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7361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: January 31, 2009, 03:22:11 AM
OK, I hooked up my PS2 so I am in. I didn't realize the game had a progressive scan mode so I guess I could have hooked it up to the hdtv, but no matter. Is this whole game letterboxed or do I have my PS2 set up wrong? I don't recall from the other time I played.
7362  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Resistance 2 co-op SATURDAY (1/31) afternoon-ish on: January 30, 2009, 09:43:12 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 30, 2009, 09:38:19 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 30, 2009, 06:27:08 PM

Quote from: depward on January 30, 2009, 06:16:08 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 30, 2009, 05:58:12 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 30, 2009, 05:56:03 PM

We have one of each, huzzah!

How about 10am PST?

Oh, that's fantastic, I figured it would be much later.

I won't be able to make it until later on Saturday... around 12ish most likely  icon_frown

12 pacific? That's really not that bad either.

Shall we say 12:30pm PST/3:30pm EST?

Works for me. How does partying up work? I'm pretty noobish on the PS3.
7363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killzone 2 - Single Player embargo lifted, new SP impressions and video on: January 30, 2009, 09:37:22 PM
I can't believe this game is still a month away.
7364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jerry Bruckheimer doing G-Force movie! on: January 30, 2009, 08:32:51 PM
Good grief that looks bad.
7365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: January 30, 2009, 08:28:38 PM
I'll know by the end of the weekend if I'll be joining as I have to decide whether I'll be hooking up my PS2 again or not (darn non-BC PS3). My PC is good enough to run Deus Ex, but not this (Dell notebook circa 2002).
7366  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Resistance 2 co-op SATURDAY (1/31) afternoon-ish on: January 30, 2009, 06:27:08 PM

Quote from: depward on January 30, 2009, 06:16:08 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 30, 2009, 05:58:12 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 30, 2009, 05:56:03 PM

We have one of each, huzzah!

How about 10am PST?

Oh, that's fantastic, I figured it would be much later.

I won't be able to make it until later on Saturday... around 12ish most likely  icon_frown

12 pacific? That's really not that bad either.
7367  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Resistance 2 co-op SATURDAY (1/31) afternoon-ish on: January 30, 2009, 05:58:12 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 30, 2009, 05:56:03 PM

We have one of each, huzzah!

How about 10am PST?

Oh, that's fantastic, I figured it would be much later.
7368  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Resistance 2 co-op SATURDAY (1/31) afternoon-ish on: January 30, 2009, 05:44:07 PM
OK, I am in, assuming the time works out. What's the earliest you are able to start pacific time?

Oh, and I guess I am in as the base soldier guy to start with as I have only played one co-op round ever. (but I love seeing all those little +10s rolling off  icon_biggrin)
7369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Life on Mars(US) radio on: January 30, 2009, 05:07:33 PM
They played a Metallica song during a fight scene set in the 70's?  slywink I was born in '73, so I don't know much about it, but it was a good year for me.
7370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Just got a credit from Circuit City on: January 30, 2009, 04:59:23 PM
Kind of surprising - I just got a $21.99 credit from Circuit City. I haven't returned anything to them recently, so the only thing I can think of is they are crediting me for the 1400 MS points that I was supposed get when I bought Gears of War 2 from them (the cards were on backorder at the time). That's a $19.99 item, so close I guess.

Very surprised that that would be high enough on the list to get recovery for.
7371  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 30, 2009, 03:21:39 AM
I can't believe they are doing it again so soon. Here's the info from the website:

Quote
In lieu of the festivities which will no-doubt keep most of you in front of your TV's all weekend, we've decided to initiate yet another weekend of Double-XP Jan 30 Feb 1 to compliment The Big Game!

Not only will you be receiving Double-XP, but we're introducing two new playlists to the Xbox 360 and PS3 by popular request: Team Tactical (4v4) and Mercenary TDM (no parties allowed)! Team Tactical will pit two teams of four against each other in a random rotation of all the Team-Based gametypes.

