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6721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect X06 demo footage on: December 08, 2006, 08:45:20 PM
I was never a big fan of RPGs, that is until I played Oblivion.  And after seeing that video, Mass Effect is a day-one purchase for me.

The entire time I was watching that video I was thinking:   :icon_eek: 
6722  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW 10 PM EST 12/8 and 12/9 <giggle!> on: December 06, 2006, 03:19:13 PM
Guests are coming in on Friday and will be staying with us until Monday afternoon.  We plan to play a fair bit of Halo 2 multiplayer, but a few games of Gears of War may be an option.

Does anyone know if you can play Gears of War with two players on the same 360 over one Live account?  I think this is possible with Ghost Recon, but for some reason I thought I read somewhere that in order to play Gears of War over Live both players need online accounts on the same Xbox.  If not, and two of us can play over Live with one account, then you can count me in, as my friends and I can rotate in two at a time.
6723  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GT vs OO vs BC GoW? on: December 03, 2006, 01:44:59 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 02, 2006, 11:54:33 PM

Really, I'm not addicted or nothin. retard

Maybe we could do a GT vs BC and/or OO games.

Pete officially counts as GT Tongue.

 icon_redface

Man, I've only been with GamingTrend for just over a week and already I feel like a regular part of the group.

But we're supposed to be bitter rivals.  Although I can understand your fear of facing me on an opposing team.   icon_wink

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I'm GT, but available to the highest bidder <Buy It Now: $39.99>.

We could field multiple teams in a round robin tourney of some sort and the winning team gets ....

What say you?

I'm not up for playing for any sort of prize (other than the inherent bragging rights normally associated with a forum victory), but it might be fun to set up some sort of friendly competition, with an emphasis on friendly.  Although I'm up for almost any kind of organized event, if only so that we have enough people for a 4-on-4 battle and I don't have to harass others on my Friends list with enough unwelcomed invites to convince them to take me off of their Friends list.

Some sort of tournament might be fun, regardless of forum allegiance.  Perhaps we can choose a week, allow for a team sign-up period of a day or two, giving people enough time to coerce friends to join their squad (I'm wondering who will ultimately wind up with the mighty PeteRock and his trusty shotgun their squad on  icon_wink), put together a randomly-assigned tournament bracket, and then determine dates for each round to be played.  This all probably sounds much more complicated than it needs to be, but we allow for people to assemble teams (creating team names should prove interesting and fun), randomly assign matches, determine the underlying parameters, such as match time length, number of matches to win a game (we should probably do a high number of matches to make each round of the tournament interesting and long enough to make the match worthwhile, like first team to 15 or something ridiculous like that to make for an epic and memorable experience, and also allow for potential comebacks, rather than being eliminated in just three or five rounds) which level the matches are to be played on (random assignments may prove unfair, so a common board should probably be chosen to keep things fair - perhaps the train station), etc.

This might prove to be a rather interesting and entertaining proposition.
6724  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Any remaining interest in Splinter Cell: Double Agent? on: December 02, 2006, 08:19:35 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on December 02, 2006, 07:40:14 PM


Pete,  I have the game but haven't done multiplayer on it yet.  I'd be interested one night as a break from Gears.  I've never played any (meaning no previous incarnation either) of the Splinter Cell MP games though.   I'm sure I would just be more fodder.

- shaggy

Well, we'd be playing on the same team, so at least you wouldn't be my fodder.   icon_wink

As with anything, there's a learning curve to adjusting to online multiplayer play.  My friend Jeff (Snrub1) joined us last night later in the evening and even though he finished the game and did rather well playing though the campaign, multiplayer is a whole other animal, with human unpredictability, varrying levels of skill and accuracy, and a level of tension and competition that just can't be replicated by playing against the computer.

Give the single-player portion of Splinter Cell a try, and then watch the videos in the multiplayer portion of the game to learn the subtle differences in controls and gameplay from the single-player campaign.  There are a few multiplayer training levels of sorts that you can play alone to get better aquainted with multiplayer, and perhaps one night we'll be able to organize a game.
6725  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War: Friday Night 10 PM EST on: December 02, 2006, 08:15:32 PM
My thoughts taken from the other thread in Console Gaming:

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Quote from: ATB on December 02, 2006, 12:59:02 PM

I had one of my all time great gaming moments to end the evening:

Game was set to whomever gets 5 wins wins the match (much better than the default 3 btw).  We are in teams of 3 and our strategy had been working almost perfectly for the previous 4 or so rounds...a team of two goes high and I maintain rearguard.  Pete got a nice shotgun blast to the face to finish him from yours truly at least 3 times in a row using this strategy. (By the way, right now, in my two nights of experience, Pete is my number one rival. Some AMAZING 1 on 1 duels <where he usually wins>. Also, he's amazing when he's outnumbered).

Anyway, the otherside decided enough of this and bull rushed my two teammates and down they go.

I'm all on my lonesome, 1 on 3 with the match on the line.  Time to head outside or I'm dead. I take cover behind some broken walls in a kind of out of the way place.  Soon, Pete comes to find me.  He misses my cover point so I sneak behind him KA-BOOM. KA-BOOM. KA-BOOM.  Down he goes.

