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7041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Ratchet & Clank coming Fall 2009 on: September 02, 2009, 08:28:53 PM
Has anyone played Secret Agent Clank? Reviews weren't too hot IIRC, but I've never skipped any of the R&C platformers (didn't play Deadlocked).
7042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Trials HD on: September 02, 2009, 08:25:23 PM

Quote from: happydog on September 02, 2009, 08:15:14 PM

As someone who IMO is pretty ok at this game, let me throw out my suggestions.

1. Just get through most of the levels with a bronze first. Don't worry about the number of faults. Try and try again.
2. Now start back at easy and start working on getting as few faults as possible. Don't worry about 0 just yet. Also don't worry about your time. Slow and steady.
3. By now you should have a good feel for the different types of obstacles. So now it is time to focus on medals. Go back to easy again, and stick to a track until you get a gold on it. This time run through the whole track a couple times, then start restarting the track when you fault on something you normally wouldn't. Don't focus so much on 0 faults, but do focus on moving forward and no more than 3-4 faults.
4. As you move up difficulty, be ok with silvers and bronzes. But at this point you should be able to do the expert tracks (with about 100-200 faults).
5. Now you just need to put in your time. Keep focusing on a track to get a better time/fault count. Before you know it, you will be getting gold on expert tracks.

Oh, and you people need to up your game on the skill games  icon_razz

Yeah, I got all golds except 1 when I went through easy and then I made my way through medium (only one or two golds there), but when I got to hard it got really hard really quick.

The one bit that really got to me is where the girders rest on a pivot, and you actually have to get on and make them swing down a little so that they create a ramp to jump up and over.

But yeah, I haven't been just getting past checkpoints and moving on, which is maybe what I should do.

I find the controls to be really sensitive, and the other thing that drives me crazy is when I get myself in a nice landing position, but maybe my rider doesn't have his weight in just the right position, and as soon as he lands on two wheels he bounces up and backflips into a crash.

On the other hand, sometimes you just land a ridiculously giant jump or backflip and you can't help but smile.  I can't remember the name of it, but there is a track, I think it is medium, that is like a big roller coaster with loops and giant jumps and that is just a ton of fun.
7043  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: PS3 slim now only $299 on: September 02, 2009, 07:56:38 PM
It's only a rumor. Slim 360, on the other hand, is very real.
7044  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So what IS the debate between PC and Mac users? on: September 02, 2009, 07:33:01 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 02, 2009, 06:39:30 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 02, 2009, 02:16:58 AM

The argument goes way back and is rooted in the fact that the Mac was fun and easy to use and the PC was better suited for people who wanted to be able to get at the guts of the OS if they felt like it

I think you've inadvertently summed up a big part of the argument right there... it's not a "fact" that the Mac was/is "fun and easy", despite Apple and Apple users' claims.  One person's fun and easy is another person's simplified and superficial.  And stating opinion as fact is a quick way to raise the hackles of someone who disagrees with that opinion.

Well, that was a surprisingly strong response to my post. Perhaps I chose my words poorly.

The question was what is the root of Mac/PC debate. From the beginning, the Mac was portrayed as different (1984 commercial, etc.), fun, easy to use, etc. and gained a loyal following based on that belief. There was a group of PC users who were equally as passionate about why they thought the PC was better. Everything grew from there. Correct, who was "right" or "wrong" was not important, but that's how it started.
7045  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So what IS the debate between PC and Mac users? on: September 02, 2009, 05:57:53 PM
Not even Apple lovers liked the puck mouse.
7046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fantastic Four to return to the big screen on: September 02, 2009, 05:36:13 PM
Also says in there that they are making a sequel to Hancock. Seems unnecessary.
7047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How long does your workplace keep emails? on: September 02, 2009, 02:57:36 PM
Our exchange server used to force us to archive to our local machine after our mailbox got to a certain size and then our machines would be backed up during the normal backup procedure. I don't know if additional backing up was done.  Since then they changed it so that all mail is backed up and can be accessed at any time, even with web mail. We are a public company and we have a bunch of other certifications (SOX, etc.) so I assume there must be auditing rules, but I don't know what they are.
7048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Trials HD on: September 02, 2009, 02:46:41 PM
I can't decide if I love this game or hate this game. I really like the concept and doing huge jumps and stunts can be incredibly fun, but trying to beat tracks with no faults has been, at times, the most frustrating experience I have ever had.
7049  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Nothing to see here on: September 02, 2009, 02:06:21 PM
Slipstreaming worked, thanks.
7050  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So what IS the debate between PC and Mac users? on: September 02, 2009, 02:16:58 AM
Price isn't really a concern to the Mac addict (although there have been cases where price difference is deceptive due to features that were built into the Mac and were options that needed to be added to the PC). The argument goes way back and is rooted in the fact that the Mac was fun and easy to use and the PC was better suited for people who wanted to be able to get at the guts of the OS if they felt like it (of course that has somewhat changed now that Macs are Unix based).

