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2881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Books Set In Video Game Universes? on: May 25, 2009, 08:52:53 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 30, 2008, 12:49:42 AM

I'm in the midst of reading The Last Wish which is an English translation of the Polish book that inspired The Witcher.  So far it seems more like a collection of short stories than a novel, but I've enjoyed the 1/3rd or so that I've read so far.

-Autistic Angel

Just stumbled across the sequel or at least the book 'following The Last Wish' as it says on the back: Blood of Elves 'starring The Witcher'.  icon_cool
2882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Geek Pride Day! on: May 25, 2009, 04:55:51 PM
And don't forget that it is Towel Day as well! Double geeky goodness.  icon_biggrin
2883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator: Salvation impressions on: May 25, 2009, 04:54:15 PM
Overall I enjoyed it as well. Not a big Christian Bale fan but still... it's a Terminator movie.  icon_cool

Spoiler for Hiden:
Quote from: msteelers
As for my complaints on the plot, Skynet tells Marcus that he was programmed to lure John into their base because their previous attempts to go back in time and kill him have all failed...

Honestly, I don't recall any mention of time travel or I would have thought the same thing. Didn't they just say "their previous attempts" and something about no-one had been able to do it before?  icon_confused
2884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Revisit] Dungeon Keeper 2 on: May 25, 2009, 04:48:31 PM
I installed it in a fit of nostalgia a few months back and don't recall having any issues under Vista. Perhaps I just don't remember... guess it's time to try and find the disks again and see. Too bad it's not at GOG.  icon_neutral
2885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/25) on: May 25, 2009, 03:32:25 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 25, 2009, 03:18:21 PM

360Wallace & Gromit Episode 2: The Last Resort

wait,what?..i thought it was fright of the Bumblebee's...and i didnt know there was a part 2

Fright of the Bumblebees was the first of the four episodes and they plan on releasing one a month.
2886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pure (360) on: May 25, 2009, 02:37:48 PM
I was a little leary when I saw it was a Disney game, but turned out to be pretty well done and a quite fun ATV racer/trick game, me thinks.
2887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/25) on: May 25, 2009, 02:35:21 PM
Pre-ordered Crimson Gem Saga from Amazon, so that will be showing up. And somehow I feel obligated to buy inFAMOUS.  icon_wink

I bought into the complete season of W&G, so will download that. That Sherlock Holmes game is another in the Frogwares series, I assume... I'll pick that up eventually but not this week. Hadn't heard of Cross Edge before but the one preview I read mentioned the word 'complicated' several times.
2888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Shareware Age on: May 25, 2009, 02:57:59 AM
Yup. [sigh] I miss Origin.  icon_cry
2889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Shareware Age on: May 25, 2009, 02:21:41 AM
Not just patches, but 'hints' as well. I was playing pretty much everything Infocom made back in the day and when you got stuck, you could be stuck for days or weeks. You'd bother your friends and family and ask them what they would do. You thought about it, drew maps and thought some more... then felt this great rush when you finally figured it out. And then one day there were InvisiClues.

Today if some goofy puzzle in an adventure game hangs me up for more than a handful of minutes, I'm off to the web for a walkthru. Really should have more discipline. icon_neutral
2890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Shareware Age on: May 25, 2009, 02:12:01 AM
Wow... first time I was here I read this as the 'Shovelware Age' and was wondering why I didn't remember it that way.  retard

I just recently stumbled across my envelope from Apogee with the full, registered version of Wolfenstein 3D. One sec... here: postmarked 11/30/92, one 3.5" floppy with "ALL SIX EPISODES", manual & official hint book - all for a measly $64 dollars. Wait, I spent how much for that?  icon_wink
2891  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [GoGamer] Memorial Day Weekend Sale on: May 24, 2009, 11:36:24 PM
I know... only works if there's something else you want and you throw it in.
2892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Damnation video..Steampunk/Firefly/Western on: May 24, 2009, 02:00:47 PM
I'm not sure anyone has actually bought it yet. I might have at a lower price point, but not for 40 bucks. icon_neutral

If you go to the official site and watch the developer interviews, it reminds me of what we saw before the last 'Alone in the Dark' came out. There's excitement when they talk about it and they honestly think they're doing something unique and wonderful, things 'never seen before'... like zip lines, mantling, swinging on poles, environment as cover, yada yada. Nope, never seen that before.
2893  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [GoGamer] Memorial Day Weekend Sale on: May 23, 2009, 08:03:26 PM
Sheesh, Combat Mission Beyond Overlord for one measly dollar.
2894  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: List for Demigod 50% Coupon Codes on: May 23, 2009, 08:01:40 PM
I've got one available.  nod

Had... gone now.
2895  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Looking for a good backlit keyboard on: May 23, 2009, 06:49:26 PM
Is there any such thing in a 'natural' or ergonomic style keyboard?
2896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: May 23, 2009, 06:39:12 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on May 23, 2009, 02:40:18 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on May 23, 2009, 01:44:02 PM

And I really don't need to see the ones that do it on purpose just to get on TV or to satisfy some inner need when they know they're not what the show is about and they have zero chance of moving on. Not lumping the zombie boys into this category, btw.