Back to cover.

Next guy comes out from the same direction with nearly the same result.

Final guy comes out from the other side with the sniper rifle equipped.  BAM he tags me in the shoulder.  I grab cover and heal up.  I move to catch him on the right flank.  Meantime he's moving to catch me on my left.  We meet in the middle, him still with the sniper rifle equipped.  KA BOOM KA BOOM KABOOM. Down he goes. I alone am left standing.  HUZZAH!

2:40 AM time for bed.

WOW.

I had a few memorable highlights last night as well.  I recall one round of matches when we were down 4-0, and were able to regroup, develop a better strategy, and wound up coming out on top 5-4.  One of the most memorable come-backs I've ever experienced in video game history.

And like ATB, I, too, found myself in a 3-on-1 scenerio more often than I would have preferred, but there were times when I was able to somehow pull out a win by utilizing Locust agility and pinpoint accuracy (translation: ridiculous good luck).  During one round when I was facing overwhelming odds, I managed to score a headshot on one of my unsuspecting enemies with the sniper rifle, and the other two were introduced to my shotgun shortly thereafter.

But when it comes to rivalries, I would say any of the ATB/PeteRock cat-and-mouse matches would certainly qualify.  Anytime the two of us were left standing, you were almost sure to have a match practically run down to the final few seconds as we hunted each other like dogs, developing strategies on the run, and attempting to counter strategies obviously being employed by the prey.  I did manage to prevail on a number of matches, but there were certainly times when ATB's chainsaw definitely got the better of me.  Fortunately the chainsaw makes a clean cut, so there was always plenty of the better of me to go around once he was finished.

This is potentially the only game I've played that brings out such an uncontrollable burst of emotion.  If I'm caught off guard and either sniped or chainsawed early in the match, I find myself shaking the controller and stomping my feet while screaming right along with my dying Locust video game persona.  Or if a game comes down to a tense showdown, such as the one-on-one cat-and-mouse scenerios, I find my pulse quickening, my breathing becoming shorter and faster, my stomach getting a little uneasy, and a noticable sense of tension as I know that my team's fate lies in my hands (as well as my character's life

Whenever I was on a team that was willing to employ strategy, we would have a wonderful series of rounds (up until our enemies would catch on), and it was great fun communicating, working together, and playing as a true team.  I love the team dynamic, and in a game like this if you try to fight alone, you usually wind up dying alone.  It was a night of great fun, and as always I'm looking forward to the next time we all can play together again.

It seems that ATB and I are developing quite the friendly rivalry, and I would love to see this continue.  It's nice to be able to accept differing viewpoints on topics such as religion, science, and evolution, but still be able to put all of that aside and get together for a nice, competitive game amongst friends.  You know, I never thought the day would come that I would utter such a phrase, but I think there is potential for ATB and I to become reasonable online friends.  The friendly rivalry is already there.

Thanks ATB for yet another night of exciting gameplay, riveting competition, and friendly rivalry.  We shall meet again, and I have already begun engraving your gamertag into my shotgun shells in anticipation of our next battle.  icon_twisted

And thanks to the rest of you as well who made an entertaining night of gaming even more fun.  The action was frantic, the competition tense, and the over all experience as visceral as it can get.  Until we all meet again on the battlefield.
6726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War/Multiplayer N00bz Look Here/Link to Friday Night Game! on: December 02, 2006, 08:12:06 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 02, 2006, 12:59:02 PM

I had one of my all time great gaming moments to end the evening:

Game was set to whomever gets 5 wins wins the match (much better than the default 3 btw).  We are in teams of 3 and our strategy had been working almost perfectly for the previous 4 or so rounds...a team of two goes high and I maintain rearguard.  Pete got a nice shotgun blast to the face to finish him from yours truly at least 3 times in a row using this strategy. (By the way, right now, in my two nights of experience, Pete is my number one rival. Some AMAZING 1 on 1 duels <where he usually wins>. Also, he's amazing when he's outnumbered).

Anyway, the otherside decided enough of this and bull rushed my two teammates and down they go.

I'm all on my lonesome, 1 on 3 with the match on the line.  Time to head outside or I'm dead. I take cover behind some broken walls in a kind of out of the way place.  Soon, Pete comes to find me.  He misses my cover point so I sneak behind him KA-BOOM. KA-BOOM. KA-BOOM.  Down he goes.

Back to cover.

Next guy comes out from the same direction with nearly the same result.

Final guy comes out from the other side with the sniper rifle equipped.  BAM he tags me in the shoulder.  I grab cover and heal up.  I move to catch him on the right flank.  Meantime he's moving to catch me on my left.  We meet in the middle, him still with the sniper rifle equipped.  KA BOOM KA BOOM KABOOM. Down he goes. I alone am left standing.  HUZZAH!

2:40 AM time for bed.

WOW.

I had a few memorable highlights last night as well.  I recall one round of matches when we were down 4-0, and were able to regroup, develop a better strategy, and wound up coming out on top 5-4.  One of the most memorable come-backs I've ever experienced in video game history.

