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9481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An interesting experiment on: November 12, 2006, 07:32:51 PM
So why is that one specifically a spooktacular orb when all of the others are "obvious reflections"?   retard
9482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 12, 2006, 07:07:51 PM
You know that every time you load your game you can select the difficulty, right?  No need to slog away at one that is causing frustration.  Although I have found a couple spots where I keep dying over and over even on casual.  Sad. 
9483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An interesting experiment on: November 12, 2006, 06:48:04 PM

Quote from: Doopri on November 12, 2006, 06:10:57 PM

i think the one hes talking about is the thing that looks like a translucent moon to the left of the arm of the loveseat

and it is a little odd

Right, and there are plenty more of them on the right side of the picture.  By the vase, that little statue, little ones near the foot, the plant, frame of the picture, couch...  just looks like scattered light, dust or something on the lense to me.  You can see there is a direct flash reflection off the glass of the cabinet on the left side of the picture. 
9484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Emergence Day is here on: November 12, 2006, 05:51:24 PM
Well, the official "Emergence Day" is here and brings with it some events and free goodies on XBox Live.  The first two downloads (theme and gamerpic) are available for today only, the videos will stick around.  Text stolen from Major Nelson.

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Name: Gears of War Emergence Day Gamer Picture
Price: Free
Available in: Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
Dash Details: One day only! Download the Exclusive Gears of War “I played on Emergence Day” Gamerpic.

Name: Gears of War Emergence Day Theme
Price: Free
Available in: Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
Dash Details: One day only! Download the Exclusive Gears of War “I played on Emergence Day” Theme.

Name: Gears of War Emergence Day Message from Cliffy B (480p and 720p)
Price: Free
Available in: U.S.
Dash Details: [ESRB: M (MATURE) BLOOD AND GORE, INTENSE VIOLENCE, STRONG LANGUAGE] Gears of War Emergence Day Message from Cliffy B

Name: Gears of War Gameplay (480p and 720p)
Price: Free
Available in: U.S.
Dash Details: [ESRB: M (MATURE) BLOOD AND GORE, INTENSE VIOLENCE, STRONG LANGUAGE] Gears of War raw gameplay footage.

To me the GamerPic is a bit too dark to see well on the console, but it looks decent when seen on xbox.com so that may be my VGA connection or something.  The theme looks nice but I'm not too big on having backgrounds on the console. 

Download some goodies and then get back to gunning down more of those Locust bastards. icon_biggrin
9485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October Hardware Sales on: November 12, 2006, 04:31:40 PM
Yeah, I think between the second wave of bigger 360 games hitting and the holidays coming up their sales should improve quite a bit for a couple months at least.  It will be interesting to see if they can catch a broader audience this season.

I have no doubt that Sony will be able to sell every one of the consoles that they ship.  I just really hope they don't have serious first-run problems like the PS2, XBox and 360 have had.  For some reason I have a sense of impending doom (or maybe this is Operation Impending Doom II icon_wink) that we will be seeing large quantities of failing hardware in six or eight months.  Those sorts of problems are not good for consumers or the gaming industry as a whole. 
9486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An interesting experiment on: November 12, 2006, 04:22:30 PM
There are about six more "orbs" on the right side of the picture...
9487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Savage 2 going persistant. on: November 12, 2006, 04:16:58 PM
Yes, I did preorder and no I didn't get a gift.  Bummer.  I checked the forum and at least a couple other people had the same problem so I PM'd the S2 rep about it.  I'm not too worried since beta hasn't launched yet.

The spelling error is right below the Karma Points icon on the right side, it says "Unpsent Points".  As I meant to say, I checked the site and the truncated "P" in "Points" was just an artifact of the compression in the image you posted. 

Here is a little info about the Karma points posted in their forums today:

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Karma is automatically earned in the game by doing "good" deeds. We don't have a complete listing yet, but things like healing, following orders, spending time near your squads officer, etc...

Karma is also automatically removed for doing other things. These include cussing multiple times in a match as well as other factors, some of which we're still trying to define.

