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8721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First 15 minutes of Dark Sector on PS3 on: March 26, 2008, 04:00:47 PM
The box didn't quite have that 'it' I was looking for.  I'm going to have to take 15% off the review for it.
8722  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Goal Line Blitz on: March 26, 2008, 12:12:23 PM
I made a center and kicker too.  Got them spread out among different leagues testing the water.
8723  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Goal Line Blitz on: March 26, 2008, 12:09:21 PM
I gained about 610 xp in my first game, the second one where I sat out gave me 90

Sucks that I had to move from the USA league to the EU league to get some playtime slywink  j/k
8724  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Goal Line Blitz on: March 26, 2008, 10:16:43 AM
I was traded to a human team on a 2 year contract and he played me for one game at the wrong position.  Then he benched me and I get no play time now.

Now I know how real players must feel when getting screwed by management slywink

8725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Battlefield: Bad Company beta on: March 25, 2008, 03:04:47 PM
Played for about an hour so far and I'm really liking it.  The destructible terrain and buildings is OMFG cool as well.   eek

Sniping is awesome and hard at the same time.

I wish you couldn't turn off head bobbing though.  It looks really cool, but since you can turn it off a competitive player like myself can't leave it on  ninja
8726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 25, 2008, 12:55:59 PM

Quote from: JuniorDan on March 25, 2008, 12:49:55 PM

what does the platinum artist achievement stand for? My friend played with somebody yesterday and got the platinum artist achievement before the song even started.

It's playing with someone who did the endless set list on expert. I thought I read that off the achievement itself.
8727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Battlefield: Bad Company beta on: March 25, 2008, 11:41:22 AM
Been playing a bit, having fun but a lot of trouble aiming.  Also it's difficult to find out what does what without any guide or manual.  Tracer Gun?  How do you know who needs a medikit?  etc.

Seems a bit off on feel so far, but definitely potential.  Sadly no prone frown
8728  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Goal Line Blitz on: March 24, 2008, 04:06:48 PM
I signed up and made a FS.  Harkonis Sparx is the name.  Looks fun and low maintenance.
8729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone using a Safety, Straight, or Electric razor? on: March 23, 2008, 04:38:17 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 19, 2008, 03:57:16 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on March 19, 2008, 02:54:47 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 19, 2008, 05:11:39 AM

I use the Gillette Fusion and it blows the Mach 3 out of the water.

I agree, been using the new brand for awhile now.

I have no issues using water to tap out and clean while using the razor. I replace the blade every 3 shaves.

Jesus I don't know what a Gillette Fusion costs but if it's anything like a Mach 3 then that must cost a fortune!!!  I use Mach 3 and I replace my razor every....3 weeks, or maybe more.  I don't shave every day but usually I do.

Wow, I can't imagine replacing a blade that often.  I have gone up to a month of near daily shaving on one blade before since the damn things cost a fortune.  Even if I won the lottery I wouldn't replace a blade every 3 shaves.
8730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone using a Safety, Straight, or Electric razor? on: March 23, 2008, 04:36:44 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 19, 2008, 05:11:39 AM

I use the Gillette Fusion and it blows the Mach 3 out of the water.

Same here, no problems with clogging either.  If you have problems you could try putting it in a small bit of water and swishing it back and forth.  I had to do this at a previous home where water pressure was an issue.  Just the amount of water on the shower floor would be enough if it clogged.
8731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Half Life 2] Well I just did that for nothing! on: March 23, 2008, 04:34:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 23, 2008, 04:17:41 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 23, 2008, 04:06:14 PM

That sense of achievement is now acknowledged, Pavlov-style, by a little sound effect and a visual pop-up.  Plus a cool icon.

Triggering reward-center in brain = more fun, magically.

so gamers who love achievements are dogs.  gotcha  icon_twisted

Sounds about right to me
8732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 22, 2008, 01:23:00 AM
Hope to play with you guys again soon sometime.  I throw out invites every time I see you but so far out of 20 people on and playing, all but 2 are doing split screen local and/or story mode only. frown
8733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 22, 2008, 01:20:11 AM

Quote from: Destructor on March 22, 2008, 12:26:31 AM

So, after playing the game a bit, I've come to the following conclusions:

1) The AI is dumb. Your partners will stand around and get shot at (and yes, they're on Assault mode) and return fire on their own terms. Yes, this means that you'll be doing most of the killing, even though your friends have belts of unlimited reloads.
2) The 'spawning' opponents STILL exists. Why the fuck, in this day and age, with this technology, are we still faced with enemies THAT DON'T EXIST until you walk over an invisible marker on the ground!?!
3) I've thrown grenades against vehicles that blow up, then move 10 feet and throw a grenade at a different vehicle, yet that one doesn't explode. WTF?

