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7281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar/Apr 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: April 04, 2009, 02:22:57 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on April 04, 2009, 06:36:36 AM

Quote from: Teggy on April 04, 2009, 03:35:02 AM

Wow, I just spent 2.5-3 hours on the Hell's Kitchen area and I'm still haven't finished the primary objective. Between exploring and optional sidequests, there is so much to do, it's crazy.

I've been looking through a few of the visual walkthroughs for an area after I finish the area's mission. When I read the one for Hell's Kitchen, I barely recognized the walkthrough. It's like I was playing a completely different game. icon_biggrin

Having played through this mission several times, I definitely benefit from having prior knowledge, but this time I also followed through I sidequests I had ignored before. Kind of funny, because I initially thought I was just going to work on primary objectives in the interest of making it through the game, but here I am doing more than I ever did before. At least I'll have the benefit of more equipment and skill points, which should help me later.

Oh, what's people's opinion on stealing money from ATMs? I've picked up a bunch of login and PINs, but I felt that early in the story JC wouldn't steal, so I haven't used them. I did, however, use my co-worker's email logins, which I guess he probably wouldn't have done either  ninja
7282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar/Apr 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: April 04, 2009, 03:35:02 AM
Wow, I just spent 2.5-3 hours on the Hell's Kitchen area and I'm still haven't finished the primary objective. Between exploring and optional sidequests, there is so much to do, it's crazy.
7283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena on: April 03, 2009, 08:48:16 PM

Quote from: Laner on April 03, 2009, 08:40:45 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 31, 2009, 09:47:58 PM

IGN's review is up.  7.4, but there complaints are in line with my fears.

That seems to be the outlier at the moment (though not significantly so)... the rest of the scores are in the 80-90 range

The numbers are different, although the content seems pretty identical - Butcher Bay is great, Dark Athena is meh, and Pitch Black is the only multiplayer mode worth spending time on.
7284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Combat with nut shots! on: April 03, 2009, 08:35:01 PM
I'm guessing you haven't noticed the ad. Trying to get a screenshot. Of course, it was coming up every single time I went to the forums all day long and now I can't get it again!
7285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Combat with nut shots! on: April 03, 2009, 07:31:47 PM
Well ok then.
7286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: tv - ER final ep on: April 03, 2009, 02:01:12 PM

Quote from: EddieA on April 03, 2009, 06:06:02 AM

In the last five minutes, we see the whole hospital staff (including Dr. Carter) prepare for a rush of patients from an explosion.  Carter runs into the hospital and says to Rachel "Coming, Dr. Greene?", which I thought was a nice final line for the series.  Overall, it was a very good way to end the series, and the last few episodes did a good job of sort of tying up the characters' storylines without doing some big event or moving into the future.

Greene's daughter - the one who was always a pain in the butt - came back as a doctor? (I kind of lost track of the show about 4 or 5 years ago). IMDB shows the part being played by 2 different actresses in overlapping periods. Very confusing.

EDIT: ah, I see, I read it wrong. One actress played her when she was younger and then when she went into her "bitch" phase they replaced her with a different actress.
7287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar/Apr 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: April 03, 2009, 01:54:59 PM
Played a bit more tonight doing the required "introduction" bits and going partway into Castle Clinton. The one thing I wish would work in this game is shooting out lights, like you can in Splinter Cell. You can shoot the lights out, but the effect is just one that provides a little more interactivity in the game, rather than actually darkening the area.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I went in the back entrance of Castle Clinton (through the soda machine) and found the quick route through the air ducts to the back area without being spotted. I wanted to grab the multi-tool and ammo that was in the room off the exit, but it didn't seem like it could be done without killing a guard (there are 2 that walk pretty quick routes). I wound up taking a route to the Ambrosia under water that allowed me to bypass the guards, but I'd still like that equipment. I guess that's one of the trade-offs that come with stealth over combat. Makes sense.
7288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: home heating help - forced hot water on: April 03, 2009, 02:46:58 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 03, 2009, 02:35:06 AM

Actually it's pretty simple. The description above it absolutely dead on.  Twist the valve and the air will hiss out and if you don't open it  too far, there's very little chance any water will get out- let alone burn you.