I started on the IIe and have never looked back. Mac users are a smaller community and like to evangelize. PC users like what they have. You could talk about style, ease of use, whatever. I think people just get into one of the camps and some get emotional about it.
7051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hope for Narnia? on: September 02, 2009, 12:16:54 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on September 01, 2009, 08:31:18 PM

Quote from: warning on August 29, 2009, 03:50:44 PM

Dawn Treader was always my favorite.  They could stop after that and I'd be happy though I'd miss The Horse and His Boy.


I always liked The Horse and his Boy as well. Although how it fit in I don't remember.

It's just a side story in which the Pevensies (sp?) make a cameo - it takes place during their reign, before they stumble mistakenly back through the wardrobe. It's also pretty racist, and racist against arabs, so I don't think it would go over too well unless they changed it.
7052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hope for Narnia? on: September 02, 2009, 12:14:01 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 01, 2009, 10:20:41 PM

Huh... I guess I'm the only one who liked Caspian more than the first one.

No, I agree with you. I thought it was very tightly paced and entertaining.
7053  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody have a Windows XP SP3 disc they no longer use? on: September 01, 2009, 10:21:28 PM
Thanks, I will look into that. Turns out I only need SP2 as well.
7054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBL Games on Demand Launch Line-Up on: September 01, 2009, 09:24:36 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 01, 2009, 09:04:18 PM

Alright, so another question...should we expect MS to price new content at the same price as used then?  If so, should we then expect new physical media to also be priced with used games in consideration?

Well, I suppose one thing MS has to contend with is their relationship direct or indirect with retailers. For example, if they came out and sold Bad Company at $10 when Best Buy has to sell it at $20 to make a profit, there might be grumbling.

This makes me wonder about the way Gamestop prices their used games. They may charge $55 because the market will bear it, but I wonder if they started charging $30 or even $40 on recently released used games if they would run into trouble with publishers.

I think convenience is also somewhat subjective. Being able to buy at midnight is nice, but I also like to have a box and manual so I can Goozex the game away at some point. Take away the ability for me to trade away and I would like to be compensated in the form of a lower price. So personally, I think a digital download should be less than used.

7055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBL Games on Demand Launch Line-Up on: September 01, 2009, 08:51:06 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 01, 2009, 08:45:38 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 01, 2009, 08:39:51 PM

Well, all you are getting for the download is the bits.

You can buy used for less, toss the package and manual and then rip the disc to your drive and then you've got the same thing as the direct download, with the exception that you need to keep the disc somewhere if you ever want to temporarily delete it from your drive.

Seems fair to compare, since having "brand new" bits doesn't really matter.

Well, one major difference between buying DLC and used is that the developer gets a cut of the DLC.  So, from a consumer perspective, it doesn't matter, but from a business one, it sure does.

Ah, good point. However, what it means is that if MS wants to honor its royalty deal with developers and actually make sales, they have to be willing to take a smaller margin. I think it's been pointed out elsewhere they would likely make it up on volume.
7056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBL Games on Demand Launch Line-Up on: September 01, 2009, 08:39:51 PM
Well, all you are getting for the download is the bits.

