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9601  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2006 (Keep it Updated) on: December 31, 2006, 08:16:11 PM
Woo, thanks for the reminder, Paul!  I just added a couple more to my list. 
9602  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christ is coming. on: December 31, 2006, 08:03:14 PM


Yeah, it's always just around the corner. 
9603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Planet Receives Lukewarm Reviews on: December 30, 2006, 07:56:44 PM
I can say that the OXM article doesn't even mention that the game is really short, or the length at all.  Because of that and the fact they mention there are 11 bosses to fight, I would guess it is probably standard shooter length (10-15 hours depending on how you play). 
9604  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for regular Xbox games on: December 30, 2006, 07:48:02 AM
Hence the winky smile, sheesh. 
9605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Planet Receives Lukewarm Reviews on: December 30, 2006, 07:46:06 AM
The one thing that bummed me out when I read the OXM review was that apparently they didn't make any better use of the grappling hook thing than in the old E3 demo.  I was hoping they would make it more useful so I could relive some of my Bionic Commando fantasies. 
9606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buggy Saints Row. A Musical. on: December 30, 2006, 07:43:35 AM
I've seen the disappearing car thing a couple times and some other minor things but it hasn't really been a problem.  The song was kind of funny but the video was really boring, since most of it was just showing the same bug over and over.  and over. 
9607  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for regular Xbox games on: December 30, 2006, 05:01:16 AM

Quote from: stiffler on December 30, 2006, 03:21:31 AM

Quote from: mirage775 on December 25, 2006, 11:57:17 PM

Crimson Skies: High Road Revenge sucks
Project Gotham Racing 2 sucks

INSANITY ABOUNDS!

Though I suppose there might not be as many people playing these on Live these days.  Both were classics when they came out.  PGR2 is my favorite Xbox title!  And I liked Spinx as well.

I agree with you there, stiffler.  I enjoyed PGR 1&2, Crimson Skies and Sphinx.  I think this kid is a lost cause.  icon_wink
9608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Impact of next gen game prices... on: December 30, 2006, 04:30:38 AM
I haven't bought too many $60 games at all.  In fact, I think Gears of War is the only one and I kind of regret it since I don't play multi-player.  The other full-price new games I have bought for the 360 (Just Cause, Lego Star Wars 2) have been $50 or less. 
9609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] New Rally X on: December 30, 2006, 03:54:53 AM
Can't say I've ever heard of Roadblasters, and the last time I played Road Rash it really didn't hold up.  Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super freaking Off-Road, on the other hand rules!  In the arcade it steering wheels for each player (some had up to 4 wheels) like the Super Sprint game, but there were versions for the NES and updated versions with better graphics and all the track packs for the SNES and Genesis.  RC Pro-Am 1 and 2 were also pretty great, but they didn't have nearly as much awesome jumping as Off-Road. 

9610  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: KHET on: December 29, 2006, 03:49:16 PM

Quote from: JLu on December 29, 2006, 01:59:33 PM

A Yankee Swap with friends has been mostly hijacked by the ladies and become "gender neutral" (read: vacuum cleaners, blankets, toothbrushes instead of DVDs, and games).  But board games are often included there.  I think I might just pick this one up, wrap it and try to take it myself -- looks like a good find!

What's the point of that sort of swap thing when you would rather just buy the game for yourself?  You have 100% chance of walking home with what you want if you don't bother with that. 
9611  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saddam to Be Excuted this Weekend on: December 29, 2006, 03:43:43 PM
This might just lead to the perfect upswing in violence so that Bush can announce his plan to send more troops over there after ignoring the advice of generals and the bipartisan council set up to determine a better plan.  That man seems to be the very definition of selective hearing, just waiting until somebody suggests what he already wants and ignoring everything else. 
9612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist- The final one for 2006! on: December 29, 2006, 03:33:30 PM
I'm still playing Saints Row and enjoying the heck out of it.  I just have the Westside Rollerz missions left, but I've been trying to finish up some of the activities like Chop Shop, Hitman and Mayhem.  Insurance Fraud was dead simple once I figured out a trick:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Trying to dive in front of cars is for chumps (and pretty tough).  Just drive a cop car head on into traffic at speed to get some mad multipliers for vehicles, municiple vehicle (the cop car) and usually distance and such.
9613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] New Rally X on: December 29, 2006, 05:37:38 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 28, 2006, 05:23:42 PM

Quote from: Farscry on December 28, 2006, 05:08:04 PM

Super Off-Road with Live multiplayer?

Oh yeah. I'd love that!
As I played Novadrome last week, I was thinking how much happier I'd be playing Super Off Road.