And like ATB, I, too, found myself in a 3-on-1 scenerio more often than I would have preferred, but there were times when I was able to somehow pull out a win by utilizing Locust agility and pinpoint accuracy (translation: ridiculous good luck).  During one round when I was facing overwhelming odds, I managed to score a headshot on one of my unsuspecting enemies with the sniper rifle, and the other two were introduced to my shotgun shortly thereafter.

But when it comes to rivalries, I would say any of the ATB/PeteRock cat-and-mouse matches would certainly qualify.  Anytime the two of us were left standing, you were almost sure to have a match practically run down to the final few seconds as we hunted each other like dogs, developing strategies on the run, and attempting to counter strategies obviously being employed by the prey.  I did manage to prevail on a number of matches, but there were certainly times when ATB's chainsaw definitely got the better of me.  Fortunately the chainsaw makes a clean cut, so there was always plenty of the better of me to go around once he was finished.

This is potentially the only game I've played that brings out such an uncontrollable burst of emotion.  If I'm caught off guard and either sniped or chainsawed early in the match, I find myself shaking the controller and stomping my feet while screaming right along with my dying Locust video game persona.  Or if a game comes down to a tense showdown, such as the one-on-one cat-and-mouse scenerios, I find my pulse quickening, my breathing becoming shorter and faster, my stomach getting a little uneasy, and a noticable sense of tension as I know that my team's fate lies in my hands (as well as my character's life

Whenever I was on a team that was willing to employ strategy, we would have a wonderful series of rounds (up until our enemies would catch on), and it was great fun communicating, working together, and playing as a true team.  I love the team dynamic, and in a game like this if you try to fight alone, you usually wind up dying alone.  It was a night of great fun, and as always I'm looking forward to the next time we all can play together again.

It seems that ATB and I are developing quite the friendly rivalry, and I would love to see this continue.  It's nice to be able to accept differing viewpoints on topics such as religion, science, and evolution, but still be able to put all of that aside and get together for a nice, competitive game amongst friends.  You know, I never thought the day would come that I would utter such a phrase, but I think there is potential for ATB and I to become reasonable online friends.  The friendly rivalry is already there.

Thanks ATB for yet another night of exciting gameplay, riveting competition, and friendly rivalry.  We shall meet again, and I have already begun engraving your gamertag into my shotgun shells in anticipation of our next battle.  icon_twisted

And thanks to the rest of you as well who made an entertaining night of gaming even more fun.  The action was frantic, the competition tense, and the over all experience as visceral as it can get.  Until we all meet again on the battlefield.
6727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: December 02, 2006, 12:09:58 AM
I'm still having trouble understanding why the Xbox 360 vs. PS3 bickering is necessary, or even applicable.  Ultimately, who cares which is "better?"  The conversations I've noticed involving the PS3 and 360 seem more like PS3 owners attempting to validate their purchase and non-PS3 owners coming to terms with not being able to get one.  I'm always left wondering, "What different does it make?"  Is this game the PS3's killer app?  I have no F-ing idea.  But it looks rather pretty.  Do I care to sink into yet another debate over which console is quote-unquote better to validate my ownership of a 360 and inability to purchase a PS3 at the moment?  What would be the point? 

Hetz has one and is happy with his purchase.  Others do not, but are content with their 360's. 

Back to your scheduled bickering. 
6728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: 24 Days to Christmas Edition on: December 01, 2006, 07:29:03 PM
I'm hoping to play some Gears of War multiplayer tonight with the usual suspects (and hopefully some new Friends).  Tomorrow morning I leave for Philly to visit with some friends and head to the Monday Night Football game against Carolina, so my gaming for the weekend will be on hold until I return Tuesday evening.  At some point I really need to get back into Oblivion, since I've logged over 25 hours and have barely scratched the surface, and it's a nice game my wife and I can sit and play "together", as she more or less acts as my navigator, helping me to find my way and keep track of what we've done thus far. 

I also need to get back to Splinter Cell's single-player campaign.  But this weekend will be cheesesteaks and Yuengling.
6729  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War: Friday Night 10 PM EST on: December 01, 2006, 07:21:58 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 01, 2006, 07:01:45 PM

Well I guess I'll read up on how to host and I guess the first 7 in will be the teams...

I'm running my 360 over Cable Internet....is that suitable or should someone with some kind of faster rig host it?

Advice, tips appreciated...

Hosting seems to be hit or miss.  One night papasmurf was hosting a game and others were unable to join.  We then switched over to me hosting the game and had no problem.  Fast forward to last night and CeeKay was unable to join no matter who was hosting.  I have cable internet as well and have had no problems other than the occasional issue with someone joining a game.  Sometimes people with wireless have more issues than those of us hard-wired into the Matrix. 

To set up a game you will go into "Versus" and I typically choose "Host Private Match", which limits participants to invites only.  When setting up the game I leave everything as default (Warzone game type, three-game rounds with 5-minute time limits, default weapons, and "Random" level selection - or a similar term - so that we aren't forced to play the same level over and over again).  Once you set up a game you can begin sending out invites by pressing the guide button, choosing Friends, and pressing "X" to invite to the game.  And others that have joined your game should also be able to send out Friend invites in case you're short-handed.

