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7001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Puke on TV on: July 06, 2009, 10:31:33 PM
The original video is quite old and was done intentionally. The woman didn't know what was coming, but the guy planned it ahead of time. He ate a half gallon (more?) of blue colored ice cream before going on, but because the video is so poor you miss the effect. There is an interview with him somewhere where he explains it.
7002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If Sony had immediately killed off the PS2...... on: July 06, 2009, 03:53:46 PM
It still would have been too expensive.
7003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: America Rules Edition July 4, 2009 on: July 06, 2009, 03:17:23 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 03, 2009, 02:25:44 AM

Resistance: Retribution, Banjo-Tooie and Lost Odyssey. Maybe some flavor of COD if people are playing.

I followed my playlist exactly. Although I was hoping to finish off R:R and didn't.
7004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [LTTP] Banjo-Tooie on: July 06, 2009, 02:36:14 PM
I never owned an N64, so Live Arcade and Virtual Console have been great for finally getting access to some of the games I never got to play. Banjo 1&2 were probably at the top of my list, so I snatched them both up immediately when they came out on the 360 (it didn't hurt that they probably look a lot better now in HD than they did when they were originally released).

I played Banjo-Kazooie almost to completion last year - I got to the credits but have yet to pass the "epilogue" (damn you Gruntilda!). I really enjoy platformers so I am willing to spend a lot of time on them, and with the exception of some poor swimming mechanics and some camera problems, I had a great time with the game. I believe I collected everything 100% (with 3 or 4 visits to Gamefaqs - I'm not perfect).

Along comes Banjo-Tooie a couple of weeks ago. Wow, this game is a BEAST! I don't mean that it is extra hard (although it is certainly challenging), I mean that the game is so huge and intricately designed. Rare really went all out with this game. The first Banjo was a nice sized platformer, but it was fairly straightforward in that once you unlocked a world you were in pretty good shape to get everything in that world collected. In Banjo-Tooie, this is not the case. An action that you make in one world may unlock an opportunity in another world, and then you may need to do something in yet another world to finally collect your jiggy. On top of that many things in worlds are not accessible until you unlock an ability later on. Plus, many of the worlds are linked together by hidden passages that will help to get a collectible later on.

I am so impressed by the amount of thought that went into this game. I doubt I will get 100% this time because there are a few tasks I don't feel like doing (some of the timed "FPS" sections are particularly annoying) and there are some tricky puzzles I may not work out as I am trying not to look at a guide at all. The only thing I did do was check to see how many worlds there are - I am already over 20 hours and I have yet to unlock 3 of the worlds.

I got all the Stop & Swop items in B&K, so it's great they have value in B-T. I hope they make a game that takes advantage of the Stop & Swop II items.
7005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/6) on: July 06, 2009, 02:02:16 PM
BF 1943 for the the 360. Assuming they don't come out with another map pack, this may be the end of the line for CoD:WaW.
7006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The USFL is back! on: July 04, 2009, 10:38:50 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 04, 2009, 10:19:32 PM

Why not Los Angeles?

It's one of markets they have chosen for season 2. It certainly would have made a lot more sense than New York or San Francisco.
7007  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Holiday double XP weekend for WAW on: July 04, 2009, 09:07:47 PM
I could be convinced to join in. Lets see if we can get critical mass.
7008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The USFL is back! on: July 04, 2009, 09:01:35 PM
A little more attention give to this league this weekend as it has been names as a possibility for Vick. I poked around their site.

Quote
Why will the UFL work?

The UFL's approach, rules and style of play will look and feel substantially similar to the NFL and will cater to those markets currently underserved by professional football.

Those markets?

Quote
The four teams selected for 2009 are Las Vegas, New York, Orlando and San Francisco.

I'm not sure if they know what "underserved" means
7009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And the famous folk keep dying... :( on: July 04, 2009, 08:43:55 PM
Just saw this. 36 years old and shot in the head. What is going on?!
7010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: America Rules Edition July 4, 2009 on: July 03, 2009, 11:21:05 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 03, 2009, 05:28:33 AM

Quote from: Teggy on July 03, 2009, 02:25:44 AM

Resistance: Retribution, Banjo-Tooie and Lost Odyssey. Maybe some flavor of COD if people are playing.

Is lost Odessey good? Seen it cheap a few times in my local gamestop.


