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7161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who here has a long weekend? on: October 09, 2009, 07:10:58 PM
Due to the nature of our business (our customers take very few days off), we only get the "big" holidays off and we used to get 2 floating holidays. A couple of years ago we got Columbus Day added to our days off and they took away one of our floating holidays. Most of us thought this was ridiculous because it was likely that none of our customers were taking the day off. I finally found out the other day that the reason this happened was that "some people" wanted the day off because schools tended to close. Which I imagine means that someone with sufficient power wanted to take the day off but was getting interrupted by people who hadn't taken the day off. Lame.

So does anyone else have Monday off?
7162  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 5 on: October 09, 2009, 06:21:54 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 09, 2009, 06:20:04 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 09, 2009, 06:07:09 PM

Quote from: Octavious230 on October 09, 2009, 02:46:19 PM

Wow you got lucky on that FG! I really think they need to up the base kicking values as kickers don't seem to be able to make anything from the 30 yard line. The Raiders tried a 52 yard kick against me and missed short by like 15 yards.

That is strange because I have seen Janikowski make 60 yarders in this years' version of Madden.

That's something to be able to kick the equivalent of his age.  Not so impressive with the younger kickers though.   icon_wink

And like I said, the Chiefs just blow.
7163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360.....Home? on: October 09, 2009, 01:43:04 PM
I'm actually interested in the Facebook stuff, particularly the ability to post screenshots from your games. Although, it sounds like support for that is going to be pretty minimal to start (I think the only game they have announced so far to support it is Tiger Woods 11).
7164  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 5 on: October 09, 2009, 02:48:06 AM
The Cowboys just pulled off an embarrassing 37-31 overtime win over the Chiefs. How can this be? Let me count the ways:

-The Cowboys 3 first half touchdowns came off of 2 kick returns for TDs and an interception for a TD. They could get absolutely nothing going offensively, could hardly make a tackle, and the fact that they led by a TD at the half was only due to the fact that the Chiefs suck.

-In the 2nd half the Cowboys defense was just as porous, letting Larry Johnson run all over them and giving up 2 TDs. Again, an interception return for a TD allowed them to stay in the game.

-With the game tied in the 4th, the Cowboys drove deep into K.C. territory, where Marion Barber promptly fumbled the ball (and I didn't have fast enough fingers to hold on to it).

The only bright spot to that point was that Barber was finally having a little luck running to the outside. K.C. drove into Dallas territory with under 2 minutes left but stalled around the 22 yard line. With 1 second left, the Chiefs go for the game winning field goal, but the kick bounces off the crossbar and the game goes into overtime.

http://www.easports.com/media/play/video/10825726

K.C. won the toss but were forced to punt. At this point, the Cowboys slowly building outside running game finally broke loose, and Barber finished the game off with a 43 yard TD run.

http://www.easports.com/media/play/video/10825755

A win they most definitely didn't deserve.
7165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360.....Home? on: October 08, 2009, 08:21:57 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 08, 2009, 08:12:06 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 08, 2009, 08:07:01 PM

I recently started a kind of "book club" with a bunch of my college buddies and we get on live once every 6 weeks or so and talk about the book we just read. Most 360 games require too much attention to have a decent conversation, so something like this actually wouldn't be too bad. Although old Atari games don't hold up too well and tend to be 1 player games. I might be interested in a bar where maybe you could have your avatars play pool together or throw darts, maybe play poker (and yes, I would rather do this in person, but we live at the 4 corners of the US so this is just the solution we came up with).

Why wouldn't you just use a party?



