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9641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS 360 Repair website on: September 05, 2007, 03:27:00 PM
Yeah, they told me 3-4 weeks, but I assumed that was with all of the shipping included.  It took the empty box 4 business days to get here and another 3 to get to the repair center, and I'm assuming it will take 4 to get back to me.  So that's 2.5 weeks right there.  Add on a week of it just sitting there and I figured it would be time for a turn around. 
9642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So they're making us choose... on: September 05, 2007, 02:49:19 PM
Well, I will definitely be getting the Orange Box so I can play HL2:Episode 2, so I might as well try out Team Fortress 2 since it comes with it.  Plus I'm sure they will run much better than Quake Wars would. 
9643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS 360 Repair website on: September 05, 2007, 02:43:58 PM
According to the repair website they have had my XBox at the repair center for over a week now.  Anyone have an idea how long they usually keep it before sending it back?  For some reason I was under the impression that it would be less than a week. 
9644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Lair available to purchase...today? on: September 05, 2007, 08:07:50 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 05, 2007, 03:45:30 AM

Quote from: Turtle
This is why I thought there was an agenda with how low the reviews scores have been for this big name PS3 exclusive, could this have been more PS3 bashing?

I think you've got it backwards: all of the PS3 bashing to date has just been leading up to this opportunity to finally bash their real target: Lair.  It's well known that the liberal videogame media has a long-standing bias against Factor 5's games, and they've been willing to savagely attack Sony's entire console in their rabid quest to bring them down.

-Autistic Angel

Friggin' commies.  Tongue
9645  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your [other] hobbies on: September 05, 2007, 08:00:56 AM
Well I suppose I can contribute to my own list.  The reason I started this thread is because I realized my hobbies have been whittled down to pretty sedentary, solitary things.  Mostly just gaming, reading (fiction, magazines, trade books), movies, programming and listening to music.  I enjoy them, but nothing too exciting, active or social. 

I would like to pick up a hobbie that got me out of the house a bit, but there aren't that many things I'm interested in that I can afford (or choose to afford since gaming takes so much of my disposable income).  I used to ride dirtbike and stuff, but haven't done that since I sold my motorcycles and moved out west a few years ago. 
9646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many pilots or pilots-to-be do we have here? on: September 05, 2007, 07:45:31 AM
My stepdad has a 172 and I've flown that with him a few times when we were heading back and forth to his parents' farm.  They just have a grass runway to land there, so I let him handle that part.  slywink
9647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G4TechTV and IFC; are they Worth Getting? on: September 05, 2007, 07:42:17 AM
IFC can definitely be worth it if you enjoy indie films at all.  Not everything on there is good (to me), but if it's that cheap I would say go for it.

I also get G4 along with my regular cable and occasionally watch Attack of the Show or Ninja Warrior when nothing else is on. 

So are all channels in Canada able to be added or dropped individually, or are those ones different?  I really wish they would go with a "pay only for what you want" method in the US, as there are like 100 channels I would love to get rid of.  Instead I just programmed my favorites list to ignore all of those stupid ones. 
9648  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Xbox 360 w/ Bioshock for sale. $260! on: September 05, 2007, 07:32:28 AM

Quote from: Ascendent on September 05, 2007, 04:25:52 AM

*sigh* Alright I'm sold. I've been wanting an Xbox 360 at this price I can't contain myself. I yield.

Try not to be such a god****** fruit.  slywink

Nah, welcome to the club.  There are alot of great games for the 360, it has basically replaced my PC gaming. 
9649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Lair available to purchase...today? on: September 05, 2007, 01:06:18 AM
Well, he does a pretty bang up job reviewing Gears of War, too.  smile
9650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stranglehold on: September 05, 2007, 12:41:01 AM
Or you guys could wait a day and get it for $12 cheaper at Circuit City. 
9651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I don't have a (fill in the blank) console because.... on: September 04, 2007, 08:22:00 AM
I don't own a PS3 because it's too expensive for the limited number of games that currently interest me.  If I had a lot more disposable income it might interest me, but not for now. 

I don't own a DS because I still think it is designed around an unnecessary gimmick and is underpowered for most of the games I want to play. 

I own a Wii but don't really want it. 
9652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 has Gone Gold! on: September 04, 2007, 01:22:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 03, 2007, 06:24:08 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 03, 2007, 04:04:43 PM

There`s only one place that helmet would fit on a human being, and I`d rather not think about Engine donning that, thanks.

it'd would have been really cool if it had been full sized.  Just picture the midnight release party with tons of Halo 3 fans wearing the helmet, marching out into the night.

