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7001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Death by floor mat on: September 30, 2009, 02:01:27 AM
I saw a news report where they had the 911 call from the accident, and it came from a passenger in the car. Really horrible.

Our RAV4 has the hooks to keep the mats in place. Thing is, they have been making cars with mats that don't hook on forever. It's odd that this has only become an issue now.
7002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Complex - Need Help (spoilers) on: September 30, 2009, 01:58:00 AM
Hm. There should definitely be a destination mark on your map. Did you try moving around a little and seeing if one appeared? Seems like a bug. I can't remember off the top of my head where she is at that point in the game, but I'm sure there are walkthroughs that can help.
7003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: September 30, 2009, 12:43:38 AM
OK, finished this tonight (although I immediately downloaded the DLC and will be playing through that as well). Totally get the frustration with the last level. Especially since the last few missions weren't very hard and there doesn't seem to be a trick to it
Spoiler for Hiden:
such as finding the walkers in the second to last mission, which made it a breeze.

Halfway through the last mission, after dying 3 times I decided to go down to casual mode since I was expecting continued frustration, and even then it took me 2 tries.
Spoiler for Hiden:
After I lost the tank, I grabbed the arc welder from a supply box to help grab vehicles, and that wound up being a good decision when I found out I needed to take on a tank.

Looking back on this game, while it did have some repetitive parts, I have to say overall it was great. Mercenaries 2 may have had some bigger explosions and aircraft, but it also had the annoyance of having to manage your inventory, call in strikes and do a lot of waiting and boring point-to-point traveling (avoided in RFG once you get the warp power). I was really impressed by the size of the map, and while the areas weren't a whole lot different from each other, there was a really nice amount of detail visible in the different areas, from the grassy parts of oasis, to the amazing rock formations and tight valleys of Eos. And of course, Geomod 2.0 is awesome.
7004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One exclusive you would like to see cross over to your console of choice on: September 29, 2009, 04:50:16 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 29, 2009, 04:14:14 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2009, 03:50:07 PM

I wish Killzone was on the 360 so people on here might play the MP.

Killzone has MP?   icon_wink

That was the best you could do for your 5000th post?  Shame on you.
7005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One exclusive you would like to see cross over to your console of choice on: September 29, 2009, 03:50:07 PM
I wish Killzone was on the 360 so people on here might play the MP.
7006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: September 29, 2009, 03:11:28 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 29, 2009, 02:36:24 PM

42 More Days!

Hey, get back in your cryo-chamber.
7007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [reading]So...Star Wars books? on: September 29, 2009, 02:27:52 AM
Well, as I mentioned I have already read the Thrawn trilogy, so I think I will start with the next two Thrawn books. I'll probably re-reread the trilogy to refresh my memory. I remember them being very fast reads.
7008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [reading]So...Star Wars books? on: September 28, 2009, 08:12:44 PM
I recently joined BookMooch and PaperBackSwap and I am clearing out a lot of old books I have no need for anymore. With my credits I am mixing some more serious stuff with some no-stress sci-fi. One of the things I was interested in getting back to was some of the Star Wars books. Back quite a few years ago I read the original Thrawn trilogy and the first Rogue Squadron book, but nothing more. Since then I know the catalog has overflowed, and it's kind of hard to know where to look.

I was wondering if anyone around here had kept up with the books and could recommend a good place to start. Something fairly self-contained would be nice as I won't want to have to wonder what's going on when they refer to something that happened in several other books.
7009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I HATE Christmas on: September 28, 2009, 06:43:05 PM
Limbaugh's right, there is a War On Christmas, and you Scrooges are the footsoldiers!
7010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: September 28, 2009, 06:39:35 PM
So I decided to try out a couple of rounds of multiplayer yesterday, since I hadn't ventured there yet, and in the very first round some guy got a rail driver and was just murdering everyone from some hiding spot. I guess they wanted to include all the weapons, but I don't see how you can have a balanced game when someone can hide and one-shot kill anyone on the map. The score ended up something like 30-6. The second round I played no one had a rail driver and it was a lot more fun and even.
7011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: September 28, 2009, 05:54:51 PM
I figured it was going to be like HSM when I first saw the commercials, but none of the songs are original and all the singing takes place in realistic settings (no one just breaks out into song in the middle of a conversation), so it's not really like it at all.
7012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dollhouse Season 2 on: September 28, 2009, 03:40:55 PM
Was there a "previously on" section before the show started? I TiVoed it and we didn't have one. I was kind of amazed by how little recapping was done in the episode. I think if someone hadn't seen last season they would have been completely lost. As it was I was having trouble remembering that Echo's former handler was now the head of security and that Helo was not actually a handler (yet).

