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7121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which five games are at the top of your "backlog list?" on: October 16, 2009, 08:39:31 PM

Quote from: mytocles on October 16, 2009, 08:35:07 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 16, 2009, 07:05:30 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 16, 2009, 06:46:34 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 16, 2009, 05:23:43 PM

2. Fallout 1 & 2 (especially since then I'll be willing to play Fallout 3)


I've made a couple attempts to get into the first Fallout and failed, but that hasn't impacted my enjoyment of Fallout 3 in any way.  No matter how you feel about the originals, I strongly recommend the third! thumbsup

-Autistic Angel

Yeah, I know I don't really have to play the other two games in order to play the third, but I just kind of want to.

Lol, don't worry, Teg - I never even thought about the fact that there must be a Fallout 1 and 2.  My only excuse is that I'm console-only... but really, what game starts with THREE!   Roll Eyes


How about all those people who played Section 8 without playing Section 1 through Section 7? slywink
7122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Share your urban myths on: October 16, 2009, 07:53:41 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 16, 2009, 07:40:46 PM

My mom also told me as a child that if I put salt on a bird's tail it wouldn't be able to fly and I could catch it. So I would happily spend hours in the yard trying to get close enough to a bird to put salt on its tail. Once I got old enough to see through this ruse, she laughingly explained it was just a trick to get me out of the house. The punchline being, of course, that if you can get close enough to a bird to put salt on its tail, then you can catch it anyway.

Sounds similar to the "Snipe hunt". My wife burst out laughing at this in "Up", but I had never heard of the concept.
7123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which five games are at the top of your "backlog list?" on: October 16, 2009, 07:05:30 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 16, 2009, 06:46:34 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 16, 2009, 05:23:43 PM

2. Fallout 1 & 2 (especially since then I'll be willing to play Fallout 3)


I've made a couple attempts to get into the first Fallout and failed, but that hasn't impacted my enjoyment of Fallout 3 in any way.  No matter how you feel about the originals, I strongly recommend the third! thumbsup

-Autistic Angel

Yeah, I know I don't really have to play the other two games in order to play the third, but I just kind of want to.
7124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 16, 2009, 07:02:48 PM
Now there is some claim that there is video of the kid climbing in the balloon. Until I see that I'm thinking this whole thing is bull. And if not a complete hoax, then the parents were just idiots for thinking the kid was in the balloon and telling people that he was.
7125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 16, 2009, 06:04:47 PM
OK, now that there is video of them releasing the balloon, this story now makes no sense at all. Yesterday the report was that the balloon broke free and the brother saw the kid get into the balloon. Now we see that the parents were there when the balloon broke free, and we can see that it doesn't even look like it's possible that a kid could even get in the balloon. Why did anyone think that the kid could be in the balloon and why was that reported to the news?
7126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 06:00:38 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 16, 2009, 05:59:49 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 16, 2009, 05:55:35 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 16, 2009, 11:37:50 AM

You know the other thing I forgot to mention - during the first two chapters I was finding treasures everywhere, but since then (I just started chapter 6) I haven't found any. I've been checking every nook and cranny, too. I'll have to look into that after I finish the game. I figure that I must have missed a bunch already.

Yeah, once I got to Nepal I pretty much forfeited my aspirations as a treasure hunter.

I'm about 95% through and I thought I was doing a crazy good job of going slow and finding everything and I only have 52 treasures.  I can't imagine what I missed.

Were you using the shovel? I think it's on R3.




slywink
7127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which five games are at the top of your "backlog list?" on: October 16, 2009, 05:23:43 PM
Well, I will consider games that I have wanted to play for a long time but have never managed to finish and would really like to. A few I will group together for obvious reasons.

1. Baldur's Gate 1 & 2
2. Fallout 1 & 2 (especially since then I'll be willing to play Fallout 3)
3. KOTOR
4. Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition
5. Final Fantasy XII
7128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 16, 2009, 04:06:02 PM
Maybe they'll put War mode in MW2 and he won't be able to resist padding his K/D.   ninja  slywink
7129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 16, 2009, 03:08:09 PM
So the family goes on the Today show this morning and the kid starts vomiting during the interview. WTF?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGhIQP801fc
7130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/16 on: October 16, 2009, 02:47:21 PM
Uncharted 2.
7131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Out of Work Folks - Gearbox is hiring, might be worth looking... on: October 16, 2009, 02:16:37 PM

Quote from: mytocles on October 15, 2009, 08:00:21 PM

I actually remembered that you are a "geology guy,"  Pete (yay, me!)


