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7401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $10K for GT? on: June 19, 2009, 08:32:44 PM
OK, start entering web addresses, we'll have it found in no time!
7402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 19, 2009, 06:36:14 PM

Quote from: Devil on June 19, 2009, 06:08:24 PM

Are the forums formatted for iPhones?

Safari on the iPhone displays the forums just like any other browser, with the exception that it increases the font size of the posts. Read in landscape orientation, it's extremely readable. And if you want it a little bigger, you can double tab and it will zoom on just the column containing posts (hiding the left column with usernames and avatars). 
7403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 19, 2009, 05:39:45 PM
I am posting this with my new 3GS. That is all smile

(the forums look really nice on it)
7404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 5 in the works on: June 19, 2009, 01:23:50 AM
I like this if only because it gives them a chance to redeem themselves.
7405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I guess money can buy one out of anything on: June 18, 2009, 09:39:15 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on June 18, 2009, 09:27:34 PM

Speaking as an expensive lawyer, what I do is not magic, and is not extraordinary.  I'm not Clarence Darrow here.  I rarely get someone acquitted, or get them a lower sentence, through a flash of brilliance of which other lawyers are not capable.  I succeed, when I do, because (1) I am reasonably trained, (2) clients can pay me to spend the time to prepare the defense meticulously as if it is important (which it is), and (3) I am not simultaneously personally handling 30 other cases that week.   

Shhh. I want to continue to believe episodes of Law & Order are just like real life.

And on topic, Stallworth was suspended by the NFL today. Indefinite w/o pay.
7406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 18, 2009, 09:14:37 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 18, 2009, 05:58:53 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 09, 2009, 05:49:57 PM

eugh...why do developers think we need Multiplayer on every game now...can't say i am looking forward to the multiplayer part of AssCreed2...even Bioshock 2
Winnner, winner, chicken dinner!  Bioshock was absolutely fantastic without multiplayer.  AssCreed was the same.  I don't know who is calling for multi on these games, but they need to stop.

I'd be interested to know the economics behind trying to extend the life of a title through multi and downloadable content vs. releasing a new game. For example, Burnout Paradise has now been out a year and a half and they've extended the life of the game pretty much for free with the exception of the new island they just released. If that was their plan all along, what would they have done if the multi hadn't caught on? After all, for every Halo and CoD there are 10 Riddicks or Strangleholds or Splinter Cell Double Agents where people play for a little but quickly become ghost towns. I would likely expect Bioshock, and certainly Assassin's Creed to fall into that category, and with a little foresight, you would think developers could see the economic sense in not wasting time adding on MP that won't have legs. You can always extend the life of the game and make money ala Fallout 3.
7407  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 18, 2009, 07:13:57 PM
The new maps are definitely fun, although after playing the same 3 maps over and over I finally got the itch for a little variety and went back into the hardcore team deathmatch playlist. There I played Downfall and Roundhouse for the first time since they got rid of the tanks, and wow, did they suck. I didn't love them with the tanks, but now they are just snipefests.
7408  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 17, 2009, 04:09:49 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 17, 2009, 03:24:21 AM

I had to run and eat, Hell was supposed to still be around though.  I came back on a little later and you were already off. Played with Bob for a few rounds then went to bed.  I was talking in party chat to you, guess you didn't hear me then?

I don't know, something must have went weird. It got real quiet so maybe I just wasn't hearing you guys saying you were heading out. I played a few rounds on my own. I would up playing with/against a couple of those "Nuts" guys, actually.
7409  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 17, 2009, 03:14:45 AM
Hark, what happened to you and Hellspawn last night? I finally managed to get to a save point in Lost Odyssey and load up CoD and then you dropped out of the party and Hellspawn was suddenly afk frown
7410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What will you be doing during the XBL maintenance tonight? on: June 16, 2009, 02:24:58 AM
7411  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 12, 2009, 09:14:10 PM
Are people planning on being on tonight?
7412  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Long shot: LF extra 360 controller battery cover on: June 12, 2009, 05:35:07 PM
yeah, I only use battery packs, so I could probably give mine up. Let me make sure it is hanging around at home and I'll post later.
7413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise: Big Surf Island... on: June 12, 2009, 01:45:00 PM
What single-player features have they added with the island? Are there just races, or also new barriers and super jumps?
7414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 12, 2009, 04:13:35 AM
I'm not quite clear on the details, but this is now in some kind of limited release and has gotten some nice reviews. Bit of trivia: it's directed by David Bowie's son.
7415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: June 12, 2009, 04:07:21 AM
I was able to hold my own on Corrosion and Sub Pens, but wow am I lost on Banzai. Everywhere I go is a death trap. I only played the maps 1 or 2 times each, but I think Corrosion is my favorite so far. Lost of fun places to go, like through the pipes and on top of the grain cars.
7416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I Joe Update on: June 11, 2009, 09:20:30 PM
Well, this sounds really bad

So the story goes like this-

after a test screening wherein the film tested the lowest score ever from an audience in the history of Paramount, the executive who pushed for the movie Brad Weston had Stephen Sommers, the super hack director of the film fired. Removed. Locked out of the editing room.

