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9641  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 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...
9642  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. 
9643  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?)
9644  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. 
9645  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!!
9646  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. 
9647  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. 
9648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demo Lego Indiana 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.
9649  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. 
9650  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. 
9651  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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9652  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?
9653  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. 
9654  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.
9655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: got my 360 back today...and another free month GOLD on: May 12, 2008, 11:33:22 PM
You can just enter the codes and they get added onto the end of your subscription.
9656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 12, 2008, 11:29:23 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 12, 2008, 11:44:56 AM

I think chainsaw battles should be based on Gods of War type minigame sequences and whoever gets the random sequence done faster wins.  Still frantic, still speed, but takes a bit more skill and thought than one button repeated.

You fail.  Go play Space Ace. 
9657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 12, 2008, 02:52:04 PM
I agree with disarm that GRID seems to have a bit more forgiving race style than DiRT's rally races (which I love), and when I played there was just something that felt really good about tapping the brakes into a corner, diving low and passing three cars as I gave it some gas. 

Having said that, I also can't wait for Baja this summer!  Off-road is definitley my preferred racing environment.
9658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 12, 2008, 02:48:16 PM
Well, considering the Age of Conan early period starts this week, I'll say that.  smile

I'd love to hear impressions if anyong picks up Deca Sports or We Ski for the Wii (looking in your direction as always, Bullwinkle).
9659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stimulus Rebates! on: May 11, 2008, 06:01:32 PM
I have to say I'm pretty surprised at the level of fiscal responsibility in the crowd here.  Way to go, guys!
9660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CONGRATULATIONS ROCKSTAR!!!! GTA:IV 500MLN. on: May 11, 2008, 05:50:06 PM

Quote from: morlac on May 11, 2008, 05:23:41 PM

Rock and roll music is the Devil!

Anyone who listens to that crap is a no good, lazy criminal.

opps, wrong generation.

No worries folks the baby boomers are dying off.

And if they're not dying off soon enough, we can always start running them down with our stolen cars, am I right?
9661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flathead Screws are for Morons on: May 11, 2008, 05:22:25 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 11, 2008, 05:15:27 PM

Phillips screw heads were designed to slip more easily than a straight screwdriver. Early machines often overtightened straight-head screws. Ah, here we go -- from Wiki:

"The Phillips screw drive has slightly rounded corners in the tool recess, and was designed so the driver will slip out, or cam out, under high torque to prevent over-tightening. The Phillips Screw Company was founded in Oregon in 1933 by Henry F. Phillips, who bought the design from J. P. Thompson. Phillips was unable to manufacture the design, so he passed the patent to the American Screw Company, who was the first to manufacture it."

And yet, in the same breath, Wiki also says:

"Slot head has a single slot, and is driven by a flat-bladed screwdriver. The slotted screw is common in woodworking applications, but is not often seen in applications where a power driver would be used, due to the tendency of a power driver to slip out of the head and potentially damage the surrounding material."

So which one is it, Wiki? Which screw slips more easily?

They both slip, just in different ways.  The phillips head slips under high-torque situations but doesn't displace the screwdriver to the side, and with a slot head the screwdriver often slips out the side, potentially damaging the material.  Easy enough.
9662  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: May 12 Postage Increase! on: May 11, 2008, 05:18:48 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on May 11, 2008, 12:38:47 PM

The "Forever Stamps" -of which I have a few books - have no price and are supposed to be valid regardless of price increases so I've no immediate concern about postal increases.

Although I enjoy the Internet as much or more as anyone else, I avoid online bill paying simply because I don't like allowing too much automatic withdrawals to anyone. Yeah, I know, many people are patting themselves on the back about not using snail mail, yawnnn, congratulating themselves on their cleverness about not having to write a check, but I prefer being actively aware of where, when, why, etc. my money is going. Otherwise, I'd be just puzzled about my expenses at the end of the year.

You can still do online bill pay without it being automatic, and in fact that is what I do.  I simply get an email reminder when my bill is ready (Comcast. T-Mobile, credit cards, power) and then go to the appropriate website and pay it from my checking account.  But you can keep patting yourself on the back if you feel like.
9663  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: May 11, 2008, 06:10:00 AM
I vote for Kato (again)
9664  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Top 20 Arcade Games of All Time? on: May 10, 2008, 11:13:57 PM
STUN Runner
Ms Pac-Man
Mortal Kombat
Super Off-Road (Ivan "Iron-Man" Stewart's smile )
The Simpsons arcade game
Moon Patrol
Smash TV
Hard Drivin'
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
9665  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Fileplanet beta screenshots (NDA dropped for it) on: May 10, 2008, 11:02:18 PM
Wow, that's one ugly lady!
9666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 10, 2008, 10:13:51 PM

Quote from: Jubei on May 10, 2008, 09:31:32 PM

Have you seen how ugly those locust are? im sure a couple of bullets arnt going to faze them, maybe having to shoot them 50+ times before they die is a cheap way of making the game last longer?

I would say it's because of a mix of design and technical reasons.  It's a way to have each firefight last longer, make the player use the cover system to exchange fire and to allow for less enemies to be present at any time allowing for increased quality in each character. 
9667  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: NPD online subscription tracker (new in 2008) on: May 10, 2008, 09:51:58 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on May 10, 2008, 07:46:39 PM

Is there a link to the full list of active MMORPG's subscriber bases? I'd like to see how some of the other less-known MMORPG's are doing.

