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7601  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 09:17:14 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on January 16, 2009, 09:11:26 PM

Is this a double XP weekend?  I'm getting 20 points a kill, but match bonus wasn't anything extra.

Yes, it is.  Scroll up eight posts.
7602  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 09:09:18 PM
Patent this...  finger
7603  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U.S. Airways plane has gone down in the Hudson River on: January 16, 2009, 09:06:26 PM
"Somehow" the pilot's school records have been leaked...
7604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 08:08:18 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 07:59:21 PM

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Based on Gamespy rankings, there were 4 "shooters" that came out in November:  CoD, L4D, Quantum of Solace, and GoW2.  Each one has its own fanbase to appeal to, but at the base concept, they fill the same genre. 


If the genre as is 'shoot guns at _____' then yes.  I can't speak to QOS, but COD is nothing like L4D which is nothing like GOW2 which is nothing like COD.

That would be the definition of shooter, yes.  Which would certainly not fall under my definition of "nothing like," especially since I can have my WWII shooter and have my brains eaten, too.

And I never said that it wasn't selling well, just that I didn't think "crazy" was an apt modifier for third place in its genre.  
7605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Karma is a bitch, not a Chameleon on: January 16, 2009, 08:01:57 PM
Boy George gets 15 months in the pokey for chaining up a male escort.  I guess he'll get the opportunity to ask, "Do you really want to hurt me?" a lot over that time period.

7606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 07:52:34 PM
November news was "counted sales of over $300 million" worldwide.  At $60 a pop, that would be 5 million sold ... in November.  I can't find anything more up to date.
7607  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 07:38:06 PM
I can't find any specifics about Monday.  Nice that some people get the day off...  disgust
7608  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Mafia/Mob Movies? on: January 16, 2009, 07:27:35 PM
Without the success of Godfather, there would not be a large majority of these films.  It would be fair to say that GF represents a different style of filmmaking than is usually performed today.
7609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 07:24:51 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 07:06:42 PM

If the former, well 1 million in 2 months is proof enough that you're wrong. If you're arguing the latter I agree. COD5 is selling better than L4D.  However, it's not selling nearly as well as Michael Jackson's Thriller album did in the early 80s. I see the two about as connected as whatever it is that you're trying to say.

Now if I had said OMG L4D is outselling COD5 well then you're on target. As it is, you're making no sense whatsoever.

Yeah, cause there are no similarities between the two squad-based shooter combat games...   Roll Eyes

Yes, Left 4 Dead is selling well.  But it's not even tops in its genre in sales.  Based on Gamespy rankings, there were 4 "shooters" that came out in November:  CoD, L4D, Quantum of Solace, and GoW2.  Each one has its own fanbase to appeal to, but at the base concept, they fill the same genre.  And Left 4 Dead is third on the list for December.  
7610  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 07:14:00 PM
Double XP, Nazi Zombie Weekend!

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As is often the want, Call of Duty fans will be able to log into World at War on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this weekend to enjoy double experience points when playing multiplayer online playlists. A second "gift" from Treyarch comes in the form of the Nazi Zombie mode unlock; usually gamers need to have beaten the single-player campaign before they gain access to this co-op mode, but over the duration of the double XP weekend, this gametype will be unlocked and available to everyone.
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Everyone will be eligible for Double-XP starting Friday, January 16 2009 @ 10:00AM PST

7611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 06:46:47 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 06:22:24 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 16, 2009, 06:10:12 PM

 I dispute your contention that it's "selling like crazy" when the nearest game in terms of base mechanics is outselling it 3-to-1, new IP notwithstanding,

I dispute that 1 million copies in 2 months is not selling like crazy. After two months in release, it's only 600k copies behind the 10th best selling game of the entire year 2008.  IIRC, sales of L4D were 200k+ higher this month than last month.

If that's not crazy, I'm not sure how crazy is calcuated.

So 1 million for L4D, huh?  Compared to 3.87 million for Call of Duty...  So if 1 million is selling like crazy, then CoD:W@W must be selling like paranoid schizophrenia with dissociative identity disorder. 
7612  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is this the final nail in the coffin for the 4th Ammendment? on: January 16, 2009, 06:19:01 PM
Maybe I've watched too much Law and Order.  the judges presiding over the cases seemed to make a lot of decisions about what was allowed and why.  If it's reasonable that the police would have happened upon evidence in a normal manner barring the illegal search, it can be admitted anyway.  In the OP, it seems to me to be an extension of that beyond what most people would see as reasonable.  I can easily see Mr. Herring working on his civil case against the Sherriff's department since the decision did indicate that his Constitutional rights were violated.
7613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 06:10:12 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 01:38:46 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 16, 2009, 01:23:48 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 01:17:24 AM

WOOHOO! Left for dead selling like crazy.

