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9601  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 17, 2008, 08:07:18 PM
I just got to my gaming computer, started it up and my patcher is sitting at "Downloading patch information...".  The note still says servers should open at 8pm GMT (4pm EST).
9602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 17, 2008, 05:51:14 PM
Yeah, when I went a checked last night the Explore mode had pushed me from 43% up to a whole 49%.  Weird.

I really wish this game had more medium difficulty knock-down levels, ones that take like 4 or 5 tries to figure out.  It seems that a lot of levels I can figure out immediately (some taking a couple tries to get right), and then there are the others that are incredibly hard because they are throw some different mechanic and time limit on them or something.  I unlocked the expert levels, but those seem nigh impossible so far. 
9603  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 17, 2008, 05:26:27 PM
So I'm not at my computer with the game installed and their website is getting crushed...what is their predicted time of servers coming up now?
9604  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Thinking about learning Python on: May 17, 2008, 05:18:13 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on May 17, 2008, 11:19:11 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 15, 2008, 02:52:03 AM

I'm sure there are people who write games in Python, but I would be surprised to see any commercial products that do (perhaps excepting some puzzle games or something). 

Not quite what you mean, but if I recall correctly Eve Online's entire networking code is written in Python.

That's right, I was actually just talking with a colleague who said Eve uses some form of stackless Python, which I have even less knowledge about.  Might be worth your time to check into that, Lee. 
9605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Multi-Platform Juggle (Gaming Gluttony?) on: May 17, 2008, 05:11:18 AM
I spend the majority of my time with my 360 and the rest take a back seat. 

I use my PC for some MMOs and such, but I haven't upgraded it in years.  My Wii get some use when family or friends visit (or when I'm playing the rare game like Boom Blox!), but most of the time it sits neglected.  My PSP only gets dug out when there is the occasional new game that I really want to play on it, and my PS2 and XBox are basically retired. 

And I still have too many games to play right now. 
9606  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Headphones are dangerous! on: May 17, 2008, 05:07:00 AM
Yes, because you never know when a helicopter is going to fall out of the sky and kill you when you are walking to the mailbox.  Fucking hell.
9607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hunting games on: May 17, 2008, 05:05:38 AM
Trespasser!!!  Not only are you hunting dangerous dinosaurs, but you can attempt to stack blocks!  Best.  Game.  Ever.
9608  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 16, 2008, 10:58:22 PM

Quote from: newcastle on May 16, 2008, 10:08:23 PM

has anyone seen this at any store  yet? can we buy it early you think?

People have been picking it up from GameStop if they had a preorder (not sure if they are on the shelf yet, though I might assume so). 
9609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD Numbers! on: May 16, 2008, 09:46:56 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 16, 2008, 09:32:43 PM

To hell with all your logic; if the next generation of consoles is 3 Wiis, I'm going to be one seriously pissed off gamer.

Word.  As much as I love games like Boom Blox, I do not want the majority of my gaming to be like the ones on the Wii.  There are far too many with shitty controls, weak graphics, nonexistant or stupid online support and just plain lower production standards. 
9610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 16, 2008, 09:28:31 PM

Quote from: JSL on May 16, 2008, 07:20:40 PM

I'm still only at 7% complete. This game is huge!

Really?  I think I was at 43% complete before I went and did all the Explore challenges last night.  I'm guessing I will be around 60% complete now.
9611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 16, 2008, 02:31:21 PM
That "golfing" firehose one is a beast!  I finally just gave up on it last night.  It's so difficult to aim those side shots because you're hitting the chemical block at a weird angle to get it to go to the side and it never quite goes where I want.  If only I could turn that brick!

I also can't get those last two laser ones.  I'm just not as fast and accurate as I wish I was. 
9612  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help save my puppy on: May 16, 2008, 02:16:26 PM
Is there a way to put a short "baby gate" in a doorway between the entry and the rest of the house so that he can't get to the doggy door but the older dogs could go over it?  
9613  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Pay It Forward? on: May 16, 2008, 02:11:32 PM
On a vaguely related note, it sucks that you can't do Media Mail through those self-service stations at the post office.  The lowest they let you go (at least around here) is First Class, which is like $6 by default. 
9614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 16, 2008, 03:37:06 AM
Hehe, I just had to let you guys know that I played The Plumber level tonight and beat it on my first try!   (171 points) I can't say that I had much of a strategy other than first to take out those point blocks that were sticking out, and then bonk the rest the best that I could.  I did use several very light throws to reposition some of the negative blocks, and I also threw some balls straight down the "pipes" to jar some of them when they were stuck. 