...especially with that opaque visor.  slywink
9653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: September 04, 2007, 12:36:48 AM
Speaking of that map pack, I can't believe that they sold 500,000 copies of that.  Can you think of the extra income they made off those stupid things for the limited amount of resources put in?  Sheesh. 
9654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying in September? on: September 03, 2007, 01:59:38 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 03, 2007, 08:15:14 AM

PS3:
Heavenly Sword
World Series of Poker 2008 - If the reviews are good, I'll use this to help me learn to play poker.

360:
Kengo: Legend of the 9 - Could this be the Bushido Blade replacement I've been looking for?  Only if reviews are good.
Eternal Sonata - Reviews first, but looks okay.
Halo 3 - um, duh?

Turtle, you'll have to let me know how Kengo is if you pick it up.  I'm interested, but not enough to take the plunge sight unseen. 
9655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/3) on: September 03, 2007, 01:54:51 PM
If you guys are looking at the PC version of Medal of Honor: AA, Circuit City has it on sale for $40 this week. 

As for me, I just bought a new TV so probably nothing else for me this week. 
9656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your [other] hobbies on: September 03, 2007, 12:13:22 PM
Obviously everyone around here enjoys games of one sort or another, as well as reading about and discussing them.  What I'm curious about is what other sorts of hobbies do you guys have?  What do you do on the weekends or nights/days you're not gaming? 
9657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: September 03, 2007, 12:02:09 PM
I just picked up a 32" HDTV today, but unfortunately with my 360 in repairs I don't have any really impressive things to play on it.  The PS2 and Wii via composite just aren't all that snazzy.  I can't wait to get my XBox back so I can see Gears (and my other games) the way it was meant to be!  (although I had seen them in higher res via a VGA cable and crappy older 21" monitor)
9658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Fast Have You Driven in Your Current Car? on: September 03, 2007, 04:11:17 AM

Quote from: Brendan on September 02, 2007, 07:14:16 PM

Perhaps he's an old-school hypermiler.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypermiling

Quote
Optimal efficiency can be expected while cruising with no stops, at minimal throttle and with the transmission in the highest gear. For most cars these conditions are satisfied at a speed of approximately 35 miles per hour although this is below the minimum permitted on most roads that have no stops.  Therefore, maximum efficiency is obtained while driving the minimum legal speed on a freeway.

I don't know what kind of car they are talking about, but my top gear would freaking choke if I was only going 35mph.  I usually don't shift into 5th until just about 50mph.  I believe the most efficient use of gas is right around the peak of the power curve, and with most modern gearing that is going to be much higher than 35mph and likely higher than the old posted limits of 55mph from the 70's. 
9659  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Stranglehold $48 on: September 03, 2007, 12:13:24 AM
Circuit City has the 360 version on sale this week for only $47.99, so if you are looking to pick it up you might as well save $12.   nod
9660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying in September? on: September 03, 2007, 12:09:27 AM
Halo 3 is probably the only release this month I'll buy.  I will likely rent Stranglehold at some time and I might pick up Stuntman: Ignition if it goes on sale. 
9661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 has Gone Gold! on: September 02, 2007, 01:16:43 AM

Quote from: Ridah on September 01, 2007, 08:15:21 PM

Is there some sort of recap of the story up to Halo 3 that I could download? I completed Halo so long ago and never played Halo 2, I also read about half way through one of the novels. I could really use a recap.

I think there will be a disc that has all of the cutscenes from the first two games included with the Legendary edition.  Which is unfortunate, because no way in hell am I going to buy that one. 
9662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Worms: Open Warfare 2 !! on: September 01, 2007, 05:29:52 AM
Pretty sure this on the PSP, too, if anybody cares.
9663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stranglehold on: September 01, 2007, 05:28:23 AM
For the multiplayer it seems all they would have to do is put everybody into slow-mo when somebody uses it, but only the person that used it can move their crosshair at the normal rate and everybody else moves it slower just like their movements. 
9664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: September 01, 2007, 05:25:28 AM
That would be pretty cool.  They need the chase scene from the original Gone in 60 Seconds.  38 minutes of pure car chase and carnage.  Then you could get Bullit, The French Connection, Ronin...
9665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Labor Day Edition on: August 31, 2007, 02:53:51 PM
Since my 360 is still MIA, I will be busting out the PSP all weekend.  I'm almost done with Daxter and then I will move on to Syphon Filter spiced with some MX vs ATV.  If the desire strikes me (which it probably will) I might also pick up Dead Head Fred since it seems like it might be a good time.  
9666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds Impressions on: August 31, 2007, 02:34:43 PM
Hey, if the 360 version allows me to fully mess with the performance vs graphics I think I would definitely go that route.  It's bound to look and run better than my crappy PC. 
9667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: skate. on: August 31, 2007, 02:13:41 PM
I have to say, that faceplant in your video looked kind of lame.  I've seen more violent landings from somebody laying down on a couch. 
9668  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Dogs] Thinking about getting a Collie on: August 31, 2007, 09:03:36 AM
My dad has had border collies for his last three dogs (unfortunately the second one was killed) and he absolutely loves them.  They were all trained to be cattle dogs but he doesn't even have cattle anymore.  My stepmom has been using their current one in those dog athletics classes (whatever they're called) and they both enjoy it and do really well.  The dogs have all been very sweet, obedient, kid-friendly and love to chase things (balls, frisbees, whatever).  Their natural herding instinct can make for some funny times when they try herding birds and such. 