Every once in a while they do the inspirational stuff (which I don't think you were lumping into the zero chance group), like the girl with the spinal deformity and I think it adds a touch of class that even though those contestants have no chance the judges and producers are patient and even give them air time.

I remember one season of American Idol, there was this old man- found it who obviously was outside the age limit but he told his wife before she died that he'd sing on the show.  Not only did they humor him, they gave him a solid few minutes of air time and the judges were all genuinely touched by the gesture....

Right, definitely was not meaning to include anything of the sort you mentioned. And while both shows do have their class moments, its seems much more so the norm on this show than AI. IMHO.
2897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: May 23, 2009, 01:44:02 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on May 22, 2009, 05:38:06 PM

The contortionist guys weren't 'jokes' in the category that they 'can't' dance....but they definitely weren't what the shows about. There was one shot of one of them doing a slow motion thing that was crayzay in the run up to their auditions...

Jokes like the star wars girl are usually pretty rare.

True, thankfully. I guess they feel they need to include them from time to time but it hurts me to watch them and I tend to change the channel for those parts. I'd rather just see the 'decent' folks, even if they didn't make it or were only marginal. Some people out there are truly delusional about their "talent" and are just devastated when they don't make it. Or pissed off.

And I really don't need to see the ones that do it on purpose just to get on TV or to satisfy some inner need when they know they're not what the show is about and they have zero chance of moving on. Not lumping the zombie boys into this category, btw.

But that's just me.  icon_wink
2898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "Fabulous One" is not so fabulous any longer. At least financially. on: May 23, 2009, 01:30:05 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 22, 2009, 10:30:06 PM

You know, it's nice to make an office your "own" with personal items and such.  That is, until it's time to pack it all up.   disgust

At least they've been accommodating in that I don't have to be finished today and can return to the office throughout all of next week.  They've also offered to allow me to continue to use my company cell phone on their dime until I purchase a replacement and retrieve all of the contact information stored in my current phone.  I guess in light of the situation that was kind of them.  It's at least better than no "severance package". 

That whole "accommodating" part is certainly not the norm from what I've seen, you got pretty lucky there. I used to be in the same camp with lots of personal crap in my office/cube but no longer. I've seen too many people basically walked out the day they are let go with little time to pack up their shit. And once with zero time, due to an alleged (bullshit) infraction he was gone before we realized it. It was like an alien abduction - everything still there, coffee warm in the cup... but he was gone. We eventually got to pack his stuff up for him... under supervision. Which seems to be fairly common as well, the 'under supervision' part. So now I keep my personal stuff to a bare minimum... I think just a mug at the moment. Besides, I'd rather just leave like it was a normal day rather than walking out with boxes of crap and a tree under my arm.

And I hear more and more horror stories about people having their laptop and cell phone immediately taken, for fear of them doing something evil, I guess. The 'horror' comes in when people have been complacent and accumulated personal stuff on their laptop and now those emails, photos or videos you had nowhere else are gone forever. Or something as simple as phone numbers, who needs to memorize them any more when the phone does that for you? But without them backed up, recorded or synced elsewhere, a phone loss of any kind can suddenly mean you can't call most of the people you know because you have no fricking idea what their number is.  icon_neutral

I was out of work for the first time in my life for three months earlier this year. While I enjoyed it at first - vacations were few and far between - it quickly started to suck. Keep your chin up and network like crazy... that's where the next position typically comes from, not the newpaper ad or randomly spamming companies, but from the people you know or the people they know or whom they reach out to on your behalf. That's where my new gig came from.

Best of luck!  icon_biggrin
2899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] 5/27 Wallace & Grommit! and Yosumin Live (and Boggle) on: May 23, 2009, 01:27:51 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 22, 2009, 08:23:40 PM

i saw the Wallace and Gromit video on the 360 dashboard a few weeks ago(it was prolly the UK dashboard)and it looked really fun,not sure what kind of game it was (maybe point and click)but i certainly want it,with the humour of W and G,it should be a good laugh

Yup, these like Sam & Max and Strong Bad are your traditional 'point and click' adventures games and all have a great sense of humor in them.
2900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First 2 InFAMOUS Review on: May 22, 2009, 05:06:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 22, 2009, 12:33:01 PM

I would love to be doing the same stuff in flashy tights. 