Except the above description does not seem to be the solution if you have baseboard heat.  From the site Ironrod linked:
Regarding the procedure for bleeding air from your baseboard heating system, first shut off your boiler and make a note of the water pressure. Next locate the self-feeding (auto-makeup) water valve and ensure that the make-up water supply is connected and water is available. Then open up all of you valves that go to your various heating zones. Then close all of the shut-off valves. Next, attach a short piece of garden hose to one of the spigots coming off of the return line that goes back to your boiler. While manually opening the auto-makeup valve, open the spigot and let the water run in to a bucket or a drain. BE VERY CAREFUL, as the water coming out of the hose will likely be very hot. Let it run until you no longer see any air bubbles, which could take several minutes. While you are doing this, keep an eye on the water pressure and don't let it get above 25 PSI. If needed to control the pressure, release the auto-makeup valve momentarily. After you have stopped seeing air bubbles, release the auto makeup valve and close spigot. Allow the water pressure to return to normal. You then repeat these steps until all of your zones have been bled. When done, close all of your zone valves and open all of your shut-off valves. Then check the water pressure, which should be the same as what you noted at the beginning. And then finally, turn your boiler back on.
7289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The GodFather 2 Impression on: April 03, 2009, 02:32:00 AM
I heard that people are also getting Riddick at Gamestop today. Supposedly some games don't have official street dates, they are just available to sell when stores get them? Don't know if that is true or what happened here.
7290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: home heating help - forced hot water on: April 02, 2009, 10:57:11 PM
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7291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jak & Daxter : The Lost Frontier on: April 02, 2009, 10:54:06 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 02, 2009, 09:22:56 PM

The first sly cooper game has some problems, it's not as polished a platformer as other games, but it's still good.  Not sure how Sly 2 and 3 hold up, but I assume they'd learned from their mistakes.

I definitely disagree here - I think that the first Sly Cooper may be the best pure platformer on the PS2. The mechanics of the game allow you to run long strings of acrobatics through the levels and I think it is incredibly fun. The next two games went with a GTA-style hub world with missions format that lost that mechanic. In the 3rd game, the missions you wind up doing felt so short and pointless that I stopped playing and got rid of the game.

Certainly, everyone is entitled to their opinion, I just wanted to offer a different viewpoint in case someone was considering the series biggrin
7292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question about shopping for a first mortgage on: April 02, 2009, 10:48:51 PM
That calculator is a bit better than other ones I have seen, and I'll have to try it out.  One of the other calculators I used, after putting in all my loan and CC payments, came back and said I could afford $0 a month in mortgage payments!

This is certainly helpful information. The down payment is the one place I think we will wind up being OK. We have a chunk of money in savings that we haven't touched that should safely amount to 5% down - we have toyed with idea of putting it towards the CCs to burn them down quicker, but we kind of psychologically like having it there as the "future down payment". It also can double as an emergency fund if for some unfortunate reason we wind up needing it.  I'll have to look at the details on the tax credit. Our lease will be up at the end of February next year, so if we feel good about the finances after more research, we'll probably try to time a purchase as close to that as possible to save the rent money.
7293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jak & Daxter : The Lost Frontier on: April 02, 2009, 07:01:49 PM
Sony also obviously thinks everyone should have a PS3 and a PSP, what with the connectivity features they have been pushing (ex. Resistance Retribution/R2).
7294  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: April 02, 2009, 06:38:20 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 02, 2009, 06:23:26 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 02, 2009, 04:44:41 PM

Looks neat. So this has multitasking? The iPhone can't do that, correct? (not criticizing the iPhone, I'm an Apple fanboy but I don't have an iPhone and have never really used one. I actually do own a Treo 750w).

Nope. Apple designed the iPhone that way, so it didn't have to worry about multi-tasking incompatibilities, memory, etc.

