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1081  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TiVo Series 3 Price Drop? (Please!!) on: April 18, 2007, 07:40:52 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 18, 2007, 06:34:12 PM

Have they allowed the network share stuff on the HD box yet?


Not yet. All I can say is that the holdup is not due to any engineering issues.
1082  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TiVo Series 3 Price Drop? (Please!!) on: April 18, 2007, 06:27:09 PM
The Tivo Community store has it for $599.

Or, if you are willing to wait until the end of summer, a new HD Tivo box is coming. All I can say is that it will be less than $599.
1083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 16, 2007, 05:26:17 PM
Some tips from my experiences:

1. This will come with more and more time spent playing, but you have to be good at spotting the 4 and 5 gems in a row combinations. The AI is really good at doing this which is why it is able to chain together seemingly endless runs of combos. Depending on the situation, it is usually better to take the 4-5 gem combo first over three skulls in a row.

2. Build up your mana reserves according to what your best spells are. For example, I like to use the fireball spell a lot which requires red and yellow gems. When I capture mana, I try to prioritize red and yellow gems first.

2. Pay attention to what spells the AI opponent has in its arsenal. If your character has mana draining spells, try to use them in situations that will prevent the AI from spending its mana on spells that do damage to you.

3. Try to acquire mounts and capture enemies as soon as possible. Doing so will allow you to train the mounts, get attribute modifiers and learn new spells.

4. Kill off or capture the random monsters that are not part of the main quest. Monsters that sit in paths between locations are usually easy to defeat and are a good source of gold and experience and new spells to learn.

1084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Screw this place - I'm outa here! on: April 16, 2007, 03:45:45 PM
I think the total amount of winnings is enough to buy a Playstation 3!
1085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hell's Kitchen - Season 3 on: April 12, 2007, 06:21:56 PM
YESSS!!! I love Hell's Kitchen. Trashy culinary abuse at its finest. I always laugh when Gordon calls the pathetic contestants "YOU STEW-PID DONKEY!"  icon_smile
1086  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF RTS': Dark Crusade, BFME 2, Ground Control 2, GalCiv2 on: April 11, 2007, 06:29:12 PM
YGPM about GalCiv2...
1087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 11, 2007, 05:41:51 PM
I'm holding out for a discounted megapack with all the songs in them for a fair price. I'm sure the ridiculous pricing of these 3 song packs will get roundly criticized by the gaming press, which will make MS rethink the ripoff they are charging and result in a change in prices.

At least that's what I am hoping...
1088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Keyboard Controller for the 360? on: April 09, 2007, 04:38:02 PM
First thing I thought of when I saw the picture was the Atari Jaguar controller, which was one of the ugliest looking controllers for a system ever.
1089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I ROCK!!!! on: April 07, 2007, 04:02:46 PM
LOL, it's a fine line between clever and stupid!!  icon_smile
1090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What a day on: April 04, 2007, 05:50:26 PM
Seriously: Glad to hear everyone is safe and didn't get really hurt.

Jokingly: I don't think the Humvees deployed in Iraq have the kind of armor that VW Bug has!  eek
1091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm Cursed and Shall Never Get to Play Puzzle Quest on: April 04, 2007, 01:31:03 AM
Am I missing something? When I look up both the DS and PSP version of Puzzle Quest on Amazon, the pages for both say they are in stock.
1092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 03, 2007, 05:59:13 PM
I just have to say one of the Live Achievements for his game has the greatest title ever: GUITARMAGEDDON!!!

I couldn't tell you what the details of the Achievement are, but the name alone is priceless.  icon_smile
1093  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Ban announcement on: April 02, 2007, 07:03:45 PM
For me, I never really fell into the trap of getting into direct confrontation with Hetz. I'd read some of his stuff and just roll my eyes. However, in the last several months he's been so obnoxious with the baiting that coming to the GT forum was becoming less and less enjoyable. I guess his intentions might be debatable, but to me it's clear that his behavior was really dragging the forums down.

