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2881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: InFamous preorder includes Uncharted 2 multiplayer beta access on: April 25, 2009, 05:22:37 AM
Much as I would love beta access to Uncharted 2, I'm not about to buy InFamous for it. Everything I've seen so far of that game has looked boring as hell to me.  disgust
2882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: April 24, 2009, 10:19:32 PM

Quote from: Pharaoh on April 24, 2009, 09:54:52 PM

heres to Sony releasing it stateside with the Tendencies to actually work.

Sorry, but what does this mean? Some aspect of the game ('Tendencies'?) is not quite working correctly in this release?
2883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 25 minutes of Final Fantasy 13 on: April 24, 2009, 08:07:21 PM
Saw this today, linked from Blues News: FFXIII Demo Drives Massive PS3 Sales In Japan. 'Massive' as in almost quadrupled from the previous week.
2884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xblive arcade] LODE RUNNER on: April 24, 2009, 08:00:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 24, 2009, 04:49:16 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 24, 2009, 04:07:53 PM

Quote from: msteelers on April 24, 2009, 03:13:45 PM

So what is Lode Runner? I never played it, and I've never even heard of it.

It's a platformer. Best to give the trial a shot to see if you like it, also there's a short preview here and I'm sure you could easily turn up others.

I wouldn't call it a platformer.  Especially since the term comes from jumping from platform to platform, and LR doesn't let you jump!

That said, I don't know what you would call it.  Action puzzle game, maybe?

I was just going by what I saw when I found the GameSpot preview - "The classic run-and-dig platformer comes to Xbox Live". The XBox website has it in the "Action & Adventure, Classics" genre. In the end it doesn't really matter, but to me any 2D side-scrolling game where you go up/down/left/right while ultimately travelling ever onwards to the right is a platformer, jumping or no.  icon_wink
2885  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: More Issues on: April 24, 2009, 07:53:45 PM
Go to the hard drive manufacturer's website, they should have diagnostic tools you can download. I just did this today for my WD drive, as a matter of fact.
2886  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: April 24, 2009, 07:52:19 PM
True... hoping all is still fine when the replacement drive comes and I can just throw it in and clone the old one to it.  icon_wink
2887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How bout some pinball? PS3 on: April 24, 2009, 04:09:45 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 24, 2009, 02:54:40 PM

The Williams Collection (Pinball Hall of Fame, I think) is especially good.

+1  icon_wink
2888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xblive arcade] LODE RUNNER on: April 24, 2009, 04:07:53 PM

Quote from: msteelers on April 24, 2009, 03:13:45 PM

So what is Lode Runner? I never played it, and I've never even heard of it.

It's a platformer. Best to give the trial a shot to see if you like it, also there's a short preview here and I'm sure you could easily turn up others.
2889  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: April 24, 2009, 03:40:00 PM
Found the issue... ran WD diagnostics on the drive and it is a SMART failure, or at least a warning that a failure is on the way. Specifically, the 'Re-allocated sector count' is approaching the max threshold, 136 out of 140 bad sectors have been reallocated. Time to take advantage of my five year warranty, it seems.
2890  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: April 24, 2009, 03:12:59 PM
Yup, just completed most of that - a boot time disk check showed no errors, both a malware and AV scan turned up nothing. I guess the next thing would be to open her up and double-check cabling, etc.

Just thought I would mention this as I don't believe in coincidences. Wednesday, the day before this all started, I was attempting to install a demo to this partition when the whole computer locked up hard. Needed a power-off type reset to get it back up. Of course, rebooting brought the drive back so had no idea what was going on. I'm guessing this was the first victim of the problem rather than the cause.

Shit... while I was typing this, Vista popped up a dialogue telling me "Windows detected a hard disk problem" and wanting to start a backup since I "could lose everything". Damn. And I realized from the message the partition is on my secondary drive, not primary... idiot. I have a second drive with three partitions on it and D: is one of the logical partitions there. Damn... could a hardware failure with the drive itself affect only one logical partition and not take out everything?  icon_confused

2891  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / You appear to have lost a Drive! on: April 24, 2009, 01:14:59 PM
This is the message I've been greeted with for two mornings in a row now. It's from PerfectDisk, which is scheduled to run at 3AM and it's right, one is "gone". It assumes network or removable drive or a "COM registration issue" but I don't know. What's gone is my D: drive, a secondary logical partition on my main Raptor drive. Primary is C: and it is still there or there'd be a whole different world of hurt.