Keep in mind that once you set up the game parameters, you're stuck playing with those parameters unless you exit everyone out and start the process all over again.  So if you'd like to try out the Resurrection or Assassination game modes, you have to set up an entirely new game.  And if you select a specific map, you're stuck playing said map until eternity, or until you exit out and choose a different map (which is why I choose the random map generation so that each game is played on a new map). 

Any other questions? 
6730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Snow day. Woot. on: December 01, 2006, 06:32:19 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 01, 2006, 06:28:08 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on December 01, 2006, 03:04:58 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 30, 2006, 07:29:34 PM

:/  Why can't we have a snow day in Arizona....
If we get snow here we have more to worry about  :icon_eek:

Well, that is true. Our crazy drivers panic if it looks like it may start to rain, much less snow.

Edited for truth.
6731  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War: Friday Night 10 PM EST on: December 01, 2006, 06:12:21 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 01, 2006, 06:08:39 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 01, 2006, 06:03:47 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 01, 2006, 06:00:58 PM

I'll probably still be around, Pete... PST FTW.

gellar

Didn't have you on my Friends list, but that transgression has since been rectified. 

Word - also, dog obedience classes are fun.  I've got an 8 month old pup myself.

gellar

Hell yeah.  We've gone through puppy obedience class, beginner with the gentle leader, beginner again with the martin gale collar, and now intermediate.  Both I and Simba look forward to Friday nights.  I'll find out in the next few classes if he's ready for advanced (all off-leash), or if we'll need another pass through intermediate until Simba gets a little older and more mature (he's currently 11 months old and still as energetic as ever).  Many of our practice sessions at PetSmart and Lowe's have already been off-leash, but I still worry about his puppy exuberance and occasional unpredictability.  But for an 11-month-old puppy he has impressed even some of the toughest critics.

Perhaps a GT pet thread is in order (similar to the recent pet thread over at OO). 
6732  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War: Friday Night 10 PM EST on: December 01, 2006, 06:03:47 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 01, 2006, 06:00:58 PM

I'll probably still be around, Pete... PST FTW.

gellar

Didn't have you on my Friends list, but that transgression has since been rectified. 
6733  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War: Friday Night 10 PM EST on: December 01, 2006, 05:53:37 PM
Friday nights I have puppy obedience class with Simba from 7:30pm until about 9pm (Arizona time, which equates to 9:30pm Eastern until about 11pm Eastern).  After I get home I'd love to get in some more multiplayer goodness, so I hope to cross paths with many of you later tonight.  After last night's fun I'm again addicted to Gears of War's multiplayer gameplay.  

My friend Jeff (Snrub1) should be in tonight around 9 or 10 (11 or 12 eastern) and he's up for some multiplayer as well, and normally I wouldn't expect too many east-coasters to be up that late, but it's Friday night and I assume some might be willing to forego some of their beauty sleep for a few more chainsaw kills.

I'll keep an eye out when I get back from puppy school and see who's still around.

For those who don't already know, I'm PhillyPeteRock.
6734  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casino Royale Impressions on: December 01, 2006, 04:54:15 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on December 01, 2006, 06:17:40 AM

I saw it on Tuesday.

It was the best Bond Movie I have ever seen.

It's complete departure from the gadgets and silly stuff of both most of the past movies and all of the more recent ones made it far more entertaining in my mind.

Fucking. Awesome.

You said in under 50 words what I would have said in about 500.  

I give your sentiments a hearty +1.
6735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War/Multiplayer N00bz Look Here/Link to Friday Night Game! on: December 01, 2006, 04:42:07 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on December 01, 2006, 04:38:59 PM

I think I have some friends coming over for some local multiplay stuff so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to play tonight.  But perhaps I can convince them to rotate in.   icon_twisted

If they've never played Gears of War or haven't yet seen multiplayer in action, it will be hard to convince them not to rotate in.
6736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War/Multiplayer N00bz Look Here on: December 01, 2006, 04:40:52 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 01, 2006, 05:38:42 AM

Rocked some MP tonight with PeteRock, Jancelot and a new friend Gladguy.  Also got some in with Jarrodhk, Mmoriarty, papasmurf and someone else (edit: Ceekay) and someone else...

I was in that first game as well, and I don't recall if Philly Boy Jim was playing then (a friend of mine from, you guessed it, Philly, who also relocated to Phoenix), but he had to cut out after a few matches.  The winning team in the early games seemed to be dependent on how quickly papasmurf was able to find the sniper rifle.  The 4-on-4 matches were great fun, and it was fun to play with people willing to try to utilize at least some strategy, communicating positions, and working together toward a win.  What I found most entertaining was either being the last man standing on my team and fighting for my life, or watching players like papasmurf take on three enemies and still come out with his cranium in tact. 

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I got pwned more than I pwned- especially in the 4x4, but I began to pick it up quickly.

Like many of us, you jumped in with a bunch of experienced players, and while in the beginning you struggled (as we all did our first few rounds), you inevitably pick up the nuances of the game rather quickly.  It's hella tough at first, but after you get that first chainsaw kill, everything seems to fall into place shortly after.  My first multiplayer match was played with JarrodHK, papasmurf, M Moriarty, and a few others, and I was lucky to survive more than 4.2 seconds in the first few rounds.  But, before long I was holding my own and occasionally finding myself near the top of the leaderboard.

