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7001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Twitter] Who do you follow? on: May 26, 2009, 07:07:12 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 26, 2009, 06:58:52 PM

Twit-what? I haven't jumped on this fad. As far as I can tell there is no reason to get 140 character updates on anyone's day to day actions/thoughts. I will wait for the RSS feed to my Google Reader if it's something important.

I think what is really interesting about Twitter is the real-time nature of it and the sort of "critical-mass" nature of it. The search tool they have is critical in this.

For example, you might have a friend who tweeted about the prop 8 vote. You could quickly search on "prop 8" (or better, use one of the established hash codes like #prop8) and you'd see what everyone is saying about it. You can use it to see what people are saying about the sports event you are watching, you could even use it as a search engine with real people behind it by putting a question out and having others respond to it.

I think there's a lot of neat stuff in there, but you have to manage the signal to noise ratio. Like any other kind of social media technology I think it is trying to find its place, but there's a lot of interesting things happening with it. There are also a lot of sites that use the api to do interesting things. Twitterfall.com is pretty interesting just to see the amount of information that is being Tweeted.
7002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Twitter] Who do you follow? on: May 26, 2009, 06:46:22 PM
Decided to dive back into Twitter and see what it's good for. Curious what people think is worthwhile to follow?

I already follow GT, so you don't have to go there biggrin
I am following GiantBomb, but they seem to mostly just post links to whatever article they just posted, so I could use a better video game feed.
I am following Macworld and they guys who run TidBITS, and they are both pretty quiet.
I also follow this guy who posts every time the Mets game changes score and the current winning probability - cool without the overkill of a pitch-by-pitch type feed I've seen.
7003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 26, 2009, 06:34:47 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 26, 2009, 05:56:13 PM

It's been the opposite for me.  I can put hundreds of hours into a good multiplayer shooter

To be clear, I was referring specifically to SP. I've certainly killed my share of hours on CoD MP.
7004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 26, 2009, 05:51:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 26, 2009, 05:48:24 PM

Doesn't help that most RPG's are very front-loaded, so the endgame ends up feeling either incredibly dull or ridiculously difficult.  Lost Odyssey was the worst offender of this in recent memory.

Oh great, now you tell me smile
7005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 26, 2009, 05:40:40 PM
Why is it that no matter how good an FPS is, I seem to be ready for it to end around the 8 hour mark, but I will happily let hour upon hour slip by while I explore an RPG for some weapon with a fun name that boosts my stats up an extra point? The corollary being that my likelihood to finish an RPG (in fact I have never finished a turn-based RPG) works in inverse to the growing hit points of the bosses I encounter.

(and I am currently about 22 hours into Lost Odyssey)
7006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: May 25, 2009, 03:36:08 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 25, 2009, 03:00:13 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on May 25, 2009, 02:46:07 AM

Is it intentionally choppy so as not to show off too much? If so, it's annoying as crap.

well, you see, they called me up the other day and said 'Hey, CeeKay, we got this guy, Erotic Midorikawa or something like that, who we really want to annoy.  any ideas?'  so, I pondered for a moment, and replied, 'well, he loved CoD4, and is probably looking forward to your new trailer for MW2.  so, I guess if you really want to annoy him, you could make it really choppy'.  so, yes, it's intentional.

 icon_mrgreen

I found that the windows media version was really choppy, but the quicktime version worked great. Well, except for the fact that it stopped about 20-30 seconds from the end and wouldn't go any further.
7007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Shareware Age on: May 25, 2009, 12:35:43 AM
Freshman year in college we had a lot of fun working through the Commander Keen shareware versions. A 3D version of that license might actually be pretty fun.
7008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help winning a trip to NY on: May 24, 2009, 12:30:26 AM

Quote from: Sith Lord on May 23, 2009, 11:19:33 PM

Woo hoo!

The producer has already called and told me that the Dinosaur won by a landslide when the current votes were combined with the anchor/judges scores. I've been told to report to the restaurant tomorrow morning at 6 AM for the follow-up segment. Woo hoo!!

If I understand correctly, the segment will air tomorrow morning (Sunday, 5/24) at approximately 7:30 or 8:30 AM depending on your time zone and which of the 3 live feeds your local affiliate has elected to air. Check your local listings, I guess.

Thanks a ton to those who cast their vote on my behalf.

