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1401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North on: March 18, 2010, 05:30:05 PM
I'll admit that I was immediately disappointed when I saw the label Action RPG.  I was hoping for a tactical party based RPG, set in the North.  My first reaction was, ugh, another EA LOTR Conquest game.  But after watching the trailer, it looks promising.  I like action rpgs, but man, the lotr setting would be well complimented by a good tactical rpg system like Dragon Age. 
1402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 17, 2010, 05:14:53 PM
Some of you are only putting the debuffs on when they are staggered?  Are they not effective to use when they are not staggered?  For tough fights I've been debuffing right away, so that when they do get staggered, I can just focus on damage. 

I get frustrated (at myself) if I have to use stagger time to buff/debuff, or spend a lot of time healing.  I feel like I've wasted that opportunity, or that I should have timed the stagger build up better.     
1403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interesting article about video game addiction on: March 17, 2010, 12:34:10 AM

Quote from: Butterknife on March 16, 2010, 10:29:31 PM

I guess my gaming personality must be highly resistant to addiction or something.  Once a game stops being fun, I stop playing it.  All of the things that are listed to keep me playing usually drive me away.  A boss battle that is too hard, things that I've earned disappearing, a lack of rewards for some time (a boring section) -- I can list many games that I've quit for each reason.

I'm the same way.  Add in having to pay a monthly fee, and my tolerance level goes way down for something that is no longer fun to me.  The second a game starts to feel like an obligation or responsibility, I'm usually out.  I have enough obligations and responsibilities in RL.  I just don't have large blocks of time I can devote to mmorpgs or mmos.  3 young kids and a spouse have most of my devoted free time.  I can usually do an hour at a time, maybe 90 minutes in the late evening. Weekends are family time, sports, activities, etc.   

Regarding mmos, I tend to binge play them, and once the fun curve slows down or starts to feel like a job, I'll move on to something else.  Unfortunately, that makes me pretty flaky when it comes to playing mmorpgs with friends and guildies beyond a few months.   
1404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass viking grave found in England on: March 16, 2010, 02:04:44 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 16, 2010, 01:12:06 PM

Quote from: Crux on March 16, 2010, 12:24:42 PM

From the look of that picture they left one alive! I never knew vikings wore yellow.

I'm confused by combination of the yellow vest with reflective tape and camo pants. Mixed message.

Oh that's just traditional hunter attire.  Camouflage pants, shirt and jacket, deer piss rubbed into the skin, bright reflective vest (yellow, orange or pink will do), reflective hat optional.  Still, you're right, something is amiss in the photo.  I don't see a cooler.  
1405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass viking grave found in England on: March 16, 2010, 12:35:56 AM
I'm not buying it was the anglo saxons, my money is on the Kiwis...they eat vikings for breakfast.   
1406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 16, 2010, 12:14:39 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 15, 2010, 10:27:26 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 15, 2010, 10:24:13 PM

Yeah, I have no idea what's going on there.  There is some meter that runs down, but you can also go into gestalt mode.  Not sure how you are decide when to move from one to the other.  Just before it runs out?

Yes.  The higher you build Gestalt (basically the same idea as Staggers), the longer you can use Gestalt mode.  So you want to build it up as much as possible before time runs out and then trigger Gestalt mode at the last second. 
What does the tachometer thing do after you go into Gestalt mode?  I figured out the timing of the purple gestalt bar, but that dial tachometer thing that appears in the UI after I activate gestalt mode is all kinds of weird. 
1407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 15, 2010, 09:18:17 PM
They did such a good job with most of the tutorials, but that Eidolon gesalt rpm tachometer thingy came out of left field.  I have no idea what to make of that.  I just press A.  They look cool, but don't seem to do a lot of damage.
1408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 15, 2010, 06:11:09 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 15, 2010, 06:03:24 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 15, 2010, 06:01:50 PM

Iíve noticed that the CP cost associated with each NPCs roles are different, which supports the idea that it is more efficient to level up specific roles with each NPC.  I know thatís probably a nobrainer for most of you, but I was surprised to see the costs were different.   