It's a cutscene heavy JRPG. I am notorious for dropping RPGs mid-way, so I guess the fact that I am interested in continuing on through disc 3 says something. Taking my time with it, though.
7011  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin RESIGNS! on: July 03, 2009, 10:08:53 PM
Actually no - the article gives the impression that she is doing this because she is setting up plans to run for president in 2012. Why this would would help her chances I can't fathom, but I don't pretend to understand politics.
7012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alien NAtion returning to Sci Fi on: July 03, 2009, 03:59:07 AM
Definitely interested. Loved the series.
7013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: America Rules Edition July 4, 2009 on: July 03, 2009, 02:25:44 AM
Resistance: Retribution, Banjo-Tooie and Lost Odyssey. Maybe some flavor of COD if people are playing.
7014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asteroids on: July 02, 2009, 05:18:16 PM
This is kind of baffling. There's no plot and nothing to steal. All you get for this is the ability, I guess, to say "based on the videogame". I don't even see how anyone could be sued for making a movie about someone who gets trapped in an asteroid field and has to shoot their way out, even if they called it "Asteroids".
7015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another celebrity death: Karl Malden on: July 02, 2009, 03:30:42 AM
Don't forget about Fred Travalena.
7016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: game of the (1/2) year on: July 01, 2009, 09:26:59 PM
I think Killzone 2 is the only new game I have played this year. So, Killzone 2.
7017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Boston Phoenix: Best New Bands in America - Us! on: July 01, 2009, 02:26:32 AM
OK, very confused. Most of the songs that you can listen to on the page are from some indie band with a chick singer.
7018  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 30, 2009, 09:02:15 PM
It's not technically an app, but the m.tivo.com site is great if you are a TiVo owner. And you can create a shortcut to it on your phone so it acts like a normal app.

I have Evernote on the recommendation of a few people but I'm honestly not sure what I'm supposed to do with it yet.
7019  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: China bans Gold Farming on: June 29, 2009, 11:55:42 PM
I wonder how many WoW accounts the farmers represent? I doubt Blizzard minds losing the farmers, but it's probably a good chunk of change in recurring fees.
7020  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 29, 2009, 09:27:44 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 29, 2009, 07:55:53 PM

Anyone have any recommendations for games I can play 2-player with the wife, either on a single iPhone or even better using both our phones?  She's not a video gamer at all (she does like board games, anything from Monopoly to Blokus to Ticket to Ride) but she can get roped into things like Rock Band, Wii Sports, Warioware, and other games you can jump right into.  Mainly things for us to fire up if we're waiting in line for a movie or whatever.

I'm trying to get my wife to play Shopper. I enter in all the food I like to eat and then give her the list and have her go to the store and buy it all. She's not really getting into it.
7021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Soccer]U.S. beat Spain to get into the Final on: June 29, 2009, 03:01:53 AM

Quote from: Biyobi on June 29, 2009, 02:56:26 AM

My great wish for World Cup next year is FIFA bans whatever the hell it is that makes it sound as if there is an angry swarm of bees in the stadium.  That constant buzz is annoying as #$&%&!! mad

I had to turn the volume down so low that I couldn't hear the announcers - it was like nails on a chalkboard. Blowing horns for an entire game? That's fun?
7022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone here have an MBA? on: June 28, 2009, 12:54:44 AM
I have an MBA (and MSIS) but I got it under completely different circumstances. I had a really varied job history and no clear career path so I used it to get myself on a track (and I was 29 at the time).

I do think you are in a good position to get an MBA in that you have a lot of skills in a particular field that you could apply - certainly in my experience I found that was attractive to companies who were recruiting. I honestly don't know how the age will affect you. It is possible that they might look at a 50 year old new MBA differently than a 30 year old one. You could do informational interviews with companies you are interested in to get some insight.

You might also look into executive MBA programs, which are generally designed for older professionals, although maybe with more management experience. Good luck!
7023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Heroes is out on: June 25, 2009, 04:43:41 PM
PC games are puppies.






(because I can't play them)
7024  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 25, 2009, 03:43:59 PM

Quote from: Tokek on June 25, 2009, 06:00:11 AM



I use PandoraBox for that, you can put the apps you're interested in in their Favorites list and it'll will show you when they drop in price.

PandoraBox is very cool - thanks for the heads up.
7025  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 25, 2009, 01:09:15 AM
Has anyone played the Assassin's Creed game? One of the more expensive games but it looks neat.

The lack of true wishlists in iTunes is really annoying. You can create essentially create a wishlist using a playlist, but that only works for songs. There's no way to track apps you are interested in.
7026  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 21, 2009, 04:17:04 AM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on June 21, 2009, 03:31:33 AM

Quote from: Teggy on June 20, 2009, 11:00:50 PM

Tiger Woods is now on sale for $7. Just got my iPhone so that seemed a good one to pull the trigger on before I start restricting my app purchase budget (also picked up Peggle for 99 cents).

Does Tiger Woods have any sort of career mode?

I haven't gotten too deep into it, but it is not just single round play. You earn money you can spend towards either increasing your attributes (power, accuracy, etc.) or playing in tour events. The game provides a calendar and events are 4 days long.
7027  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 20, 2009, 11:00:50 PM
Tiger Woods is now on sale for $7. Just got my iPhone so that seemed a good one to pull the trigger on before I start restricting my app purchase budget (also picked up Peggle for 99 cents).
7028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 19, 2009, 08:55:01 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 19, 2009, 08:42:47 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 19, 2009, 05:39:45 PM

I am posting this with my new 3GS. That is all smile

(the forums look really nice on it)

Me too!  took a while to get synced and activated but all in the comfort of my own home instead of hours in a long line smile. Definite speed improvements. Browsing on wifi is getting close to my PC.