Well, we do, but we want to do something while we're chatting, not just stare at the dashboard.
7166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360.....Home? on: October 08, 2009, 08:07:01 PM
I recently started a kind of "book club" with a bunch of my college buddies and we get on live once every 6 weeks or so and talk about the book we just read. Most 360 games require too much attention to have a decent conversation, so something like this actually wouldn't be too bad. Although old Atari games don't hold up too well and tend to be 1 player games. I might be interested in a bar where maybe you could have your avatars play pool together or throw darts, maybe play poker (and yes, I would rather do this in person, but we live at the 4 corners of the US so this is just the solution we came up with).
7167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: October 08, 2009, 02:36:31 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on October 06, 2009, 11:10:09 PM

Thank you 8ball.  I just hurt my hand punching my monitor while trying to hit Teggy.  Teggy, there are qb's who've beaten every team in the league before, but since the statistical oddity gives them another chance to suck Brett's dick, they had to say it.  (No, gee, I don't *HATE* the media's NEED to promote a specific player.  Why would you ask? icon_biggrin).  Where Favre's concerned, I have become so evil, I no longer even care about him: I'm praying Adrian Peterson blows out an ACL.  Hey Brett, let's see how you do when teams aren't pre-occupied with stopping the modern version of Jim Brown.

Eh, I shouldn't let it get to me.  Just as we all know, Favre is good now, in another seven weeks, he'll stink out the joint like no one's business.  SOP for the last five years (which every media talking head magically forgets around this time of the year).


Um, OK. I just though it was an interesting stat. I think it was clear that they weren't talking about the first guy to beat the original AFL teams or something.
7168  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Prince of Persia Epilogue on sale on: October 07, 2009, 05:21:17 PM
Prince of Persia DLC is on sale this week for 560 points. However, I post this to let you know that even though it is on sale, you shouldn't bother buying it, because it's lame.
7169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saudi Man gets 1000 lashes for bragging about his sex life on TV on: October 07, 2009, 05:13:32 PM
That page is a little NSFW. Yeah, I was kind of thinking "Pirates of the Caribbean 2" lashes.
7170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band..... U2? on: October 07, 2009, 04:38:17 PM
Yeah, I think U2 fits the bill pretty well.

Huge catalog? Check
Recognizable members? Check
Evolving eras of musical style? Check
Elaborate stage shows? Check

In fact, I don't know if there would a better band to use if they were looking to copy the Beatles Rock Band style.

EDIT: I was thinking even more about this. They could have you play an early show in a little place in Dublin, then Red Rocks, some kind of Joshua Tree show, the outdoor show from Rattle and Hum (where they cover Helter Skelter), Zoo TV tour, Popmart tour, etc.
7171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Saudi Man gets 1000 lashes for bragging about his sex life on TV on: October 07, 2009, 04:10:29 PM
Plus 5 years in prison.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/10/07/saudi.sex.braggart/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn

But 1000 lashes? How could anyone even survive that?
7172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Anyone recommend any of this season's new series? on: October 07, 2009, 02:00:10 PM
Checking back in just to let you know what I decided to look into. Well, not much yet, actually. I watched the first episode of Modern Family and thought it was very funny. I am generally clueless so I didn't see the twist coming at the end. I haven't watched the second episode yet, however.

My wife is fairly obsessed with Glee, but I am not interested enough to follow it. However, she has kept all the episodes and replays them while she does work so I am pretty much seen all of them. She watches a lot of shows that I don't care to follow but will be entertained enough by when I have nothing to do. These would include NCIS, Bones, House, Greek, Psych (this is probably the one I would consider watching more often, because it is so obviously written by someone my age), Royal Pains, and Raising the Bar. This season she has started watching The Good Wife, which seems decent enough for a courtroom show.
7173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Magicka on: October 07, 2009, 12:17:12 AM
"Accidentally get killed by up to three friends" smile
7174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New puppy is home, and I'm exhausted on: October 07, 2009, 12:14:21 AM

Quote from: Booner on October 06, 2009, 10:32:22 PM

For a year I'd been using a squirt bottle to 'scold' him, but over the past few months it became more of a game once he realized it was water...it worked well when he was young but he'd gotten to the point where he'd try and catch his punishment in his mouth.

icon_lol
7175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: October 06, 2009, 11:51:38 PM
OK, I was mistaken. Ashley can use the assault rifle, the sniper rifle AND the shotgun.
7176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New puppy is home, and I'm exhausted on: October 06, 2009, 09:04:10 PM
Yup, "The Can". My sister in law needs only threaten that she is going to get "The Can" and their dog stops what he is doing. My dog, on the other hand, is a perfect angel and doesn't need it. People say that she is spoiled, and I say no, she is treated exactly like she deserves biggrin
7177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sleeper Team of the NFL Season, 2009 on: October 06, 2009, 04:42:37 PM
Cincinnatti very nearly (and probably should have) lost to Cleveland. I think they are overachieving.
7178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: October 06, 2009, 04:34:34 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 06, 2009, 04:32:10 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 06, 2009, 04:27:19 PM

No, they are just the characters that aren't allowed to use the shotgun. Wait, you gave Ashley a shotgun? According to her character type she gets an assault rifle and then you can unlock the sniper rifle for her. Wouldn't she be completely untrained using a shotgun?

