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9761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you listening to these days? on: April 19, 2008, 06:46:14 AM
Well, I've been listening to quite a bit, but here are my most recent purchases:

The Black Keys: Attack And Release:

Clutch: From Beale Street to Oblivion:

The Raconteurs: Consolers of the Lonely:

Eels: Live and In Person (London 2006):

Other than those, I've been listenting to: The Black Angels, Black Mountain, M. Ward (I really like the Post-War album), more Eels (just saw the new concert, and it ruled as always), Kid Dakota and lots of other stuff. 
9762  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 19, 2008, 05:15:52 AM
I'm not usually that big on the free-for-all, gank-happy kind of PVP server, so I'm pretty sure I'll be going with a PVE server.  I think there should be plenty of other PVP stuff there.
9763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Needed: Suggestions to make $400 quickly. on: April 18, 2008, 04:59:00 AM
Donating plasma or bone marrow combined with some temp/labor work can do the trick when you're desperate.
9764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Hell of a lot of Guns: Borderlands on: April 18, 2008, 04:18:37 AM
I think we'll be lucky to see this one ship before the middle of next year, and my guess would be the end. 
9765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: April 18, 2008, 04:01:47 AM

Quote from: warning on April 18, 2008, 03:48:02 AM

She's so much hotter than Kate Beckinsale.

You make the baby Jesus cry.
9766  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 18, 2008, 02:30:41 AM

Quote from: Jag on April 17, 2008, 02:14:12 PM

Anyone pre-ordering the CE? I'm on the fence on that.

I've got my preorder in at Amazon for now.  Mostly because it's so much cheaper but the War Mammoth does tweak my buttons. 

I hate the fact that the "open" beta is for FilePlanet subscribers only. 
9767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania Nations Forever...sans Starforce? on: April 17, 2008, 04:22:47 AM
It's the free version, why would it have Starforce? 
9768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit available for pre-order now on: April 17, 2008, 04:16:49 AM

Quote from: jersoc on April 17, 2008, 01:03:22 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 16, 2008, 03:28:43 AM

I'm pretty sure that I read that there are over 10 games in development to take advantage of the Wii Fit board, and I know for certain that one of them is a skiing game (a conversion of a Japanese Cube skiier, with unfortunately no snowboarding apparently).

looks a bit boring to me, personally.

I just wish they had taken the time to add snowboarding.  frown
9769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: General Grand Theft Auto IV Thread on: April 17, 2008, 04:15:21 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 16, 2008, 08:29:56 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 16, 2008, 08:19:02 PM

i can't resist reading all of these previews, even though it causes much distraction.

Well here's one that'll put a Price is Right tuba in your bundt cake:

Quote from: Andrew "I will destroy your hopes and dreams" Pfister
You'll likely notice the same graphical "quirks" that the series has dealt with since the jump to 3D. The same filmlike, grainy framerate exists and usually holds steady, but it can momentarily dip when things get frantic. There's some long-distance graphical fade-in as well as some street-level hazards that appear only after you hit them. Traffic will be nonexistent one second, then three cars deep when you rotate the camera back around, and then completely disappear when your wanted level gets to two or three stars (which is oh-so-fun when you desperately need a getaway vehicle).

Man, if that is true I'm going to be super pissed.  There is no excuse for that kind of inconsistency these days.  It was bad enough to see the cars right next to you disappearing on the PC versions of the older games, but on current gen with so many other games doing the same sort of gameplay without those problems it is unacceptable. 
9770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP racing games on: April 16, 2008, 03:54:49 AM
Yeah, Burnout: Legends is good old-school Burnout fun.  If you like the FlatOut games check out FlatOut: Head-on.

There are demos for FlatOut and Wipeout: Pulse to download on the Playstation Store. 
9771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit available for pre-order now on: April 16, 2008, 03:28:43 AM
I'm pretty sure that I read that there are over 10 games in development to take advantage of the Wii Fit board, and I know for certain that one of them is a skiing game (a conversion of a Japanese Cube skiier, with unfortunately no snowboarding apparently). 
9772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do you look like? on: April 16, 2008, 03:13:23 AM

Quote from: slackerjoe on April 15, 2008, 04:37:46 AM

Here's me and Noah.

Were you in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

9773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/14) on: April 15, 2008, 03:51:55 AM
Nothing for me this week again (although I did just buy cheapo copies of Stranglehold and Godfather Blackhand last weekend). 
9774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 15, 2008, 03:21:42 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 15, 2008, 03:19:30 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 15, 2008, 02:07:28 AM

So...when do we begin to assume OO isn't coming back?  Or did we pass that point already?

More to the point, when do we cease to care? I am a creature of habit. Once a habit is extinguished, the inertia is on the other side. And the OO software is going to feel kinda primitive in comparison now.

Awwww, who am I kidding? These "silver" backgrounds hurt my eyes. I want the ol' black-and-gold back.

