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3201  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...
3202  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.
3203  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
3204  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
3205  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.
3206  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.
3207  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

3208  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
3209  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?
3210  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?
3211  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.
3212  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.
3213  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
3214  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.
3215  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/

3216  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.
3217  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.
3218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Alice game on: February 20, 2009, 05:12:13 PM
What exactly does a chash-in smell like?  icon_neutral
3219  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / All PS2 Gold Box Monday 2/23 on: February 20, 2009, 02:10:18 PM
"As someone who has shopped PlayStation 2 at Amazon.com, you might like to know that on Monday, February 23, 2009, the Amazon.com Gold Box will feature video game products for PlayStation 2 gamers all day long."
3220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Noby Noby Boy [PSN]? on: February 20, 2009, 02:07:04 PM
Yup, pretty much 100% Japanese quirk.  icon_lol
3221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Alice game on: February 20, 2009, 02:05:39 PM
Excellent! Loved that game and it's my little brother's all time favorite game. Hell, I just replaced his ancient computer with a quad and the first thing he installed? Alice.  nod

Same concerns about American McGee's post-Alice track record, however.
3222  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Upgrading laptop HDD on: February 19, 2009, 02:15:05 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 19, 2009, 01:17:08 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 19, 2009, 12:25:56 AM

Well... on the PS3 front, you can use any "laptop", i.e. 2.5" form factor SATA hard drive. Pretty painless, I put a 250GB WD into mine, was pretty dang painless. Biggest thing is deciding what you really need to backup/restore and getting a large enough thumb drive.

Yeah, I kind of want to move everything over.  Looks like I'd need @ 50GB to back it up. 

I'd be surprised if you really needed everything. I deleted all of the games that installed themselves to the hard drive, not the saves or anything of that nature but the games themselves and any downloaded updates, some of which were 4 or 5GB apiece. First time you run them post upgrade, all that comes back. And the System Backup the PS3 does will not span media and you've got no ability to pick and choose what to backup, so keep those two things in mind.
3223  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Upgrading laptop HDD on: February 19, 2009, 12:25:56 AM
Well... on the PS3 front, you can use any "laptop", i.e. 2.5" form factor SATA hard drive. Pretty painless, I put a 250GB WD into mine, was pretty dang painless. Biggest thing is deciding what you really need to backup/restore and getting a large enough thumb drive.
3224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prinny! on: February 18, 2009, 08:00:23 PM
With wooden peg-legs.  icon_wink

And don't expect anything too Disgaea-like, from what I've read it's more of a platformer like Ghosts 'N Goblins according to 1up.
3225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite "default" game music? on: February 18, 2009, 07:53:05 PM
It is. The Wii motion controls in Okami were decent and make the painting brush strokes easier. I did somewhat miss the 'rice paper' look that the PS2 version had, however.
3226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite "default" game music? on: February 18, 2009, 02:56:23 PM
The first thing that always pops into my mind is the menu music from 'Shadow Watch'. It prompted me to learn about Bill Brown and the huge amount of video game and movie music that he's done.
3227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV:The Lost and Damned on: February 18, 2009, 04:21:14 AM
Or for the PS3? When does the Microsoft 'exclusive' end?
3228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii games to play with my non-gamer girlfriend on: February 15, 2009, 06:01:50 PM
House of the Dead: Overkill has co-op.  slywink

+1 to anything that starts with 'Lego'.
3229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: House of the Dead: Overkill [Wii] on: February 12, 2009, 05:19:19 PM
Picked this up last night but really didn't have much time to play. Grabbed the Nyko pistol as well, works more better than the Zapper for stuff like this. Love the grindhouse style, but had to warn a friend who was thinking about picking this up who has a wee one and a sensitive wife that he'll need to play it when they're out of earshot as there is quite a bit of naughty language in it... even in the menus.  icon_wink

Cool that one of the unlockables is "Dual Wield mode". May need to buy another pistol, it seems.
3230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/9) on: February 09, 2009, 03:25:08 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 09, 2009, 01:45:45 PM

Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers - See above.  Does anyone know if this is a completely different game or just a different title?

Had to look these up... here's the official site where it looks like they are two different (yet similar) games set in the same... err... 'universe'.
3231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 08, 2009, 12:23:26 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 07, 2009, 07:14:50 PM

don't forget, they are expecting to add a whole separate island sometime down the road (or did that already happen?  it's been a while since i kept up with the news)

Still down the road... and across the bridge.  icon_wink
3232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 07, 2009, 03:33:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 07, 2009, 02:33:15 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 07, 2009, 08:35:57 AM

Apparently, since Monday I've played over 7 hours!
And only tonight did I discover the power parking and showtime thingees. Downloading the game means no manual, and I honestly just had no idea those modes were in there. I wonder if I'm missing anything else.

Power parking?

High speed emergency brake parking between two other parked cars, one where you end up facing the opposite direction you started the manuever from.
3233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Afro Samurai on: February 06, 2009, 09:55:00 PM
My biggest gripe at the moment is the fact that you can't invert the X-axis and it seems completely ass-backwards to me. To me it's counter-intuitive to come up to an intersection in an alley, want to go left and have to push the stick to the right to do that. mad
3234  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Problem with new setup on: February 06, 2009, 04:44:31 PM
Maybe this will help?

http://www.aitechsolutions.net/mupdotsysXPhang.html
3235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 06, 2009, 03:10:29 PM
For the restart, it's "right" on the d-pad or arrows for the normal "EZ Drive" stuff and you'll see one of two new options - Restart current event if you're in one, or Restart previous event for the last one you completed.
3236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise update out on: February 06, 2009, 07:47:05 AM
It's out, mine updated to 1.60 when I cranked it up late this afternoon. Got the new stuff, restarts and all.

Ah... apparently delayed on the 360, I have the PS3 version.
3237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 05, 2009, 07:34:39 PM
If you watch Episode 21 of "Crash TV" on the Criterion site you'll see them restarting a race. From what I recall, it's off the "EZ Drive menu" but don't recall exactly where... sorry.
3238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] anybody use the quick charge kit? on: February 04, 2009, 10:48:28 PM
I tend to leave my extra battery in there with the light green until I need to swap it and haven't noticed any problems from doing that. The only time the light goes out is when there's no battery inserted, btw.
3239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Velvet Assassin? on: February 03, 2009, 10:13:11 PM
I stumbled across mention of it one day and was intrigued. I'm hoping they pull it off. Official (interactive) site here:

http://www.velvetassassin.com
3240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26) on: January 29, 2009, 01:57:38 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on January 28, 2009, 05:44:34 PM

Quote from: skystride on January 28, 2009, 05:30:25 PM

So Afro Samurai seems to be getting all the media hype but no one here is interested?  I'm slightly interested but will wait for reviews/impressions.

Initial reviews over at Gameranking average 69%. IGN gave it a 6.6...

Quote
Closing Comments
It sucks that Afro Samurai isn't awesome. If you take the plunge and buy this game, there will be times when you'll be playing, having a blast, and think that I'm full of crap. Falling through the air while brawling with Afro Droid while rocking out to some fat beats is an amazing experience, but when you couple that with a piss-poor camera, terrible platforming sections, and cheap/mentally challenged bosses, the end product suffers.

Don't doubt that there is fun to be had with Afro Samurai, but be ready to deal with a lot of lame to get to it.

Argh... you can only invert the Y-axis (which I don't need to) but for some stupid reason you cannot invert the X-axis which is ass-backwards to me. Never mind that you have to quit the game to tweak any options.  mad
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