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9521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 04, 2007, 12:00:03 PM
If you want to be shamed by others' artistic abilities, check out some of the threads over at the Photo and Video forum.  Particularly this ever lengthening thread.  Some of the cars in there are very amateurish, but others are amazing considering the game hasn't even been out a week. 

And talk about a way to waste away time just looking at cars...
9522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 6-4-2007 on: June 04, 2007, 11:04:34 AM
Played a number of hours in my Forza 2 career and that's about it. 
9523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 03, 2007, 04:20:51 AM
I decided that I wanted the unlockable muscle cars so I just went ahead and deleted my saved game and started a North American region career.  I'm doing pretty well with this Cobalt SS so far and have unlocked and won a couple muscle cars already. 
9524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 03, 2007, 02:46:31 AM
Well, I broke down and bought this today.  I think it was mostly Lockdown's picture thread that pushed me over the edge.  smile  So far I'm enjoying it more than the demo. 

The silly thing is that I'm not much of a multiplayer type guy for games like this.  I'm not very good at sim racers and I'm far too used to being able to nudge the AI cars or take sloppy turns without being chastised by uptight players.  Oh, well.  I'm sure I will have some fun running through the career mode on my own. 

One question: I picked Europe as my home region, but I want to get the classic American muscle cars, too.  I know you are supposed to be able to buy any vehicle from all regions, but for something like that is it only really late in the career mode?  It looks like you start unlocking classic cars right away, and it might annoy me to not be able to buy those for a long time. 
9525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mother and daughter banned for life from Disneyland on: June 02, 2007, 11:11:04 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on June 02, 2007, 09:11:54 PM

There's a party in my pants, and the daughter is invited.

A search party?  Tongue
9526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Loch Ness monster - new video on: June 02, 2007, 01:21:12 AM
Doesn't look like anything more than previous footage that has been analyzed.  For all it shows, it could be a seal or submerged dead tree causing that wake. 
9527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My blog has been locked by Blogger as "spam" on: June 02, 2007, 01:09:09 AM
Man, if they start deleting blogs with no real content they would never get any rest.  slywink
9528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: June 02, 2007, 12:00:00 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 01, 2007, 09:28:42 PM

First let me preface by saying that I liked the DiRT demo a lot more than the Forza2 demo.  However, the description of the multiplayer leaves me cold.  Forza2 has been ridiculously fun online just because of the sense of racing with other people.  Racing against the clock just doesn't seem as exciting.  Are they doing it this way just for the rally races, or for the buggy races too, which had multiple cars on the track in the demo?

Also, the game looks gorgeous and the racing model seems fine, but does anyone know about the "game"?  Will you get to buy cars, upgrade, tweak or anything like that?  I'm leaning towards buying it when it comes out, but I'm playing a lot of Forza2.

I just got my copy of OXM that has the review of Dirt (9.0) and they said that the multiplayer for this version is limited to the 100-person time trials for rally and hill climb events.  Codemasters hopes to get full competitive online into the next version, apparently.

They say that the career mode is a pyramid series of races where you earn points to advance and cash to buy new cars.  There is also a rally Championship mode "which lets you set up full-bore rallies replete with between-stage repairs".  I'm sure that neither will be to the depth that Forza is, but this is a different type of game.
9529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: June 01, 2007, 01:10:49 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on May 30, 2007, 04:10:09 AM

Finished Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston : 

Loved it!  thumbsup

If you enjoyed the first, definitely check out the follow ups: Six Bad Things and A Dangerous Man. 
9530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 01, 2007, 01:12:24 AM
Unfortunately, an online check shows it to be out of stock at Circuit City and the two Best Buys near me (and even the EB and GameStops). 
9531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which $20 XBox 360 game is the best? on: June 01, 2007, 12:14:00 AM
Kameo is still $29.99 there.

Star Wars would be my first choice of those, but since I already have it I would probably get Cars or The Outfit. 
9532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 01, 2007, 12:03:45 AM

Quote from: Calvin on May 31, 2007, 11:42:32 PM

Eff eff eff. Shit. I am THIS close to buying this game now. Goshdamnit.

Me too.  You bastards are really making me want to go pick this up.  After all, it's still three weeks before DiRT comes out. 

BTW, is there any way to get that Best Buy $10 gift card without printing that thing out?  I don't have a printer at home and my work computer is only hooked into a specialty printer. 
9533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever regretted taking a new job? Career Advice on: May 31, 2007, 12:26:44 PM
I just took a new job about a month ago and so far I am mostly regretting it.  The pay and benefits are better, but the job is not what I was expecting and I don't really see the potential for advancement that they said it would have.  On the other hand, my old job was also a dead end so I'm not much worse off, but I wish I had continued looking for something else.  I'm not one to jump from job to job, but I'm wondering how long I should stick this one out before searching for something else. 

