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1  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (Updated June 12th, 2009 9:25 AM) on: July 23, 2009, 02:34:09 PM
+1 to tylertoo. Super fast shipping. Great to deal with! Thanks!
2  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: paradox Interactive Week Long Sale on: July 22, 2009, 07:32:42 PM
Wow. There are a lot of versions of the same games. I have EU III complete, but now I wonder if there is a more complete version. Same with Hearts of Iron II Complete. I'd figure this all out now and buy something but I'm too lazy at the moment. Which means that I'll get back to this a few hours after the sale ends, slap my forehead, and realize that I've missed another good sale.

Can you add mods to Gamer's Gate games?
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPhone: Words with Friends (free online scrabble) on: July 22, 2009, 02:22:26 PM
Very cool. I'll grab this one later.

This one might be enough for to bring my wife over the to the iPhone. She loves Scrabble. She usually beats me, and she's not a native speaker of English. I think it's a combination of her being very good and me being pretty mediocre.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, May/Jun 2009: God of War on: July 15, 2009, 10:01:20 PM
I think we'll try the Summer Free for All concept. I'll tally up the stats from this thread and start a new one for the Free for All thread in the next day or two.

Basically, it'll be the July/August Game of the Month without the voting round. You can pick any older game that you'd like to play and jump right in. I'm going to take a look at my backlog tonight and see what I can come up with. I've been hankering for some old-school RPG gaming, so I might look at Might and Magic 7. Really liked that game, but never got past halfway in a couple of attempts. Or maybe Knights of the Old Republic. Or Oblivion. I've also got some Altus' RPGs that I haven't played yet. So many choices. So little time.

Leo - Congrats of finishing God of War 1, and glad to hear that you're making progress with GoW 2!
5  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: t2's Amazing DS sale on: July 15, 2009, 09:53:37 PM
PM sent!
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, May/Jun 2009: God of War on: July 15, 2009, 05:15:34 AM
I was wavering. Interest seems to be low.

One thought I had was a "Summer Free for All". Pick one older game that's been in your backlog or that you've been wanting to play, then go after it. We'd likely all be playing different games, but it could get us started fast. Might be nice for a change?
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Sims 3 impressions and stuff on: July 14, 2009, 03:57:21 AM

Quote from: Razgon on July 13, 2009, 04:36:04 PM

anyone still playing this? I just got it for my daugthers and they seem to love it

One thing though, while the game recoqnized the serial code without a hitch, the online registration didnt at all... A bit annoying, since I cant get new stuff then

Third Sims game for me and the third time that the game just drops off a wall for me. I'll be having a great time, loving the game, then all of a sudden after about 10-15 hours, I realize I'm bored beyond belief. The game goes from a 9 to a 1 like no other game I've played.

Funny thing is that I'll probably end up going back to the game and doing the same thing a year from now, so I'll end up getting my money's worth.
8  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer 48 Hour Madness 7-11: $39.90 12 Month XBL card/Blood Bowl 27.90 on: July 13, 2009, 07:10:05 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on July 11, 2009, 07:49:19 PM

Awesome price...I think I will buy blood bowl again just for my friend smile

Unfortunately, they sold out of Blood Bowl. I went to buy it last night, but I was too late.

EDIT: I had checked this morning and it was out of stock still, but now... back in stock! Ordered that and Conan for the 360 for $40 shipped. Woot!
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: July 11, 2009, 12:03:56 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 10, 2009, 03:04:39 PM

$39.99 at Amazon for the 360 version again.

Yes! Thanks for the heads up! And the ECA codes are working again for another 10% off. I just ordered the game, $36 and should be here on Tuesday. Been wanting to pick this one up for a while, but was looking for that under $40 sweet spot.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: July 10, 2009, 11:50:52 PM
Sorry to everyone I've been playing for being so slow to move over the past month. June was crazy. Tons of travel, family stuff, and then sick.

My life has settled down again so I'd be up for playing anyone who is looking for a game!
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, May/Jun 2009: God of War on: July 08, 2009, 02:59:31 AM
The party never ends, so you're not late!