Probably falls into the TMI camp.  slywink
2901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: May 22, 2009, 04:57:58 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 22, 2009, 04:19:09 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on May 01, 2009, 05:41:34 AM

Quote from: Teggy on April 30, 2009, 09:50:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 30, 2009, 09:27:45 PM

And a new massive patch plus the Cops & Robbers content is out.  Has anyone tried it?  It seems like a cool game mode, but small in the why-am-I-paying-for-this sense.

Is the new island out soon? I haven't checked in in a while.

Not yet.


Official word just came down.  June 11!

Sweet! Looking forward for this more so than Cops & Robbers - don't play online that much and the people I do manage to play with aren't all that interested in popping for it.  icon_neutral
2902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Monkey Island on: May 21, 2009, 04:38:47 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 20, 2009, 07:05:07 PM

Nothing beats the dueling mechanics.  Absolutely unmatched to this day.

By that I mean the mechanics for dueling.  Not mechanics who duel.

Dueling mechanics would be awesome.  icon_lol
2903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: V Returns on: May 21, 2009, 03:18:13 AM

Quote from: ChaoZ on May 21, 2009, 02:08:26 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 20, 2009, 12:34:45 AM


I prefer short hair. Gawd she's hot.

She was just in some other show recently... Medium?... and it took a moment for me to recognize her with her boy hair. Me no likey like that, there's short and then there's too damn short.  icon_frown
2904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/18) on: May 20, 2009, 08:47:40 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on May 20, 2009, 04:26:15 PM

Jagged Alliance DS now showing on the Gamestop page as shipping 5/26  icon_frown. Probably no surprise there, reflecting the absolute lack of gaming web site buzz about it.

Well, no worry, I've got a busy next few days and then Fuel arrives on Tuesday or Wednesday.

However, it is showing as In Stock right now at Amazon.  icon_neutral
2905  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Best way to dispose of a hard drive? on: May 20, 2009, 02:23:17 AM
Perhaps you could recycle them?
2906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: May 20, 2009, 02:15:48 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on May 19, 2009, 10:34:33 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on May 19, 2009, 05:39:59 PM

Also, I'm trying a Barbarous Fellow, but the lack of armor is brutal. I'm chugging those healing herbs like crazy. Time to roll a new character. Sorry, Barbarous Fellow. You're benched.

nice effort, but probably not a bad idea going with a more well-rounded class (at least for your first playthru smile )

Which class would you consider to be the best rounded, first time play through class?
2907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Fallout 3 PC DLC on: May 19, 2009, 05:05:06 PM
Alien abduction.  icon_cool

The kicker for a bunch of people I "know" will be their availability on disk at retail for Windows, people who have zero intention of doing anything over XBox Live from their PC.
2908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/18) on: May 18, 2009, 01:11:33 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 18, 2009, 11:07:34 AM

There was some other strategy game similar to JA released a week before JD:DS, it looked better, no idea if it played better.  Sadly I'll have to dig up the title.

There was?  icon_confused Curious what you dig up.

More than likely in on JA:DS as well.
2909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valkyria Chronicles [PS3] on: May 18, 2009, 01:07:39 PM
Welcome!  icon_wink
2910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: May 18, 2009, 01:06:29 PM
I didn't mean to imply anything with the 'voyeuristic' part. I agree, it would be great to see anyone from the first one return in this one, they were all great characters and you are left wondering what was going to happen between Nate and Elena. Purposefully setting up a sequel, I assumed...  ninja
2911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: May 18, 2009, 04:54:21 AM
So is that just wishful voyeuristic thinking on your part, or is Elena actually going to make an appearance in this one? From what I remember reading, they've been pretty mum on that topic.
2912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DJ Hero on: May 18, 2009, 04:51:53 AM

Quote from: warning on May 17, 2009, 11:22:56 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on May 17, 2009, 03:04:07 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on May 07, 2009, 03:44:37 PM

Nope.

You're kidding me, this isn't some sort of extended April Fool's joke? What next, we'll finally see the much rumored Accordian Hero?  Roll Eyes

I would buy Accordian Hero if I could play some Flogging Molly.

In spite of the rolly eyeballs, so would I... so would I.  slywink
2913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tunnel Rats on: May 17, 2009, 03:11:27 PM
"But there are things out there nobody prepared you for"... you mean like another Uwe Boll movie? And what the heck does "Dark inner monologue and growing loss of grid" mean?  icon_confused
2914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DJ Hero on: May 17, 2009, 03:04:07 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on May 07, 2009, 03:44:37 PM

Nope.