I'm surprised, as I've had much more trouble with some of the others.  The one thing is that I'm pretty sure I lost at least 6 points for one block, but I was still able to get a gold, so I don't think you have to be perfect. 

This game is so awesome, but man is it hurting my wrist!  Oh, well, back for some more block bustin action!  biggrin
9615  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 16, 2008, 02:33:37 AM

Quote from: newcastle on May 16, 2008, 02:25:28 AM

I was thinking about going with the pre board early this week but got to it too late. i saw also on the forum that the dev's stated they ahd a set limit of folks to go into the pre-board, and that # was exceeded early this week...he said to the week that it had "spiked". Now, that sounds to me as if there is a huge audience waiting for this game to come out. The cynic in me is also saying that it could just be a ploy....but I think it bodes well for it's future sucess provided they are able to create a stable launch and a good game build on it's release.

I think they had already said that judging by preorders they were expecting around 500,000 people for launch week.  That's a shit load of people hammering the servers.
9616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: May 16, 2008, 12:58:55 AM
I would love to see this sequel happen.  If it comes to be and you chumps don't buy it I will stab you all with a fork.  The same fork.  And I won't wash it.
9617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad World -- for wii -- artistic and bloody as hell, very hard to tell on: May 16, 2008, 12:57:06 AM
Yeah, I have no idea about Platinum Games, but this certainly looks sweet visually. 
9618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD Numbers! on: May 16, 2008, 12:55:14 AM
Does anybody know the exact dates of when those NPD numbers are taken from?  Considering GTA4 came out on the 29th in a month with 30 days I wouldn't expect all of the sales for software or hardware to be covered here. 
9619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] DIRT - Wheel Support and Overall Performance? on: May 15, 2008, 10:07:43 PM
I played the whole game with my regular controller and absolutely loved it.  I don't have a good table to set up the 360 wheel on so I've never bought one, but I'd love to hear how it works.  Like you say, there may have been some framerate drops in the rally cross stuff, but it never impacted me too much.  Certainly not single-digit framerates. 
9620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Death Note -- Anyone watch it and near a Kerasotes Theater? on: May 15, 2008, 08:36:13 PM
Your title is phrased weird.
9621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] DIRT - Wheel Support and Overall Performance? on: May 15, 2008, 08:29:27 PM
Have you tried the 360 demo?
9622  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Thinking about learning Python on: May 15, 2008, 02:52:03 AM
I would guess that the majority of Civ4 was written in C++ with Python used for scripting and such.  Actually I just looked on Wikipedia and is says that "Major parts of the interface, map generation, and scripted events are written entirely in Python and can be customized."  We use Lua for similar functions.

I'm sure there are people who write games in Python, but I would be surprised to see any commercial products that do (perhaps excepting some puzzle games or something). 

Mabye I should just shut my mouth, though, since I really don't have worthwhile experience with Python. 
9623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 15, 2008, 01:30:55 AM
I've read all of the reviews and I'm still getting it.  There are some aspects that it sounds like it could have done better (specifically linking different activities into an actual workout), but that's not the only reason I'm looking forward to it.  I think the combination of the guided exercises (the yoga stuff seems cool), the weight tracking, the minigames and the potential for future games is what excites me.

Personally my big hope for this thing is that they release a sweet snowboarding game that takes advantage of it.  They already have We Ski that uses is and Skate It is supposed to also, so I'm hopeful.

Plus, my copy was already paid for as a Christmas gift so I'm getting it either way.  slywink
9624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demo Lego Indiana Jones..im stuck on: May 15, 2008, 01:19:29 AM

Quote from: moghedian on May 14, 2008, 08:26:31 PM

    Keyboard only?  I was able to use my xbox 360 controller just fine....

I just meant that you can not use the mouse for attacks, aiming, etc as I am used to...from every other game on the planet.  I don't have a 360 adapter here at work to try that out, or I probably would have.
9625  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Thinking about learning Python on: May 15, 2008, 01:16:44 AM
We use it for generating some real code here at work.  slywink  It just does the grunt work of generating our basic message header and cpp files from an xml that it parses.

I've messed with our python scripts a bit and as someone who has used C/C++ extensively it seems a bit goofy and not as powerful.  Those that have used it a lot seem to think that it is pretty swell.  I'm sure given enough time and experience I could get used to it.

What sort of stuff were you looking to use it for? 
9626  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: May 14, 2008, 11:32:18 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 14, 2008, 09:34:38 PM

gta4

not as funny as i hoped it would be.  he pretty much nails the first impression though.  nothing like being led through the first 10 hours by the nose. 