I loved the first game as well, but I did get frustrated in a couple of places. There were a couple of levels that just seemed to drop the ball completely with regards to fun.

And speaking of the Game of the Month Club, I'm a bit late in getting the next vote up. I'll work on this in the next day or so. Any last minute suggestions for our next game?
12  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance June/July on: June 27, 2009, 03:22:20 AM
I can't remember the last time I found anything good in the Target clearance bins. Usually they are either picked clean or still much more expensive than in other parts of the country. But yesterday I found a Prince of Persia marked $41, but which scanned at $14.98! Nice!
13  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 21, 2009, 02:36:13 PM
I mentioned this in the main Gaming Trend forum, but thought it might be better mentioned here...

The Geocaching app from Groundspeak has quickly gotten our family into the hobby. The app is awesome, and the iPhone works fine as a GPS receiver. The app displays which caches are near your current location, has a "navigate to cache" feature that gets you close, and lists information/notes/hints on every cache as well. If you're looking for a new hobby to get you outside and walking more, this $10 app might be worth a look.

Geocaching Application Info
Basic info on Geocaching

14  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 21, 2009, 02:26:57 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 21, 2009, 04:17:04 AM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on June 21, 2009, 03:31:33 AM

Quote from: Teggy on June 20, 2009, 11:00:50 PM

Tiger Woods is now on sale for $7. Just got my iPhone so that seemed a good one to pull the trigger on before I start restricting my app purchase budget (also picked up Peggle for 99 cents).

Does Tiger Woods have any sort of career mode?

I haven't gotten too deep into it, but it is not just single round play. You earn money you can spend towards either increasing your attributes (power, accuracy, etc.) or playing in tour events. The game provides a calendar and events are 4 days long.

Thanks! That makes it more appealing. Might grab this later, but I've already got so many apps/games that I don't play.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Sims 3 gold! on: June 21, 2009, 05:09:03 AM
Sims 3 arrived yesterday and works fine on my wife's computer upstairs. But I'm getting a disc authentication error on my Windows XP computer. The program won't start at all.

Apparently quite a number of people are having the same problem, but they are mostly people running a particular brand of Matsushita drive, which I'm not, or some particular DVD burning software programs, but I'm not running those either. I tried removing my DVD burning software, but that didn't help.

Frustrating. My wife uses her computer a lot, so essentially I've got a coaster at this point.

I've got a support ticket out with EA Software, which has always been good for a diversionary laugh in the past, so at least there should be some good humor forthcoming. I bet the first response I get (if I get one at all), will tell me that the problem might be a Matsushita drive (which I mention I don't have in the body of the email) or some software called DLA (which I also mention I don't have).
16  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 21, 2009, 03:31:33 AM

Quote from: Teggy on June 20, 2009, 11:00:50 PM

Tiger Woods is now on sale for $7. Just got my iPhone so that seemed a good one to pull the trigger on before I start restricting my app purchase budget (also picked up Peggle for 99 cents).

Does Tiger Woods have any sort of career mode?
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 19, 2009, 10:10:59 PM

I upgraded to the new 3.0 software a day or so ago and now my reception is shaky. I'm getting less bars at home, little to no reception in my basement (was okay before upgrading), and I just had a dropped call (first from home in months).
18  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: iPhones (16G-3G) on: June 19, 2009, 06:11:26 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 19, 2009, 03:45:47 AM

You'd likely lose your phone number in the process.

Ahhh. Not good. I'll wait.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I scored a Job Interview. Now what? on: June 19, 2009, 04:04:20 AM
Have a few questions ready for them relating to the job and the company. It's likely your only chance to interview them as well to see if you'd like to work for them.

I'm a big believer in posture and presence in an interview. Sit with your hands relaxed. You should sit straight, but lean slightly forward. Watch a news anchor to see what I mean. If more than one person is in the room, speak to everyone with your answers. You should be engaging everyone in the room with your answers. I've seen a lot of interviewees just look at me when they answer my questions, and it's not as effective as when the interviewee engages the whole room.