Profile -> Look and Layout Preferences -> Current Theme (change) ...
9775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It has begun on: April 15, 2008, 02:05:57 AM
9776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully-Xbox 360 Final Analysis. Worth A Purchase? on: April 14, 2008, 02:31:34 AM
If it helps, I it's on sale for $40 at Best Buy this week. 
9777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: April 14, 2008, 02:24:10 AM
Way too fake breastage.
9778  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target clearance watch - 3/21 on: April 13, 2008, 12:54:30 AM
I just picked up The Godfather: Blackhand Edition (Wii) and Stranglehold (360) for $15 a piece today.  I think for that price i can certainly get some worthwhile entertainment out of them. 
9779  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Wii Games in Amazon Gold Box on: April 12, 2008, 12:46:31 AM
I wouldn't have minded picking up S&M at the Olympics, but they're all sold out.
9780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: April 05, 2008, 04:28:31 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 05, 2008, 04:28:36 AM

Wow... that looks fantastic!
I must admit, though, that I'd much rather have a DiRT 2 or another Colin Mcrae(RIP!). Straight racing games get old for me pretty quickly.

Yeah, I can't wait until DiRT 2 (or whatever they call it then).  I am much more a fan of rally and off-road racing games, but I do enjoy Project Gotham quite a bit and even got some fun out of Forza for a while despite it seeming...sanitized or something. 

Quote from: CSL on April 05, 2008, 05:48:50 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 05, 2008, 04:28:36 AM

DiRT 2 or another Colin Mcrae(RIP!).


In case you didn't know, Colin McRae died in a helicopter crash last year.  In Eurpope DiRT was still known as Colin McRae's DiRT as an extension of the long-runny CMR Rally games. 
9781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any interest in GRID? on: April 05, 2008, 03:58:51 AM
Has anyone else been checking out GRID?  After the awesomeness of DiRT, I'm hoping Codemasters can't go wrong here with a new take on the TOCA/Race Driver series.  Various kinds of speedy race cars?  Check.  Great graphics and awesome levels of damage?  Check and check.  It's using an enhanced version of engine from DiRT and looks to take advantage of it.   

I've heard that the career won't be structured quite like DiRT's pyramid, but will allow the same sort of selection for race types at any time so you can keep busy with the ones you like.  Seeing as there are "only" 45 cars this is obviously not aimed at the Gran Tourismo/Forza collector crowd, maybe around something like PGR (without the obvious Kudos and such).  Hopefully the mix of racing styles is as fun as I found them to be in DiRT. 

Here is a decent new video that I saw today that that shows off some of the action: over at GameTrailers.

(also, what's with them going with the 4-letter capitalized names now?  At least they remembered the 'i' this time.)
9782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: April 05, 2008, 03:32:53 AM
Since when has a console game ever been referred to in the "1.1, 1.2 version numbers" manner? 
9783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC Fall Lineup on: April 05, 2008, 02:51:47 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 04, 2008, 02:29:17 PM

Glad Chuck is back.   Btw, NBC will be airing Monk (which has fallen off in my opinion) and Psych (awesome show) this spring.  Do yourself a favor and watch Psych

That's good to hear about Monk and Psych.  I think they deserve a bigger audience. 
9784  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target clearance watch - 3/21 on: April 05, 2008, 02:42:52 AM
I saw Supreme Commander (and a couple others) for $14 and LOTRO for $10.  A friend also picked up Quake Wars for $10, but I wasn't able to find a copy. 
9785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol, a spy RPG from Obsidian on: April 04, 2008, 03:14:12 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 04, 2008, 02:36:28 AM

So what is it about those that makes you go "WOW"?  What really differentiates it from a dozen other games that look similar?
9786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are Target employees allowed to "pre-play" the games they sell? on: April 04, 2008, 12:10:56 AM
I worked at Target for a couple years and it was absolutely not policy to allow opening or "pre-playing" of games (or anything, for that matter).  Any item that had been open or damaged was destroyed or sent back to the manufacturer, with a few in-sellable condition (non-perishable, edible, etc) returns being marked "As-Is" repackaged clearance.  If you allowed employees to use/buy/take open or broken items it only encourages them to "accidentally" open something.  You would be surprised how much shit gets broken and tossed out on a daily/nightly basis during stocking or right off the trucks.

Of course there could be the chance that somebody bought it, decided they didn't want it and re-shrink wrapped it to return it, but I find that pretty unlikely. 
9787  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pirates of the Carribean Online on: April 03, 2008, 11:51:40 PM

Quote from: morlac on April 03, 2008, 05:58:22 PM

I had fun with it for a couple of hours yesterday.  The writing is surprisingly good and I enjoyed the cutscenes.  It did run like ass though.  If they can clean that up I would prolly subscribe for a bit.  The cancellation method Hark mentioned kinda sours me.  Big pet peeve of mine.  If you can order online then let me cancel online.  Gametap finally allows this though I had to google how to figure it out. 

