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1361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS price cut to $169.99 on: July 28, 2011, 02:54:08 PM
Actually, these games probably will be in 3D if excite-bike was any indication.  The fewer games that use touch or motion controls the happier I will be.  Overall I think this is the first great thing Nintendo has done in a long time and I expect 3DS will fly off the shelves this Christmas.
1362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Collectors Editions? on: July 21, 2011, 10:44:25 PM
I have between 5-10.  I don't really care about in-game DLC because you usually forget about it 10 minutes into the game but I do like hardcover art-books and well made collectibles.  I had stopped buying them for a while because I've switched over to only buying games on Steam but I was happy to see that the Fallout: New Vegas CE used Steam works so I'll probably get suckered into buying them again as more games pickup the trend.
1363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 11, 2011, 04:32:53 PM
Grave of the Fireflies is extremely well made and effective storytelling yet I still can't recommend it.  When I finished watching it I felt like I was in a stupor for quite a while afterwards.
1364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Internet has ruined movies on: July 09, 2011, 01:54:39 AM
Am I the only one who likes spoilers?  While I don't look for specifics I generally try to find out the overall arc of something, especially for TV shows.  If something sounds like it was handled badly or that I would enjoy the ending I don't waste my time by watching it.
1365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: July 01, 2011, 04:16:32 AM
Hey! I WANT them to pilfer more idea from Terraria.  In-fact lets just give the licence to the Terraria team and see what they can do with a 3D engine.   icon_biggrin
1366  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal 6-29 Frontlines: Fuel of War + SUMMER SALE! on: June 30, 2011, 07:20:21 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 30, 2011, 06:16:18 PM

Well, right now that's 7.99 for the 3 versions of Elven Legacy, multiple Majesty 2 expansions, and a random game thrown in. About 3.39 each.

But yeah, I see games drop down to $1.79 by later in the sale. I've already got hydrophobia prophecy to try.

Majesty 2 was a huge disappointment for me and I loved the original.
1367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best. Gaming Chair. EVER on: June 26, 2011, 01:56:35 AM
User: 250 lbs max. (113 kg)

That seems a like a major oversight for its target demographic.
1368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cars 2: It stinks! on: June 24, 2011, 07:05:35 PM
I had no interest in the original Cars and only ended up seeing it because Amazon had the Bluray on sale for about $10 last Christmas.  That said, having actually watched it I don't think it deserves the hate it receives.  It IS my least favorite Pixar film but I still found it quite enjoyable.  Cars 2 on the other hand looks downright embarrassing.
1369  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: How do you feel when playing the "evil" path in games? on: June 19, 2011, 03:20:28 AM
I dislike games that define it as Good and Evil.  Just because you want to have absolute power and rule the world doesn't necessarily make you evil.  Maybe you're just good at it! Maybe power is a means to an end; a way to stop social injustice and remove the true corruption. 

Sadly, most games don't share this view point.  The only game in recent memory to allow this was Fallout: New Vegas where I was able to achieve absolute power for myself and still bring peace and prosperity to the wasteland.
1370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 3 on: June 17, 2011, 03:30:06 AM
The Ork campaign in Retribution is actually almost as good as the other two campaigns and a whole lot funnier so you may not want to write it off entirely.   Tongue

 Find a friend to play through them in co-op and your enjoyment of all of them will increase tenfold.
1371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Samuel Jackson reads audiobook "Go the F*ck to Sleep" on: June 15, 2011, 10:19:44 PM

Quote from: Exodor on June 15, 2011, 03:31:54 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 15, 2011, 01:14:29 AM

Holy hell...first you have to figure out if you have an amazon account, then you have to download their proprietary music player, then you have to install it, then you have to download the file, then you have to register the player. All for a 6-minute sound clip.  finger

It was worth it, though.   thumbsup

Yeah, I "bought" it but I'm not installing their crapware just to listen to it.

At least, not on my home PC.    ninja

I've downloaded lots of files from Amazon and never had to do all that.  Let the file down loader run and then open the folder on your computer where it downloaded it.  C:\Users\NAME\Music\Amazon MP3 by default on Windows 7.
1372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Gods Coming to HBO on: June 15, 2011, 10:15:23 PM
I imagine each episode could focus on a particular god with lots of flashbacks to when they were in power. That would allow for the series to occupy a much longer time period and deliver more background on each character without a lot of wordy exposition.

There is very little Gaiman has done that I haven't enjoyed.  Loved Stardust and Mirrormask and thought Coraline was very good as well.  Little known fact, Gaiman also helped with the script/translation for the English version of Princess Mononoke.
1373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sidescrollers on: June 08, 2011, 08:52:15 PM
Trine is my favorite sidescroller of the last few years but its more platformer than combat oriented.  It's also on sale on Steam right now for $4.50.

