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1161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 23, 2010, 01:50:12 PM
I have to thank you guys. I really do.
After the 1st weekend I was really regretting buying this game – I am weak when it comes to the forum effect at times and felt that this time the effect pulled one over on me.
I did not like the controls – could not get up the stairs at times. Did not understand the whole squad based idea (I was constantly by myself on ‘Rush’ maps and had to run 10miles in order to get back into the action.  Roll Eyes
The guns in my assault class took much effort to get used to.

But now after much time and practice I am really enjoying the MP elements. Playing with the GT group is %110 the reason. We have fun – make fun (of Dan) and play as a squad at the best of times.
I do wish that there were map options though – all the good roofs on the snow level are now known about. ninja
I love love love the AN94 with acog and grip – reminds me of the G3 in MW1 and the Gewhr in W@W.
I have maxed out the assault class  and am afraid of moving onto another class – I loathe the default gun load out for the engineer.

Overall I am happy that I stuck it out.
Roman
1162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] God of War III - Monday, March 8th on: March 18, 2010, 08:49:11 PM
I gave up at the puzzle part in Hades palace after about 30mins of head bashing. Talked with a guy at work today and he gave me a hint - back to the grind this evening.

Roman
1163  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB Xbox360 HDMI / Optical audio adapter. on: March 18, 2010, 07:25:39 PM
isn't HDMI 5.1 audio by default thus nullifying the need for an toslink cable?
1164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 12 Hottest Redheads of All Time on: March 18, 2010, 01:41:48 PM
dude! there are guys in that list. WTF? Talk about buzz kill.
1165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] God of War III - Monday, March 8th on: March 17, 2010, 01:36:12 PM

Quote from: Morgul on March 17, 2010, 01:05:41 PM

Damn it I got stuck last night,  need some help in the beggining...  hades area

Spoiler for Hiden:
   Anyways, I am at the room with the guy behind the tree wanting freed.  I got the cart of embers, I push it over to the hellhound who lights it on fire.   I cant seem to get enough lift to make it over the edge of the gate to the lever.   What am I missing?

Ha! This was my first challenge too.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Have the hellhound light it on fire and leave it right in front of his cage. Then go back to 'burning man' and hop back up ontop and jump on the hanging platform and ride it all the way down. You will see the gate above the hellhound rise. Once you stop moving on the platform run back as quick as you can to the cart of embers and use the thermal updraft to allow you to soar up above and and trigger the lever. That unleashes the hellhound fight him and ride him and kill everything - including the burning man  icon_twisted Get the bow and arrow thingy. look for secrets........
1166  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: TV tuner suggestions for my laptop on: March 11, 2010, 08:07:30 PM
I ended up ordering from HP: http://h10084.www1.hp.com/canada/products/landing/consumer-accessories/tv_tuner.html

After discounts it was $99 - pretty decent.

Hope it works.....
1167  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / TV tuner suggestions for my laptop on: March 11, 2010, 03:48:29 PM
Hi all - I have this model HP: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01490781&cc=ca&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_CAEN

If it were the US version I could have got an integrated TV tuner  icon_cry

So I am now thinking about an External TV tuner option to use in conjunction with Win7 Ultimate and Windows Media Ctr.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should look for - specific product etc etc.

Newegg has this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815100035 but do I limit myself when using USB - or should I look for a 'truly' external box option. Or what about PCMCIA option?

I plan on using the laptops HDMI out to connect to the TV in the bedroom for pre-recorded shows etc etc.

Thanks in advance,
Roman
1168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MW2 Map Pack - F*ng expensive on March 30th on: March 10, 2010, 05:30:43 AM
Thanks to Blues where I found http://www.mapathy.com/

Looking forward to some fresh maps and fun all over again.
Roman
1169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 09, 2010, 07:01:33 PM
[img width= height= alt=]http://bfbc2.elxx.net/sig/clean1/360/RomyBolognaPony.png[/img]

Bob - I am with you. Need more play time.
1170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: March 08, 2010, 02:52:14 PM

Quote from: Wargus on January 27, 2010, 04:55:57 AM

All I could think of is man are they old.  Depressing.

Old and very very rich and still making fans happy. The last point still makes them my favourite band today.
1171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 07, 2010, 06:29:17 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on March 07, 2010, 06:20:45 AM

The spotting is weirdly inconsistent.

Are you talking about the 'back' button? Because I am using it and there are tons of times when I am locked onto someone and the spotting never actually happens. Anyone else notice this - or is it my controller?