It all starts tomorrow morning PST (Friday the 30th)

I doubt I will take advantage of this one like the last, but I'm sure I'll get some rounds in.
7372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazon shipping mechanics on: January 29, 2009, 09:04:17 PM
Very interesting - I ordered 2 items from Amazon on Monday using super-saver shipping, but got the items overnight. I looked on the label and it turns out the box came from Nashua, NH. It was shipped by A-1 Couriers, who I've never heard of. I placed another order on Tuesday night, but that one has yet to ship. Wikipedia only lists these places as fulfillment centers:

        * Arizona, USA: Phoenix, Goodyear
        * Delaware, USA: New Castle
        * Indiana, USA: Whitestown, Munster
        * Kansas, USA: Coffeyville
        * Kentucky, USA: Campbellsville, Hebron (near CVG), Lexington, and Louisville
        * Nevada, USA: Fernley and Red Rock (near 4SD)
        * Pennsylvania, USA: Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hazleton, and Lewisberry
        * Texas, USA: Dallas/Fort Worth
        * Ontario, Canada: Mississauga (a Canada Post facility)

So I don't know if Wikipedia just doesn't have all the info or what. I also don't know why they immediately chose to ship out my items rather than wait. The first shipment was a PS3 headset and an XBOX 360 controller battery, and the second shipment was a 360 battery quick charge kit, so you'd think if they had the first stuff on hand, they'd have the second.

7373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance 2 Impressions on: January 29, 2009, 03:43:50 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 29, 2009, 03:12:04 AM

If I'm not too late, sure!  How about we shoot for 7:30pm PST if you read this biggrin

Ah, I'm guessing you are on the west coast? Maybe we should shoot for a for a weekend because that's usually when I am shutting down on weekdays (east coast).
7374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: January 29, 2009, 01:02:46 AM

Quote from: disarm on January 29, 2009, 12:33:40 AM

and a statement from Harmonix over at Joystiq...

Quote from: Harmonix
There has been a lot of discussion over a recent article that stated "MTV said it plans to increase the number of available songs this year to as many as 5,000."

In an effort to clarify and put some context around that number, please see the original quote on ArsTechnica.com from an interview with Alex Rigopulos, CEO and co-founder of Harmonix, during this year's CES.

In that article, Alex stated:

"That said, one of the great promises of the (Rock Band) catalog moving forward, as the catalog expands from 500 songs to 5,000 songs or whatever in the coming years, is that we're going to be less constrained from a genre standpoint, and I think you will see us starting to branch out into... whether it's country or R&B and jazz or funk, or things of that sort. With the critical mass of the "rock" core covered, of course we'll keep expanding it, but the critical mass is covered, so now we can start to branch off in ways that haven't made sense in the past but will make sense moving forward."

nice job of taking a quote out of context yet again...

That's beyond taking a quote out of context, that's completely ignoring what he said and making something up.
7375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: January 29, 2009, 12:20:32 AM

Quote from: Crux on January 28, 2009, 10:36:43 PM

I almost chose JC's picture to open it with, but if I'm not mistaken you can see just a little too much there if you look closely.

I don't think you're mistaken.
7376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: January 28, 2009, 07:50:34 PM
OK, allow me to get all geeky here. Isn't the top picture the NCC-1701-A, which they finished building in Star Trek: TMP? The appropriate comparison for the bottom picture would be the NCC-1701, which was in the tv show.
7377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance 2 Impressions on: January 28, 2009, 02:24:23 PM
I am up for co-op tonight TML, if you are interested. Got my bluetooth headset yesterday so I am ready to roll.
7378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: January 26, 2009, 07:07:10 PM
Looks like we are getting another decent hit on Wednesday... I was really hoping for a melt-off before the next round. Since we were away during the storm right around New Year's and couldn't clean it up fully, my driveway still has a layer I haven't been able to clean off, unless I was willing to go at it with the ice pick.
7379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Playing Music - What's giving you GAS? & Current Gear on: January 26, 2009, 06:38:59 PM
I got a POD 2.0 for xmas so I am hoping it will give me motivation to do some recording. I really don't like my 16 year-old Fender Stage 112, and besides, it's LOUD. Can only really use it when my wife isn't home and it probably scares the dog.

