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15881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 31, 2006, 07:52:15 PM
Run them past highwaymen. They don't get along. biggrin

And the venerable words of the hero rang through the valley - "OMG RUN!!! AGGRO TRAIN !!"
15882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Specs on IGN - Less Powerful than the Xbox 1 on: March 31, 2006, 02:53:57 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "Hetz"
No, I'm not talking about old classics. Yes, those are available as well, but I'm talking about new games. Puzzle games, simple arcade style games like Feeding Frenzy. Those kind of games appeal to casual gamers.


The most excitement I've seen regarding a potential Live Arcade release is Street Figher 2 not anything "new".  Geometry Wars is without a doubt the hottest thing that Live Arcade currently has going but are you going to tell me with a straight face that there is a sizable number of people shelling out $400 for a 360 to pay GW who aren't already predisposed towards current console offerings?  


See, and this is where I pull out the "I can see Hetz's point" card. The 360's platform isn't BASED on nostalgia, it's a nice little surprise. It's allowing a hardcore or even casual "gamer" to bring in their friends and family. Wives around the globe may not be impressed with their husbands' GRAW or Gears of War (this is a gross generalization Moriarty, please forgive the stereotype), however it DOES play games that may cater to their personal interests.

Some people buy the bigger bottle of perfume to get the $3 handbag in a gift box; this stuff does move product regardless of the true value.

Selling that $3 handbag on it's own isn't going to necessarily see the same commercial success.

This is where MS is likely going to succeed. They may not own the little-game market right away, but they're planting the seed. MS has always been a forward thinking company, and have proven that they're willing to lose a little to win.

That's not to say that Hetz is right on the big N front failing, (OMGWTFTIVO=DOA!!11!!eleventyone1!1) but just because they're pushing innovation that they're going to succeed. *cough*virtualboy*cough**cough*gameglove*hack**cough*
15883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warrior doesn't have "save anytime on: March 31, 2006, 02:41:39 PM
FWIW : I'm halfway through, and I haven't had any moments that NEEDED the googles, with exception to when the image is scrambled (which was a night mission so it was well worth it). 70% is a pretty big freakin' number, buddy. I've used them maybe 8-9%. Maybe.

I like the fact that the night vision doesn't just become some super-vision mode that has no drawbacks.

As to the brightness, no problems there either. I'm using an HD LCD display (2405FPW).

The save points aren't horrid either; I've not yet run into a point where I couldn't go further. I've restarted missions if I've lost a teammate and stumbled over the checkpoint, and that ain't great... but it gives me an opportunity to do it better.

I think the checkpoints are placed well; they don't have a feeling of too far. They generally are in between heavy conflict, so you're not under direct pressure during save moments. A few times you've only got about 10-15seconds of breathing time, however... defending the mexican president missions are generally like this.

I've run a mission to take out the big guns with C4... there are save points between so I'm guessing it's not the same one. Basically you climb to the top of a villa after being dropped from a chopper (and taking out soldiers and enforcements). You then need to take out scramblers and mobile surface-to-air launchers and then climb to the top of the fortress and take out the big guns. There's at least 3 checkpoints in that run.

It may be that the post above is talking about a different mission; I've not yet encountered that level.
15884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda uses Rev controller on: March 31, 2006, 02:22:47 PM
Nintendo is MAKING MONEY!

(sorry, had to take Devil's thunder ... he's apparently been busy at work).

That interview has certainly piqued my interest in the upcoming Rev / Zelda game. biggrin
15885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MegaMan: The Movie on: March 31, 2006, 01:25:51 PM
I'm not entirely sure that Capcom is backing this project. slywink
15886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] New Live Downloads : GRAW Multiplayer Demo on: March 31, 2006, 01:13:23 PM
Well, what are you waiting for? If you don't OWN Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, go download the demo now! This is no time to be a fence-sitter.

