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9801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hello Mike on: December 28, 2007, 03:17:35 AM
Sweet, we really needed weekly Mustang advertisements masquerading as a raping of fond childhood memories. 
9802  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What MMO's are everyone doing these days? on: December 28, 2007, 02:02:21 AM
I recently just picked up Lord of the Rings Online again.  I had played in beta but the performance put me off.  After recently trying out the trial and seeing the improvements I picked up a collector's edition for $20.  Plus, I like supporting a company that has put out so much free content. 

With the new job I haven't had much time to play, but I have a level 12 burglar and level 16 champion. 
9803  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Advice on audio player for listening to books primarily on: December 28, 2007, 01:53:15 AM
I got a 30gb Zune for $100 a couple months back and I have been very happy with it, especially since the November update.  Of course if you plan on purchasing things from iTunes it won't work, but pretty much any other source will do the job.  As a bonus it also has a nice screen for video, FM radio and such.

The downside is that it is larger in size than something like the Shuffle or Nano, if you are planning on listening while running or something. 
9804  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone seen a pic of the new Incredible Hulk? on: December 27, 2007, 09:22:10 PM
I did a Google image search for "norton hulk" and got the following image, although it appears as if it was from Comicon so it's 6 months old or so.

9805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Video game Christmas (or other winter solstice holiday) hauls!!! on: December 27, 2007, 07:43:48 PM
My sole videogaming present of the holiday was a coupon for Wii Fit when it comes out.  I really want to try the snowboarding and hope that other full games get developed with it in mind.

I bought myself Call of Duty 4, if that counts. 
9806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: December 27, 2007, 07:35:27 PM
If I had a PC to handle it I would definitely try that version for the added content as well as mouse aiming which is always a nice bonus. 
9807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: December 27, 2007, 05:57:07 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 27, 2007, 05:41:29 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 27, 2007, 05:25:03 PM

I have to say that the ever-spawning enemies (especially in something like that TV Station mission) really piss me off.  I can sit there and keep killing enemies for 10 minutes straight and make no progress, but if I run in like freaking Rambo and get past some invisible trigger all of the sudden there aren't any more guys coming from that direction.  Retarded. 

That's why I think CoD's campaign is best played through 1 time.  When you play through again and start to notice the triggers you lose the illusion.  Playing on Veteran kind of forces you to take advantage of the triggers which sucks out the fun IMHO. 


Well this is my first time playing through the campaign (on normal difficulty), and truth be told the first time I'm playing through more than a demo of a COD game.  I really noticed it while I was hanging back at the TV station and trying to kill all of the enemies but they just kept coming.  After several futile attempts at that I just ran in like a maniac and cleared it.  Stoopid. 
9808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: December 27, 2007, 05:25:03 PM
I just picked this up and played a few missions.  I have to say that the ever-spawning enemies (especially in something like that TV Station mission) really piss me off.  I can sit there and keep killing enemies for 10 minutes straight and make no progress, but if I run in like freaking Rambo and get past some invisible trigger all of the sudden there aren't any more guys coming from that direction.  Retarded.

It also seems inconsistent on when it registers killing your AI teammates.  I've killed some with a shot to the head with no repurcussions but throwing back an enemy grenade kills one and I have to start over.  Fuck that. 
9809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally got a 360... on: December 27, 2007, 04:54:27 PM
Certainly check to make sure all of your router settings are right, but I think that Live has been having issues the last couple days.  My connection was doing something similar, or it would log in when I booted up the machine and then a little bit later just kick me off and not let me back on.  Probably all of the new gift consoles and vacationers online overloading the servers.

And welcome to the club! 
9810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most graphically demanding game to max out on new computer? on: December 27, 2007, 04:50:30 PM
Holy cripes!
9811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watching Smash Lab: A Heaping Pile Of Meh on: December 27, 2007, 03:55:24 AM
Yeah, I'm watching it right now and I have to agree.  Pretty generic cast and despite being all about blowing stuff up there are very few interesting elements to the show.  It's a very poor attempt to make a whole show out of that one small element of Mythbusters.

Maybe they can develop it into something decent, but I don't know if it will have the lifespan to do that.  I'd also like to see them use more fully though out scientific methods, but that won't ever happen I'm afraid.
9812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Here Have a Gmail Account? on: December 26, 2007, 09:42:47 PM
I very, very rarely get any spam email on my actual Comcast email account, but that's mostly because for any online form I use my Hotmail account and keep the other one for friends and family.  I've had the same email address for 3 years or so and it hasn't gotten worse.  I also tend to use Ad-aware and A-Squared Free quite regularly to clear my cookies/tracers/spyware.
9813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is Your Game of the Year? on: December 26, 2007, 07:59:24 PM
Cripes, I was just in Best Buy today and they had it marked for $60 so I didn't even bother to ask if it was still on sale.  Oh, well.  I'll get it cheap one way or another. 