Yeah, it still amazes me when I am getting tutorials for things that I have been doing for many hours.  I guess they expected people to follow the storyline instead of messing about so much or something.
9627  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 14, 2008, 11:21:55 PM
Well I've already paid for early access and it's credited on my account, I just haven't gotten an email about it and don't see anything on my Funcom account page. 

I avoided using that cachefly.net link because I'm wary of non-official sources.

I did notice that my account Status says "Open: Log in and play the game" on my account page, so maybe they just extend my closed beta straight into retail.  I dont' know...
9628  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 14, 2008, 10:39:10 PM
Has anybody gotten an official email for the download of the early-start client?  I thought today was the day that they said downloads would begin? 

I'm assuming that my closed beta client won't be able to work with retail updates and servers. 
9629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 14, 2008, 06:03:53 AM
I played for another 3+ hours tonight and had a great time (other than a sore wrist).  Like you say, it's easy to waste 20 minutes just retrying a level to try and get the gold. 

I finished the sheep and gorilla parts of Adventure and then tried out some of the regular Explore stuff.  I think the Explore stuff might be a more gradual build-up with easier levels.  The adventure mode can be frustrating at times, but I only gave up with a silver on one level (one of the gorilla ones). 

I really like the fact that there are several different play modes and tools/toys to use. 

If any of you guys start building your own levels, we will have to share friend codes and trade!  (could you imagine how awesome it would be if there were just a repository you could download from?)
9630  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Standard Server) on: May 14, 2008, 02:22:54 AM
I may potentially join, but I've also been talking with some guys at work and I'm not sure what server they are looking to start on.  Once I find out what server you guys are going to be on I may be able to convince them to start on that server, too. 
9631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 14, 2008, 12:21:28 AM
I finally got my copy and tried it out a little bit today.  So far I think I can see this one being tons of fun and very addictive.  It has simple mechanics but uses them in complex, fun ways.  Of course now I have to go home and start my own profile from scratch, but I got a couple other guys at work interested in it. 

Hooray, a reason to hook my Wii back up!!
9632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie 3 shots, Viva Pinata 2 coming on: May 14, 2008, 12:17:43 AM
Yeah, if you'd like to read a bit more about Banjo Kazooie, CVG has an interview with Gregg Mayles of Rare which is pretty decent. 
9633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie 3 shots, Viva Pinata 2 coming on: May 13, 2008, 11:17:11 PM
Ok, after having seen some footage, I have to say I am now tentatively excited for Banjo Kazooie. 
9634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demo Lego Indiana Jones..im stuck on: May 13, 2008, 08:41:20 PM
It took me several jumps to finally be able to grab the vine after that room.  It was kind of retarded.  I didn't try to blow up that other door, but I do remember a tip popping up about it.

I have to say that I still hate the camera in these games, and I can't believe the controls are keyboard only.  Still fun, though.
9635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 13, 2008, 08:26:22 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 13, 2008, 03:00:01 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 12, 2008, 02:13:20 PM

I am keeping my eye on Deca Sports (I doubt it will review well), but I will probably not be getting anything this week.
We got our copy yesterday - Matt should have a review out by Monday if you can wait for our take. smile

Cool, I'm interested in hearing how it turned out.  I'm sure it won't be stellar, but if it's something fun I can play with my niece and nephew I might pick it up. 
9636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie 3 shots, Viva Pinata 2 coming on: May 13, 2008, 08:23:32 PM
I'm just curious what exactly this Banjo Kazooie is going to be in regards to gameplay.  It sounds like there is a much bigger component of vehicle building/customization and I guess the inherant racing/battles that come with those.  I really want a good platformer on the 360, not some sort of fancy Donkey Kong Racing (or Banjo Kartzooie, if you must). 

I'll certainly give the new Viva Pinata a chance.  Had there been some slightly better controls and adjustable game time in the last one I would have jumped on it.  I spent hours just with the demo alone. 
9637  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Posting issues/timing out on: May 13, 2008, 07:00:46 PM
I was just getting this error a few times on trying to access the forums:

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Connection Problems
Sorry, SMF was unable to connect to the database. This may be caused by the server being busy. Please try again later.
9638  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for - 1 month free trial for Netflix on: May 13, 2008, 02:35:49 PM
I'm curious why everybody else seems to have these free months to give away but all I get on the website and in the mail are 2-week ones?  What kind of bullshit is that?
9639  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: May 13, 2008, 04:44:12 AM
I think Age of Conan must have modelled their invisible nipples after those shots. 
9640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 01:09:34 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2008, 01:03:49 AM

anyone else remember when SNL used to be funny?

You need to follow the yellow line to Niko's warehouse.
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