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9601  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Tabula Rasa - $9.99 on: March 29, 2008, 05:00:01 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 27, 2008, 01:11:44 PM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on March 26, 2008, 08:54:44 PM

gotta love amazon. I emailed them last night and got an email this morning giving me a price adjustment.

Sweet!  Good customer service, that.

They have a policy that if the price on something you bought drops within 30 days you can get the difference back.  Of course it has to actually be from Amazon and not one of their partner stores, but it's not something you have to convince them to do.
9602  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online Inevitable City video walkthrough on: March 29, 2008, 03:48:14 AM
Ok, three threads about this game in the same forum, and it's the wrong forum at that.  What the dillio?
9603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games for the Ladies??? on: March 29, 2008, 03:40:51 AM

Quote from: mytocles on March 28, 2008, 06:32:09 PM

On the looking at the sky and ground, have her go through the intro to Halo, where they check out Master Chief before the action.  She may be a natural inverted-style player - I am, and that is how I found out.

Yeah, that initial section was ingenious for introducing console FPS controls. 
9604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 29, 2008, 03:30:09 AM
I've played for a few hours now and it looks like you guys have summed it up pretty well.  It's not earth shatteringly awesome, but if you like the Norse material and hack-n-slash action/adventure games there is a lot of fun to be had here. 

I certainly wouldn't say that it is all linear, though.  Yeah there are times when you have to go in one direction to advance, but for the most part you are able to explore the world and go to any of the conflict areas. 

I think the graphics are great, except for the times when things are so dark that they're basically black around your character.  Maybe I can jack up the gamma a bit, but things look great in the sunny areas so I don't want to wash them out. 

The combat seemed a bit unresponsive when I first started but I think mostly that was because even the fast attack has a delay if you swing at nothing.  I have started to use some of the moves that I've bought and I find that it helps quite a bit.  Sneaking up on some guys to sliceone clean in half, knocking another down with a shoulder blow and then smacking down the third with a combo is very satisfying. 

One time I went wandering a bit and happened upon a whole squad of like 50 fucking Legion just marching up the road.  That didn't turn out so hot.

The only other complaint I can think of is that trying to fight on bridges and cliff edges while trying not to fall off is a bit hairy.  I'm having fun, though, and I can't wait to play more this weekend.
9605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need your help, guys- for my son! -FIXED LINK on: March 28, 2008, 02:51:01 PM
Woohoo, rockin 77% of the vote!  Go, Go Griffin Godzilla!

(and yeah, that link only took me to the results, I had to use the main page one)
9606  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone using a Safety, Straight, or Electric razor? on: March 28, 2008, 02:33:43 AM
So where do you buy the blades for those razors like the Merkur?
9607  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An Announcement! [and Help!] on: March 28, 2008, 02:32:22 AM
'You can just call me Mike.'
9608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC gaming alliance (industry effort) on: March 28, 2008, 02:10:05 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 27, 2008, 07:24:17 PM

No wonder Vista runs like shit on it, they paid some dude $15, a bottle of tequila, and a hooker so he would write their driver over a weekend.

Well, to be fair, it was a good bottle of tequila...
9609  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix was down....you get a credit for it! on: March 27, 2008, 10:32:52 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 27, 2008, 05:12:23 PM

Netflix is nice for catching up on long since released movies but as far as new releases you gotta hit the local B&M spots early still.

Up until my recent problem that has absolutely not been the case.  Any time I sent in movies on Sunday or Monday morning I would be able to get the new releases that came out that Tuesday. 
9610  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My town is having a Quidditch game (honest!) on: March 27, 2008, 10:23:30 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 27, 2008, 10:12:16 PM

Quiddich seems to rely heavily on the fact that Bludgers and Snitches are self-propelled...not to mention the fact the Bludgers home in on random players at bone-shattering velocities.  They might as well play soccer with an imaginary ball.

-Autistic Angel

But they're running around with brooms between their legs, so it's even more stupid than that.
9611  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer 48 Hour Sale on: March 27, 2008, 07:31:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 27, 2008, 04:20:17 PM

I keep eyeing Viva Pinata.  The demo seemed fun enough, it certainly got plenty of love on the forums, and $10 is less than my sandwich cost yesterday, but I've just got so many games in the queue at the moment.

Well it's still out of stock, so don't beat yourself up too much. 
9612  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I can has interweb in my pockets? on: March 27, 2008, 04:37:33 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 26, 2008, 09:29:37 PM

Interesting.  So demographically, which has the most subscribers?

