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9481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: H-Gate London Demo.....Can we talk? on: October 19, 2007, 05:15:51 PM
I tried out the demo and it was kind of impressive in the fact that it ran quite well on my computer, but even with textures and such set to high it didn't look all that great.  Very boxy and the random street corridors and such aren't all that appealing.  It's also a really drab, unappealing environmental aesthetic for the most part. 

I tried out the Blademaster guy and thought that in general it controlled pretty well for attacking, but I don't like how I come to a stop when only attacking once.  And with all of those one-hit loot-balloons you do that a lot. 

Overall I think if I didn't have a lot of other things to play I might pick this up for $40 or so, but I doubt I would ever pay a monthly subscription. 
9482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX 360: 1 Year On on: October 19, 2007, 04:53:39 PM
I'm not sure how you can call Lost Planet "unplayable".  It may not be the best third person shooter ever, but it certainly was playable and had some fun elements.


I got my 360 last year in May or June I think:

Longest streak: 14 days
Play percentage: 35.5%
Largest achievement gain: 2/25/2007 (21)
Largest gamerscore gain: 2/25/2007 (380)

Most Played games:
Saints Row - 20 days
Crackdown - 14 days
Just Cause - 11 days
DiRT - 10 days
Earth Defense Force 2017 - 10 days

I'm guessing most of my games have few days spent with them because I generally play only on the weekends but I play marathon sessions when I start them up. 
9483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 19/Oct/07 on: October 19, 2007, 04:45:16 PM
I have way too many choices.  I think I'm almost done with Portal, but then I have HL2: Episode 2, Halo 3, FlatOut, Fear, Mythos, Dungeon Runners and I just got the PSP Dungeon Siege game.  Help me, Obi Wan.  You're my only hope!
9484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stephen Colbert is running for president on: October 19, 2007, 10:25:25 AM

Quote from: Lee on October 18, 2007, 07:07:07 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 18, 2007, 01:21:01 PM

I'd rather have Jon Stewart. 

Really? I have been finding JS pretty unfunny for the most part the last couple of months. The correspondents are the best thing about the Daily Show IMHO. Colbert on the other hand I find hilarious and only getting better with time. Best show on TV for me.

Well, I haven't watched either show regularly for probably 6 months or more, but in general I like Jon Steward more than Colbert.  Not to mention that Colbert's whole "character" is a farce so who/what the hell are you actually voting for?
9485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And....a new PS3 SKU for the US on: October 18, 2007, 04:37:33 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 18, 2007, 04:07:12 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 18, 2007, 03:57:52 PM

You know, I have no clue about what PS3s are out and what the pricing is.  Sony has changed shit so much I can't keep things together anymore.

gellar

quick version:
new model = $400
former model = $500

original model = rip

Actually, there was the original 20GB = RIP and the NTSC 60GB = RIP both had hardware BC, and then the PAL 60GB = RIP with limited software BC.  Now there is the 80GB with limited software BC and Motorstorm, and the 40GB with Spiderman 3 and no BC.  And that's not getting into the differences in Wi-Fi, number of USB ports or memory card slots. 
9486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ah, class warfare. on: October 18, 2007, 02:44:25 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on October 18, 2007, 03:32:18 AM

So that really just proves the point of this topic: the wealthiest of the wealthy have seen huge increases in fortune.  It's also far out of line for what would be considered an average growth, which would point to something abnormal occurring.  One should expect a rising tide should raise all ships, but only the yachts are raising.

I think the anchor ropes on our dinghies are just too short. 
9487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: where's the buzz for Bionic Commando? on: October 18, 2007, 02:35:49 PM
The GameBoy Color not-quite-sequel version of Bionic Commando that came out a few years ago was worth playing if you're a fan.  That was basically the singular reason I bought a GameBoy since I just had to get my bionic fix. 
9488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MICROSOFT FAILED ME FOR MY 6th TIME on: October 18, 2007, 02:31:07 PM
If it were me, I would find a new home for that cable box, JLu.  Those things can generate quite a bit of heat and usually never get turned off. 
9489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sports games for the PSP on: October 18, 2007, 02:28:51 PM

Quote from: JuniorDan on October 18, 2007, 02:14:50 PM

Quote
playable official demo for it at the Sony PSP site. I can't seem to track that link down but PSP fanboy had a link to the playable demo too:
http://www.pspfanboy.com/2007/06/08/smash-court-tennis-downloadable-demo/

 icon_eek DL a demo from my computer to my PSP? Holy crap, when did this start happening? Have I been living under a rock? are there more DL contents sites? if so where. I really need to get 4GB pro stick Duo now.. 

