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7361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Holidays - I have a present for you... on: February 13, 2009, 08:40:41 PM
I love the new look. It feels very familiar, though...
7362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV:The Lost and Damned on: February 13, 2009, 08:38:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 13, 2009, 08:05:47 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 13, 2009, 06:58:02 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 13, 2009, 06:49:30 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 13, 2009, 06:47:10 PM

second Teggy...20hrs is this just for this DLC or is it for both DLC that the 360 is getting...and send me a PM or spoil what the spoil is in the second trailer,as i dont see it

What I heard was 20 hours for this download - that way it is equal in value to the 60 hours you got for the $60 you paid for the original game.

EDIT: just did a little googling, and some places say 12-20 hours. So it probably depends on how you play the game. Perhaps there are optional things like races, etc. as in the original game.

and the spoiler:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Niko appears at some point in the game


Spoiler for Hiden:
oh yeah i noticed that and Rockstar said that the voice actor wouldnt be doing any dialogue for this DLC,a falling out i think after the guy who did his voice started to complain about how much money he got


so,he either doesnt say that much or they had already recorded his voice and maybe cut it out of the retail game and put it back in now

there are some missions that cross paths with the original story, like the one where Nico, Playboy X and the biker (I forget his name but he's the one you play as) have to escape a SWAT team when a drug deal goes bad thanks to an undercover cop and then they split up with Nico/Playboy going one way and you the other, so chances are they'll use the stuff recorded for GTA IV for those rare occassions.

Ah, crap, how am I going to escape the cops without my lawyer girlfriend? smile
7363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV:The Lost and Damned on: February 13, 2009, 06:49:30 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 13, 2009, 06:47:10 PM

second Teggy...20hrs is this just for this DLC or is it for both DLC that the 360 is getting...and send me a PM or spoil what the spoil is in the second trailer,as i dont see it

What I heard was 20 hours for this download - that way it is equal in value to the 60 hours you got for the $60 you paid for the original game.

EDIT: just did a little googling, and some places say 12-20 hours. So it probably depends on how you play the game. Perhaps there are optional things like races, etc. as in the original game.

and the spoiler:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Niko appears at some point in the game
7364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioshock - 360 or PS3? on: February 13, 2009, 05:54:57 PM
Haven't played it before. Is there a good reason to give up my achievements and play it on the PS3?
7365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: February 2009 NPD on: February 13, 2009, 05:48:33 PM
I don't know anyone that owns wii fit or talks about using it. Yet the thing is selling in ridiculous numbers. Where are these people hiding?

At least PS3 is now significantly outselling the PS2  icon_confused
7366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV:The Lost and the Damned on: February 13, 2009, 05:27:41 PM

Quote from: mikeg on February 13, 2009, 05:18:02 PM

have yet to hear anywhere just how LONG this will play out.  

I seem to recall reading/hearing it has about 20 hours of content.

I'm in, although maybe not next week so I can finish up some other things I am working on.

BTW, if you are not averse to minor spoilers, there is a fun reveal at the end of the second trailer.
7367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 13, 2009, 03:16:55 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on February 13, 2009, 06:47:29 AM

Congrats on finishing it!

I made more progress in the factory, and am just about out. Unfortunately, I'm stuck.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Not really looking for a hint yet, but I can't find/dislodge a fuse to get out of the place. Been running around now for a half hour. I can see a fuse, but when I try to take it, I get electrocuted. I can't cut off the current either, and my partner isn't offering any help. I'm wondering if there is a different fuse I'm supposed to get, but I've looked pretty much everywhere.
Baffled.

OK, I won't give you a hint biggrin
7368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 13, 2009, 03:16:00 AM
Well, I wound up finishing up tonight. Total time was probably about 9.5 hours (I was actually at about 8 hours after yesterday, not 7) but I definitely benefitted from having played the game before. Even though it's been quite a few years since I played it, certain very helpful things came back to me. I also didn't go after every single pearl - I completely skipped the races, for example.
7369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 12, 2009, 09:00:33 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 12, 2009, 07:11:42 PM

Killzone 1 was the only FPS I ever finished on the PS2.  And I'll be damned if I can recall any detals about the story.  paranoid

Spoiler for Hiden:
The good guy who kind of seems like a bad guy right off the bat is really a bad guy. OMG shocker!

