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4041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which Transformer are you? on: August 16, 2007, 03:28:44 PM
You are 74% Megatron!


Didn't think I was such a power hungry bastard.....Guess I need to revise my plans for WORLD DOMINATION!! icon_twisted  I shall start with GT  ninja
4042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 16, 2007, 03:21:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 16, 2007, 02:58:13 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on August 16, 2007, 01:06:35 PM

From the Eurogamer review, which is pretty well written:

"So, yes, the atmosphere and artwork is undeniably the thing that effortlessly grabs hold of the player, but BioShock is so much than an immersive tech demo poster child thanks to the amount of credibility that's been infused into every part of the game world: be it the combat, the exploration, the narrative, or the puzzling. It's a game that breaks down so well however you want to deconstruct it. And unlike so many shooters, this isn't a game that wilfully funnels you through narrow environments. The overarching nature of the game is still admittedly linear, but it's the kind of linearity that allows the player to poke around to your heart's content, and flit back and forth as and when you fancy sniffing out a few more secrets from a previously neglected area (and believe me, there'll be plenty). It's a game that will entice you to look at its map to explore, scavenge and go off the beaten track. And it's not just about the treasure hunt, either. With its subtle audio narrative forming as you go along, there's an even greater incentive to take you time - not only to discover yet more hidden audio diaries from the lost inhabitants, but because you're almost always rewarded for your explorational persistence."

Now granted, the reviewer sounds like he wants to have Bioshock's babies, but it's still a very compelling take on the game.

for anyone who wants to read LD's post but prefer the black background.

Thanks I had to high-light it to read it initially....silly LD
4043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 16, 2007, 02:37:39 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on August 16, 2007, 02:32:55 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 16, 2007, 01:16:03 PM

Welp, I was up to mindmight last night playing and I am enjoying myself.  I wish the interface was easier to navigate, but other than that I think that game is great.   The only other issue I have is the difficulty.  I took my lvl 2 party consisting of Psionic Warrior, Paladin, Cleric, Rogue, Bard and Wizard to the King's tomb and the recommended dungeon for a lvl 2 party kicked my ass in the end.  The Zombies and Skeletons all seemed to have maxed HP.

Okay...see, I'm about to run that quest, and the first thing I thought was 'I need to bring +1 (aka Magic) weapons with me.'  I expected possible incorporeal creatures. smile   Now I'm looking forward to putting some of my gold to use and hiring another cleric to go with me. smile  Turn Undead FTW! 

Yeah, carefully with the quest. After I wiped I decided to run the Elf quest instead.  Probably will start over after I get a better feel fo rthe game, but I am liking it.
4044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 16, 2007, 01:16:03 PM
Welp, I was up to mindmight last night playing and I am enjoying myself.  I wish the interface was easier to navigate, but other than that I think that game is great.   The only other issue I have is the difficulty.  I took my lvl 2 party consisting of Psionic Warrior, Paladin, Cleric, Rogue, Bard and Wizard to the King's tomb and the recommended dungeon for a lvl 2 party kicked my ass in the end.  The Zombies and Skeletons all seemed to have maxed HP.


 
4045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 16, 2007, 01:39:42 AM
Well,  my PC hit lvl 2 and unless I missed it I didn't see a option to multi-class
4046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 15, 2007, 11:12:57 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on August 15, 2007, 10:46:35 PM

Thank you....after reading that list....I feel much better about the title.  I just wish I knew how old it was.  (His current 8/8 impressions of the game don't address any of my concerns, though the FAQ mention of a DM mode makes me happy.  )

Even if I have to use preset maps, DM vs the players would be cool for Multiplay.


Just rolled up a few different characters and I didn't see a option to multi-class or dual class.  I'll see what's up once I level. As for impression I rolled up a half elf psion warrior and jumped into the game.  You can roll up as many charaters as you want, but quest seems to have a character limit.  The first quest I just completed had me taking out some goblin brigands.  I grabbed a cleric and went hunting.  Travel is handled like Tales of the World.  You basically warp from town to different areas.  AI seems decent.  My PC must have failed their spot checks as the goblins used stealth to sneak up on my Cleric.  Combat seems okay amd not overly cpmplex if you know D&D. The manual which I haven't really read seem sparse.  Basically no information on classes and abilities, but everything is explained in game, but a nice manual would have been nice. We took out the three goblins and headed back to town.  XP seems kind of high as they awarded for killing the goblins, not losing a PC and obtaining a chest.  I got XP for each.