Finally, for every x hours of game time you receive a KP (Karma Point) to spend. This KP can be used to give a very pleasant, team oriented player a point or it can be used to take away a KP from someone who is being a total jerk. Also realize that Karma will extend onto the forums as well. We are going to tie all Savage 2 accounts with the forum accounts (an update coming in a couple of weeks). However, realize that taking away Karma from another player will result in a 1/2 point being removed from your Karma. We've chosen to do this to stop people from just punishing the bad and not rewarding the good.

Lastly all Karma history for each player will be logged and viewable on any players profile  icon_smile This includes Karma given and taken by that player and TO that player.
9488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Savage 2 going persistant. on: November 12, 2006, 06:03:26 AM
Heh, I just checked the site for myself and saw the truncation of the "P". 

On their front page it says "If you have pre ordered, you can log-in at the top of the page for a small reward of our appreciation."  I logged in and saw the screen you are showing, but I didn't get any reward.  Unless they are talking about being able to check that screen out. 
9489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got a 360...now i need 1 game recommendation!! on: November 12, 2006, 05:55:24 AM
Yeah, if you are into racing games you would get plenty of playtime out of Project Gotham Racing 3 or NFS: Most Wanted for half the price of a new game.  I enjoyed Kameo quite a bit and there is a good amount of playtime in that one.  One of my favorite games so far, and certainly my most played, would have to be Just Cause.  

I think it is sort of hard to give advice without knowing what sort of games you like.  What have you really liked on previous systems?  
9490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Savage 2 going persistant. on: November 12, 2006, 05:46:29 AM
This should be interesting to see more about the Karma and Item Vault stuff.  I have to admit that the second thing I saw on that first screen was the spelling of "Unpsent Points".  Minor quibble. 

I like the idea of the refer a friend scratch-off tickets.  Hopefully they are well balanced within the game. 
9491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Palance has passed away... on: November 12, 2006, 12:57:15 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on November 11, 2006, 11:25:38 PM

A sad day...I really liked him as an actor.   It was strange though, I thought he died a few years ago.  :icon_confused:

You were thinking of his twin brother, Curly.  icon_wink  Seriously, though, sad to see him gone. 

As for the movie Shane, I have actually never seen it (it's in the queue) but since my name is Shane I have heard that line a few times.  I used to have a friend in college and she was always saying "Shaaane!  Come back, Shaaaane!" 
9492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stranger Than Fiction on: November 12, 2006, 12:51:03 AM
I'm really interested in seeing this one.  I think I may go see it Monday since I took the day off work and the theater should be a bit less crowded then (I hate loud, crowded theaters). 

If you like a different side of Will Ferrell, try renting Winter Passing.  He is different but equally funny in a quirky way in that one. 
9493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ah, two of my great loves, finally brought together ... on: November 11, 2006, 10:25:39 PM
I remember playing a game like that years and years ago when I took a "Keyboarding" class in Jr High, except that one was a little more Space Invaders and less Smash TV.  Honestly, it was a great way to motivate us to practice our typing skills since we were always trying to beat each other's scores. 
9494  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: Darkstar One on: November 11, 2006, 10:21:01 PM
Man, I had no idea that we could trade other forum members.  Why didn't somebody clue me in?  icon_biggrin
9495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: November 11, 2006, 06:27:16 PM
Bummer, that makes this one a no go for me.   :icon_sad:
9496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: November 11, 2006, 06:03:06 PM
Sorry if this is a bit off, I don't actually own the game yet.  I see a bit of complaining about the party AI and controls and such, I thought this was mostly a single character game.  Am I wrong?  I've never been big on trying to control a bunch of characters and I think that would kill the game for me, especially if the AI is bad and you have to manually control everybody. 
9497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Missing since January??? on: November 11, 2006, 05:46:41 PM
According to the information at thier site, they have changed the main server and you need to download this patch for it to work.  Good luck!
9498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Buy good to buy a 360? on: November 11, 2006, 05:34:53 PM
I'm not positive about that one, but I would think that as long as they haven't registered the serial number online with their gamertag, name and address it would be fine.  I can't find any specific information about this on the xbox.com site and they are very vague even about what the "limited time offer" is when you can sign up for it.  I think your best bet may be to call MS yourself (1-800-4MY-XBOX) and see if it would be a problem. 
9499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 11, 2006, 03:29:39 AM
Cripes, Hetz, you are getting more annoying than Kobra with your overt fanboyism and marketing blabber.
9500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 11, 2006, 03:26:04 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 11, 2006, 03:13:11 AM

Quote from: Roscoe on November 11, 2006, 03:10:37 AM

Apologies if this was mentioned earlier, but has anyone run GoW using the VGA connector to a monitor? Any problems? I'd love to get it, but until they release a demo I'm leery of any VGA problems.