I don't know if they would be a very good choice if you don't have a yard, though.  Something to think about.
9669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds Impressions on: August 31, 2007, 08:56:09 AM
I understand the 360 version had some slowdown, less than perfect graphics and whatnot, but compared to running it on an older PC is it really that bad?  For some reason I want to play this game, but if possible I'd prefer to play it on my XBox when it gets back from repair. 
9670  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Mist Trailer on: August 31, 2007, 03:00:24 AM
I would watch that.  And if I was there, I would probably punch that preachy bitch in the face. 
9671  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Witcher video link on: August 31, 2007, 02:28:52 AM
Just wanted to let someone know that the link to the new Witcher video posted in the News doesn't work. 
9672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] No reason to wait? on: August 30, 2007, 11:44:57 PM
Don't forget that it also has double the on-board memory to enable sped up cached loading of games.
9673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 available for preorder on Amazon on: August 30, 2007, 01:57:09 PM
For anyone that is getting or interested in the new PSP "Slim", IGN has a fairly decent hands-on write up, including some good close-up pictures of the ice-silver model. 
9674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why can't they... on: August 30, 2007, 01:31:46 PM
That "giant robot-hucking-cars game" was Slave Zero, and there was also an MMO under development of the name Citizen Zero which never came out.  So you really had three games rolled into one.  slywink
9675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Dead Head Fred? on: August 30, 2007, 08:24:27 AM
Heh, absolutely not. 

This is sort of an action/beat 'em up/platformer game where your character is/was a detective who had his head taken off by the mob.  Some crazy doctor put your brain in a jar on your shoulders and reanimated you...or something.  As you play the game you can change your abilities by slapping on different heads.

The main character's voice is done by John C McGinley, who is probably best known as Dr Cox on Scrubs.
9676  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: August 30, 2007, 08:17:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 30, 2007, 01:50:40 AM

someone needs to point out the difference between Samus and Master Chief to him...

I think he's just poking the fanboys with that one. 
9677  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: August 30, 2007, 08:16:01 AM
So can I assume that you would recommend Robin Hobb?  slywink
9678  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: omg Desktop thread on: August 30, 2007, 08:14:02 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 30, 2007, 01:54:38 AM

hiding something with all those blurry icon descriptions Engine?  icon_wink


Yeah, some of them have my name and names of family and such (resume, picture folders, etc), so as I was blurring those out I just did all of them.  No need for psychos like you to have all my personal info.  slywink
9679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Dead Head Fred? on: August 30, 2007, 08:00:23 AM
Do it!  I would like to hear some real impressions before I make the plunge.
9680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 30, 2007, 01:02:37 AM

Quote from: Calvin on August 30, 2007, 12:36:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 29, 2007, 11:29:44 PM

Just note that OXM gave the game a 7.5 and nocked the single player portion pretty bad, and I see that the EGM reviews average to 6.67 (probably a 6 and two 7's). 

As for the Vietnam games, can you imagine how much cooler they could be now with something like Crysis' jungle vegetation?
What was the reasoning for the knock on the SP?

They mostly said that is was just an average campaign with some AI issues and such.  Here's some quote text:

Quote
...While this setup lends a bit of replayability and removes the tight scripting and forced linearity that the series (and WWII games in general) has been guilty of, it's underused: you parachute in only at the beginning, and --sometimes -- when you die and respawn.  Once you're on the ground, Airborne plays very solidly but unspectacularly.  Gunplay is ho-hum, except for the sadistic location-based death system that causes foes to fall over dead in different ways depending on where the fatal bullet penetrated their flesh.  Bonus points for the effort to the weapon upgrades, which offer (for example) recoild and greater zoom bonuses with frequent weapon use, but don't really enhance the game. 

And though the levels are all visually unique, we've fought in too many of these places before.  Both Normandy at D-Day and Market Garden are WWII battles we've survived more than once.  Worse, the AI foes are frustrating.  In short, they're crack shots from any distance, choosing to focus on you even when an AI ally is a nearer, greater threat.  Their precision becomes most painful on the penultimate mission, "Varsity," where you're dropped into a railyard surrounded by snipers.  And though the actual final mission is an engaging sniper-free gauntlet, the finale offers little payoff beyond a short cutscene.  ...

They go on to say that they enjoy the multiplayer quite a bit. 
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