Anyway, that's early impressions...more later

4047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 15, 2007, 08:09:09 PM
Well, I'm going to bite the bullet and get the game in a hour.  I will post some impressions
4048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock stealthed released on purpose on: August 15, 2007, 06:15:21 PM

Quote from: kathode on August 15, 2007, 06:14:04 PM

The two Toys 'R Uses near our office both broke the street date.  Me and a few other guys called and went running over.  The one we went to had five copies.  A guy in front of us bought one and we bought the other four.  It was pretty funny - the clerk showed us the cheap padded envelope he had received them in.  At the other store another one of our guys got the last copy.  Woo!  Bioshock!

 thumbsup
4049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock stealthed released on purpose on: August 15, 2007, 05:21:22 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 15, 2007, 05:17:19 PM

Talked to Gamestop, local and corporate.  Both are 'gathering more information' to see if they will break the date.  As it stands, their talking point is "TRU only got a few copies so it won't affect our sales in any way.  We are holding to our street date for now."  The 'gathering' and 'for now' suggests we might see differently very soon, but when I called TRU (a few here in AZ) they were RUUUUUUDE rude rude rude about telling me that "No - nobody is selling them.  Whatever you heard, you were mistaken."  I explained the pictures and gamertags and they told me that I'm just "completely wrong".  Wow...bad day?

Thanks, Ron.   I'm thinking the Gamestop , Walmart and Target will be sticking with the street date
4050  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: August 15, 2007, 04:44:57 PM

Quote from: jblank on August 15, 2007, 01:38:16 PM

It just keeps getting worse for Vick.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,293268,00.html




 eek
4051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 15, 2007, 04:26:04 PM
Just got the word from my Gamestop that I can pick my copy up, but I forgot to bring my psp to work with me.  Anyone have any early impressions?
4052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock stealthed released on purpose on: August 15, 2007, 03:42:41 PM
Well, I just called my Gamestop where I have it pre-ordered and the guy confirmed that the 21st is the street date and they areaware that some Toys R' Us had broken street date, but they haven't gotten word to sell them....yet
4053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioshock stealthed released on purpose on: August 15, 2007, 03:29:44 PM
Blantantly stolen from OO.  Could Bioshock been stealthed released on purpose  Seem GT needs to get to the bottom of this
4054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock Demo on XBLM on: August 14, 2007, 06:38:13 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 14, 2007, 06:29:40 PM

Quote from: Greggy_D on August 14, 2007, 05:22:56 PM

My jaw dropped after the movie screen went down on the bathesphere and the entire city of Rapture was displayed before you.  Awesome, awesome intro.

Although I shut it off right after I docked.  Already scared the piss out of me.

Is it really a scary game?  One of the attributes that would keep me from playing would be scares and creepy events.  There was a time when I was a horror movie fan, but I've more or less grown out of enjoying being scared, whether it be by games or by movies, and I'm not at all interested in a game that will scare me or creep me out in my own house.  I was only able to play a small portion of Fatal Frame on the PS2 before I couldn't take any more, and I managed to play just a few minutes of the Condemned demo before I had to turn it off because it creeped the hell out of me. 

If Bioshock is anything like that, I'm afraid I'm going to have to pass on this one. 


The game has it's scary moment ala System Shock. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
The best moment in the demo for me was when you come off the elevator and you see the silhouette of the female splicer talking to the baby carriage and then seeing her baby is a .45 magnum  eek
4055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Live Noob on: August 14, 2007, 02:31:39 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 14, 2007, 02:24:22 PM

Hi all, I am a new to the whole Xbox live scene and I have some questions for anyone who's got a moment.  I started playing with an offline profile (Kevin) which was obviously taken when I tried to sign up to live.  So I used my forum account to browse the Marketplace and stuff.  I only have a silver membership, not really intersted in multi-player at the moment. 

Any way, I had been signed into the XBL account when I started a game and I noticed that it said "update available" and I downloaded it.  My question is: do these updates carry over for all user accounts on that Xbox?  Or, are they only applied to the XBL user account?

Also, can you transfer save game data between profiles?

Thanks much!!

the automatic updates are applied across account  I believe.

Not certain you can transfer saves between account as it would be a work around when it comes to achievements.
4056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm looking for a fantasy football league? on: August 13, 2007, 07:55:58 PM

Quote from: gellar on August 13, 2007, 07:14:24 PM

I keep meaning to create the BC league from last year and invite GTers to it.  I will be doing so this week.  You are invited.

gellar

Thanks
4057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I'm looking for a fantasy football league? on: August 13, 2007, 06:53:46 PM
Is GT going to run one or anyone interested in setting up a league?