You can buy used for less, toss the package and manual and then rip the disc to your drive and then you've got the same thing as the direct download, with the exception that you need to keep the disc somewhere if you ever want to temporarily delete it from your drive.

Seems fair to compare, since having "brand new" bits doesn't really matter.
7057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on: September 01, 2009, 08:35:28 PM
I will let you off for putting an XBOX vid in the PC section slywink

A few very interesting things in that video:
1. Looks like you can use the riot shield very strategically
2. Throwing knives!
3. Liquidy looking blood spatter on your view when you get hit
4. Change to the way you see who you just killed + some new class or identification system

and biggest of all

5. Match continues on if the host drops!
7058  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can't access my router on: September 01, 2009, 07:14:23 PM
Have you rebooted the router? This has happened to me before and that has usually fixed it.
7059  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Nothing to see here on: September 01, 2009, 06:53:31 PM
Kind of want to put a boot camp install on my mac for the occasional game, but I only have an older XP disc (from 2002) and you have to have a disc with SP2 built in in order for it to install.

Was wondering if anyone had upgraded to Vista and had no use for their older XP disc and was willing to part with it?

EDIT: only need SP2
7060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My poor doggie on: September 01, 2009, 02:12:51 PM
Thanks for the support. She is doing a bit better this morning in that she has some more appetite. I think I'll be happiest when she finally takes a normal poop smile
7061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My poor doggie on: August 31, 2009, 11:13:22 PM
Well we have her home now - she had another unhealthy poop but she is at least now going several hours at a time without having to go out, drank some water and hasn't had any more accidents. However, she is now lethargic (not surprising) and isn't intersted in food yet. Poor pup.
7062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My poor doggie on: August 31, 2009, 03:46:58 PM
My dog has been having a very tough week. Last weekend she suddenly came up limping at the park, and over the next day or so she started having a lot of trouble walking and was clearly in a lot of pain. Something like this has happened to her twice before over the past two years, but never this bad, so the vet referred her to a neurologist and we had a number of tests done and x-rays done. These apparently ruled out certain things, but the doctors are still not sure what was actually wrong with her. We decided against the $1000 MRI and took her home with some pain meds, and by wednesday or thursday she was thankfully pretty much back to normal.

On Saturday night around midnight she starting crying to be let out and then kept asking to go out pretty much every hour. Around 4am I noticed she had thrown up, and when it was light enough to see I found out that she had the runs. We went to our standard procedure for upset stomach, but then at around 4pm we noticed what little she was still passing was bloody. We were told that it wasn't abnormal for that to happen, as long as the blood was bright red, but if she couldn't hold down food we should go to the emergency room. We gave her a tiny bit of bland dinner, and within an hour she had thrown it up.

Off to the emergency room we went, and all the vet could tell us was that she had gastroenteritis, and it was unclear if they had ruled out the pain meds she was taking as the cause (one in particular can be hard on the stomach).  If not that, they could give no other good reason for it coming on. They gave her some meds and hydrated her and they gave us a course of treatment. In the meantime, she had not been out so she released the bloody contents of her bowels on them, so they wanted to give her a little more medication.

Home we went and she now appeared to be dripping blood out of her rear, which the vet said was ok, but we are not really set up to deal with such things. We tried to get her to sleep in the kitchen, which has vinyl flooring and we tried sleeping in the hallway to block her entry into the rest of the house. Pretty quickly it was clear that this was not going to work, and unless we wanted no sleep at all we had to take her back to the hospital. Dropped her off around 3am and we will hopefully get her back tonight after the meds start to work.

All through this second round she has still been bright and wagging her tail, I can't believe it. At least I have that, because generally I am not handling it well (she is 9 years old), and if she seemed less happy I would be more of a wreck. My wife has been great - she has had and lost many dogs, while I have never had one, and maybe she just knows when you really need to be concerned vs. when you just need to wait it out.

