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9121  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [12/7/07] The Geezers Gone Wild Reunion Tour... on: December 05, 2007, 07:02:24 PM
I'd like either COD4 or R6.  I gave away my Gears of War because the game really just devolved into rolling around sticking grenades and trying to not get hit with a shotgun.  Host lag preference was huge in that game.

I'd prefer COD4 but am always up for R6 as well.  I returned my H3 though, I hated that game and just played to play with you guys smile
9122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 05, 2007, 06:13:20 PM
My replacement guitar has all the same part numbers and model numbers as my broken one so I am not sure there is a way to tell yet.
9123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free content will now be withheld from Xbox Live Silver accounts for a week on: December 05, 2007, 05:42:00 PM
I do think they are doing you a favor by offering you a demo.  On one hand it is a form of advertising, but I've not bought many more games based on a demo than those I have bought.  That wasn't worded the best, but I think you see what I'm saying.

When you buy a 360 you are getting a console that plays games.  Without gold I really don't see why people should expect to get anything other than patches anyway.  Gold IS the online component imo.
9124  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PAPA's no longer behind a strict NAT night of fun! on: December 05, 2007, 05:36:42 PM
I think we'll all just take a break from the game for a few months starting this weekend  icon_twisted
9125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free content will now be withheld from Xbox Live Silver accounts for a week on: December 05, 2007, 11:39:15 AM
I do think bandwidth may be an issue.  Anytime there is a surge in activity live goes to crap.  If they separate it into two waves that might help a bit. 
9126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 05, 2007, 11:37:43 AM
I finally got mine yesterday, the box is definitely guitar sized.  I think they will probably want to send you another box.
9127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 04, 2007, 07:13:42 PM
I know several people who bought Crackdown to get the Halo 3 beta so I think it's safe to say that people don't mind paying for a demo if they really want it.
9128  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: December 03, 2007, 02:57:08 PM
I'm at 18.3 and climbing on accuracy.  Top of my list is TXJOE with over 25% though.

I did find last night that I simply can't play if drunk on wine.  I usually drink beer or whiskey but with the stupid blue laws I can't buy anything on Sunday.  My sister kept giving me wine and I tried to play with Fuzz and Jarrod and it was atrocious.  3-15 and I fear looking at my accuracy after those couple rounds. 

I can play just fine on numerous beers, but something about the wine absolutely killed all ability for me to aim. 

Next week, I'll have to make sure I stock up on beverages.  I was gone Fri and Sat and didn't think about Sun until it was too late.

Sorry for bailing Jarrod, it just wasn't going to get any better.
9129  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: November 30, 2007, 05:49:42 AM
I play either Team Deathmatch or Hardcore (which alternates between Search and Destroy and Team Deathmatch)  If Team Tactical didn't include Domination I'd probably play it some as well since I like small scale engagements.
9130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 30, 2007, 05:47:47 AM

Quote from: rickfc on November 29, 2007, 07:43:01 PM

Quote from: faide on November 29, 2007, 07:32:50 PM

I got my replacement guitar yesterday.  I give Kudos to Harmonix and EA for making the replacement process quick and painless.  The  new guitar works GREAT!!!  The strum bar feels a lot more solid now.  I'm back to being able to get through songs on hard again, and the family and I can finally play the 4 instruments together smile

I actually got a faulty hub with my bundle so I call EA support this morning to get a replacement.  This is more or less how the conversation went:

Customer Service Rep (CSR): Thank you for calling Rock Band Support, my name is (name withheld to protect the innocent).  How can I help you?

Me: Hi, CSR.  My name is Rick.  I bought Rock Band for the 360 a few days ago, and it came with a faulty USB hub.  It doesn't get any power.  I think the connector is busted.

CSR:  OK, Rick.  The first thing that you should do, is turn off your console, unplug everything, give it a minute, plug everything in and try it again.  Usually, the USB hub will work again.

Me: But the hub isn't getting any power.  How is unplugging it and plugging it back in going to work?  I've tried plugging it in several times and to different outlets with the same result.

