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9761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Father's Day Edition on: June 19, 2007, 12:26:49 AM
I played the first 18 missions in Tenchu Z and I enjoyed it.  So there. 
9762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/18) on: June 19, 2007, 12:20:36 AM
Definitely picking up DiRT for the 360.
9763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What am I buying this week (6-18-2007)? on: June 19, 2007, 12:15:13 AM
9764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House votes to withhold emergency funding to "Sanctuary Cities" on: June 18, 2007, 05:45:27 AM
No, those aren't brett's words, those are part of the very definition of genocide.  Look it up. 
9765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House votes to withhold emergency funding to "Sanctuary Cities" on: June 18, 2007, 05:33:29 AM
Yes, there have been thousands upon thousands of civilians killed in Iraq over the past 4 years, but to think that it is a deliberate, systematic extermination of the Iraqi people as a whole is just freaking silly.  
9766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA download episodes exclusive to 360!! on: June 18, 2007, 04:34:05 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on June 18, 2007, 04:13:24 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 17, 2007, 08:09:00 PM

apparently Microsoft paid Take 2 $50 million for the downloads

$25 mil for the first one in march 08

if true expect the downloads to be quite pricey
Why?  If MS subsidized the development costs, Rockstar can charge less and sell more copies.  It's not much of an exclusive if they're too expensive for anyone to buy.

I would bet that part of the agreement is that a certain percentage of the profit from the downloadable content goes to MS, who would like to set the price at a level where they are able to recoup some of that $50 million. 
9767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Peeve: Double clicking on: June 18, 2007, 02:45:50 AM
Yes, it annoys me, too.  My parents do the same thing and whenever I'm back there I try to remind them they only need to single click on links but it does no good. 
9768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 trailer on: June 18, 2007, 02:00:06 AM
To address the Venezuelan issue, would it have really been any worse off for the game to take place it in a fictional or unnamed South American country?  I don't fully agree with Chavez, but I can see where an outside party like him would think it a bit unnecessary and perhaps suspicious that a company like Pandemic, who does work with the US military, would place the first game in North Korea and this one in Venezuela where "power-hungry tyrant messes with Venezuela's oil supply". 
9769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two Atheists visit the newly-opened Creation Museum. Hilarity ensues on: June 18, 2007, 01:38:48 AM

Quote from: Lee on June 17, 2007, 11:49:56 PM

Quote from: drifter on June 17, 2007, 08:35:10 PM

didnt really see much humor there (not sure if I was), at least the girl was cute in a girl next door kinda way.

You're right, it's more scary then funny.

Yeah, that mix of pseudo-science and made up nonsense being passed off as accepted fact is scary. 
9770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 trailer on: June 17, 2007, 10:35:28 PM
Hell yeah.  Fire, fire, FIRE!
9771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-time PC gaming disappointments on: June 16, 2007, 04:41:10 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 16, 2007, 03:48:08 PM

I'm sure you guys will have mini-aneurysms to hear me say this, but to me DS is no more or less compelling than Diablo, Sacred, or Titan Quest-same type of game, same basic mechanics-hell, I liked the special powers, graphics, and story MORE in DS than Diablo 2-obviously its all personal preference-and I do see the differences in the games, but when I boil it all down, its still the same basic hack and slash for fat lutes. So, DS was a little more automated-thank frigging god I didn't have to damage my mouse or finger to play the game.

Behold the "fat lutes":

9772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 16, 2007, 09:38:20 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on June 16, 2007, 07:06:32 AM

Edit: oh yeah, they've made it Much more difficult to get multiple kills in this one.  I haven't sucessfully gotten one other than in the tutorial so far.

I'm ashamed to admit that I couldn't even get it to work in the training level.  I am no ninja!   icon_cry
9773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA download episodes exclusive to 360!! on: June 16, 2007, 06:43:28 AM
Yes, but I think the assumption at the time was that the 360 would have it's exclusive content and the PS3 will have some of it's own exclusive stuff, too. 
9774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half Life 2: Episode 2... Oct 9th on: June 16, 2007, 06:39:00 AM
16 months after the first episode...they should have just called them expansion packs and be done with it. 
9775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 16, 2007, 06:33:36 AM
I picked this up the other day and I am having fun with it.  It doesn't have earth shattering graphics or new concepts, but it does have some small improvements to the previous Tenchu games and looks decent enough to me. 

As Jarrod previously said, not always having to battle the boss head to head is a welcome addition.  I've taken out the first couple by waiting for their shadows to pass by the paper door and then executing them.  And yes, you can choose to bypass all of the other guards and stuff by sneaking around and only kill the boss, or you can choose to kill them all one by one like little sitting ducks.  There are often items to find if you go searching in buildings, so it makes it worthwhile in addition to the added kill bonuses. 