1172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Operation: Take PSP To Work on: March 04, 2010, 09:05:10 PM
when I worked at the evil empire AKA Microsoft we had an Xbox in the lunchroom. This biatch would not have lasted too long over there.
1173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 04, 2010, 02:43:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 04, 2010, 01:57:45 PM


best line is in the outtakes -
Scene: Bush to Obama.
Bush - I just sent Blackwater to Kenya to find your birth certificate so you're welcome.
1174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX360 media sharring - question on: March 03, 2010, 09:48:19 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 03, 2010, 09:16:36 PM

AVI doesn't determine which codec; there are multiple file types that label as .AVI.

Try viewing them in Media Center on the Xbox and see how many you have. WMC allows certain files that "My Videos" does not.

I believe that you hit the nail on the head. It must be codecs that are the challenge.
1175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX360 media sharring - question on: March 03, 2010, 09:11:57 PM
they are all AVI.
1176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX360 media sharring - question on: March 03, 2010, 08:48:34 PM
Weird scenario.

I stream music and video to my TVs via the 360. I have 88 videos in my 'video' folder but when I browse from the xbox there are only 82 listed?
I assume that when I place a video in the directory that it takes on the permissions set by the folder?

I have stopped and restarted the sharing process many times and still nothing.

Thoughts?
1177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: what was your first DVD? on: March 03, 2010, 07:26:50 PM
Heat was my first. Loved the 5.1 surround sound during the gun battle in downtown LA.
1178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 03, 2010, 02:24:19 PM
First time with the Battlefield genre and I think I like it so far.
Server issues aside I did enjoy my brief hour or two last night and even got promoted to level 1 !
Things that will take getting used to: Snipers Snipers Snipers (ok- recon) but you get the drift. One map I was on has 2-3 of them at a time all hanging out behind us at all times – they would obviously chose to spawn back with their buddies.
I managed to kill them all more than once – however I did notice that they were – most of the time atleast – outside of the battle zone? I was constantly being told that I was outside the boundries once I got a kill? If I am outside the range than what the heck are they doing there? Add to that the fact that many of the maps are rife with foliage for them to hide in……. ninja

I also learned that I am rubbish without the heartbeat sensor. crybaby  I really hope that there is a perk for this –I did see one for vehicles that I was able to use so I am hopeful. nod

The guns seem pretty cool and the sounds are definitely nice through the Turtle Beach headphones that I use. I do find the ‘walking’ animation on my gun to be a little weird – it looks like I am one of those Olympic speed walkers wiggling my hips.

I also need to train myself to work as a team. I watched a video late last night after playing on Youtube that was posted here earlier that showed me how to ‘marl’ players/objectives with the BACK button. I will surely start to do this.

I did have a few movement issues where I misjudged some stairs etc. And also had some clipping issues when I was running beside little hills/cliffs.

Overall – I will continue to play and see where this title takes me.

Roman
1179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 02, 2010, 04:49:26 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 02, 2010, 04:44:14 PM

Quote from: Roman on March 02, 2010, 04:36:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 02, 2010, 04:14:59 PM

Quote from: ras752000 on March 02, 2010, 04:12:28 PM

Crazy . . . All I can think is that iw was trying to muscle treyarch out of the mix???
Proof that a license to print money doesn't solve everything.

I think it was more of IW being forced to continue to make CoD games and nothing else.  The rumors are that they said no and this is their reward.

I am more apt to think that they are being let go for the amount of glitching / lack of QA on the product over all. The customer base is upset - there have been many an outcry. Activision as part of their role to the shareholders is to make decisions in order to protect the share price - easy enough to understand.

based on the horrible QA and end product delivered - considering the pedigree of this title - I would think that they are more than justified to have let these 2 guys go. They proved that they were unable to take care of the product deliverable post release and have suffered tons of backlash.

As for the statement released to the SEC - that muddies the water a little more. Could this have nothing to do with the product being crap - sure. The 2 guys could have been trying to recruit from the IW team for another spin off business.

But again - I am more apt to think that they were let go based on the quality of the product released and the support post release.

Roman


Does Activison really care about quality though?  If they did would they run franchises to the ground on a yearly cycle?  Not entirely disagreeing with your assessment, just curious what their real purpose was.  MW is a money maker for their shareholders, shitty QA and slow fixes be damned.

perhaps enough was enough? Interesting to debate - I hope we actually find out what the real reasons were.
1180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 02, 2010, 04:36:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 02, 2010, 04:14:59 PM

Quote from: ras752000 on March 02, 2010, 04:12:28 PM

Crazy . . . All I can think is that iw was trying to muscle treyarch out of the mix???
Proof that a license to print money doesn't solve everything.

I think it was more of IW being forced to continue to make CoD games and nothing else.  The rumors are that they said no and this is their reward.

I am more apt to think that they are being let go for the amount of glitching / lack of QA on the product over all. The customer base is upset - there have been many an outcry. Activision as part of their role to the shareholders is to make decisions in order to protect the share price - easy enough to understand.

based on the horrible QA and end product delivered - considering the pedigree of this title - I would think that they are more than justified to have let these 2 guys go. They proved that they were unable to take care of the product deliverable post release and have suffered tons of backlash.