CSR: You really need to turn off your console, unplug everything, give it a minute, plug everything in and try it again.  Usually, the USB hub will work again.

Me:  OK, whatever.  Thanks for your help (plenty of sarcasm strewn throughout).

So 5 minutes later, I call back, and lo and behold, who picks up the phone?  SAME GIRL.  I told her that I tried her suggestion and no go.  She finally agreed to send me a new hub and a box to return the old one.  I hate customer service scripts.   mad

I loved the call I made to my DSL about the modem getting 80%+ packet loss when it's been on for about 20 minutes.  I was told to restart it, I did, then when I said that it works fine for 20 minutes after restarting he yelled at me 'why did you restart it then!'.  cracked me up. 
9131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 05:45:50 PM
Anyone who has a Gamertag will probably want to make and use their own dude since they get credit for whatever they do on it.  Barring that though, if nobody cares about using the defaults you only need one controller logged in and the rest can be random people.

9132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 01:11:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 29, 2007, 01:00:45 PM

Quote from: disarm on November 29, 2007, 05:04:53 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 29, 2007, 04:46:52 AM

...the player selection interface and mechanic is sloppy and just not well thought out (depending on which controller has my live tag attached to it, I have to power down my xbox and unplug said controller to switch over to another controller to play a different instrument if the first one isn't going to be used, for instance)

you do realize you can just hit the guide button on the controller you don't want to use, sign out by hitting X, then hit the guide button on the desired controller to sign back in don't you?  you never have to unplug anything or power down the console.  it is a bit annoying considering that you never had to do anything of the sort for GH though

I have this problem as well.  Once i either turn off a second controller or switch to a new one (i.e. guitar to drums), the game won't allow me to log in with my gamertag unless I completely restart. 

You can't just turn off the controller, you have to log out of your gamertag.  This is how it works on any game with info tied to a gamertag.  You bring up the guide, press X to sign out, choose yes, then you can sign on using any of the other controls.  You don't have to turn off anything, controllers or console.  You DO have to log out.  If you turn off the controller without logging out, your gamertag is still logged on that controller and the console is just waiting for the controller to come back on and will not free up your gamertag. 
9133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 28, 2007, 03:11:21 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 28, 2007, 03:01:13 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 28, 2007, 12:44:14 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on November 28, 2007, 12:04:21 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 28, 2007, 07:57:00 AM

Even better, one of the studs that you attach the shoulder strap to... is on the bottom of the guitar, and is seemingly not removable.  Therefore, I can't actually wear the guitar, but must hold it all times. 

Mine came configured that way out of the box.  I unscrewed the stud and screwed into the top hole.

Yep there are even instructions on how this can be done. Brendan fails.

Who reads instructions? slywink

I grant my failure in this particular point (THANK YOU, TK-421.  I can't believe I didn't manage to figure that out on my own.).  Other people's previous comments about the over-slickness of the plastic, and lack of heft (and, of course, the failure to engage overdrive), still make this guitar t3h sux0r.

I absolutely love how the audience sings along when you're doing well.  That's a fantastic touch!

I think the audience singing along is the thing I like most about RB.
9134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 28, 2007, 03:10:04 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 28, 2007, 02:46:08 PM

Oh, in bad news, I think my guitar is starting to crap out.  The guitar will cut out on sustained notes.  In the menus, when I upstroke, it will sometimes go up menu items, which I would take to mean that it records to strums, which would explain why a sustained note would cut out.  I will play around with it today to see if maybe it was just me messing up, as I had been playing for many hours by that point.  I don't think two strums would be caused by fatigue, though.

It's not you, that's the exact same set of symptoms myself and dozens of other experience after a few hours of play.
9135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 28, 2007, 12:23:17 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 27, 2007, 11:59:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 27, 2007, 10:16:34 PM

She can be a part of your band while logged in as herself.  My sister, niece and myself are on one profile and my nephew on his own and we all show up.

Well, then I don't know what to say.  I have no clue why she isn't considered part of the band.  I created the band and we went in and she played a few songs with me.  I don't see anywhere where you assign who is in the band and who is not other than choosing who is playing.