Will we be able to recognize you from your pale skin and somber attire?
7009  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Issues when quoting on: May 23, 2009, 08:00:21 PM
I've actually seen a weird issue with spoiler tags when using Safari on Mac. Sometimes (not always) when someone uses spoiler tags, opening the tags only results in a thin area visible, You have click into the area and drag down to scroll through the text.
7010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: May 23, 2009, 02:19:46 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on May 23, 2009, 12:59:25 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 22, 2009, 02:37:15 PM

I am about 11 hours into this game and just finished
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Lirum's funeral

OK, so we have:

1. long cutscene
2. switch to other location with 2 battles you can't lose (should have been a cutscene)
3. another cutscene
4. 2 meaningless fetchquests
5. more cutscene
6. ridiculous torch lighting "minigame"

I think the whole segment was about 45 minutes long with no ability to save at any time. Plus, they broke up a well done, emotionally heavy scene with a really stupid minigame (that I actually had to look up a faq on because it didn't seem to work right!). I am enjoying the game, but that whole part just really poorly done.

I thought you could go in the house and save at the upstairs save point?

You know, that's possibly true, I didn't think of that. When you first enter the house, you certainly are encouraged to stay on the ground floor, which triggers the start of this long sequence. The next opportunity would be at the start of the fetch quests, and I didn't think to try and go in the house at that point. I did actually try to run out to the port to save during the fetchquest, but it doesn't let you leave the area. If they had stuck the save point outside the house instead of upstairs, it would have been a lot less obnoxious.
7011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for good online store for Chuck Taylor All Stars on: May 22, 2009, 09:02:30 PM
Zappos.com is popular and they have a wide selection of Chucks. I'm not sure what price you are looking for. Standard high tops are going for $45 there.  I went through a ton of pairs of Chucks in the 90s and that's probably around what I was paying then.
7012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "Fabulous One" is not so fabulous any longer. At least financially. on: May 22, 2009, 08:58:22 PM
At least you get a 3 day weekend! Oh...wait.

Bad news, but I'm sure you will land on your feet. Best of luck...
7013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help winning a trip to NY on: May 22, 2009, 06:26:09 PM
Dinosaur BBQ and Nick Tahou's are probably the two central/western NY institutions I wish had taken the opportunity to check out when I lived up there.

This contest seems a little odd, though. Only 4 contestants, and none from Memphis even?
7014  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Creationism Reading Material - Macintosh is evil. on: May 22, 2009, 06:22:36 PM
That set of sites is a joke, right? Some of it seems very obviously a joke (the orbital cross, for example) and then other things seem scarily realistic.
7015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 5-22-2009: Memorial Day Weekend Edition on: May 22, 2009, 06:14:32 PM
Lost Odyssey, probably try to finish up 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. I do need to get back and finish up Shadow Hearts.
7016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: May 22, 2009, 05:45:09 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on May 22, 2009, 05:41:40 PM

Ah, I see. That clears things up a lot. Thanks.

But does that mean that I can't select a challenge unless I host a lobby?

That's correct. You can of course influence what is chosen if people in the room are talking. But a nice addition, I suppose, would be a kind of suggestion system where you could suggest the next event to the host using the menus.
7017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: May 22, 2009, 05:33:33 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on May 22, 2009, 05:18:29 PM

Cool.

I tried online the other night but quickly got confused.

First I was in some mode where cars were randomly driving around the city. Then that "game" ended and I found myself in a race, which was clear enough. Then that ended and I was back in some random driving around town mode. There was some sort of a scoreboard on the side, but it didn't really look like anyone was paying it any attention. I tried to do an online challenge, but they were unselectable from the online menu.

It's either poorly designed or I'm stupid. Or some combination of both.

The standard mode for multiplayer is "Freeburn". It essentially uses the entire map as a lobby for everyone to do whatever they want. Whoever is hosting the lobby can choose what to do, be it the sort of co-op challenges or races.