Edit: After clicking your links Trine isn't what you're looking for at all.
1374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Siege 3 on: June 08, 2011, 03:00:05 AM
Played the demo.  Felt like it might be fun on consoles if you were playing with a group of friends but as a PC game it's pretty lackluster.  Controls felt awkward with mouse and keyboard, voice acting was awful and the story was uninteresting enough that I just skipped it.  The one thing I really liked is that when I finally leveled up there were about 3-4 different screens worth of customization for my character. 
1375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tornado's... on: May 26, 2011, 08:54:51 PM
Strangely enough there is a tornado watch in Burlington Vermont as well.  That's not supposed to happen here!
1376  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: OnLive Warhammer 40K Space Marine Deal on: May 26, 2011, 06:41:09 AM
Any chance this can also be activated on Steam like the PC versions?  Would be a fairly brilliant move if it could to get people to try out the system. 
1377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout:New Vegas and Steam........WTF on: May 23, 2011, 05:07:51 PM
I love games that use Steamworks.  I refuse to buy a retail game that I can't activate over Steam because it's just so convenient if I ever want to reinstall a game or switch computers.

That said technically you only need to be online once to activate the game, after that you can run in offline mode if you really want. 
1378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 20, 2011, 05:31:18 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on May 20, 2011, 04:33:38 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 20, 2011, 04:00:31 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 20, 2011, 03:25:06 PM

I don't get it.

Bad senior photo. More

My eyes!!
Some of those look awesome compared to some in my yearbook.  Whatever possessed the school to not only let students design the yearbook but also to submit any pictures they wanted is beyond me.
1379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Terraria- Minecraft type game, sideways, and more game. Not out yet. on: May 16, 2011, 07:52:34 PM
Out on Steam right now.  Anyone interested in a 4-pack?
1380  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deals: 5-16-2011 Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising on: May 16, 2011, 07:49:27 PM
Swords and Soldiers HD is also on sale for $5.
1381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Real Steel on: May 12, 2011, 12:22:05 AM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 12, 2011, 12:02:07 AM

Maybe it'll be good, but it's hard to imagine audiences rooting for a tin can in a boxing ring.
1382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: April 28, 2011, 05:43:00 PM
Maps are cool but I would much rather they hurry and get Pistons out.  Maps add convenience; Pistons would actually let us build things that are new.
1383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: April 11, 2011, 08:44:16 PM
I still don't get it.  icon_confused
1384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: April 11, 2011, 01:28:29 AM
I don't get what the significance of that is.  A bumper?
1385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: April 07, 2011, 04:12:00 PM
Hopefully it means weather will be fixed for Multiplayer. 
1386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Sonig The Hedgehog (again) on: April 07, 2011, 04:07:31 PM
Does this mean their attempt at episode based Sonic 4 failed?
1387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 02, 2011, 04:48:34 AM

Quote from: theohall on April 02, 2011, 01:54:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 01, 2011, 10:37:34 PM

I'm not sure if it's still up but they also had another Discworld two part series: The Colour of Magic.

It is still up.
Still worth a look but I thought Color of Magic was far inferior of the two.  Color of Magic being a lot more fanciful showed the limits of their budget a lot more and I didn't care for the direction they took with many of the characters.
1388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 01, 2011, 10:01:42 PM
A couple I would recommend.

The Secret of Kells (Unique animation and well made)
Monsters  (Cloverfield except character driven and without the shakycam)
Hogfather (Terry Pratchett movie, great for fans OK for everyone else)
The Pillars of the Earth (Miniseries political epic focused on the church in 12th century England)
1389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 31, 2011, 07:21:45 PM
My preorder bonuses came today.  $15 game and creepy bear carrying case.  Yay!

1390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 29, 2011, 09:09:23 PM
My first impressions are a bit mixed.  It's probably just me but the 3D doesn't work as well as I expected.  On the one hand I can clearly see a lot of depth looking into the 3DS but nothing has really appeared to POP out for me yet.  That aside I'm not disappointed. 

Setup was a breeze.  Unlike my PSP where I had to fight with it for almost an hour to get it to connect to my network the 3DS was logged in within seconds.  The system is a lot smaller in my hands than my old DS but it still feels sturdy and I like that it has some real weight to it. 

Graphics are good (but not great). I would say they look better than my Wii does but as expected are far removed from the likes of my PS3.   Still, for a handheld this is the perfectly fine for me. Sound is good and the controls feel a lot smoother than they do on my old DS.