Sony has some to download on their official site, but demos.pspfanboy.com has most everything that's available including other sports games like MLB The Show, NBA 07 and World Tour Soccer 2. 
9490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stephen Colbert is running for president on: October 18, 2007, 01:21:01 PM
I'd rather have Jon Stewart. 
9491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: a few new Capcom announcements on: October 18, 2007, 03:43:43 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 18, 2007, 02:04:05 AM

so Capcom finally learned how to count past 3?  icon_twisted

Obviously you've never heard of Mega Man.  slywink
9492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MICROSOFT FAILED ME FOR MY 6th TIME on: October 18, 2007, 03:37:17 AM

Quote from: HankRaptor on October 17, 2007, 08:52:45 PM

So my 6th  eek xbox dies this weekend. Out of the six its the first RROD. And now microsoft tells me 3-5 weeks until I get my console back.

THEY REALLY SUCK. I pushed the issue and said this is my sixth time, uh, isnt there anything you can do.

No.

So what do I do.... set this on fire and start playing my PS3 more? Christ...

THEY CAN EAT ME.

So out of curiosity, what exactly did you want them to do for you? 
9493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Transformers' - Spoilers Flagged on: October 17, 2007, 06:49:05 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 17, 2007, 06:27:30 PM

OK.  Educate the not-so-technically-minded:

An HD-DVD will not run in my ps3... correct? 

I would need the movie to be made in blu-ray format - which it is not... correct?



Yar.
9494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: October 17, 2007, 06:45:06 PM
More potatoes, Uncle Tusky?  biggrin
9495  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wireless router advice on: October 17, 2007, 06:38:01 PM
Thanks for all the advice, guys.  I think I will grab one of those Linksys WRT54G or WRT54GS models since they are on sale at Best Buy this week and I can always return it there if it doesn't work out for me.  I'm not sure I'd feel too comfortable running a third party firmware in it since my main concern is Live compatibility, so I may just get the GS even though it's $20 more. 

D-Link's DGL-4300 looks pretty cool, AtomicKid, but I just can't see spending over $100 on it when my main connections will still be wired. 
9496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: a few new Capcom announcements on: October 17, 2007, 06:08:50 PM
I'm not a big Street Fighter fan (I think they've basically run it into the ground several times over), but if they could get the new game to look like that video that would be super freaking awesome. 
9497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And they say there are no original ideas left in gaming... on: October 17, 2007, 04:28:24 PM
I think they would have been better off going for something of a Metallica vibe.  I'm not a bit Metallica fan, but I would consider their early stuff much better than Dio anyday. 
9498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So my Samsung 5 yr old HDTV died on me last night on: October 17, 2007, 04:22:04 PM
I bought a 32" Insignia at Best Buy about a month ago when it was on sale for $499 and I have been very pleased with it.  Regular price is $599, but I'd bet that it might go on sale again by black Friday.  This is the second model of the 32" Insignia NS-LCD32 and I've read nothing but good impressions about it (I think the first silver version was a bit flaky).  It may not be as super as some of the higher end ones, but for $500 it's less than half the price my parents paid for their Samsung and I don't have a single complaint. 

If you are a Rewards memeber, the $500 pricetag will also get you $10 back in coupons, and if you have one of the 10 or 12% off coupons that can save you money up front. 
9499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]The Simpsons Game Demo Impressions on: October 17, 2007, 04:02:54 PM
I don't give a crap how good it is when you're playing with a developer as the second character, I'm going to be playing it by myself in my house and it played like shit.  If this is EA's idea of good AI and single player handling of a coop situation, god help us with Army of Two! 