When I say fence-sitter, I'm not referring to the lucrative job of watching someone's fence while they go out to see a movie and maybe to a fancy dress-up dinner, while you're left to make sure that their lattice-topped cedar lawn-barricade is safe. After going through their cupboards and fridge looking for good things to eat, you venture into the basement only to discover THAT THE OWNERS ARE SICK AND DEPRAVED HUMAN BEINGS!!!

Spoiler for Hiden:
 [shudder]                          Ugh, Pokemon trading cards... puke
15887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spidey's got a new costume... [Spoiler] on: March 30, 2006, 08:44:43 PM
here are the key players:

Quote
Tobey Maguire ....  Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst ....  Mary Jane Watson
Topher Grace ....  Eddie Brock/Venom (attached)
James Franco ....  Harry Osborn
Thomas Haden Church ....  Flint Marko/Sandman
Bryce Dallas Howard ....  Gwen Stacy (attached)
James Cromwell ....  Captain George Stacy


Topher better get on the juice... slywink
15888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 30, 2006, 08:26:27 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
There are also several people working to cap the level scaling system, already with releases out.  But the levels don't matter much to me -- it's the sheer idiocy of what was unspeakably rare gear in Morrowind being available and common to every NPC once my character hits a certain magical level number.


As I understand it, the premise of these dark times is that they are just emerging. Now, the scaling of the monsters as time goes by means that if you were pissing around picking flowers and your combat skills went the way of the Jerry Springer Show (you know, human decay) you would most certainly NOT enjoy the game as you run from EVERY encounter.

The world is being invaded, it's not unreasonable that there would be a visible scaling of difficulty (right?) I'm not that far, Real Life has cut off my progress in Oblivion.
15889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Specs on IGN - Less Powerful than the Xbox 1 on: March 30, 2006, 07:38:09 PM
BTW: IN!!!  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
15890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Specs on IGN - Less Powerful than the Xbox 1 on: March 30, 2006, 07:35:52 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Laugh @ Hetz.

It'll make more money than the paperweight 360, you better as hell believe that.


It'll make money for sure... more than the 360 has yet to be seen. The 360 is reportedly losing less $$$ per console than Xbox1, a SIGNIFICANT improvement on the MS business model last go-round.


Actually, it came up earlier than that, Devil.  Cool  Where the hell were you? I thought you had a spider app running on GT looking for nintendo threads to boost your post count with "NINTENDO IS MAKING MONEY!" and "IN!"

slywink
15891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Specs on IGN - Less Powerful than the Xbox 1 on: March 30, 2006, 12:54:48 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Laugh @ Hetz.

It'll make more money than the paperweight 360, you better as hell believe that.


It'll make money for sure... more than the 360 has yet to be seen. The 360 is reportedly losing less $$$ per console than Xbox1, a SIGNIFICANT improvement on the MS business model last go-round.

As to the Mega-hurts I gotta say this : It doesn't matter the clock speed if the architecture uses it better.

Look at the AMD Athy64's; a 2.2GHz stomps the crap out of the 3.2GHz Intels. Even before the 64bit chips, AMD was doing well with their 2200+ cpus (which ran at a paltry 1.4GHz IIRC).

We're not comparing apples to apples here. Measure the horsepower of the engine, not the rotations per minute.
15892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB360 BC - What's Up? on: March 30, 2006, 02:39:37 AM
I have an Xbox USB memory card if you're interested... smile Mega-X-Key. PM me if you're interested, bullwinkle.
15893  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS : Black Gamecube & accessories + 2 games on: March 30, 2006, 02:37:18 AM
I may; I suspect I do.

I don't have the box for the wavebirds, memory card or the extra AV cable (RF or component).
15894  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [360] Can I add friends from the Internet on: March 29, 2006, 07:54:30 PM
Only since E3 2003. Before that you were a figment of my digital imagination. slywink

So really, you're like 3 years old. And at no point (that I _KNOW_OF_) did you spend it in diapers. Congrats. biggrin

I may not be the center of the universe per se, but I just might be the gravitational center. slywink
15895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 29, 2006, 07:50:27 PM
This is the first time I've felt bad about time wasted when I could be playing it. Like, driving to work, being at work, and driving home from work.