When Pete watches "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", he doesn't understand why Charlie Brown gets upset every time he gets a rock in his bag. <rimshot>
7132  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: We need a better way to coordinate our MP gaming efforts on: October 16, 2009, 01:58:02 PM
They do this on Goozex (well, they used to, it seems they have slacked off). They kept a Google calendar and planned events usually every Wednesday and Friday night (with others in between as desired). You could look on the calendar and see what was going on that night and show up. Now, I think they have a bigger overall membership, but the group here might be more committed.

If you page back to August, you can see how it worked. I think they took September off but are supposed to be putting up new dates soon:
http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=fj63ar6ukp0ipfv55h8otkftss%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York

The other thing I have mentioned before that I would like is a group of "co-op buddies". There's a bunch of games that I would love to play through co-op (Gears of War 2, Army of Two, Mercenaries 2, etc.) but I've never tried to find other people who wanted to do it or were willing to try and sync up schedules.
7133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 01:33:38 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 16, 2009, 01:17:58 PM

I decided to play MP after all. I still suck.

http://www.naughtydog.com/stats/index/SensuousLettuce
7134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 01:29:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 16, 2009, 01:27:01 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 16, 2009, 01:22:54 PM

He obviously had a past relationship with Flynn but this was the first time meeting Chloe.

Nope.  Watch the beginning cutscenes again- Chloe walks up, Drake recognizes her, is about to say her name but then Chloe introduces herself, basically telling Drake to play it like they are strangers so Nate plays along while he tries to figure out what's going on (that's what the second scene in Chapter 1, with Chloe and Nate in the bedroom makes clear). They have a past relationship (Drake walked out on her) but Flynn doesn't know about it.  Watch the body language and expressions in that first scene- phenomenal job by Naughty Dog in making play differently once you know the truth.  

Yeah, I was about to say this. It's pretty clear he has a history with Chloe.
7135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 12:48:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 16, 2009, 04:20:25 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 16, 2009, 02:32:44 AM

I think it was Andrew that said that he was a little turned off by casting Nathan as a thief.  That's funny, I had the exact same reaction. I thought that Drake was a fortune hunter or a tomb raider, for sure, but I never got the impression in the first game that he was ever involved in crime. I think it would have been better if they had made him turn down the job on principle at first, and then had the potential historical find be so big, so important, that he was willing, just this one time, to cross the line.

It's pretty vital to story and Nate's character development IMO.


Well, I'll reserve my final judgement for after I finish the game, but unless this turns out to be a prequel (and I think Sully already made some comment that indicated it wasn't) I will still say that a robbery went against Nate's characterization in the first game.
7136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 11:37:50 AM
You know the other thing I forgot to mention - during the first two chapters I was finding treasures everywhere, but since then (I just started chapter 6) I haven't found any. I've been checking every nook and cranny, too. I'll have to look into that after I finish the game. I figure that I must have missed a bunch already.
7137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 03:16:49 AM
Saw this on the ND site:

Quote
So we’ve seen some concern about the frequency of updates for those choosing to use Uncharted 2’s twitter support.  Some reviewers have had early access to the game and selected the option to update their twitter accounts as they completed each chapter of the game.  This has resulted in some twittter feeds being updated multiple times an hour.  We obviously want to provide the best experience for everybody so for the time being we’ve disabled twitter updates on chapter completions.  The option will still exist in the menus when the game ships on 10/13, but if activated, it will do nothing.  Some time after the game has shipped, we’ll release a patch to reactive the feature, but with a limit on the frequency of updates.  We’re certainly sorry for any inconvenience, but I guess that’s the risk you run when trying to blaze a new trail in the complicated world of social media!
7138  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 6 on: October 16, 2009, 02:36:45 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 16, 2009, 12:57:22 AM

Hey you all,

Are there any openings left?  I just got Madden recently and would love to participate.  Please let me know if there are any slots available, and if there are let me know which teams are available. 