To avoid further derailing, I will also edit to say that it's also on sale for $37 at Target until Saturday.  I just broke down and bought it there and will return my Amazon copy when it comes.  Viva la day off!
9814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is Your Game of the Year? on: December 26, 2007, 07:19:18 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 26, 2007, 06:50:40 PM

It just price-dropped to $40 at GameStop, as well.

Hmm, I just looked on their website and it still shows $59.99 to me.  I checked there because if it was on sale in stores I'd much rather just go pick it up down the road than wait for it in the mail. 

Ah, I looked on their Weekly Ads and it's the PS3 version on sale only.  Boo. 
9815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is Your Game of the Year? on: December 26, 2007, 06:21:40 PM
Is COD4 still on sale anywhere?  I'd love to pick it up for $40 or whatever. 

Nevermind, I just found it on Amazon for $37.  Can't beat that for a recently released 360 GOTY candidate!
9816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most graphically demanding game to max out on new computer? on: December 25, 2007, 10:42:00 PM
I think without a doubt Crysis is the most demanding game out there right now, but just be aware that it is meant to scale above current hardware so you may not even be able to max everything (although with that setup I'm sure you can try!).  I'm sure COD4 would look stunning, too. 
9817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, what did you get for Christmas? on: December 25, 2007, 10:33:08 PM
Yeah, nice computer Darkstar One! 

In addition to my parents helping me get a washer and dryer for my new apartment I got:
a nice art print
a veggie/rice steamer
an electric screwdriver
The Simpsons Movie DVD
a coupon for Wii Fit when it comes out
and some other random small things

Mostly I was just happy to be able to have my mom and stepdad down to spend a few days and not have another holiday alone. 
9818  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hancock trailer (previously known as Tonight he Comes) on: December 25, 2007, 09:40:33 PM
I haven't seen the I Am Legend movie, but I did just read the book and judging from some of your spoilers it looks like the movie deviates significantly from the book again.  Why can't somebody just fucking follow the actual plot of the book? 

Oh, and Hancock looks to be mediocre Hollywood junk.
9819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Merry Christmas on: December 25, 2007, 09:17:57 PM
Happy Festivus, everybody!
9820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chris Christmas Rodriguez on: December 23, 2007, 06:13:20 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 23, 2007, 02:55:07 AM

I watched a few of them.  Only the first and second ones were funny, or even worth watching.

Pie hole.  Shut.  You.
9821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box [360] - Thoughts and Impressions please. on: December 22, 2007, 03:15:16 PM
Well, if you're interested in getting that song Valve just released the Orange Box CD soundtrack in the Valve Store which features 2 versions of "Still Alive".  They say it's also headed to digital download places (iTunes, Napster, eMusic, Amazon, etc) "in the coming weeks". 
9822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 22, 2007, 05:28:09 AM
Anyone thinking that there will be positive changes coming in the retail release of Burnout may want to read this little blurb on the Criterion site.  If these guys didn't see any of these criticisms coming, they are freaking blind. 

Quote
The demo was made AFTER work on Paradise was completed, so no, we won't be using internet 'feedback' to tune the game.

Quote
The lack of retry really isn't an issue. You may disagree, but we don't feel it is and retry would have introduced loading into the game, which we didn't want to do.
9823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What did you save for your Christmas list? on: December 22, 2007, 12:37:22 AM
Mostly Wii titles, because I know my family won't buy me "real games":
Zack and Wiki
Soul Calibur Legends
Godzilla Unleashed (I'm hoping I don't get this now)
something else I can't remember
9824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which Fall Releases did you end up Buying? on: December 21, 2007, 09:25:21 PM

Quote from: QP on December 21, 2007, 09:15:14 PM

Yeah but how would it show up in metareview??

Hmm, I think something like this  finger


slywink
9825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Guy to Blame if Fallout 3 blows is..... on: December 21, 2007, 08:50:37 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 21, 2007, 06:24:29 PM

When companies make games like this, do the people creating the game actually do "homework", like playing through FO 1 & 2?  Not saying they had or had not originally, just curious if they do it again so the flavor is fresh in their mind.

