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7081  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.
7082  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.
7083  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.
7084  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.
7085  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?
7086  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!
7087  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)
7088  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.
7089  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.
7090  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.
7091  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).
7092  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.
7093  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!
7094  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). 
7095  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)
7096  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.
7097  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.
7098  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.
7099  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.
7100  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.
7101  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
7102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What will you be doing during the XBL maintenance tonight? on: June 16, 2009, 02:24:58 AM
7103  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?
7104  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.
7105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise: Big Surf Island... on: June 12, 2009, 01:45:00 PM
What single-player features have they added with the island? Are there just races, or also new barriers and super jumps?
7106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 12, 2009, 04:13:35 AM
I'm not quite clear on the details, but this is now in some kind of limited release and has gotten some nice reviews. Bit of trivia: it's directed by David Bowie's son.
7107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: June 12, 2009, 04:07:21 AM
I was able to hold my own on Corrosion and Sub Pens, but wow am I lost on Banzai. Everywhere I go is a death trap. I only played the maps 1 or 2 times each, but I think Corrosion is my favorite so far. Lost of fun places to go, like through the pipes and on top of the grain cars.
7108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I Joe Update on: June 11, 2009, 09:20:30 PM
Well, this sounds really bad

Quote
So the story goes like this-

after a test screening wherein the film tested the lowest score ever from an audience in the history of Paramount, the executive who pushed for the movie Brad Weston had Stephen Sommers, the super hack director of the film fired. Removed. Locked out of the editing room.

Stuart Baird, a renowned "fixer" editor was brought it to try to see if it could be made releasable. Meanwhile producer Lorenzo whose turkey IMAGINE THAT explodes this weekend as the new bomb in theatres (also championed by Weston) was told his services were no longer needed on the film either.

Sommers was then forced by his William Morris agents to pretend that he was working on Tarzan over at Warner Brothers doing design work, even though that film doesn't even have a good script yet. When word of the firing started to be whispered about in Hollywood, Sommers was summoned back to the editing room- but only to save appearances, Baird is still editing the movie with studio input.

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, who turned down other offers from the property to go with the script that was rushed in 8 weeks by Stuart Beattie because of the writer's strike is frantic that this will destroy the brand and is distancing himself from the pending catastophe.

NONE of this needed to happen, except someone who did not know the mythology, Lorenzo was in charge of the film and never contradicted Sommers on anything. Lorenzo, so you know, was Chairman of Warners and had GI JOE under option there (not as a producer) for SEVEN years and he refused to greenlight the film, stating that because he gre up in Italy he had no knowledge of it. If you google enough, at one point you will see he wanted the film to be about an action hero named MANN (Action Man, get it) and he clearly had no clue what the GI Joe world really was.

And the hapless hack Sommers? Where did he come from? The confused Jon Fogelman at William Morris, who signed Hasbro away from CAA, had to find a director in a hurry for his new clients and gave him the only guy who he repped who would do it. A sad end to what COULD have been a great franchise. Acceleration suits indeed.
7109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Song of Ice and Fire game on: June 09, 2009, 04:37:30 AM
These are also the guys that are doing the Blood Bowl update, though.
7110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1 vs. 100: Could this actually be interesting? on: June 07, 2009, 02:51:47 AM
I got in tonight and I actually wound up in the Mob right away. I made it all the way until the end (I can't remember how many were left - the guy got pretty far) but I wasn't in the top 3. After that I was in the crowd for the rest of the show.

I think I agree with the general sentiment above - pretty fun, but if you are playing with yourself and not in a party, it can get kind of boring.

I was able to hear the announcer some times and not others - sometimes they would cut away and you'd see his mouth moving but nothing would come out. I saw Transformers and Doritos commercials.