I thought the Whiskey bit was really interesting. I never considered the fact that the doctor would not want to go back to being her original self because that would mean she would "die". But wouldn't she just go willingly if they asked her if she wanted a treatment?

Also, was there more to the fact that Whiskey hated Topher than he thought it would be best for the project? I didn't really understand why she was so hung up on it.
7013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boston Here I Come! on: September 28, 2009, 02:59:09 PM
I was going to say Sunset Grill as well. And while their food menu isn't as large as the beer menu, it is quite large and the food is good. You could also try the Sunset Cantina, which is a drop closer to downtown if you interested in a margarita with your beer. http://www.allstonsfinest.com is the site for those places.

Heh, I went to B-school at BU and we went to Cornwall's all the time since it was right next to our building. If you are in that area, you could also go to Boston Beer Works, which only serves their own microbrew, but you can get flights and they have good food (get the sweet potato fries). 
7014  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 4 on: September 28, 2009, 04:19:14 AM
ForsakenPenguin's Broncos beat my Cowboys 14-7. The Broncos really just rolled all over the Cowboys. Knowshon Moreno racked up 114 yards and 2 TDs while Marion Barber could only come up with 6 yards rushing on 7 attempts, and the Cowboys only managed 1 first down. The only reason the score was so close was that several times as the Broncos were threatening to score, Kyle Orton threw an INT. He threw 4 altogether, including one caught in the end zone by Ken Hamlin, which was returned 101 yards for a TD. I saved the video, but it loses most of the impact when the run starts around the 50 yard line (why can't they make the videos last for the entire play? Or at least 5-10 seconds longer?).  It was a fun game, though, and I clearly have a lot of practicing to do.
7015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: September 27, 2009, 10:24:20 PM
Wow, once you get into Eos, the EDF start dropping some very fun weapons.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Gauss rifle, sniper rifle and rail driver.

Also, doing some of the achievements unlocks some really nice cheats, although turning them on prevents you from getting any more achievements.
7016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 27, 2009, 10:19:44 PM
Congrats to Detroit.
7017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: September 27, 2009, 06:01:17 PM

Quote from: Brendan on September 23, 2009, 04:29:20 PM

It's super useful in missions with difficult vehicles because it kills the entire crew, allowing you to just jack it without incident.  I wouldn't bother with the upgrade that tells friends-from-foes, but you should definitely have the basic weapon and some ammo upgrades.

Thanks for this hint, I went back and finished that mission on the first try using the arc welder to grab a tank and then take out all the others.
7018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm getting kind of tired of open world games on: September 27, 2009, 12:20:41 AM
I think I agree with you except for the fact that doing a lot of optional stuff gives you more powers and upgrades which make finishing the games a lot more manageable for me.
7019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm getting kind of tired of open world games on: September 27, 2009, 12:09:22 AM
So I just finished Infamous back to back with Prototype. There seems to be a trend with me and these games recently (Mercenaries 2, Assassin's Creed, etc.) where I am really engaged for 10-15 hours and then I decide I want the game to be over. I think that all of these developers fall into the same exact trap where they create a few different areas, and you need to complete (and search everywhere for some whatsit) one area and then rinse and repeat in the next area. There are exceptions with some missions of course, but in general this genre seems to have lost its luster. I'm somewhat amazed that I put 60 hours into GTA4.

7020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No new Gears until the next gen? on: September 26, 2009, 10:15:59 PM
Don't forget Shadow Complex!
7021  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 4 on: September 25, 2009, 07:15:55 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 25, 2009, 07:11:35 PM

Quote from: Octavious230 on September 25, 2009, 05:01:22 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 25, 2009, 04:34:12 PM

Quote from: Octavious230 on September 25, 2009, 03:41:53 PM

Btw I downloaded the patch and they made the Jacobs MORE powerful. He just bowls over people left and right it's insane. I should be happy but it seems a bit unfair.

I think he has always been like that. By far the best power back in the game IMHO.  Combined with the Giants OLine he is a beast.

I do think the patch may have broken kickoff returns though.  I played 3 games last night and saw 6 kickoff returns for TDs. 