I'm in the middle of downloading Planetside (yes, it's still active!) just a little curious how many people are still playing it.

I guess I didn't even realize it was still active.  It looks like the last data has for it was from 2006 or something so no idea where to find that info.
9668  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for - 1 month free trial for Netflix on: May 10, 2008, 07:03:47 PM
For anyone that has Vista Premium and would like to try streaming Netflix movies to their Xbox 360: check this out.  It also allows you to download WatchNow movies into a WatchLater directory, apparently. 
9669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 10, 2008, 06:47:38 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 10, 2008, 06:24:08 PM

My only gripe is with the colors. Like in GoW, GoW2 appears to be using 3-4 colors total for everything.

GoW is certainly on the far end of the monocrhomatic scale, but a lot of games have been going more towards that "realistic" look (Skate, Burnout, GTA4) and it bugs me.  I spents lots of money on this console and HDTV, I want to see some fucking colors, damnit!  Real life is not that washed out.
9670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: call of duty 5...already playable? on: May 10, 2008, 06:43:30 PM
The big thing with me not liking WW2 shooters is the crappy iron sights.  I just can't use that to aim and much prefer a scope, dot, reticule or something along those lines.

Of course I think the general quality will likely be a bit lower in the Treyarch developed CoD5 anyway, so that doesn't help. 
9671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Steak-Ums on: May 10, 2008, 06:34:26 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 10, 2008, 06:27:18 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 10, 2008, 12:23:12 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 10, 2008, 06:45:03 AM

Do they come in microwavable sandwiches or just those meat clumps you have to pan fry? Ive always wanted some but could neve rever remember to buy some. Today I remembered but all I could find was stuff you pan heated and had to use your own bread. Is that the way they come?

You have always wanted one but you didn't even know what they were? Just the idea of a frozen product with the word steak in it's name got you excited?

I thought they were a pre made philly cheese steak mini sandwich that you just needed to microwave or toast..seems I was mistaken. Maybe Ill stick to the Stouffers panini bread frozen microwave sandwiches instead.

If you find the Healthy Choice panini sandwiches on sale (usually for about $2 around here) they are the tastiest in my opinion.  Cheese steak, smoked chicken, chicken basil...yumm.
9672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 10, 2008, 05:08:32 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 10, 2008, 08:57:20 AM

It definitely doesn't have a 4-point physics model ...

Just like DiRT, yes it does. 
9673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 10, 2008, 05:06:10 PM
Man, I wish my copy would get here already!  Stupid Amazon free shipping (why is it always three days from them notifying the USPS and giving me a tracking number and it still doesn't even show being picked up?)
9674  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: NPD online subscription tracker (new in 2008) on: May 10, 2008, 04:40:28 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 10, 2008, 01:54:06 PM

CoX is #5?  icon_eek

I didn't expect that. Well...go Heroes!

Well, it's by using their weird formula for averaging quarterly online revenue, so it may only be with publicly traded western companies or something.  There is also the fact that in Asia the subscription model is generally much different than western countries, so I'm curious how they account for that. 
9675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 10, 2008, 06:44:33 AM
Was any of what Cliff said even necessary for the video?  Certainly didn't seem so to me.  It's guys shooting from vehicles.  Maybe they should worry about actually getting the story into the game this time rather than having to describe it in gameplay videos. 

No, I'm not bitter at all. slywink
9676  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Panda movie trailer on: May 10, 2008, 06:33:11 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 09, 2008, 08:08:13 PM

Word from the animation community, and from a friend who interned on Kung Fu Panda is that it's really, really good.  Miles above prior Dreamworks stuff.

It wouldn't take much to be better than the other Dreamworks Animation crap...but that trailer doesn't give me much confidence.
9677  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do Not Attempt on: May 10, 2008, 05:44:46 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 10, 2008, 03:43:10 AM

I played it 4 times and every time the gimp shot himself right away.  Is there actually more to it than that?
9678  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Any interest for a Chicago-area get together May 31? on: May 10, 2008, 02:17:37 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 06, 2008, 01:18:59 PM

Why isn't this in the Off topic forum where people will actually see it? There are quite a few Chicagoans (sp) here....

Yeah, I don't live in Chicago but if I did there is a good chance I wouldn't see this topic in here.  This forum is a bit underused/visited.
9679  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Random sightings on older games: RTWGold, Warhammer Collection, on: May 10, 2008, 01:10:11 AM
I've seen that Civ collection on clearance at Target, but I didn't really look to see which games/expansions were in it.
9680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 10, 2008, 01:02:12 AM

Quote from: disarm on May 09, 2008, 11:26:17 PM

one more little thing worth mentioning...they really improved the replay system from DiRT.  while you could do replays in DiRT, it always bothered me that you couldn't use different buttons on the controller to carry out the various had to actually move between the buttons on-screen and hit the A button to select them.  now you can smoothly go back and forth through a race at various speeds (both fast and slow), pause the action instantly, and watch the carnage of a big wreck in all its splendor.  they are still missing a photo option though...

You can also rewind to the point before you spun out/crashed/whatever so that if you have one tragic accident you don't have to start the whole race over.  I haven't really messed with that aspect much, but it seems like it could be a very good thing to avoid re-running a whole race when you crash on the last lap (you can also select Pro mode to turn it off and get better scores if you are hardcore).
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