Are you sure you aren't looking at different tiers (ie comparing Tier 2 skills from one character to Tier 3)? 
I donít think so.  Hope and Vanille had really low CP costs for their 1st tier medic rings(60-90 per), while Lightningís 1st tier Medic costs are significantly more expensive (200-300 per).  Maybe the roles they start with are cheaper to level up than the roles they pick up throughout the game? 
1409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 15, 2010, 06:01:50 PM
I am regretting not being more focused with CP for Sahz and Hope.  Thankfully Iím still early in the game (CH5), so I think Iím still ok.  I focused on both of their Ravager and Synergist roles, and didnít level up Medic.  Now Iím going back and trying to bring Hopeís medic back up. 

Iíve noticed that the CP cost associated with each NPCs roles are different, which supports the idea that it is more efficient to level up specific roles with each NPC.  I know thatís probably a nobrainer for most of you, but I was surprised to see the costs were different.   
1410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: March 12, 2010, 09:33:35 PM
I can't figure out why the heroes seem so dumb, naive, and clueless compared to the villians.  It's like watching an amateur team go up against professionals.

Coach is such a nutcase, but he is the biggest source of entertainment for me each week.  Even Russell was surprised by his insanity, literally bowing before him.  The bowing part surprised me, but not that Coach would jump to Russell.  He feels spurned by Rob, like a jilted lover.  Rob should have spent more time on the island doing...stuff, dragon slaying stuff, with Coach.  He could have been Coach's Merlin.  Instead, Coach has sworn fealty to the sleazy oil guy.  Awesome!           
1411  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Alganon and Derek Smart - Their new CEO on: March 12, 2010, 09:19:14 PM
Wow...if he was their fixer guy, they need to keep him locked away fixing, not representing the game or talking to the public.  Oh and if I were the attorney representing 1 or both of the guys that were fired, I would love it if he posted more about that publicly, in more detail.

He always has good ideas, but they get lost in the delivery.  A lot of the points he made were logical and made sense, but he shouldn't be interacting with people...ever.  

 
1412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 12, 2010, 04:41:44 PM
That crafting system sounds nuts...and seems really convoluted compared to the rest of the RPG steamlining I've experienced so far in the game.  I hope it just reads that way, and that when I get to the crafting it will be more intuitive. 
1413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: February NPD: 360 Wins, PS3 Close Third on: March 12, 2010, 04:10:16 PM
Count me as one of those missed opportunities for Sony because of their supply issues.  I was seriously thinking about buying a PS3 slim to play God of War 3, and some of the other PS3 titles, but there is not one to be found where I live. 
1414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 11, 2010, 09:16:04 PM
Being off the island had a weird effect on Alex...she became super hot! 

For most of the series I've thought of Ben as just a pawn, albeit, an important one, because he was so impressionable due to his need to be important and wanted.  He was simple to manipulate with a few tweaks to his ego, and off he would go.  The alt reality was the first time I saw Ben rise up above that need to help someone...Alex.  I've always thought of him as an intelligent and calculating character, but not particularly strong of character or will.     
1415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Expansion coming for Dawn of War 2: Chaos Rising on: March 11, 2010, 08:44:20 PM
The planet disappearing into the Warp and then returning has an Event Horizon feel to it.  My veteran commander from the 1st campaign just made landfall. 
1416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 11, 2010, 08:38:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 11, 2010, 12:43:40 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on March 11, 2010, 06:09:23 AM

afa vanille: after her most recent pre- boss encounter performance, i'm just gonna go with her as being mildly delayed. seriously. if you accept the fact that she's not playing with a full deck, it actually goes a long way in explaining much of her 'inappropriate' behavior smile ...

 icon_lol icon_lol  You're right, looking at her in that light does make some sense...
She is...special.  Where was someone like her when I was Hope's age? 
1417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 11, 2010, 04:19:24 PM
The disk thrashing on Fable 2 killed my launch 360, so I definitely recommend installing that one to hard drive.  It seems like Fable 2 was Death on a pale horse for a decent amount of 360s.