On top of it we probably hit about $1800 in bills for the week, which I absolutely wasn't planning for. Hopefully she will be back tonight and on the road to recovery, it's just been tough going.
7063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 29, 2009, 12:06:00 PM

Quote from: mikeg on August 29, 2009, 11:50:46 AM

Quote from: Owain on August 28, 2009, 06:15:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 28, 2009, 04:30:32 PM

I don't know if Owain is reading this thread, but I am curious how he got so many headshots. He has over 700 headshots and think the next person on my friends leaderboard has under 400!

I'm not sure I can answer that with anything other than, I shoot them in the head.  I guess I tend to shoot a bit high at first and walk it down usually,  If I don't get a headshot right off the bat.  Also if I sneak in the room and don't have a melee oppurtunity right there, then I will line a headshot up for my first shot.

I have done a playthrough on normal and a 100% playthrough on hardcore.  I am currently going through on insane or at least until I hit level 50.

I don't understand how you do that.  When my game on normal was over I watched all the credits, got my scores then my only option was to exit.  Which I did.  I was then taken back to the main menu where I could continue my last checkpoint or start a new.  So, I started a new and was treated to level 1 again.  Not wanting to start from scratch again, I got out and moved on from the game probably never to pick it up again.  I think if you could have started with the same leveled character again on another playthrough they should have stated so somewhere, somehow, etc.  Now I am screwed.  Loved the game on my normal playthrough though.  Had to switch to easy in a few frustrating parts, but hope more games like it come out.  Just shows what can be done.  I hear TrialsHD is just as good.

Yeah, that's strange. Every time I have started over it has retained my level.
7064  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Kickoff Weekend - Week 1 on: August 29, 2009, 03:57:04 AM
Ack, when I go to the franchise web site now, it says I'm not in the franchise.

EDIT: I am an idiot. "Leave Franchise" does not mean "Leave the Franchise area".  I fixed it.
7065  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Kickoff Weekend - Week 1 on: August 29, 2009, 03:52:29 AM

Quote from: Octavious230 on August 29, 2009, 03:27:47 AM

Wow I just got stomped all over lost 17-3. I'd post highlights but I don't have any.  crybaby Threw 4 picks and lost a fumble. I need to practice... A lot.. It was fun though we were cracking up at all the picks on both sides.

I don't know if I would describe it as "stomped all over".  icon_lol

I happened to be gifted a 70 yard Demarcus Ware INT for a TD (which came up with no usable angles when I tried to highlight it - seriously, it would start with several seconds of extreme closeups of the crowd) and a timely fumble recovery, but it was just ugly all around. Both Romo and Manning threw 4 picks each and Manning at least managed a QB rating of 1, while Romo came up with a goose egg. A ZERO QB rating.  icon_lol

I told Octavious that since we will meet again later in the season we've got a lot of improving to do. We couldn't possibly do worse.
7066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 29, 2009, 01:06:40 AM
Well it seems you don't get marks on the map if you play on Insane.
7067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 28, 2009, 09:30:58 PM

Quote from: Owain on August 28, 2009, 06:15:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 28, 2009, 04:30:32 PM

I don't know if Owain is reading this thread, but I am curious how he got so many headshots. He has over 700 headshots and think the next person on my friends leaderboard has under 400!

I'm not sure I can answer that with anything other than, I shoot them in the head.

 icon_lol

I do tend to go for more environmental kills. I make heavy use of those grenade pipes.
7068  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Kickoff Weekend - Week 1 on: August 28, 2009, 05:54:23 PM

Quote from: Octavious230 on August 28, 2009, 05:03:05 PM

Tonight after 10PM  I'm good. Maybe a bit earlier depending on when everyone goes to sleep. Tomorrow I probably won't be around much I'm not sure. Sunday afternoon I should be around.

Sorry, which timezone? I am Eastern.
7069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 28, 2009, 04:30:32 PM
OK, I'm about 90% done with my hardcore run. I got past the point where I screwed up last time and I have no idea how I didn't notice the panel that I missed. I was definitely hitting myself.  retard

With all the firepower and armor upgrades, enemies offer little danger at this point, and I am fine with that. I always like it when games offer a trade-off of time spent on the game vs. difficulty.

I will probably have looked up 5 or 6 hints for getting items by the time I have finished. Oh well.