The AR cards are probably the real highlight so far and I had fun turning my coffee table into an archery range, although my cat got curious what I was doing and kept getting in the way of the arrows.  If they had opted for higher resolution cameras this mode alone could have been a system seller for a lot of casual gamers.

1391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 28, 2011, 06:31:47 PM
Just got the notice that my 3DS has shipped from Amazon.  Looks like they upgraded me to free one-day shipping and its supposed to be here tomorrow. 
1392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why did the Bigfoot cross the road? on: March 24, 2011, 05:06:07 PM
We have Champ here in Burlington Vermont.  He's a lovely sea/lake monster that gets spotted every few years.  He is so popular that he is the mascot for the local sports team.

What's more likely is that we have been known to get ridiculously large leach/eel type things in the lake here which could probably be taken as a monster if not viewed too clearly.  I think I would rather have the lake monster. paranoid
1393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boss Satisfaction vs. Salary Satisfaction on: March 15, 2011, 06:43:18 PM
I have a very comfortable income but loath my boss.  I'm looking for another job...
1394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If possible, I'd also like a golden chair and perhaps a hovercraft on: March 14, 2011, 06:00:32 PM
I have absolutely no experience but will work for a fraction of that!  Can I apply?
1395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: March 09, 2011, 12:01:31 AM
New OO server map for those interested.

We had to change the orientation because the old was doing odd things.
Click for full size.

1396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Retribution on: March 03, 2011, 07:50:42 PM
Chris and I finished the Chaos campaign last night. Overall it was pretty well done but the ending denouncement was a bit nonsensical and disappointing. I've also played about halfway through the Eldar Campaign. If I was to rate the overall campaigns from DoW2 I would give them the following.

Dawn of War II - 8 - Very compelling and well done only held back by some repetitive missions and insane time commitment to kill end level bosses.

Chaos Rising - 9 - A true classic. I would recommend this campaign to people who hate RTS games. The only failing is that certain elements were clearly held back by budget constraints.

Retribution - 7 - Worthy of its heritage but a definite step down in quality over previous offerings. Biggest weakness is that the campaign has been simplified to accommodate all races. Still worth the money to fans of the originals and at $30 not a bad place for newcomers to hop in.
1397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Retribution on: March 01, 2011, 06:35:42 PM
There is a map but it's nothing like the territory maps from Dark Crusade and Soulstorm.  It plays very much like the DoW2 campaigns in that you occasionally get to choose which star system/mission you play next.  So far as Chaos they are impressively diverse and story driven.

Quote from: Roguetad on March 01, 2011, 06:24:35 PM

Does the campaign feel more like a standard build and fight rts with active building and unit micromanagement now that you can build structures?  Or is it still more on the action rts side controlling heroes and units and their special abilities?  I liked that direction in DoW2 and Chaos Rising, and wasn't excited to read that they added building micro into the expansion campaigns.   

So far the campaign still lets you play pretty much exclusively with just your hero units if you choose to.  You do occasionally capture shrines around the map that lets you produce units but I wouldn't say it's required.  At the end of each mission you choose whether you take a piece of war gear or unlock another unit that you can build at the shrines. 

All these impressions are based on the Chaos Campaign.  Other race campaigns might be slightly different.  I assume the Tyranid campaign involves a lot more unit building since they only have one hero.
1398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Retribution on: March 01, 2011, 06:02:11 PM
Cross-posting my impressions from OO.

Chris and I started up the Chaos campaign last night and while we're only three missions in we were both pretty impressed. While it's true that the campaign isn't quite up to par with Chaos Rising it is loads better than Dark Crusade. The very first mission sees Eliphas acting much more like he did in Dark Crusade with a lot of personality and charisma. As you pick up heroes they are assigned to your Co-op ally if you have one but after capturing shrines you are also able to build additional units. Units and in mission hero upgrades are purchased from a shared pool between you and your ally. Units purchased during a mission are not carried over to the next. One thing I found interesting is that heretics in the campaign have a melee weapon upgrade they don't online.

The between mission briefings from DoWII and Chaos Rising return. The briefing following the first mission was suitably epic and wouldn't have been out of place in Chaos Rising. The next two missions weren't quite as in depth but there is still a lot of in mission chatter and personality going around.

If the other campaigns are put together this well there is going to be a lot of replay value here for $30 just in single player alone.
1399  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend 2-24-2011: Command & Conquer Sale on: February 26, 2011, 03:59:30 AM
I picked up C&C4 and honestly I don't get the hate this game received.  On the one hand its true it doesn't play like any other C&C game but I only played the previous games for the campaign and what I've seen so far seems pretty well done.  Perhaps it falls apart in multi-player but I never intend to try that...
1400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 23, 2011, 06:20:39 AM
All Turtles know that the key to success is a goodnights rest in a king size bed.

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