Very interesting. That is, of course, how the original Palm OS worked. The multi-tasking is really attractive, though. I'm definitely very intrigued by the Pre because of that and because it has a real keyboard. I've been kind of on the fence with the iPhone because of the lack of a real keyboard, but it's hard to argue against all the iPod functionality plus the ease of use I would have working with my Mac at home. I won't get an iPhone until it comes in 32GB, so luckily I should have some time to see how the Pre pans out (and find out how much it will cost).
7295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Question about shopping for a first mortgage on: April 02, 2009, 05:52:03 PM
My wife and I have been vigorously working off a very sizable credit card debt (long story) for the past year and a half. We would really like to get a house, but the existence of this debt had previously led me to believe we should hold off before we go down that road. I'm estimating it will be at least another 2 years before we have knocked out the CC debt, and we have grad school loans on top of that. On the other hand, we currently support a fairly high rent (which went up again this year) and I have a good credit score (wife's is probably not as good, but we haven't checked). It's looking like the deals on houses are going to be very good over the next year or so, and it would be a shame to miss out on the opportunity.

What I am wondering is how might I go about finding out what we might be able to get as a mortgage given our current situation? I know there are simple calculators on the net, but I would need something more realistic. Also, would getting a quote of this type ding your credit score?

7296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jak & Daxter : The Lost Frontier on: April 02, 2009, 05:15:38 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on April 02, 2009, 05:05:17 PM

i've been just as happy with naughty dog & sucker punch doing other stuff this time around...

I loved the original Sly Cooper but hated the sequels (they sort of did the same thing as ND did with the J&D sequels, except without the fun), so I'm kind of glad they didn't keep going down that road. Infamous looks pretty interesting.
7297  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: April 02, 2009, 04:44:41 PM
Looks neat. So this has multitasking? The iPhone can't do that, correct? (not criticizing the iPhone, I'm an Apple fanboy but I don't have an iPhone and have never really used one. I actually do own a Treo 750w).
7298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jak & Daxter : The Lost Frontier on: April 02, 2009, 04:09:03 PM

Quote from: kronovan on April 02, 2009, 03:38:50 PM

I have a confession; I've never played a Jak, Daxter or Jak & Daxter game.  icon_eek In fact I haven't even viewed 1 being played over someones shoulder. Will this game be the 1 to start on, or is there a title in the series that particularly stands head and shoulders above the rest? I know I can check gameranking/metacritic for the highest ranked, but I'd rather hear from the opinions of GT'ers.'s a bit complicated. The first J&D is a pretty traditional 3D platformer. The game is pretty self-contained, but if you get the extra ending (by collecting all of one particular item) there is a hint at a sequel. Based on what the sequel was, I don't think it's what they originally had in mind (or if they had anything in mind).

Jak 2 turns the game into somewhat of an open-world game, with a hub world that allows for a variety of mission types as well as areas you visit to do platforming. Guns are introduced and used heavily. It's a very challenging game and many people complained about the controls of the vehicles. The story is also a bit darker and angsty, as Jak can now morph into a "dark" version.

Jak 3 is similar to Jak 2 in style, but IMHO better. There are better vehicles and the difficulty is a bit more manageable. Also, the story is completely tied together very well.

Daxter on the PSP is a very good 3D platformer that takes place essentially right at the beginning of Jak 2 in the timeline. The gameplay is much less combat-oriented.

I think opinions vary greatly on which is better. A lot of people love 3D platformers and were disappointed in the departure that the game took after the first. I'm one of those people - I've played J&D twice all the way through 100%, but I have played the others. I think that Jak 3 was a nice improvement over Jak 2, and I think the series is worth playing for the story, which is pretty unique. Some people love Jak 2 because of the challenge.

I guess the question is what do you like? I think if you don't like pure 3D platformers, you are safe skipping the first, because the story is pretty self-contained, but if you want to give the more action oriented ones a try, I would play 2 and then 3 for the story (and maybe just read a summary of the first game so you understand who Jak & Daxter are).