I can see the upgrade and customization systems being pretty neat, but so far I haven't earned all that much money.  I guess I need to be a better ninja and quit being spotted.  I'm glad that the clothing options are generally pretty cheap compared to new moves and such, although it would be nice to be able to preview what you are buying. 

I really think they should have included the training mission in the demo.  It may not be a visually impressive level, but it helps you get acclimated to the controls and abilities. 
9776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA download episodes exclusive to 360!! on: June 16, 2007, 06:25:27 AM
Hmm, I thought they had previously said that there would be exclusive content for both platforms. 
9777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 16, 2007, 12:21:20 AM
IGN UK gave it an 8.1 and seemed to like it. 
9778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need help connecting my 360 directly to my modem on: June 15, 2007, 01:49:32 PM
It could be as simple as power cycling the modem after you connect the 360 but before you power it up. 
9779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Father's Day Edition on: June 15, 2007, 01:43:24 PM
Mostly lots of killing and getting covered in buckets of blood in Tenchu Z and maybe a bit of Forza 2. 
9780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives DiRT an 8.4 on: June 15, 2007, 01:38:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 15, 2007, 01:26:41 PM

Quote from: Misguided on June 15, 2007, 02:30:07 AM

30 is plenty, if consistent.
60 dropping to 45 isn't that bad. 30 dropping to 15 is a big problem.

How does one tell what the framerate is?

I hear guys on podcasts say it was running at a smooth 60 fps. How do you check that?

For most console games they don't, they're just talking out their asses.  If the developers tell them it's a smooth 60 fps and they don't see any major hitches they will believe it and spew it back out for the masses.  
9781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-time PC gaming disappointments on: June 15, 2007, 01:35:10 AM
I enjoyed Dungeon Siege, but mostly because we played it at a couple all-night LAN parties with friends at the time.  As a single player game it certainly had it's sore points. 
9782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May NPD via our friends at Neogaf, Bloomberg, will keep updating, PS3 not good on: June 15, 2007, 01:32:28 AM

Quote from: Devil on June 15, 2007, 01:18:20 AM

I'm a bit shocked to see that the Wii is selling more than the PS3 and 360.

DS sales are surprising too. Who knew?

You never hear about this. Makes me wonder why it's never mentioned in here?

We really need to talk up Nintendo's success more.

Ooh, Devil is making snarky comments about Nintendo and our supposedly ravenous fanboys.  How unexpected. 
9783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2 tips and tricks on: June 15, 2007, 01:22:13 AM
I see that IGN has posted a surprisingly thorough Forza 2 guide which you can actually read for free, no subscription necessary.  It has some good Racing 101 general info and then goes into tuning and upgrades with a career walkthrough to come later I guess. 
9784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: June 15, 2007, 12:44:34 AM
Reports are that this one has just gone gold, and will be released on June 22nd in an attempt to royally screw with me.  That is the same week as Dirt, only three weeks after Forza.  Why is it that three awesome racing games all get released within a month?  In the middle of what is supposed to be the dead time!

Unless they release a demo I don't know if this will get the audience it deserves.  Which is a shame, because the actual racing in these games is quite enjoyable, and the derbies and minigames add a lot on top of that.

The newest screenshots (like these at VE) look better than ever.  There is also a new homepage with the usual stuff.
9785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Brilliant or Unwatchably Bad on: June 14, 2007, 02:48:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 14, 2007, 02:22:10 PM

even a broken clock is right twice a day. 

Only if it no longer moves.  If it is broken in the manner that it moves faster or slower than it should it won't necessarily be right twice a day.  Or if it's digital and just doesn't show anything it will never be right. 
9786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Project Sylpheed demo out on: June 14, 2007, 12:36:15 PM
I just saw that this demo is now available in the Live Marketplace as well as a video trailer.  All I really know about the game is that it is a 3D space shooter remake of the old side scroller (even though this isn't side scrolling).  Like an action-y Wing Commander type thing maybe.
9787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2 tips and tricks on: June 14, 2007, 12:24:29 PM
I don't usually upgrade to the slicks, I usually go with the first or second upgraded tire and I still get that problem.  That kind of makes it a worthless upgrade if they degrade that fast. 
9788  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Sunday skin posts turning away the female demographic? on: June 14, 2007, 01:18:06 AM

Quote from: Purge on June 13, 2007, 06:36:30 PM

Setting up a vote thread, since we now officially have a contributing woman's point of view. biggrin

[edit] Poll is up.

So I'm assuming that poll is in the mod forum or something?  Or is there some other secret area that us plebs can't access. 
9789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: gears of war update tomorrow(more achievements) on: June 14, 2007, 01:11:49 AM
I don't understand why this wasn't included when they released the new maps and mode.  Do you really think Microsoft would allow a different company to release their new content and then a month later patch in the Achievements? 
9790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Soul Calibur IV 'announced' on: June 14, 2007, 01:06:59 AM
The Wii may not be getting SoulCalibur 4, but it is getting the exclusive SoulCalibur Legends game, which shouldn't be sneezed at. 
9791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite XBLA titles? on: June 14, 2007, 01:04:02 AM
I like Catan quite a bit, but I would be more willing to play it if the text wasn't so small.  On the monitor I play my 360 on I have to move my chair a few feet forward just so I can read the text. 