Answer questions with the right amount of length. Too many people babble and don't get to the point. A thoughtful one-minute answer is perfect in most cases. Be concise yet friendly.

I'd also offer that the best thing you can do is get a friend to conduct a mock interview with you. Set up a camera over his or her shoulder and video tape you as you go through sample questions. Then analyze the video with them. It's a bit contrived and awkward to do this at first, but I guarantee you'll notice a handful of things that can be easily corrected with a little practice (fidgiting in your seat, saying "um" too often, etc.). Three practice sessions scattered over three days and you will be a much better interviewee. Ideally this friend should be someone who will give you honest feedback and not just say things to make you feel good. You don't need praise in these practice sessions, you need to know what you're doing wrong so you can hone your skills.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Geocaching? on: June 19, 2009, 03:36:07 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 18, 2009, 10:00:24 PM

Thanks for the info.  I'll have to wait until I'm home to review it in detail.  I may be gettign a new hobby.

Maybe I'll get sick of this real soon, but so far I'm really enjoying it. Suddenly the world is filled with little treasure hunts. In a tiny way, it connects with that inner child in me who has always wanted to find an old treasure map and travel off to find the gold.

And it's been a perfect family activity. My kids are just eating it up, and it's getting us out walking in nature. They love navigating to the treasure with the iPhone (I let them take turns). And I try to work things out so that they are the ones to spot the containers, which they love. They get a charge out of opening up the treasure. It doesn't seem to matter to them what's inside. They know it's mostly crap, but the randomness of it all is pretty entertaining.
21  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: iPhones (16G-3G) on: June 19, 2009, 03:28:22 AM

Quote from: Devil on June 19, 2009, 02:14:05 AM

From what I can gather - They have gone from between $300 and $500 on ebay.

I'm not looking for $500! eek

If I read this right, I could buy a new iPhone for $200, pay the $200 or so early termination fee to my existing contract, then turn around and sell my old iPhone for about $400 on Ebay? So it's like getting a free new iPhone? What am I missing here?
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Geocaching? on: June 19, 2009, 03:17:46 AM
That's interesting, Grue. I hadn't seen evidence of that yet, but I've only found a half dozen caches to date and am very new to the game. I wonder if things have matured since you did it? From the logging records I've seen, most of the caches in my area seem to draw 5-12 visitors each month, and they seem to be placed a respectfully short distance away from trails. I haven't noticed trails to the hiding spots.

In reading some rules for placing caches in various Minnesota park systems, there are registration requirements for caches placed in many of the parks I read about. Also, caches must comply with a number of rules (some of which dictate how far they can be placed from a trail). Lastly, the parks I was reading about limit the total number of caches. It seemed to me like they've thought things through to make the impact on the ecosystem minimal.

From an educational standpoint, I see a lot of benefits to the game. I've been reading articles about how the explosion of digital entertainment is starting to create a culture where a lot of kids don't get the nature experiences (camping, hiking, etc.) that most of us had as kids. As these kids grow into voters, they subsequently don't value our park systems. There is speculation that this will have a negative impact on park system legislation and park funding. Obviously it's a game of balance, but I'd like to think that an activity like geocaching that gets people into our parks is in most cases a good thing, especially if the park system has developed a system to handle the usage.


My daughter and I had dinner tonight, then walked over to a neat strip of park land that ran between a large pond in search of our sixth cache. We saw a stunning red-winged blackbird in some cat o' nine tails on the way. We found the cache hidden in yet another tree trunk. Took about ten minutes to get the thing out because of the shape of the container and the size of the hole in the tree trunk. I'm sure glad no one walked by. I have no idea what I would have said if someone asked me what I was doing with my daughter hefted to shoulder height in one hand, her arms stuck in the tree trunk, and me with a short stick in my other arm trying to nudge the container up so we could grab it.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Geocaching? on: June 18, 2009, 09:55:23 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 18, 2009, 09:43:34 PM

Where are you going to find out about these caches?