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2x2 was a hoot too. Lotsa killin.  Pete and Jance are a great team.

Now that was great fun.  The earlier session helped you to get the hang of the game, and once you and Gladguy started to click as a team, the matches were pretty intense and well-matched.  Jancelot and I have played games like GRAW together, and we've gotten pretty good about communicating and developing some semblance of strategy on the run.  So even though we may not be as accurate with our aim or as skilled with the chainsaw (**cough**Jancelot**cough**), our ability to work together slightly made up for our unrefined skills.  Last night some of our strategies worked surprisingly well (sometimes using one as sort of a decoy while the other finds an advantageous position to take out unsuspecting foes - although I wasn't a big fan of being the bait, especially when I'd find myself pinned down by two enemies and Jancelot was picking daisies or jamming his gun while reloading  icon_wink).  But we really tried to work together and take more of a Boondock Saints approach than straight up Rambo. 

I do recall one specific instance when ATB and Gladguy put together an amazing flanking maneuver that took us completely by surprise.  Jancelot and I were going after both ATB and Gladguy head-on, and as we were exchanging cover fire and Jancelot was about to rush a pinned-down enemy, we lost sight of the other and Jancelot suggested that I flank left.  Well, it seems that ATB and Gladguy were one step ahead of us, because as I turned to head left I found a warmed-up chainsaw being stuffed down my maw before I was even able to take one sip of my apertif, and before my last gasping breath I heard Jancelot's faint screams as he, too, met his demise.

I also recall an instance when ATB and I were the final two warriors left on the battlefield, I was armed with the sniper rifle and had him dead to rights, only to find that battle fatigue had begun to effect my accuracy, and after numerous missed opportunities, when I finally decided to rush his position and hoped to take him by surprise, I instead was force fed yet another warmed-up chainsaw while I am sure the rest of the teammates were screaming at their respective TVs wondering how I was able to blow such an opportunity.

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Tip:  Shotgun>Chainsaw in most close quarters situations unless I'm the one with the shotgun  retard

I definitely developed some love for the shotgun.  Especially when being rushed up close, when I would be treated to a shower of body parts and blood anytime an enemy would get too close.  I also enjoyed the Wookie Bowcaster with the exploding arrows.  The first time I used it I charged it up and shot an enemy, waiting to see what would happen more out of curiosity than anything else, and as I was about to wonder what the point of the weapon was, I watched as the enemy exploded into a shower of red glory.  Definitely a fun little toy.

Another enteraining moment was when Jancelot and I were playing against ATB and Gladguy at the fuel depot, and Jancelot was armed with the Hammer of Dawn.  If I remember correctly, ATB and I eventually met in the afterlife to watch as Jancelot and Gladguy attempted to finish each other off.  Jancelot seemed hell-bent on using the Hammer of Dawn to win the game, but Gladguy proved rather agile and dodged all of Jancelot's attacks.  Well, except for the last one, when he must have found himself with less room to run than he had anticipated, and ATB and I watched in complete awe as the satellite's death ray turned Gladguy from original recipe to extra crispy.

It was a fun night of friendly competition and good sportsmanship, and I look forward to the next opportunity when we all meet again on the battlefield. 
6737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: They took tackling out of Madden? on: November 30, 2006, 11:40:27 PM
Perhaps it's because I'm so hard up for an NFL-licensed football game that I will play whatever is available, but even though Madden 07 is not without its faults (poor collision detection, stuttering framerates, online lag, being forced to play on unreliable EA servers), it's all I've got to choose from, and so I'm a little more willing to look past some of its shortcomings to notice the good (the good being an NFL football game, decent graphics, online competition with Friends, great sound, cool field degradation, intuitive running back controls).  Madden is definitely not an exemplary football game, but it's all I've got to choose from, and even with its faults it's still fun for me to play.  

The NFL 2K series is by far my favorite console football games (I still load up 2K5 from time to time), but when I'm faced with playing Madden to satiate my NFL football fix, or nothing at all, I choose Madden.  After all, I'm only hurting myself by denying myself what I truly enjoy, NFL video game football.  Yeah, it sucks, but enough for me to not play any NFL video game football?  Nope.
6738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War/Multiplayer N00bz Look Here on: November 30, 2006, 08:04:23 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 30, 2006, 07:52:52 PM

Yeah I'll play, sure.

I don't think I have you on my Friends list.  What is your gamertag?

Given your thoughts on my tattoos, the Eagles, and Daniel Craig, it might be fun to shoot you in the face.  And even more so if we're not on the same team.   icon_wink
6739  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Snow day. Woot. on: November 30, 2006, 07:40:31 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 30, 2006, 07:29:34 PM

:/  Why can't we have a snow day in Arizona....

Snow day?  Hell, I want to know when the warm weather will come back.  Last night I had to turn on the heat.  Heat.  And this morning I wore a jacket to work.   saywhat  This is just all kinds of wrong.