I have one of these (also 16 years old, and darker in color):


If I had money to blow on instruments I'd get one of these:


I also have one of these:

7380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do we have any pool players here at GamingTrend? on: January 26, 2009, 05:47:54 PM
Can you two clue us in here as to what you're talking about? Some big one-on-one battle?
7381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: January 26, 2009, 05:44:28 PM
So, no comments on Friday's episode? I guess it set up some big things to come (the Felix stuff), but I thought it was very slow for one of the last 10 episodes of the series.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Had they ever hinted about Callie's pregnancy before? I don't recall.
7382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New U2 & Bruce Springsteen on: January 26, 2009, 04:33:49 PM
There's a very "Wild Wild West by the Escape Club" vibe going on in that song.
7383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your biggest gaming timesinks on: January 26, 2009, 04:24:11 PM
One of the goals I have never achieved is finishing a turn-based rpg, so I don't have large amounts of time sunk there. Longest on single player for a game is probably GTA IV, where I spent over 60 hours on the story. Longest SP and MP is probably CoD5, where I am over 100 hours and counting.
7384  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 26, 2009, 03:43:35 PM
Sorry for my generally crappy demeanor last night - I think I played too long yesterday and got into a rut late. When I start screaming into the mic, that should be a sign for me to sign off.
7385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Club: February 2009 Game Voting on: January 26, 2009, 03:38:58 PM
If it's BG&E I'd have to unpack my PS2. However, I was considering putting the PS2 on one of my non-hd tvs so I could play MGS3, so I might still be in if it goes that way.
7386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Club: February 2009 Game Voting on: January 26, 2009, 03:47:55 AM
I voted RE4 because I've had a number of aborted starts, but I would probably do DX because I've also never finished it.

How do we think we'd do this? Open up discussion on a particular section at a time so people don't have to worry about getting spoiled?
7387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance 2 Impressions on: January 25, 2009, 12:17:59 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 24, 2009, 07:05:24 PM

With the latest patch coming Monday, I'm itching for R2 co-op again.  Anyone wanna party up and (FINALLY!) fight against stalkers who will now MOVE?


I'd definitely be interested in a little co-op. I might have to wait until mid-week some time, though.
7388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR 2 on: January 23, 2009, 07:24:42 PM
The thing that killed me on the first game was that when you started a new mission, they kept whatever health you had at the end of the previous mission instead of giving you full health. About 1/3rd through the game I finished up a firefight at the end of one level with very low health and then couldn't get through the start of the next level. And that was the end of that.
7389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is it about KOTOR that I'm missing? on: January 23, 2009, 07:15:21 PM
I'm right there with you. I really want to like this game but I have started it several times and the farthest I got was Tatooine. This is after you get Jedi powers, so I really did give it a shot. The whole thing just felt very repetitive in that you would meet someone who would trigger you to go into some dungeon-type area where you would fight through a lot of enemies until you retrieved something and then come back. The light/dark choices you could make added some fun, but it was a small part of the game.

I also guess I didn't really grasp the right way to do the combat, because every once in a while I run into a boss-type character and kind of fumble my way through beating him/her. Having combat just keep going while you thought about what special power should be used by one of your 3 different characters got a little frantic, and I didn't feel like I had a good understanding of what worked and what didn't work (and I think you could pause combat, but that didn't seem to help me much). I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more as an ARPG.

But I still have the game and I may try again some time...
7390  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 23, 2009, 06:57:27 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 23, 2009, 06:25:40 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 23, 2009, 05:53:15 PM

I get headaches if I play normal CoD4 for a while (from the movement, I imagine),

Did you always? I think we may have spent a fair time playing COD4 together and I don't remember you having issues.  Maybe we didn't hook up until BF:BC, though...