As for the statement released to the SEC - that muddies the water a little more. Could this have nothing to do with the product being crap - sure. The 2 guys could have been trying to recruit from the IW team for another spin off business.

But again - I am more apt to think that they were let go based on the quality of the product released and the support post release.

Roman
1181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Geebus! Have you seen Roger Ebert? on: March 02, 2010, 02:23:05 PM
Just came across this story from the Toronto Star during my morning routine of Tim's and a bagel. My goodness - apart from the missing jaw he looks nothing at all like I remembered him.

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/article/773562--roger-ebert-tells-his-thyroid-cancer-story-on-oprah-today?bn=1

Good for him on not staying quiet - shows some fierce confidence that we could all use from time to time.

Roman
1182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic Hockey Tournament Talk! on: February 26, 2010, 02:55:26 PM
Teggy - this was on the news here this morning - especially on talk radio that I listen to during my drive into work.

Pretty lame in many people's minds up here in Canada. There is no story here - the journalist who supposedly took the pictures is from NJ and was hanging around the rink to get the US team's reaction to the game.
There was nothing insensitive about the woman's celebration as it was about an hour after the game and the arena was pretty much empty.

The Canadian IOC actually apologized for the team's behaviour. Seriously lame. The women were in no way rubbing it in.

In fact - the majority Canadian audience was chanting USA USA USA when the team was getting their silver medals.

Canada is too damn apologetic and bashful when it comes to boasting and celebrating. Heck even our Prime Minister told the Olympians to stop being so refined and let lose! . Sorry icon_lol

The only thing to be sorry for was that some of them chose to drink Girls Light (Coors) when they should have been drinking Molson Canadian. Also one of the players is only 18 and was drinking - the legal age in Canada is 19 (18 in Quebec).
Still lame.
http://olympics.thestar.com/2010/article/771965--team-canada-sorry-as-hockey-women-party-at-centre-ice

Roman
1183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: February 24, 2010, 09:14:42 PM

Quote from: Nonnahob on February 24, 2010, 08:57:08 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 24, 2010, 06:08:20 PM

Played for the first time in months last night.  Jumped into a game with Nonnahob, RomyBolognaPony, and Calvin.  I didn't bother to turn my mic on as rarely do I have much to say outside of cursing and I just wasn't up for much conversation following hours of chem homework and more home renovations.  I just needed a brief distraction/break for a bit and figured MW2 was as good an option as any.  I was surprised to hear Calvin ask who I was as I was sure we've played MP games in the past (Halo 3, maybe Gears of War).  

I didn't really do anything noteworthy, playing a little below a 1:1 kill/death ratio, but I attribute that to not having played a videogame outside of 1 vs. 100 for the past few months.  The main issue I ran into was wondering what guns folks were using.  I was killed by either Nonnahob or Romy (can't remember which) when I was moved to the opposing team and each time I watched the killcam I saw what appeared to be no recoil on their weapon whatsoever.  I have yet to find a weapon that doesn't have recoil, and each time I watched the camera it looked like their red dot sight stayed pretty steady.  As my thumbstick aiming isn't always steady, I could really use a weapon with little to no recoil.  LMGs are out for me as I can't keep them steady, I'm not a sniper rifle fan, and SMGs still seem to have quite a bit of recoil.  Only the M4 and the M16 work out best for me.  

I'm not sure what gun it was, but I certainly want one.  

The only guy I used last night was the AUG (which I was using most of the night) and the ACR. It was one of the two. I don't use SMGs.

Pete - I was using the ACR last night. Love love love that gun and use it 99% of the time. I did use the SCAR too - but would bet dollars to donuts that it was the ACR that I was using. The ACR has like ZERO recoil - I think you get it at level 51?
1184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dantes Inferno on: February 23, 2010, 05:42:10 PM
just traded it in for Batman(360) and DarkSiders(PS3) for a difference of $40.

Roman
1185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dantes Inferno on: February 22, 2010, 04:50:05 PM
wow! looks like you and I both are suffering from the 'sorrys' today.  nod
No worries - no offense taken - I was also trying to echo what you were echoing...

Roman
1186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dantes Inferno on: February 22, 2010, 03:49:37 PM
ya sorry - I meant ROI more along the terms of someone else above saying that 6-8hrs is too little for $60-$70 initial outlay.
1187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dantes Inferno on: February 22, 2010, 01:54:44 PM
Finished this one yesterday afternoon and am overall satisfied with the game. Did it blow me out of the water? No. Did I expect it to? No.
I think I clocked in at just under 8hrs - again I do not look for ROI on my gaming purchases - I just want to be entertained. And those 8 hrs were obviously spread over the past 13 calendar days. That is how I play all my games - I simply cannot sit there for hours on end like I could when I was younger.

