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9761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: where's the buzz for Bionic Commando? on: October 17, 2007, 03:36:35 AM
I have been dreaming of this one for ages, so I am both extremely excited and also scared that they will screw it up. 

I can't say that the dreadlocked hero instills much confidence in me. 
9762  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 2.1 speakers on: October 16, 2007, 04:23:13 PM
With something like this, if you live in an apartment and you're not planning on cranking the sound up is it really necessary to pay that kind of price for speakers? 
9763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You haven't played Beyond Good & Evil? Shame on you. on: October 16, 2007, 02:09:10 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 16, 2007, 11:48:51 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on October 16, 2007, 04:58:03 AM

Oops, I forgot to mention that yes, it is on the Xbox as well.

Is it on the BC list?

Unfortunately not.  One of the few last great games not on there. 
9764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [rumour]project dark zero 2 on: October 16, 2007, 12:21:53 AM
I'm assuming the topic is supposed to read "Perfect Dark Zero 2" rather than "Project".

I know in an interview with Rare they said that they might not have been all that pleased with PDZ, but it was an absolute deadline for them to ship on 360 launch.  And looking at their history you can see that they don't necessarily do deadlines. 
9765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/15) on: October 15, 2007, 02:06:05 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 15, 2007, 02:02:04 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 15, 2007, 01:54:52 PM

Not planning to buy something unless I hear that the Wiimake of Rockstar Table Tennis has really good waggle controls.

Me too.  Anyone going to be a guinea pig on that one?

I'm sure Bullwinkle is more than willing to take one for the team.  Again.  slywink
9766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/15) on: October 15, 2007, 01:45:12 PM
Thankfully there is nothing on my plate for this week.  I need to catch up on everything I've bought in the last month or two. 

I am interested to hear if Victorious Boxers is any good, though.  Maybe for my Christmas list or something. 
9767  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Zune 30GB for $99 on: October 15, 2007, 09:17:55 AM
That is the current deal over at  You can choose between black, white or brown. 

Worth noting is the fact that Microsoft has said that when the new Zune is released they will fully support these older models upgrading to the new firmware to get all the new functionality (minus the new zippy touchpad thing, of course). 

I ordered one when they had the deal last weekend with only the black models and it should be arriving tomorrow.  Reports from people that have already received theirs are that the units are still in sealed retail packaging even though it says factory refurbished.  Possible they are clearing them out before the new models hit in November.  Either way you get the full 1 year warranty. 

9768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rate these bc xbox games on: October 15, 2007, 07:57:15 AM

Quote from: Purge on October 15, 2007, 12:44:04 AM

MechAssault2 : better story than MechAssault 1, and because you can "get out" of your mech suits and work with powersuits and vehicles, it made for a much more diverse gameplay. I MUCH preferred MA2 to MA; MA seemed more like Rock-Paper-LaserCannon.

I'm no scientician, but I reckon that Rock-Paper-LaserCannon is a bit unbalanced.  Paper is always going to win, man.
9769  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Wireless router advice on: October 14, 2007, 05:27:40 PM
With the recent acquisition of a PSP and a Zune coming in the mail (I couldn't pass up Woot's $99 deal) I would like to replace my router with one that has wireless access.  I'm pretty clueless about wireless networking, though.  I would like to have 4 regular ports to keep my 360 and PC wired, and likely only need 802.11g/b wireless unless 'n' isn't much more expensive. 

My current router seems to have problems playing games on XBox Live even though I have the ports opened and everything reports as good in the Live test utility, so my real concern with the new one is compatibility with Live.  I know they have this list of supported routers, but I have no idea when that was last updated and I'm guessing most of those models have seen new versions released.  I also haven't seen the XBox Live Compatible logo on any routers in stores, but I haven't looked too far and wide. 