I will probably still end up getting this just because I'm a huge Simpsons fan, but I'm going to hate myself for it. 
9500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Capt. America back from the dead... on: October 17, 2007, 02:30:46 PM
Man, when they "kill" a superhero, can't they at least leave him alone for a year?
9501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And they say there are no original ideas left in gaming... on: October 17, 2007, 02:23:30 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 17, 2007, 01:22:08 AM


Wow, that is some horrendously shitty metal they've got going on.  That sort of music gives metal a bad name. 
9502  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Zune 30GB for $99 on: October 17, 2007, 04:06:35 AM
Finally got mine from FedEx today.  The package and Zune say Refurbished on them, but the unit is in near mint condition and comes in the standard package with all the goodies like a regular retail product.  Now I just need to figure out this silly Zune software and such. 
9503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: where's the buzz for Bionic Commando? on: October 17, 2007, 03:36:35 AM
I have been dreaming of this one for ages, so I am both extremely excited and also scared that they will screw it up. 

I can't say that the dreadlocked hero instills much confidence in me. 
9504  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 2.1 speakers on: October 16, 2007, 04:23:13 PM
With something like this, if you live in an apartment and you're not planning on cranking the sound up is it really necessary to pay that kind of price for speakers? 
9505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You haven't played Beyond Good & Evil? Shame on you. on: October 16, 2007, 02:09:10 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 16, 2007, 11:48:51 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on October 16, 2007, 04:58:03 AM

Oops, I forgot to mention that yes, it is on the Xbox as well.

Is it on the BC list?

Unfortunately not.  One of the few last great games not on there. 
9506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [rumour]project dark zero 2 on: October 16, 2007, 12:21:53 AM
I'm assuming the topic is supposed to read "Perfect Dark Zero 2" rather than "Project".

I know in an interview with Rare they said that they might not have been all that pleased with PDZ, but it was an absolute deadline for them to ship on 360 launch.  And looking at their history you can see that they don't necessarily do deadlines. 
9507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/15) on: October 15, 2007, 02:06:05 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 15, 2007, 02:02:04 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 15, 2007, 01:54:52 PM

Not planning to buy something unless I hear that the Wiimake of Rockstar Table Tennis has really good waggle controls.

Me too.  Anyone going to be a guinea pig on that one?

I'm sure Bullwinkle is more than willing to take one for the team.  Again.  slywink
9508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/15) on: October 15, 2007, 01:45:12 PM
Thankfully there is nothing on my plate for this week.  I need to catch up on everything I've bought in the last month or two. 

I am interested to hear if Victorious Boxers is any good, though.  Maybe for my Christmas list or something. 
9509  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Zune 30GB for $99 on: October 15, 2007, 09:17:55 AM
That is the current deal over at Woot.com.  You can choose between black, white or brown. 

Worth noting is the fact that Microsoft has said that when the new Zune is released they will fully support these older models upgrading to the new firmware to get all the new functionality (minus the new zippy touchpad thing, of course). 

I ordered one when they had the deal last weekend with only the black models and it should be arriving tomorrow.  Reports from people that have already received theirs are that the units are still in sealed retail packaging even though it says factory refurbished.  Possible they are clearing them out before the new models hit in November.  Either way you get the full 1 year warranty. 

9510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rate these bc xbox games on: October 15, 2007, 07:57:15 AM

Quote from: Purge on October 15, 2007, 12:44:04 AM

MechAssault2 : better story than MechAssault 1, and because you can "get out" of your mech suits and work with powersuits and vehicles, it made for a much more diverse gameplay. I MUCH preferred MA2 to MA; MA seemed more like Rock-Paper-LaserCannon.

I'm no scientician, but I reckon that Rock-Paper-LaserCannon is a bit unbalanced.  Paper is always going to win, man.
9511  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Wireless router advice on: October 14, 2007, 05:27:40 PM
With the recent acquisition of a PSP and a Zune coming in the mail (I couldn't pass up Woot's $99 deal) I would like to replace my router with one that has wireless access.  I'm pretty clueless about wireless networking, though.  I would like to have 4 regular ports to keep my 360 and PC wired, and likely only need 802.11g/b wireless unless 'n' isn't much more expensive. 

My current router seems to have problems playing games on XBox Live even though I have the ports opened and everything reports as good in the Live test utility, so my real concern with the new one is compatibility with Live.  I know they have this list of supported routers, but I have no idea when that was last updated and I'm guessing most of those models have seen new versions released.  I also haven't seen the XBox Live Compatible logo on any routers in stores, but I haven't looked too far and wide. 