Yes I've seen other complaints about the kickoff returns as well. They made the blocking too good on the kickoffs.  thumbsdown

It's probably a side effect of the improved run blocking on offense.  There is probably no way to seperate blocking on run plays from blocking on special teams.  NFL 2K games used to have the same problem.

hm, but they had this in the patch notes:

Quote
Changes run blocking slider to not effect special teams
7022  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 4 on: September 25, 2009, 07:09:19 PM

Quote from: The_Man on September 25, 2009, 03:06:04 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 23, 2009, 04:02:50 PM

Quote from: msteelers on September 23, 2009, 03:52:54 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 23, 2009, 02:48:02 PM

Is ForsakenPenguin on GT?



I don't think so.

OK, well I put in a friend request, hopefully he'll realize who I am.

It's my son.  He wanted me to find out when you wanted to play.  He can play pretty much anytime the next 3 days.

What time zone are you in? Tomorrow is looking a little murky right now, so I was thinking noon eastern on sunday perhaps?
7023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/25 on: September 25, 2009, 06:19:01 PM
Infamous (inFAMOUS?) and ODST.
7024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So how many toasted to Arthur today? on: September 24, 2009, 09:22:20 PM
Well, I just happen to have a bunch of cans in the fridge. I will have to partake later.
7025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: ODST Impressions? on: September 24, 2009, 08:50:30 PM

Quote from: jersoc on September 24, 2009, 07:45:42 PM

what's the best way to deal with those engineers? i swear their shields never drop

The correct answer is...avoid them, because you get more achievement points  icon_lol
7026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Price cut September 27th! on: September 24, 2009, 08:34:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 24, 2009, 05:30:43 PM

Don't forget compOnent cables are extra, and if you don't have wifi you have to buy a network adaptor if you want to go online.

And extra wiimotes.
7027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First 2 InFAMOUS Review on: September 24, 2009, 05:56:28 PM
I've been playing this and really enjoying it - the sliding along power lines gives me pleasant memories of the first Sly Cooper (surprise, surprise). I just finished the first island and I have a question and a comment.

question: is there a stats screen? How do I know how many shards I have found?

comment: I don't really understand why they keep asking you whether you want to do the good thing or the bad thing.  Once you choose a path, you are pretty much stuck on it, because you can only use good powers or bad powers. You can't play a middle of the road Jedi guy who uses some light force powers and some dark force powers. If you start out good and choose to do a bad thing every once in a while, you only hurt yourself because you will delay access to some of the power-ups that require the next Karma level. I guess it's nice to have the choice, but it's really pointless and they should just ask you at the beginning if you'd like to be a hero or a villain.
7028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: ODST Impressions? on: September 24, 2009, 05:41:12 PM

Quote from: Kemper Boyd on September 24, 2009, 05:28:59 PM

Quick questions from a total Halo noob...

1) Should I really be exchanging my weapons for alien tech right away? Ammo for my stuff seems to be awfully scarce - I've only just started the first flashback so maybe the actual game will be different.

It depends what you like to use, but you're going to run out of ammo whether you are using UNSC or Covenant weapons, you might as well pick up a refill if you are low and have the opportunity.

Quote from: Kemper Boyd on September 24, 2009, 05:28:59 PM

2) What is the best way to deal with shielded opponents early on? Those guys eat my automatic rifle ammo for breakfast!

Basically, hit them with something more powerful smile You can use grenades to knock out shields and then clean up with your weapon, a charged plasma pistol (just hold down the trigger until it starts shaking and let go to fire), sniper rifle (UNSC or Covenant), Brute shot, rocket launcher, laser, etc. I think the carbine works pretty well. The needler is great on Brutes, just make sure you get a full clip into them and they will explode. Vehicles like the Ghost and Chopper work great, of course.
7029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I don't think I've seen an elephant near Fenway Park on: September 24, 2009, 03:42:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 24, 2009, 03:04:10 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 24, 2009, 02:54:28 PM

-the Fluffernutter the official sandwich of MA

that name always makes me snicker.

A Snickers sandwich might taste good.
7030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I don't think I've seen an elephant near Fenway Park on: September 24, 2009, 02:54:28 PM
There's been a lot of hand wringing about the special appointment of an interim Senator in Massachusetts, but the fact that these bills have actually been put forth has me a little more concerned on what the hell they are spending their time on up on Beacon Hill.

