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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeons of Dredmor on: July 16, 2011, 07:44:12 PM
Hehe, I ran into a zoo last night too. Had a blast defeating all those baddies. Used the time honored exploit of running down some stairs, getting healthy, and running back up again. Tongue
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeons of Dredmor on: July 15, 2011, 11:34:16 PM
Thanks for posting about this game! Bought it and am having lots of fun playing it. I guess at some point I should do the tutorial so I can figure out how to craft stuff, but having fun just wondering around killing stuff right now.

The stock sound for the tiny beasts is one of the most annoying sounds to ever come from a computer game so I found the SFX folder and replaced those sounds with meows from my wife, which is hilarious. Will probably be replacing the awful music soon too, but other than that, it's a great game.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever is out! No World Ending Reported! on: June 14, 2011, 05:20:20 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 14, 2011, 05:08:18 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on June 14, 2011, 04:58:27 PM

Aw, man. The PC version uses a checkpoint save system? 14 years of waiting all for nothing! It takes something amazing to make me play a checkpoint save system game but this doesn't quite qualify. Sad day. Maybe they'll patch it in 5-6 years to make it save anywhere.

It saves so often you'll barely notice anyway.

Really? Did you ever get frustrated by having to re-play parts? I have an insanely low tolerance for re-playing sections just because of poor game design. But if it saves every 20 feet I'm probably ok with that.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever is out! No World Ending Reported! on: June 14, 2011, 04:58:27 PM
Aw, man. The PC version uses a checkpoint save system? 14 years of waiting all for nothing! It takes something amazing to make me play a checkpoint save system game but this doesn't quite qualify. Sad day. Maybe they'll patch it in 5-6 years to make it save anywhere.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Carmageddon?! on: May 22, 2011, 04:35:45 AM
I loved the first two Carmageddons. My guess is that they'll announce in 10 days that the old games have been released on GOG or Steam or something. Seems unlikely that they could have kept an entirely new game under wraps for so long. But I'll be very happy if I'm wrong and we get some brand new splattering, smashing action.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costco return policy for Xbox 360 on: November 16, 2010, 07:30:14 PM
Last year I returned a 2 year old 360 with a dying DVD drive to CostCo with absolutely no problems and got a new red Elite in exchange. I bought the original at CostCo specifically because of their excellent return policy. I was tempted to return the new Elite and 'upgrade' to a Kinect bundle but I'm not having any quality issues with the red elite. I figure people returning 360's all the time for free upgrades is going to kill their excellent return policy just like what happened with TVs and computers.

Of course, first sign of real trouble with the elite and back it goes, no qualms there!
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NBA 2k11 on: October 13, 2010, 05:33:52 PM
Darn you, forum effect. I haven't bought a full-priced $60 game in at least a year. Now I've got 2k11 staring at me. Can't wait to get my Blazers to the championship!
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: June 15, 2010, 07:59:40 PM
Wow, I just got a look at the new details coming from E3 and I think this looks pretty cool. And with a new Mario Kart in the works, I am pretty excited. I won't be getting it day 1. I want to hear some hands on impressions first. Well, maybe day 1. Depends on price and quality of previews.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hitchhiker's Guide point-and-click remake on: May 09, 2010, 12:35:13 AM
I will try this. I enjoyed the Infocom game. Of course I had no idea how to get anything done on the ship so it didn't last very long... but I enjoyed it.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X3: The Terran Conflict on: May 06, 2010, 10:07:18 PM
The game is pretty user friendly in some ways, with all the voice guidance and encyclopedia and all. But some other things do seem hidden away. Figuring that stuff out does give me more "ownership" of the game though, which is nice. I'm a veteran of flight sims from way back so I don't mind a complicated game or two. Glad it's not all Peggle and Mystery Case Files out there.

Quote from: Hotfreak on May 06, 2010, 11:51:49 AM

Quote from: Old Negus on May 06, 2010, 06:12:18 AM


EDIT: So I've played a little more, buying a laser. I figured out how to install it but was getting frustrated because I couldn't figure out how the dickens to actually FIRE the darn thing. Turns out you can only fire it from the rear view because it's mounted on the rear of the ship. I only found this out after scouring the web for a long time. So it's not the most user friendly of games but barring too many more issues like this it may grow on me more. Looks like I won't be engaging in combat any time soon. How the hell would that work? Ah, so much to learn...
I played the original X: Beyond the Frontier, then Xtension (so clever!), X2 and then the first X3.  Each one get more complex as more variables are added leading to more connections between systems and more refinement.  I can't imagine what the learning curve would be like for someone jumping in on the last installment.