Anyone have any suggestions for models that work well or ones to avoid?
9512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Circuit City sucks on: October 14, 2007, 01:44:42 PM
I've never heard of any recent EB/GameStop doing price matching.  It would really surprise me if they did. 
9513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Circuit City sucks on: October 14, 2007, 10:17:00 AM
The fact is that Circuit City never showed having copies of The Orange Box in stock this week at any stores within 50 miles of me.  Not on day of release or since, until the deal was over.  That's what pisses me off.  Putting something on sale and deliberately not stocking it.  That sort of thing is not common practice at all stores. 

And I didn't call all retail employees clueless idiots, although a lot of them are.  I know what it's like, I worked at Target for three years.  It doesn't take much at all to at least look at your weekly sales circular to know what is on sale, especially in your department.  Fuck, I stocked shelves at night and I could have told you 10 times more about our products than most Circuit City workers could tell me about a store that is 1/10th the size.  That's why I called them clueless idiots.  Working at a retail job, part time or not, does not automatically give you the right to have no idea what's going on.  It's part of the job.  You yourself just called most of your fellow coworkers idiots. 
9514  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Newer Games, Habu Mouse FS/FT on: October 14, 2007, 10:02:13 AM
PM for Dungeon Siege.
9515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Circuit City sucks on: October 14, 2007, 06:21:19 AM
As you may or may not know, Circuit City had The Orange Box [PC] on sale for $38 this last week.  Fantastic price on a new game, let alone 5 games.  They didn't have any in stock earlier this week, but since I wanted to pick up a copy locally if possible I entered my email address online to inform me when they got them in stock.  And surprise, surprise, they didn't get any in stock until 11pm tonight, the day that the sale ended. 

This is the same shit they pulled when they had the "Buy one Xbox Live accessory for $19.99+, get $20 off a second one" and they pulled all of their 1600 Marketplace point cards off the shelves.   

Then there is the fact that things on sale aren't even in the computer at the sale price the few times I've been able to pick them up, and you have to show the clueless idiots that work there (because they fired anyone experienced that may have had a clue) their own ad to get that price.

So my message to Circuit City: quit putting out deals if you don't intend to actually sell those things, dickheads! 

(and yes, I just pricematched at Best Buy rather than waiting for these jerkbags...which was probably their plan all along, if they are capable of thinking that far ahead)
9516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gilbert Arenas cheats at Halo. on: October 14, 2007, 05:54:55 AM
What ever happend to the idea of sportsmanship?  Fucking tools. 
9517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rate these bc xbox games on: October 14, 2007, 05:51:42 AM
Black is a great shooter and absolutely worth the price you can get it for these days.  It truely is gun-porn, and I loved just shooting the crap out of everything.  My only complaint is the unskippable, boring breifings between missions.  I really hope Criterion is working on a new game in the series. 

I like platformers in general, but Conker didn't hold my interest that long.  Some of it's humor is good fun, but a lot of it is immature crap (both figuratively and literally). 
9518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demo 3 Pack at GT - TimeShift, COD4, Unreal Tournament 3 on: October 14, 2007, 05:41:15 AM
Yeah, I was happy with the performance of UT3 on my crappy old system, but I was less than impressed with the gameplay.  Overall it felt pretty much exactly like the game we were playing 4 years ago.  It went from a really exciting upcoming release to a wait-and-see until some mods and things come out. 

Oh, well.  I've got plenty of other gaming goodness to keep me busy for a few months. 
9519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box [360] - Thoughts and Impressions please. on: October 13, 2007, 01:49:55 PM

Quote from: mikeg on October 13, 2007, 12:32:02 PM

rented the game yesterday and I can't play.  Motion sickness again.  Just like The Darkness.  I was sweating like a pig after about 10 minutes and stomach was completely turned over.  Glad I only rented. 

Some games do it to me and some don't.  Played the entire Halo 3 campaign and never a flutter, but this one tears me up for some reason. 

Quite a sweet package deal nonetheless.

Have you tried general motion-sickness cures like Dramamine or ginger root? 
9520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any Vizio HDTV owners? on: October 13, 2007, 09:39:08 AM

Quote from: walTer on October 12, 2007, 05:30:25 PM

Even NASCAR looks good in HD   eek

It may look good, but it's still no fun to watch.  slywink
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