Going into Disk Management doesn't show it at all, either. A reboot, however, will bring it back and then there's no issues with it that I can tell after that, that is until I see this message again the next morning. Anyone seen this or have any idea what might be causing it?  icon_confused
2892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xblive arcade] LODE RUNNER on: April 23, 2009, 08:29:18 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on April 23, 2009, 07:02:02 PM

This game is so nostalgic for me, it's hard to describe.  I could sit and play it for hours with no problem at all.

That being said, it's faster and harder than I remember it being.  I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I'm getting old...

 icon_neutral

Funny, but I was thinking the same thing when I played it... what? Game Over? WTF!  icon_lol
2893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Fallout 3: Broken Steel on: April 23, 2009, 05:32:24 PM

Quote from: naednek on April 23, 2009, 04:59:46 PM

so why is the PS3 getting the shaft on the DLC?  Is it Sony?  I received this for the PS3, but I asked for it on the xbox for christmas, but, I can't complain, it was a gift.  I'm nearing the end of the game, and it would be great to extend it, but if it's something that going to be a while longer, I'm more likely to sell it, like I do with most of my games.

No, the DLC is a Microsoft exclusive from what I understand. No clue if that means for a specific period of time or forever, though. icon_neutral
2894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: April 23, 2009, 12:00:12 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on April 22, 2009, 11:05:16 PM

Quote from: Hotfreak on April 22, 2009, 07:03:51 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2009, 10:41:22 PM

...I'm not sure why I am so excited to punish myself with this one.
There's something incredibly compelling about the way Semiconscious talks about this, like he can't quite contain his glee.

hehheh... yeah, my inner child definitely gives demon's souls 2 big thumbs up smile . i think everyone's played at least a handful of games that immediately feel so familiar that they almost seem like manifestations of long-held, subconscious personal fantasies (or something), where everything's just right, all your buttons get pushed, & you just slip into them effortlessly. majora's mask & shadow of the colossus were 2 games like that for me, & ds is another. not necessarily the best games i've ever played (as in, the most elaborate/stunning/mind-boggling), but the ones that were, well, the most comfortable (&, personally, the most rewarding)...

Man, there better be a strong something in the Kool-Aid this comes with... you've got four pages of posts so far, extolling its virtues and the Semiconscious Army continues to grow. When NCSX finally fills the backorder you've single-handedly created, you're either going to have mass genuflection in your general direction... or an uprising on your hands.  icon_lol
2895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: April 22, 2009, 06:50:42 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on April 22, 2009, 05:48:47 PM

I went back to Bowerstone and while I was completely evil, everyone still oo'ed and ah'ed over me, especially when I farted.  Roll Eyes

Much like in real life.  slywink
2896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xblive arcade] LODE RUNNER on: April 22, 2009, 05:41:58 PM
They just changed the fraking price to 1200 points while I was trying to purchase the damn thing.  icon_evil

I had 1140 points in my account and it kept throwing an "80153016" error trying to unlock, telling me to "try again later". Couldn't find any mention of that error online, came back to the 360 and went back to XBLA and voila! 1200 points. finger
2897  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: FEAR 2 on sale at Amazon on: April 22, 2009, 04:05:30 PM
Thanks!
2898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! on: April 22, 2009, 03:52:44 PM

Quote from: Fellow on April 22, 2009, 03:51:02 PM

Man, and I thought they announced another Serious Sam title.

 icon_lol

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! KABOOM!!!
2899  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: FEAR 2 on sale at Amazon on: April 22, 2009, 03:49:51 PM
No worries, I'd be happy to use it but I couldn't seem to find anything of the sort - hence the question.
2900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [revisit]Vampire: Bloodlines on: April 22, 2009, 03:59:02 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 19, 2009, 04:55:21 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 19, 2009, 01:36:25 PM

So... the 'official home' for this stuff, The Patches Scrolls, is dead?  icon_cry

whoa.. did not notice that.  I just grabbed the pacth a week ago or so and they were up.  hopefully it's just an error on the hosting side.