Stuart Baird, a renowned "fixer" editor was brought it to try to see if it could be made releasable. Meanwhile producer Lorenzo whose turkey IMAGINE THAT explodes this weekend as the new bomb in theatres (also championed by Weston) was told his services were no longer needed on the film either.

Sommers was then forced by his William Morris agents to pretend that he was working on Tarzan over at Warner Brothers doing design work, even though that film doesn't even have a good script yet. When word of the firing started to be whispered about in Hollywood, Sommers was summoned back to the editing room- but only to save appearances, Baird is still editing the movie with studio input.

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, who turned down other offers from the property to go with the script that was rushed in 8 weeks by Stuart Beattie because of the writer's strike is frantic that this will destroy the brand and is distancing himself from the pending catastophe.

NONE of this needed to happen, except someone who did not know the mythology, Lorenzo was in charge of the film and never contradicted Sommers on anything. Lorenzo, so you know, was Chairman of Warners and had GI JOE under option there (not as a producer) for SEVEN years and he refused to greenlight the film, stating that because he gre up in Italy he had no knowledge of it. If you google enough, at one point you will see he wanted the film to be about an action hero named MANN (Action Man, get it) and he clearly had no clue what the GI Joe world really was.

And the hapless hack Sommers? Where did he come from? The confused Jon Fogelman at William Morris, who signed Hasbro away from CAA, had to find a director in a hurry for his new clients and gave him the only guy who he repped who would do it. A sad end to what COULD have been a great franchise. Acceleration suits indeed.
7417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Song of Ice and Fire game on: June 09, 2009, 04:37:30 AM
These are also the guys that are doing the Blood Bowl update, though.
7418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1 vs. 100: Could this actually be interesting? on: June 07, 2009, 02:51:47 AM
I got in tonight and I actually wound up in the Mob right away. I made it all the way until the end (I can't remember how many were left - the guy got pretty far) but I wasn't in the top 3. After that I was in the crowd for the rest of the show.

I think I agree with the general sentiment above - pretty fun, but if you are playing with yourself and not in a party, it can get kind of boring.

I was able to hear the announcer some times and not others - sometimes they would cut away and you'd see his mouth moving but nothing would come out. I saw Transformers and Doritos commercials.

Based on what they said while I was playing, getting your career score and streaks up (playing in the extended rounds) is what helps you get chosen to be in the Mob or the One. Not sure I really like that, because it means you have to be obsessive about the game if you ever want to get a chance to win.
7419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post E3 - Top 5 List? on: June 06, 2009, 03:25:52 AM
I'll do games I am now more interested in and have put on my must-have list since watching E3 coverage (since I saw nothing about R&C, for example)

In no particular order:
1) Uncharted 2
2) Splinter Cell Conviction
3) Assassin's Creed 2
4) MAG
5) Modern Warfare 2

I'm certainly interested in a bunch of other games - Alan Wake definitely looks promising, The Saboteur, God of War 3 (I'll definitely get it, but there wasn't much new in the demo other than more gore), Red Steel 2. I'll also be watching Split/Second, that has an interesting premise. Maybe Mod Nation Racers. The MP teaser trailer for Bad Company 2 looks really good as well.

You know, maybe a more interesting question would be which new IPs are people most interested in?
7420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Best Game for Achievements (or trophies)... on: June 05, 2009, 08:06:28 PM
Yes, I was giving Proner a hard time for listing getting 1000 in Avatar as something to be proud of.

I think the game I "achieved" the most with was Battlefield Bad Company. I got all the SP achievements except for finding all the gold bars because I didn't feel like it. On the MP, the only ones I didn't get were 10,001 kills (yeah, whatever), get all badges (which seemed basically impossible to do when I quit - I think they have fixed some of the badges now) and the "have 20 squad members spawn on you without dying" one. 900 points altogether.

