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2361  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: September 30, 2009, 03:01:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 29, 2009, 11:51:46 PM

cool, I'll create on that server then.


Turbine Unveils Special Pre-Launch Offers Including the New LOTRO Adventurer’s Pack

WESTWOOD, MA – September 29, 2009-- Turbine, Inc. announced today that The Lord of the Rings Online™: Siege of Mirkwood™, the new digital expansion to the 2008 MMO of the Year will launch on December 1st in North America. Turbine also unveiled The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) Adventurer’s Pack which contains what every player needs to survive in the chaos of Mirkwood! Siege of Mirkwood and the LOTRO Adventurer’s Pack are scheduled to launch on December 1, 2009.

Starting today, players can take can take advantage of several special pre-launch offers to celebrate the release of the second expansion to LOTRO:

    * The LOTRO Lifetime Membership is now available for $199.
    * Any current or former player who renews or upgrades their subscription to any multi-month plan by October 31st gets the Siege of Mirkwood digital expansion for FREE!
    * All players can pre-order the new LOTRO Adventurer’s Pack which contains 2 character slots and one shared storage slot that allows players to share items with all of their characters on the same server for $19.99 and get the Harbinger’s Cloak which provides 8% speed boost and the Dusky Nimblefoot Goat mount for FREE!
    * Starting today, existing Lifetime Members who pre-order the LOTRO Adventurer’s Pack get the Siege of Mirkwood digital expansion plus two in-game items (Harbinger’s Cloak which provides an 8% speed boost and a new mount) for FREE!

These special offers will be available for a limited time. For more information, please visit

I wasn't on at all last night, but I should be on tonight from 9est till whenever. I will be playing Hanton or Mclush. Not sure which toon yet. But look one of them up if you want some help.
2362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/28) on: September 29, 2009, 06:25:13 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 29, 2009, 01:05:57 AM

Quote from: Scraper on September 28, 2009, 06:34:14 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 28, 2009, 02:49:19 PM

I just ordered Motorstorm: Arctic Edge for the PSP from Amazon (which isn't in the top list, btw, along with a few other games I think).

Good choice the game is good. My review should be up today.

Any progress on the review?  (not to rush it or anything slywink )

Here it is
2363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/28) on: September 28, 2009, 06:34:14 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 28, 2009, 02:49:19 PM

I just ordered Motorstorm: Arctic Edge for the PSP from Amazon (which isn't in the top list, btw, along with a few other games I think).

Good choice the game is good. My review should be up today.
2364  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: September 26, 2009, 05:52:52 AM
Look up Hanton, Artanas, Everrick and chances are you will get in contact with me. That will get you in the unofficial GT kin, with me, Daehawk and that other guy.
2365  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: September 22, 2009, 07:53:45 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 22, 2009, 07:43:12 PM

A bit of a contradiction there, Scraper. You need the Moria expansion to play the Warden or Rune Keeper.

Doh, yeah I forgot about that.
2366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So who's getting the PSP Go? on: September 22, 2009, 07:04:08 PM
Here's my problem with the digital DL. I live in the country, I have DSL but the download speed is capped at 90k, this means that any file over 100megs takes FOREVER. Anything over 300megs and I just leave the system on over night and let it DL while I'm asleep. I'm not the only one with this problem either. The DL only option is not a great option for me. So even if I wanted a Go I still wouldn't get it.
2367  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: September 22, 2009, 06:57:17 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on September 22, 2009, 06:50:21 PM

So, I'm very tempted to fire up an MMO again.  I am as casual as they get, might have 4 or 5 hours a week.  I know what you are saying, just play a SP RPG, but I enjoy the atmosphere in an MMO, and the constantly changing worlds.  I played LOTRO for the first month, and don't remember much about it.  I've lost my disks, but guess I could d/l the client.

What I'm asking is, how casual friendly is this game. I just want to do some questing, find some cool loot and fight some bosses.  I don't want to join guilds or anything, nor do I care about endgame.