You can level up your teammates manually if you take them with you on missions, and once she reached a certain level I trained her on the shotgun (or at least I think I did).  It has been a while since I last played the game, but I'm pretty sure once she was weapons trained to a certain point you unlock her ability to use the shotgun and I then raised her training with that specific weapon.  Perhaps I'm not remembering correctly and I outfitted her assault rifle with chemical rounds and not the shotgun.  Maybe it was the bullfrog looking guy and not Ashley.  Now I'm not sure.   retard

Because they look so much alike slywink  My female Sheperd was dissapointed to learn she wasn't allowed in Ashley's pants.
7179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: October 06, 2009, 04:27:19 PM
No, they are just the characters that aren't allowed to use the shotgun. Wait, you gave Ashley a shotgun? According to her character type she gets an assault rifle and then you can unlock the sniper rifle for her. Wouldn't she be completely untrained using a shotgun?
7180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: October 06, 2009, 04:24:22 PM
It will be most interesting when they go play in Green Bay. I was kind of surprised I found myself rooting against Favre. I guess I finally got tired of his crap. Interesting that he's the first QB to beat every team in the league, though.
7181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: October 06, 2009, 04:18:32 PM
Well, no one in my party is allowed to use a shotgun, so I don't have the problem biggrin
7182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 06, 2009, 02:57:05 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 06, 2009, 01:53:06 PM

Things they need to fix in MW2-

Grenade travel distance reduce by 50%
3x grenade perk (a la grenade spam)
hit detection (latency and hit boxes)
martyrdom- only if a grenade is in inventory
stabbing distance with knives
adjust the accuracy of SMGs and shotguns over distance
reduce the power of the M16
decrease the firing rate of pistols (no one can fire a .50 that quickly and accurately)
invulnerability during the last stand animation
pinpoint accuracy of HMGs over distance





Seeing as they added a heartbeat sensor, I don't think they're going for more realism.
7183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Brutal Legend trailer on: October 06, 2009, 03:14:41 AM
Ad during Monday Night Football? Psychonauts this is not.
7184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: October 06, 2009, 01:52:12 AM
Well, I am very late to the party here, but I'll say that Mass Effect has its hooks in me. I'm near 20 hours in and haven't done much of the main story. Why do I keep visiting barren planets to truck around scanning artifacts and fighting through the odd settlement or mine? I'd have to say that one reason is that all the main missions I have played have been a good deal of fun. Not a lot of thought was put into the random planets, but the main missions have a nice mix of driving, fighting and light puzzle solving. The other reason? Loot. I am pretty hooked on searching every sludge canister and malfunctioning equipment for a sniper rifle with 1 extra point of power, a more explosive grenade upgrade or a snazzy looking set of armor.
7185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New puppy is home, and I'm exhausted on: October 05, 2009, 05:00:31 PM
TTIWWMP
7186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: October 05, 2009, 04:41:59 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 05, 2009, 04:25:29 AM

All your companions are your current level at any given time, regardless of whether you bring them along or not.

Thanks - is there any scaling of the enemies as you get more powerful?

The reason I ask is that I did a lot of side quests after doing the first of the first 3 main quests, yet when I got to the
Spoiler for Hiden:
Thorian zombie guys
using my level 5 or 6 sniper rifle just knocks them over, requiring additional shots (usually cleanup from my teammates) to kill them. And they take 5 or 6 shots from my level 5 or 6 pistol. I figured with the amount of extra leveling up I did I would be able to breeze through the other 2 of those 3 initial quests.
7187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: October 05, 2009, 01:29:18 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 05, 2009, 01:09:04 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 05, 2009, 03:51:50 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 25, 2008, 12:52:11 AM

Rant

Wow, that's crazy, I didn't know that could happen. I hated that level. I played on hardened and think in the end I used an exploit, which is that you can sit crouched in the phone booth until the helicopter comes. You just have to make sure to toss out the grenades they keep throwing it at you. Please, someone hit me on the head if I don't start MW2 on normal.