Saturday I leave for Philly for a few days.  Today's temperature:  67 degrees.  On Monday night for the Eagles/Panthers game, which I will be attending:  30.      
6740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War/Multiplayer N00bz Look Here on: November 30, 2006, 07:22:54 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 30, 2006, 07:11:26 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 30, 2006, 06:51:29 PM

I know that the intent is to play on Saturday, but for those who are available tonight, I'd really be interested in some Gears of War multiplayer later this evening.  I'll be finishing up some laundry in preparation for my trip to Philly, and Jancelot expressed interest in playing tonight, so if any of you are game, keep an eye out for us most likely around 8 or 9pm Arizona (10 or 11pm Eastern).

Eek. The latest I could start is 10 pm EST...

I might be on earlier if I can finish up what I have to do around the house sooner.  But whenever I think I can make an earlier match, I almost never make it because something almost always comes up.
6741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War/Multiplayer N00bz Look Here on: November 30, 2006, 06:51:29 PM
I know that the intent is to play on Saturday, but for those who are available tonight, I'd really be interested in some Gears of War multiplayer later this evening.  I'll be finishing up some laundry in preparation for my trip to Philly, and Jancelot expressed interest in playing tonight, so if any of you are game, keep an eye out for us most likely around 8 or 9pm Arizona (10 or 11pm Eastern).
6742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War/Multiplayer N00bz Look Here on: November 30, 2006, 06:02:25 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 30, 2006, 05:15:01 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 30, 2006, 05:10:23 PM

I'd be up for some multiplayer, as I've only played in a handful of matches, but I'll be flying to Philly on Saturday for the Monday Night Football game and won't be back in town until Tuesday.  Perhaps another time.

I'm not sure what the wife works that night, but if she is closing, I'm playing. smile

Are you talking about Tuesday? 
6743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War/Multiplayer N00bz Look Here on: November 30, 2006, 05:10:23 PM
I'd be up for some multiplayer, as I've only played in a handful of matches, but I'll be flying to Philly on Saturday for the Monday Night Football game and won't be back in town until Tuesday.  Perhaps another time.
6744  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ravens vs Bengals tonight on: November 30, 2006, 04:47:46 PM
NFL Network HD was recently added to our lineup (right in time for the kick-off of Thursday night football on Thanksgiving), so I'm looking forward to some HD football tonight.  Last night NFL Replay had the Giants/Titans game on in HD, and for me there's nothing better than NFL football in HD, even if it's a replayed game from earlier in the week.  I'll most likely be watching tonight.  And I'm also glad you reminded me of this because I have to get my picks in.   :icon_eek:
6745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Let's War! What's your Most Disappointing Game of the Year? on: November 30, 2006, 04:21:24 PM
I also have to vote for Perfect Dark Zero.  At first I was impressed with the visuals and really hoped to get into a coherent, interesting story, and instead I found that the controls were unresponsive, the story was non-existent and the parts that were intended to resemble a story instead became a series of disjointed events used as excuses for each level.  The controls were frustrating, the gameplay was fairly boring, the story was disjointed and bland, and this was one of the first games I've owned that I put down and had absolutely no interest to ever pick up again.  There are some games I get away from for a while but eventually go back to and get right back into the story and gameplay, and after repeated attempts to get back into Perfect Dark Zero, it has gotten to the point where it pisses me off just to see that box sitting on my shelf.
6746  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Any remaining interest in Splinter Cell: Double Agent? on: November 30, 2006, 04:12:59 PM
Well, it seems interest has dropped even more than I had initially anticipated.  Well, for those who still have the game or are interested in the occasional multiplayer match, feel free to add PhillyPeteRock to your Friends list.  hepcat1 and I play on occasion, and Jancelot has been looking to play again as well.  I am almost always behind the curve in terms of playing games when they are first popular, and by the time I get around to playing multiplayer I'm too late.
6747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Will the 360 Become a Respectable RPG Console? on: November 29, 2006, 09:53:33 PM

Quote from: jblank on November 29, 2006, 05:52:08 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on November 29, 2006, 06:27:15 AM

The Xbox is already a very respectable system for RPG's. There are actually some gamers out there who don't care about JRPG's.

Yeah, and I am their king. Tongue If I have to see one more overrated, bug eyed, anime, JRPG, I think I am gonna be sick. It is easily my least favorite genre, and the genre of games that I feel are vastly overrated.

Give me Oblivion or a new KOTOR over any of this other junk any day of the week.

I actually am with jblank on this one.   :icon_eek:

I'm not a fan of the anime, Japanese style RPG genre.  Actually, I've never been a fan of any RPG.  I played KOTOR because of the Star Wars setting, and I enjoyed the story, but the gameplay got old for me pretty quickly because of the turn-based combat.  I really enjoyed Kingdom Hearts, because of the action-oriented gameplay, but also because of the settting in the Disney universe.  It was more an action-adventure game with role-playing elements than a straight up RPG.

But overall I've stayed away from RPGs.  Until Oblivion.  I've never played a game anything like it, and I consider it to be one of the best games I've ever played.  The story, the gameplay, the dialogue, the exploration, the graphics, the sound, the musical score, every aspect of this game has impressed me, and I can't stop coming back for more.  I'm over 25 hours in and I have barely scratched the surface.  For an RPG to grab me like Oblivion has, it must be something special. 

