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9761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebaum's World had some good videos on: November 17, 2006, 03:09:28 AM
I'd say it takes as much skill as a lot of things.  Control, timing, accuracy, etc.  If you think it takes no skill I suggest you try to do it and see for yourself.  icon_smile
9762  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: $100.00 Xbox Core system On ThanksGiving! on: November 17, 2006, 02:53:00 AM
The core system also comes with a wired controller, so you can add another $40-50 if you want a wireless controller. 
9763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer: Mark of Chaos Reviews / Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 02:48:36 AM
I see they just released a patch (with new maps) and a scenario editor for this one. 
9764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amazon $100 Core 360 on: November 16, 2006, 03:56:29 PM
The weird thing is that the site says voting will end on Tuesday at 9pm...does that mean this is for next week's sale or something?  My vote went through and the numbers have seemed to change even over the last half hour. 
9765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Excite Truck: 6.8 at Gamspot on: November 16, 2006, 03:53:18 PM
Yeah, I really can't believe how awful GT Pro looks.  It almost looks like an N64 game that got ported (badly) to GameCube or something. And it's coming from Ubisoft, which usually doesn't put out pure shit. 
9766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 16, 2006, 05:49:09 AM
I was just by my local Best Buy and sitting outside were about 15 lawn chairs with numbers on them and nobody sitting in them.  I'm thinking either the store set them up and nobody is waiting yet, or maybe people just decided that it was too cold, rainy and windy to sit outside for another two days and left their chairs there.  A little odd, either way. 
9767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas starting earlier again on: November 16, 2006, 05:22:57 AM
Well at least the station waited until "ROCKTOBER!!!" was over.  icon_wink  Yeah, that one never gets old. 
9768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So you think you know everything on: November 15, 2006, 03:57:27 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on November 15, 2006, 03:52:02 AM

(From memory so it might not be right):

$1.19 is the most amount of money you can have without being able to make change for a dollar. Anyone want to figure out the coins you would need?

3 quarters, 4 dimes and 4 pennies sounds about right for that amount. 
9769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Plastic Ono Band Wins Against Pink Floyd! on: November 15, 2006, 03:52:23 AM
I think it goes without saying that any list of this kind is usually entirely subjective and half filled with shit. 
9770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 11/14/06 on: November 14, 2006, 03:55:11 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on November 14, 2006, 02:24:27 PM

There's also the double-disc SE of The Green Mile which shall find itself upon my Christmas list tootsweet. For those of you into giant monkeys, the LOTR-style EE of King Kong hits as well. If anyone can explain to my as to why a giant ape story deserves a four hour film then kudos to you. The original version clocked in at a lean 100 minutes and it remains one of the best films ever. Peter Jackson's love-fest to the big guy? Not so much.

I agree.  I thought the new version was too long and full of unnecessary special effects and crap as it was, I can't imagine why they need to add 38 minutes more of that.   saywhat

I think I'll be adding Who Killed The Electric Car to my queue and that's about it. 
9771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War MP server disconnections: this seems to work on: November 14, 2006, 02:13:14 AM
I see a note that Epic is currently working on a patch for the matchmaking and some other things.  Hopefully it doesn't take too long. 
9772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata? on: November 14, 2006, 02:08:04 AM
Save the Pinata!  icon_biggrin
9773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Identify these games! [Forum Game] on: November 13, 2006, 11:20:23 PM
The only game I remember from back when we had a TI-99/4A was some sort of magic hat math "game".  Of course, I was only born a couple years before that was released so I couldn't have been very old when we got it.  I also remember my brother messing with the voice synthesizer add-on thingie. 
9774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stranger Than Fiction on: November 13, 2006, 11:15:51 PM
I just got back from a matinee showing of this one and I have to agree that it is definitely worthwhile.  A great mix of quirky comedy and serious emotion. 
9775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Identify these games! [Forum Game] on: November 13, 2006, 07:00:21 PM
Alright, somebody call the cops, we've got a thread killer!  icon_wink
9776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 13, 2006, 06:47:57 PM
One move I would like to see in a future game is a roll-over move, where if I am hunkered against a concrete barrier or whatever I can hit this move and quickly hop/roll over the top and take cover on the other side now facing the opposite direction.  It's frustrating to hop over it and then get turned around and holding 'A' trying to take cover again.  Plus, there were times I would be running around to flank and accidentally ran into a barrier so took cover but my back was to the enemy and they wasted me before I could get out of there or return fire.