Anyone have any suggestions for models that work well or ones to avoid?
9770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Circuit City sucks on: October 14, 2007, 01:44:42 PM
I've never heard of any recent EB/GameStop doing price matching.  It would really surprise me if they did. 
9771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Circuit City sucks on: October 14, 2007, 10:17:00 AM
The fact is that Circuit City never showed having copies of The Orange Box in stock this week at any stores within 50 miles of me.  Not on day of release or since, until the deal was over.  That's what pisses me off.  Putting something on sale and deliberately not stocking it.  That sort of thing is not common practice at all stores. 

And I didn't call all retail employees clueless idiots, although a lot of them are.  I know what it's like, I worked at Target for three years.  It doesn't take much at all to at least look at your weekly sales circular to know what is on sale, especially in your department.  Fuck, I stocked shelves at night and I could have told you 10 times more about our products than most Circuit City workers could tell me about a store that is 1/10th the size.  That's why I called them clueless idiots.  Working at a retail job, part time or not, does not automatically give you the right to have no idea what's going on.  It's part of the job.  You yourself just called most of your fellow coworkers idiots. 
9772  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Newer Games, Habu Mouse FS/FT on: October 14, 2007, 10:02:13 AM
PM for Dungeon Siege.
9773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Circuit City sucks on: October 14, 2007, 06:21:19 AM
As you may or may not know, Circuit City had The Orange Box [PC] on sale for $38 this last week.  Fantastic price on a new game, let alone 5 games.  They didn't have any in stock earlier this week, but since I wanted to pick up a copy locally if possible I entered my email address online to inform me when they got them in stock.  And surprise, surprise, they didn't get any in stock until 11pm tonight, the day that the sale ended. 

This is the same shit they pulled when they had the "Buy one Xbox Live accessory for $19.99+, get $20 off a second one" and they pulled all of their 1600 Marketplace point cards off the shelves.   

Then there is the fact that things on sale aren't even in the computer at the sale price the few times I've been able to pick them up, and you have to show the clueless idiots that work there (because they fired anyone experienced that may have had a clue) their own ad to get that price.

So my message to Circuit City: quit putting out deals if you don't intend to actually sell those things, dickheads! 

(and yes, I just pricematched at Best Buy rather than waiting for these jerkbags...which was probably their plan all along, if they are capable of thinking that far ahead)
9774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gilbert Arenas cheats at Halo. on: October 14, 2007, 05:54:55 AM
What ever happend to the idea of sportsmanship?  Fucking tools. 
9775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rate these bc xbox games on: October 14, 2007, 05:51:42 AM
Black is a great shooter and absolutely worth the price you can get it for these days.  It truely is gun-porn, and I loved just shooting the crap out of everything.  My only complaint is the unskippable, boring breifings between missions.  I really hope Criterion is working on a new game in the series. 

I like platformers in general, but Conker didn't hold my interest that long.  Some of it's humor is good fun, but a lot of it is immature crap (both figuratively and literally). 
9776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demo 3 Pack at GT - TimeShift, COD4, Unreal Tournament 3 on: October 14, 2007, 05:41:15 AM
Yeah, I was happy with the performance of UT3 on my crappy old system, but I was less than impressed with the gameplay.  Overall it felt pretty much exactly like the game we were playing 4 years ago.  It went from a really exciting upcoming release to a wait-and-see until some mods and things come out. 

Oh, well.  I've got plenty of other gaming goodness to keep me busy for a few months. 
9777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box [360] - Thoughts and Impressions please. on: October 13, 2007, 01:49:55 PM

Quote from: mikeg on October 13, 2007, 12:32:02 PM

rented the game yesterday and I can't play.  Motion sickness again.  Just like The Darkness.  I was sweating like a pig after about 10 minutes and stomach was completely turned over.  Glad I only rented. 

Some games do it to me and some don't.  Played the entire Halo 3 campaign and never a flutter, but this one tears me up for some reason. 

Quite a sweet package deal nonetheless.

