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7041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple cuts iPod/iTouch prices in advance of todays press event on: September 09, 2009, 04:49:12 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2009, 04:41:25 PM

It just blows me away how expensive 32GB is on an Apple product versus every other product.   It's like 73 bucks for a 32GB SDHC at New Egg.  Crazy talk.  



What if you add in a pencil thin battery, wi-fi, audio hardware, a touch screen and a load of free applications?
7042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid Prime Trilogy on one disc - Wii on: September 09, 2009, 02:52:30 PM

Quote from: WinoMcCougarstein on September 09, 2009, 05:02:19 AM

I have been hooked on Metroidvania style games since playing Shadow Complex so I went and bought this.  I never played the originals on the Cube/Wii and I'm about 3.5 hours in on the first Prime and absolutely loving it.  It lives up to the hype I remember when it came out!  If all three Prime games are this good then this game is a steal at $49.99.

I loved the original Metroid Prime (even though I got frustrated by the difficulty at the end and didn't finish).  I didn't enjoy the gameplay mechanic they introduced in the second one and I also thought it was quite hard and I only played about halfway through. You'll have to see how you like it. The third was was a lot easier, but fun.

The exploration gameplay put in 3D was something I really enjoyed. I'm curious what Kojima's 3D third-person Castlevania is going to be like.
7043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: September 09, 2009, 02:47:57 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 09, 2009, 02:27:32 PM

Eh, I thought the dialogue *was* clunky and unnatural.  Frequently it was clear that they thought they were writing a funny quip, and North did a good job delivering it, but the lines fell completely flat.  At no point was I the least bit interested in the plot or character.  Game could have gone completely without a story and I would have enjoyed it just as much.  But to each their own. 

The one line I cringed at the couple of times I heard it was the Die Hard reference. The rest I don't remember much of. The head bad guy was pretty cliched.
7044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet? on: September 08, 2009, 08:22:53 PM
Every since games went to $50 I generally reaaaaaaaaaaally have to have the game before I will buy it. I just find that to be too much for a game, regardless of whether I can afford it. I'll mostly only buy big MP releases on release date now.
7045  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 2 on: September 07, 2009, 03:06:06 AM
I think you can just search for the franchise "gamingtrend" and use the password "GTFootball" after you choose a team. Pay attention to the case.
7046  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 2 on: September 05, 2009, 02:17:23 PM
Yup, join in.
7047  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: PAX East on: September 04, 2009, 10:12:13 PM
Yeah, I am curious about that too, but there are a nice bunch of Boston-based shops like Harmonix and 2K Boston.
7048  Gaming / Analog Gaming / PAX East on: September 04, 2009, 07:01:23 PM
I had no idea they were doing this. Very excited.

Pax East
7049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This year's Game You Need to Know About: Split Second on: September 04, 2009, 04:11:32 PM
I saw this profiled on the E3 coverage, definitely looked interesting.
7050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: September 04, 2009, 02:00:30 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 04, 2009, 12:01:52 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 04, 2009, 08:09:38 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 02, 2009, 12:49:26 PM

Also

in game host migration. Now that's innovation.
how can it be innovation when Halo 3 had it a long time ago?

I hope I'm not still out of work when the game comes out as much as I'd love to play all week.

I don't remember it being in Halo 3. Whoops!

Also, sorry, Hark, I didn't realize you were still unemployed.  icon_frown

Oh, I thought you were being sarcastic when you posted that.
7051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who's up for Fantasy Football? on: September 04, 2009, 01:50:52 PM
Oops, totally forgot about the draft even though I went to the site earlier in the day. Then, as luck would have it, I got the last draft spot. Didn't hurt me too bad except for the fact that it stuck me with Brandon Marshall. Pretty funny that I wound up with Romo.
7052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, May/Jun 2009: God of War on: September 03, 2009, 01:29:09 PM
So any interest in choosing a game for September? I just put boot camp on my Macbook, so I can now play slightly newer pc games than I could before smile

Although when I tried the Red Faction demo (original, not Guerrilla) I could see through all the walls. Rainbow Six 3 works quite well, though. I haven't seen how far I can push it. I know it runs the Mac version of Lego Batman very nicely.
7053  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Nothing to see here on: September 03, 2009, 12:44:12 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on September 02, 2009, 11:31:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 02, 2009, 02:41:26 PM

I was told there was nothing to see here but yet I see stuff.  what a capricious lie!

Capricious my hairy arse! He deliberately tried to prevent us from having fun coming up with solutions to his problem... Curse you Teggy! Curse you!!!!!! smile

Atomic

But you did solve it! Feel warm and fuzzy.

OK, not actually you. But the collective "you".
7054  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So what IS the debate between PC and Mac users? on: September 03, 2009, 12:42:44 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on September 03, 2009, 12:11:58 AM

Quote from: Jeff on September 02, 2009, 09:23:53 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 02, 2009, 07:33:01 PM


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.

Yeah, honestly, what I think is at the root of it is just marketing. Humans are a lot like sheep, and we often do what the sheep herder tells us. That and some people feel the need to fight to justify high dollar purchases.

You word it like it applies to both Windows and Mac users, but hinted that it's Mac users who are the sheep.

I'm a sheep because I prefer OS X over Windows. Awesome.

It's also kind of hard to justify how people who use a computer that has historically had less than 10% market share are the sheep.
7055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Trials HD on: September 03, 2009, 12:07:14 AM
There are people on there complaining that the Marathon achievement is too hard and it is ruining their completion percentage. They are asking them to make the achievement easier.

OK.
7056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google patents home page on: September 02, 2009, 09:01:02 PM
This is one of those times when I will say something distinctly non-PC.

That's retarded.
7057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Ratchet & Clank coming Fall 2009 on: September 02, 2009, 08:58:01 PM
Yeah, it might be a very good game, I just didn't care for the concept, personally. I play through the arena sections on the R&C games to get the bolts and stuff, but no longer than I need to.
7058  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).
7059  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.
7060  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.
7061  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.
7062  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.
7063  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.
7064  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.
7065  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.
7066  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Nothing to see here on: September 02, 2009, 02:06:21 PM
Slipstreaming worked, thanks.
7067  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.
7068  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.
7069  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.
7070  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.
7071  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.

7072  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.
7073  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.
7074  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!
7075  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.
7076  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
7077  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
7078  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.
7079  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.
7080  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.
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