 
1418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 11, 2010, 02:26:24 PM
Considering Jack's previous leaps of faith have mostly blown up in his face, and the people around him, I was fully expecting the dynamite to literally...blow up in his face.  I liked the nutty look he had as he stared down a hopeless Richard. 
1419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Expansion coming for Dawn of War 2: Chaos Rising on: March 10, 2010, 06:02:16 PM

Quote from: baelthazar on February 24, 2010, 03:41:41 PM

Well, I got mine now. I guess I can DL Saint's Row 2, but I probably won't. So excited to play as Chaos!

I played Saints Row 2 the past couple of nights courtesy of the free give away with the purchase of the expansion, and that game is nuts...in a good way.  I don't know how I missed it, but it's been more fun than GTA4.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the temptation of Chaos plays out during the campaign.  I can't decide if I'm going to succumb to the dark gods on my first playthrough, or be the ardent, zealous follower of the emperor.  It would be cool if you were forced to go down that path, "for the greater good", and ultimately ended up corrupted. 
1420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman Arkham Asylum 2 due this October? on: March 09, 2010, 09:42:17 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 09, 2010, 09:26:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 09, 2010, 05:02:41 PM

Tim Drake was replaced as Robin by Damian Wayne (slightly illegitimate son of Talia al Ghul (daughter of Ras al Ghul) and Bruce Wayne) when Dick Grayson became Batman.

I have to ask - How does one have a "slightly" illegitimate son?
That's funny...I was wondering the same thing.  Were they engaged?
1421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lindsay Lohan hits rock bottom on: March 09, 2010, 06:10:19 PM
What E-Trade did is lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous!  Jackie Chiles would win this. 
1422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on: March 09, 2010, 05:39:31 PM
I really liked the 2008 PoP as well.  I hope they continue that storyline.  I look at this release as 90% movie tie in, for better or worse, with a nod to the older games.

  
1423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 08, 2010, 05:25:17 PM
It's like they threw James Bond, Spider Man, and El Mariachi from Desperado into a fun machine, and out popped Scorpio.  My son and I have watched the beginning scene of the demo so many times now that we both wait for his last line, and then say it together, followed by lots of laughing.  "I hear I'm the best".  If they can do that for the rest of the game, that would be awesome.
1424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/08) on: March 08, 2010, 04:25:20 PM
Already preordered Chaos Rising on steam.  The only FF game I've played was the mmo FFXI.  I have a few games that I would like to complete before trying FFXIII.  My 5 year old boy came up with his own conclusion about FFXIII after watching the trailers, "Daddy, it's a game about girls."  I've never shared my thoughts on the game with him, so that was 100% on his own.    
1425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2- demo due 3-4-10 on: March 07, 2010, 02:23:57 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 06, 2010, 10:09:35 PM

Quote from: lex on March 06, 2010, 09:25:01 PM

so far the film grain thing is in the opening cinematic, but the rest of the game is fine.  So I don't know if it's intended?

if it's intended it looks pretty ass-tastic.

I've spent time playing both the pc and 360 demos, and there's no grainy film effect for the 360 cinematic.  I'm thinking something is not working right with the extra fancy pc graphics.
1426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2- demo due 3-4-10 on: March 06, 2010, 05:28:41 PM
I spoke too soon.  The grainy effect goes away in-game for me with shadows set to medium, but the cinematic is still hosed.  No other weird issues to report yet. 
1427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: March 06, 2010, 12:42:33 AM
Coach was hilarious.  What a nutcase.  I loved it when he was pleading with Rob to spend more time with him on the island, hang out, you know, do stuff together.  Rob just stared at him and told him to start acting like a man. 