...at 1/3rd the rate of Call of Duty: World at War....

And?  Not sure you can compare a brand new IP against a 7 year (?) old blockbuster franchise.  In two months it has already moved over a million copies (on 360 alone) which is incredible given that it's a new IP and doesn't fit into your standard shooter genre.

Yes, but it's by a proven developer.  Valve has a solid reputation in the PC industry and has been making solid in-roads into consoles with the Orange Box/Portal.  That benefitted the title drastically, with a 160% pre-order increase over the Orange Box.  Not to mention the $10million media blitz that was put behind it.  I dispute your contention that it's "selling like crazy" when the nearest game in terms of base mechanics is outselling it 3-to-1, new IP notwithstanding, especially when the consensus is that the setting for CoD:W@W has been done to death, being the 4th of the 5 games set in WWII.
7614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Cold! on: January 16, 2009, 05:18:18 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 16, 2009, 04:54:42 PM

I HATE COLD!

Time to move.
7615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best way to learn console shooter controls? on: January 16, 2009, 05:05:11 PM
I'm an in(tro)verted guy as well.  Pushing up to look up in a first person prespective is counter-intuitive to me now.
7616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iTunes DRM going bye-bye! on: January 16, 2009, 05:01:51 PM
During the conference.  It got buried under all the other news.
7617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iTunes DRM going bye-bye! on: January 16, 2009, 04:09:00 PM
Isn't this tied to what's in your library?  I recall having to re-search my machine for songs whenever I did some folder shuffling.  Could you not clear the "library," import just the songs that you wanted, then hit the big shiny button?
7618  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Cold! on: January 16, 2009, 04:05:18 PM
Dallas:

Today's high will be 42
Tomorrow's high will be 63

We are expected to hold in the 60s until next Friday.
7619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 16, 2009, 03:52:46 PM
Honestly, I was thinking more along the lines of recreating the US Airways scenario where the engine doesn't immediately "crash" the plane and fail you out of the mission.
7620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best way to learn console shooter controls? on: January 16, 2009, 05:26:44 AM
Honestly, it all comes down to practice.  I started my first shooter in 11/11/08 when CoD:W@W was released.  As Hark and company can attest, I was horrible (still am some days).  But I have gradually moved up in skill to where I can rarely top the leaderboard and usually not be dead last on my team.  My K/D is still pitiful at .58, but that's fighting uphill against the horrible start that I had. 
7621  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Commission jobs suck on: January 16, 2009, 05:23:52 AM
6 months will get your foot in the door at a car rental place.  I know because I was turned down for any sort of interview, degree be damned, because I didn't have 6 months of sales experience.
7622  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 01:29:12 AM
Then you have two options:  Make them pay by killing them repeatedly or ignore their area and give them nothing at which to shoot.
7623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 16, 2009, 01:23:48 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 16, 2009, 01:17:24 AM

WOOHOO! Left for dead selling like crazy.

...at 1/3rd the rate of Call of Duty: World at War....
7624  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is this the final nail in the coffin for the 4th Ammendment? on: January 16, 2009, 01:19:45 AM
Can we mail the fine to them like they do with red light cameras?
7625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 16, 2009, 01:00:32 AM
Purchase made.  386 MB for the main program, 670 MB for the high def map pack.  It'll be 1.5 hours before the d/l completes.  If you can't be bothered to back up files, an extra charge (~$5) will allow you  to re-d/l for a year.
7626  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 15, 2009, 10:48:10 PM
I need to learn how to cook... slywink
7627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 15, 2009, 10:47:31 PM
Anybody know of a flight sim that lets you attempt water landings?
7628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What the hell is wrong with people?!? on: January 15, 2009, 09:17:27 PM
Initial Report

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Cooke County Sheriff Michael Compton said ... Cynthia Darlene Stout was arrested on a charge of child endangerment after she and at least one other person left three of the children, ages 14, 7 and 4, at a cafe in Woodbine. The fourth child, an 18-month-old, was left with a woman at a nearby residence, Compton said.

The reason?

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...a container filled with a caustic substance burst in the cab of their pickup, authorities said.
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Compton said the hospital told one of his investigators that the substance that burned the children was sulfuric acid.  He said it was unclear why the material was in the truck.  "We do not think it was an intentional act," he said. "Why a container would burst is the $64 question."

Compton said Stout, 43, was apprehended trying to leave the scene. Cooke County Jail officials said Wednesday night they did not know whether Stout had an attorney. The search continued for the man who dropped the 18-month-old off at the house. He declined to identify the man because no charges had been filed.