Seriously though I enjoyed Killzone quite a bit (there is a thread somewhere about why I enjoyed the SP more than Halo), but the group of characters and their interactions was what was entertaining, not really the story as a whole, which was pretty cliche and as I implied in the spoiler, could be seen coming a mile away.
7370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 12, 2009, 08:53:45 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on February 12, 2009, 08:51:29 PM


If you don't pick up a pearl in the first part of this mission, is there any way to get it later on? Without giving too much away, I killed something very large that dropped a pearl. I forgot to get it, and now I'm well past that area. I don't want to reload an earlier save unless I really have to, but I don't want to run out of pearls later and then be really screwed.


Yes, and someone will make reference to where it is. And you didn't forget to get it, you really can't get it until later.

Also, don't freak if you don't get a pearl here or there. You'll find out why after you finish the factory.
7371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CoD:WaW map pack! on: February 12, 2009, 08:51:17 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 12, 2009, 08:43:00 PM

I've played maps where I didnt' get in a single tank the whole match and tanks are still super easy to kill.  I really don't understand the viewpoint that says they are unkillable.  The average Live scrub doesn't have a chance against a tank, but that doesn't have to be true to anyone in this forum because we've already told you the secrets to killing them easily.




Well sure, if you can walk up behind a tank and toss a satchel under it it will blow up. But my problem is getting anywhere near the tank to do so without getting shot by either an enemy or that tank.  My only satchel kills have been when I have dropped one out in an area that tanks normally pass through and laying in wait. Stickies a bit easier because they can be thrown from cover, but the tank needs to have been worn down a bit. Rockets are a bit harder because they really require you to come out of cover.
7372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow...there goes the snow on: February 12, 2009, 08:30:57 PM

Quote from: Kagath on February 12, 2009, 08:29:06 PM

Are you in MI as well Teggy? That sounds about like what my current conditions are and have been.

No, just outside Boston, MA. But I was driving in the xmas eve snowstorm in Michigan, that was fun.
7373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 12, 2009, 06:04:26 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 12, 2009, 05:52:57 PM

Uh, Ron.  In Killzone 1 you played Yahn Templar.

Believe that's "Jan".
7374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero World Tour outsells Rock Band 2 2:1 on: February 12, 2009, 05:17:19 PM
Did people catch this?

Quote
Activision announced earlier today Guitar Hero Greatest Hits during their financial conference call. The game will be comprised of the songs Guitar Hero fans liked the most from Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero III and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. All of these repackaged songs from the earlier games will be remade to work with all of Guitar Hero World Tour’s instruments. Guitar Hero Greatest Hits will be out sometime within the next two quarters for the Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3.
7375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 12, 2009, 04:55:36 PM
Sat down last night and played a lot longer than I was planning. Finished up the Slaughterhouse and played up to the

Spoiler for Hiden:
destruction of the lighthouse

which I had forgotten about. The cutscene with

Spoiler for Hiden:
Jade and the "dog"

is really effective.

Also got to play my previously mentioned favorite part, and it held up just like I remembered it. Very fun.

I think I have a bit over 7 hours logged.
7376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So If I'm Going to Philly, Where Do I Go to get a REAL Philly Cheesesteak? on: February 12, 2009, 04:42:37 PM
Can't wait for post number 3  Tongue
7377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow...there goes the snow on: February 12, 2009, 04:37:25 PM
Well, they revised the high down to 54, but that is still warm enough for a nice steady melt-off. We'll be getting back below freezing every day for the next few, which is supposedly good for preventing too much flooding.

And yes, my dog has left me quite the job in the backyard. I was able to go out a couple of times over the last month and pile up stuff so it will be easier to clean away, but it is going to be a vile mess.
7378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 12, 2009, 02:31:38 PM
What, only a 9.3? Wait til I tell the guys at GAF about this.  slywink
7379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow...there goes the snow on: February 12, 2009, 02:52:19 AM
Weather report is calling for 62 degrees tomorrow  eek  With today's 50+ temps, and overnight above freezing, we may actually see our grass again. I wonder if we are done with the snow for the season. Probably not.
7380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: February 12, 2009, 02:44:19 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 11, 2009, 11:49:10 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 12, 2008, 04:54:04 AM

FG42 + steady aim+ stopping power The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.