Thankfully, through all of this, the game is still fun. You just have to expect certain retarded decisions by the dev team in order to fully enjoy it.

I've had no problems with the ai not shooting enemies, it's movement issues I occasionally have to deal with.  I've done a couple missions with my partners doing 100% of the killing to see if I could.
8734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 21, 2008, 08:16:31 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 21, 2008, 08:08:10 PM

lol @ retarded lawsuits
http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/51876

"hey guys, how can we cash in on the rock band craze? I know, lets sue them!"

HA. as much as i hate mtv and EA. I hope they pound this retarded suit in the ground.

The game Guitar Freaks by Konami predates the 1999 patent and is pretty much exactly like Guitar Hero, I think Konami should sue Gibson.
8735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 21, 2008, 06:19:15 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 21, 2008, 04:25:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 21, 2008, 04:13:38 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 21, 2008, 03:31:38 PM

Well, I was able to play the tutorial last night til the GF kicked me off of the 360.  MY only problem is that I'm trained for CoD4

that's not your only problem if you're letting your GF kick you off the 360  Tongue

Geeks

Sex>>Gaming  Tongue

You can have sex AND gaming, you just have to find the right girl Tongue  I would never choose either one if it meant the exclusion of the other.
8736  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: is Warhammer Online dead? on: March 21, 2008, 06:16:11 PM
I just really hope they don't have any grind reward that affects pvp.  I despise accolades in CoX because in pvp it comes down to the badge grinders vs everyone else.
8737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 21, 2008, 04:20:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 21, 2008, 04:13:38 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 21, 2008, 03:31:38 PM

Well, I was able to play the tutorial last night til the GF kicked me off of the 360.  MY only problem is that I'm trained for CoD4

that's not your only problem if you're letting your GF kick you off the 360  Tongue
+1
8738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Battlefield: Bad Company beta on: March 21, 2008, 04:13:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 21, 2008, 04:10:57 PM

I downloaded the beta last night, but I was pretty tired and decided to sleep instead of giving it a shot.  Maybe I'll give it a try tonight if I can resist Vegas 2.

It doesn't start until the 25th so you will be playing R6 with us instead slywink
8739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 21, 2008, 01:33:14 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2008, 12:59:33 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on March 21, 2008, 04:35:36 AM

If you aren't having fun playing a game.  Don't play it.  Seriously, why spend time on something that you don't enjoy?

Plus, a lot of games have a hump you need to get past.  I was just not having fun with the beginning of Zelda Twilight Princess and shelved it for months.  When I finally restarted the game it turned out I had been only 30 minutes away from getting to the kind of gameplay I love in Zelda games.

This makes me wonder though if games are shooting themselves in the foot by making you wait and/or shifting gameplay during your experience.  Should you really have to go through 30+ minutes of non-fun experience to get to something you enjoy?  Every now and then (especially in mmorpg's) I have to just sit back and remind myself that games are supposed to be fun.  If the process of playing isn't fun, I shouldn't play it regardless of if the end result will be fun.  Grinding towards a goal for example should itself be fun.  So far CoX is the only game for me where the process of levelling up remains fun for me.  I'm looking forward to games that let you level up solely through pvp so that I can have fun throughout.
8740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 20, 2008, 03:42:54 PM
It's not like the old PC games where you plan it all out ahead of time, but the campaign mode does have you telling AI guys where to stack up and how to breach then issuing the go command.
8741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 20, 2008, 03:09:02 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 20, 2008, 03:05:28 PM

Well, I'll have my copy this evening.  I'll be playing SP tonite and I'll be up for some co-op SP, but I won't be dipping into T-hunt or MP til I finish sp.

Btw, Hark and Kato.  Me and CoV miss you.   Jarrod time to stop resisting and play.  I've got the itch since I love my Ninja Mastermind.  Need to take screen shoot me and my boys smile  thumbsup

I've logged in several times but haven't seen you on so I keep firing up R6.
8742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 20, 2008, 03:08:18 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 20, 2008, 02:31:03 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 20, 2008, 02:28:08 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 20, 2008, 01:58:05 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 20, 2008, 01:53:09 PM

While I agree that mp is very clunky, clearing rooms after every ranked battle makes sense to me.  If it's for rank, you don't want to have people playing the same opponents repeatedly because that skews the TrueSkill ratings.  Obviously if you're kicking ass you want to keep kicking the same people's asses if it's ranked.  However, your rating and theirs may have changed due to said ass-kicking so you shouldn't be playing against them again.