As I played Novadrome last week I was thinking how much happier I would be if that game didn't suck goat balls. 
9614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS Lite New Years sale- 85 bucks.. on: December 29, 2006, 05:20:08 AM

Quote from: Canuck on December 29, 2006, 04:42:57 AM

...in an Akihabara duty free shop. 

I'm assuming this is not for the benefit of us in the States, then.  icon_wink
9615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] New Rally X on: December 28, 2006, 02:48:26 AM
If you're going to give me an old 2D racing game, give me some Super goddamn Off-Road! 
9616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: James Brown dies on: December 27, 2006, 03:32:49 AM

Quote from: Simon on December 26, 2006, 07:52:18 PM

Anyone remember that techno song "James Brown is Dead"?, I think I had it around 1991 or so.

Yeah.
9617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EBay account hacked on: December 26, 2006, 03:34:04 PM
I just got an email a couple days ago from PayPal saying somebody was trying to access my account from a foreign IP address (Saudi Arabia), so I went to their site and changed my password.  When I logged in it also asked me if I had tried to access my account while on vacation, so it wasn't a fishing email or anything.  Yeah, Saudi Arabia is my #1 vacation destination for Christmas.   retard
9618  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamefly Game SALE on: December 26, 2006, 03:30:30 PM

Quote from: KC on December 26, 2006, 12:33:22 PM

DO you have to be a member to buy their used games?

Nope, not at all.  But I do think members save a certain % depending on how long they have been a member.
9619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 and BC games on: December 25, 2006, 11:52:41 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 25, 2006, 11:28:09 PM

If you bought a Xbox Core and later the hard drive, can you play any of the xbox games, or is that only for the Premium

Yeah, you should be able to get the same updates and play the same games as long as you have a hard drive.  Your system will probably have to download the update, though (or get it from a disc). 
9620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's her fault! on: December 25, 2006, 09:27:56 PM
You guys should have just listened to Bob Barker...
9621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/25) on: December 25, 2006, 07:01:29 PM
If I had a PSP I would likely pick up Tenchu just because I'm a whore for those games (despite their problems).  I really hope they make the upcoming 360 version decent. 

Yeah, so nothing for me this week. 
9622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / James Brown dies on: December 25, 2006, 08:29:41 AM
James Brown, the legendary Godfather of Soul, has died.  Even if you've never owned one of his albums I think it goes without saying you've heard some of his songs.  He had a long, influential career and his songs have been in numerous movies, television shows and commercials, and even games. 
9623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SWEET arse Kane C&C3 wallpaper on: December 25, 2006, 06:54:01 AM
I noticed that you can also buy a GDI or Nod theme for your 360 with each page featuring one of the characters from that side.  Of course they cost 150 points or something, but that's to be expected these days. 
9624  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vacation on: December 25, 2006, 06:48:05 AM
Woohoo!  Take some time off and enjoy it, man.  You deserve a break.  Hopefully we can keep things from going nuclear before the new year. 
9625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What did you get for Christmas? on: December 25, 2006, 06:43:31 AM
I haven't gotten anything gaming related as expected, and due to shipping problems I haven't gotten some of my gifts yet, but so far I have gotten a couple books (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Pursuit of Happyness), a little Foreman grill, a free month of NutriSystem (I need to lose some weight amd am bad about cooking for myself so this might be good), an Amazon gift certificate and some other little "stocking stuffer" things. 
9626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Penny Arcade's games of 2007 list with pics on: December 25, 2006, 12:00:24 AM

Quote from: Destructor on December 24, 2006, 10:41:21 PM

That's...a lot of games. And a TON of titles that I want to play.

My wallet hurts already.  retard

Heh, no kidding.  My only solace is that I won't be buying all of them that I want because I'm sure my computer won't be able to handle them.  A good number of them will likely be delayed, also. 
9627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD - It's Out! on: December 24, 2006, 07:41:55 PM
That's the only way I can get a real sense of handling.  Driving from a first person perspective doesn't give me the feeling of momentum, shifting weight and peripheral vision that you would get driving a real car and a 3rd person camera makes it much easier to judge those things. 

They have multiple camera angles for a reason.
9628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 for a 6 yo boy. on: December 24, 2006, 07:16:37 PM

Quote from: algernon on December 24, 2006, 06:40:01 PM

Thanks for the replies.  Yeah, my son liked seeing how big he could make the hospital bills (kinda scary cuz he's getting a real skate board for xmas too).  The only thing I have read / heard about is "drug reference".  Is that in the game?   I just want to make sure this game has no "surprises", I got him Dwon Hill Jam for Wii and was slightly dismayed at the "knock people down for points" portion of the game.  Thanks again all, and merry xmas.