The site is very helpful in explaining the protocol for hiding/finding caches. Creating an account is free and fast. Once you get an account, just click on the link on the left to Hide & Seek a Cache. Type in your address. Viola! Up come the results.

This page from their site explains the basics:
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, May/Jun 2009: God of War on: June 18, 2009, 09:52:18 PM
I've never played more than a few minutes of a Zelda game. That's a great idea. Silly question, but PS1 games work on a PS3, right? Would Marjora's Mask be easy for most of us to get our hands on?

I think FFVII would be a bit long, but if we had enough interest, who knows.

I'd love to replay Uncharted Waters: New Horizons, which just came out as a download for the Wii.

25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, May/Jun 2009: God of War on: June 18, 2009, 09:28:16 PM
About two weeks to go before we hit July. Any thoughts for candidates for July's Game of the Month?
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Geocaching? on: June 18, 2009, 09:23:15 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 18, 2009, 08:27:53 PM

I haven't, but the idea appeals to me.  You might also look at geohashing.

Ah, that looks interesting as well. I might check that out after a bit. Thanks!

One thing that's surprised me with geocaching is its secrecy. These caches are literally all around us. There is a cache about 350 feet from our home, hidden in the middle of a tree trunk. Who knew? There are about 100 hidden caches within a 3-mile radius of our home. It's like the illuminati or something, all these hidden caches lying around and people hunting for them every week without anyone knowing.

It's a great way to spend an hour with the kids outside. I took the kids out this afternoon for a bike ride to a park where one was hidden. Took us about ten minutes of hunting, but we finally found it tucked inside a tree for our fifth find. My daughter left a plastic chicken and took out a little button with a gopher on it. My son took a smushed coin and left a plastic gem. I tossed in a state flag pin. Good time had by all.

27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 18, 2009, 07:09:26 PM
I got a cheap rubbery case from for a buck or so a couple of months ago. For the first nine months I didn't use anything on the phone. It's all scratched up on the back, like worn jeans compared to shiny new ones.

If I need to stick it in a docking station, I just flip the protector off the bottom. Takes a second.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 18, 2009, 05:07:45 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on June 18, 2009, 04:54:06 PM

So how durable has the iPhone been for folks? When I check on threads on the iPod Touch around the 'net, I see a fair amount of complaints that a little sweat or a drop of condensation from the side of a drink ruins it, and Apple won't accept a return on damage caused by that kind of thing. Or that severe temperature changes ruin it. And of course others say they've had one for years without a problem. It's hard for a neophyte to decipher the chatter, or figure out who's being a troll, or a "blind to flaws" fanboy.

I've dropped my 3G phone several times from waist height onto various surfaces (carpet, wood floor). I used it all last winter in Minnesota. I also sweat on it on occasion as well. I've never really smashed it hard into something, dropped it from a great height, or submerged the thing in lava, but no problems here. The back of the phone has oodles of light scratches on it (I just recently added a cheap protector), and the screen protector has a couple of noticeable scuffs, but I've been pleased with the thing's durability. Most important for me is that I don't feel like I have to be careful with it.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone Geocaching? on: June 18, 2009, 04:59:06 PM
I was wondering, anyone else here do any geocaching?

I've just started with my son and daughter and they absolutely love it. Each one is a little treasure hunt for them. We've only looked for and found four so far, but I'm amazed at how many of these things are hidden in our metro area. Looks to be about 10,000 or so. Many of the caches have little trinkets in them, and my kids love the leave one item/take one item protocol. We also found a beautiful trackable coin in one cache on Tuesday, and are planning to hang on to it for a few days before placing it in a cache closer to its goal.

I had heard about the hobby a few years ago, but the cost of a GPS system was higher than my curiosity level. But now there is a slick Geocaching app for the iPhone, and the iPhone has a GPS, so for the $10 cost of the app we were all set to go.

Oh, here's the hobby's main site in case anyone is interested: Geocaching.
30  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 16, 2009, 02:36:47 AM

Quote from: Tokek on June 11, 2009, 06:04:10 AM

Peggle is on sale for 99 cents until June 14.