The scoreboard records information about what the people in the room have done in Freeburn during the session, such as longest jump, best power parking, etc. I have done a lot of the co-op challenges with friends. It's a great social MP experience if you are just looking to hang out and chat while playing a game.
7018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: May 22, 2009, 02:37:15 PM
I am about 11 hours into this game and just finished
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Lirum's funeral

OK, so we have:

1. long cutscene
2. switch to other location with 2 battles you can't lose (should have been a cutscene)
3. another cutscene
4. 2 meaningless fetchquests
5. more cutscene
6. ridiculous torch lighting "minigame"

I think the whole segment was about 45 minutes long with no ability to save at any time. Plus, they broke up a well done, emotionally heavy scene with a really stupid minigame (that I actually had to look up a faq on because it didn't seem to work right!). I am enjoying the game, but that whole part just really poorly done.
7019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good apartment dogs? on: May 21, 2009, 09:36:26 PM
Strangely enough, Greyhounds are supposed to be great apartment dogs because they really just like to lounge about. Certainly a bit on the bigger side, though.

Could go with Whippets, which are sort of like small Greyhounds. Very sweet dogs, my in-laws have a pair. You have to take care of them in cold weather, though - not sure where you live.

7020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why is Sacred 2 so popular and.... on: May 21, 2009, 06:52:30 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on May 21, 2009, 05:46:13 PM



Quote from: Teggy on May 21, 2009, 04:47:10 PM

4. The game did a horrible job of explaining how it worked and didn't even spell out things in the manual. The combat system, charms, etc.

I agree.  I remember watching the 1Up show where Dyak explained more mechanics of the game than anyone would learn from the manual or in-game help texts.  I still have no idea how the runes and charms work.


I think I mentioned this in some other thread, but my facepalm moment with Too Human was when I was on the last level of the game and a note comes up on the screen that says "to continue attacking in one direction, hold the right thumbstick". The game waited until the last level to tell me this and I have been flicking the stick for each attack for the entire game. Granted, it may have been in the manual, but this is something the game should have told me the first time I swung my sword at someone, and I have no idea why it finally told me 10 hours into the game.
7021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sam Raimi on: May 21, 2009, 04:52:22 PM
I really hope they don't do an Evil Dead remake. Any attempt to have another actor try to recreate Ash is just going to be a disaster. Make an Evil Dead 4, fine. Make another story in the same universe but with different characters, fine. But please, not this.
7022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why is Sacred 2 so popular and.... on: May 21, 2009, 04:47:10 PM
I haven't played Sacred, but the things I didn't like about Too Human:

1. The character classes seemed to be tuned for co-op and not single player. I used a commando and got the 100 deaths achievement on my first run-through of the story.

2. The death animation was endlessly long. See #1.

3. The boss battles were awful, probably the worst I've ever seen.

4. The game did a horrible job of explaining how it worked and didn't even spell out things in the manual. The combat system, charms, etc.
7023  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: May 20, 2009, 09:12:52 PM
Apparently the New Hampshire bill was shot down because some of the members of their state congress didn't approve of the Governor's provisions that allowed churches to refuse to do same-sex weddings. The thought being that it codified discrimination.

I'm kind of surprised that they would take that opinion. Separation of church and state would seem to be the goal in a lot of this.
7024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The curious tale of "Big Lurch" on: May 20, 2009, 05:00:34 PM
There was a very disturbing story on digg about a father who was high on PCP or something similar and literally bit the eyes out of his son's head. This horrifying story reminded someone of the story of "Big Lurch", a rapper who, also high, killed and ate his girlfriend (well, parts of her). He pleaded insanity, also saying that his record label kept him stocked with drugs and encouraged him to do outrageous things to maintain his image. The judge did not buy this and sentenced him to life in prison. A crazy story, and I'm really surprised I've never heard of it, considering it happened 7 years ago. I'm also surprised it hasn't been turned into a horror movie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lurch
7025  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Whats the best free DVD ripper? on: May 19, 2009, 09:28:45 PM
I believe Handbrake is really popular.
7026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some Pretty Cool New Functionality at GiantBomb on: May 19, 2009, 08:59:13 PM
SL, you haven't gotten 10002 kills in Battlefield BC yet?

Oh, and outside of PoP and Tomb Raider DLC (which I assume have rare achievements because not many people have played), my rarest achievements are some secret achievement from PoP and the achievement for getting half of the awards in Battlefield BC.
7027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ten Years Ago Today, Childhood Dreams Died Screaming on: May 19, 2009, 04:37:17 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on May 19, 2009, 03:36:20 PM

Who told Lucas he could write dialouge.

