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3001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: March 25, 2009, 09:08:10 PM

Quote from: kathode on March 25, 2009, 06:30:28 PM

It's up again!  See Major Nelson's site here if you've already downloaded it:

http://majornelson.com/archive/2009/03/25/fallout-3-the-pitt-is-now-available-again.aspx

Woohoo! Off to The Pitt...
3002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite Hand Grips? on: March 24, 2009, 04:34:59 PM
I keep thinking about looking around for something like this but never pulled the trigger on one. Nyko has something with a built-in charger so you (allegedly) get the grips plus extended play time. Need to find someplace where one can actually wrap their hands around it. Target seems to sell both online but they're "not available in stores". GameStop seems to be the other way 'round. icon_neutral
3003  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF B-17 Flying Fortress Mighty Eighth on: March 24, 2009, 01:59:05 PM
My copy is not going anywhere, but I just checked eBay and looks like you can pick it up there for 10 to 20 bucks.
3004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite Hand Grips? on: March 24, 2009, 01:49:16 PM
Perhaps... this?
3005  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Vista 32 and 4gb of ram?? on: March 23, 2009, 06:34:50 AM
One of the updates changed it to show total installed memory rather than total usable memory as apparently it was confusing too many peoples.
3006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: March 22, 2009, 02:52:54 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on March 22, 2009, 02:43:51 PM

I hit level 20 last night and now all progress on the game will stop much to my chagrin as I am loving it again.

I wish they would have made the extended level cap DLC the next one instead of the one after this.  Surely the devs must know that people are close or already past the level cap...seems to be a no brainer to me.

Read the last few paragraphs of the blog entry Sarkus linked to, it will help explain why 'Broken Steel' is taking the most time to deliver.
3007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: March 20, 2009, 05:33:53 AM

Quote from: kathode on March 20, 2009, 02:34:53 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on March 20, 2009, 12:00:40 AM

\
I seemed to recall something from a month ago that they were targeting March 24th. I hadn't seen any mention of a delay, so I just assumed the DLC was still on that schedule. I guess if it comes out next Tuesday, that's still March...  slywink

Wow.  Let us all know what the future is like! icon_biggrin

Umm, yah - not only would next Tuesday still be March but it will also be March 24th.  icon_wink
3008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: March 17, 2009, 10:18:43 PM
I don't have any issues with download speeds on my PS3 and I don't recall having to do anything special. Now, I do have it wired and I checked that NAT Type 2 is what is configured. I went to www.speedtest.net on both my PC and PS3, the PS3 got better results from the same server even though the screen animations were really... slow...

PC:   22402 kb/s down; 2409 up
PS3: 31547 kb/s down; 2241 up

My 360 seems to download at comparable speeds but I have no clue how to really test it.  icon_frown

3009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS) on: March 17, 2009, 08:19:27 PM

Quote from: kathode on March 17, 2009, 05:38:43 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 17, 2009, 05:26:13 PM

So... apparently, BB will not be carrying this in their stores - according to their website this is available online only. What is up with that?  disgust

I got mine at Best Buy...

I just went by my local Best Buy and picked up a copy. No clue why the website says "Store Pickup: not available".  icon_neutral
3010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS) on: March 17, 2009, 05:26:13 PM
So... apparently, BB will not be carrying this in their stores - according to their website this is available online only. What is up with that?  disgust
3011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 -- DL content on: March 16, 2009, 09:13:24 PM

Quote from: kathode on March 16, 2009, 05:55:59 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 16, 2009, 04:21:45 PM

I apologize for asking, but I really don't know, will the Pitt pack support VATS?

Of course it will smile Why would we take that out?