Cirie was deadly during her season because of her Sith mind control ability, where she could completely change minds while sitting comfortably from her under the radar position of power.  She was on the wrong team.  She orchestrated a lot of the big moves during her season, and was about to do another in this one. 

James was never a hero.  He was always kind of an ass, especially when he started getting frustrated with someone. He's on the wrong team too.  They could have brought back better heroes to join that tribe.

1428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2- demo due 3-4-10 on: March 05, 2010, 09:28:25 PM
If you're playing on the PC and have a 360 controller, I recommend using it.  Works really well.

I was able to fix the grainy effect during the cinematic by dropping shadows to Medium.  They also look better in game on medium too, which is weird. 
1429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 05, 2010, 08:40:12 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 05, 2010, 07:32:20 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 05, 2010, 07:06:08 PM

If I had to bet I'd say it's Sawyer who makes the ultimate heroic sacrifice and becomes the protector (Jack seems too obvious). Maybe he's playing a long long con against Smokey and of course still has to sacrifice for Kate. 

This is my guess too.  I would be consistent with the way Sawyer's character has been written since the 1st season. 

I agree completely.  The Sawyer-Kate-Jack triangle will never be resolved until one of the guys is out of the picture...and not just with another woman.  You could still see the connection with Kate and Sawyer even when Juliet was still alive.  Jack will want to play the hero role, but Sawyer will do something surprising to step into that role in the end. 

Jack will make the world better by being a good dad.  Sawyer needs redemption on a much larger scale. 
1430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 05, 2010, 08:26:08 PM
I learned how to grapple the ground with my parachute open to keep momentum going.  You can also use the grapple on the sides of hills with the parachute open to lift upwards.  After 3 tours of the demo, I'm finally getting the grapple-parachute combo working well.  Really fun.
1431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2- demo due 3-4-10 on: March 05, 2010, 07:05:41 AM
The intro was really grainy for me on the pc too.  The rest of the game looked great.  Better than the 360.  The intro on the 360 wasn't grainy.   
1432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 04, 2010, 08:14:13 PM
The comedy potential of this game will be worth the price of admission.  Forget the plot, I want to find fun and creative ways of launching guys skyward while attached to strange objects and each other.   
1433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 04, 2010, 06:38:22 PM
That's an interesting thought.  It also occurred to me that Sayid seems to be the only one they've shown so far that is consistent in both realities.  Except now he seems fully committed in the island reality.  His motives still seem good in both realities, but his actions...he's a killer. 

I was kind of cheering for smokemonster when he ripped through the temple, cleaning house.  The Others were a bit too overconfident about the rules.  They should have known that the rules had already changed.  Lockemonster even warns them about this via Sayid. 

Why didn't Kate tell Claire that her son was with her mother?  That seemed dumb.  Wouldn't that be the first thing she would tell her?  Claire, your son is with your mom!  He's ok.  Her explanation seemed like a convenient plot device to bring out the crazy mommy wrath of Claire.  Which of course I'm looking forward to seeing.
1434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Toy Soldiers on: March 04, 2010, 06:25:21 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 04, 2010, 04:33:08 PM

multiplayer is a bit fundamentally flawed, I can't see having decent games with randoms but it should be quite fun with friends since you can have gentleman's agreements to not do certain things.

That's exactly what my stepson and I did last night.  Of course he couldn't help himself and would inevitably break one of our agreed upon rules of engagement, at which point I would begin an all out assault, he would retaliate, and many plastic toy soldiers would suffer for our lack of discipline.  We played split screen local, and the view and controls worked well.     

1435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fat PlayStation 3 = No Games. Movies OK (Updated) on: March 02, 2010, 06:55:03 PM
All things considered, this was about the best case scenario resolution possible for Sony, with the systems fixing themselves.  I can't imagine the cluster f**k that would have occurred if a hardware/firmware update was needed, and it could not be delivered because of the error, requiring flash card downloads via pc.  That would have been really ugly. 