Still have to try cut and paste.   cut and paste. Ahhhhh very nice!

I've found just the 3G browsing to be really fast. My Treo 750w had HSDPA and it rendered at a snail's pace compared to this (not to mention sites are a whole lot easier to read on the iPhone).

We didn't experience any lines this morning. Probably helped that 1) we chose to preorder at an ATT store that is kind of tucked away in the burbs, although conveniently next to our house and 2) it was raining. A guy who hadn't preordered came in 5 minutes before he was even supposed to and there was an open rep to help him.
7029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $10K for GT? on: June 19, 2009, 08:32:44 PM
OK, start entering web addresses, we'll have it found in no time!
7030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 19, 2009, 06:36:14 PM

Quote from: Devil on June 19, 2009, 06:08:24 PM

Are the forums formatted for iPhones?

Safari on the iPhone displays the forums just like any other browser, with the exception that it increases the font size of the posts. Read in landscape orientation, it's extremely readable. And if you want it a little bigger, you can double tab and it will zoom on just the column containing posts (hiding the left column with usernames and avatars). 
7031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 19, 2009, 05:39:45 PM
I am posting this with my new 3GS. That is all smile

(the forums look really nice on it)
7032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 5 in the works on: June 19, 2009, 01:23:50 AM
I like this if only because it gives them a chance to redeem themselves.
7033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I guess money can buy one out of anything on: June 18, 2009, 09:39:15 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on June 18, 2009, 09:27:34 PM

Speaking as an expensive lawyer, what I do is not magic, and is not extraordinary.  I'm not Clarence Darrow here.  I rarely get someone acquitted, or get them a lower sentence, through a flash of brilliance of which other lawyers are not capable.  I succeed, when I do, because (1) I am reasonably trained, (2) clients can pay me to spend the time to prepare the defense meticulously as if it is important (which it is), and (3) I am not simultaneously personally handling 30 other cases that week.   

Shhh. I want to continue to believe episodes of Law & Order are just like real life.

And on topic, Stallworth was suspended by the NFL today. Indefinite w/o pay.
7034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 18, 2009, 09:14:37 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 18, 2009, 05:58:53 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 09, 2009, 05:49:57 PM

eugh...why do developers think we need Multiplayer on every game now...can't say i am looking forward to the multiplayer part of AssCreed2...even Bioshock 2
Winnner, winner, chicken dinner!  Bioshock was absolutely fantastic without multiplayer.  AssCreed was the same.  I don't know who is calling for multi on these games, but they need to stop.

I'd be interested to know the economics behind trying to extend the life of a title through multi and downloadable content vs. releasing a new game. For example, Burnout Paradise has now been out a year and a half and they've extended the life of the game pretty much for free with the exception of the new island they just released. If that was their plan all along, what would they have done if the multi hadn't caught on? After all, for every Halo and CoD there are 10 Riddicks or Strangleholds or Splinter Cell Double Agents where people play for a little but quickly become ghost towns. I would likely expect Bioshock, and certainly Assassin's Creed to fall into that category, and with a little foresight, you would think developers could see the economic sense in not wasting time adding on MP that won't have legs. You can always extend the life of the game and make money ala Fallout 3.
7035  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 18, 2009, 07:13:57 PM
The new maps are definitely fun, although after playing the same 3 maps over and over I finally got the itch for a little variety and went back into the hardcore team deathmatch playlist. There I played Downfall and Roundhouse for the first time since they got rid of the tanks, and wow, did they suck. I didn't love them with the tanks, but now they are just snipefests.
7036  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 17, 2009, 04:09:49 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 17, 2009, 03:24:21 AM

I had to run and eat, Hell was supposed to still be around though.  I came back on a little later and you were already off. Played with Bob for a few rounds then went to bed.  I was talking in party chat to you, guess you didn't hear me then?

I don't know, something must have went weird. It got real quiet so maybe I just wasn't hearing you guys saying you were heading out. I played a few rounds on my own. I would up playing with/against a couple of those "Nuts" guys, actually.
7037  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 17, 2009, 03:14:45 AM
Hark, what happened to you and Hellspawn last night? I finally managed to get to a save point in Lost Odyssey and load up CoD and then you dropped out of the party and Hellspawn was suddenly afk frown
7038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What will you be doing during the XBL maintenance tonight? on: June 16, 2009, 02:24:58 AM
7039  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 12, 2009, 09:14:10 PM
Are people planning on being on tonight?
7040  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Long shot: LF extra 360 controller battery cover on: June 12, 2009, 05:35:07 PM
yeah, I only use battery packs, so I could probably give mine up. Let me make sure it is hanging around at home and I'll post later.
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