A bit off topic, but I just signed up for the 1-month trial of GameTap and they actually tell you step-by-step how easy it is to cancel online.  I didn't realize that was a new feature, but it's certainly one that should be considered necessary. 
9788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: April 03, 2008, 02:51:15 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 03, 2008, 02:22:43 PM

I am now supposed to attack the darkwater portal on the first map to get the amulet charged, but it's one of those spots with the nearly limitless enemies as far as I can tell and I don't see a way to summon the troops. Little help please?

This is the stealth mission we were talking about.  You try to sneak in and charge it without aggroing the whole damn town. 

Here's another hint if you'd like (even though it was pretty much spelled out above)
Spoiler for Hiden:
Around the east(?) side of the town wall there is a blanket put over the wall spikes that you can climb over without alerting anybody.
9789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where is PeteRock? on: April 03, 2008, 02:48:30 PM
It's OK, I still haven't finished reading his posts from 6 months ago.  slywink
9790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: April 03, 2008, 04:00:52 AM
No, I didn't mean that the gold/urns/chests disappear from the world during the invasion, only from your mini-map if you've bought the treasure maps. 

Wow, a game I'm playing and enjoying actually getting to a second page.  That's pretty rare. 
9791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need your help, guys- for my son! -UPDATE- WE WON!!! on: April 02, 2008, 08:02:25 PM
Hooray for real Godzilla fans!  Enjoy the movies!
9792  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 02, 2008, 07:27:29 PM
So it looks like the beta requires 35GB of free space to install...cripes!  Thankfully my work computer has plenty of space.  Gotta love "personal research".  slywink
9793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: April 02, 2008, 02:29:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 02, 2008, 05:15:04 AM

By the way, you guys did find the blanket hanging over the wall of the fort, right?  It would be impossible without that entrance, I think.

Yeah, I went over the blanket, took a left and then tried to go right across the "front" area to the portal thing, stealth-killing a few guys along the way.  At that part by the steps was where I kept having the big troubles and eventually gave up on.

CeeKay, don't forget that you get Dragon Runes for taking down the Champions and Shamans that you can use to direct an attack from your dragon.  It usually costs 2 runes to have it kill a shaman, but often only 1 for something like a group of archers or something. 
9794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: April 02, 2008, 05:06:09 AM
I had gotten all of the powerups that were available by the time I did that end of the first island, but I'm not positive that I did them before the rogue mission.  I just never found a way to beat the patrols and guards since even if I took my time they would spawn in behind me (a huge pet peeve of mine).

Bullwinkle, just be aware that once the big battle begins you won't be able to see any of the gold/urns/chests on your map.  They go away when you start the invasion. 
9795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April fool's day announcements on: April 02, 2008, 03:37:08 AM
There was the Lord of the Rings Online Battle of Amon Hen.
9796  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Beserk new-thread-starting on: April 02, 2008, 03:33:26 AM
I think there is a lot of room between resurrecting 1+ year old threads and creating a new thread when there is another on still on the front page of the forum.  Search for the happy medium.  smile
9797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: April 01, 2008, 02:51:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 01, 2008, 05:36:58 AM

OK, made it to the first stealth mission and not loving it so much.  I've made it within sight of the Ley thing in Darkwater several times but somehow I keep on getting detected just as I'm about to approach it.  I have no clue what's catching me but it's irritating, compounded with the fact that there seems to be an endless supply of bad guys in the town, and if I escape by jumping over the wall all the previous guards that I stealth killed are reset.

I will say this: things get much better in the "rogue invasion" missions on the second island, so do your best to hammer through this one.  I tried and died a bunch (and got seriously pissed off at the respawning enemies) until I just snuck about half-way and then made a mad dash to the portal, killed off the guys that followed me up there and then tapped 'B' like a madman.  It was cheap, but I wanted to get back to something fun.  I have no idea why they made that first city so damn difficult with patrols and such. 
9798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever is NOT going gold today. on: April 01, 2008, 02:46:49 PM
Thank you.  A good reminder to just avoid the internet as a whole today. 
9799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/31) on: March 31, 2008, 02:53:56 PM

(oh, wait, that was last week.  Maybe you should but it now?)
9800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 31, 2008, 02:52:39 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 31, 2008, 12:06:46 PM

Also, again as mentioned, the settings are too dark. I know that's intentional, but I walked right off the edge of the screen without knowing it was there (that abrubtly ended my play time for this game for the evening).

You know, I jacked the gamma up a couple settings and haven't had that problem at all anymore.  It may also be that the second set of islands isn't quite as dark or have as deep of shadows, but either way I'm glad I don't have to deal with that anymore as it was really annoying me. 

Using throwing weapons isn't particularly good as it seems once you select one, you can't unselect it without actually throwing it. Since they cost money per use, that kind of sucks.

I don't use the throwing axes much at all, but when I did I thought you could just let got of the right button and be back to normal combat.  However, if you keep holding the button down and allow it to "aim" then the blue 'X' pops up and you can 1-hit kill them (at least with the better axes from the second island...I only tried it a couple times on the first one and they seemed to suck). 
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