I'll take games like Oblivion over the "popular" types of RPGs any day, and for me the 360 is just as much a respectable RPG console as any other game genre.  But again, for me.  I may be in the minority, but I'm happy with my options on the 360 and look forward to Mass Effect.  Oblivion has changed my perception of RPGs forever, and for the first time in my life I'm excited for an upcoming RPG that isn't drawing me for any specific reason (Disney, Star Wars, etc) other than it's a new RPG for the 360. 
6748  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!! on: November 29, 2006, 03:58:44 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on November 29, 2006, 01:42:33 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 28, 2006, 10:13:19 PM

I just knew this thread would be about Emergency Season 3.  And you say I am the weird one.  At least my excitement is warranted for such television gold such as Knight Rider, 21 Jump Street, and Greatest American Hero.  Emergency?  Next you'll try to explian to me why Batman, The Hulk, and the X-Men are not superheroes, but flying aliens from the planet Krypton are. 

I guess it could be worse.  The Emergency packaging could have an emblem resembling the fisherman on a box of fish sticks.   icon_cool   

First of all my desert loving friend you should not comment on TV shows that aired while you were still in diapers.  icon_lol  Emergency! is the best show ever!  nod

My age in no way negates my ability to comment on archaic television programs.  Best show ever?  Obviously you've never watched Scarecrow and Mrs. King.   icon_wink   

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And did you read the Code of Conduct here at GT?  You have to wait 365 days before you start making fun of members TV shows!!!  rules

I'm not necessarily mocking your TV show, per se, but your taste in TV shows is definitely in question.

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Now more importantly, I sincerely hope that your reference to the Gordon's Fisherman is because the wife is planning on heating up some fish sticks for dinner and NOT a reference to a failed hockey jersey.

You mean they aren't called The Gorton's Islanders?  I guess I'm mistaken, then.  But I could have sworn I saw their mascot peddling fish sticks in the frozen foods aisle the other day.

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Because if it is I'm going to send high powered surges through Xbox Live that will melt that piece of crap Eagles faceplate you have on your X360  ninja (and that I'm constantly seeing in screenshots of your TV over and over and over again)!

Those are pictures of my puppy.  Inclusion of the television is inevitable because of its overwhelming size.  And you don't hide your jealousy over my faceplate very well.   

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Besides, what the heck do you know about hockey?  Do you know that it's played on ice?  icon_wink

I'm pretty sure it involves judges and includes terms like Salchow and triple lutz.  Didn't Sasha Cohen win the silver?
6749  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Any remaining interest in Splinter Cell: Double Agent? on: November 28, 2006, 11:25:03 PM
A few of us over at OO (myself, Jancelot, and hepcat) are still enjoying the multiplayer portion of Double Agent, and I thought I'd gauge the interest over here as well, hoping to perhaps occasionally gather enough players to fill out a game of three-on-three.  We really enjoy the change of pace and the focus on stealth and agility rather than the usual run-and-gun gameplay of most multiplayer games.  I recall a thread from about a month ago where a few were looking for a third player to fill out a team of spies, and I was interested in being that third spy until I read on and found that by the end of that thread interest had waned and some had even traded in their copy of the game (otherwise I would have resurrected that thread), and I also noticed a thread by Knightshade but saw that it was created back in October.   

Am I wasting my time, or are there a few remaining loyalists intersted in some multiplayer action from time to time?  With myself, Jancelot, hepcat, and another friend of mine (Rvyota3), it would only take two more players to fill out a match (that is of course assuming we're all online simultaneously).  If anyone is at all interested, make yourself known and perhaps we can organize a multiplayer session from time to time.   
6750  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Britney has finally done it.......**NSFW LINK** on: November 28, 2006, 11:12:31 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 28, 2006, 11:11:23 PM

Her face looks so busted in those pictures. It's a shame she shacked up with K-fed, really puts her on the very bottom of the stripper pole

Fixed that for you.
6751  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MPAA: Your home theater belongs to us! on: November 28, 2006, 10:37:11 PM
Damn.  And I thought I finally found further justification for my admission prices.  Friends have already questioned the legality of my prices, but since they're lower than most movie theaters, the sound and picture quality are top notch, and alcoholic beverages are permitted while watching a film, few have offered up much of a fight.  A $50 registration cost would easily put to rest any of the initial complaints visiting friends have had about my admission prices, although the inclusion of popcorn and beverages has alleviated some disdain, and the ability to pause a film for bathroom breaks is greatly appreciated.  But, the odds of my "audience" determining that this "regulation" is in jest are pretty slim, so perhaps I may even be able to raise prices further and use registration fees and my constantly growing library of DVD titles as support. 
6752  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!! on: November 28, 2006, 10:13:19 PM
I just knew this thread would be about Emergency Season 3.  And you say I am the weird one.  At least my excitement is warranted for such television gold such as Knight Rider, 21 Jump Street, and Greatest American Hero.  Emergency?  Next you'll try to explian to me why Batman, The Hulk, and the X-Men are not superheroes, but flying aliens from the planet Krypton are.  