In your demographic?  Probably rotary phones.  slywink
9613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix was down....you get a credit for it! on: March 27, 2008, 04:33:05 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 27, 2008, 04:21:28 AM

yeah, on Monday Rush Hour 3 was a very long wait and then it shipped on Tuesday, but not from the local shipping center (about 5 blocks away).  I think they play a little loose with the wait estimates.

They may play loose with the estimates, but I still have 5 movies that have been at the top of my queue for a month and not at my house. 
9614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Miley Cyrus - See You Again on: March 27, 2008, 04:30:29 AM
Pitchshifter ftw.
9615  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: is Warhammer Online dead? on: March 27, 2008, 03:45:46 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 27, 2008, 12:45:53 AM

Quote
(Assembly and painting required)

what the hell is that BS?  I want them assembled and painted, not a do it yourself project goddammit!

You have heard of this thing called Warhammer, right?  slywink
9616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: March 27, 2008, 02:29:20 AM
Sadly that is pretty much my impressions of Zack & Wiki.  There are some good elements but they are constantly shat upon by the waggling and other nonsense.  Not nearly as good as everyone wanted to make it. 
9617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix was down....you get a credit for it! on: March 27, 2008, 02:16:12 AM
I've been having all sorts of trouble even getting regular DVD versions of new releases lately.  I think right now I have 5 recent releases (the last month or so) still on Long Wait and a few other things on Short Wait.  Up until a month or two ago I never, ever had that problem.  It's really pissing me off that it's been weeks and I still haven't gotten new releases. 
9618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 26, 2008, 11:51:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 26, 2008, 06:18:45 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 26, 2008, 04:27:02 AM

So to avoid further derailing the "What are you buying" thread, it looks like reviews for this one are kind of all over the board.  Checking out MetaCritic you can see a low score of 6/10 from GameDaily and a high of 9.5 from Play Magazine with some others filling out the middle for an average of 76%. 

After reading the reviews I think that while it may not be the ultimate epic I figure my love of vikings and action/adventure games means that I will be plenty satisfied.  My copy should arrive tomorrow or Thursday and I'm excited.

make sure to post your Vikings impressions when you get it.  The IGN review has me passing, but I didn't realize the reviews varied so wildly.

Without a doubt I'll be posting some impressions by the weekend.  My copy should arrive tomorrow it looks like. 
9619  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer 48 Hour Sale on: March 26, 2008, 11:45:26 PM
Viva Pinatas!!

EDIT: except they're freaking out ot stock.  Bastards.
9620  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online hands on by IGN on: March 26, 2008, 02:55:34 PM
First off, why is this not in the MMO forum?

Secondly, it looks like this was delayed again  (alternate link to some of the text since that thread is overloaded). 
9621  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 26, 2008, 02:53:16 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 25, 2008, 02:32:50 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 25, 2008, 12:53:57 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on March 24, 2008, 11:03:48 PM

So I'm curious...

Assuming Age of Conan makes its newest release date, is Warhammer Online scheduled to release anywhere near it as far as timing? 

Has it even been announced or speculated?  Does anyone see these games being released within 3-4 months of each other, or is Warhammer still a long ways out?

IGN says June 10th for Warhammer.

That's the same date that EB/GS is showing and if it's accurate I don't think it's going to be good for either game. 

Well, it's a bit odd to quote myself but now that Warhammer Online has been delayed again to a "fall" release it looks like Age of Conan will have the summer to itself. 
9622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hasbro - Universal Pictures deal on: March 26, 2008, 04:33:34 AM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on March 26, 2008, 04:13:35 AM

So, are they very carefully placing the sword so it reflects his shoulder, or is that etched into the blade?

The only way that blade could be reflecting both the light and his shoulder would be if the light source was at his shoulder.  I'm guessing it's etched/painted on the blade. 
9623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 26, 2008, 04:27:02 AM
So to avoid further derailing the "What are you buying" thread, it looks like reviews for this one are kind of all over the board.  Checking out MetaCritic you can see a low score of 6/10 from GameDaily and a high of 9.5 from Play Magazine with some others filling out the middle for an average of 76%. 

After reading the reviews I think that while it may not be the ultimate epic I figure my love of vikings and action/adventure games means that I will be plenty satisfied.  My copy should arrive tomorrow or Thursday and I'm excited.
9624  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I can has new limb? on: March 26, 2008, 04:00:43 AM
I would guess the time between getting a mouse heart in a tray and creating a human heart and getting full approval to transplant that into a human is a huge gap.  My totally uneducated guess would be something like 20+ years. 
9625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS resets boosted Gamerscore to zero lables as cheater on: March 26, 2008, 03:32:50 AM
So why didn't they just ban them?  
9626  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 26, 2008, 01:46:03 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 25, 2008, 11:42:43 PM



His line of horns is crooked.  You'd think that would be something you would want to get right the first time.
9627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 - nifty CE stuff on: March 25, 2008, 02:53:55 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 25, 2008, 02:44:52 PM

Seems like a good deal, considering they are throwing in the soundtrack.