There is a menu selection in the band interface called 'band roster' there you can add and remove people.
9136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 27, 2007, 10:16:34 PM
She can be a part of your band while logged in as herself.  My sister, niece and myself are on one profile and my nephew on his own and we all show up.
9137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 27, 2007, 09:00:22 PM
I enjoyed the new songs.  Everytime I play Juke Box Hero I find myself wanting a Jesse's Girl download.
9138  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: November 27, 2007, 07:45:04 PM
Claymores are very nice.  I personally tend to use Bomb Squad until I unlock Bandolier, then I use it on all but one kit which gets an RPG.  If I take claymores or grenade perks I spend too much time throwing and not enough actually shooting.  Once I'm done with prestige modes it'll change, but since the challenges rely on shooting, I find that focusing on shooting more is the fastest way for me to level up.

The thing I hate most about resetting each time is the loss of the Bandolier.  I hate finding an awesome spot that nobody can take me down from and running out of ammo.  Granted it's funny sniping people with the pistol from a roof, but it's not quite the same slywink
9139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 27, 2007, 07:42:46 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 27, 2007, 06:29:06 PM

Yeah, it just took a bit to update.  It is there now.

I have another question.  When I pull up my band profile on the leaderboards for the band my wife and I made, I only see my character, but not hers.  Anyone know why?

I she on the the official band roster?
9140  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: November 27, 2007, 07:06:37 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on November 27, 2007, 06:41:37 PM

I fell for your "you should do it" nuttiness and started Prestige mode today.

I wished I hadn't after about thirty seconds.

When you get to the .50 cal again try and get the Acog for it and test it out on Vacant. See if it's as silly for you as it was for me Tongue

I regretted prestige mode the first time as well until I got up to around 20 which didn't take very long.  Second time was an even smoother experience.  I'm very glad I did it now and will continue until I hit the badge I desire.

I'll try the .50 with acog, but it will be a long time before I get it since by the time I would have the acog unlocked I'll be 56 and ready to flip again.
9141  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: November 27, 2007, 06:37:29 PM
I used to snipe a LOT.  However since I went prestige mode I have a whopping 1 kill with a sniper rifle.  I tend to stick to lesser travelled areas and make circuits of the maps.  I rarely stay in one place anymore unless it's an easily defendable place that is being mostly ignored.  My K/D has dropped slightly this way, but my total kills is skyrocketing.  Instead of going 9-0 or 15-2 I'm now often going 26-5 or 30-8 so it's helping overall.
9142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 27, 2007, 04:52:00 PM
Pete, the quickest way for you to unlock the songs would be to go through the solo vocal campaign on easy.  You'll be done in as much time as it takes for the songs to play. slywink
9143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 27, 2007, 04:46:31 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 27, 2007, 04:16:09 PM

The wife and I finally got back from our Thanksgiving trip to Pittsburgh last night and had a chance to set up Rock Band.  First we had to give the dogs a bath after picking them up from the kennel, then grabbed a quick bite, and while Jaime was unpacking our stuff upstairs I worked on unpacking everything.    icon_eek

It looked like Christmas morning in my living room with plastic bags and pieces of cardboard strewn all about.  It took me about a half hour to unpack everything, set up the drums, read through the manual (very quickly) and get ready to give the game a test run.  Even though we've seen the intro video a 1000 times, we still watched it all the way through until "Rock Band" faded onto the screen.  Then "Press Start" came up and we both giggled with anticipation.

The very first thing I did was go through the drum tutorial.  It was definitely worth the time as it cleared up any potential for confusion.  And then I was off to play my first song.  How could it possibly be anything but Wanted Dead or Alive?  Even though it was a relatively easy song to play, it was pure, unadulterated fun.  And once the crowd started singing along I just about peed myself.  Amazing.