Yup, it was something along those lines... and they're back now.  icon_cool
2901  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines on: April 22, 2009, 03:52:48 AM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on April 21, 2009, 09:50:55 PM

Quote from: godhugh on April 21, 2009, 02:06:44 PM

If you're just having trouble finding a copy it's on Steam for $19.99.

I was going to, but I don't believe you can install the unofficial patch with the steam game.

You can.
2902  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: FEAR 2 on sale at Amazon on: April 21, 2009, 10:55:57 PM
Ummm... sorry, but "Gaming Trend Amazon link"?  icon_neutral
2903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: April 21, 2009, 10:53:01 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 21, 2009, 06:14:29 PM

yes,really am looking forward to this....it wont just be this DLC pack,it will be them all as i have been holding back from getting and DLC until this one was out

Spoiler for Hiden:
so who reckons the change is that you only have the option to kick that Lyons girl into the chamber to do your dirty work!! icon_twisted

Spoiler for Hiden:
From what I think I read, you'll have multiple choices as to whom goes rather than you. And I believe something was also said about them possibly surviving which makes me think of Fawkes, whom I really wanted to 'volunteer' for the duty the first time around.  icon_wink
2904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: April 21, 2009, 10:50:21 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 21, 2009, 05:40:13 PM

Quote from: kathode on April 21, 2009, 05:17:02 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 21, 2009, 04:57:54 PM

No, it doesn't. You still have the same ending with what is technically a very minor change, albeit one that has a significant effect on you and the game itself.

Yes, that is correct. 

Technically as in from a coding standpoint?  Or...from a story perspective.

For the record, I meant from the story standpoint. But that change has a huge impact on the game world and the amount of coding required to realize that. We'd have to get all spoilery to get into more detail on the subject, however.
2905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3: Broken Steel preview on: April 21, 2009, 10:35:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 21, 2009, 03:50:04 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on April 21, 2009, 03:44:03 PM

I dont recall seeing 1 vertibird my first play through.

the only one I've seen so far is when

Spoiler for Hiden:
you're helping to get things back up and running at the Jefferson Memorial after rescuing your dad from the VR pod in that one vault.  it lands after you turn the valve in that broken pipe.

You never had one land and disgorge soldiers? My understanding is they are another form of random encounter, but it happened to me quite a number of times exploring the DC Metro area, from what I recall. Was never thrilled to hear them come thumping in. And sometimes they fly over buildings with open, destroyed roofs like the National Guard Armory for instance.
2906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: April 21, 2009, 04:57:54 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 21, 2009, 04:48:46 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 21, 2009, 04:37:59 PM

Still haven't sat down to play this.  I'm thinking it'll be my post-gold prize to myself, which means I'll be starting out with all the DLC in place.  The question I've always had is how much will Broken Steel alter the original ending? I want to see what the original one was.  I'm hoping that Broken Steel simply picks up after the original ending.  Otherwise, I'll likely be playing through without BS (heh), and then loading it to get the new ending.

It's supposed to change it completely. I think the solution is to play through it without the DLC.

No, it doesn't. You still have the same ending with what is technically a very minor change, albeit one that has a significant effect on you and the game itself. My personal opinion - don't worry about the original ending, play with the DLC and enjoy the fact that they listened to player feedback and made the game better for it. Once you've done that, easy enough to find out what the original ending was.  icon_wink
2907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oboro Muramasa(vanilla ware's (odin sphere) Wii game) trailer must see! on: April 21, 2009, 04:45:30 PM
Well... my response was in regards to picking the earlier titles. And isn't the real reason for the resurrection the fact that someone else other than XSeed will be publishing it in NA not the fact that it won't be published at all? Or am I misreading this?  icon_confused
2908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3: Broken Steel preview on: April 21, 2009, 03:20:22 PM
Can't wait!  icon_cool
2909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Age of Pirates 2 City of Abandoned Ships on: April 21, 2009, 03:07:11 PM
Yes, they did... pretty much everything they've done for awhile now has been... piratey.  icon_wink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Pirates
2910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oboro Muramasa(vanilla ware's (odin sphere) Wii game) trailer must see! on: April 21, 2009, 03:03:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 24, 2007, 03:31:28 AM

Looks very cool, I'm really gonna have to bump GrimGrimoire and OdinOdinSphere higher on my purchase to-do list. 