Fair enough, but it's not an issue with CoD4. How about instituting an auto search, that automatically finds you another game, once you finish the one you just played? Saves time, streamlines the experience a bit, and certainly would make the gamers happy. I know last night I heard a lot of bitching about it bouncing you back to the main menu.

You're right that it shuold auto search to keep you playing until you decide not to.  To be fair to R6 though, the reason it wasn't a problem in COD4 is because it doesn't use any ranking system or TrueSkill to match up people by their skill level.  There really is no ranked match on COD4, just public vs private options.  R6 has public, private and ranked.  I generally just play on public servers when not in a private party, I couldn't care less about my rank since you get xp in all modes it's not like COD where you have to play a certain mode to advance.

It is my understanding from some people at the Charlie Oscar Delta forums, that it in fact DOES use a background ranking and statistical system to determine matches.

I highly doubt it does and have plenty of hours of proof in playing.  I routinely was grouped with people who either had just started or couldn't play well at all.  We had several matches where it put everyone that was decent against everyone who was horrible.   If it used any ranking or stats to match people those wouldn't happen.  People were theorizing that it used a ranking system in the background when the game came out but nobody ever had proof it did. 
8743  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: COD4 Map Pack - April 3rd on: March 20, 2008, 02:30:08 PM
Yep, $10 is standard cost for these things.  Since I'm currently playing R6 though, I'll wait until the price drops to 400pts or free like they always do.  If I was still playing CoD4 as my main game I'd pay the $10 in a heartbeat.
8744  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: March 20, 2008, 02:28:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 20, 2008, 01:52:27 PM

I would love to see a satirical MMO that actually has carrots as the primary loot incentive.

If the Bugs Bunny Looney Toons MMORPG ever comes out we might!

I'm still waiting for a full graphical sequel to Progress Quest
8745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 20, 2008, 02:28:08 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 20, 2008, 01:58:05 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 20, 2008, 01:53:09 PM

While I agree that mp is very clunky, clearing rooms after every ranked battle makes sense to me.  If it's for rank, you don't want to have people playing the same opponents repeatedly because that skews the TrueSkill ratings.  Obviously if you're kicking ass you want to keep kicking the same people's asses if it's ranked.  However, your rating and theirs may have changed due to said ass-kicking so you shouldn't be playing against them again.

Fair enough, but it's not an issue with CoD4. How about instituting an auto search, that automatically finds you another game, once you finish the one you just played? Saves time, streamlines the experience a bit, and certainly would make the gamers happy. I know last night I heard a lot of bitching about it bouncing you back to the main menu.

You're right that it shuold auto search to keep you playing until you decide not to.  To be fair to R6 though, the reason it wasn't a problem in COD4 is because it doesn't use any ranking system or TrueSkill to match up people by their skill level.  There really is no ranked match on COD4, just public vs private options.  R6 has public, private and ranked.  I generally just play on public servers when not in a private party, I couldn't care less about my rank since you get xp in all modes it's not like COD where you have to play a certain mode to advance.
8746  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hancock trailer (previously known as Tonight he Comes) on: March 20, 2008, 02:06:11 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 20, 2008, 05:44:43 AM

Quote from: Caine on March 19, 2008, 11:07:12 PM

that's my #1 complaint with all movies like this.  any time you have a great cast acting like a bunch of pr--ks, they always turn them around into doing something nice at the end. they always learn a lesson and always end up winning .  it's FN pathetic that we can't get a good movie where the bad good guy doesn't make a 180 degree moral turn at the end.

see:
bad santa
office space
half baked
super troopers


So what though? All the movies you listed were hilarious...

