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9801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zack and Wiki review from IGN on: March 02, 2008, 01:41:07 AM
Ok, I've had this game sitting around for a while and I finally gave it a couple hours today.  Some things are very good, some piss me off.  I can't get get the stupid rhythm to register right with Bonelich von Suckmyballs no matter what I do.  I'm also having trouble fishing out the big fish from the hole on a different level. 

These inconsistencies in execution are the biggest problem with Wii games, in my opinion.  I don't want to have to replay a minigame thing 15 times in a row because I'm not shaking the Wii-mote in exactly the right way.  It makes me not want to play the game at all any more, and that's a shame.
9802  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / LOTRO download $9.99 on: March 02, 2008, 12:26:33 AM
I just got an email from the Lord of the Rings Online with a coupon code to get $10 off the download version of the game (regularly $19.99).  The code is "ring3ten", and you use it at checkout at their site.  With all of the free content they've released I'd say it's definitely worth 10 bucks for the download and first month. 
9803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Question and Gamefly on: March 01, 2008, 07:22:29 PM
Yup, it comes with Wii Sports.  They aren't full-featured, complete sports games, but they will keep you entertained for a while, especially if you have other people to play with. 

I've never played GH3 (only Rock Band on the 360), so can't give any advice there. 
9804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OMG. MS Repair royally screwed this kid on: March 01, 2008, 07:10:57 PM

Quote from: FireFox on March 01, 2008, 07:19:36 AM

Heh I know how this person feels, for it happened to me when i got the RRoD... (red ring of death)

I customized my faceplace (hard enamel panted and all)  omg it was beautiful....

I sent it in and got a brand new...white.... faceplate.....

When I sent mine in for repairs they specifically told me to first remove the faceplate, even if it's the stock white one. 
9805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OMG. MS Repair royally screwed this kid on: March 01, 2008, 06:21:09 AM
Isn't it more likely that when the consoles are getting repaired the outer shells are seperated from the main board, and when it was finished and put back together it was replaced with another outer case from the pile as they made sure to send the same console serial number back to him? 

And do you really think that the person working the thankless job in the repair center is really going to take the time to read a 6-paragraph letter packed in with a console? 
9806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: March 01, 2008, 05:34:45 AM

Quote from: Kratz on February 29, 2008, 08:56:37 PM

I just made 10 louder.

Well, yeah, but they could go to 11!
9807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You Are at a Party. There is a Bowl of Nuts on the Table... on: February 29, 2008, 04:25:27 AM
Cashews are my top, but I also really like almonds.  Peanuts are just the cheap crap they put in mixed nuts to fill it out.  Not a fan of macadamia or hazelnuts. 
9808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT Film Festival: Gone Baby Gone (Spoilers to Be Sure) on: February 29, 2008, 04:22:57 AM
This one should be here from Netflix tomorrow, so I'll be seeing it this weekend.
9809  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Welcome to EA-Land! on: February 28, 2008, 04:24:59 AM
EA-Land?  That's...some sweet name.   retard
9810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Patapon: Impressions on: February 28, 2008, 03:09:02 AM
For some stupid reason I went and preordered this one at GameStop, and big surprise, they don't have it in yet.   finger
9811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Penny Arcade burns CliffyB on: February 28, 2008, 03:04:42 AM
I'll paraphrase Ike and say that everything from VE does not deserve it's own thread.  slywink
9812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tropic Thunder on: February 28, 2008, 02:55:08 AM
I just noticed that one of the writers was Etan Cohen, which I figured must be a mistake but I guess that's a real name.  That would kind of suck..."No, not Ethan (winner of 4 oscars and numerous other awards), it's ETAN!  Aww, fuck Hollywood!"
9813  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Facial Hair on: February 27, 2008, 02:44:50 AM
Other than about a year when I worked as a security guard, I've had a goatee for most of the last 12 years or so.  It's quite thick and full, but for some reason my cheeks are a bit thin so I can't grow a full beard.  Or at least I've never been willing to look crappy for long enough to try. 

I've never quite understood jobs where you can have some types of facial hair but not others.  Working at a grocery store we could have the bushiest fucking mustache you wanted, but not a trimmed goatee.  As a security guard I could have a mustache or full beard, but no goatee. 
9814  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Games and Hardware FS (Price Drops and More Adds Later) on: February 26, 2008, 09:27:01 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 26, 2008, 05:56:36 PM

What do you have against new threads for new sales?

