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7121  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.
7122  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
7123  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.
7124  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.
7125  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.
7126  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 weve seen some concern about the frequency of updates for those choosing to use Uncharted 2s 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 weve 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, well release a patch to reactive the feature, but with a limit on the frequency of updates.  Were certainly sorry for any inconvenience, but I guess thats the risk you run when trying to blaze a new trail in the complicated world of social media!
7127  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).
7128  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?
7129  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.
7130  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.
7131  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.
7132  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.
7133  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.
7134  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.
7135  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.
7136  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.
7137  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.
7138  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.
7139  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.
7140  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.
7141  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.
7142  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%.
7143  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.
7144  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
.
7145  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?
7146  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!
7147  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.
7148  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.
7149  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".
7150  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 6 on: October 13, 2009, 08:33:06 PM
I have a bye Tongue
7151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going to play PS2 games until November 10th on: October 13, 2009, 06:30:04 PM
I don't know, I can't really complain about what's been out this year. Granted, I tend to trade for most of my games and get them some time past release, but of this year's releases I have played and enjoyed Infamous, Prototype, Shadow Complex, Killzone 2, Red Faction: Guerrilla, etc. I got a lot of MP playtime out of World at War and Battlefield 1943. If I had infinite disposable income I'm sure I would have purchased some additional titles. Uncharted, MW2 and Ratchet are coming up. I have no shortage of gaming entertainment this generation, it just happens that I've wound up in a spot where I'm not really excited by what's in my backlog at the moment.
7152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going to play PS2 games until November 10th on: October 13, 2009, 05:35:48 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 13, 2009, 05:29:31 PM

Personally, I think this has been a pretty poor and unmemorable year of gaming so far.  Batman AA has been the only title to blow me away though I expect that will change during these last several months.  So I can totally understand being more captivated by some PS2 classics. 

There's some newer titles like Batman that I'm sure would keep my interest but I'd rather wait until I can trade for them. There's also a bunch of games like Bioshock and Fallout 3 that I still haven't gotten because it would just increase the backlog. I've gotten pretty good at deciding that certain games just aren't for me and trading away (I just did this with The World Ends With You) but this bunch I'm still interested in giving a chance at some point, especially the shorter ones.
7153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going to play PS2 games until November 10th on: October 13, 2009, 05:30:54 PM
I'm good, thanks smile  I actually went through this excercise earlier in the year and think I've got all the PS2 games I'm ever likely to play. I got rid of all my PS2 GTAs after I got GTAIV even though I hadn't finished them because they are such a pain to play after experiencing the newer control scheme. Kingdom Hearts is also in my backlog and I've been so reluctant to start it up because I played about 75% through several years ago. I have Resident Evil 4 for the Wii - that's another one I have tried to play through about 4 times.
7154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think I'm going to play PS2 games until November 10th on: October 13, 2009, 05:20:22 PM
I don't think I've got Pete's disease, but it seems like most games I pick up lately aren't grabbing me. I tend to be pretty ADD with games in general, and if I don't absolutely love a game or get frustrated by difficulty, odds are I'm going to drop it somewhere along the way. I just burned through 30+ hours of Mass Effect and had a great time, but attempts to play The Force Unleashed (how many times can I fall into a bottomless pit?), Mirror's Edge (not as fun as I was hoping) and Riddick (kind of frustrating to try and stay unseen) have not been fruitful. I also pulled Mercenaries 2 back out with the intention of finally finishing it before being reminded that the late game is kind of hard and it appeared there was no way to reduce the difficulty.

So over the weekend I hung out upstairs a bit where my ps2 is and finally got 5-6 hours into MGS3 (although I'm not loving the gameplay even though I do enjoy watching the cutscenes. Except Ocelot - what a dork), dug back into FFXII a little bit and started up Mark of Kri, which seems intriguing. So I think I am going to dig into some backlog for the next few weeks until MW2 comes out. Well, unless the copy of Uncharted 2 I used Goozez points to buy shows up.
7155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who here has a long weekend? on: October 13, 2009, 12:29:58 AM
How does one celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving? I'm assuming it's nothing like American turkey day.
7156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bayonetta - from the Starshifter School of Design on: October 12, 2009, 12:07:35 AM
I think that part of the reason I can't get into DMC and similar games is part of why I don't get into fighting games - combo memorization. The fact that I should care that I can "jump cancel" out of combos is an indication that the game is too technical for me. I think these games look cool and probably have good stories, but I couldn't even get past the first boss in DMC. I think they are made for a certain kind of gamer.
7157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sleeper Team of the NFL Season, 2009 on: October 11, 2009, 08:01:17 PM
Carson Palmer was watching this thread.
7158  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Prince of Persia Epilogue on sale on: October 11, 2009, 04:15:49 AM
I liked the latest full length game (repetitive boss battles excluded) and don't mind recommending it for people who enjoy platformers. I don't, however, recommend this add on, which adds nothing to the story and has even worse boss battles.
7159  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Halo 3 ODST MP? on: October 10, 2009, 06:18:21 PM
I'd be willing.
7160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: October 10, 2009, 04:52:38 PM
Finished up this morning. I put in around 31 hours and fully leveled up to 50. I totally agree that the story was fantastic and the presentation and cut scenes toward the latter half of the game were great. Having some real life or death choices was impressive and I definitely stopped to think before acting.

There's a point where the key mysteries in the story are revealed to you, and I laughed, because each time I thought to myself, "but what about...", a dialog choice addressing just that question would come up. Bioware thought about all the holes and made sure there were answered.

There was only one thing I wasn't clear on and I probably just missed it.
Spoiler for Hiden:
How did Saren first come in contact with the Reaper? What actually set the whole chain of events in motion?
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