You're kidding me, this isn't some sort of extended April Fool's joke? What next, we'll finally see the much rumored Accordian Hero?  Roll Eyes
2915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me games like CSI/Siberia on: May 16, 2009, 08:40:52 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 16, 2009, 03:02:01 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on May 11, 2009, 06:11:52 PM

The Longest Journey and it's sequel Dreamfall.

Seriously. thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

-Autistic Angel

I'll second this.  Dreamfall and TLJ are two of the best games I've played in any genre.  There's one part of Dreamfall that uses an extremely clunky combat mechanic (I'm currently stuck on it right now  icon_evil), but other than that it is an incredible game.

Thirded. Some called the first one "The Longest Conversations" when it first out as there is quite a bit of character dialogue in it, but great puzzles and atmosphere are the norm here. I need to go back to Dreamfall, think I left mine in the same damn spot.

Oh, and I have the original "pressing" of the 6-cdrom edition of TLJ, the ones that (quite literally) smelled just like maple syrup. I wonder if they still do...
2916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me games like CSI/Siberia on: May 16, 2009, 08:37:05 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on May 16, 2009, 02:35:03 PM

Still Life was awesome, and I believe there is a sequel out now, or soon.

Agreed, there were one or two spots where I fell back to a walkthru (baking cookies or some such?) but otherwise good stuff and it left you hanging. Thoughts of a sequel were squashed early on and then they announced there actually would be one. It was release last month in Germany and the UK I believe and you can download the digital version from Microids here. I think the official US retail release is sometime in June.
2917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: May 16, 2009, 08:24:15 PM

Quote from: gellar on May 16, 2009, 04:54:36 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on May 15, 2009, 09:21:43 PM

i don't even like shooters (or nate drake, really), but, damn, this looks just amazing to me:

5 minutes of uncharted 2 gameplay...

best of the insomniac/naughty dog/sucker punch 'next-gen' series for me, hands down...

Fantastic.  Really can't wait for this one - when's it due out again?

Dates have been all over the place, but last I saw said 12/31/2009 for the US release. Dang. icon_frown
2918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for book recommendation thread recommendations on: May 16, 2009, 02:18:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 16, 2009, 01:53:19 PM

Otherland is quite cool though, as usual with Williams, typically overwritten.  One of the reasons I'm looking forward to the Urban Fantasy series from him is that the style of the genre will probably force him to cut back his word count. 

Cool... what I do have of his in my giant unread pile is the first Otherland book.
2919  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for book recommendation thread recommendations on: May 16, 2009, 01:35:33 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 16, 2009, 03:20:27 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 16, 2009, 03:01:05 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on May 16, 2009, 02:52:54 AM

Same boat - haven't read 'Perdido' but really enjoyed 'War of the Flowers'. Keep hoping for some kind of sequel / follow up.

While not a sequel, Williams has announced he will start writing an Urban Fantasy series.  "War of the Flowers" had a pretty strong urban fantasy vibe so I'm looking forward to this new series. 

Thanks for the heads-up Kevin, I hadn't heard that.  I'm a little leery though, as I haven't liked anything he's done outside of War of the Flowers.

Yes, thanks. Funny, but all I've read by Tad is 'Flowers' and I keep thinking I must check out some of the other massive books I see by him, assuming they will be just as good. Perhaps not. And I got excited when I googled for "war of the flowers" and it suggested "movie" at the end. Turned out to be a Korean movie about underground gambling.  icon_frown

I don't know if "urban fantasy" is all the rage or I'm just noticing it more, but there sure is a crapload of it out there and it seems to be what I'm primarily reading lately. I read Felicia Day's blog and GoodReads page 'cuz (amongst other things) she seems to have similar tastes in books. Lately for some reason I seem to be staying mostly in the sub-genre of urban fantasy she calls "vaginal urban fantasy".  icon_biggrin Not "chick lit" or hot romance but urban fantasy with a strong female lead, usually with magic or vampires (etc) involved. Some really good stuff out there, in spite of the fact that I'm getting tired of vampires. I don't have time now but hopefully can post some examples later. Or check out her bookshelves at GR.
2920  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for book recommendation thread recommendations on: May 16, 2009, 02:52:54 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 20, 2008, 06:04:07 PM

I haven't read Perdido, but War of the Flowers is absolutely incredible.  One of my all-time favorite fantasy novels.  Takes a bit to get going, but once it does you're in for an awesome ride.

Same boat - haven't read 'Perdido' but really enjoyed 'War of the Flowers'. Keep hoping for some kind of sequel / follow up.
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