Have you tried general motion-sickness cures like Dramamine or ginger root? 
9778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any Vizio HDTV owners? on: October 13, 2007, 09:39:08 AM

Quote from: walTer on October 12, 2007, 05:30:25 PM

Even NASCAR looks good in HD   eek

It may look good, but it's still no fun to watch.  slywink
9779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 12/Oct/07 on: October 13, 2007, 09:02:17 AM
I've got way too many games to try and play this weekend:

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Team Fortress 2
Halo 3 (which I still haven't touched...)
Stuntman: Ignition
Fear Gold

And then all the new demos for CoD4, UT3, PGR4, etc.  Sheesh!
9780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA To Purchase Bioware/Pandemic! on: October 13, 2007, 08:33:53 AM

Quote from: kathode on October 12, 2007, 09:15:30 PM

While I agree with you that it sounds like they will be pushing for faster and bigger development, I think the numbers might be misleading.  I think when they say "4-5 games" what they mean is "4-5 SKUs" which means that Mass Effect and a theoretical Mass Effect PC would be two games, not one.

Yeah, I believe their other quote was "10 properties over the next 5 or 6 years", which is only one actual game per studio per year, but they could end up on multiple platforms (like Mercenaries 2, which will be on 360, PS3, PS2 and PC).
9781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Virtua Fighter 5 demo [360] on: October 12, 2007, 01:56:52 PM
The demo for Virtua Fighter 5 is now available for download on the XBLMarketplace.  Not sure if the demo allows online play, but I know the full game does. 
9782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA To Purchase Bioware/Pandemic! on: October 12, 2007, 09:22:07 AM
There's an interview with a couple of the heads of Pandemic over at Gamasutra, but of course it's full of a lot of company-building BS and rhetoric.  The real outcome of this won't really be known for a couple years, I would think.  I'm certainly not seeing it as a positive thing, though. 
9783  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Got red rings, then not. on: October 12, 2007, 07:58:26 AM
Just be aware that if you are outside the standard 1 year warranty period and are counting on the 3 year "red-ring" warranty, if you send it back and they do not get the red ring you can be responsible for payment of regular repairs.  Or so they told me when I sent mine back. 
9784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: so.....this thing called half-life 2 episode 2 (and portal?) on: October 11, 2007, 06:38:39 PM
I just bought the boxed version and besides the shock of the hunter's vest orange plastic box I can't believe that there is no manual at all.  One single reference card and that's it.  That just seems a bit chintzy to me.  One box.  Five games.  No manual.  Oh, well. 
9785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battalion Wars 2 shots and details on: October 11, 2007, 06:33:22 PM
I certainly like the art style in this game, though I never played the first one.  Kind of reminds me of Cannon Fodder or something. 
9786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 11, 2007, 04:02:29 PM
So I tried out the demo for about 15 minutes and decided that this was worthy of my 1200 points.  Of course I just got 1600 points for $5 with that Halo 3 deal, but it seems worthy nonetheless.  Lots of fun so far, and I like puzzle games where it's not timed.
9787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 11, 2007, 02:54:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 11, 2007, 02:25:14 PM

did they toss out a demo on XBLM too?

Every XBLA game has a free demo.  It's part of the deal.
9788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Double Wires - Your newest time waster on: October 11, 2007, 02:46:19 PM
Hehe, no prob.  I'll give you a hint for Cat with Bow Golf: click on your cat and then drag backwards to fire the arrow in the opposite direction.  smile
9789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What color is the non-grey NES Zapper gun, red or orange? on: October 11, 2007, 02:23:44 PM
If you think that is actual plain red, you fail at Kindergarten. 
9790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Double Wires - Your newest time waster on: October 11, 2007, 02:20:44 PM
Myto, basically all you have to do is click your mouse where you want him to shoot-out one of the wires.  You want to aim at a piece of the "ceiling" that is in front of him, and then maintain your momentum and keep swinging like Spider-Man. 

This guy has done some other games that entertained me a while back, like Cat with bow golf, Egg Way, and War of the Hell (I didn't make up the names...).  I can't read a damn thing on the site, but just click on the pictures and try them out. 
9791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BEST YOUTUBE. MUSIC. VIDEO. EVER. on: October 11, 2007, 12:35:02 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 11, 2007, 12:16:34 PM

Quote from: Darkstar One on October 10, 2007, 11:57:05 PM

End of discussion.  Thanks.   You may now cease posting any further music videos on Youtube, as nirvana has now been reached.

