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9801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] New Rally X on: December 30, 2006, 03:54:53 AM
Can't say I've ever heard of Roadblasters, and the last time I played Road Rash it really didn't hold up.  Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super freaking Off-Road, on the other hand rules!  In the arcade it steering wheels for each player (some had up to 4 wheels) like the Super Sprint game, but there were versions for the NES and updated versions with better graphics and all the track packs for the SNES and Genesis.  RC Pro-Am 1 and 2 were also pretty great, but they didn't have nearly as much awesome jumping as Off-Road. 

9802  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: KHET on: December 29, 2006, 03:49:16 PM

Quote from: JLu on December 29, 2006, 01:59:33 PM

A Yankee Swap with friends has been mostly hijacked by the ladies and become "gender neutral" (read: vacuum cleaners, blankets, toothbrushes instead of DVDs, and games).  But board games are often included there.  I think I might just pick this one up, wrap it and try to take it myself -- looks like a good find!

What's the point of that sort of swap thing when you would rather just buy the game for yourself?  You have 100% chance of walking home with what you want if you don't bother with that. 
9803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saddam to Be Excuted this Weekend on: December 29, 2006, 03:43:43 PM
This might just lead to the perfect upswing in violence so that Bush can announce his plan to send more troops over there after ignoring the advice of generals and the bipartisan council set up to determine a better plan.  That man seems to be the very definition of selective hearing, just waiting until somebody suggests what he already wants and ignoring everything else. 
9804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist- The final one for 2006! on: December 29, 2006, 03:33:30 PM
I'm still playing Saints Row and enjoying the heck out of it.  I just have the Westside Rollerz missions left, but I've been trying to finish up some of the activities like Chop Shop, Hitman and Mayhem.  Insurance Fraud was dead simple once I figured out a trick:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Trying to dive in front of cars is for chumps (and pretty tough).  Just drive a cop car head on into traffic at speed to get some mad multipliers for vehicles, municiple vehicle (the cop car) and usually distance and such.
9805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] New Rally X on: December 29, 2006, 05:37:38 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 28, 2006, 05:23:42 PM

Quote from: Farscry on December 28, 2006, 05:08:04 PM

Super Off-Road with Live multiplayer?

Oh yeah. I'd love that!
As I played Novadrome last week, I was thinking how much happier I'd be playing Super Off Road.

As I played Novadrome last week I was thinking how much happier I would be if that game didn't suck goat balls. 
9806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS Lite New Years sale- 85 bucks.. on: December 29, 2006, 05:20:08 AM

Quote from: Canuck on December 29, 2006, 04:42:57 AM

...in an Akihabara duty free shop. 

I'm assuming this is not for the benefit of us in the States, then.  icon_wink
9807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] New Rally X on: December 28, 2006, 02:48:26 AM
If you're going to give me an old 2D racing game, give me some Super goddamn Off-Road! 
9808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: James Brown dies on: December 27, 2006, 03:32:49 AM

Quote from: Simon on December 26, 2006, 07:52:18 PM

Anyone remember that techno song "James Brown is Dead"?, I think I had it around 1991 or so.

Yeah.
9809  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EBay account hacked on: December 26, 2006, 03:34:04 PM
I just got an email a couple days ago from PayPal saying somebody was trying to access my account from a foreign IP address (Saudi Arabia), so I went to their site and changed my password.  When I logged in it also asked me if I had tried to access my account while on vacation, so it wasn't a fishing email or anything.  Yeah, Saudi Arabia is my #1 vacation destination for Christmas.   retard
9810  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamefly Game SALE on: December 26, 2006, 03:30:30 PM

Quote from: KC on December 26, 2006, 12:33:22 PM

DO you have to be a member to buy their used games?

Nope, not at all.  But I do think members save a certain % depending on how long they have been a member.
9811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 and BC games on: December 25, 2006, 11:52:41 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 25, 2006, 11:28:09 PM

If you bought a Xbox Core and later the hard drive, can you play any of the xbox games, or is that only for the Premium

Yeah, you should be able to get the same updates and play the same games as long as you have a hard drive.  Your system will probably have to download the update, though (or get it from a disc). 
9812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's her fault! on: December 25, 2006, 09:27:56 PM
You guys should have just listened to Bob Barker...
9813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/25) on: December 25, 2006, 07:01:29 PM
If I had a PSP I would likely pick up Tenchu just because I'm a whore for those games (despite their problems).  I really hope they make the upcoming 360 version decent. 