I'm not interested in Commishing a league, btw.  just want to join one
4058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/13) on: August 13, 2007, 02:21:11 PM
D&D tactics

As much as I want a football game I am staying away from MAdden unless I hear good things about it
4059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying for the rest of the month? (August) on: August 13, 2007, 02:00:38 PM
PC
Bioshock

360
Two Worlds
Stranglehold (maybe)

PSP
D&D: Tactics
4060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock Demo on XBLM on: August 13, 2007, 01:20:03 PM
Shit!  Well, I guesss I'll try to D/L it this evening when I get home.  Guess I'll be avoiding these threads since I don't want a spoiler
4061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mythos opens up on: August 11, 2007, 09:58:55 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on August 11, 2007, 09:39:45 PM

If I can tear myself away from Tales of the World I'd be up for some grouping at some point.



Not derail, but my love for the game is diminishing.  Think I am going to try and finish it, but it is a struggle. 
4062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mythos opens up on: August 11, 2007, 09:17:07 PM
Got my Satyr Gadgeteer up to lvl 5.  name is Forge and so far I'm liking it.  Would love to do some grouping
4063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duels on: August 08, 2007, 10:24:51 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on August 08, 2007, 02:39:26 AM

Just kicked soulchilde's candy ass with my heated claws of something or other.  Sliced and diced through all that fancy shmancy armor.

I have also added you to my Rivals list.  So as of now, it's LD-1 SC-0.

Time for bed.

 icon_biggrin


so you waited til you lvl 6 and accepted my duel finally :p    revenge will be mine


CK get an account.  I have a score to settle with you as well big guy  slywink
4064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rob Zombies Halloween on: August 07, 2007, 08:15:44 PM
Just saw the trailer for Zob Zombie's Halloween and all I have to say is  icon_eek eek



In!!!!!
4065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duels on: August 07, 2007, 08:00:23 PM
I'll miss around with this tonight when I get home from work.


LD prepared to be smacked down :p
4066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/6) on: August 06, 2007, 02:55:34 PM
NADA
4067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dynasty Warriors...Gundam? on: July 31, 2007, 02:08:57 PM
Btw, not sure anyone cared but the demo is now up on xboxlive.  Well, I just saw it anyway.  Voice acting was very hokey, but I liked what I saw.  Not sure I will be getting it, but it's a definite rental
4068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Stranglehold...which are you getting? on: July 30, 2007, 06:08:45 PM
360
4069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/30) on: July 30, 2007, 02:54:22 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on July 30, 2007, 02:39:31 PM

I thought D&D Tactics (PSP) was shipping this week?

delayed til 8/17 or 8/18 I believe
4070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/30) on: July 30, 2007, 02:14:28 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on July 30, 2007, 01:32:01 PM

Possibly Brave Story or .  Depending on what the xbla title(s) for this week is might pick that up as well.

Nada for me

Jarrod I have Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology from Gamefly and I have been playing quite abot.  Not much story and tons of dungeon crawling.  If you are looking for story then I would avoid this game.  Normally, I wouldn't stick with this, but I like the job system and the crafting is fun
4071  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Discussion] What do you feel is "SciFi" vs. Fantasy? on: July 24, 2007, 05:34:34 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 24, 2007, 05:31:09 PM

I shall simplify my opinion so as to make my point...

Fantasy = elves
Sci-Fi = lasers

Sci-F=Fantasy

Fixed that for you  Tongue

I do agree that Fantasy or High Fantasy whatever you call it relates to Elves/Dragons and Medieval setting.  Sci-fi is more technology based and is set in the current or futire timeframe
4072  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 24, 2007, 12:15:31 PM
Goodell to Vick stay away from camp.   Good move on the NFL part, imo.  His presence will be a distraction and Animal Rights groups are already giving the NFL , The Falcons and the sponsers fits.  Vick would be noting but a distraction at this point
4073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]this week...Wing Commander Arena on: July 23, 2007, 08:36:45 PM
pass
4074  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: IT'S P-DAY! (impressions/spoilers within) on: July 23, 2007, 07:11:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 23, 2007, 06:48:18 PM

Hopefully she does, but she's probably made so much money she could retire at this point (I think she's worth a billion or more).  I wonder how long it will take for rumours of a HP related TV series to start flying around.....

Last I heard she was considered wealthier than the Queen of England.


She deserves a break from Harry Potter and if I was her I won't even be thinking about another series.   She alread said she won't allow another writer to pick up with Harry Potter, but I'm if that means another writer could write a book in her universe
4075  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: IT'S P-DAY! (impressions/spoilers within on: July 23, 2007, 03:05:47 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 23, 2007, 01:42:52 PM

Ike,

Spoiler for Hiden:
It's kind of semantics but it wasn't so much that there were seven horcruxes but that Vodemort wanted to split his soul into seven parts.  But the final part had to be in Voldemort's body.  So technically I suppose you could say the plan was for six horcruxes.  Kind of interesting- Voldemort's plan was for seven pieces of his soul because seven was such a strong number magically but he inadvertently splits his sould into eight which might have made him weaker than he would have otherwise.