Will I replay with all the new unlockables - no.
Was it a good tide me over until GOW3 - yes.

I liked the story, 'historic' elements, feeling of dread and doom as I got lower into hell itself. The last set of nine challenges were not as bad I the reviewers made them out to be - I actually quite liked the challenges and trying to get past them.

All in all - I am satisfied with this game and will buy the sequel. Just maybe not on day 1.

Thanks in advance,
Roman
1188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can anyone translate a Korean news release for me? :) on: February 19, 2010, 03:24:02 PM
today's special: Korean BBQ Beef and endless Kimchi bowl!
1189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 18, 2010, 03:04:08 PM
ever notice that elevators in parking garages have braille on the floor number buttons. What the heck were they driving for???
1190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crazy old dude beats down young thug (NSFW language and video title) on: February 18, 2010, 02:52:02 PM
love love love the Ambalamps.  Wonder what kind of wattage bulb an ambalamps takes?
1191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: February 16, 2010, 06:45:19 PM
thanks Hark! That was a pretty good one I must admit.

Oh and I am sure that I have no idea what you're talking about there Nonna - If items like trees, over passes, balconies, signs and other such fodder get in my way I can't explain - I swear that my edition must be hacked or something paranoid My situational awareness is second to none - almost Ninja like in my prowess. ninja2
1192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dantes Inferno on: February 16, 2010, 02:40:06 PM
I will certainly admit that some of the jumping stuff is pissing me off.
For instance: one section had me pull a lever  thereby release some guillotine like platform contraption to fall from the ceiling. While it is falling I have to get to a ledge before the trap lowers too far and kills me
Took me about 30mins or so to get by it. Very frustrating. Why?
Because – without the trap falling from above I can easily double jump to the little alcove that will provide some protection. I can double jump with my eyes closed a hundred times.
But when the trap is sprung and the guillotine like platform is coming down I am suddenly unable to double jump and grab the platform? WTF?
I finally realized that I have to run and double jump rather than double jump from a standing position. Fing LAME! Believe me I did this time and time again to test the theory.
But anyway – I am enjoying the game. I like the level design and the feeling of dread. I will keep playing on until the end and probably send it to Calvin.

Roman
1193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dantes Inferno on: February 14, 2010, 08:51:37 PM
I just started Lust - talk about yucky vaginas!!  saywhat

The QT to dispatch Minos was way cool.
1194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: February 12, 2010, 09:20:24 PM
sweet!
I just hope this did not open up any new exploits....

I am off to the other end of Toronto (Oshawa) this evening and will try to be online later this evening time permitting.

Roman
1195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: February 12, 2010, 01:13:29 PM
I think that is my plan as well after last night. 5 of 10 games had cheaters and I did not have fun.

It will be hard though - i do enjoy playing with everyone...

Roman
1196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dantes Inferno on: February 10, 2010, 05:15:01 PM
sure if you actively want to sit for 6+ hours and play something this will happen. But I would wager that the majority of us out here cannot put in that kind of time in one sitting.
I played for about 1.5hrs last evening and only managed to get onto Charon's boat and quit. I am enjoying it immensely thus far.

My 60 bucks will work itself out in the end - besides I rarely if ever buy a game for ROI above and beyond the smiles it gives me.

Roman
1197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help with CV on: February 09, 2010, 06:23:46 PM
resume / qualifications
1198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dantes Inferno on: February 09, 2010, 06:10:10 PM
just got back from lunch with the 360 version. PS3 version looked nice with all the extras - but I like the 360 controller better.

Might try to play this evening - although after playin MW2 last night until 1ish I am pretty beat today.......

Roman
1199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dantes Inferno on: February 09, 2010, 03:31:56 PM
friggin' Yanks and your deep discounts!  crybaby disgust

I am looking at 69.99!!! At least I have $100 on a trade in credit.
1200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: February 09, 2010, 01:59:14 PM

Quote from: Nonnahob on February 09, 2010, 01:47:22 PM

I'm going on hiatus until the care package glitch is implemented.

Played last night with Calvin, Romy and Archdan and saw all kinds of abuse with the care package. We probably left five or six rooms (once we knew it was happening, we bailed instantly).

The worst example was when we had this great game going on Favela, back and forth with the lead until about 5000/5000. Then all of a sudden some kid on the other team gets about 6 care packages. Half their team is defending him at the top of the street (where it is already a good place to defend, in the back area with the trench). The kid is doing the care package glitch with friends protecting him. We ended up losing. What a freaking buzzkill to be having a good competitive (and balanced) game and have someone screw it up with cheating. So frustrating.

yup. Looking forward to Dante's today. It was pretty lame to be under constant exploit. Lame lame lame. 
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