I mean, 2900 views for a freakin' garage sale is impressive... HOWEVER it sucks to have to jump to the first page to see what's on sale. Tongue

Word.  Start fresh.
9815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/25) on: February 26, 2008, 02:38:58 AM
I'm picking up Patapon and keeping an eye on reviews for Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, although I don't expect it to be drastically better than the demo.
9816  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: HKO enters Closed Beta on: February 26, 2008, 02:04:04 AM
Fuck yeah!
9817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pilots asleep at the stick? on: February 26, 2008, 12:55:35 AM
With the modern control systems on commercial airliners I've actually heard pilots say that they have gone several weeks without actually flying the thing.  I mean, it can handle take-off, landing, flying...pilots are really more like fail-safe monitors than anything.
9818  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 360 HD-DVD player $49.99 at Bestbuy on: February 25, 2008, 11:51:43 PM
Since I don't have any high-def movie player I like the idea of getting an HD-DVD player with 5 free movies for $50, but I really don't want to see it sitting completely unused in 6 months or whatever. 
9819  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Viva Pinata Party Animals - dead deal on: February 25, 2008, 03:52:14 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 25, 2008, 01:31:25 AM

If you add Fusion Frenzy 1 and 2 into the mix, you have EVERY SINGLE MS "Party" game released for Xbox.

KFC is the only one worth owning (although FF1 wasn't bad either).

Party Animals doesn't even let you SELECT WHICH MINIGAMES to play. It's a shame really; the game could have been fun. frown

I guess I never really considered Kung Fu Chaos to be a party game.  I thought it was more of a 1-4 person brawler type thing. 
9820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2008 Oscar Nominations are in on: February 25, 2008, 07:09:56 AM
I haven't even seen most of the movies yet since I'm wating for them on DVD, but I was very glad to see Once won for best original song.  That's a great movie with some wonderful songs (and this coming from someone who does not like musicals at all). 
9821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CryEngine 2 comparison. on: February 25, 2008, 01:16:49 AM
I agree that the CryEngine 2 demo is incredible looking, but the funny thing is that if you watch carefully you can see some of the teapots disappear in the middle of a bounce. 
9822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EA attempting to purchase Take Two for $2 Billion on: February 25, 2008, 01:03:30 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 25, 2008, 12:57:49 AM

They spent like $800M to get Bioware & Pandemic, right?

Sorta, yeah:
EA will pay up to $620 million in cash to the stockholders of VG Holding Corp. and will issue up to an additional $155 million in equity to certain employees of VG Holding Corp., which will be subject to time-based or performance-based vesting criteria. EA will also assume outstanding VG Holding Corp. stock options. In addition, EA has agreed to lend VG Holding Corp. up to $35 million through the closing of the acquisition.

You also have to realize that this would be several studios with some big franchises: Take-Two, Rockstar, Irrational, Firaxis, Visual Concepts/2K Sports, etc.
9823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: To Wii or not To Wii? on: February 25, 2008, 12:58:01 AM
My overall verdict is that I use my 360 much, much more than my Wii.  I generally only play the Wii if there are some non-gamers visiting (like family).

Having said that, there are some decent games for the Wii if you end up getting one (like Zack and Wiki, Mario, Zelda, etc).  It doesn't have Rock Band yet, but does have Guitar Hero 3 (minus the downloadable content, I believe).  

It can go online, and there is no fee, but very few games actually have multiplayer support and their Friends Code system is terrible.  You can download old NES/SNES/etc games on it (for money), though.

I think the only realy "brain game" is the Big Brain Academy, and it scored pretty mediocre.  I don't play sports games so couldn't give you feedback on them.  

If you're looking to track one down, keep an eye on the weekly deal thread over at the Cheap Ass Gamer forums.  The have the circular ads for stores a week or two ahead of time, and if the Wii is featured in an upcoming ad that generally means the store will have a minimum # of them available so you can get there early.  
9824  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EA attempting to purchase Take Two for $2 Billion on: February 25, 2008, 12:47:59 AM
Yeah, rather than buying all of the sports licenses, they just buy out the competition.  And of course do it right before GTA IV hits so they wouldn't have to contribute to it's development costs but reap all the benefits. 
9825  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Viva Pinata Party Animals - dead deal on: February 25, 2008, 12:45:25 AM

Quote from: Purge on February 24, 2008, 08:14:02 PM

You won't be when you get it.

Kung Fu Chaos is a better game. Too bad it's not on the backwards compatible list.

What on earth does Viva Pinata Party Animals have to do with Kung Fu Choas? 
9826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New X-Files on: February 25, 2008, 12:41:26 AM
I always loved the X-Files episodes that had nothing to do with their main storyline.  The other episodes got old pretty quickly with nothing ever really being revealed.  I'm sure I will see this on DVD or something, though.
9827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Optimus Keyboard review on: February 24, 2008, 01:32:40 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on February 23, 2008, 11:44:42 PM

Every key on the keyboard is an individual OLED display. You can assign images to each key and so forth, and every key is macroable.