Also, I really dislike the delay between hitting 'A' and starting your run or taking cover.  It should be nearly instantaneous.
9777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War MP server disconnections: this seems to work on: November 13, 2006, 06:37:39 PM
Well I know I have certainly been having trouble trying to connect to Quick Match games.  I tried that 'X' thing a bit last night but never saw the server list in the background.  Maybe I just didn't hit it enough times or something. 

Anyway, thanks for the tips!
9778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 13/Nov/06 on: November 13, 2006, 06:24:45 PM
I played Gears of War and surprisingly only that.  I beat it on Casual and then tried out a few online games on Sunday.  Unfortunately, I was struck with constant problems trying to connect to open games.  

This is the first time I've tried playing on Live for a couple years so I don't know if it's a problem with my connection, crappy matchmaking or just overloaded games on this busy weekend.  It would do the searching thing for a while (a little too long) and then it would bring up a server for me to connect to and nearly every time I tried to join it would say it couldn't connect to the server or some crap.  Pretty frustrating.  I did get through on a couple of them and later on I played a couple games with some GT cats and that was fun.  
9779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 13, 2006, 06:17:19 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 13, 2006, 06:05:34 PM

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Broccoli Best Quality ギャラクシーエンジェル Moonlit Lovers

THAT'S MY FAVORITE GAME!!!!!

Damn you, Sony! DAMN YOU TO HELL!!!   mad

Seriously though, GT4 worked just fine for Gamespot.

http://www.gamespot.com/pages/profile/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-24746743&user=James_Yu&print=1

They may not have had any problems, but it is a known issue and is in Sony's database as reported.  Some of the problems have been fixed with the initial system update and hopefully they can iron out the rest or most of them in future updates. 
9780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 13, 2006, 06:08:59 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 13, 2006, 05:43:19 PM

If I had known I had a PS-3 I probably would have gotten Tony Hawk 8 for it but that is in the mail for the 360 atm.  Sheesh what a backorder of games. 

Well, that one is sort of a no-win situation, since the PS3 has the tilt available for grinds and tricks, but the 360 is the one with the online portion. 

As for me, I'm not picking up anything this week other than Christmas gifts for my family. 
9781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 13, 2006, 03:42:28 AM
Thanks for the tips, papa!  Thankfully, I did finally beat that mofo!  I don't think I would even attempt that on a harder difficulty.  One of my problems was that sometimes even if I was in the light (like behind that first barricade) the damn bats would still attack me and obviously end me.  It may have been because I was standing up or something, but I was still in the damn light! 

It also helped when I just gave up on trying to keep Dom alive.  That guy is a tard sometimes. 
9782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 Review for PS3 and 360 on: November 13, 2006, 03:37:32 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 13, 2006, 03:06:02 AM

Am I the only one who is sick and tired of the Tony Hawk games? I tried the demo, but it felt like more of the same.

I had a pretty similar reaction to the demo.  For some reason I was expecting a reinvention of the series when it was more like one step further with a new trick.  That's great if that's what you're looking for, I just burned out on the game and it's mechanics a while ago.  Not to mention my skills just aren't up to linking a billion tricks together without bailing. 
9783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 13, 2006, 02:36:59 AM
Fighting this last boss...if these controllers weren't so damned expensive mine would have hit the wall by now.  Hard.  Aaarrrrgh!
9784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Spider-Man 3 Trailer! SWEET MERCIFUL CHRIST!!!!! on: November 13, 2006, 01:28:32 AM
That trailer was pulled from Ain't It Cool, by the way. 
9785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Emergence Day is here on: November 12, 2006, 10:39:11 PM
If you are into that sort of thing, the Game With Fame thing with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth starts in less than a half hour and the Epic guys start at 4pm Pacific.  Details in that first link of the original post. 