Yeah, so nothing for me this week. 
9814  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / James Brown dies on: December 25, 2006, 08:29:41 AM
James Brown, the legendary Godfather of Soul, has died.  Even if you've never owned one of his albums I think it goes without saying you've heard some of his songs.  He had a long, influential career and his songs have been in numerous movies, television shows and commercials, and even games. 
9815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SWEET arse Kane C&C3 wallpaper on: December 25, 2006, 06:54:01 AM
I noticed that you can also buy a GDI or Nod theme for your 360 with each page featuring one of the characters from that side.  Of course they cost 150 points or something, but that's to be expected these days. 
9816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vacation on: December 25, 2006, 06:48:05 AM
Woohoo!  Take some time off and enjoy it, man.  You deserve a break.  Hopefully we can keep things from going nuclear before the new year. 
9817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What did you get for Christmas? on: December 25, 2006, 06:43:31 AM
I haven't gotten anything gaming related as expected, and due to shipping problems I haven't gotten some of my gifts yet, but so far I have gotten a couple books (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Pursuit of Happyness), a little Foreman grill, a free month of NutriSystem (I need to lose some weight amd am bad about cooking for myself so this might be good), an Amazon gift certificate and some other little "stocking stuffer" things. 
9818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Penny Arcade's games of 2007 list with pics on: December 25, 2006, 12:00:24 AM

Quote from: Destructor on December 24, 2006, 10:41:21 PM

That's...a lot of games. And a TON of titles that I want to play.

My wallet hurts already.  retard

Heh, no kidding.  My only solace is that I won't be buying all of them that I want because I'm sure my computer won't be able to handle them.  A good number of them will likely be delayed, also. 
9819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD - It's Out! on: December 24, 2006, 07:41:55 PM
That's the only way I can get a real sense of handling.  Driving from a first person perspective doesn't give me the feeling of momentum, shifting weight and peripheral vision that you would get driving a real car and a 3rd person camera makes it much easier to judge those things. 

They have multiple camera angles for a reason.
9820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 for a 6 yo boy. on: December 24, 2006, 07:16:37 PM

Quote from: algernon on December 24, 2006, 06:40:01 PM

Thanks for the replies.  Yeah, my son liked seeing how big he could make the hospital bills (kinda scary cuz he's getting a real skate board for xmas too).  The only thing I have read / heard about is "drug reference".  Is that in the game?   I just want to make sure this game has no "surprises", I got him Dwon Hill Jam for Wii and was slightly dismayed at the "knock people down for points" portion of the game.  Thanks again all, and merry xmas.

I did see in the ESRB rating that it says "Blood, Crude Humor, Language, Mild Violence, Alcohol Reference".  It doesn't mention drugs, but alcohol isn't exactly age appropriate either.  I've also only played the demo so I'm not sure on the details of that. 
9821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Optical Illusions on: December 24, 2006, 06:55:57 PM
Those are pretty cool.  Thanks, man!
9822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ethical Dilemma on: December 24, 2006, 06:49:51 PM
If the dogs weren't involved, I probably would have just taken the package so it wasn't stolen or damaged and left a note saying I had it and try talk to them as soon as they come back.  With the dogs and the history of abuse and such, it sounds like you did the right thing. 
9823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Penny Arcade's games of 2007 list with pics on: December 24, 2006, 06:45:09 PM
Nice to see some cartoony, humorous adventure games on there.  A tiny rebirth of a genre that has been sadly missed. 
9824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 and VGA Adapter on: December 24, 2006, 06:35:22 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 24, 2006, 05:58:24 AM

Thanks for the help.  I didn't get the 360, so the game and cables are going to be returned frown

Aww, sorry to hear it man.  It looks like somebody opened up their gifts early!  icon_wink
9825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD - It's Out! on: December 24, 2006, 06:34:21 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 24, 2006, 05:13:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 24, 2006, 12:28:01 AM

The Project Gotham games and Forza all have damage modelling on "real licensed cars", although it is less extreme than some other games (like rally sims).  I'm assuming it all comes down to the amount they pay for the license on the cars and what they can get the companies to agree to. 

I don't know about Forza, but PGR3 definately does not have damage modeling.

Not to further derail the thread, but PGR3 does indeed have visual damage modeling, it is just extremely subdued.  Take your car into a wall or two and then turn the camera around with the right stick.  You will see the bending damage in fenders, bumpers, mirrors, trunks popping open, etc and you will also scratch the paint up.  It's nothing like a rally game where you are losing parts of your car, but it's there. 
9826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD - It's Out! on: December 24, 2006, 12:28:01 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 23, 2006, 10:44:14 PM

Actually, one of the main reasons why the GT series can't put in a damage model is that the car manufacturers they license the car designs from won't let them show the cars damaged.

If Forza has real licensed cars and a damage model, I'm not sure how they get around that or if the policy has changed since GT4 first came out.

The Project Gotham games and Forza all have damage modelling on "real licensed cars", although it is less extreme than some other games (like rally sims).  I'm assuming it all comes down to the amount they pay for the license on the cars and what they can get the companies to agree to.  
9827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown! on: December 23, 2006, 10:22:54 PM
I don't like to link to IGN, but they have three new videos that each showcase one of the skills that you develop as you play: Firearms, Agility/Jumping and Driving.  Hell yeah!