Evidently there is an aspect ratio problem if you are using the VGA adapter and a 4:3 monitor.  I expect it will be patched but no ETA as far as I know. 

I mentioned this above a ways, but like Kevin said, at resolutions above 640x480 it squishes the screen into a double widescreen thing just like Lego Star Wars 2 does.  And, like that game (and PGR3) don't expect to see this officially acknowledged, let alone patched any time soon.  I am seriously frustrated at the lack of support on these issues. 
9501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie Recommendation : Flushed Away. on: November 11, 2006, 03:20:03 AM
On the one hand I am a big fan of Aardman's stuff, on the other hand I really dislike Dreamworks' Shrek dreck.  I guess that means I will be waiting to rent it on DVD. 
9502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Superman Returns, who else is excited? on: November 11, 2006, 02:47:44 AM
I am interested to see the reviews of this one, but even if it is well received I am sure I won't buy it until it is $30 or so.
9503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/10/06 on: November 11, 2006, 02:46:30 AM
I have three days with nearly nothing to do so I will be slogging my way through Gears of War and undoubtedly playing more BF2142.  It is ironic that the game I didn't want to buy in the first place (BF) is getting more time and giving me more fun than Gears which I have been anticipating for quite a while.  C'est la vie. 
9504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 10, 2006, 03:59:45 PM
So far I have to say that I'm not all that impressed with what I have played of the single player.  Don't get me wrong, it's is very beautiful and seems pretty polished and such, but it just seems like another shooter.  Maybe it's because I've just been playing other ones like Black and F.E.A.R., but the one thing I notice is that hardly anything can be shot-up or destroyed. 

I also don't like how there is the delay between when you hit the 'A' button and when your guy actually does something.  You have to hold it down just to start running, or just to take cover.  Something tells me that if they had just had seperate buttons for a couple actions it would have worked out a bit better.  I also dislike how the "roadie run" makes you pretty much go in a straight line.  Are you telling me that just because he is moving forward a little faster he can't turn?  Is he a fucking tank?

I guess it comes down to the fact that I was really excited to play the game and now that I have it I don't find myself drawn back to it.  That is the halmark of a great game to me, and this just isn't doing it.  I'm sure I will keep playing a bit this weekend, but I can't say I'm too happy with my $60 purchase so far.
9505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 10, 2006, 03:52:56 PM
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+ The web browser can open up to 6 pages simultaneously. 64MB memory is always reserved for the browser, the instant messenger and other XMB OS activity even while in game.

And that is supposed to be a good thing?  Couldn't they have just dumped that memory to the hard drive when you start a game so you have maximum memory available for game use?  I mean, it's not like I would buy a PlayStaion to play games or anything, right?   retard
9506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Massive Windows Vista review on: November 10, 2006, 03:41:39 AM

Quote from: Scott on November 09, 2006, 06:01:34 PM

When is Vista actually coming out?

January 30th for home users, this month for businesses.

Since they abandoned the new file system and such I can't see any real reason to upgrade.  I was hoping for increases in performance and efficiency and for the most part all it seems like is an interface overhaul.  I honestly don't give a shit about a useless 3D GUI if all it is going to do is take up more resources and slow my system down. 
9507  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2006 (Keep it Updated) on: November 10, 2006, 03:16:40 AM
Hooray for the thread resurrection!  I added a few more to my list:

A Dangerous Man - Charlie Huston
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler
Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan
Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

and I'm currently reading The Prestige
9508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Developer troubles with PS3? on: November 10, 2006, 02:58:18 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 09, 2006, 07:06:38 PM

I've heard from several developers that they had issues with the SDK updates coming in veeeery late, especially for online stuff.