Eco

Yup, lots. Just search for the franchise "GamingTrend". I believe the password is "GTFootball" (make sure to use the caps).
7139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 02:32:44 AM
OK, I played through chapter 5 tonight. I had the same problem with chapter 2
Spoiler for Hiden:
but I gave up on the rail kill early because it didn't seem like they wanted you to do it. You couldn't even take cover on the wall. I wound up weaving through the whole area knocking out everyone until only the 3 guys on the raised walkway were left. I charged the guy on the stairs, which triggered my partner to jump over the railing and charge the guy all the way at the end of hall. Of course, this left the railing guy still there! I took him out and was then able to move on. A little weird.

Which leads me to a gripe - I don't think they improved the cover system at all since Uncharted 1. You'll often find surfaces that you can't use for cover, and jumping from cover to cover can often be messy, sometimes moving you to a spot you didn't intend to go to our pulling you out of cover altogether. I know the gears method of showing exactly what your cover move is going to do at the bottom of the screen isn't as immersive, but at least you feel good about what is about to happen.

Overall though, I'm really enjoying it. I already loved the Uncharted gameplay and the stealth kills are a great addition.

I think it was Andrew that said that he was a little turned off by casting Nathan as a thief.  That's funny, I had the exact same reaction. I thought that Drake was a fortune hunter or a tomb raider, for sure, but I never got the impression in the first game that he was ever involved in crime. I think it would have been better if they had made him turn down the job on principle at first, and then had the potential historical find be so big, so important, that he was willing, just this one time, to cross the line.

Oh yeah, and the game has built in Twitter support! How funny is that?
7140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 15, 2009, 10:09:45 PM
Woohoo! My Goozex Exchange order already came. I only had about 20 minutes before I had to run out to a doc appt, but the intro bit I have played has been fantastic.
7141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 15, 2009, 07:40:34 PM
Well, its down and there doesn't seem to be any kid in it and no one seemed to be concerned about getting a kid out of it, which means the emergency people knew something we don't.
7142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 15, 2009, 07:34:21 PM
There is some speculation that he actually fell out at some point. I don't even understand that thing - there's no windows.
7143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The boy in the balloon on: October 15, 2009, 07:23:29 PM
Anybody following this thing? Who knows what that kid is experiencing.
7144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: October 15, 2009, 06:17:45 PM
The one other item I forgot to mention was the screen size. I wish they had made the screen size the same as a mass market paperback page. I think that would it make it a bit more comfortable to read.
7145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: October 15, 2009, 04:28:05 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 15, 2009, 04:26:30 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 15, 2009, 04:09:35 PM

- I think the page forward takes a little more effort than it should, and it would be good to have a page back on the right side, although I probably won't use it often.

You get used to the refresh.  I thought it was going to be a huge issue (and it held me off buying an e-reader for a long time) but I don't even notice it anymore. 



Not the refresh - I don't think that's a big deal. The amount of resistance the button has.
7146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: October 15, 2009, 04:09:35 PM
OK, I got my refurb yesterday. As far as it being a refurb, I couldn't tell the difference. It looks brand new and was in all new sealed packaging. Kind of odd packaging - you have to pull on 3 or 4 different pull strips, like a priority mail envelope, to finally get it open.

My first impressions:
- I was surprised at how dark the background was. I guess that will take some getting used to.
- The fact that you can get a reflection of overhead light on the screen is a little weird. It's easy to overcome, but not an experience you ever have with a standard book.
- I seem to be having some trouble getting it to sync with my iPhone Kindle reader. Not for all books, but some.
- I love how thin it is, and I put it right into the "official" cover so it is sort of like holding a book.
- I think the page forward takes a little more effort than it should, and it would be good to have a page back on the right side, although I probably won't use it often.
- I LOVE the dictionary. There was a period of time where I would read books with a dictionary next to me so I could learn new words, but it became tiresome and I just worked on understanding things in context going forward. Being able to just move next to a word and see the definition is great.
-That said, the cursor stick isn't great. I wish it was a little trackball, because it takes a lot of effort to move around the screen.
- I need to figure out how to use the clippings and bookmarks correctly. Good features, but I was trying to delete things and wound up duplicating them instead. I like the way the iPhone bookmarks work, I was surprised to find that they were more low-tech on the actual Kindle.