Too bad, he's been around for a long time and was an upstanding citizen before he went all wacky on us.
1094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: April 02, 2007, 03:18:07 AM
I believe it was called a pony-hawk.

Goofy hair or not, he still can't sing worth crap.
1095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying an X-BOX 360 this week! on: April 02, 2007, 03:09:45 AM
As predictable as Hetz's post was (I KID, I KID!!  slywink), I would seriously consider getting an extended warranty for it. I love my 360, but I had to get it replaced when the last major dashboard update turned it into a red ring o' doorstop. Boy, was I glad I got the extended warranty!
1096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 01, 2007, 04:16:02 AM
The graphics look a lot sharper, especially on an HDTV. You can now see a lot of detail in the character models and the clothes they wear as well as the stages. Also, the colored buttons on the scrolling fret-board look much more defined so you can really see clearly when the notes that can be played with hammer on/offs appear on the board. Honestly, the improved graphics are not that big of a deal, but what was improved looks nice.
1097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 01, 2007, 12:59:01 AM
I have the PS2 version and I think it was definitely worth it to get the 360 version. New, better quality guitar, nicer graphics, some extra songs not found in the PS2 version, and downloadable content in the future. I'll be selling my PS2 version now.

More about the new guitar, it definitely feels a lot better. It doesn't quite as cheap as the original PS2 guitar. I really like the fact that the buttons have slightly more resistance so you can feel the response when you press them. Also, maybe it's my imagination, but the new guitar feels heavier in weight, and in my case, heavier in ROCK-A-BILITY!!!  icon_lol
1098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: March 31, 2007, 04:56:43 PM
I pre-ordered a copy direct from Red Octane last week and received it yesterday (friday). A nice surprise since the order said it was not scheduled to ship until 4/3.

I like the new guitar. The fret buttons feel more tactile and more solid. The improved graphics, which I thought wouldn't be that big of a deal, are really nice. Also, the song order has been changed compared to the PS2 version. For example, Shout at the Devil is now an encore song for the first tier of songs now. I can't wait for new downloadable content now.
1099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 26, 2007, 09:30:20 PM
Well that explains it then. Thanks for the clarification. Still odd that a necessary component to run the game is a separate install.
1100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 26, 2007, 07:51:11 PM
Bought it at Best Buy finally. In my short stint with the game so far, I really like it. There are a few annoyances though:

-The install took FOREVER. I have a P4 2.8GHz with 2 GB of RAM and a 6800GT and the game took 10 minutes to install, which I thought was odd.
-On top of the long install, it appears you MUST install the driver software for the Ageia PhysX add-on physics board even if you don't have one. At the tail end of the install, I declined installing the Ageia software but when I tried running the game, it wouldn't because it complained I didn't have the Ageia stuff installed. LAME!
-First time I tried launching the game, the DVD drive just kept chugging and chugging forever. Had to reboot then the game launched.
-The rotating camera takes some getting used to, especially after spending countless hours on Titan Quest where the camera angle is fixed.
-Frame rates are not great on my system, but no doubt will be better after I get a chance to fiddle with the graphics settings.

I do like the variety and sheer number of skills and the open-ended nature of character development. Graphics are nice too. The Xena/Hercules-like music is pretty cool.
1101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Austrailia: PS3 launch?... whatever on: March 24, 2007, 07:48:00 PM
LOL, I guess someone forgot to flip the burgers over!  icon_lol
1102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Austrailia: PS3 launch?... whatever on: March 23, 2007, 10:36:12 PM
I think that picture is pretty hilarious.
1103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: March 21, 2007, 05:19:29 PM
Amazingly enough, Sanjaya wasn't the most annoying thing about the show. The most annoying thing was that girl who kept crying through literally the ENTIRE show. Every time the camera switched over to a shot of her, which became more and more frequent through the show, I wanted to smack some sense into her.

