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9561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol, a spy RPG from Obsidian on: March 15, 2008, 06:07:22 PM

Quote from: kathode on March 15, 2008, 05:12:00 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 15, 2008, 04:06:46 AM

Are there actually any screenshots in the GI preview?

Yeah, they wouldn't let you on the cover without real screens, but I haven't gotten my issue yet or seen any scans.

I have the issue and there are several screenshots but they aren't exactly spectacular.  Most of them look pretty plain and the main character looks as average as he does on the cover.  They still have over a year of development left, though (if the Spring 2009 date is to be believed), so it'll be interesting to see how it comes together.
9562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol, a spy RPG from Obsidian on: March 15, 2008, 02:30:22 AM

Quote from: kathode on March 14, 2008, 09:59:51 PM

Man, the game sounds good but that cover would have trouble trying to look more generic.

Yeah, I thought the exact same thing when I got that in the mail. 
9563  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 15, 2008, 12:30:49 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 15, 2008, 12:22:14 AM

new Dev Diary video!!!



 icon_twisted

I think it looks pretty cool, but I'll reserve final judgements on the combat system until I've seen it in action first-hand.  In theory I'm all in favor of a more action-based combat system, but it's extremely difficult to do something like that in an MMO environment. 

On the other hand, decapitations!!
9564  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTORO Volume 2: Mines of Moria (paid, full-box expansion) on: March 14, 2008, 11:20:53 PM

Quote from: Doopri on March 14, 2008, 07:24:40 PM

so ive never played but clicked on the post and you two made it sound like the lord of the rings DOES NOT CURRENTLY HAVE -


eregion
moria
lorien OR
minas tirith???

where the hell do you play?  that beaten up old town no ones ever heard of and the berry patch of bilbo baggins second uncle, twice removed???

Although the actual regions included in LOTRO are a small part of the Middle-Earth map, it is quite large in-game.  It gives them plenty of room to add areas in expansions like this.  I'm sure there's a map of it online somewhere...
9565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How sick do YOU have to be - to be unable to play video games? on: March 14, 2008, 10:45:29 PM
Welcome back to the land of the living, Mytocles!!  I was actually getting worried since we hadn't heard from you in so long.  Glad to know you're on the mend!
9566  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: PC and 360 Games for Sale (Updated) on: March 14, 2008, 10:43:46 PM

Quote from: Dunamis on March 14, 2008, 09:12:01 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 14, 2008, 06:50:04 AM

Pscyhonauts for $8! That seems too good to be true!

Tis the truth.  I never opened the box and the $29.99 price tag is still on it.  Too much backlog.  My loss is your gain.

If there is anybody out there who hasn't played this, DO IT!  How can you really go wrong for 8 freaking bucks!  Hell, I will buy it for you just so you can play it.  slywink
9567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 14, 2008, 02:51:36 PM

Quote from: Zimix on March 14, 2008, 01:38:23 PM



Javelin: It flies better than your buddy Jim
9568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommended PSP games on: March 14, 2008, 02:39:27 AM
The Syphon Filter games are great action/shooter spy stuff with some impressive effects for the PSP.  You can get the first one for $15 or less, I think, and it's totally worth it.
9569  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 13, 2008, 02:50:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 13, 2008, 06:05:20 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 13, 2008, 04:48:48 AM

A new movie, eh?  Who's playing Conan?

French Stewart.

Oh, if only I had the mad photoshop skillz. 
9570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Incredible Hulk on: March 13, 2008, 02:49:41 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 13, 2008, 05:51:10 AM

I liked the first Hulk, was I the only one?

You're not the only one, and I don't really understand the hate.  Want to car-pool to the "re-education seminar"?  slywink
9571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tax Time on: March 13, 2008, 05:05:49 AM
I got back about $130 this year.  It's nice to see a big check come back but it makes more sense for me to use the money to pay bills and put in my own savings throughout the year. 
9572  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 13, 2008, 04:48:48 AM
A new movie, eh?  Who's playing Conan?
9573  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 13, 2008, 03:11:02 AM
Sooo.... CONAN!
9574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Incredible Hulk on: March 13, 2008, 02:58:12 AM
I actually kinda liked the first one but that trailer doesn't do anything for me.  
9575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 13, 2008, 01:42:51 AM
OK, if you want to see a little bit of the actual game, check out the third dev diary: Creating Midgard.  It sounds like there are three open-world islands that you progress through and the combat looks pretty cool. 
9576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 12, 2008, 02:10:24 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on March 11, 2008, 11:16:25 PM

What a dumb trailer.

THE GAME LOOKS GOOD, SO PLEASE FUCKING SHOW IT NEXT TIME. Thanks.

Quiet, you.  slywink  It's not great, but I don't mind this compared to a crazy pre-rendered intro that is vastly superior to the actual game.
9577  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 11, 2008, 08:38:50 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 11, 2008, 04:47:25 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 11, 2008, 04:22:25 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 11, 2008, 02:01:54 PM

Thats definitely going to steal all those mass market gamers away from Blizzard. Yeah, those are entry level specs!