If I decide to bite, what's the best way to get back in.  Resub, or by it new.. I think it's like $9.99.

I would probably just resub, since the $9.99 will just get you Moria and chances are you won't get to Moria anyway. So just DL the client. Also if you start over I would recommend playing as a Rune Keeper or Warden, they are both solo friendly and I think they are the two most fun classes in the game.
2368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Videogame Quote - GO! on: September 21, 2009, 08:05:11 PM
2369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL RedZone HD on: September 21, 2009, 05:59:45 PM
There has been a Redzone channel on the DirecTV NFL package for a couple of years now and it's awesome. But even better than that is the channel that shows 8 games at once, you can even pick which game's audio you hear. I love it.
2370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jak & Daxter preview writeup on: September 17, 2009, 03:42:00 PM
I just wanted to let you guys know that I have a short preview posted for the upcoming Jak & Daxter PSP game. Check it out here. The game seems promising and is a true sequel to Jak 3.
2371  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/FT: Chrono Trigger [DS] on: September 16, 2009, 01:38:38 PM
2372  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's ACORN advise people on how to run a prostitution ring on: September 11, 2009, 03:15:47 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 11, 2009, 02:31:28 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 11, 2009, 02:14:32 PM

Quote from: rickfc on September 11, 2009, 02:13:21 PM

Quote from: Booner on September 11, 2009, 01:01:08 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on September 11, 2009, 12:01:37 PM

And what does this have to do with Obama again?
2373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well my 360 and PS3 BOTH died yesterday on: September 09, 2009, 04:09:18 PM
I once thought my PS3 wasn't powering on all the way. It turns out that the HDMI input I was using went bad and thus I didn't get any audio or video from it. I would check your cables and try a different input just to make sure.  
2374  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: September 04, 2009, 03:07:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 04, 2009, 02:31:11 PM

no no no, they got it wrong, it's not supposed to be Siege of Mirkwood it's supposed to be Siege of Minas Tirtih.  c'mon Turbine, get with it!  CeeKay wants to jump off the top! crybaby

My guess is that they will do northern mirkwood and the wood elves next, maybe even some of the lonely mountain, then the next major update will be Rohan and Minas Tirith.
2375  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: September 04, 2009, 02:01:04 PM
Mirkwood is official
2376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, May/Jun 2009: God of War on: September 03, 2009, 02:36:58 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 03, 2009, 01:29:09 PM

So any interest in choosing a game for September? I just put boot camp on my Macbook, so I can now play slightly newer pc games than I could before smile

Although when I tried the Red Faction demo (original, not Guerrilla) I could see through all the walls. Rainbow Six 3 works quite well, though. I haven't seen how far I can push it. I know it runs the Mac version of Lego Batman very nicely.

Shadow of the Colossus or ICO would be my recommendations.
2377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 2K10 Questions on: September 01, 2009, 07:25:14 PM

Quote from: Darren8r on September 01, 2009, 06:39:18 PM

Thanks Scraper!

If you listen to the call they actually answer some of your questions directly.  icon_biggrin
2378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 2K10 Questions on: September 01, 2009, 06:07:47 PM
My thoughts on the conference call are now up click hear to read about it there is also a link there to listen to the entire call. It sounds like 2K really put some effort into improving their game this year and addressing some of the communities concerns.
2379  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon $10.99 Blu Ray sale on: August 31, 2009, 02:53:50 PM
ooooooooooooooo NAVY SEALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2380  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: August 28, 2009, 01:56:53 PM
Look up:

Hanton (my main)
Hanthras (my alt)
2381  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: August 27, 2009, 03:25:55 PM
Over on Elendilmir we have a couple of GTers in an active kin. If you want to check that out. I'm thinking I'm going to role a new toon within the next week, and we have several players in their mid to late 20s as well as a bunch of lvl 60s who are willing to help with fellowship quests, just as long as you ask.
2382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 2K10 Questions on: August 24, 2009, 06:11:59 PM
All good questions. The interview isn't until Friday so you still have time to post them.
2383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2K10 Questions on: August 21, 2009, 02:40:09 PM
Hey guys I will be part of a NHL 2K10 developers conference call next week. I will be submitting several questions to the developers. Are there any questions you guys have about the upcoming game? If so I will do my best to work them in.
2384  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Target Update on: August 20, 2009, 03:40:34 PM
At an Akron Ohio Target I saw:

Riddick for the 360, PC and PS3 for $29.99
Mad World Wii for $20.00

as always YMMV
2385  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: August 18, 2009, 09:02:12 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 18, 2009, 07:29:53 PM

I finally finished the Hillmen the other day in Himbar in Angmar. I tried to explain to someone in-game that you DON'T get credit for the deed if the targets con "grey" to you (I tried bashing some grey hillmen in Angmar, and they don't change the deed counter). I just never got around to working on it until 50 or so (on my other two Mains I was wise enough to beat up on the Lone Lands Hillmen much earlier).

I'd like to get pages 16, 17 for "The Best Defence" (it's a nice shield bashing legendary trait), but they just won't drop from the Gabilshur (sp?) dwarves in MM, though 2 other pages did. Only Page 39 ever seems available in the auction house. I've checked numerous databases about it, but I'm really stumped.

My Guardian's to 53 now. If I ever reach 60 I'll try to be better about participating in the end-game stuff. I haven't played my Hunter in many months now so I don't know how useful I'd be with Georic. His hotkey setup is like a Sudoko puzzle.  confused

I still have a couple of free trials for this btw, if anyone ever needs one.

I farmed all of my pages inside of Giblin Town. I know this works for Wards, not sure about guards.
2386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 18, 2009, 01:55:56 PM
90% and about 6 hours to complete.
2387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Women's MMA. Biggest Fight Ever. Carano vs 'Cyborg on: August 18, 2009, 01:53:17 PM
That Cyborg dude is a beast. He is going to tear up Women's MMA. Why was Carano even fighting him?
2388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Entourage Season 6 on: August 18, 2009, 01:49:40 PM

Quote from: cheeba on August 18, 2009, 10:14:44 AM

Quote from: Moliere on August 17, 2009, 09:31:19 PM

I don't understand all this Entourage hate.

The show plays like a bad school play, to me. The actors pop off their lines one right after another without any pauses, without any natural conversation mannerisms. The situations with Drama, while sometimes funny, are often just over-the-top stupid, like in this past episode. There's very little that's actually likable about any of the characters - Vince is just there as an excuse to get chicks naked. Drama I already covered. Turtle is not interesting in the least. Eric is constantly whining. Ari is about the only likable thing on the show.

This video kinda sums it up pretty well.

And yet, as I said, I still watch. Probably helps that there's no interesting TV on right now, heh.

I have to agree with Cheeba here, I watch it and enjoy it, but I don't like most of the main characters. The wooden line delivery coupled with the fact that they are almost always walking while talking gets really old. Who the hell walks around as much as these four guys do. They are always walking somewhere together while trying to have a serious conversation. If they aren't walking together then they are sitting on a balcony sipping beer. Maybe they walk around all day while looking for a new balcony to sip beer on, then walk on to the next.
2389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 17, 2009, 03:20:04 PM
Our review should be hitting the site today. I won't spoil it but YK really loved it too.
2390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood season 2 on: August 17, 2009, 03:07:03 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on August 17, 2009, 01:16:09 PM

Quote from: ericb on August 17, 2009, 12:28:15 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 16, 2009, 02:32:31 AM

so, who want's to place bets that Godric, now that he's been deemed cool, won't survive the blast?

Godric is too cool to last past this season.  The only two I would bet on would be Bill and Eric...everyone else is fair game.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Godric didn't make it past last night.  He sure did go out in a ball of flame, though.