There are actual bills to make
-the Fluffernutter the official sandwich of MA
-"Fever Pitch" the official movie of MA
-the number 6 the official number of MA
-the elephant(!) the official mammal of MA

Seriously?! (I will, however support making Necco wafers the official candy of MA.)
7031  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 4 on: September 24, 2009, 03:35:21 AM

Quote from: Octavious230 on September 24, 2009, 03:15:00 AM


The Chiefs need to learn to tackle.
7032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: ODST Impressions? on: September 24, 2009, 03:20:53 AM
On X-Play they said it was 8 hours if you take your time, but you can rush through it in about 4 hours (I think at least one level only requires you to hit checkpoints, so you can theoretically just run/drive right through).

For some reason I thought that the radio logs were in the levels, not in the open world. When I realized I was wrong about that, I found two of them.
7033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: ODST Impressions? on: September 23, 2009, 09:30:16 PM
I definitely want to get in on some of this. I don't know if tonight will work out very well, but I hope people will be playing this weekend. I'll send friend invites to people I don't have on my list so you can see me if I am on.
7034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: From Your Personal Perspective, Who is Winning This Generation of Consoles? on: September 23, 2009, 09:03:22 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on September 23, 2009, 08:32:28 PM

I know we're veering this conversation off topic, and maybe we should open a new topic on this, but the core gamers turned their back on Nintendo first.  The Gamecube's sales were miserable, and it was arguably their most core system.  Can you blame them for walking away?

Well it depends on how you look at it - perhaps core gamers were turned off by the Gamecube because it wasn't growing with them. If you consider the people who played NES, SNES, and N64, there was a pretty good progression there with games maturing with the players. Super Mario on the NES, something like LTTP and Super Metroid on SNES, then Ocarina of Time, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and Conker on the N64. Then you get the Gamecube and granted, you've got Metroid Prime, Eternal Darkness and RE4, but reaction to Wind Waker was mixed, Super Mario Sunshine was not great, and it launched with Luigi's Mansion and a funky purple controller. Meanwhile, these now grown-up gamers could play Halo 2 online on the XBOX or a really serious racing sim like GT3 on the Playstation 2, along with lots of epic RPGs, including Final Fantasy.  You really can't blame those gamers for not sticking with Nintendo if they weren't getting what they wanted from the Gamecube. At that point Nintendo had a choice to pursue those gamers and win them back or continue on the same path.
7035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: September 23, 2009, 08:15:03 PM
Oh yeah, there was a report about the zombies equivalent using aliens a while back, although I don't believe that was official.

I do seem to recall them officially talking about the special ops co-op missions.
7036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: September 23, 2009, 07:23:03 PM
This is one of the main liberation missions in Oasis. There is an earlier mission in Dust where they leave a walker lying around - I don't know if that's the one you are talking about.
7037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: September 23, 2009, 05:00:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 23, 2009, 04:38:06 PM



wait, members need approval?  who the hell let Teggy in then?  icon_wink


I sneaked in while KD wasn't looking.
7038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: From Your Personal Perspective, Who is Winning This Generation of Consoles? on: September 23, 2009, 04:44:40 PM
I have to go with the 360 primarily because of how Microsoft successfully stepped in and took a leadership position in the videogame industry. I think with the first XBOX their goal was to get a foothold, and with the 360 they wanted to be a leader, and I think they accomplished that. Live is a great system that Sony is still struggling to emulate. It also turns out that jumping out a year ahead of Sony was a great idea, especially when Sony couldn't match their price when they finally debuted. Nintendo has sold a ton of units, and that can't be ignored, but they don't have the respect of the core gamer, and I think that will have a big effect on the staying power of the Wii, not to mention the lack of HD. Nintendo is going to have to deliver a new system much sooner than MS or Sony, and the success of that system may be the biggest indication of how successful the Wii really was.
7039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: September 23, 2009, 04:25:46 PM
I need to get back to this, maybe after I finish off Infamous and ODST. I got stuck on one of the later main missions where you have to stop waves of tanks that are coming in from all directions. I think my problem may have been that I never bought the arc thing. It seemed kind of useless at the time, but I have come to understand it's really useful in disabling tanks.
7040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: September 23, 2009, 04:21:46 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 23, 2009, 03:50:49 PM


All I know is, it better not be that the enemy has created a genetically altered super-species of monsters that have gotten free.

Being able to play as Darth Vader in MP might be acceptable slywink
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