And it's fifteen hundred freaking dollars!  A keyboard more expensive than my computer itself is useless.
9828  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Viva Pinata Party Animals on: February 24, 2008, 01:07:44 AM
Must have been a short-time offer, because it's back up to $30 from what I see. 
9829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console games you want to love but can't on: February 23, 2008, 07:34:19 AM
God of War.  The new PSP demo just proved to me again how much I dislike these games despite really wanting to enjoy them.  Tons of the same old boring button mashing, stupid Dragon's Lair "minigame" button timing crap, making me walk across a tiny board when I have no control over the camera, boss fights where they gain back nearly all of their health if I don't hit the right button... so much potential ruined by these shitty elements. 
9830  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: MMO keynote roundtable discussion at GDC on: February 22, 2008, 08:47:58 PM
I don't think that anyone is saying the runaway success of WoW is slowly destroying the MMO genre (at least not that I read), but more of a case where it is very hard to compete against that 800lb gorilla.  And now that it's been out for a few years, patched, fixed and expanded upon that is an even bigger challenge.  People tend to forget that even though WoW has always been great, it had several problems early on that took quite a while to fix, not to mention all of the things that have been added and tweaked. 

Not many companies can afford to have a couple hundred people working for 3 or 4 years to develop something which can compete with that game.  Hopefully that fact will actually drive them to look at what other angle they can approach the MMO market from, rather than trying to directly compete. 
9831  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO 9.99 referral? on: February 21, 2008, 07:04:07 AM
I think he was referring to the Founder's pricing, which was always $9.99 and you could refer friends who would get the same price. 

Unfortunately I'm not a Founder, but I jumped on the holiday price of $9.99 if you get 3 months at a time.  They are now running the same sort of deal, except you have to sign up for 6 months at a time. 
9832  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: February 21, 2008, 01:34:21 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 20, 2008, 09:37:16 PM

I really like the art direction and the graphics, it looks like a living comic book.

Honestly I think some of those shots look a lot like Crackdown.  Not that that is a bad thing, and the one with the tangled web stuff looks very comic book-ish and cool. 
9833  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Suggestion: Add a "Forum Rating" to the game reviews. on: February 21, 2008, 01:15:41 AM

Quote from: davidf on February 21, 2008, 12:47:24 AM


Kate Beckinsale doing video reviews in the nude?

How about Kate Beckinsale doing video reviews in the nude at my houseeek

In that case, who gives a crap about the reviews?  slywink
9834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox GDC announcements... on: February 20, 2008, 07:55:17 PM
I think that's actually a good idea for the XBLA game tied to Fable 2.  I could see putting some time into that to earn in-game money if it's cool. 

Hopefully this time they are able to actually finish Gears, otherwise I say screw their November release dates.
9835  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone got Project Gotham 4 for sale? on: February 19, 2008, 04:50:55 AM
You need to open up your copy of Stuntman!  It's an awesome game.
9836  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Knight Rider - tonight on NBC on: February 18, 2008, 12:07:57 AM

Quote from: disarm on February 17, 2008, 10:21:35 PM very well might suck, but if you don't watch and it turns out to be worthwhile, you will have missed out and may not get another chance.

Well, first off it is going to suck, but if it doesn't do you really imagine that in this day and age of constant repeats and transfers to DVD that you wouldn't get a second chance to see it?  It's not like there's a lot of freshly written shows going to take it's time spot (or the 20 others that are all showing reruns).  
9837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Patapon for the PSP looks awesome - demo impressions! on: February 17, 2008, 07:23:16 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on February 17, 2008, 06:08:40 PM

Thanks gellar.  So, I've never downloaded a demo for my PSP before.  How do I, you know, get it on the PSP?

Here's the directions swiped directly from the PSP Fanboy demos page (also check out there for more PSP downloads).

1. Download the demo zip file.
2. Extract the contents of the zip file.
3. Connect your PSP to your computer using a USB cable.
4. Go to the PSP/GAME folder.
5. Copy NPJG90016 (insert actual filename) folder into the GAME directory. Make sure there are no sub-directories in this folder.
9838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: mythos invite- on: February 17, 2008, 07:19:21 PM

Quote from: Travis on February 17, 2008, 06:24:11 PM

Anyone have an invite left?  I would like to give it a spin.

Sure thing, I have 3 more.  Just PM me your email address and I'll get the key sent.
9839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360...Discontinued? on: February 16, 2008, 10:23:40 PM
My guess would be that they are just making new SKU's for new models or something, so they are selling out of these older ones to get rid of the ones with lower-quality parts. 
9840  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Dungeon Runners (NCSoft's free MMO/$4.99 premium option) on: February 16, 2008, 05:36:22 PM
I tried to play it a while back and I really enjoyed the humorous items and descriptions, but the game itself kind of bored me after a bit.  They've released some new content "Chunks", as they call them, since then though. 
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