What a waste
2391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Entourage Season 6 on: August 17, 2009, 03:02:49 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on August 17, 2009, 03:00:13 PM

I'm enjoying it this season, but I hope they end it this year.  It's dangerously close to jumping the shark.

My girlfriend who has never seen it, enjoys it but when I raved madly about it, she's missing the boat.

It has already been renewed for next year. Shark will have officially been jumped by then.
2392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming Trend (And possibly OO) Madden 10 Online Franchise (PS3) on: August 17, 2009, 03:01:23 PM
I will be interested once mine arrives in the mail.
2393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dissidia : Final Fantasy IGN review on: August 15, 2009, 02:00:46 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 15, 2009, 03:43:42 AM

Good review.  I wasn't crazy about the demo, but fighting games aren't really my thing to begin with.  Might pick it up used someday (I am a FF whore, after all), but can't see it being a day 1 purchase.

The demo completely turned me off to the game, I hope the actual game is more to my liking.
2394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden NFL 10 (360) Review on: August 13, 2009, 06:22:32 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 13, 2009, 05:53:29 PM

Quote from: Jeff on August 13, 2009, 03:08:01 PM

IMO, the graphics should be somewhere in the 90's too. Probably even mid to high 90's.

Realize that Graphics include animations, and realize that Replay includes the value.  Are you getting what you paid for?  Are there enough new features to justify the purchase. 

Most sports game always have high re-playability simply because of the Franchise element and multiplayer. Technically each game is a replay.
2395  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: August 13, 2009, 06:20:32 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 13, 2009, 05:40:53 PM

If anyone on Elendilmir (Elindilmir?) is interested in mindlessly bludgeoning hillmen and wargs in a couple spots in Angmar, let me know (you'd probably want to be in the high 40s to 50 or so). I'm trying to finish up a couple of important deeds (the Hillmen one that gives the Strength of Morale trait [the 2200hp health-restorer]; the Warg one that gives a decent Fellowship HP increase).

I have to work through about 97 hillmen and maybe 70 wargs at this point, and it's tedious as heck solo.  icon_razz I probably won't be on tonight until about 9 p.m. EST-ish. My guardian's at 51 so I'm trying to work the hillmen about Himbar (other locations, I run into too many grey-cons that don't count towards deed completion). There's a hilly area far east of Gabilshur-whatever (dwarve camp, SE Angmar) that's crawling with the wargies I need, but the hillmen-deed is something I'm more eager to get.

Normally I work through the Hillmen deed in those hills east of Esteldin (which are crawling with Hillmen) but I got carried away with Forochel and Eregion, and by the time I realized it, I'd outleveled that paradise hunting area (all greys now).

I was able to do the Hillmen quest in the Eastern part of the North Downs. It was a brease there because they are all 30's or so. Anyway I should be on tonight so I might be able to help you for a bit.
2396  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: August 13, 2009, 02:58:04 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 13, 2009, 02:21:12 PM

You know, in Texas, we've reformed the hell out of tort. Under the "leadership" of the Republicans, and at the urging of the Texas Medical Association and Texas home builders, we've basically nailed the courthouse door shut in the Lone Star State. The result?

Well, we've made it damn hard to sue doctors who fuck up and ruin your life, but it hasn't brought down medical care costs. Doctors say that malpractice insurance costs haven't gone down (and we need to nail the courthouse door shut even more). Either they're telling the truth, and tort reform doesn't work because insurance companies won't lower their premiums, they'll just pocket the difference. Or they're lying, and they're pocketing the difference for themselves. The result is the same either way: costs are still skyrocketing, medical care has not improved, and it's harder to receive just compensation when a medical error harms you. A lose-lose-lose situation for Texans.