I did see in the ESRB rating that it says "Blood, Crude Humor, Language, Mild Violence, Alcohol Reference".  It doesn't mention drugs, but alcohol isn't exactly age appropriate either.  I've also only played the demo so I'm not sure on the details of that. 
9629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Optical Illusions on: December 24, 2006, 06:55:57 PM
Those are pretty cool.  Thanks, man!
9630  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ethical Dilemma on: December 24, 2006, 06:49:51 PM
If the dogs weren't involved, I probably would have just taken the package so it wasn't stolen or damaged and left a note saying I had it and try talk to them as soon as they come back.  With the dogs and the history of abuse and such, it sounds like you did the right thing. 
9631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Penny Arcade's games of 2007 list with pics on: December 24, 2006, 06:45:09 PM
Nice to see some cartoony, humorous adventure games on there.  A tiny rebirth of a genre that has been sadly missed. 
9632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 and VGA Adapter on: December 24, 2006, 06:35:22 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 24, 2006, 05:58:24 AM

Thanks for the help.  I didn't get the 360, so the game and cables are going to be returned frown

Aww, sorry to hear it man.  It looks like somebody opened up their gifts early!  icon_wink
9633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD - It's Out! on: December 24, 2006, 06:34:21 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 24, 2006, 05:13:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 24, 2006, 12:28:01 AM

The Project Gotham games and Forza all have damage modelling on "real licensed cars", although it is less extreme than some other games (like rally sims).  I'm assuming it all comes down to the amount they pay for the license on the cars and what they can get the companies to agree to. 

I don't know about Forza, but PGR3 definately does not have damage modeling.

Not to further derail the thread, but PGR3 does indeed have visual damage modeling, it is just extremely subdued.  Take your car into a wall or two and then turn the camera around with the right stick.  You will see the bending damage in fenders, bumpers, mirrors, trunks popping open, etc and you will also scratch the paint up.  It's nothing like a rally game where you are losing parts of your car, but it's there. 
9634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD - It's Out! on: December 24, 2006, 12:28:01 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 23, 2006, 10:44:14 PM

Actually, one of the main reasons why the GT series can't put in a damage model is that the car manufacturers they license the car designs from won't let them show the cars damaged.

If Forza has real licensed cars and a damage model, I'm not sure how they get around that or if the policy has changed since GT4 first came out.

The Project Gotham games and Forza all have damage modelling on "real licensed cars", although it is less extreme than some other games (like rally sims).  I'm assuming it all comes down to the amount they pay for the license on the cars and what they can get the companies to agree to.  
9635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown! on: December 23, 2006, 10:22:54 PM
I don't like to link to IGN, but they have three new videos that each showcase one of the skills that you develop as you play: Firearms, Agility/Jumping and Driving.  Hell yeah!

I hope this game has a robust assortment of extra activities, hidden things and achievements because it looks made for craziness. 
9636  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 23, 2006, 08:26:40 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on December 23, 2006, 06:20:34 PM

that's stuff from Peter Nguyen, writer of those papers on Walt Whitman too, IIRC.

Heh, since you mention it, I love those.  icon_biggrin



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9637  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Medieval 2, GW: Nightfall, Battlefield 2142, DoW: Dark Crusade - $25 @ Best Buy on: December 23, 2006, 08:16:21 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 23, 2006, 06:09:17 PM

I love BF2142, but I had to reformat to get it working and even then it won't let me install the patch.

Huh, that seems kinda wonky.  Can't say I've had any problems like that. 
9638  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A new kind of Holiday Gift -- NSFW Video(lyrics) on: December 23, 2006, 06:05:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 23, 2006, 05:54:09 PM

Looks like the Parent's Television Council now has their panties in a wad over this. 

Yeah, like they can't see and hear much worse in other videos online.   Roll Eyes
9639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 and VGA Adapter on: December 23, 2006, 06:01:59 PM
Those connectors look like what I use to go from my 360 straight to my PC speakers (although the stereo end of that should be female). 

You can also get a stereo splitter (similar to this) so that you can have two inputs into or outputs from your computer/etc.  I used to do this so I could have my speakers and wired headphones hooked up at the same time, but it seemed to cut the output volume when I did.  

Although I can't imagine why your speakers are plugged into the Line In, shouldn't they be in the Line Out?  That would leave the Line In free for your Xbox.  

If you mean to have it coming from your computer's Line Out to the speakers and from your Xbox to the speakers, you can use a similar splitter but may have to do grab some extra male-to-female or female-to-male connectors which are cheap and easy to find.  
9640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A new kind of Holiday Gift -- NSFW Video(lyrics) on: December 23, 2006, 04:39:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 23, 2006, 04:33:15 PM

I usually don't think much of Timberlake, but that was some funny shiat.

Yeah, as much as I detest the guy and his music, he usually has some pretty good stuff when on SNL. 
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