Still, it should be doable.   Hang in there and enjoy the ride up the steep slope!
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X3: The Terran Conflict on: May 06, 2010, 06:12:18 AM
I just bought this thanks to the Steam sale and holy cow what a deep game. I've just scratched the surface and have tons of learning to do but I can already sense there's a huge universe to get lost in. I always compare games of this type to my favorite game of all time, Starflight, and this seems to be a first person take on that experience. I just wish there were more hours in the day so I didn't have to think about, I dunno, feeding myself.

Also, I've done a tiny bit of trading. Is there anywhere in the UI that tells you how much you bought goods for or do I need to keep pen and paper next to the computer? Maybe I've been spoiled by Space Rangers, which is another beautiful game.

EDIT: So I've played a little more, buying a laser. I figured out how to install it but was getting frustrated because I couldn't figure out how the dickens to actually FIRE the darn thing. Turns out you can only fire it from the rear view because it's mounted on the rear of the ship. I only found this out after scouring the web for a long time. So it's not the most user friendly of games but barring too many more issues like this it may grow on me more. Looks like I won't be engaging in combat any time soon. How the hell would that work? Ah, so much to learn...
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atari goes all a GOG on: March 27, 2010, 06:34:23 AM
Oh man, if they could just increase the resolution of Outcast a tad, I'd play it through again in a heartbeat. If the resolution stays the same as it was (pretty terrible even for its time), then my eyes will demand I stay away.
13  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: February 02, 2010, 07:08:35 PM
Very curious to see how the game behaves today, the blessed launch day. If the game is stable, I'll go out and buy a copy. If not, I can wait a couple months until they sort everything out.

So how's everyone's experience so far? Still feel like beta or is it ready for the big time?
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown on: January 28, 2010, 05:56:30 PM
Problem with the announcement is, I didn't (and a lot of other people probably didn't) realize that Activision owns the rights to the Sierra catalog. Activision, sure that's decent. But getting the Sierra games is pretty huge for me at least. Great news overall though. I'd love to get a Leisure Suit Larry game or two. I just may pick up Gabriel Knight.

Oh yeah, wasn't The Incredible Machine Sierra too?
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown on: January 25, 2010, 07:18:48 AM
Whatever the announcement is, I hope it results in the Crusader games being put up on GOG. Have had little luck in getting my CDs to work in these newfangled computing machines.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Direct2Drive, Impulse, Steam, GamersGate...Any real differences? on: December 28, 2009, 08:16:31 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 28, 2009, 07:59:49 PM

Gamersgate is sssssslllllooooooooowwwww when it comes to downloads.

Their site seems to load slowly as well. So I'm avoiding it.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Basketball - Small Diversion on: December 27, 2009, 07:12:29 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on December 26, 2009, 08:00:07 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on December 26, 2009, 09:11:36 AM

168.72! There's a new #1 in town. smile

Indeed there is. I hit a clean basket from half-court at the buzzer. Bwahahahahaha.  headbang

Hmm, things are warming up. Seems to be about 182.98 degrees in here...  icon_twisted
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "The Steam servers are currently to busy to handly your request"?? on: December 26, 2009, 11:29:33 PM
After buying a grand total of one game from them ever, I have bought 5 over the last three days thanks to their sale (all under $5!). Just can't pass up some of them... Evil Genius and Rome: Total War Gold and KOTOR and wow. I can see why they're getting hammered.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Basketball - Small Diversion on: December 26, 2009, 09:29:06 AM

Quote from: Tals on December 26, 2009, 09:13:57 AM

Quote from: Old Negus on December 26, 2009, 09:11:36 AM

168.72! There's a new #1 in town. smile

To get into the top 10 you now need 135!!! crybaby

Well, get out there and practice!
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Basketball - Small Diversion on: December 26, 2009, 09:11:36 AM
168.72! There's a new #1 in town. smile
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 question- controllers on: December 24, 2009, 02:26:09 AM
I long for the days of the original mammoth Xbox controller. That thing felt perfect in my hands. The PS3 is the first Sony console I've ever owned and so the controller just feels minuscule to me. I never got the hang of the PS1 or PS2 controller whenever I played a friend's machine.