Good question. The only reason I've seen that come up here and even on usenet is the fact that the recently release trailer shows quite a bit of run-and-gun FPS style shooting and not one example of VATS. For all we knew it was specific to the storyline... whatever controls VATS (Pipboy? Implant? Goa'uld symbiote?) was confiscated / deactivated as part of the plot.  icon_wink
3012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's the biggest potty-mouth game out there? on: March 16, 2009, 01:49:23 PM
Doesn't surprise me, having played the game it was the first one that came to mind. And the first f-bombs drop on the menu, well before you get into the game proper.  icon_wink
3013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 -- DL content on: March 16, 2009, 01:47:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 16, 2009, 06:23:15 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on March 16, 2009, 06:02:45 AM

Quote from: kathode on March 16, 2009, 02:44:08 AM


Release Date?

I heard March 24th at some point.

The trailer shows that same date at the end - March 24th. Also interesting to see that none of the combat footage posted used VATS... is that disabled in The Pitt?  icon_neutral
3014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: March 14, 2009, 10:03:48 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on March 14, 2009, 09:51:42 PM

...Automatically installed downloads instead of making you click on them AGAIN for installation. The 360 managed it, why can't the PS3?

There's no install step on the 360, for one. The PS3 will automatically install if you shut it down during a background download and tick the box to complete the download(s) first. It will download, install and then power off. And 'foreground' downloads will automatically install, but yes the background ones require a manual install step otherwise.
3015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wallace & Gromit coming to the PC, Demo due Monday on: March 14, 2009, 05:49:47 PM
And two free games, to boot. I've already got all the S&M episodes but not anything Strong Bad.
3016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Theater of War 2 demo is out on: March 14, 2009, 05:42:15 PM
Ah... found it and it took awhile to convince the guy to pick it up. Once I had it, though, it was just a matter of sneaking around behind the building the tank had stopped in front of to just off the rear of the tank. Two shots and it was toast. Of course, the tank crew then bailed out and killed Bazooka Joe.  icon_cry

After that you get to call in air support to take out two more tanks coming in the same route and then the scenario ends.
3017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: March 14, 2009, 02:43:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 14, 2009, 02:38:53 PM

remembered where I was in a movie if I have to interupt playback while watching a blu ray disc.  I'm not sure if it's just my system (I thought they were supposed to include a resume function in one patch, and seem to remember it actually doing so at some point), but if I accidentally hit stop while watching anything on blu ray I have to start over at the beginning and go through scene selection to find my previous spot.

Hmmm... I've had this work just fine for me, but I don't recall if I hit stop or not. I'll have to play with this, but from what I recall there's a 'triangle' button option to 'Play' the movie or 'Replay from the beginning' with the former supposed to pick up where you left off. Not sure what the default is.  icon_neutral
3018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Theater of War 2 demo is out on: March 14, 2009, 02:38:00 PM
I spent a few minutes with this and had the same bazooka issue, where the heck is it? It said something about 'a container near the burning vehicle' I think, and the only one I could see burning was way outside the town right next to the dang tank. Tank rolled into town and killed everyone. icon_confused
3019  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / RE5 $20 at GameStop with 2 trade-ins on: March 13, 2009, 06:33:47 PM
Wasn't sure if people knew about this, but with two trade-ins from this list you can get RE5 for twenty smackers at GameStop. Looks like the offer is good for about three weeks.
3020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Resident Evil 5 on: March 13, 2009, 06:29:48 PM
Are you guys aware you can pick this up for $20 with two trade-ins from this list at EB/GameStop? Worked out for me as I had two games on there I knew I would never play again.
3021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: March 12, 2009, 04:27:01 PM
Another take on the whole racism thing from an anthropologist's view:

http://www.videogamer.com/news/exclusive_expert_delivers_verdict_on_resi_5_racism_row.html?
3022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock 2 - Sea of Dreams on: March 11, 2009, 02:01:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 11, 2009, 12:49:53 AM

OK, those look like they are going to be a pain in the ass to take on.