+1. ... or is that +2?  icon_wink
2911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: April 20, 2009, 03:16:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 20, 2009, 02:31:15 PM

besides, shouldn't that have waited for Fallout 6 to use the sub title New Vegas?

I get it!  icon_lol  icon_wink
2912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX LIVE Silver...Gold.....V.I.P? on: April 19, 2009, 08:59:37 PM
"and better connectivity"? Any idea WTF that means?  icon_confused
2913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LED TVs? on: April 19, 2009, 05:20:21 PM
A little more better than that now.  icon_wink
2914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LED TVs? on: April 19, 2009, 04:05:21 PM
I'm wondering if anyone has popped for one of these yet or has an opinion on them. Little pricey since they're new tech but pretty sweet looking. Stumbled across this one in a BB store the other day which peaked my interest. Seemingly great picture (ran it in 'demo' mode, so expected that it would be on its best behaviour), 40% less power usage and just a teensy bit over an inch thick. So, curious what people thought.
2915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Godfather 2 PC Impressions on: April 19, 2009, 03:18:34 PM
Picked up a copy of The Onion and found a review for this game there, apparently reprinted from the A.V. Club website. Overall they gave it a B- but one note about the voice work made me chuckle:

Quote
Reprising his role as consigliere Tom Hagen in voice work, Robert Duvall delivers a performance so vivid, you can almost hear him looking at his watch.
2916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [revisit]Vampire: Bloodlines on: April 19, 2009, 01:36:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 19, 2009, 04:28:55 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 18, 2009, 10:11:28 PM

I think it's just called the Unofficial patch 6.0.  I'm not using the one they call the True Patch   

here's a link to the patch I'm using.

Thanks. Back when I was thinking about starting this, the patch releases were coming fast and furious, out on usenet we were always wondering how quickly the next one would show up. So I stepped away from it for awhile and waited for the dust to settle. Looks like it may have... or maybe not, Werner posted here yesterday that 6.1 will be out next week.  [sigh]

So... the 'official home' for this stuff, The Patches Scrolls, is dead?  icon_cry

ps. FWIW, I'm not interested in the so called 'true' patch, the people putting that out seemed like a bunch of ass-hats when I checked it out some time ago.
2917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [revisit]Vampire: Bloodlines on: April 18, 2009, 09:49:50 PM
Which "unofficial patch"? There are two of them out there, I've got it installed and updated with Werner Spahl's patch (latest... 5.2?) but haven't taken the time to actually start it yet. Again.
2918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CSI 4/16/09 ...BSG folk in it on: April 18, 2009, 02:58:16 AM
I need to try and catch the whole episode, only saw the beginning... and the end. Cracked me up when the lab chick played out the end of "The Gamesters of Triskelion" in her head, collars and all. Shahna. icon_wink
2919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Velvet Assassin on: April 17, 2009, 07:48:19 PM
Don't forget you're not so much "living" these adventures with her as "reliving" them as she is dying in a dream-like / coma state. And in dreams our wardrobe choices can be a little... inappropriate. Who knows, like some dreams people have, there may be whole sections where she's in nothing but her undies or <gasp> buck nekkid!  ninja
2920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderland goes Cel Shaded on: April 17, 2009, 02:34:24 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 17, 2009, 02:27:38 PM

Quote from: raydude on April 17, 2009, 01:26:41 PM

New screenshot up at http://www.borderlandsthegame.com. Its apparently the same as the one from the June '09 PC Gamer.

I like the look. If anything it helps keep the game from being yet another game set in shades of brown.

I love the look...can't wait for this to come out, really looking forward to it.

Completely agree!  thumbsup
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