A limited selection of the soundtrack, not the whole thing.  If this were $20 cheaper I might consider it, but as much as I'm looking forward to GTA IV I don't find any of those things really appealing. 
9628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 25, 2008, 03:09:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 25, 2008, 02:29:20 AM

OK, maybe I'll pass on Vikings:  6.3 from IGN.

I can't hear you! Lalalalalalalala... 

After having passed on Conan and Beowulf there is just no way I can not buy a game called Viking, and I have a feeling this is going to be better than either of those by a mile. 
9629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3, or why you are going to no life thanks to Kathode. on: March 25, 2008, 02:39:54 AM
Why I am going to no life?
9630  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 25, 2008, 02:32:50 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 25, 2008, 12:53:57 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on March 24, 2008, 11:03:48 PM

So I'm curious...

Assuming Age of Conan makes its newest release date, is Warhammer Online scheduled to release anywhere near it as far as timing? 

Has it even been announced or speculated?  Does anyone see these games being released within 3-4 months of each other, or is Warhammer still a long ways out?

IGN says June 10th for Warhammer.

That's the same date that EB/GS is showing and if it's accurate I don't think it's going to be good for either game. 
9631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If you steal a 360, don't send the ransom note from your personal Live! account on: March 24, 2008, 07:00:43 PM
He send the message from his SoundBlaster Live! card?  Amazing.
9632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 24, 2008, 06:59:18 PM
VIKING!!! 

I might try out Dark Sector once it gets a price drop.
9633  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online hands on by IGN on: March 24, 2008, 06:55:15 PM
I agree with the potential problems, but I wonder if they use some sort of combination of damage done (dps), damage taken (tanks), damage repaired (healers), etc and use that composite to determine the "highest" score. 

I think it would be very short-sighted not to take all classes/roles into account and I can't imagine there wouldn't be several people on the team willing to bring it up and stick their neck out for the healers/tanks/whatever. 
9634  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: March 24, 2008, 05:17:45 AM
After reading that preview I'm tentatively looking forward to this one.  My only worry is what someone else mentioned, the fact that the combat may require so much attention that you lose the "sit back and eat Cheetos" vibe of most other MMOs.  Trying to maintain that level of control for potentially hundreds of hours may be a bit much.

If you're keeping up on the pre-order bonus item stuff, it looks like ordering via Amazon.com gets you a bonus Amazonian curved bow (as well as the hardcover mini-guide). 
9635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First 15 minutes of Dark Sector on PS3 on: March 23, 2008, 09:47:35 PM
It's 'Viking'.  Not plural! 
9636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Sonic title 'announced' on: March 23, 2008, 09:41:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 23, 2008, 09:30:48 PM

Sonic Unleashed.... maybe Tails is Sonics secret Sith Apprentice....

ATV's were unleashed long before the Force.  slywink
9637  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Here On Linked In? on: March 23, 2008, 02:42:25 AM
Yeah, I'm on there too but I think I only have two contacts.  I don't use the site often at all (only signed up when a friend invited me), but isn't the point of it to have contacts for people you actually know and who's skills you can recommend? 
9638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games don't need writers on: March 22, 2008, 02:52:27 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2008, 06:04:34 PM

Great Writing: Grim Fandango
Great Game Design: Paintball

9639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 22, 2008, 02:48:54 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2008, 06:08:57 PM

March 25: Boston Six-Pack

“More Than a Feeling” (Master)
“Peace of Mind” (Master)
“Smokin’” (Master)
“Rock & Roll Band” (Master)
“Something About You” (Master)
“Hitch a Ride” (Master)

$2 each or $10 for all 6

More crap.  frown
9640  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: is Warhammer Online dead? on: March 21, 2008, 02:59:40 PM
You have seen the achievement goals in something like LOTRO, right?  Often the first one is to only kill 100, but the second step for a more useful trait will be to kill 10 times as many or something.  For the most part I never went grinding those monsters to see the little bar inch up unless I was very close to the end. 

It's obviously not meant as a low-level goal, it's something to add long-term rewards for players, too.  If all rewards were earned after killing 100 somethings, then (sadly) you would have earned all of them fairly quickly.
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