No, we played CoD4, I probably just never mentioned it, I would just choose those times to sign off or I would play through it.
7391  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 23, 2009, 05:53:15 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 23, 2009, 05:38:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 23, 2009, 05:33:02 PM

So I wound up playing a little normal FFA yesterday and I seriously doubt that I'll do that again. I was using the Thompson with stopping power, and after killing one enemy, it was already prompting me to reload. .

The drum attachment helps with reloads.  On the whole, did you find regular more difficult than hc or vice versa?

Well, harder at least because I wasn't used to it, and it is probably harder regardless because you have to put more fire on someone to kill them and it is harder to get a streak going. Hardcore definitely fits my skillset better - less frantic, doesn't rely as much on quick twitches. I get headaches if I play normal CoD4 for a while (from the movement, I imagine), and I have only experienced a headache once playing CoD5 HC.
7392  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 23, 2009, 05:33:02 PM
So I wound up playing a little normal FFA yesterday and I seriously doubt that I'll do that again. I was using the Thompson with stopping power, and after killing one enemy, it was already prompting me to reload. It doesn't take Halo/GoW amounts of ammo to take someone down, but it still seems a bit ridiculous. It definitely seems like it takes a lot more bullets than in CoD4 normal mode. Plus you have to get moving after every shot, although that applies more to FFA than TDM.

Ran into a 10th prestige at one point. I think the guy had 13 days logged. Crazy.
7393  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 23, 2009, 01:48:52 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 23, 2009, 01:45:27 AM


Tank whore slywink
7394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: January 22, 2009, 05:51:51 PM
Law & Order. Shouldn't take you long to get through.
7395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 22, 2009, 05:47:02 PM

Quote from: Graham on January 22, 2009, 06:38:59 AM

I do remember getting PoP:Sot and the original Splinter Cell for the Xbox bundled together for $40, so I can validate Kevin Grey's memory.

I think I might have gotten in on some kind of special Circuit City deal where they were selling BG&E for $10 for the PS2 and I did the Splinter Cell/Pop thing. It was 4 years ago, I can't remember exactly smile
7396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 22, 2009, 04:02:35 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 22, 2009, 03:54:14 AM

However, December and January numbers jumped quite a bit thanks presumably to excellent world of mouth (and IIRC a bundling of Splinter Cell or something) and it ended up doing at least a million in just the US but by that point the common perception was that it was a sales failure had already stuck. 

Didn't they drop the price to $20? I know I got it with Beyond Good and Evil for $20 each.
7397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: January 21, 2009, 10:22:04 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 21, 2009, 10:17:13 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 21, 2009, 10:15:22 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 21, 2009, 09:37:10 PM

New update released last night:

Quote
stuff

Wow, have to give them credit for fixing all of that stuff.

Yeah, although I wish people were actually playing the game.  It just can't compete with World at War.  We managed one evening of MP at the game's release.  That was it.

XP is just too darn addictive. 10th prestige or bust! (most likely, bust).
7398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: January 21, 2009, 10:15:22 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 21, 2009, 09:37:10 PM

New update released last night:

Quote
stuff

Wow, have to give them credit for fixing all of that stuff.
7399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Dec 08 on: January 21, 2009, 10:07:24 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on January 18, 2009, 04:38:17 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 17, 2009, 03:42:00 PM

Quote from: jersoc on January 17, 2009, 03:35:12 AM

rock band doing better than gh? suck it everyone who said i would be wrong.

i called that shit and pretty much everyone disagreed with me. get your forks.



Don't pat his head, he wasn't even right... ninja

He is correct that across multiple platforms, Rock Band outsold GH:WT.
7400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: January 21, 2009, 03:16:49 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on January 21, 2009, 03:00:31 PM

Not a single song there I recognize... frown


I'm sure you've heard Uncle John's Band. OK, not sure, but there's a very good chance.
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