The Rocketfish is feeling great, btw. I'll report any problems as I play with it more.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Basketball - Small Diversion on: December 23, 2009, 08:05:50 PM
Just had a sweet round with 122.01 total feet! Finished in the top 8%.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Basketball - Small Diversion on: December 23, 2009, 07:28:31 PM
Wow, I love this game. Bookmarked! I haven't broken 100 yet but I'm getting better...
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 question- controllers on: December 21, 2009, 05:19:17 AM
Thanks, Crawley... that sounds perfect! I love the 360 controller and can't wait to try out the Rocketfish.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 question- controllers on: December 21, 2009, 04:14:15 AM
So this topic is months old but it asks the exact question I was going to pose. Has anyone since June found a better (larger) controller for the PS3 that will prevent someone with large hands from cramping up after an hour of use? I'm loving the first Uncharted but really can't play now because of the awful awful design of the stock PS3 controller.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: O-Premium Water? NO2 Tabs? Workout help! on: November 16, 2009, 06:59:23 PM
Snake oil. Don't waste your money on that crap. No respectable study has been published showing oxygenated water has any positive effect on athletic performance. The conclusion reached by one respectable study (not conducted by an O2 water company):

"Four of 5 brands of water had PO2 values greater than that of tap water and 1 was similar (Table 1). The water with the highest PO2 (brand 5) was the only one packaged in a glass bottle. There were no significant differences in exercise results after participants drank either oxygenated or tap water for any measured variables (Table 2). Furthermore, the participants were unable to identify oxygenated water by taste."

As for that helping your wife:
"a single breath of air contains more O2 than a bottle of oxygenated water. Given that hemoglobin is already nearly saturated with O2 during air breathing, and that only a small amount of additional O2 can be dissolved in plasma, it is not surprising that oxygenated water did not improve maximal exercise performance. Furthermore, given the small amount of oxygen in bottled water compared with that in air, any benefit would likely be quite brief."

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/290/18/2408-b

I'd recommend using the money you'll save on that crap to get a bike! Easy on the legs, great for workouts, and hella fun.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG checks into the Sanitarium on: November 10, 2009, 07:02:39 PM
I'll add another hearty endorsement for this game. Easily one of the best adventure games I've played. Go GOG it!
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Netflix to PS3 on: November 06, 2009, 08:41:04 AM
I've fallen in love with my Roku player and the PS3 will definitely be a step backward in terms of Netflix streaming. The Roku player is always on. Just push a button on its remote and you're in Netflix (or Amazon). Having to put a disk in the PS3 drive and boot up the PS3 won't be as snazzy. But I'm also getting it for its Bluray playing (with Star Trek around the corner). And the Roku will be happy in its new place in the bedroom. So it's all good.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 on: November 02, 2009, 08:32:50 AM
Hehe, everyone must be playing. I've put in maybe 12 hours already on this game. I got my first job in Brazil and am currently getting my players to overachieve. We're sitting in 3rd with 5 games left. I hope we can hold on and get promoted to the next level!

My players must not be the most sportsmanlike bunch. One time an opposing defender went down with an injury. My guys dribbled past him as he laid on the ground motionless and put the ball in the back of the net. To add insult to injury, they then proceeded to do a dance around the poor guy laying on the ground. I was a little embarrassed by that...
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 on: November 01, 2009, 07:18:07 AM
It's available! I downloaded it from Steam shortly before release on Thursday. It took me a few hours to sort out the problems it had with my 64-bit Vista (had to update DirectX and do some weird voodoo before it would work) but now I've put in many good hours.

My four word review:

This is gaming heaven.


Now... back to playing.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Netflix to PS3 on: October 28, 2009, 07:56:13 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 27, 2009, 01:42:23 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on October 27, 2009, 05:54:45 AM

A simple equation:

price drop + Netflix + Bluray = Buying a PS3 soon

I might play some games on it too. This will be my first Sony console if I do end up buying one. But it's not that much more money than a standalone BR player with wireless and Netflix.