I hope this game has a robust assortment of extra activities, hidden things and achievements because it looks made for craziness. 
9828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 23, 2006, 08:26:40 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on December 23, 2006, 06:20:34 PM

that's stuff from Peter Nguyen, writer of those papers on Walt Whitman too, IIRC.

Heh, since you mention it, I love those.  icon_biggrin



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9829  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Medieval 2, GW: Nightfall, Battlefield 2142, DoW: Dark Crusade - $25 @ Best Buy on: December 23, 2006, 08:16:21 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 23, 2006, 06:09:17 PM

I love BF2142, but I had to reformat to get it working and even then it won't let me install the patch.

Huh, that seems kinda wonky.  Can't say I've had any problems like that. 
9830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A new kind of Holiday Gift -- NSFW Video(lyrics) on: December 23, 2006, 06:05:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 23, 2006, 05:54:09 PM

Looks like the Parent's Television Council now has their panties in a wad over this. 

Yeah, like they can't see and hear much worse in other videos online.   Roll Eyes
9831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 and VGA Adapter on: December 23, 2006, 06:01:59 PM
Those connectors look like what I use to go from my 360 straight to my PC speakers (although the stereo end of that should be female). 

You can also get a stereo splitter (similar to this) so that you can have two inputs into or outputs from your computer/etc.  I used to do this so I could have my speakers and wired headphones hooked up at the same time, but it seemed to cut the output volume when I did.  

Although I can't imagine why your speakers are plugged into the Line In, shouldn't they be in the Line Out?  That would leave the Line In free for your Xbox.  

If you mean to have it coming from your computer's Line Out to the speakers and from your Xbox to the speakers, you can use a similar splitter but may have to do grab some extra male-to-female or female-to-male connectors which are cheap and easy to find.  
9832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A new kind of Holiday Gift -- NSFW Video(lyrics) on: December 23, 2006, 04:39:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 23, 2006, 04:33:15 PM

I usually don't think much of Timberlake, but that was some funny shiat.

Yeah, as much as I detest the guy and his music, he usually has some pretty good stuff when on SNL. 
9833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD - On USA PS Store on the 24th! on: December 23, 2006, 04:27:43 PM
D'oh, broken image link for me. 
9834  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Viva Pinata and College Basketball 2K7 (360) - $29.99 at BB on: December 23, 2006, 04:12:18 PM
Today, Saturday the 23rd, is unfortunately the last day of the sale.  They're trying to get some extra pre-Christmas sales and fatten the bottom line. 
9835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Santa is a Jedi Knight on: December 23, 2006, 04:11:16 AM
Of course!   icon_smile

Quote
Ever wonder how Santa Claus manages to work his way down chimneys way too small for him? Or how he seems to stop time in order to visit all of the world's good boys and girls every Christmas morning? LucasArts and TT Games know the answer: Santa Claus is a Jedi Knight whose amazing Force powers allow him to pull off such spectacular feats. A long time ago, he came to us from a galaxy far, far away to exile himself from the Jedi purge led by Darth Vader. (No... that's not official canon.)

But what would have happened if jolly olí Saint Nick had stuck around to assist the Rebellion? Find out by creating him in LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy.



Quote
In order to unlock Santa Claus as a playable character, you have to follow these steps:

Step 1: At the Mos Eisley Cantina, enter the following two codes:
CL4U5H (for Santa hat and red clothes)
TYH319 (for white beard Extra)

Step 2: Go to the Character Customizer and create the proper costume. Use a human head, the appropriate red clothing...and don't forget the red cap! Santa can wield the weapon of your choice -- we recommend the green or red lightsaber to seasonally complement his shiny red duds. (Remember, the color of his lightsaber decides whether his Force powers are naughty or nice.)

Step 3: In the Extras menu, activate Disguise 3.

Step 4: Enter the character-based level of your choice in Free Play.

Step 5: Spread holiday cheer to a galaxy in pieces.
9836  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where are you spending the holidays? on: December 23, 2006, 02:25:39 AM
Here in my apartment.  Alone.  Oh the joys of holidays.  :icon_sad:
9837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you dreamin of a white Christmas? on: December 23, 2006, 02:18:21 AM
I grew up in the snow blasted plains of North Dakota, and I really miss the snow living out here in western Washington.  I don't miss the sub-zero temps and biting cold wind so much, though. 
9838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of PC - Prelim on: December 23, 2006, 02:07:45 AM
I didn't buy much new stuff for the PC this year...it was mostly older stuff or console.  Maybe somebody should buy me a new computer. 

Battlefield 2142
Sam & Max
FlatOut 2
Half-Life 2: Episode One
Titan Quest
9839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 setting sales records in the US on: December 23, 2006, 01:50:43 AM

Quote from: Misguided on December 23, 2006, 01:44:48 AM

ROFLMWO  icon_lol

laughing your weiner off?
9840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of Xbox - Prelim on: December 23, 2006, 01:49:57 AM
Black
Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Flatout 2
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