(double tap is fun too biggrin)

The firing speed on that gun is absurd. Double tap!?  icon_eek

Just for fun.
7381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So If I'm Going to Philly, Where Do I Go to get a REAL Philly Cheesesteak? on: February 11, 2009, 10:43:50 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 11, 2009, 09:39:54 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 11, 2009, 08:03:21 PM


I've tried hotdogs the chicago way (I hate em)

Chicago style is the only way to eat a hot dog.  I thought I had eaten hot dogs until I went to Chicago and had one.  I quickly realized this is how they should be done.

Absolutely love Chicago dogs. However, since Nathan's hot dogs and sauerkraut exist, I can't deem them "the only way to eat a hot dog".

EDIT: Oh man, I just read that wikipedia article and am so hungry. So many hot dogs I need to try. (and Fenway Franks do not belong on that list. They are bland as anything.)
7382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fed Ex or PDP.com's fault... on: February 11, 2009, 09:06:19 PM
If Fed Ex screwed up after it left, I don't see how you can blame PDP as they would have no idea what was going on. It would seem that if this was a common thing PDP would have changed the packaging. Sounds like Fed Ex dropped a piano on it or something. The fact that they attempted to deliver a package that was damaged to the point of leaking is pretty stupid. They should have contacted the seller when that happened.
7383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting rid of old CDs and cassettes? on: February 11, 2009, 08:25:17 PM

Quote from: Pong on February 11, 2009, 12:57:50 PM

Get something like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Datawrite-800-Disc-Case-Silver/dp/B001AZ3Z4C/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1234356766&sr=8-4

Each "cdpocket" is numbered, so it's easy to keep track of what is where.

Now that is interesting - it's holds about 400 more CDs that I need and seems to be only sold in the UK, but definitely a place to start.
7384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Herculoids was an odd show on: February 11, 2009, 08:01:12 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 11, 2009, 07:39:57 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 11, 2009, 06:57:46 PM

I don't know, when I watch old episodes of Superfriends, it doesn't seem quite as far fetched.

Wonder Twins.  /endthread

I think that the Wonder Twins were kind of comic relief is what makes it less odd. I think the Superfriends took itself a bit less seriously.
7385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Herculoids was an odd show on: February 11, 2009, 06:57:46 PM
Was watching this last night on Boomerang. I can't believe when I was little this show seemed plausible. For example, in one show, one of the Herculoids enemies comes along and shrinks them down in order to have them fight some microscopic creatures. His reasoning being that if his microscopic creatures win, then he will shrink down the rest of the universe and enslave them. Nevermind that he could just shrink down the whole universe anyway, regardless of what happens to the Herculoids. Or he could have just stepped on the Herculoids.

In another episode, they catch a bad guy and put him in a rocket with big letters on the side reading "PRISON ROCKET". That was just kind of funny. Also, in the other episode, Mr. and Mrs. Herculoid are sleeping together under a blanket, which I thought was pretty progressive for a kids show.

I don't know, when I watch old episodes of Superfriends, it doesn't seem quite as far fetched.
7386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: XIII the mini series on: February 11, 2009, 04:00:02 AM
It's up on Hulu now if anyone wants to watch it.
7387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So If I'm Going to Philly, Where Do I Go to get a REAL Philly Cheesesteak? on: February 11, 2009, 03:52:16 AM

Quote from: BEEFHAMMA on February 11, 2009, 03:32:54 AM

isn't Chicago also known for their 'brats'?

daaaaaaaaa bears.

You can get great brats in Chicago, but Wisconsin might be the best source for them (Usingers, for example). Between deep dish and the hot dogs, Chicago is probably my favorite northern city as far as signature foods go.  I won't complain about my location, though, as the fried seafood on Boston's north shore is one my summer staples. But this is a thread about Philly, right? smile
7388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: February 11, 2009, 03:44:28 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 11, 2009, 01:16:46 AM

Quote from: Teggy on February 10, 2009, 10:26:44 PM

Well, the game is called "Rock Band". It's a valid argument.