So my wonderful advice is that I don't know because I'm in a similar situation.  smile
9534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Shadowrun Impressions on: May 31, 2007, 12:14:09 PM
Clanwolfer, you aren't the only one that can't get their PC version to work online. 
9535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Shadowrun Impressions on: May 30, 2007, 11:52:22 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 30, 2007, 11:50:07 PM

juniordan - you broke our unwritten rule of no impressions until the second page! Shame on you!  Roll Eyes  icon_lol

That said - now the game looks a whole lot better. Hope to see more impressions along that very positive line soon.

Well, I don't think they were even his impressions, they were just quotes of other people's impressions from other forums.  Which doesn't really do anything for me.
9536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I freaking <3 LOLcats on: May 30, 2007, 01:52:07 PM

9537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Darkness footage on: May 30, 2007, 01:43:40 PM
Check out the footage that's available on the Live Marketplace.  It looks quite good on there (to me, at least). 

Also realize that when your view is following the Creeping Darkness thing there are filters applied to the screen. 
9538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: May 30, 2007, 01:42:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 30, 2007, 03:20:58 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 30, 2007, 02:44:23 AM

Rally racing typically has people start at staggered intervals so that you're not near other cars.  You race for time.

I really really don't understand why the sport isn't more popular in America, it's so much more fun to watch than NASCAR.  Better crashes, too.

I think you answered that in your own post.  Americans like to see the defeat.  Just beating a number isn't as exciting as watching one car win while the others lose.  Though how racing in a circle for hours on end is interesting to anyone, I'll never know.

They did invent Rallycross like 40 years ago as a TV event, and yet that hasn't hopped across the pond either.  Something like that would be a million times more exciting for me to watch than NASCAR or Indy type stuff.  DiRT does include rallycross events, also. 
9539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mad Tracks this week on: May 30, 2007, 01:21:34 PM
I tried the demo and it played decently with the controller so I decided to just purchase it.

The thing to remember about this one is that you are controlling a little spring-driven car, so you can't just hold down the accelerator the whole time.  You have to strategically release it so it can recharge, like when you are going downhill or are in the air.  Otherwise you will really start to slow down and will get your butt kicked.
9540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Metal: A Headbanger's Journey on: May 30, 2007, 01:40:36 AM
I don't think DragonForce is going to be a positive for the side of metal...  slywink
9541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mad Tracks this week on: May 30, 2007, 01:28:49 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 30, 2007, 12:39:36 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 30, 2007, 12:27:25 AM

I played the PC demo many moons ago and I think this could be a perfect fit for the Arcade.  My only hangup is that I've read that they pulled out most of the races for add-on packs. 

ugh. MT looks neat but I'll wait to see if they decide to charge for those before I buy it.

Well, from the press release:

For about half the price of the full game, players will be able to add additional races and mini-games to "Mad Tracks" by downloading the Bravo and/or Encore expansion packs. Each expansion pack includes an additional 15 nail-biting races and action-filled mini games for 350 Microsoft Points each, extending the fun and offering a great value.
9542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 30, 2007, 01:00:07 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 29, 2007, 03:38:31 PM

Team Xbox review is out.  I'm pretty sure they liked it, but I was only able to read two paragraphs before the terrible writing gave me a headache.

That was a pretty worthless review.  It read more like a preview than anything.  You could have written that after playing the demo, and I wouldn't doubt if that's basically what happened.. 
9543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBLA] Mad Tracks this week on: May 30, 2007, 12:27:25 AM
As mentioned on the News page, Mad Tracks is coming to XBox Live Arcade this week.  I played the PC demo many moons ago and I think this could be a perfect fit for the Arcade.  My only hangup is that I've read that they pulled out most of the races for add-on packs. 

Even though this is a cheaper and totally different type of racing game, I can't help but think that it was poor planning to release it concurrent with Forza 2. 
9544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strategy games that give you troops on the walls? on: May 29, 2007, 05:01:29 AM

Quote from: Graham on May 29, 2007, 04:52:46 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 25, 2007, 01:30:06 AM

A bit more of a stretch...but, Rampart!  Woo, that's one I'd be willing to pay for if it showed up on the Wii's VC.
You can get this on Midway Arcade Classics #1.  With all the games on there, it's well worth it.  The controls take a little getting used to, but they aren't too bad.

And you can pick that up for $8 used and get 22 other games for free!  smile 
9545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: South Park Niggers??? on: May 29, 2007, 04:56:42 AM
I don't think that a racial word like that is acceptable in a thread title. 
9546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: May 29, 2007, 02:34:28 AM

Quote from: Geezer on May 29, 2007, 02:30:27 AM

My favorite part of this demo is the pulled-back in-car POV.  The FoV feels "right" from this view and if I can get my projector room up and running, I can see the fun factor of this view projected on a 8-foot screen n front of me being absolutely off the scale.