I haven't even tried the multiplayer yet (although I did finally get Live Gold), so no way in hell I'd attempt to hold my own against the Epic guys. 
9786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Spider-Man 3 Trailer! SWEET MERCIFUL CHRIST!!!!! on: November 12, 2006, 10:32:15 PM
I really don't like how they are going the route of throwing more and more villians in each movie.  It gets to the point where what little story they have becomes a joke.  I mean, these characters have years of storylines they can mine for backstory and filler and stuff, why cram them in to use as throwaway enemies? 
9787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Identify these games! [Forum Game] on: November 12, 2006, 10:24:22 PM
I think one game at a time would be fine.
9788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An interesting experiment on: November 12, 2006, 07:36:22 PM
Yeah, I'm not blind.  It is exactly like the others except it is on a solid white background. 
9789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Judgement Day 11-18-2006 Columbus OH on: November 12, 2006, 07:35:31 PM
Maybe you set your clock too far ahead or something...it is only the 12th of November here.  In the year 2006. 

If it is not 2006 where you are, you need to find Doc Brown and get back from the future. 
9790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An interesting experiment on: November 12, 2006, 07:32:51 PM
So why is that one specifically a spooktacular orb when all of the others are "obvious reflections"?   retard
9791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 12, 2006, 07:07:51 PM
You know that every time you load your game you can select the difficulty, right?  No need to slog away at one that is causing frustration.  Although I have found a couple spots where I keep dying over and over even on casual.  Sad. 
9792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An interesting experiment on: November 12, 2006, 06:48:04 PM

Quote from: Doopri on November 12, 2006, 06:10:57 PM

i think the one hes talking about is the thing that looks like a translucent moon to the left of the arm of the loveseat

and it is a little odd

Right, and there are plenty more of them on the right side of the picture.  By the vase, that little statue, little ones near the foot, the plant, frame of the picture, couch...  just looks like scattered light, dust or something on the lense to me.  You can see there is a direct flash reflection off the glass of the cabinet on the left side of the picture. 
9793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Emergence Day is here on: November 12, 2006, 05:51:24 PM
Well, the official "Emergence Day" is here and brings with it some events and free goodies on XBox Live.  The first two downloads (theme and gamerpic) are available for today only, the videos will stick around.  Text stolen from Major Nelson.

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Name: Gears of War Emergence Day Gamer Picture
Price: Free
Available in: Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
Dash Details: One day only! Download the Exclusive Gears of War “I played on Emergence Day” Gamerpic.

Name: Gears of War Emergence Day Theme
Price: Free
Available in: Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
Dash Details: One day only! Download the Exclusive Gears of War “I played on Emergence Day” Theme.

Name: Gears of War Emergence Day Message from Cliffy B (480p and 720p)
Price: Free
Available in: U.S.
Dash Details: [ESRB: M (MATURE) BLOOD AND GORE, INTENSE VIOLENCE, STRONG LANGUAGE] Gears of War Emergence Day Message from Cliffy B

Name: Gears of War Gameplay (480p and 720p)
Price: Free
Available in: U.S.
Dash Details: [ESRB: M (MATURE) BLOOD AND GORE, INTENSE VIOLENCE, STRONG LANGUAGE] Gears of War raw gameplay footage.

To me the GamerPic is a bit too dark to see well on the console, but it looks decent when seen on xbox.com so that may be my VGA connection or something.  The theme looks nice but I'm not too big on having backgrounds on the console. 