The only problem is, I've got so many home reno's on the go, and then there's time well spent with a my son, and also a beautiful woman and her amazing little boy. (he's a year younger than my boy).

Life, it seems, is closing the gates of oblivion and opening the gates of oblivious-to-gaming . :: sigh ::
15896  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [360] Can I add friends from the Internet on: March 29, 2006, 04:47:45 PM
categories for friends would be ideal.

(like personal, GameX, GameY etc... so I can tell who my GRAW vs GT vs IRL friends are at a glance).

I'm sure it's coming; it'll likely be integrated with the MSN Messenger style at some point.
15897  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS : Black Gamecube & accessories + 2 games on: March 29, 2006, 04:41:50 PM
Includes :

1 GameCube (black) with component connection
1 wired controller
2 wavebirds (one silver, one off-white)
2 charge kits (new, unused at all).
1 Gameboy Advance adapter
1 memory card

F-Zero, Animal crossing (with additional memory card).
I may be able to get another few games (metriod, Zelda and old zelda games).

PM me with reasonable offer. I need the money for home reno's; I'm not likely to play these anymore. Be sure to specify what you are interested in.

I also have a component cable for sale; I'd rather sell it with the system.
15898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion-Tips , Advice and Help-Spoilerific on: March 28, 2006, 09:01:27 PM
"Why is that Destructor guy following guys into the changeroom with a wet towel poised?"

 :shock:
15899  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Canada hunters start killing seals, tempers flare on: March 28, 2006, 08:55:15 PM
Cute little stories they have at a bear activists website. When my dad was there on a service call rotation for IBM (last year on a 4 week trip due to lack of hardware etc) it was well known that bears MAUL people. People (not just visitors) are constantly on polar bear watch. My dad isn't a stranger to Northern manitoba; he also worked on the DEW line (Defensive Early Warning, IIRC) during the cold war with the US / Russian arms race.

That list of "incidents" is a homogenized list from a group of people with "activist" behind their name. I'd take that with a grain of salt. By the same token, bears can be quite indifferent to human life. The thing is, polar bears (more than other bears) suffer from starvation. Their young die often of it, and desperation doesn't care what kind of animal you eat.

Also, the moose out here are deadly. They'll cut you man; they'll kill you dead. They hunt seals too; seals prey on their young. Have you ever seen a seal diving out of the sky on an unsuspecting wolf pup only to flatten it into a bloody pancake of tissue and bone, then pour grade A maple syrup on it and lounge around with friends on a saturday morning?

You'll never know the terrors! biggrin
15900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Canada hunters start killing seals, tempers flare on: March 28, 2006, 08:28:47 PM
Quote from: "Koz"
Polar bears are dying, not breeding. Due to global warming, the ice floes polar bears rely on for feeding are slowly melting away. Some say they'll be extinct within the century.

Also, the recorded deaths of humans by polar bears in Canada is under 10 in the past 50 years. They pose no credible threat to people.


Visit Churchhill, MB. :/
15901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (3/27) on: March 28, 2006, 01:06:54 AM
stiffler, you might as well get the DW5:Empires for the 360 instead of the PS2... at least you can chat with others while killing Meng Huo yet AGAIN. slywink
15902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 27, 2006, 08:24:22 PM
Quote from: "DiscoJason"
I felt really bad for the guy in the Paranoia quest series.  Nice when a game makes you care about the characters.


Spoiler for Hiden:
I assume you followed the 3 people around and reported that none of them are in conspiracy... I went through his house and he has notes on a table in the basement based on your encounter. I'd like to get one of those notes to prove to the guards that he should be locked up.

