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7041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 14, 2009, 04:21:51 PM

Quote from: Chaz on July 14, 2009, 04:07:39 PM

I predict that things will go poorly when they attempt to implement the unlocked map.  It seems to be the way with this game.


I'm wondering if the new map will have its own playlist as it uses the new "Air Superiority" game type.
7042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 14, 2009, 04:00:10 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 14, 2009, 12:18:18 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 14, 2009, 10:13:48 AM

First - after registering Sims3, the game refused to let me connect to EA...thats the worst system I've ever seen. Loaded up Fight Night 4 trial and connected to EA through that, and then it worked.

AFter this, I played a game, and approx midways, the game reset my score???

So, if you'r very fond of your stats, scores and such, the game may lead to frustration for you still

Even though I'm not a big fan of the SP franchise, the fact that Bungie has such amazing stat tracking OUT OF THE GATE* really shows that they're tip top at what they do.  Bungie.net is still miles ahead of every other stat tracking site that I've ever seen.






*As far as I remember, there were no issues with Bungie.net when it launched for Halo3....there may have been a few issues with stuff showing up, but not the large scale and slow to update nonsense of the Battlefiled games and Call of Duty 5.

I think the Killzone 2 battle replay was the first feature that finally one-upped the Halo tracking. But the rest was really cribbed from Halo. I assume Halo was the first to use heat maps?

Oh, and XBOX is over 40 million now. If they are really releasing it when it hits 43 million it should be out tonight.
7043  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How I Finally Beat my Credit Card Debt on: July 14, 2009, 02:16:44 PM
Congrats - I have been going through this exercise for the past 2 years or so with a much larger dollar amount and am a little over 1/3 done with the CC debt. While I did have some CC debt due to some periods of unemployment, low paying jobs and grad school, the one with the real problem was unfortunately my wife. i have long since paid off my CC debt and now we are just working off hers (grad school loans will be another exercise after this is taken care of). My wife is very smart, but for some reason she never learned to manage money. I basically had to take over her finances and I move around all the money, remind her when things need to get paid, etc. I don't literally restrict the money she has access to, so she still manages to mess up every once in a while, but she's learning and we've made a lot of headway.

I will say to anyone who is in a long term relationship, and especially if you are going to get married, you need to lay your finances out in the open as early as possible. Even if we had done it right after we had gotten engaged, we would have had significantly less money to pay off because my wife racked up a lot of debt on things for the wedding that I was not aware of.
7044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: July 14, 2009, 02:05:00 AM
so they've got all the packaging ready to go but the game doesn't release until November? boooo.
7045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 13, 2009, 09:56:29 PM
Hm, I'm wondering if there is a points glitch like the upside down repair trick from Bad Company? This guy is in the top 30 for points (that's 275 kills, 3.5 hours played - most that high have upwards of 2 days played):

   I B1LLY MAYS I   234516   275   92   68   3h 28m 14s
7046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 13, 2009, 09:08:13 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 13, 2009, 08:57:54 PM

Well I locked up twice today in 1 hour, so that's really ass.

I got 3 vehicle kills with the bazooka yesterday and plenty of time to get a fourth to get that stamp, and then I locked up  mad
7047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Band would you like to see get back together? on: July 13, 2009, 08:53:55 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on July 13, 2009, 03:23:14 PM

The Minutemen

That would be a little difficult.

Edit: I missed the "unrealistically" part. I suppose fIREHOSE could get back together and play Minuteman songs.
7048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 13, 2009, 02:31:02 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 12, 2009, 03:23:40 PM


Hmm - a TRUE rendition of ISaac Asimovs Robots series would be...incredible!


+1 The original robot books (Caves of Steel, Robots of Dawn, etc.) were good mystery/action stories and would make good movies.
7049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Band would you like to see get back together? on: July 13, 2009, 02:24:00 PM
I'd like to see Morrissey and Johnny Marr work together again.
7050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 09, 2009, 01:58:55 AM
Nothing worse than being unable to play a game you just bought and then seeing someone on your friends list in a match. Damn you Hiccup!
7051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 08, 2009, 02:46:25 PM
Were you implying that the entire peloton stopped to take a leak?

What if someone had gotten slightly ahead and made the train crossing? Doesn't seem like that would have been fair.
7052  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SO...BF 1943 (360) on: July 08, 2009, 02:36:28 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 08, 2009, 02:31:58 PM

And what's the word on stat tracking?


Sample: http://www.battlefield1943.com/soldier/profile/175238420/360
7053  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SO...BF 1943 (360) on: July 08, 2009, 12:37:09 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 08, 2009, 12:33:19 PM

Downloading the trial version.

Had to work to find it though....it was in Game Marketplace and was the 4th window back.  Tried to search for it using the ABC list but couldn't find it.

Yeah, that was how I tried to find it. There wasn't an ad for it either. Maybe I just didn't look in the right place.
7054  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SO...BF 1943 (360) on: July 08, 2009, 12:10:08 PM
I logged on around 6:30am with the intention of downloading while I showered, but it wasn't available. Did they take it down?
7055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [music] Any fans of The Get Up Kids? on: July 08, 2009, 03:00:18 AM
I do know of those bands but have only heard a smattering. I should really buy the New Amsterdams stuff. I don't how much I would listen to the kids songs, though smile If I had kids it would be a must buy.
7056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [music] Any fans of The Get Up Kids? on: July 08, 2009, 02:34:17 AM
After seeing their discs around for years, I finally listened to The Get Up Kids when I was in grad school around 2003 or so and they quickly became one of my favorites. Unfortunately, they broke up in 2005 and I missed a chance to see them live in Boston. It turns out they are doing a lengthy reunion tour this year, and the remaining dates were released today, including the Northeast. The closest they are playing is an hour away, but I'll be damned if I don't take advantage of this. So check it out if you are a fan.
7057  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin RESIGNS! on: July 08, 2009, 12:46:34 AM
I am entertained.
7058  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SO...BF 1943 (360) on: July 07, 2009, 09:58:44 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 07, 2009, 09:40:07 PM

Quote from: Hiccup on July 07, 2009, 08:51:23 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 07, 2009, 07:38:38 PM

There's no medic? But I'm only good at hiding and healing people.

Its borrowing the Halo/CoD "Hide 'n Heal" method.

Boooo!

Well at least I can still get a wrench out and fix some tanks. If they'd ever stand still.
7059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Puke on TV on: July 07, 2009, 07:51:57 PM
BTW, because I am stupid and have to click on links, I found out that the hot tub bit was recreated on an episode of Nip/Tuck (although with just 1 guy and 1 girl).
7060  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SO...BF 1943 (360) on: July 07, 2009, 07:38:38 PM
There's no medic? But I'm only good at hiding and healing people.
7061  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.
7062  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.
7063  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.
7064  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.
7065  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.
7066  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.
7067  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.
7068  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
7069  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?!
7070  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.
7071  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.
7072  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alien NAtion returning to Sci Fi on: July 03, 2009, 03:59:07 AM
Definitely interested. Loved the series.
7073  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.
7074  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".
7075  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another celebrity death: Karl Malden on: July 02, 2009, 03:30:42 AM
Don't forget about Fred Travalena.
7076  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.
7077  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.
7078  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.
7079  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.
7080  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.
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