When I looked, a good standalone with built-in wireless and Netflix was $400. On sale, maybe $350. PS3, $300.

The LG BD390 has wireless, Netflix, and YouTube and sells for about $275 right now. I've seen it lower and in another year, I bet it'll break $200. Having to use a disk to watch Netflix on the PS3 is a bummer but maybe that won't be a permanent thing.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Netflix to PS3 on: October 27, 2009, 05:54:45 AM
A simple equation:

price drop + Netflix + Bluray = Buying a PS3 soon

I might play some games on it too. This will be my first Sony console if I do end up buying one. But it's not that much more money than a standalone BR player with wireless and Netflix.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just got a DS - slightly late to the party? on: October 21, 2009, 05:14:29 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on October 21, 2009, 02:35:04 PM

If you get Professor Layton, don't get the first one.  I hated it (and still do!), but the second game is excellent.

Yeah, that's quite strange. I'd be interested in hearing why too. The second one really just feels like more of the same (haha, oh that's what MOTS stand for). Was it just the setting you hated? The puzzles generally seem the same... if anything, there have been more less-enjoyable puzzles in #2 for me.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 on: October 18, 2009, 07:40:09 AM
After spending many hours with the new demo, I only have one gripe. I know when the full game comes out I'm going to want to start from scratch so it feels like I'm wasting time with the demo in a sense. On the other hand, I'm having a ball. I'll just consider the demo my training for the real deal.

Man, the game can't come soon enough. I haven't been this excited about any game in a long time. You can tell the devs really put a lot of their heart into this. It just has so much attention to detail, and so much to do.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The surviving members of Monty Python will be on..... on: October 16, 2009, 12:00:29 AM
The carpet sample game show was the funniest thing by far I've seen on Fallon's show. I was laughing hysterically through most of it. I usually turn to Ferguson these days, but I'll give Fallon another chance because of this.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which five games are at the top of your "backlog list?" on: October 15, 2009, 09:30:21 PM
GTA4, Fallout 3, Fable 2, Crackdown, Mario and Luigi Partners in Time

Those are all games that deserve to be finished. I have many others, including Oblivion. Just too much gaming to do.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 on: October 15, 2009, 09:28:10 PM

Quote from: marcusjm on October 15, 2009, 03:00:00 PM

The downside with FIFA10 is the manager actually, it's quite buggy at the moment.

Oh, perfect then hehe! Tongue
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 on: October 15, 2009, 07:50:06 AM
Thanks for the explanations... things are making a lot more sense.

But now after reading IGN's review of Fifa Soccer 10 calling it "the greatest soccer game ever made" I don't think there are enough hours in the day for both these games. They're different beasts of course, so I'm going to go ahead and get them both. Maybe I'll try not to get bogged down in the managerial side of Fifa 10 and leave that to FM2010.

I am looking forward to seeing if the Sounders get to wear their Xbox 360 jerseys in the PS3 version. smile
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 on: October 15, 2009, 12:52:32 AM
I love hearing people's stories like this!

Haven't looked forward to a game this much since... I don't know, before The Sims came out I think. Tongue I would get FM2009 right now but I don't want to get into it and then have to switch to 2010. So I'll be playing the 2010 demo until Oct 30. Sorry trick or treaters, can't come to the door... leading my club to the promised land!

So sounds like the most satisfying way to start a career is unemployed. Any other tips on things that make the game that much more enjoyable?
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 on: October 14, 2009, 11:14:08 PM
Installing the new demo right now...

I've never played any soccer manager sim before this. But I played a ton of some NBA basketball managing sim back 5 or 6 years ago so I'm not new to the genre.

However, FM/WSM is wayyy more detailed than anything I've played in the genre. I wasn't very intimidated by learning the game. The little corner tips really helped until they got old. I turned them off probably less than 90 minutes into the game. The most difficult part of the game is actually learning about the actual world of football (soccer). I didn't know how the European and other world leagues were structured and how a team could play in several different leagues at the same time. Also, the trading is a little complicated. But I feel I'm getting my head wrapped around all the concepts as I go on.

The interface itself I feel is excellent. It's deep, but I know where the important things are and they are well presented. When I want to dig for some lesser known or lesser needed things, I feel I can find them pretty easily as well. I say tell your friends to go for it. The rewards far outweigh any learning curve.
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