What are entry level spec's?
A 400$ POS PC your mom would buy from Best Buy, clueless as to what it could do-there are millions of those PCs playing WoW. It helps.

Yeah, our current min-spec machine is a 1.3Ghz Duron with a Geforce 5200 and 512 MB of RAM.  It looks much worse and isn't so smooth, but it makes sense to try to target that market.  Maybe not so much for Conan with a Mature rating, but it's limiting nonetheless.
9578  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: March 11, 2008, 03:48:54 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 10, 2008, 03:11:05 PM

Lag mitigation discussion thread (with a link to the Powerpoint presentation)
http://forums.champions-online.com/showthread.php?p=74531#post74531

Hmm, I've tried downloading that file a few times and it just says that the zip is invalid or corrupt.  I really wanted to read that, too! 
9579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 11, 2008, 03:28:00 AM
I vote you should at least put a description if you're going to post a link. 
9580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix and Bluray on: March 11, 2008, 03:23:22 AM
I've actually seen the availability of regular DVD new releases going down (lots of "short/long wait" lately when the used to always be available), so don't feel too bad.  I'm guessing they are having a hard time judging how many copies to get on each platform or something.  Or else they are starting to suck, which I hope is not the case. 
9581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [DBTPost] Cancel your credit cards before you die... on: March 11, 2008, 03:14:30 AM

Quote from: Canuck on March 11, 2008, 03:07:02 AM

I don't get it-if she had a 0.00 balance than how could she possibly have late fees?

They charged the yearly fee, and then the following month a late fee on that amount I guess. 
9582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP piracy on: March 10, 2008, 02:03:44 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on March 10, 2008, 01:44:29 AM

$49.99.  Except for Patapon being $20.  Personally, I have a hard time paying $49.99 for a handheld game. 

Which PSP games have been $50?  I don't think I've ever seen one over $40. 
9583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSBB...WARNING!!!!! on: March 09, 2008, 09:34:26 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 09, 2008, 02:28:17 PM

Word of note with the game though - unfortunately, there are loading times (unlike just about every other Nintendo branded game on the planet). Some pretty serious.

How can a game like this have bad loading times?  The levels are usually like twice your screen width with a few of the same tiles.  Weird. 
9584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: april games - really? on: March 09, 2008, 08:21:49 PM
Yeah, Viking looks great to me, too.  You only control your main character but as you play the levels you are freeing your warriors who later begin to fight with you and eventually you have battles with up to 1000+ warriors and dragons and all sorts of fucking awesome. 
9585  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 09, 2008, 08:13:22 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 09, 2008, 07:26:58 PM

Apparently, right away, you pull a sword out of your...  saywhat icon_lol

Actually, I think it's a broken oar from your boat that crashed.  At least that's what I read from some preview or something. 

I was surprised to read in that interview that they will have PvE servers.  This gives me even more hope, as I had assumed that they basically only had PvE content for the first part of the game and then left you to do PvP after that.  It's nice to know there is enough quest content for them to put up PvE servers at all. 
9586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Harvest Massive Encounter - could be the best tower defense game? on: March 09, 2008, 01:57:39 AM

Quote from: warning on March 09, 2008, 01:47:28 AM

I lost the better part of a month to Desktop Tower Defense.  No way am I clicking on that link!

I just tried the demo and it wasn't as exciting as DTD to me.  You have to do RTS type things like collect energy, send it in pylons to mining things that mine ore to build a few sparse towers...I much prefer the maze-like stuff of DTD. 
9587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How sick do YOU have to be - to be unable to play video games? on: March 09, 2008, 12:54:10 AM
I rarely get sick and if I do I'm likely on the floor of the bathroom or curled up in bed without any thoughts of gaming. 
9588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ran across an ...interesting... website on: March 09, 2008, 12:51:45 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 08, 2008, 11:24:56 PM

that would be so cool.

It would be cool except for the fact that on the site he says that they can't really move, just wiggle a bit.  So you'd be basically getting a just-born puppy that doesn't mature and dies in a year or so.  Lots of fun.
9589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 08, 2008, 05:44:00 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on March 08, 2008, 04:20:57 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 08, 2008, 04:47:35 AM

So they were able to create a patch, test it and get it through certification in a week?  I find that highly unlikely. 

In development, I've often had problems that appeared to be huge in scope actually only be because of one line of code. It does happen.

Indeed, but considering they said they had no idea that this problem even existed and hadn't replicated it in any testing, I have a hard time believing that they found it that quickly.  And even if it was found and fixed on the first day, it would still have to go through internal testing before being passed off to Microsoft testing for certification and release.  I've never dealt with the console patch certification/distribution process, but I'd imagine that it takes longer than a few days. 
9590  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 08, 2008, 05:35:01 PM

Quote from: drifter on March 08, 2008, 02:19:24 PM

unless AoC is a huge disappointment I will be dropping WoW and I have been playing since closed beta.  I plan on hitting up a Gamestop and pre-ordering a collectors edition; get me a wooly mammoth mount.