Oh yeah, there's also Jak X, but it's a combat racing game pretty removed from the series. I guess not quite as far removed as, say, Crash Nitro Cart, but along those lines.
7299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: home heating help - forced hot water on: April 02, 2009, 03:54:30 PM
Shutting down the boiler, scalding hot water....that looks like more than I want to get involved with smile I guess I'll be having the landlord back. At least I don't actually need the heat right now and it forces my wife to do some cleaning smile

Oh, and thanks very much for the help.
7300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar/Apr 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: April 02, 2009, 02:51:48 AM
Decided to dig in tonight since we had the extra month. We'll see how I do. Went through the Statue of Liberty for the umpteenth time.
7301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: home heating help - forced hot water on: April 02, 2009, 02:43:31 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 02, 2009, 01:11:39 AM

We have old-school radiators, not baseboards, but it's the same old technology. You are looking for a petcock that bleeds off air. It should be a little nozzle with a handle on it, like a miniature spigot. Open the valve, let the air hiss out, close the valve when it starts spewing water. 

Where would this be located, exactly?
7302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / home heating help - forced hot water on: April 02, 2009, 01:02:14 AM
We rent a small house and recently we had a leak in one of the parts of our boiler and had to have the landlord come by and do some work on it. We had hot water when the repair guy left, but this morning we realized that we had no heat.

We have forced hot water baseboard heating. I called the landlord and he said that due to all the water being drained during the repairs it was possible that air was preventing the new hot water from circulating. They came by when I was at work, and the heat was now working, but only in 1 zone. There is another zone in our bedroom and it  is still not working (I don't think they guy thought to check, and we had the rooms closed off because they are messy).

Does anyone know how to get the heat going in the bedroom? Is this something I can do myself so I don't have to bring the landlord back out again?
7303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: April 01, 2009, 08:28:06 PM

Quote from: JayDee on April 01, 2009, 07:22:09 PM

Anyone know how many missions there are? I'm up to 35 hours and 65 missions complete. Am I close?

Believe it or not, there are 95 missions.

I spent about 60 hours on the game, but I did all the assassin, car stealing, most wanted and police missions, among other things.
7304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Big PS3 announcement= PS2 price drop! on: April 01, 2009, 01:36:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 01, 2009, 12:40:50 PM

PS3 Price Increase Revealed!

Good one!

I wish that wasn't actually a joke and it had happened several months ago (before I bought mine). I want a BC PS3 frown
7305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: April 01, 2009, 01:34:11 PM

Quote from: Razgon on April 01, 2009, 12:55:20 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 31, 2009, 07:27:40 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 10, 2009, 08:20:31 PM

I loved nearly every second of Assassin's Creed, so much so that I'm reading through Alamut which was inspiration for the game.

I plan on grabbing it for the 360 to play through it again and compare with my PS3 experience biggrin
Get it on PC instead; they've added a variety of different missions.

With one game out the tech may seem heavy-handed; I think it adds some continuity over their planned series. And WBS, you need to get more sleep. Tongue

what?? Again, they have added stuff to the pc that didnt come to the Console?? for which it was developed?

Well, they had the choice of releasing an untouched game that a lot of people had already played on consoles or doing something to entice more sales. You'd think they could release the new missions as DLC, though.
7306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wanted:This game feels great on: March 31, 2009, 07:05:37 PM

Quote from: Simon on March 31, 2009, 06:33:14 PM

I think I read somewhere that the game was only 4 hours long. If that's the case then it's definitely worth waiting for the price to drop.

Wow, that would be a new record for a full retail game, or close to it.

OT: great gamerpic - I was wondering if anyone would have the guts to use it smile
7307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wanted:This game feels great on: March 31, 2009, 06:27:36 PM
Did anyone pick up the full game? Reviews are kind of average.
7308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: March 31, 2009, 04:54:17 PM
So I've played a bit more and I think I am starting to "get" the game. Granted, if people need to "get" your game, perhaps you could have done a better job designing it.

For one, they left out some important information in the tutorial. Granted, some of this may be in the manual, but manual's have gotten so small these day's that designers should know that most players assume they don't need to read them. You can tell me to RTFM, but I think it's a valid complaint.