Normally I dislike in-car views since I don't get a real feel for how the car is moving, but that pulled-back one is actually pretty nice.  I still prefer a behind-the-car view, but I could play like that. 
9547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good ol' Jessica is back in GQ on: May 29, 2007, 02:28:00 AM
Yeah, I think she looks much better as a brunette.
9548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: May 29, 2007, 02:25:18 AM
I can tell you that the reason I never bought the original CoH was threefold: WWII again, burnout on RTS games, and perhaps most importantly the fact that everything I read made it seem like it needed a high-end PC to run it (even though I just tried the demo out and it ran fine with medium settings on my crappy old rig). 
9549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am amazed that I have 14 Virtual Console games. on: May 29, 2007, 02:09:05 AM
I only have a couple, and don't see myself buying too many more:

New Adventure Island
Donkey Kong Country (not as fun as I remember)
9550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 5-28-3007: YARGH!!!!! on: May 28, 2007, 11:57:39 PM
I picked up the XBox version of Star Wars: Republic Commando and played a few levels in that.  It's OK, but not even as good as much fun as I remember the demo being.  Stupid squadmates just stand there when those flying bug guys land right next to them and start attacking.  (obviously I didn't pick "uber fan" in the SW thread, since I don't even know what those guys are called). 

I downloaded a 14-day trial of City of Heroes/Villians and gave that a try again.  I only played CoH for a couple months when it came out, and I'm not sure there is enough there to get me to go back to it. 

Also played the Colin McRae: DiRT demo again a few times and some Arcade demos that have been sitting around for a while (Feeding Frenzy, Eets, Pinball). 
9551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/28) on: May 28, 2007, 11:20:18 PM
If I lived closer to my niece and nephew I would pick up Mario Party 8, but as it is I would just end up playing it mostly solo so I don't think I will.

If Forza 2 was the only racing game coming out this summer I would probably pick it up, but since DiRT is coming in a few weeks and then FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage after that, I will have to pass.  

So that's a long way to say: nothing for me this week.
9552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Ultimate Xbox 360 Racing Setup on: May 28, 2007, 03:43:09 AM
Hmm, if it's Forza 2 running on multiple monitors, they must have hidden the extra 360's because you need one running the game for each video output.  I'm not sure I would like being on the ground like that, but maybe the chair lifts up or something.  
9553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: May 28, 2007, 01:58:05 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 27, 2007, 09:58:05 PM

The demo is ok, nothing special. I guess what I've really liked about the Colin McRae series is having to make sure I don't mess up my car too bad between stages, and that's what's missing in this demo. I guess I've rent the game when it's released.

Obviously the demo is just three unconnected races with different vehicles.  I'm hoping that the career mode in this one is really in-depth.  I can see that there will be a ton of different races to compete in, so hopefully they are linked together well.

For those of you interested in the Microsoft wheel, they did just reduce the price to $129.99 in time for the Forza 2 release.  I'm not sure that I would play a game like this with a wheel, but some people like to. 
9554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Geeks Assemble! aka Comic Book/Super-Hero help needed on: May 27, 2007, 04:08:58 AM
The Justice League had one, if you consider that a hero logo:

The ThunderCats logo was round...not really super hero related, though. 

Spawn sort of has one, too:
9555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Messiah of Might & Magic: Worth $10? on: May 27, 2007, 12:37:52 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 26, 2007, 03:16:24 AM

Quote from: Purge on May 23, 2007, 07:26:34 PM

I'll give ya 10CDN for it, gratch! biggrin

I'd do that in a heartbeat, but I bought it through Steam and I don't think it's transferable.  frown

I thought that you could transfer Steam keys, although for the life of me I can't figure out how. 
9556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Memorial Day Weekend Edition on: May 25, 2007, 11:45:05 PM
I will probably play a bit more of Crackdown.  I'm about halfway through the reset gangs and getting closer to all orbs collected. 

It's unfortunate that I have a three day weekend with nothing to do and there no new games out that I want.
9557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL]guides for games on: May 25, 2007, 08:45:41 AM
If I get stuck at a certain point in a game, I have no problem with checking GameFAQs, but I've never bought a real guide. 
9558  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do You Carry A Knife? on: May 25, 2007, 02:59:58 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 25, 2007, 02:50:13 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 25, 2007, 12:58:52 AM

Quote from: Blonco on May 24, 2007, 11:15:16 PM

It has a small button that you push and the blade comes flying out.  Its another term for switchblade.
Which are illegal, no?

I never thought they were illegal. Or is it considered a concealed weapon for some reason or another?

It appears that the wiki hivemind says they are illegal in one way or another (possession, selling, buying) for civilians in many states/jurisdictions, but legal for government and military personnel.  I had long ago heard they were illegal, although I thought that was more applicable to the out-the-front kind. 
9559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strategy games that give you troops on the walls? on: May 25, 2007, 02:18:04 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 25, 2007, 01:30:06 AM

A bit more of a stretch...but, Rampart!  Woo, that's one I'd be willing to pay for if it showed up on the Wii's VC.

It's available on the PS3 Network, so I doubt we'll see it on either of the other systems.  It got pretty bad reviews on the PS3 for bad control, though.
9560  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What exactly does dual core mean? on: May 25, 2007, 12:56:07 AM

Quote from: Ridah on May 24, 2007, 11:48:32 PM

Another question, does my motherboard: support PCI express?

Doesn't look like it according to the details they provide.  PCIe is not the same as regular PCI slots. 
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