Harry knows that the cup is a likely horcrux in Book 6 (he and Dumbledore discuss it) but neither had a lead on where the cup was.  So when they were wandering around aimlessly in the beginning it was more a question of *where* the hiding places were than what the actual horcrux was.  That's why Harry tells them when they go into Gringott's to be on the lookout for a cup but that it could technically be anything. 

The Hallows subplot is actually essential (this is going to be long):






What Dumbledore doesn't tell Harry, of course, is that he's the final Horcrux and that he will have sacrifice himself to destroy it.  Harry has to *choose* to die in the end and, in the process, basically perform the same sacrifice that his mother did, choosing death in an effort to save someone else (in Harry's case many "someone elses"). 

So he essentially gives Harry clues to the complete opposite of the Horcrux quest- the Hallows.  The whole idea of the Horcrux quest is that Harry must sacrifice himself in the end.  Those who are followers of the Hallows hunt (Xeno Lovegood, Gruwenvald, and even Dumbedore himself to an extent) are seeking to avoid sacrifice and become "Death's Master" as perhaps a method to immortality. 

So for Harry to truly come to terms with self sacrifice he had to have a choice between that and the opposite- becoming so powerful that he could defeat Voldemort without sacrifice.  Dumbledore offers him this choice but in a manner in which he knows that Harry won't be able to act rashly on it.  Especially because the search for the Hallows is, on some level, easier than the search for Horcruxes.   There are only three items- Harry already has one of them (the cloak), suspects he has another (the ring instead the snitch), and knows the location of the last (the wand, either in Dumbledore's tomb or with Voldemort himself later). 

So Dumbedore lays out this quest for Harry with these breadcrumbs, knowing Harry's character enough to understand that given enough time to think on it, Harry will choose the Horcrux hunt and in the end self-sacrifice.  I forgot the quote but I think that was the core of what Dumbledore was saying in his will when he gave him the snitch.   Of course, Dumbledore did put one final level of protection in for Harry since Harry actually couldn't obtain all of the Hallows until he had already made the right choice. 

And that's what Dobby's death essentially does for Harry- while digging his grave, he makes the choice for the Horcruxes over the Hallows and, after seeing the pensieve with Snape's memories, comes to terms with the need to sacrifice himself.  That was the point of that long journey in middle portion of the book (which I personally loved)- it was very much a necessary growing experience for Harry.

Of course, that's what ultimately allows him to live.  Had he gone the route of the Hallows, he might have been able to defeat Voldmort head-on, destroying Voldy's current body but even had Harry destroyed the rest of the Horcruxes, Voldemort would still live inside of Harry.

A really good point from someone on another message board- Voldemort, Dumbledore, and Harry are essentially the three brothers from the Hallows Fairy Tale.  Voldemort seeks the Wand so he can defeat all of his enemies (and in the process brings about his downfall), Dumbledore seeks the ring to bring back the dead (and in the process ends his life as well), but it's Harry who actually meets Death on his own terms.   




J.K. Rowling is a amazing writer.  Btw, i agree with what Kevin wrote in his spoiler
4076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/23) on: July 23, 2007, 02:58:51 PM
nADA
4077  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: IT'S P-DAY! (impressions/spoilers within on: July 23, 2007, 01:55:51 AM
Done!

Spoiler for Hiden:
The   only death I felt bad about was Dobby.  He was one of my favorite characters
4078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20/Jul/07 on: July 20, 2007, 06:02:02 PM
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow will have me engrossed this weekend.  I will be staying away from the internet til I finish the book
4079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 18, 2007, 11:24:05 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 18, 2007, 11:08:57 PM

You mean like Tank Johnson?

True, to an extent, but Tank has SEVERAL  prior bad acts.  He has no one but himself to blame, imo
4080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 18, 2007, 08:03:27 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on July 18, 2007, 06:28:26 PM

The fact that Vic is unquestionably one of the top 10 "faces" of the NFL makes this more interesting than the other shenanigans that have happened over the last 6 months.

I am one of the very few people I know that likes Vic.  I always have.  And I am a huge proponent of innocent until...

But I tell you, if things work out the way it's looking, my attitude (regarding him) will change pretty quick. 

I like Vick.  I think he is  a wonderful athlete.  Overrated QB?  maybe.. but I don't dislike the guy, but if he dog-fighting in anyway he needs to pay the price
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