I picked a bad day to get back from vacation.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a game recommendation for kids on: June 04, 2009, 05:34:41 PM
Can't believe I forgot to mention Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga for the Wii. I'd agree with everyone on that one as well, and there is a ton of depth to the game with unlocking characters and such. That would be a great choice, and it should be easily found for $20 or less.

I've heard good things about both Lego Batman and Lego Indiana Jones as well. I have heard that Lego Indiana Jones is a bit harder than the other two games in the series. We haven't played far enough in either one of the two to tell yet.
32  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for Dreamweaver. Anyone looking to rid themselves of it? on: June 04, 2009, 04:05:39 AM
Have you considered Joomla? It's open source, robust, and free!
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Sims 3 gold! on: June 04, 2009, 04:03:21 AM
I've been reading conflicting things about the player's ability to change the town's population...

Can you make up a bunch of sims and just stick them in houses in the town? Or are you limited to four lots/families to play with at one time?

Can you make NPCs and add them to the town's population? Are the NPCs the same every game?
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a game recommendation for kids on: June 04, 2009, 03:52:56 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 03, 2009, 07:12:34 PM

I wouldn't recommend LBP for the 5 year old.  My just turned six year old still has a hard time with it.

It's always interesting to see the differences in what games kids will take to. My daughter, who is five, loves Little Big Planet.

Both our kids, however, found Mario Kart for the Wii very difficult to control, but a lot of their friends love it.

EDIT: Now that I think of it, it's the co-op mode that my daughter loves in Little Big Planet. The single-player mode was too hard for her. She only plays co-op now on the game, with either me or my son.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: June 04, 2009, 03:49:39 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 03, 2009, 07:12:06 PM

Naughty Dog has also confirmed that the campaign will be longer than in the first game.

How long was the original game?
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: June 03, 2009, 06:22:36 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 03, 2009, 01:12:54 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 02, 2009, 11:02:23 PM

Now that is how you make a trailer.

I've got so many games in my backlog that I hardly ever buy new releases. I usually start looking considering a game when it hits the $30 mark. I can't remember the last time I got excited about a trailer or a new release.

That, however, was over the top awesome. I'll probably wait a day or two for impressions, but if they're good, I'm all over this. That trailer totally rocked. After having seen it, my only hope is that the game has enough meat/length to it.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a game recommendation for kids on: June 03, 2009, 06:08:00 PM
My first two picks would be:
Super Smash Brothers Brawl (Wii)
Little Big Planet (PS3)

Both of these games have multiplayer modes that would be compatible with a three-year age difference. On Little Big Planet, you can do levels co-op and have a blast. Super Smash Brothers has a handicapping feature that you can activate that will make it progressively more difficult for the winner. After a bit, your five-year-old will have a shot against your older son.

Other possibilities that have strong multiplayer/co-op features:
Mario vs. Sonic Olympics (Wii) (starts slow, but gets to be a ton of fun as you unlock things and get used to the game)
Mario Kart (Wii) (get a second wheel controller)
Mario Sluggers Baseball (Wii) (not worth full price but a ton of fun)
Mario Super Strikers (Wii) (better than Sluggers, probably can find it cheap)
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Sims 3 gold! on: June 03, 2009, 04:44:20 AM
I didn't get the game, but I tried out the Sim 3 Sim Creator Demo at the Apple store tonight. I like the improvements from Sims 2. Much more fluid and open to creating people now.

Unless I hear bad reports, I'm going to get a copy of this later this month. Looking forward to it.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Sims 3 gold! on: June 02, 2009, 01:55:30 AM
With the gentle PC requirements, I'm actually getting pretty interested in this one. I'll be traveling for a while, but might pick this up mid-month when I get back.

I like the idea of an open, dynamic world, and like the decrease in peeing and increase in personality complexity.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: 05/29/09 on: June 01, 2009, 05:20:48 PM
I finished the main story in Gun for the second time (the first on a console). Really enjoyed it again. Still got a few Achievements to clean up with it.
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