pre-ordering the CE? I'm on the fence on that.

I've got my preorder in at Amazon for now.  Mostly because it's so much cheaper but the War Mammoth does tweak my buttons. 

I hate the fact that the "open" beta is for FilePlanet subscribers only. 
9463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania Nations Forever...sans Starforce? on: April 17, 2008, 04:22:47 AM
It's the free version, why would it have Starforce? 
9464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit available for pre-order now on: April 17, 2008, 04:16:49 AM

Quote from: jersoc on April 17, 2008, 01:03:22 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 16, 2008, 03:28:43 AM

I'm pretty sure that I read that there are over 10 games in development to take advantage of the Wii Fit board, and I know for certain that one of them is a skiing game (a conversion of a Japanese Cube skiier, with unfortunately no snowboarding apparently). 

http://ve3d.ign.com/videos/26091/Wii/We-Ski

looks a bit boring to me, personally.

I just wish they had taken the time to add snowboarding.  frown
9465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: General Grand Theft Auto IV Thread on: April 17, 2008, 04:15:21 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 16, 2008, 08:29:56 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 16, 2008, 08:19:02 PM

i can't resist reading all of these previews, even though it causes much distraction.

Well here's one that'll put a Price is Right tuba in your bundt cake:

Quote from: Andrew "I will destroy your hopes and dreams" Pfister
You'll likely notice the same graphical "quirks" that the series has dealt with since the jump to 3D. The same filmlike, grainy framerate exists and usually holds steady, but it can momentarily dip when things get frantic. There's some long-distance graphical fade-in as well as some street-level hazards that appear only after you hit them. Traffic will be nonexistent one second, then three cars deep when you rotate the camera back around, and then completely disappear when your wanted level gets to two or three stars (which is oh-so-fun when you desperately need a getaway vehicle).

Man, if that is true I'm going to be super pissed.  There is no excuse for that kind of inconsistency these days.  It was bad enough to see the cars right next to you disappearing on the PC versions of the older games, but on current gen with so many other games doing the same sort of gameplay without those problems it is unacceptable. 
9466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP racing games on: April 16, 2008, 03:54:49 AM
Yeah, Burnout: Legends is good old-school Burnout fun.  If you like the FlatOut games check out FlatOut: Head-on.

There are demos for FlatOut and Wipeout: Pulse to download on the Playstation Store. 
9467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit available for pre-order now on: April 16, 2008, 03:28:43 AM
I'm pretty sure that I read that there are over 10 games in development to take advantage of the Wii Fit board, and I know for certain that one of them is a skiing game (a conversion of a Japanese Cube skiier, with unfortunately no snowboarding apparently). 
9468  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do you look like? on: April 16, 2008, 03:13:23 AM

Quote from: slackerjoe on April 15, 2008, 04:37:46 AM

Here's me and Noah.


Were you in O Brother, Where Art Thou?



9469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/14) on: April 15, 2008, 03:51:55 AM
Nothing for me this week again (although I did just buy cheapo copies of Stranglehold and Godfather Blackhand last weekend). 
9470  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 15, 2008, 03:21:42 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 15, 2008, 03:19:30 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 15, 2008, 02:07:28 AM

So...when do we begin to assume OO isn't coming back?  Or did we pass that point already?

More to the point, when do we cease to care? I am a creature of habit. Once a habit is extinguished, the inertia is on the other side. And the OO software is going to feel kinda primitive in comparison now.

Awwww, who am I kidding? These "silver" backgrounds hurt my eyes. I want the ol' black-and-gold back.

Profile -> Look and Layout Preferences -> Current Theme (change) ...
9471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It has begun on: April 15, 2008, 02:05:57 AM
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9472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully-Xbox 360 Final Analysis. Worth A Purchase? on: April 14, 2008, 02:31:34 AM
If it helps, I it's on sale for $40 at Best Buy this week. 
9473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: April 14, 2008, 02:24:10 AM
Way too fake breastage.
9474  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target clearance watch - 3/21 on: April 13, 2008, 12:54:30 AM
I just picked up The Godfather: Blackhand Edition (Wii) and Stranglehold (360) for $15 a piece today.  I think for that price i can certainly get some worthwhile entertainment out of them. 
9475  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Wii Games in Amazon Gold Box on: April 12, 2008, 12:46:31 AM
I wouldn't have minded picking up S&M at the Olympics, but they're all sold out.
9476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: April 05, 2008, 04:28:31 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 05, 2008, 04:28:36 AM

Wow... that looks fantastic!
I must admit, though, that I'd much rather have a DiRT 2 or another Colin Mcrae(RIP!). Straight racing games get old for me pretty quickly.

Yeah, I can't wait until DiRT 2 (or whatever they call it then).  I am much more a fan of rally and off-road racing games, but I do enjoy Project Gotham quite a bit and even got some fun out of Forza for a while despite it seeming...sanitized or something. 

Quote from: CSL on April 05, 2008, 05:48:50 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 05, 2008, 04:28:36 AM

DiRT 2 or another Colin Mcrae(RIP!).

 icon_confused

In case you didn't know, Colin McRae died in a helicopter crash last year.  In Eurpope DiRT was still known as Colin McRae's DiRT as an extension of the long-runny CMR Rally games. 
9477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any interest in GRID? on: April 05, 2008, 03:58:51 AM
Has anyone else been checking out GRID?  After the awesomeness of DiRT, I'm hoping Codemasters can't go wrong here with a new take on the TOCA/Race Driver series.  Various kinds of speedy race cars?  Check.  Great graphics and awesome levels of damage?  Check and check.  It's using an enhanced version of engine from DiRT and looks to take advantage of it.   

I've heard that the career won't be structured quite like DiRT's pyramid, but will allow the same sort of selection for race types at any time so you can keep busy with the ones you like.  Seeing as there are "only" 45 cars this is obviously not aimed at the Gran Tourismo/Forza collector crowd, maybe around something like PGR (without the obvious Kudos and such).  Hopefully the mix of racing styles is as fun as I found them to be in DiRT. 

Here is a decent new video that I saw today that that shows off some of the action: over at GameTrailers.

(also, what's with them going with the 4-letter capitalized names now?  At least they remembered the 'i' this time.)
9478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: April 05, 2008, 03:32:53 AM
Since when has a console game ever been referred to in the "1.1, 1.2 version numbers" manner? 
9479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC Fall Lineup on: April 05, 2008, 02:51:47 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 04, 2008, 02:29:17 PM

Glad Chuck is back.   Btw, NBC will be airing Monk (which has fallen off in my opinion) and Psych (awesome show) this spring.  Do yourself a favor and watch Psych

That's good to hear about Monk and Psych.  I think they deserve a bigger audience. 
9480  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target clearance watch - 3/21 on: April 05, 2008, 02:42:52 AM
I saw Supreme Commander (and a couple others) for $14 and LOTRO for $10.  A friend also picked up Quake Wars for $10, but I wasn't able to find a copy. 
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