Oh, and Sanjaya singing the Kinks song was a total train wreck.

Simon's comment was classic: "Well I think the crying girl just about says it all!" crybaby
1104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CGM down for the count on: March 13, 2007, 08:29:29 PM
Crap. That royally SUCKS. I hate the other two major PC mags and CGM was my favorite.

Depressing. Just depressing.
1105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan Quest Expansion on: March 13, 2007, 07:55:59 PM
Anyone having a weird rubber-band slowdown/speed up lag effect? Before installing the expansion, TQ ran fine on my PC. Now I get the rubber-band lag constantly. It's not a gamestopping problem, but it's pretty annoying. Judging from the stuff I've been reading at various TQ messageboards, it's a pretty widespread issue.

On another note, I am playing the Epic level in Egypt and had an "aauugghh!!" moment. I'm in a very large cave somewhere clearing out undead and scorpions with ease. Then out of nowhere, a HUGE Manticore comes swooping in, hits me once, hits me twice, unleashes a cold blast--BOOM I'm dead. My character is a level 40 tank and the Manticore is level 61! Sweet mother of Cleopatra! How do you kill that thing?? I tried maybe another 5 or 6 times to kill it but it has massive hit points and TWO instant death attacks-- the cold blast and poison darts. I figure I need to upgrade my weapons an armor and go back later to take it out.
1106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 10, 2007, 05:14:30 PM
Oh man, that sounds fantastic. An open ended Titan Quest-like game? Sign me up!

Is there going to be a domestic release?

EDIT: Looks llike the game comes out in the U.S on March 27 according to EB Games:

I agree that this game might be a case of a very good game becoming overlooked. It doesn't help that the cover of the game box looks LAME.
1107  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wireless security on: March 10, 2007, 01:02:01 AM
Is there a program that would show me whether or not anyone is leeching off my home wireless network?
1108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Wing Commander Arena Screenshots on: February 24, 2007, 04:01:38 AM
I refuse to acknowledge that this abomination is attached in any way with the Wing Commander name. That's not Wing Commander. It's some bizarre bastardized remake of the old Bosconian arcade game.

Ugh, shame on you EA. I know Wing Commander and you sir, are no Wing Commander.
1109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And the Lettuce is not so Sensuous on: February 24, 2007, 03:55:34 AM
Well that deserves a hearty DOH!!!  icon_frown
1110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebay Scammer on Judge Judy on: February 23, 2007, 07:09:36 AM
LOL, Judy Judy absolutely destroyed that girl on national TV. Priceless!

What gets me is that even if the auction was legit in some small way, why would anyone logically spend several hundred dollars on a photo? Okay, so technically the auction winner didn't read the fine print, but the intention of the seller was so freaking obvious. Just disgusting. People with those kind of intentions should be banned from eBay.
1111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Caption time on: February 22, 2007, 11:00:13 PM
Future destiny of Britney Spears' son
1112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2: PS3, PS2, 360 and PC! on: February 22, 2007, 09:29:58 PM

Quote from: Hetz on February 22, 2007, 09:00:09 PM

Quote from: Brendan on February 22, 2007, 08:33:02 PM

I would've thought it was a given that people'd know that Microsoft's not "holding out" on XBLA games to make people upset, but it turns out that's not the case. slywink

I had a fun time with the first Mercenaries, so I'm glad this one didn't turn out to be a platform exclusive.  Crackdown'll whet my appetite for more sandbox games for sure, so sign me up for this (and GTA IV etc etc etc).  Wikipedia says co-op is confirmed, so I'm double in!

They are not doing it to make people upset, they are doing it because the whole Live Arcade division are a little slow at best and incompetent at worst.

Two head guys over at Live Arcade have left the company the last month. Interesting, no?