I think they walk away with a big black eye for poor customer service and lack of communication. 
1436  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Hurt Locker on: March 02, 2010, 06:04:39 PM
As a veteran I go into most war movies just trying to appreciate the entertainment value, instead of nitpicking details.  And frankly, a lot has changed since I served, so I try and just enjoy the film.  I still had a hard time with this one, for several reasons. 

It was definitely intense, but it seemed like the film couldn't decide what it wanted to be.  Is it a Jerry Bruckheimer over-the-top action thriller, a documentary style film (which the producers said it wasn't...responding to critical feedback from veterans and active duty service members), or a shock film to bring awareness to the horrors of war and IEDs? 

Some of the scenes were over-the-top absurd, but entertaining (without spoiling anything), while others seemed really gimmicky, and designed solely for the Hollywood shock value.

I thought the acting was good, given the direction they received.  No complaints there.  The movie does bring some awareness to the horror of IEDs, and some awareness to the units that have to deal with them, which is good.  It was just canned in Hollywood goofiness.
 
Things that bugged me about the accuracy of the film:
- EOD units canít simply go rogue and free roam the area of operations without reporting in to someone.  I donít remember ever seeing them report to anyone in the movie (aside from 1 goofy scene).
- They are not going to cruise around their AO without securityÖand Iím not talking about just the 2 soldiers in their vehicle.  EOD units should be too important and valuable for local field commanders to send them out to fill traditional infantry or mech infantry roles.  Itís a huge investment to train up EOD.
- As is typical for Hollywood, our company and field grade officers are portrayed as complete boobs, egotistical, and completely out of touch with reality.  I know that was the hip thing to do with the Vietnam area movies, but there are a lot of decent to good officers out there that take good care of their Soldiers and Marines, and that are very competent tactically and strategically.  At least portray them as human, with a mix of flaws and good qualities.  Generation Kill was all over the map with this, but at least that series showed 1 competent officer.
- I could suspend my disbelief during the sniper face off, which was hard to do (I know they know how to spot and use sniper rifles, but theyíre not dedicated sniper teams), but sending in a team of 3 EOD to clear a building that hadnít been swept first by infantry was nuts to me.  Unless I just didnít understand that scene.

Things I liked:
- The scene at the grocery store.   
- Acting
- More awareness about IEDs
1437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fat PlayStation 3 = No Games. Movies OK (Updated) on: March 02, 2010, 12:40:15 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on March 02, 2010, 12:04:37 AM

Quote from: msduncan on March 01, 2010, 11:52:03 PM


I personally think our PS3s just time traveled the last 24 hours.    As GMT crosses your area, they are coming back online.    To us it's been 24 hours.   To the PS3, it's been a millisecond.



How do you know it's actually your PS3 that returns?  It could be iteration 2 of your PS3, which could mean iteration 1 is somewhere else, being played by someone else, possibly even another iteration of you.  
1438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Leno back to late Night? Conan Homeless? 10pm slot on NBC freed up? on: March 01, 2010, 07:06:34 PM
I think the main Tonight Show demographic is going to be happy as shit to have him back.  Their world will be made right.  I would be surprised if the ratings weren't good (as much as I hope they suck).  The ratings may not be up to pre departure levels, but I bet he brings back a lot of the folks that stopped watching the Tonight Show.
 

 
1439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic Hockey Tournament Talk! on: February 26, 2010, 08:36:06 PM
2 goals in 15 seconds.  Wow. 
1440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 26, 2010, 06:47:41 PM
I forgot that those images were just memories of Mr. Eko.  The trapped lifeforce idea was because of the occurance of ghosts.  But I guess we've only seen a couple.

I liked it when Hurley told off the temple boss.  I'm a candidate, go back to your temple.  Essentially, I know who I am, you are dismissed. 

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