They already added country and various other not-quite-rock music types.

That doesn't mean they should have biggrin
7389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So If I'm Going to Philly, Where Do I Go to get a REAL Philly Cheesesteak? on: February 10, 2009, 10:36:04 PM
Does anyone ever ask for the cheesesteak without the cheese? Like a steak sandwich? Would that get you thrown out?
7390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: February 10, 2009, 10:26:44 PM
Well, the game is called "Rock Band". It's a valid argument.
7391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CoD:WaW map pack! on: February 10, 2009, 10:23:24 PM
I was afraid one of them would be Makin Day, so that's cool that they are all original. The second 2 would appear to be infantry only maps, the first I'm not sure. I think I overdosed on CoD, so this seems like a good reason to stay away and play other stuff for a month when I can come back refreshed and have some new content to discover.

And “Verruckt” really means "Zombie Asylum" in German?
7392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - What is your band name? on: February 10, 2009, 10:17:12 PM
My band is called Package Thieves* and all the characters are approximations of the members of Superchunk each named appropriately. I am a geek.

*there is a Superchunk song called "Package Thief".
7393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 10, 2009, 06:08:33 PM
Put a little more time last night, doing some more exploring and making my way into the slaughterhouse.

I'm looking forward to my favorite little  bit from my first playthrough, which was
Spoiler for Hiden:
outrunning the explosion in the pedestrian district

Other games have done something similar, but it always stood out to me.
7394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising 2 Announced!!! on: February 10, 2009, 12:42:53 AM

Quote from: Big Jake on February 10, 2009, 12:09:44 AM

Any Humvee's filled with convicts driving around in an enclosed area which I *HAVE* to pass through early in the game, which yield a 90% chance of instant death

And respawn even if you kill them...
7395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting rid of old CDs and cassettes? on: February 09, 2009, 06:07:40 PM
well I was thinking one thing I could do is keep the discs and artwork and get rid of the boxes. Can anyone offer a good storage solution for doing that?
7396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/9) on: February 09, 2009, 01:47:14 PM
i'm definitely getting GTAIV, but I might wait so I am not distracted from some other games that I currently have quite a lot of time left on.
7397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So what are your gaming plans for this weekend? on: February 09, 2009, 04:37:13 AM
I restarted Okami (on Wii this time, hopefully I will finish this one), played some Splinter Cell Double Agent BC, played some more GOTM Beyond Good & Evil and for some reason was compelled to yet again start up Final Fantasy 7.
7398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Was watching the Bond series again and ... on: February 09, 2009, 01:53:30 AM
I had no idea that was why that sound was made, and I'm guessing the filmmakers didn't either. People just think that's the sound an aircraft makes when it plummets to the ground.
7399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Getting rid of old CDs and cassettes? on: February 08, 2009, 10:24:03 PM
I have boxes and boxes of old CDs that are taking up space. I can (and will) rip them, but then I am still left with boxes of plastic. I can deal with losing the artwork, because it's not like I ever look at it, and the information can be found elsewhere. And it's not like CDs will appreciate in value like some old vinyl. Cassettes - I can't rip them, but just about none of it is irreplaceable via iTunes.

So what have people done with bulk amounts of old CDs? Is there any way to get some value for it? Can they be recycled, at least?
7400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 08, 2009, 06:05:27 PM
Played through the factory last night. I forgot how much I enjoyed the simple puzzle-stealth bits. I'm also playing Splinter Cell Double Agent on the XBox, and it's fun to compare how different they approach stealth. BG&E is certainly a lot lower stress. Personally, I like the puzzle elements such as:

Spoiler for Hiden:
use a moving box as cover to avoid being spotted by a guard, and then hang from the box and ride it across the room as a crane picks it up.

I think the one thing the game needs improvement on is the camera (the 3rd person camera, not the photo-taking camera). I definitely wrestle with it at times.
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