I am currently at level 34. I got to level 17 in my somewhat abbreviated normal run and will have another 18 or so on my hardcore run. So it sounds like in order to get to 50 I will have to start my next game on Insane and get pretty far.  I'll give it a shot and see what happens. I have a feeling it won't be that bad because of some of the unlockables.

I don't know if Owain is reading this thread, but I am curious how he got so many headshots. He has over 700 headshots and think the next person on my friends leaderboard has under 400!
7070  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Kickoff Weekend - Week 1 on: August 28, 2009, 03:28:58 PM

Quote from: Octavious230 on August 28, 2009, 01:44:29 PM

I set myself to ready. I'm itching to play my next game!  thumbsup

Let me know when you will be around. I could conceivably play our game tonight, maybe tomorrow evening/night or most anytime on Sunday.
7071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: August 28, 2009, 02:42:44 AM
Well, 1+4+1=6...like a certain other "multinational commando unit"  ninja
7072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: August 27, 2009, 09:35:57 PM
I'm sure the Army is going to love the fact that they show them torturing a captive.

But it looks great. Having the civilians running through the street was a great touch.
7073  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Kickoff Weekend - Week 1 on: August 27, 2009, 01:13:57 PM

Quote from: Octavious230 on August 27, 2009, 01:05:46 PM

Gah forgot to login last night. I'll do it tonight I swear! slywink I need to run a practice game against Dallas anyway. Haven't played all week.  icon_eek

You don't need to practice to play me.
7074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 27, 2009, 12:34:05 AM
By the way, this map still has all the videos:

http://www.jackpattillo.com/shadowcomplex/
7075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 26, 2009, 10:07:26 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 26, 2009, 09:37:19 PM

unfortunately, the level 20 revealed map (awesome, if not too late to really help) doesn't have any of the card spots marked, so it will be a long hunt to find it.

Not sure why you'd say that. They are definitely on the map.
7076  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Kickoff Weekend - Week 1 on: August 26, 2009, 05:37:49 PM

Quote from: msteelers on August 26, 2009, 05:10:21 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 26, 2009, 04:49:32 PM

So how are we doing here?

Waiting for a couple of things to happen. pingwrx and fuzzyslug need to play their games, and everyone else needs to make sure they have their status set to ready before I advance the week. The deadline to finish Week 1 is this Sunday. Unless pingwrx and fuzzyslug finish their games before then, Week 2 will start Sunday night.

Do you have to do something special to be "ready"?
7077  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Kickoff Weekend - Week 1 on: August 26, 2009, 04:49:32 PM
So how are we doing here?
7078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bayonetta - from the Starshifter School of Design on: August 26, 2009, 01:33:41 AM
This game comes with a mode for people who need the game to be so easy they just have to press 1 button the entire time:

http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/698686/Control-Bayonetta-With-One-Button-In-The-Very-Easy-Automatic-Mode-Dev-Video.html

saywhat
7079  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Giveaway - Uncharted on: August 26, 2009, 12:50:24 AM
I could have told you it didn't run on Windows 95 before you bought it.
7080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 25, 2009, 06:56:09 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 25, 2009, 06:37:10 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 25, 2009, 05:17:00 PM

i've hit a weird snag trying to get up a wind tunnel.  there's a huge fan above and two vents at the top on either side you are able to get into.  i know how to get up using what i have, but the aiming is wonky when i try to get up the left side.  instead of aiming at the wall, i aim at a point just in the background so i can't ascend.  there's a grenade pack on the right side, but it's a dead end.  i found a trapdoor further past this point, but it's all red doors and dead end tunnels.  blue line is pointing up the way with the fan.   what am i missing?
Spoiler for Hiden:
There is a way to turn it off.  I can't remember how, though.  If it is where I think it is, there should be a control room where there is an object that is red when you shine a light on it.  If you blow it up, I think that turns it off, but I could be confusing that with something else.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yeah, I think you are at the point where you get the missiles. You have to go slightly off the path and find the missiles, which is a little confusing, because up until that point the game has led you directly to the next weapon/gadget.
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