New details

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Cooke County Sheriff Mike Compton said Thursday that Tracy Escobedo, the father of the infant in the car, was in a verbal altercation with Ms. Stout when he attempted to throw the acid at Ms. Stout. But Escobedo missed Ms. Stout and the acid spilled onto the children.

7629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U.S. Airways plane has gone down in the Hudson River on: January 15, 2009, 09:13:46 PM
"[T]he plane, an Airbus 320, may have been hit by birds. "

No no no, the faster moving object always does the hitting.  The Airbus hit the birds. 
7630  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I would like to vent. Thanks. on: January 15, 2009, 05:36:21 PM
Might be time to update your company's policies.  Not much help against these two at the moment, but you can certainly lock the barn door for the replacement horses, as it were.
7631  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Housing Disaster - Who is to blame? on: January 15, 2009, 04:28:44 PM
Adjustable rate anything are the devil.  icon_evil I got throttled in my 20's by not realizing the potential for these things to double in a short amount of time.  I am not and not likey to be in the near future in the market for anything larger than a car loan, but I know for damned sure that I will be refusing to sign any type of loan or credit agreement that has an adjustable rate. . . or play any game that is based on a rarity scale.   disgust
7632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 15, 2009, 04:23:27 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 12, 2009, 11:19:35 PM

I hope the sale with the hi res stuff holds until I get paid on Thursday, then.

The deal is still on and I have a reminder to pick it up this evening.  Impressions when I get enough of them to post.
7633  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it Unreasonable to Fear for Obama's Safety? on: January 14, 2009, 06:44:42 PM
I'm sure there was cause and it was signed off on by whatever authority has oversight.  The reason will most likely become common knowledge in the near future and, given the press focus on this family, I find it hard to believe that child welfare doesn't have all of their paperwork airtight on this one.  If they overstepped their bounds, I'm sure that will become widely known as well.
7634  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it Unreasonable to Fear for Obama's Safety? on: January 14, 2009, 06:37:15 PM
Sometimes the attention you attract is not the attention that you want.
7635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wealth management president thought to stage airplane crash on: January 14, 2009, 04:30:12 PM
Let the mental defect defense begin...

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A fugitive pilot taken into custody at a Florida campground with deep cuts on his wrists was incoherent and bleeding so profusely he likely would not have survived another hour, a federal agent who participated in the raid said Wednesday.  Financial manager Marcus Schrenker, who officials say tried to fake his own death by parachuting out of a plane while over Alabama, was found late Tuesday at a campsite near Quincy, Florida.  Schrenker was "verbally resistant" to authorities' offer of medical help and was muttering a phrase with the word "die," said Frank Chinmento, assistant chief of the U.S. Marshals Service office in Florida.
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Chinmento said Schrenker was alone and had plenty of food, water and clothes and seemed prepared to be on the run for a while.
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Chinmento declined to reveal how authorities tracked down Schrenker other than to say the lead came from the Birmingham marshal's office.
7636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Indiana Jones game cancelled. on: January 14, 2009, 04:08:50 PM
"We have top men working on it now."
7637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Indiana Jones game cancelled. on: January 13, 2009, 10:43:53 PM
IGN

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IGN has heard from multiple sources (both internally at LucasArts and elsewhere) involved in the long-in-development Indiana Jones title for Xbox 360 and PS3 that the game has been cancelled.
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If true, this should come as no real surprise as the game has gone dark for nearly the last three years, and with its total absence at last year's E3, this seemed like it was only a matter of time.
7638  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Question: Political posters in common work area? on: January 13, 2009, 10:31:17 PM
"While I'm not offended, it occurs to me that others might be and not be willing to speak out.  I just feel that this sort of activity would detract from our productive work environment.  Now if you'll excuse me, I have a Friday timewaster high score to beat."
7639  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend Arrested, Legal Questions Inside on: January 13, 2009, 09:25:51 PM
Let's hope it sticks.  Now tell him to go buy a lottery ticket.. smile
7640  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Question: Political posters in common work area? on: January 13, 2009, 08:58:52 PM
Easiest way to do something about it is to take it to the next level of management and let them get involved with all the meetings and stuff that takes them away from the work they're pretending to do now.  If there's grounds ffor removal, they'll do it.  If not, I'm sure they'll let you know.

All my places had a certification process that anything posted needed to certify.  One place had a stamp that was placed on them all.  If your company doesn't have a policy on it, perhaps its time that it did.  Something political like that could easily get just as out of hand as the topics they currently do cover.

You are there to work.  Keep political grandstanding to your own time and property.  The company has final say over what goes up on the walls, especially if contractors/customers are present on site.
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