Or get his house, whichever. :twisted:

as I understand it, one can block, and while blocking try to convince someone to stop attacking. ... makes me wonder if I can talk him out of getting himself killed. (the guard killed him instead of me).
15903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Can I add friends from the Internet on: March 27, 2006, 08:16:52 PM
you can't, however you CAN plug in a USB keyboard into the 360 and type to your hearts content.
15904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (3/27) on: March 27, 2006, 08:14:11 PM
DW5 for sure, I miss me some Chinese combat, yo.

Plus, it's on the cheap. (40US). biggrin

I may get Rumble Roses XX if it gets favorable reviews; or maybe trade Perfect Dark 0 for it. ::shrug:: I've got to get through GRAW, Oblivion (five times) and Amped 3.

:: sigh :: I don't even have time to play any of those, nevermind playing some Black & White 2.
15905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 27, 2006, 03:41:29 PM
Quote from: "Interloper"
I think I may have hit a bug last night also.  

In the Waterfront District, I entered the Tower there.  That room was empty, but I noticed a hatch that went to some gaurd quarters in the floor.  Down I went.  In that next room were some gaurds, and nothing else of interest (at least that I could take with them watching.)  But, the hatch out was now locked!  Said I needed a key to get out!  Well, crap.  I looked around and couldn't find it.  But- one of the gaurds had it on him, with my choices being to pickpocket or kill him.  At level one, either wasn't an option.I even got his disposition maxed, and still found no way to get that key off him.   I was stuck.  I had to reload  previous save.

Also, I have a horse I got by legitimate means.  After exiting the imperial city on one visit, I found that it was now considered a crime for me to ride my horse (the icon changed to red for some reason).  I can't figure that one out either...


Actually, it may not be a bug. Try waiting 23 hours. You may have inadvertantly gone through when the hatch was unlocked due to changing guards. I know from following people around in Skilvalt (or something like that) that people lock their houses when they leave. If you're inside when it's time to lock up to go to bed they will approach you to get out. In that situation I don't know if anyone had the authority to do so to your character.
15906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Its Oblivion...but..uh...its wrong. on: March 27, 2006, 03:26:54 PM
Column A.
15907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Canada hunters start killing seals, tempers flare on: March 27, 2006, 12:17:11 PM
Hey, I'm not crazy about the process either; it's not something I would engage in. I'm only bothered by the propogandic point of view.
15908  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: March 27, 2006, 12:14:35 PM
+1 to unbreakable for FFI and FF2 (GBA)

Thanks! Just got it on friday.
15909  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: March 27, 2006, 12:12:59 PM
+1 to
Mikagami
Thin_J
Farley_2k
Autistic_Angel (if I didn't send one before)
for Xbox 360 premium sales. Hope you guys have fun on Live!
15910  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB: gamecube component cables on: March 27, 2006, 12:10:29 PM
send me PM; I may have a set. Right now I'm negotiating selling my GC w. GBA converter and 3 controllers (2 wavebirds w. charge kits). If he doesn't want to pay for the component cable I'll sell it to you.
15911  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Canada hunters start killing seals, tempers flare on: March 26, 2006, 07:43:59 PM
They'd club cows too, but their skulls are two thick. They use a 3/4 inch bolt gun with a compressor, as they don't want bullets in the meat.

They club seals as it won't damage fur. This isn't new. Keeping them in zoos for people to point while they play in captivity is no better, IMHO.

Does this mean I don't eat meat, or go to the zoo? No. I'm human; being a hypocrite comes naturally. biggrin

I blame the Disney culture that has had such a profound effect on the north american belief system over the past 50 years. With all of our fairy tales that now have happy endings (EG: The Little Mermaid does NOT survive the story), and all of our non-agressive animals having big doe eyes makes for a poor perspective on life. Death is a part of life; it's the one thing that we ALL share in common.
15912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sunday Skin - 3/26/06 on: March 26, 2006, 03:43:02 PM
So THIS is your scapegoat Ron.