Download some goodies and then get back to gunning down more of those Locust bastards. icon_biggrin
9794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October Hardware Sales on: November 12, 2006, 04:31:40 PM
Yeah, I think between the second wave of bigger 360 games hitting and the holidays coming up their sales should improve quite a bit for a couple months at least.  It will be interesting to see if they can catch a broader audience this season.

I have no doubt that Sony will be able to sell every one of the consoles that they ship.  I just really hope they don't have serious first-run problems like the PS2, XBox and 360 have had.  For some reason I have a sense of impending doom (or maybe this is Operation Impending Doom II icon_wink) that we will be seeing large quantities of failing hardware in six or eight months.  Those sorts of problems are not good for consumers or the gaming industry as a whole. 
9795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An interesting experiment on: November 12, 2006, 04:22:30 PM
There are about six more "orbs" on the right side of the picture...
9796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Savage 2 going persistant. on: November 12, 2006, 04:16:58 PM
Yes, I did preorder and no I didn't get a gift.  Bummer.  I checked the forum and at least a couple other people had the same problem so I PM'd the S2 rep about it.  I'm not too worried since beta hasn't launched yet.

The spelling error is right below the Karma Points icon on the right side, it says "Unpsent Points".  As I meant to say, I checked the site and the truncated "P" in "Points" was just an artifact of the compression in the image you posted. 

Here is a little info about the Karma points posted in their forums today:

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Karma is automatically earned in the game by doing "good" deeds. We don't have a complete listing yet, but things like healing, following orders, spending time near your squads officer, etc...

Karma is also automatically removed for doing other things. These include cussing multiple times in a match as well as other factors, some of which we're still trying to define.

Finally, for every x hours of game time you receive a KP (Karma Point) to spend. This KP can be used to give a very pleasant, team oriented player a point or it can be used to take away a KP from someone who is being a total jerk. Also realize that Karma will extend onto the forums as well. We are going to tie all Savage 2 accounts with the forum accounts (an update coming in a couple of weeks). However, realize that taking away Karma from another player will result in a 1/2 point being removed from your Karma. We've chosen to do this to stop people from just punishing the bad and not rewarding the good.

Lastly all Karma history for each player will be logged and viewable on any players profile  icon_smile This includes Karma given and taken by that player and TO that player.
9797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Savage 2 going persistant. on: November 12, 2006, 06:03:26 AM
Heh, I just checked the site for myself and saw the truncation of the "P". 

On their front page it says "If you have pre ordered, you can log-in at the top of the page for a small reward of our appreciation."  I logged in and saw the screen you are showing, but I didn't get any reward.  Unless they are talking about being able to check that screen out. 
9798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got a 360...now i need 1 game recommendation!! on: November 12, 2006, 05:55:24 AM
Yeah, if you are into racing games you would get plenty of playtime out of Project Gotham Racing 3 or NFS: Most Wanted for half the price of a new game.  I enjoyed Kameo quite a bit and there is a good amount of playtime in that one.  One of my favorite games so far, and certainly my most played, would have to be Just Cause.  

I think it is sort of hard to give advice without knowing what sort of games you like.  What have you really liked on previous systems?  
9799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Savage 2 going persistant. on: November 12, 2006, 05:46:29 AM
This should be interesting to see more about the Karma and Item Vault stuff.  I have to admit that the second thing I saw on that first screen was the spelling of "Unpsent Points".  Minor quibble. 

I like the idea of the refer a friend scratch-off tickets.  Hopefully they are well balanced within the game. 
9800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Palance has passed away... on: November 12, 2006, 12:57:15 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on November 11, 2006, 11:25:38 PM

A sad day...I really liked him as an actor.   It was strange though, I thought he died a few years ago.  :icon_confused:

You were thinking of his twin brother, Curly.  icon_wink  Seriously, though, sad to see him gone. 

As for the movie Shane, I have actually never seen it (it's in the queue) but since my name is Shane I have heard that line a few times.  I used to have a friend in college and she was always saying "Shaaane!  Come back, Shaaaane!" 
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