Hmm, I didn't realize that GameStop had the exclusive woolly mammoth mount in addition to the other stuff.  I did see that Amazon and Wal-mart have the preorder collector's edition for $11 less, so that's a hard choice.  I didn't even pay $90 for the WoW collector's edition and this has much bigger unknowns as far as I'm concerned.
9591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wiimote recharger suggestions? on: March 08, 2008, 04:56:23 AM
Well if you're keeping score, I also just use Energizer rechargeable AAs.
9592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good grief, enough witih the firmware updates! on: March 08, 2008, 04:53:34 AM
I certainly don't have my PSP plugged in to an AC source when I update it.  I lost my power cord when I moved a few months ago so I only charge it via USB when I'm not using it and just update via wireless later. 
9593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 08, 2008, 04:47:35 AM
So they were able to create a patch, test it and get it through certification in a week?  I find that highly unlikely. 
9594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fascinating IGN article on the sorry state of Madden NFL Football on: March 08, 2008, 04:43:45 AM

Quote from: gellar on March 07, 2008, 09:19:01 PM

Quote from: Eightball on March 07, 2008, 02:36:04 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 07, 2008, 01:29:11 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 07, 2008, 06:10:11 AM

Actually, Canada has its own american football league.  They have 3 downs instead of 4, but I think they have a shorter field too.

Anyway, I'm still waiting for someone to bring out something simple and fun like Tecmo bowl.
More downs, longer field, and its the CANADIAN football league, not an American football league. Come on now man, a little effort here.

Lots of differences.  Longer AND wider field, 12 men on a field at once, goal posts at the goal-line instead of at the end of the endzone, motion allowed FORWARD (which is freaking bizarre looking), 1 foot inbound is a catch, etc.

Decent comparison chart here.

CFL is bizarro-world football.

Edit and it's 3 downs, he was right.  Come on Calvin, a little effort here!

TWELVE players?  WHAT THE FUCK?

gellar

My high school footbal was 9-man...  ninja
9595  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 08, 2008, 04:38:40 AM

Quote from: Destructor on March 08, 2008, 02:14:43 AM

Quote from: Calvin on March 07, 2008, 10:44:01 PM

10 million subscribers.

No, 10 million people have tried WoW. If you tried the game via a demo CD, or have canceled your account (or were even banned), you're still in that number. Only Blizzard knows what their actual monthly population is.

Actually, if you read the stipulations at the bottom of their press release, it does not include free trials, expired or cancelled subscriptions:

Quote
World of Warcraft's Subscriber Definition
World of Warcraft subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active prepaid card to play World of Warcraft, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. Internet Game Room players who have accessed the game over the last thirty days are also counted as subscribers. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions, and expired prepaid cards. Subscribers in licensees' territories are defined along the same rules.
9596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Specialty spray paints on: March 08, 2008, 04:26:26 AM
Yeah, I think for the time, money and potential to fuck up your PSP with this procedure you would be much better off getting a custom skin or something. 
9597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 08, 2008, 04:22:04 AM

Quote from: Hiccup on March 07, 2008, 03:38:30 PM



The person that made that could do with some lessons on timing. 
9598  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 07, 2008, 07:48:25 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 07, 2008, 10:31:39 AM

One things for sure they're not going for the lowest common denominator in system spec's.!

Now this is the reason I recently upgraded.

This might give WoW a bloody nose after all. Not sure it will win the fight, but the opening round should be interesting.

I'm excited for this game and really want to give it a try, but I wouldn't expect anything with such high system requirements to "give WoW a bloody nose".  Hell, my work computer will probably choke on this and it's way better than my home machine. 
9599  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: HUGE, HUGE PC games sale..everything must go.. on: March 07, 2008, 07:38:18 PM
Just be aware that Warzone 2100 (at least some copies) came with a sweet virus.  That sucker wiped out both my home and school computer back in the day.    disgust
9600  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam sale on Two Worlds on: March 07, 2008, 07:35:13 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 07, 2008, 04:29:32 PM

When Oblivion, an expansion pack, and tons of DLC are available to play and are polished, fun, have great graphics and writing that doesn't feel like a 5th graders attempt to parody Chaucer, I cannot fathom why anyone would chose to waste 10$ on Two Worlds.

Because I don't like playing an RPG and swinging a sword in first person?  If the main presentation/mechanics do not appeal to me, I don't give a shit about the rest of it.

So why is it that Bethesda have been developing traditional sword/shield RPGs in first person for so long, and then now when they are moving to Fallout with guns they decide that 3rd person needs some attention.  Wtf, Kathode? 
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