On the homebuilding front, it was even worse, actually. Bob Perry, who owns the Texas Republican Party (quite literally, he donates millions a cycle to GOP candidates, since there are no contribution limits in Texas), orchestrated the creation of the Texas Residential Construction Commission, which made it impossible to sue a homebuilder because the industry-dominated commission would always order a binding arbitration, which homebuyers had to agree to, because no one building a home would build it without a contract requiring that all claims go to the TRCC first. The quality of homes in Texas collapsed, and homebuyers had no recourse. Fortunately, Texas House Democrats were able to kill the sunset reauthorization bill for the TRCC this year, and that agency will vanish as of September 2010, restoring Texans' right to sue homebuilders who defraud them.

Tort reform sounds nice in practice. Still waiting for an example that helps every day folks, and not powerful, moneyed interests.

I wish I had a site for this but, in general Insurance companies profits and losses closely follow the ups and downs of the stock market. They in no way follow the ups and downs of medical malpractice lawsuits. Med Mal lawsuit payouts have steadily declined, while insurance rates have gone up. Blaming the Lawyers and making them look bad is just an easy way for the insurance companies to save face and limit their expenses.

(I know, show me the sites, they're out there, I just don't have the desire to find them right this minute)
2397  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: police caption on: August 12, 2009, 07:31:16 PM
"Would you like to buy some cookies Ma'am?"
2398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood season 2 on: August 12, 2009, 07:15:28 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 12, 2009, 06:33:18 PM

Quote from: Toe on August 12, 2009, 05:02:29 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 12, 2009, 03:55:37 PM

from what I hear they're not afraid to change from the books.  I haven't read them yet, but I heard that the body they find in the car in the first episode of season 2 was

Spoiler for Hiden:

in the books.

Thats funny because I felt that character got a lot less interesting from that point onward. Should have stuck to the books in that regard methinks. 

According to my wife (who is a major, major fan of the show and books), Layfyette wasn't even a major character in the first book.  The whole reason that Ball decided to keep him around on the show is that the character as played and scripted on the show turned out much better than what was in the books. 

I haven't read the books, but I agree that Lafayette is a fun character. I'm glad they didn't kill him off.
2399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood season 2 on: August 12, 2009, 03:40:30 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 12, 2009, 03:26:33 PM

Quote from: Jeff on August 11, 2009, 09:58:12 PM

And I agree, Godric is cooler than hell (no pun intended). Love the accent and uber-calm power. "I could snap you like a twig, and yet I don't"

I loved his line about being older than Jesus and that he wished he'd known him.  Most shows with immortal characters get really silly with their protagonists knowing every single famous person from history.  It's like they can teleport to wherever something historically important is happening.

by the way, the guy looks like Joaquin Phoenix to me. 

he reminds me of a larger version of Elijah Wood. But actually capable of playing a complete baddass. Godric is definitely a cool character.

Has anyone here actually read the books? I'm wondering if Godric plays a big role in the books, if he doesn't I sure hope HBO picks up on how cool he is and gives him a bigger role.
2400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden NFL 10 (360) Review on: August 12, 2009, 03:18:39 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on August 12, 2009, 02:52:55 PM

Quote from: Scraper on August 12, 2009, 02:02:23 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on August 12, 2009, 04:02:44 AM

62 is almost a failing grade and based on the demo the gameplay fairs far above failing.

Also, to Ian's defense, he has been working very hard to listen to the fan community and has done a lot to advance the Madden series.  I think he's done a wonderful job and I can see how he would be a little pissed about the GT review score.

Tell the guy to look at my Tiger Woods 10 review. I basically made love to the game in my review. Maybe that will make him feel better.

Why would it make him feel better?  He is the lead designer of Madden 10.  He has nothing to do with Tiger Woods.  Again, these are Twitter posts.  The point of Twitter that it is not affiliated with EA.  If the guy thinks the review is bad then he can say so.  It's not like he is posting this on EA's web site or even in a forum.

It would show him that GT isn't just out to bash EA sports for simply being EA sports. We actually play the games and put forward our honest opinions, which are unaffected by the sites management and the publishers.

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