The key bit that is not clearly explained is the purpose (outside of achievements) of completing more than the minimum amount of work  in each area, and there are 2. 1) It increases your health bar. This is great, because I can now play the game they way I tend to like to, which is to buff up my character so he is stronger than any bosses he might encounter (because I suck and otherwise I die). 2) It gives you intel. This is key, because when I first did a pickpocket I was very confused as to why I didn't get to look at this mysterious letter or map. The game didn't tell you that if you went into the pause menu and then picked a sub-menu, and then navigated to that mission, you could actually see the contents. I didn't figure this out until yesterday, and it shows you all kinds of interesting stuff, like guard patrol routes.

So for now I am going to take my time and try to clear each area. Will this get tiring? I have a feeling it will, but  I have at least seen a little variation in some things, like needing to figure out how to access a certain area in order to complete one of the pickpocket missions. Save the citizen missions can be a little tedious, but they can have benefits - I know the second main target I went after got caught up in a group of my vigilantes which allowed me to catch and kill him. If anything, it is fun freerunning on the rooftops and exploring. I only wish they had made climbing the towers a little more Tomb-raiderish, it that there is no real challenge in getting up. Having the climbs be a puzzle would have added more to the gameplay.

I am very impressed by the scale of the game. The overworld is huge and you could spend a lot of time just riding around, exploring the smaller villages and ruins, getting into fights, collecting flags, etc. Clearly a lot of time was put into creating this world. They probably needed to put a little more thought into mixing up the gameplay as the story progresses, and perhaps giving you a bit more to do between the cities. I think if they listen to the criticisms, they have the opportunity to create something really amazing as a sequel.
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Big PS3 announcment due tomorrow (3-31) on: March 31, 2009, 03:33:34 PM
Believe this may have been a case of people inferring something that wasn't there. Original article on Kotaku makes no reference to the announcement being about the PS3 or that it is "big".
7310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA/PSN]Battlefield:1943 on: March 30, 2009, 07:24:11 PM
It only indicates people who have registered, but I always find the 360 voice stats to be interesting.

Here's BF: Bad Company, which shows a very steep drop off from a high of near 6,000 daily players to the current average of about 450.

Compare that with CoD4, which had a high of around 16,000 and now averages about 4,000.

There is probably a large enough population at 360 Voice that you might be able to extrapolate how many "real" people correspond to 1 360 Voice person. It tells you how many people are online when you log into CoD.
7311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance 2 Impressions on: March 29, 2009, 03:24:04 AM

Quote from: naednek on March 29, 2009, 03:12:02 AM

So I received this game and killzone 2 in the mail from Turtle.  Both series are new to me, having not played the originals, so as far as backstories go, I don't have a foundation to go on.

I played an hour on both games, with killzone 2 being the first.  Thinking I could hang, I started out on veteran, or whatever the difficulty level it's called (the 3rd option) and man I had my ass handed to me in no time, so I quickly started over lowering the difficulty down a notch making the AI less aggressive but still challenging at times. 

Anyways, based on my 1 hour impression on both games, I'm liking KZ2 much more.  It certainly is more polished (which it should be since it was in development for a long as time), but everything is polished, graphics/sound/gameplay/acting, it's just fun.  Reminds me of half life in some ways, as far as how well done it is as a package.

Resistance 2 seems a little been there done that.  It's linear (at least so far) and while the weapons are cool, especially the secondary weapons, it just feels the same.  Doesn't mean I don't like it, but after playing KZ2 first, I'm more interested in that.

Anyways, those are my initial impressions, I'm hoping R2 gets better.

Resistance 1 is definitely worth playing (and treats weapons and health differently than R2). Killzone 1 is on the PS2 and at this point isn't really worth going back to - with the exception of a multi-character system that can be kind of interesting, everything else it does is a bit dated and can be pretty frustrating to deal with now.
7312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: March 29, 2009, 03:09:26 AM
So... I just started playing this game. I just have an initial question. I just got to Damascus. For the "save the citizen" bits in the city, do you have to kill all the guards to complete the task? The entire city's worth of guards will not be alerted and come to kill me?