Great, childhood flashback - getting ass kicked by the dreaded Big Sister.  icon_lol
3023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/9) on: March 09, 2009, 03:57:18 PM
RE5 is a possibility but I've got such a dang backlog that it won't be a day one purchase for me. Cancelled the pre-order I had for Mad World, waiting for reviews now.
3024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 05, 2009, 02:57:43 PM
Is there somewhere that details the differences between the '08 and '09 versions?  Wondering if it is a worthy upgrade...
3025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone have a 360 transfer cable I could borrow? on: March 05, 2009, 02:55:11 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 05, 2009, 02:30:31 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 05, 2009, 05:32:34 AM

you can get a free from MS too.

The form that I downloaded from MS asked for the serial numbers for my new elite and my old unit.  Since I bought just at 120 GB drive off Ebay I don't have two serial numbers to put in the form.  Is there another form I should be looking for?

Nope, that's the only situation where MS will send it to you for free.
3026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SotS gone from Total Gaming.net? on: March 03, 2009, 03:06:06 PM

Quote from: marcusjm on March 03, 2009, 11:03:04 AM

It has the expansion so you get some new jobs like travelling entertainer.

I like this version much more than Guild2 which I found bland and uninteresting. This works
better on my older laptop as well smile.

'Night of the Raven', IIRC. You could also be a grave digger.  icon_wink
3027  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Best Netbook? on: March 01, 2009, 05:17:00 PM
Yup, pretty much. I recently bought a Samsung NC10 for my daughter and almost kept if for myself, pretty nice little machine.  icon_cool
3028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Drakensang english demo (win a copy!) on: March 01, 2009, 03:47:17 PM
There's no patch needed for the US retail release, yes? I assume it would ship with the latest (1.02?) version but can't find anywhere it will show me what version it is currently. Reason I ask is I got a nasty "NEBULA ASSERTION" crash yesterday with the whole 'Display driver has stopped working and has been restarted' shenanigans, so wondered if there was a patch.

Code:
*** NEBULA ASSERTION ***
programmer says: Lock() on vertex buffer failed in nD3D9Mesh()
expression: FAILED(hr)
file: ..\src\gfx2\nd3d9mesh_main.cc
line: 516

Updated drivers (only one release back, I think) but haven't play again to test it yet. May try disabling the "high res texture pack" and see if that helps.
3029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Lost Cities - Any one know where it's gone? on: February 28, 2009, 09:20:47 PM
That's what I was wondering, perhaps it was delisted? From the XBLA wiki:

Quote
In an effort to "focus on quality over quantity", Microsoft will begin to delist older underperforming Arcade titles. In order for a game to be delisted it must be at least six months old, with an average score of below 65% on review-aggregator website Metacritic, and a less than 6% conversion rate. Microsoft will give a three month notice prior to delisting these titles. Curiously, delisted titles won't be removed from Xbox live completely, they will just be inaccessible through Xbox live marketplace via normal methods. If you have already downloaded a delisted game, you can recommend it to another user, and they will receive a link to download the game.
3030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: H.A.W.X. PC demo due Monday on: February 28, 2009, 02:46:17 PM
Yah looks nice but there's no "sim" in it, really. It's more akin to "Ace Combat" than "Lock On". There's no take off or landings from what I've read, the cockpit is non-functional and you can't turn your head to speak of... they want you to use their outside third-person "dog-fight cam" instead. And while it may very well be a "success" if all you count are downloads, there's been quite a bit of discussions around about problems with the way the game was designed and plays, and the demo has turned off a lot of people who would normally have jumped on anything remotely "sim-like". And let's not get into the debate about "assistance off" versus "assistance on".  Roll Eyes

Gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VorCe8bzeKM

On v. Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvJ4hH6yjOg&NR=1

3031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strike Force Terra Nova retrospective on: February 28, 2009, 02:24:59 PM
This was the first game I remember buying that 'required' a Pentium. The clerk selling it to me squinted and ask 'You do have a Pentium processor, don't you?'... Why, yes, of course! says my 486 DX2/66 owning self. Made it through most of the game before it bogged down and became unplayable near the end.  icon_frown

And now that I've owned all kinds of Pentium processors I don't think I ever went back and revisited it... but this is making me want to try. Cheese FMV and all.  icon_cool
3032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why do games take so long to quit? on: February 26, 2009, 05:09:53 PM

Quote from: disarm on February 26, 2009, 05:46:50 AM

i think TiLT hit on the real answer...games cache information all over your computer, both in RAM and on the HD, during play.  when you exit a game, it takes time for the program to clean up after itself and remove all the data that it was using.  while the information stored in RAM can be cleared pretty quickly, clearing data from a HD takes longer and is most likely what is happening while your games is in the process of shutting down.  unfortunately, it's a necessary part of the process and there's not really much that you can do to speed things up.