The are lots of obvious benefits like having a lot of books and instant purchases and I'm sure I will enjoy it. I think I definitely need more time with it to learn. I was just surprised I wasn't instantly blown away by it.
7147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recession ends in 79 metro areas! on: October 15, 2009, 03:56:22 PM
It looks like based on that info that my area is in recovery (although much of MA is not). I don't exactly understand how a decrease in employment of over 3% in August equals recovery, though.
7148  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 6 on: October 15, 2009, 03:49:16 PM
Regarding the swim moves, I do believe if you push left or right on the right analog, the defender will make moves. At least that seems to happen when I do it.
7149  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 6 on: October 15, 2009, 03:39:49 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 15, 2009, 03:11:37 PM

Apparently I'm to play ForsakenPenguin's Broncos this week.  I can pretty much make myself free any time this weekend after the TX-OU game on Saturday afternoon if I get a little lead time to let the gf know I'll be busy.  Otherwise my week is kind of spotty.  Tonight is out.  Tomorrow I can probably play late.

Also, did you guys know there's a neat iphone app to manage your team, etc.?

Is that finally out? It was supposed to be out with the game, but it had been so long I finally stopped searching to see if it was released.
7150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 15, 2009, 02:43:22 PM
Oh man, I predict that Commando perk is going to annoy a lot of people.
7151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dow back at 10,000 on: October 14, 2009, 09:57:20 PM

Quote from: Moliere on October 14, 2009, 09:47:19 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 14, 2009, 07:46:12 PM

Let's hope it's for real.

What does this mean? Do you think we're on the road to permanent upward prosperity?

There was no hidden meaning. Depending on what you read, some think it is a valid recovery, others think it's a speculative bubble. I'm hoping it is a valid recovery.
7152  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: World of Goo 'Pay what you want' sale on: October 14, 2009, 07:49:01 PM
Isn't this the game that had something like a 95% piracy rate? It probably wasn't that high, but I remember it being high.
7153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dow back at 10,000 on: October 14, 2009, 07:46:12 PM
Let's hope it's for real. On the bright side, the severe drop last year meant that my IRA fund had a YTD return of over 50%.
7154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: October 14, 2009, 05:52:05 PM
That's a nice looking piece of hardware, but that color touchscreen makes it look very expensive. I wonder what it will come out at.
7155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some GTAIV questions on: October 14, 2009, 04:56:34 PM
There was one perk that was well worth it
Spoiler for Hiden:
The lawyer calling off the police
but the others weren't too useful and one of them didn't even seem to work
Spoiler for Hiden:
the health refresh
.
7156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT Chefs - sauces for chicken cutlets? on: October 14, 2009, 03:35:43 AM

Quote from: DamageInc on October 14, 2009, 03:29:33 AM

Well, I'll mimic my statement in the other chef thread.

Jamaican Jerk Sauce. Serve with white rice or tortellinis. Easy to use, quick, and smokin' hot flavor.
It's packed with so many spices you need nothing else.

Do you make your own or just buy it?
7157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GT Chefs - sauces for chicken cutlets? on: October 14, 2009, 03:17:50 AM
I'm trying to come up with a few dishes with chicken cutlets since they are really easy to make. Does anyone have any favorite sauces they like to make with chicken? Bonus points for keeping the fat down (stay away from cheese or cream bases). Even more bonus points if you have a good side to go with it smile

Thanks!
7158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Trailer] Law Abiding Citizen on: October 13, 2009, 09:03:39 PM
Wow, every commercial I have seen for this makes it appear that Butler is a psychopath and Foxx has to try to stop him, sort of like Silence of the Lambs. I think the actual plot makes it sound more interesting.
7159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some GTAIV questions on: October 13, 2009, 08:56:48 PM
No, the only thing along those lines are the relationships, which is one of the things a lot of people didn't really care for. You can completely ignore that portion of the game, although building up your relationships with certain people results in some useful perks. Otherwise it is just doing missions and sidequests.
7160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, what _is_ your most wanted XBOX Live feature? on: October 13, 2009, 08:37:29 PM
I'm cool with NXE. But geez, let me set it to default to "My XBOX".
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