For example, why Tony Hawk 8 for the PS3 has no online component. 
9509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 09, 2006, 03:57:03 PM
Is anybody else running this on a VGA adapter on a 4:3 monitor?  I'm having the same problem as a couple other games (Lego Star Wars 2, PGR3) in that if I go above 640x480 in normal resolutions it gives me double widescreen bars so the visuals are squished into the middle third of the screen.  It's as if the system tells it to limit the display to the widescreen area and then the game itself is putting in another set of black bars and limiting itself within that smaller area.  If I try running in a widescreen resolution it stretches the whole thing to fit the monitor with no black bars (as I would expect).  Stupid system, just work!
9510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What to do? on: November 09, 2006, 03:08:54 AM
Get her drunk and stick it ...  icon_wink
9511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 09, 2006, 02:43:06 AM
So if I cancel my preorder with GameStop is there a way to get my $5 returned or applied to a used game or something?  I can't think of anything else I want bad enough to preorder.  It just figures that the only goddamn time I actually give in and preorder something it gets fucked up in the process. 
9512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.o.W. on: November 09, 2006, 02:22:56 AM

Quote from: disarm on November 08, 2006, 11:44:05 PM

according to my nearest Gamestop just outside Hartford, CT, my copy of the CE is still sitting at a FedEx station in Tennessee, and noone else in the area has any copies of the game yet either.  i checked several places in the immediate area and came up empty...BestBuy got their copies in but supposedly sold out about 10 minutes before i walked in the door  icon_mad

We had the same problem in this area: all the GameStop/EB's are reporting "an unforseen shipping problem" so I stopped in at Circuit City and they had the same thing.  I wanted to pick up the Cars DVD (with free poster) for my nephew so I went to Best Buy and they had a bunch.  Of course, they just implemented a new system where they keep their 360 games in a lockup cage by the registers and there was no signs or empty cases of Gears so unless you ask you wouldn't even know it was in.  Dorks. 

Needless to say I grabbed one.  icon_biggrin 
9513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 03:44:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 08, 2006, 03:13:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 08, 2006, 02:42:03 PM

On these Cog tags, anyone know if there are one per level?  Or has someone encountered more than one on a level?

Nevermind.  That someone is me.  I found two on the second level, in fact.

What's the deal with the Cog tags?  Are they for unlocking something or just Achievements or what?
9514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Election Eve - Whats your prediction? on: November 08, 2006, 05:35:58 AM
Well, it appears as if the House now has a Democrat majority (the news is saying they've picked up 19 seats so far) and the Senate is still a close run with the last four spots. 
9515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EA "predicts" PS3 shortages for North America on: November 08, 2006, 04:27:35 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 07, 2006, 10:38:06 AM

Where did you guys get the 380 watts compared to 160 watts thing?  And for that matter, was that peak, lows, highs, on start, averaged, or what?

I have seen those figures mentioned on various sites (such as NewLaunches or ZDNet) and I am assuming that it means the power supply is 380W in the PS3. 
9516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hey boooyyys! K-Fed is back on the market! on: November 08, 2006, 03:58:36 AM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 08, 2006, 03:30:01 AM

I repeat:  This is the smartest thing Britney Spears has ever done.

It doesn't take much, though.
9517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How did Jaws Unleashed sell 500,000 copies? on: November 08, 2006, 03:27:02 AM
Well, it is also worth noting that they have shipped 500k copies, not sold.  That still means they have sold a few hundred thousand more than they should have. 
9518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 03:24:48 AM
In case there isn't enough evidence that you need to go pick this up as soon as it hits your local store, check out this review roundup.  Jimminy jillickers!
9519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 11/07/06 on: November 07, 2006, 03:57:22 PM
I'll be adding Cars to my queue.  Normally I'd just buy a new Pixar movie, but from the previews and such this one didn't look like it really had the magic. 
9520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OK Gear-Heads... Fall In! [Gears of War] on: November 07, 2006, 04:01:45 AM
I don't have a Gold membership yet, but I'll throw my hat in the ring for that inevitable time.

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