He posted that more than a year and a half ago..I think he's over it. slywink

Doh! Well it's your fault for resurrecting the thread!
7188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: October 05, 2009, 04:14:48 AM
Question: I'm playing this now and have kept both of the humans with me the whole time. If you swap out another character does it level them up like in KOTOR, or do you have to level each character real-time? I guess I could just try it, but I just thought of it and figured I would ask smile
7189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: October 05, 2009, 03:51:50 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 25, 2008, 12:52:11 AM

This mission.  Where I have to haul around MacMillan down behind the ferris wheel, then fight off waves and waves of enemies is frustrating.

And the retarded part, is that I got to the end.  The helicopter landed.  I was carrying MacMillan to the helicopter.  And I see allied soldiers come out and just sit there.  No matter I'm getting hammered from the OPPOSITE SIDE.  So I put MacMillan down, fight off some enemies, pick him back up and WTF, I can't get into the helicopter.  Oh, it won't have enough fuel, so it leaves.  The shitty part is, I got there when the fucking back was STILL OPEN. 

Denied by the invisible wall.  Goddamnit!!!

Wow, that's crazy, I didn't know that could happen. I hated that level. I played on hardened and think in the end I used an exploit, which is that you can sit crouched in the phone booth until the helicopter comes. You just have to make sure to toss out the grenades they keep throwing it at you. Please, someone hit me on the head if I don't start MW2 on normal.
7190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bad Company 2 Trailer on: October 02, 2009, 05:26:11 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 02, 2009, 05:18:07 PM

It shows in a different movie that medics can carry shock paddles to bring you back to life. Not sure how i feel about that...but

That's what it seems like in the video - the way it happens reminds me a lot of the view you get when you are revived in Killzone 2.
7191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: October 02, 2009, 05:19:59 PM
Although I wasn't going to, I'm kind of thinking of preordering this now. Anyone know of any particularly good deals?
7192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympics 2016-where will it be? on: October 02, 2009, 05:14:11 PM
Does Rio get summer weather during the winter months in the northern hemisphere, or is it just hot all year round based on it's proximity to the equator? Would be fun to have the summer olympics in February or something.
7193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympics 2016-where will it be? on: October 02, 2009, 04:40:55 PM
The US has hosted 2 out of the last 7 Summer Olympics. There's a lot of countries in the world, I say give someone else a chance.
7194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bad Company 2 Trailer on: October 02, 2009, 04:28:15 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 02, 2009, 04:13:51 PM



He dies and gets right up in the same spot.  How does that happen?
7195  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Glenn Beck is a douche on: October 01, 2009, 07:01:28 PM
I must have missed it when Fox News turned into the 700 Club.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEuAVgmWt0U
7196  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 4 on: October 01, 2009, 05:45:56 PM
You should take Washington because then the whole NFC east will be human players.
7197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: These are the games I want to see on XBLA on: October 01, 2009, 03:29:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 01, 2009, 12:24:46 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 01, 2009, 02:48:15 AM

Guess what?  There's a flash version.

Well, I just played that for way too long.

I didn't even go to that link and I hear that battle call repeating in my head.
7198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about Fallout 1 on: October 01, 2009, 03:28:08 PM
I'm in the same boat. I think I have started Fallout 5 times and have never gotten very far.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Once I made it to the big hub and bought the water extension
7199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA} Hydrophobia on: October 01, 2009, 03:24:20 PM
Looks neat (although not much of a trailer). According to the wiki it was going to be a multi-platform full release but they changed to episodic format through XBLA.
7200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Anyone recommend any of this season's new series? on: September 30, 2009, 04:12:30 PM
I haven't watched any premieres but could easily get caught up online. Any great new shows? Drama, sitcom, whatever?
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