Seriously though--this gives me chills watching it.


1. Who is the first guy singing?

2. Why is GE Smith on the stage? Was this for Saturday Night Live?

I know GE used to tour with Dylan for a couple years, playing guitar.  Looking at his wikipedia page, it looks like he has been involved in quite a few things. 
9792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box [360] - Thoughts and Impressions please. on: October 11, 2007, 09:22:57 AM
I like some of you to try out Team Fortress 2 on the 360 and let us know how it compares to playing it with a mouse and keyboard, or if you see any detriments to playing that way.  I'd like to be able to play these games on my HDTV with full details on because I'm sure it would look better than my crappy PC, but I don't want to end up with a version of TF2 that is basically gimped. 
9793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: so.....this thing called half-life 2 episode 2 (and portal?) on: October 10, 2007, 05:16:36 PM
Wal-mart is also into the pricematching thing, apparently. 
9794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: so.....this thing called half-life 2 episode 2 (and portal?) on: October 10, 2007, 04:30:48 PM

Quote from: Fellow on October 10, 2007, 04:23:22 PM

Out of curiosity, are they ever going to be selling Episode 2 separate from the Orange Box? I'm one of those very few weird freaks that really doesn't want all that extra jazz that comes with it.

You can download it seperately via Steam.  Click on the Orange Box thing and then select just Episode 2.  You have to pay $30 for it, and you can get the whole kitnkaboodle Orange Box for $38 at Circuit City this week so if you would get any enjoyment out of the other stuff it's worth going that route I think.  They also have free shipping online, I believe.  
9795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] What we've all been waiting for! on: October 10, 2007, 04:12:00 PM
I guess that's why I don't have a DS, because I certainly haven't been waiting for this.  slywink
9796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Shangri-La Diet? on: October 10, 2007, 03:18:18 PM
Yeah, I kind of figured that drinking oil and no food might loosen things up "downstairs", as they say.  So you think your body adjusted to that after a couple days?
9797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you react to In-Game Advertising? on: October 10, 2007, 01:43:35 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 10, 2007, 01:28:50 PM

... product placement has been important to any media outlet (besides gaming) for the past 75 years (easy). "and now a message from our sponsor" wasn't something invented in the 21st century.

That's funny, because I don't remember seeing any product placement in the last dozen books I read, and they were all written within the last 75 years even.  
9798  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gods & Heroes Rome Rising is dead on: October 10, 2007, 09:25:51 AM
That's too bad since it looked like it had some original elements and a theme not seen in other MMO's, but I never did get the damn beta to work without crashing or missing models and textures. 
9799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Conan demo on Live on: October 09, 2007, 07:21:01 PM
You guys are pretty harsh on this one.  I went in with pretty low expectations and was pleasantly surprised by a fun action game.  I don't think I would buy it at full price right now, but certainly rent it or buy cheaper when things slow down. 

Quote from: leo8877 on October 09, 2007, 03:33:54 PM

Also, what's up with that camera?  Was there really no way to control which way it points?

Yeah, the camera is stuck in place and that kind of annoys me, similar to God of War and such.  I also noticed the shimmering shadows on the close-up scenes, but that's not a huge deal to me and something that could potentially be smoothed out.

Quote from: leo8877 on October 09, 2007, 03:33:54 PM

I kept trying to do combos also and I couldn't get the button presses down just right.  Maybe I just suck.  It became a button mash fest quite quickly for me.

I was able to pull off a few combos by doing X, X, Y and such, but if you look in the menu you can see that you buy/upgrade to more combos using the red orbs (once again, like in God of War) so I think it would gain some more depth over time.  I also had a couple situations where a big button would show up over an enemy's head, and I think it was for a finishing move but I never hit the right one so I didn't get to see. 
9800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 09, 2007, 03:12:38 PM
The PGR4 demo is now up in the XBox Live Marketplace.  1.27GB, 3 cars, 2 bikes and 2 tracks, apparently. 
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