That was in my first post.  icon_wink

Perhaps a good defrag is in order?
3033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why do games take so long to quit? on: February 25, 2009, 10:05:30 PM
OK. When you quit, is there alot of disk activity? Or is it where it takes a long time to slowly... erase... the... game... screen? Basically, what is the behaviour you're seeing while games are quitting?
3034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why do games take so long to quit? on: February 25, 2009, 10:02:05 PM
How much RAM is in your PC?  I've seen issues like that on systems with 1GB of RAM that basically went away with 2GB or more. It seems like memory has been swapped out and when you quit it's more work for it to 'release' all of it from the page/swap file rather than pure RAM, hence the delay.
3035  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: A good Glide wrapper? on: February 25, 2009, 04:28:10 PM
The only one I've ever tried was GliDOS and that only for 'Red Guard' where it worked well, not sure how many other games it supports. The other one I'd heard about was 'dgVoodoo' but never took it for a spin.
3036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/23) on: February 24, 2009, 04:08:20 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 24, 2009, 03:46:21 PM

BTW, the Tomb Raider Underworld expansion "Beneath the Ashes" was released today for the 360 at 800pts.

Farg, another MicroSoft 'exclusive'.  disgust
3037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/23) on: February 24, 2009, 04:06:17 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on February 24, 2009, 05:52:19 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 24, 2009, 04:59:24 AM

Quote from: Destructor on February 24, 2009, 03:27:59 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 23, 2009, 06:09:22 PM

Isn't Drakensang coming out this week for the PC as well?  I know that's one I'm looking at getting.

I thought that was last week actually. It's not showing up on this week's EB releases, so I'm not quite sure.

Gamestop is showing it as 'usually ships in 24 hours' but none of the local stores has it yet.

Yeah, I just checked and it was not available at any of our stores yet either even though it is available within 24 hours.  Same thing with Puzzle Quest.  I guess I could just order both of them smile  Or I could get them from Amazon smile

Amazon was showing 2 to 3 weeks for Drakensang to ship, so I ended up ordering it from NewEgg - a couple of bucks off and free shipping right now. It went out that same day.
3038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eat Lead! on: February 24, 2009, 12:38:04 AM
Hmmm... was interested in this from what little we've seen so far but this has really eliminated any of that for me barring great reviews of the final product:

Quote from: Joystiq, 10/2008
Unfortunately, this supposed "comedy shooter" is less "Shaun of the Dead" and more "Disaster Movie." Although it attempts to make fun of the shooter genre (and the industry as a whole), uninspired and mediocre gameplay mechanics hinder it from garnering the respect a proper parody needs. The poorly developed story elements also need serious reworking. The game's greatest asset, its unique premise, is stunted by generic game design -- and that's a pity.

http://www.joystiq.com/2008/10/28/eat-lead-the-return-of-matt-hazard-is-a-parody-of-itself/

3039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 23, 2009, 06:30:50 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 23, 2009, 05:07:26 PM

ehm...what the heck? Installed the game, and it updated...now, its stuck on "Update starting"??? and wont do a single thing? tried to start the game, and all it said was "The game is currently unavailable"?????
Mine did the same thing. Went into the game properties and 'Validated' the game files, after that it was fine.
3040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 memory transfer? on: February 21, 2009, 09:33:15 PM
I think my save file numbers were closing in on 500 when I quite after 106 hours. However, I only kept around a dozen at any given time and was diligent about keeping them pruned.
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