I guess it could be worse.  The Emergency packaging could have an emblem resembling the fisherman on a box of fish sticks.   icon_cool    
6753  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: November 28, 2006, 09:56:37 PM
It appears that I, too, am not on the list:

PhillyPeteRock
6754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's The End of November: What's your GOTY? on: November 28, 2006, 09:09:05 PM
As much as I've loved Gears of War and Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Oblivion is a no-brainer for my Game of the Year.  When friends ask me to describe it, I simply explain that if a person were to own only one game for the 360, it would have to be Oblivion.  I could potentially be happy with only owning Oblivion, and nothing else, and I would still feel that my 360 purchase would be worth the price of admission.

I currently have over 30 hours put into Oblivion, and I've only scratched the surface of the main quest and have completed only the arena and Thieves Guild quests.  I can see myself putting in another 100 hours and even then I wonder if I will have actually "finished" the game.  The storyline, visuals, gameplay, dialogue, setting, water effects, exploration, etc, have all been top-notch, and I have never experienced a game quite like this.  I've never been much of a fan of RPGs, but this game transends almost all boundaries and genres. 

Not only is the my game of the year, but it may be one of the best games I've ever played. 
6755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Open Beta Sign-up on: November 28, 2006, 04:34:12 PM
I've never done this before, but the game sounds interesting and it's worth a shot to see if I'm selected.  Here's to hoping.
6756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Rainbow 6: Vegas Impressions. on: November 27, 2006, 11:32:27 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on November 27, 2006, 10:39:11 PM

I agree.  GRAW multiplayer certainly is great, but RB6 just improved on it enough to edge it out.  My only gripe, and I know I've said this earlier, is that I wish the terrorist hunt missions would randomly pre-populate the levels instead of relying on triggers to spawn the enemies 10 feet from you.  I was playing split screen last night and we ended up walking around the map near the end for about 5 minutes just looking for a trigger we hadn't alread tripped to get the last few terrorists.

But I can foresee playing this one, GoW and SP: DA for quite some time.  There really aren't any other games coming out for the next couple months that I'm interested in.

I'm just hoping to find more like you who are interested in continuing to play games like Splinter Cell.  If we could get a group of six people together like we have for Gears of War, I think it would be a hell of a good time in Splinter Cell. 
6757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Rainbow 6: Vegas Impressions. on: November 27, 2006, 09:04:47 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 27, 2006, 08:59:37 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 27, 2006, 08:56:44 PM

I really can't wait to play this game, and I'd love to pick it up on my way home from work today, but with Christmas coming up my wife has asked me to place a hold on any game purchases for now because many will find their way under the Christmas tree (including the collector's edition of Rainbow Six Vegas  ninja), so I won't be joining all of you online until after the Christmas holiday.

Good luck!  Online for most 360 games has a shelf life of, what, 2-3 weeks?  Beginning of November and everyone was lplaying Gears. Before that it was Splinter Cell. Now it's R6.  Though I guess it helps that there don't seem to be any other high profile online games coming to 360 before that. 

I've always been behind the curve.  I picked up Ghost Recon long after its initial popularity had waned, but I have still been able to play a fair bit of multiplayer and continue to play today, and even though Splinter Cell's multiplayer popularity has passed, I'm still able to organize a game from time to time with those who don't completely play out a game in only a week's time, so I'm confident that while many of the OO and GT population will have moved on by the time I've received the game, there will still be some willing to join me in an online multiplayer game.  And, I've always loved the Rainbow Six single-player campaign, so the game won't be completely obsolete.  It may not be as popular, but there are many on my friends list who will still be willing to play once I finally get the game.  
6758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Rainbow 6: Vegas Impressions. on: November 27, 2006, 08:56:44 PM
I really can't wait to play this game, and I'd love to pick it up on my way home from work today, but with Christmas coming up my wife has asked me to place a hold on any game purchases for now because many will find their way under the Christmas tree (including the collector's edition of Rainbow Six Vegas  ninja), so I won't be joining all of you online until after the Christmas holiday.  Vegas has been my most anticipated title ever since its announcement, but my wife has asked me to hold off so that relatives are able to get me something I actually want for Christmas.  You're all not making it very easy to be patient.   
6759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OK Gear-Heads... Fall In! [Gears of War] on: November 27, 2006, 06:21:38 PM
Hey all!  I'm back from my Thanksgiving trip to Pittsburgh and am ready to get back into multiplayer Gears of War.  And while I was gone a local friend recently joined Xbox Live and since I am the only person on his Friends list he is depending on me to get him into the multiplayer circuit.  So, being that I haven't played a single video game in over a week, I'm a little anxious to get back into the mix.  I'm hoping to meet up with some of you online this week to satiate my Gears of War craving. 
6760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I always said I wouldn't do it, but the Force is strong with all of you... on: November 20, 2006, 08:19:28 PM
We already have plans to head straight to Primanti's immediately after arriving in Pittsburgh, and so we will begin our visit with a sweet sausage with egg and an ice cold Lager (or ten).  Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the airport.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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