Based on what they said while I was playing, getting your career score and streaks up (playing in the extended rounds) is what helps you get chosen to be in the Mob or the One. Not sure I really like that, because it means you have to be obsessive about the game if you ever want to get a chance to win.
7111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post E3 - Top 5 List? on: June 06, 2009, 03:25:52 AM
I'll do games I am now more interested in and have put on my must-have list since watching E3 coverage (since I saw nothing about R&C, for example)

In no particular order:
1) Uncharted 2
2) Splinter Cell Conviction
3) Assassin's Creed 2
4) MAG
5) Modern Warfare 2

I'm certainly interested in a bunch of other games - Alan Wake definitely looks promising, The Saboteur, God of War 3 (I'll definitely get it, but there wasn't much new in the demo other than more gore), Red Steel 2. I'll also be watching Split/Second, that has an interesting premise. Maybe Mod Nation Racers. The MP teaser trailer for Bad Company 2 looks really good as well.

You know, maybe a more interesting question would be which new IPs are people most interested in?
7112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Best Game for Achievements (or trophies)... on: June 05, 2009, 08:06:28 PM
Yes, I was giving Proner a hard time for listing getting 1000 in Avatar as something to be proud of.

I think the game I "achieved" the most with was Battlefield Bad Company. I got all the SP achievements except for finding all the gold bars because I didn't feel like it. On the MP, the only ones I didn't get were 10,001 kills (yeah, whatever), get all badges (which seemed basically impossible to do when I quit - I think they have fixed some of the badges now) and the "have 20 squad members spawn on you without dying" one. 900 points altogether.

Prince of Persia, I have 1040 of 1250.
7113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Best Game for Achievements (or trophies)... on: June 05, 2009, 05:22:27 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 05, 2009, 05:08:35 PM

Avatar: The Last Airbender : The Burning Earth - 1000

 ban
7114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alan Wake: the next DNF? on: June 05, 2009, 01:38:03 PM
They had Sam Lake from Remedy on G4 yesterday going over the same demo from the presentation. This is the guy who wrote the original Max Payne story and was the model for the character in the first game. It was weird hearing Max Payne with a Finnish accent smile

The game looks cool and the use of light to weaken enemies is interesting. I hope the game isn't too scary, I'm kind of a wuss.
7115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Felicia Day moolights at Sears on: June 05, 2009, 04:47:56 AM
Was surfing and saw an ad for Sears with what appeared to be Felicia Day in it. I clicked through, and sure enough...



I guess appearing in a Joss Whedon project here and there doesn't pay the bills.

She's also in tv ads:

http://www.cliqueclack.com/tv/2008/10/17/dr-horribles-felicia-day-moonlights-for-sears/
7116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell: Conviction on: June 05, 2009, 03:12:08 AM

Quote from: Turtle on June 05, 2009, 02:11:35 AM

Blackjack, certain things happened in Double Agent that led to pretty much a near breakdown, saved only by his sense of duty.  Then, in conviction, the premise is someone has betrayed him and the NSA leading to the Sam we have now.

Think of it more like the movie Taken.

Yeah, I figure they aren't considering it a spoiler because it happened in the previous game, not this one.
7117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Great internet only bud light ad (NSFW) on: June 05, 2009, 03:09:04 AM
Interesting that they are doing stuff like this now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HWEXUzzmDY
7118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your worst game for Achievements on the 360? on: June 04, 2009, 05:00:06 PM
Call of Duty: World at War reserves most of its points for playing on the masochistic veteran difficulty level and none for multiplayer, which I sunk quite a bit of time into.

The original Rock Band can be a little stingy with points if you only play single player. I did the entire guitar tour on medium and only got 90 points. You can't get a lot of the other points unless you set up a multiplayer band.
7119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 09:31:59 PM
Major Nelson just tweeted - Perfect Dark XBLA 1080p coming this winter.
7120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 03:13:05 AM
The Ubi event isn't so much a presentation as it is a lecture. I mean, I'm interested in hearing James Cameron talk about his movies, but this is not for E3. They went an entire 1/2 hour before they showed a trailer.
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