Geometry Wars is cool, but I'm just not very good at it. 

I also like Mad Tracks, but I'm miffed at the limited number of tracks they included.  I know some people like the minigames, but I would rather have more races. 
9792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 14, 2007, 12:58:31 AM
My problem with the single player career is that I will often enter a race and see that there is one S class car and then others all the way down to C or D.  If I pick a middle of the pack car there is no way I can keep up with the super fast one, but if I choose one competitive with him I just blow away all the rest of the cars. 

I'm really surprised more of the races aren't limited by class or PI. 
9793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 14, 2007, 12:38:02 AM
Damnit Ceekay, you beat me to it.  smile

I may end up joining Jarrodhk in this one, as I don't think my Blockbuster will be getting any copies in.  Punks.  
9794  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Outlook problem on: June 14, 2007, 12:26:32 AM
Thanks for the reply, ericb.  I've found that the problem doesn't happen if I change from HTML to Plain Text or Rich Text, or if I change it to use Word as my email editor. 

It looks like that site you linked to may have found the culprit as being SpyBot's immunization having added so many entries to the restricted sites in the registry.  I'm assuming that one of the security updates from Microsoft in the last few weeks must have changed how it was checking the restricted sites in HTML and that was just hammering my system when I was typing in an HTML email. 

So I guess the solution is to undo the immunization from SpyBot and go back to zero restricted sites.  Boo. 
9795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2 tips and tricks on: June 13, 2007, 02:00:20 PM
I tend to get that same sort of problem, juniordan.  About 2/3 of the way through a race my tires just start to get all slippery even though they are still green.  It's like they are stickier before they get warmed up and then it all goes to hell.  It really annoys me when I've been running really well in first and then fall back several places just before the end of a race because my handling is shot.
9796  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Outlook problem on: June 13, 2007, 01:08:46 PM
Yes, I use MS Outlook and no I'm not looking for another program (well, not yet anyway).

With that out of the way, for the last couple weeks I've been having a very odd, suspicious thing happening in Outlook.  When I am typing in a message my response time is extremely slow.  I can type a whole paragraph before any of it shows up on the screen.  I basically have to type out a sentence and then wait 10-15 seconds before it appears.  This only happens in Outlook, not in IE or Word or anywhere else I have seen.

I do run several anti-spam/adware programs (Adaware, SpyBlaster, a-squared Free and occasionally SpyBot) and none of them are picking anything up other than a couple cookie after browsing online.  I also have Nod32 anti-virus running and that hasn't found anything either.  All are updated daily.

I am the only user on this computer and I can't think of anything I have installed that would have caused this, although I have done regular updates on stuff (AV, Windows/IE, etc) and installed a couple things.  I've tried closing out processes until I can find the culprit but that hasn't lead to anything yet.  I even temporarily tried uninstalling my anti-virus thinking it may have been it's email monitoring thing causing it. 

This is a really annoying problem and I am afraid it may be a key logging program (although why it would only affect Outlook baffles me).  Any suggestions or solutions?
9797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 13, 2007, 12:45:17 PM
I wanted this game to be so cool and redeem the series.  I still want to play it and like it...maybe if I can find it for rent I will go that route instead of a purchase.  I had gotten myself all warmed up for buying it, though.

Honestly, most of the things they knock the game for, like the graphics and disjointed story, don't mean much to me anyway for Tenchu.  I just want to be a stealthy ninja and execute some evil mofos.

Also, it's suspicious that the one thing that the reviews fail to address is the multiplayer options.  GameSpot totally glosses over it and the other site said they are having internet issues and couldn't try it out (but obviously not enough issues to stop them from posting the review, eh?).  
9798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Soul Calibur IV 'announced' on: June 13, 2007, 12:06:28 PM
Yeah, I didn't think the d-pad is all that necessary when I played Soul Calibur 2.  It's much less technical than something like Virtua Fighter. 
9799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2 tips and tricks on: June 13, 2007, 01:03:16 AM
If you have the manual all of the turn types are diagramed in there.  If you don't have the manual, IkeV linked to it in the other Forza 2 thread (although I can't get the link to work right now). 
9800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 13, 2007, 12:15:36 AM

Quote from: Destructor on June 12, 2007, 09:46:20 PM

Just stumbled upon this pic and figured it could be used to change the subject away from the infamous Paris:

(and no, I have NO idea where it came from - just that somebody used it as their avatar)

That's obviously Tenacious D from The Pick of Destiny.  Which I haven't even seen, but as I said it's obvious.  slywink
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