Game is interesting so far - I guess the tutorial part of the game was pretty long so I am just getting to the meat. The part I'm not quite sold on is the fact that I have to slow my horse down to a crawl while passing a guard so I don't get attacked? A guard who has no idea who I am? A little odd. And having to hold down the right trigger and press A to jump is a bit awkward.
7313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NCAA Frozen Four on: March 28, 2009, 10:37:19 PM
Woohoo! Go Cornell!
7314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NCAA Frozen Four on: March 28, 2009, 08:17:39 PM
Anyone care? I'm rooting on my Big Red this afternoon.
7315  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Peggle Peg Party on: March 28, 2009, 05:18:54 PM
Would have liked to join last night but the timing didn't work out. Feel free to send me an invite if you see me.
7316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reaper, Season 2 on: March 27, 2009, 08:47:46 PM
Finally got to watch the season premiere...

"The devil is attracted to radishes?"

Kind of weird that they didn't recap what happened to the father. Of course, they may address this in episodes 2 and 3, which I have yet to watch.
7317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to look like an idiot in a national news story on: March 27, 2009, 08:19:04 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 27, 2009, 07:56:26 PM

I'm going to have to go with the Randites on this pointless symbolic gesture.

Participants spend an enjoyable sixty minutes in the dark, safe in the knowledge that the life-saving benefits of industrial civilization are just a light switch away. This bears no relation whatsoever to what life would actually be like under the sort of draconian carbon-reduction policies that climate activists are demanding: punishing carbon taxes, severe emissions caps, outright bans on the construction of power plants.

Forget one measly hour with just the lights off. How about Earth Month, without any form of fossil fuel energy? Try spending a month shivering in the dark without heating, electricity, refrigeration; without power plants or generators; without any of the labor-saving, time-saving, and therefore life-saving products that industrial energy makes possible.

Well, I absolutely don't want this to be an R&P topic, but I will say they have a point in that WWF is probably thinking the wrong way about this if their goal is to get people to write their congressman to support their legislation. It would make more sense in a "every little thing counts" kind of framework - give people the feeling that it's worthwhile to make small changes in their everyday life to reduce energy usage.

But mostly I thought the guy just came off sounding like a tool when he bragged about wasting as much energy as he could.
7318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to look like an idiot in a national news story on: March 27, 2009, 07:53:49 PM
There's this article on MSNBC about the "earth hour", an hour set aside on Saturday where people and businesses are supposed to turn off or dim non-essential lights as a way of showing that if everyone does something small, the combined effect can help with climate change, energy conservation, etc.

Of course, they have to add a voice of opposition, so they found this guy:

Critic to add lighting to store

But not everyone agrees and at least one counter-protest is planned for Saturday.

Suburban Philadelphia ice cream shop owner Bob Gerenser believes global warming is based on faulty science and calls Earth Hour "nonsense."

The resident of New Hope, Pa., planned to illuminate his store with extra theatrical lighting.

"I'm going to get everyone I know in my neighborhood to turn on every light they possibly can to waste as much electricity as possible to underline the absurdity of this action ... by being absurd," he said.
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gears of War title update 3 on: March 27, 2009, 07:39:31 PM
Came out this week - might warrant revisiting MP.

Gears of War 2 Title Update 3 Detailed Release Notes
The following fixes and improvements are included in Title Update 3.

Title Update 3 makes these new improvements:

    * Adds 100 levels of player experience that you can gain based on your score in Public matches. The game still uses Trueskill for matchmaking to find the most competitive matches, but the skill rank is now hidden. The new level of experience appears next to your gamertag, with levels 1 through 99 displayed as numbers and level 100 displayed as an icon. The game normalizes experience based on match type so that players earn an equivalent amount of experience across all modes.
    * Adds an experience penalty for players quitting before a match is complete.
    * Adds bots automatically to a Public Match if players quit and cause unbalanced teams. This ability has always existed in Private Matches if the bot count is set higher than zero.
    * Optimizes playlists to only have two modes per playlist. Ties are decided by random selection.
    * Adds the ability for teams to talk to each other between rounds in a Private Match.
    * Adds the ability to save Public and Private Horde high scores after each complete wave, in case the host loses connection before failing or completing all fifty waves.
    * Makes minor changes to general bandwidth usage.
    * Adds region preference to matchmaking.
    * Improves standby detection.
    * Adds nine new achievements worth 250 points. Progress toward them starts after Title Update 3 is applied. Six of the new achievements require the Snowblind Map Pack, a set of four new maps to be released soon. The nine new achievements:

          o "Rookie Gear" (10 points): Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 5 (Public only).
          o "Seasoned Gear" (20 points): Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 15 (Public only).
          o "Battle-Tested Gear" (30 points): Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 25 (Public only).
          o "Battle-Hardened Gear" (50 points): Reach level 50 and play a match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (Public only).
          o "Veteran Gear" (75 points): Reach level 100 and win a match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (Public only).
          o "Never Eat Red Snow" (20 points): Complete waves 1 through 10 on all Snowblind Map Pack maps in Horde (any difficulty).
          o "Icy Dead People" (25 points): Complete waves 1 through 50 on any Snowblind Map Pack map in Horde (any difficulty).
          o "Frigid Body Dynamics" (5 points): Play a multiplayer match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (any mode).
          o "The Weather Outside Is Lethal" (15 points): Win a multiplayer match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (any mode).

Exploit Fixes
Title Update 3 fixes these possible exploits, where under certain circumstances:

    * A player could swap from a pistol to a two-handed weapon during a cover slide and then mantle greater distances.
    * Players could kill themselves in Wingman to avoid giving their opponents more points. Now, suicides and team killing will reduce team score.
    * A player holding a meatshield could melee through some walls.
    * A player could equip a two-handed weapon with a shield using either the Boltok or the Gorgon pistol.
    * A player could equip a two-handed weapon with a meatshield using either the Boltok or the Gorgon pistol.
    * A player could prevent planted shields from being picked up by other players.
    * Players could launch themselves into the air with a smoke grenade while mantling.

General Fixes
Title Update 3 fixes these other issues as well:

    * An issue that caused chainsaw interruption when a player is shot to be less reliable in some body positions than in others.
    * An issue where a third player could join a Public Wingman party lobby and remove another player from the game.
    * An issue in Submission games where occasionally the meatflag would immediately run back to the spawn point after being dropped.
    * An issue where players that were knocked down but not out (DBNO) while planting the Boomshield would appear to be standing.
    * An elevation-based issue where the detection for a headshot might not align properly with certain character model heads.
    * An issue that could cause Wingman teammates to have different character models.
    * Additional miscellaneous bug fixes.

Title Update 3 makes these balancing changes:

    * Reduces stun duration of smoke grenades. Currently, characters always start to get up after 2 seconds.
    * Gives melee the same delay after roadie running that shooting received in Title Update 2.
    * Removes spawn protection from the Horde in Horde mode.
    * Increased the forward angle that triggers chainsaw duels so that players with Lancers equipped won't be sawn from the side without a duel.
    * Reduces the delay before a player can climb up after entering low cover.
    * Makes minor changes to weapon spawns on the Subway map to provide greater balance.
7320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chinese roast pork sandwich - who's had one? on: March 27, 2009, 04:37:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 27, 2009, 04:34:58 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on March 27, 2009, 04:17:14 PM

Oh.  My bad.  I still want to go to Lee's, though.   icon_wink

You should.  Actually you should see if there's a more authentic non-chain Vietnamese sandwich shop in your area because from Lee's website it looks like all they have are cold cuts.  The best banh mi is "banh mi thit heo nuong," which is a hard to pronounce way to say it's filled with pieces of specially grilled pork instead of boring cold cuts.

And man up and try the sandwich as-is before you go and Americanize it with ingredient omissions.  You're going to eat your pickled daikon and you're going to like it, dammit.

That reminds me I haven't been to super 88 in a while. Have you ever been there pug?
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