Uh, honey, I'm not looking at porn; I'm trying to find content for the Sunday Skin thread! slywink
15913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Canada hunters start killing seals, tempers flare on: March 26, 2006, 03:35:55 PM
First of all, read the article :

Quote
At one point a hunter, frustrated at the activists' presence, picked up the bloody carcass of a skinned seal and threw it at a small inflatable craft full of protesters and journalists. It hit the boat and sank.

One sealing boat steamed straight toward the journalists' craft and turned at the last moment, sending a wave crashing over the observers.

Canada says the hunt gives the local economy a crucial boost and helps keep a harp seal population of almost six million animals in check.


Note how it's one hunter who does this, and then it becomes plural in everyone's interpretation. As if the protesters aren't TRYING to get them irate and do rash things.

Then they talk about international propaganda.

The fact is that if they're getting out of hand in population, they need to be kept in check. They are NOT an endangered species. If they continue to grow in population then the polar bears will also grow. Polar bears are considered the fiercest of land-based predators. They are one of the few bears who will kill humans without question.

As to the killing of seals and how it's done, we're talking about ice-flows folks... not some flowery field with bunnies and foxes drinking tea together and having these big ow baad hunters weckin a peaceful love-in. Of COURSE they've got to shoot from boats... or you know, SWIM in -20 degree water.

Do you think that the chicken you eat is treated ANY better? these animals have had their freedom for their entire lives. The food we eat is (generally) cooped in a 1 foot cube for its entire existance. I mean, when's the last time you had veal? How about a calf never seeing sunlight?

If there was a market for seal meat I'm sure we'd have a "humane" company like mcdonalds up there licketty-split to help the world. :roll:

Bon Apetit.
15914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is Gamingtrend dying, or we are all just on a break? on: March 26, 2006, 03:27:26 PM
Whoa, Whoa Whooaaaa.

 :shock: We gotta CLOSE gates? Awww FUCK!
15915  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT/FS nintendo ds with 2 games on: March 26, 2006, 03:25:25 PM
YGPM
15916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: March 26, 2006, 03:21:52 PM
Quote from: "MerianMoriarty"
jeez, the things you boys get up to when i'm not in GRAW to keep you in line...  :lol:

i say KEEP running in front of people and giving them one sec or less warning!  that way i can be sure to hit you with my 50cal or my m60.  ^_^


Frankly, you don't need any help.  :?
15917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How normal are the 360 unreadable disk errors? on: March 26, 2006, 03:17:25 PM
never for me
15918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion-Tips , Advice and Help-Spoilerific on: March 25, 2006, 07:40:57 PM
I've noticed price differences. As a matter of fact, there's a quest based on it in the market section of the capitol.
15919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - Character Creation/Description Thread on: March 24, 2006, 08:04:17 PM
I. Don't. Belong. Here.

Please tell me you guys with backstories don't LARP. ninja

I need to go now... maybe wash the geek-smell off of me after just GLANCING in this thread. slywink

I am NOT a roleplayer it seems. Now my "Honey, you can come out of the bathroom now... I've got the batman suit on and I have the stick of butter!" seems so... tame by comparison.

So I've got a lvl2 redguard crusader with horse sign (I tend to run from things such as ogres, wolves, bandits, highwaymen, donkeys, waterfowl and halitosis). She's a little mannish and has a perpetual 5 o'clock shadow. It seems all female redguards do. I just couldn't go with the guy; he looked too much like an Amped3 extra. slywink

I tend to lull bandits into a false sense of security... I sneak and stick em with arrows for 1-2 hits (crit on first) and then as soon as they charge they get smacked around with a blunt 2h axe with poison. :: shrug ::
15920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sega Genesis and Turbo Grafx games on the Revolution on: March 24, 2006, 07:32:47 PM
Y's  Book 1 & 2 from the CD system? will it be there? I hope so... also Shapeshifter. biggrin
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