He's saying more movies should be like the ones listed because they were hilarious and had the main characters acting like pricks even at the end.
8747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 20, 2008, 01:53:09 PM
While I agree that mp is very clunky, clearing rooms after every ranked battle makes sense to me.  If it's for rank, you don't want to have people playing the same opponents repeatedly because that skews the TrueSkill ratings.  Obviously if you're kicking ass you want to keep kicking the same people's asses if it's ranked.  However, your rating and theirs may have changed due to said ass-kicking so you shouldn't be playing against them again.
8748  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: March 20, 2008, 01:49:44 PM

Quote from: KePoW on March 20, 2008, 07:01:24 AM

I'm really glad they are designing CO with loot

that was CoX's fatal flaw...without loot, a MMO just does not have that constant long-term draw to play.  it was a brilliant game in short chunks of time, but lack of loot just ruined it eventually

CoX has loot now and it makes a huge difference to the draw to play the game.
8749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 03:40:43 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 19, 2008, 03:13:45 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 19, 2008, 09:22:16 AM


Is anyone from GT going to create a team?
Nice of you to volunteer!
8750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 02:44:28 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on March 19, 2008, 02:41:03 PM

Out of curiosity, when someone sets up a multiplayer game, can it be set for just Friends to join?

No, just like before you can reserve slots for invitation only, but not just for friends and invititations.
8751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 09:22:16 AM
http://gamebattles.com/r6v2/
8752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 05:22:48 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on March 19, 2008, 04:59:07 AM

Kato, as much as I want to be playing R6V with you (or titans quest or...) DO NOT RISK PERMANENT HARM to your hand to play games!!!!

ahem... sorry about that.

+1
8753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 02:41:11 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 19, 2008, 01:59:25 AM

Quote from: msduncan on March 19, 2008, 01:33:16 AM

I'm on a business trip out of town.   I have my preorder waiting for me tomorrow when I get back in town.

Hark, Sky and the regulars from COD4 --  I'm guessing you guys will be all over multiplay tomorrow night?  biggrin

I will have it by then, except I'm going to have to learn how to play 1 handed. 




I could've gone forever without seeing that kato slywink  (on a completely unrelated note, I got my respec)
8754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 02:21:28 AM
Very odd problem, most of the time when I first start a map, my weapon has no textures on it until I switch guns.
8755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 07:36:20 PM
The AI seem pretty capable to me, you do have to micro-manage their actual movement, but with liberal use of hold and follow me it's not a problem. 

T-hunt looks to still be 4 player coop.

I'm not real big on playing vs cpu though, so will probably only be doing it when nobody else is available.
8756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 07:04:46 PM
I forgot one problem I had though, I had my AI rappelling down a rope, and he stops halfway down.  I give the command to descend the rest of the way and get 'I can't do that' okay, so ascend back up and we'll try another way... 'I can't do that'.  Up, down, he won't go either way and sits there on the side of the wall until they kill him and end the mission the bad way.
8757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 06:58:11 PM
So far I like everything more than Vegas 1.  I did have some slowdown when a grenade blew out 2 rooms full of glass windows though.

Graphics seem improved to me.  I know I had fired up V1 last week and was amazed how crappy it looked after playing COD4.  I didn't get that feeling at all this time.  I'm liking the xp system as well.

Game is hard, it's definitely a different beast than COD is though.  Gameplay feels a lot like V1 obviously and it's a game that you either love or hate.  Bullet penetration is modelled in a lot more detail this time though and it shows. 

Overall if you enjoyed the first one at all you'd be wrong to not pick it up.  I don't generally get into the story mode of these games but it is fun with the added control you have of your AI partners.  T-hunt is as fun as before, though they still spawn as you go which I despise.  Have only done one mp match, trying to wait until some of you are in so I don't have the comfortability advantage.  I really like the new Team Leader mode though, it's like the VIP mode they added only both sides have leaders and spawning is based on whether they are alive or not.  Was very fun and dynamic.

Overall, I think COD is probably superior for what most people are looking for in a shooter.  R6V:2 does tactical far better though, and to anyone who wants to feel like they are in a real firefight it can't be beat.  You stick your head out, it's over.  I can't really say it's any harder than COD though, because the ease of death goes both ways, it's easier to drop a tango in both sp and mp.
8758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 05:28:42 PM

Quote from: skystride on March 18, 2008, 04:47:54 PM

Damn Canadian street date is 20th.  EB idiots said they won't sell it.  I hope I can find someone willing to break the date.  Not fair!  Ubi Montreal has no love for their fellow Canadians.

you should definitely bitch at them because this game doesn't actually have a street date so they wouldn't be breaking any rules by selling it now.  It's got a release date/ship date but no street date.
8759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 04:32:43 PM
I tried it on V2.
8760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 04:07:13 PM
I tried my Frank the Bunny mask and it won't accept it. frown
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