Then Jaime wanted to go through the singing tutorial.    icon_confused   She has been talking about the drums for months, but now it seems that she has been hiding her secret desire to sing.  After the tutorial she wanted to give Say It Ain't So a try as a team as she had been "practicing" singing along to the song anytime it has been on the radio.  I took up my seat behind the drums and she grabbed the mic.  At first we were somewhat subdued, with me lightly tapping out the drum parts while she sat on the couch and sang quietly.  But by the chorus she was standing up with the mic cord wrapped around her hand belting out the lyrics and I was almost bouncing up and down in my drum chair.  We had so much fun that we played another song together.  And then another.  And another.  And as songs completed downloading we played them as well.  What was intended to be a quick 1/2 hour play session turned into four straight hours of virtual rock and roll.

Jaime pretty consistently finished with 100% on lyrics (we were both playing on Easy), and I was usually in the mid to high 90's.  But I certainly learned that the drums are hard.  I gave Medium a try and was quickly booed off stage.  I will definitely have to pay my dues on Easy before being able to tackle anything on Medium or higher.  But, I had the same problem the first time I played Guitar Hero, so hopefully I'll be able to get a little better on the drums with practice.  By the end of the night I was doing much better, so all it will probably take is a little time and practice.  Jaime didn't  feel ready to try Medium on vocals, especially on songs she wasn't very familiar with, but she was shocked at how well she did and can't wait to continue on as our band's lead singer.    icon_eek   She was terrified of singing at first, and now you can't get the mic out of her hand. 

I had fairly high expectations of this game, and every one of them has been met, and then some.  Even though we play a fair bit of MP games with friends, nothing has been this much fun to play in a group.  My wife and I had so much fun playing with just the two of us.  I can only imagine how much fun it will be to play with a few others. 

Our party on Saturday is going to ROCK!  We have around 20 confirmed with a few more working on scheduling (two of our friends are trying to get out of a wedding, for a Rock Band party).  Saturday is going to be ridiculous.

I'd love to have a guest spot for a song during your party Pete, see if you can't squeeze one in slywink
9144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 27, 2007, 04:37:17 PM
that be the clintons
9145  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: November 27, 2007, 01:08:41 PM
The previous post assumes I don't start playing HQ, Sabotage or Domination.  If I do, all bets are off slywink
9146  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: November 27, 2007, 01:07:58 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 27, 2007, 02:44:55 AM

1.26 fools. Watch out Kato I'm in UR rearview mirror.

Now that I know how to play my K/D just keeps climbing.  I did some calculations and if I don't improve any but hold steady, by the time I stabilize I should be between 1.75 and 2.0. 
9147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: more xbox live fall details on: November 27, 2007, 01:05:22 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 27, 2007, 12:49:26 PM

I need to make room for CK's MOM.

you too?
9148  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PAPA's no longer behind a strict NAT night of fun! on: November 26, 2007, 10:48:10 PM
Awesome man, sorry you have to pay for something you should already have, but I'm looking forward to playing with you again!
9149  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: November 24, 2007, 10:00:52 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 24, 2007, 07:27:36 PM

I dunno if I'm just gettin better or if all the real players are on vacation this week, but I've equaled my best streak of 15 3 times in the past two sessions.  I've also matched my match best in kills (31) twice in the past two sessions.

I've now got 600 more kills than I do deaths- a number I could have never dreamed of Haloz.

Huzzah COD4!

Eventually you'll catch my streak of 31... or not slywink  (hey, you named the thread, I'm just partaking!)

9150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - What is your band name? on: November 24, 2007, 05:20:18 PM
Are you confusing the musician name with the band name?  When you do the solo tours it's asking for the musician's name.  When you go into Band World Tour, it wants a band name.
9151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 24, 2007, 05:57:49 AM
Ron made some NAT adjustments and I was able to play with him as well.  Some games just seem overly picky and it's kind of pick and choose which ones tag the people with less than open NAT.  COD4 is one that's giving a lot of people issues as well.
9152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - What is your band name? on: November 24, 2007, 02:46:45 AM
I didn't have to create a band name for every tour, only for the Band World Tour, not the solo ones.
9153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 23, 2007, 07:16:01 PM
That is pretty odd.  Shoot me an invite when you're on and we'll troubleshoot a bit both ways.  I have only tried Band Quickplay online so far.
9154  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: November 23, 2007, 07:10:26 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on November 23, 2007, 06:48:07 PM

I still have plenty of challenges to do though :|

I got a few in my last game the other night. Like the "Extreme Cruelty" and "Collateral Damage". Those are for killing the entire enemy team without dying and killing two enemies with one sniper rifle shot, respectively.