I believe the famous quote from Harrison Ford to Lucas was something along the lines of "you can write this shit, but you can't say it."
7028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [search] WolframAlpha - killer new information tool on: May 19, 2009, 01:47:30 PM
It seems very targeted towards finding certain kinds of information, usually related to math and analysis. For example, if I put in a simple search like "Who are the Beatles?" the best it can do is give a simple description (that they were a rock band in the 60's) and then allow you to search Google. If I do "Who are the Rolling Stones?" it gets nothing at all.
7029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wal-Mart Begins Piloting Game Trade-Ins on: May 19, 2009, 04:20:55 AM
The thing I definitely haven't figured out yet is what they are doing to verify quality, or if the disc is even real. From what I've read, you don't get your credit for a few days, and based on that alone it doesn't seem that likely to catch on. The whole idea seems a little shaky but I imagine we'll be getting more info.
7030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unusuals on: May 19, 2009, 01:17:27 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 19, 2009, 12:17:13 AM

I don't have a link, but I've heard this is officially dead.

Ah, that sucks. I really liked this show.
7031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 18, 2009, 09:13:47 PM

Quote from: Rich on May 18, 2009, 07:09:39 PM

Is anyone else getting a Greek Gods vibe from this show now? 

There's an awful lot of Egyptian imagery. I'm not up on my Egyptian mythology, but that would be my first guess, rather than Greek. (I also wonder about the "Horace"/"Horus" homonym).
7032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator: Salvation 3 days away! on: May 18, 2009, 09:01:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 18, 2009, 08:46:15 PM

I've prety much stopped taking Rotten into account for anything anymore. Besides, I'm expecting a cheesy action flick like T3.

Didn't they cast Christian Bale so that it wouldn't give the impression of being a cheesy action flick? (Then again, they got McG to direct).
7033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator: Salvation 3 days away! on: May 18, 2009, 08:16:29 PM
Rottentomatoes is at 20% with 5 reviews. Is this movie going to suck?
7034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: May 18, 2009, 08:11:16 PM

Quote from: jersoc on May 18, 2009, 07:42:02 PM

what's not good is the faulty neilsen rating system, imo.

Although I will give them credit for basing the renewal in part on strong DVR numbers (and I'm curious where they are getting those numbers).
7035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: May 18, 2009, 07:28:13 PM
Fox's schedule is out, and Dollhouse remains on Friday night, following up two sitcoms. Not good.
7036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drag Me to Hell trailer on: May 16, 2009, 12:15:14 AM
I just saw a new commercial for this. It is pg13?
7037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Game Informer]Two "HUGE" announcements in next 24hrs on: May 15, 2009, 08:48:20 PM
I find it odd that there is no corresponding thread over at GAF with the words MEGATON or BOMBA in the title. There is a small thread about the Game Informer issue, however, and includes the fact that they gave inFamous a 9, which is pretty exciting.
7038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Next up for a reboot: Cliffhanger? on: May 15, 2009, 04:24:58 PM
It's pretty idiotic for a producer to compare a reboot of Star Trek (which wasn't even technically a reboot) to a remake of Cliffhanger.

And I can't believe what I'm reading in this thread. Cliffhanger was awful.
7039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Game Informer]Two "HUGE" announcements in next 24hrs on: May 15, 2009, 04:11:37 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 15, 2009, 01:43:25 PM

Lara Croft is coming out, and....

Well that could certainly sell a lot of units if handled the right way  unibrow
7040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Shaq admits to using performance enhancers on: May 15, 2009, 03:59:45 PM
 icon_lol

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Shaq-admits-to-taking-performance-enhancing-cere?urn=nba,163521

Quote
"I've told the world before, only thing I had was Frosted Flakes: Super Enhancement Cereal. That's the only thing I've put in my body. Frosted Flakes Athletic Performance Enhancement Cereal. They ain't even out yet ...

    For all the little kids, the Performance Enhancement Cereal is you take the Frosted Flakes, and you take the Froot Loops, and you mix them together, and then you get some of them sliced bananas and you put them on that thing, and then you get a big old bowl ...

    The kind of bowl if you pull out your mother say, 'Boy, you better put that bowl back!'  And, then you pour that milk ... 'You better get a job eating all that milk.' 'Mama, we ain't got no milk.' 'Well, you better put some water on that boy!"
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