Certainly in my experience they do, and I would imagine that it is the same way at most companies.  Of course your level of knowledge depends on what your part in the developement is.  It's not like everybody is forced to complete the previous games, but most if not all people should at least have a knowledge of the previous products as well as other influences and competition and how that relates to what you're doing. 
9826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chris Christmas Rodriguez on: December 21, 2007, 06:16:58 PM
Yeah!  I'm glad to see there is another CCR fan around here! 

The first time my friends and I found these it was well before YouTube (like '96 or something) so we had a hard time tracking them down.  I still like to make it a yearly event.  smile
9827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PS3 Unreal Tournament 3 thread (first user-created map now available!) on: December 21, 2007, 05:50:32 PM
The one problem with all of the mods, maps, modes and mutators available for the UT games is that there are so many damn options that the playerbase is very spread out.  Sometimes it's hard to find people playing what you want to play, or at least that was my experience before (I don't own UT3 yet).  At least when Epic put together those mappacks you could be fairly certain many people might have those.
9828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 21, 2007, 05:30:06 AM
I'll try attaching that last one since it's too small to read as-is.
9829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which Fall Releases did you end up Buying? on: December 21, 2007, 03:26:24 AM
360
Halo 3
Stuntman: Ignition
Rock Band

WII
Mario Galaxy

PC
Orange Box
STALKER
Jade Empire

PSP
Ratchet & Clank
Dungeon Siege
Syphon Filter
Daxter
The Warriors

9830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Suggestions for Young Kids on: December 21, 2007, 03:16:58 AM
I hear Manhunt 2 is a great searching puzzle game just like "Where's Waldo?" and I'm sure they would love it!  slywink
9831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box [360] - Thoughts and Impressions please. on: December 20, 2007, 06:32:23 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 20, 2007, 05:33:05 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 20, 2007, 02:08:10 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 20, 2007, 01:44:18 PM

Oh and I'm on my way out to get a 'The Cake is a Lie' tattoo.

I've been really tempted to go for the weighted companion cube fuzzy dice.

I want the plus to snuggle up with smile

And ATB, looks like you've been beaten to the punch (via GameDaily):



People are so dumb...
9832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blockbuster just got better on: December 20, 2007, 04:39:10 PM
The last time Netflix changed their prices on me, they went down by a dollar. 
9833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 20, 2007, 03:38:04 PM
Funny, I would have expected them to be less responsive with that extra padding.  I may have to go grab some of those mouspads.
9834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New firmware for PSP (3.80) - Internet Radio on PSP + Remote Play PSOne discs! on: December 20, 2007, 03:52:24 AM
Man, I must be the only PSP owner around here who doesn't care about internet radio or playing PS1 games.
9835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is Your Game of the Year? on: December 19, 2007, 11:04:29 PM
I haven't played a lot of the AAA games people are mentioning in here, and I hesitate to name anything "Game of the Year", but the ones I played the most and had the most fun with this year would be Crackdown, DiRT and Stuntman: Ignition.  Stuntman was the biggest surprise and just so much fun from beginning to end with that aspect that made you want to do just one more run to get a better score. 

EDIT: Oh, and Rock Band is pretty damn sweet, too.  Certainly if I knew more people to play with in person I'd love it even more.
9836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever Tomorrow!!! on: December 19, 2007, 10:38:17 PM
I use VLC media player and it works about 20 times better than Apple's shitty Quicktime player. 
9837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever Tomorrow!!! on: December 19, 2007, 07:09:36 PM
That certainly didn't show much.  I was hoping that if they were going to break their "silence" that they would blow me away.  Or at least show me more than two tiny snips of possible game footage. 
9838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 19, 2007, 03:58:52 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 19, 2007, 01:34:05 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 19, 2007, 12:18:34 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 18, 2007, 10:21:20 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 18, 2007, 08:05:01 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 18, 2007, 07:56:13 PM

I just bought Buddy Holly.   Not my favorite Weezer song, but I want to support more Weezer songs!

Where is the damn Sweater Song?

gellar
Perfect situation bitches!

Doon doodoodoodoo doodoodoodundun

If they're going to release albums, they should do both the blue and green album.  I'd buy both even if I didn't have the game!!!

Pinkerton rules all!
9839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paper starships and other vehicles on: December 19, 2007, 03:28:32 AM
I couldn't even make plastic models look that good...
9840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Like older sister, like younger sister... on: December 19, 2007, 03:20:43 AM
White-trash to the core.
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