That doesn't surprise me. I spent two years as a MS employee and it was amazing that anything ever got accomplished there despite all the bureaucratic BS that goes on. You can bet that two upper level guys leaving the Live Arcade group has a lot more behind it than just random chance.
1113  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Vampire Redemption CE on: February 20, 2007, 09:43:30 PM
What was in the CE edition?
1114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When Opticians Go Bad! on: February 15, 2007, 03:42:52 AM
The wtf moment was when the guy left the reporter a message telling him that he rethought his behavior and was willing to talk. The reporter goes back, then BOOM, the optician goes medieval on him again!

Also, it's never a good thing when the SWAT team gets called out.
1115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / When Opticians Go Bad! on: February 14, 2007, 11:25:44 PM

Someone has a slight anger management issue!
1116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesome Star Wars Video on: February 14, 2007, 10:52:11 PM
"What the hell is an Aluminum Falcon???"

HILARIOUS  icon_lol
1117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite All Time Games on: February 14, 2007, 10:43:56 PM
These are the 10 games (in no particular order) from my past that I consider unforgettable moments/experiences in my game playing life:

1. Ultima III - One of the greatest CRPGs ever. I played it on my Atari 400 and one of the few CRPGs I played over and over again. One of the defining experiences during my high school years.

2. Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves - An obscure Atari 400/800 CRPG that was probably one of the first coop multiplayer games on any platform. It was turn-based and had an ungodly number of characters to choose from. My best friend and I spent many nights playing coop.

3. Civilization II - It's a classic with endless replayability. So addicting.

4. Chuck Yeager's Air Combat - I used to be a hardcore flight sim player but lost interest over time as the games got more and more complicated and time consuming. CYAC was brilliant because it was not complicated and the dogfighting experience was really well done. Plus, it had an impressive variety of planes to fly, missions to complete, and a nice flexible scenario generator.

5. Final Fantasy VII - At the time FF7 was an event as much as a gaming experience. Probably the first game I stood in line to buy. Maybe it doesn't hold up quite as well today, but when it first came out, it was all I played and I really got emotionally invested in the story and the characters.

6. Resident Evil - Even when it came out, it was obvious to me that it was a spiritual remake of Alone in the Dark, but it was memorable for it's suspense and jump out of your seat moments. The voice acting sucked. The controls were kind of lame, and the save system really blew, but despite the flaws, it scared the crap out of me. The first time the dog jumps through the window at you in the hallway was an unforgettable moment.

7. Jumpman - Another somewhat obscure Atari 400/800 computer game that I played endlessly. It was one of the first platform/jumping games ever and had the best mix of action, puzzles and music. The theme song still runs in my head today.

8. Full Throttle - One of the best adventure games ever made with a great story and excellent voice acting. Also had great songs in it from a band called the Gone Jackals. After finishing the game, I bought the Gone Jackals CD that had all the songs from the game. I still listen to it to this day.

9. EA NHL 94 - I believe it was the '94 edition that had the ability to knock little Wayne Gretzky to the ice and make his head bleed, as seen in the movie Swingers. My friends and I spent many a saturday night playing round robin games against each other. One of the best sports video games ever made.

10. Harpoon - An early real time strategy game of naval warfare. It was a complex game but the game engine made it a easy and a joy to play. I played it for years and never got tired of it.
1118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 6 Talkback (Spoilers) on: February 13, 2007, 08:34:59 AM
Great two hour episode.

Poor Morris. His smartaleck mouth isn't quite so smart anymore. Power tools will do that to you.

And McCarthy's blonde girlfriend? You got what you deserved you STUPID COW!

I don't think I want to be Jack's dad in a couple of hours. I  foresee pain, lots of pain in his future.
1119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT HT/Gaming Setups [56k Warning] on: February 09, 2007, 01:14:33 AM
Wow, this thread might as well be locked now since Hank wins hands down as we all bow to the awesomeness of his rumpus room.  eek
1120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for Work on: February 08, 2007, 06:23:54 AM
Well in that case, check your PMs!  icon_smile
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