I admit there's a part of me that feels like I should do it just to keep the game a bit more fresh, but the other part wants to finish all those challenges in the Killer and Elite tiers.

I was so ticked that I killed two people with a sniper shot in the same round that I levelled up and unlocked the challenge and thus didn't get credit.
9155  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: November 23, 2007, 06:38:34 PM
I think you of all people should go for prestige mode Thin, you are so much better than myself and could soar through them all in no time.  You out-stat me in every category by far.  I had to go prestige because I missed the level up sounds and effects and the game became 'just another shooter' when I didn't have the challenges to go for.  Once I hit 55 Prestige 9 I'll be done and can focus on what I want to kill most with.  I also play with a lot of friends of varying skill levels and they get a kick out of having more guns than me when I reset slywink
9156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: more xbox live fall details on: November 23, 2007, 05:57:47 PM
* Filter friends list, will be able to filter friends via games
* New clan support - will be able to launch clan games direct from dashboard, can “fold” friends into new clan category in friends list


These two are HUGE for myself
9157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 23, 2007, 05:56:15 PM
that's pretty odd.  I'd have to guess it's an incompatibility in this game with NAT settings, but it's the only thing I can think of.  Which mode are you trying to MP?
9158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 23, 2007, 02:40:37 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 22, 2007, 08:49:02 PM

Well, my guitar started acting funny earlier today and now it's almost unplayable.  it strums of its own accord sometimes, strums whenever I use the whammy bar, and strums as I try to sustain notes.  At first I thought it might just be me but a more capable Guitar Hero player than I grabbed it, tried it on a song, and confirmed my fears. 

I registered with the support site and should get a coffin and replacement sometime after the holiday.

My general thoughts on the guitar issues notwithstanding:

I love the size and length of it, the length of the whammy bar, the recessed fret buttons, but think it feels cheap, and don't like that they used the 'greasy' style plastic for the neck.  I really like the effects switch and wish my GH Les Paul controller had the same.

My general thoughts on the game:

I LOVE it, but there are some glaring issues that drive me nuts.  The menu UIs are not very well thought out, it would be nice if one character I make could do more than just one instrument, and trying to play online with people on my friends list is apparently impossible.  Why the hell does the manual spout the generic XBL text and not actually tell us step by step how to fucking play online?  Guitar Hero III was guilty of this as well.

Oh, and, uh, I have REALLY taken to the singing aspect of the game, which has surprised the everliving shit out of me  icon_eek

I've had no problems at all playing with friends on my list online.  What problem are you having?
9159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - What is your band name? on: November 23, 2007, 03:52:31 AM
Catalytic Synergy
9160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 22, 2007, 04:48:28 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 22, 2007, 04:07:08 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 22, 2007, 04:02:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 22, 2007, 03:50:04 PM

Quote from: drifter on November 22, 2007, 02:51:09 PM

Has anyone figured out how to use a headset plugged into an instrument to sing?  Or can you even do this?  Is that jsut for talking on Xbox live?

On a related note, does anybody's headset work when plugged into the drum set?

Mine does. You just have to tweak the connection by turning it in the jack until it works.  It's very touchy.  And you're using the adapter right?

I've been reading these impressions and it strikes me how easy you guys are going on this game.  Tweak the headset jack?  Online not working?  Guitars breaking after a couple hours?  So many people here were lashing out at Guitar Hero for the same things, but Rock Band gets a free pass?

It's not a free pass so much as there is so much that works that people are willing to overlook things that don't and are being worked on.  GH3 simply didn't have the 'good' going for it that RB does.  I can ignore a smudge on a gold nugget easier than even trying to look past a smudge on a turd slywink
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