Prince of Persia, I have 1040 of 1250.
7421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Best Game for Achievements (or trophies)... on: June 05, 2009, 05:22:27 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 05, 2009, 05:08:35 PM

Avatar: The Last Airbender : The Burning Earth - 1000

7422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alan Wake: the next DNF? on: June 05, 2009, 01:38:03 PM
They had Sam Lake from Remedy on G4 yesterday going over the same demo from the presentation. This is the guy who wrote the original Max Payne story and was the model for the character in the first game. It was weird hearing Max Payne with a Finnish accent smile

The game looks cool and the use of light to weaken enemies is interesting. I hope the game isn't too scary, I'm kind of a wuss.
7423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Felicia Day moolights at Sears on: June 05, 2009, 04:47:56 AM
Was surfing and saw an ad for Sears with what appeared to be Felicia Day in it. I clicked through, and sure enough...

I guess appearing in a Joss Whedon project here and there doesn't pay the bills.

She's also in tv ads:
7424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell: Conviction on: June 05, 2009, 03:12:08 AM

Quote from: Turtle on June 05, 2009, 02:11:35 AM

Blackjack, certain things happened in Double Agent that led to pretty much a near breakdown, saved only by his sense of duty.  Then, in conviction, the premise is someone has betrayed him and the NSA leading to the Sam we have now.

Think of it more like the movie Taken.

Yeah, I figure they aren't considering it a spoiler because it happened in the previous game, not this one.
7425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Great internet only bud light ad (NSFW) on: June 05, 2009, 03:09:04 AM
Interesting that they are doing stuff like this now.
7426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your worst game for Achievements on the 360? on: June 04, 2009, 05:00:06 PM
Call of Duty: World at War reserves most of its points for playing on the masochistic veteran difficulty level and none for multiplayer, which I sunk quite a bit of time into.

The original Rock Band can be a little stingy with points if you only play single player. I did the entire guitar tour on medium and only got 90 points. You can't get a lot of the other points unless you set up a multiplayer band.
7427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 09:31:59 PM
Major Nelson just tweeted - Perfect Dark XBLA 1080p coming this winter.
7428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 03:13:05 AM
The Ubi event isn't so much a presentation as it is a lecture. I mean, I'm interested in hearing James Cameron talk about his movies, but this is not for E3. They went an entire 1/2 hour before they showed a trailer.
7429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 01:00:48 AM
Watching the EA show now on the TiVo. What and odd start they chose with all the Littlest Pet Shop and Charm Girls Club stuff. The audience seemed to be mocking them.

(There's someone on here that programs the Pet Shop stuff, right?)
7430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RPG peeves on: June 01, 2009, 08:20:28 PM
Oh here's one. Don't give me a spell if the thing isn't going to work until I'm 20 levels more powerful.

Me: ooh, this spell teleports an enemy away from battle
<casts spell>
<spell misses>
Me: damn. ok, this spell puts an enemy to sleep
<casts spell>
<spell misses>
7431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 01, 2009, 06:10:42 PM
Crackdown 2, wheeeeeeeeeee!

Edit: different dev, will keep cautiously optimistic.
7432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Folks with central air - what temperature are you keeping it at? on: June 01, 2009, 05:59:51 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on June 01, 2009, 05:53:20 PM

Having a programmable thermostat has saved us a fortune.  The worst thing you can do is allow your home to get too warm during the day and then running the central air when you get home. 

I would assume that you wouldn't want it getting to hot during the day anyway, since you have dogs, too.
7433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Folks with central air - what temperature are you keeping it at? on: June 01, 2009, 04:59:26 PM
I love having central air, but I try to just keep things comfortable enough so it doesn't jack our energy bill up too badly. We rent our house and it's not perfectly insulated, so setting a low temp would mean running the air pretty often.

I think I got it going a little earlier than I wanted to this year and have been running it at 76. I think last year I tried to keep it at 78, so I bumped it up to 77 this morning while the house was still cool. We have the dog at home during the day, so we can't really run it on a timer.

What are other people setting their AC at?
7434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF7,MGS,RE:DC all coming to US PSN on: June 01, 2009, 04:39:51 PM
Rated by the ESRB...
7435  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: recommend me a Mac Pro on: May 31, 2009, 03:20:18 AM
The bottom of the line Mac Pro is silly powerful and probably not even needed unless they are doing really serious video editing. A nice MacBook Pro and Final Cut Express is probably plenty if they are just doing internet-based video, or even an iMac. Heck, I have the low-end standard MacBook (the white one that has Firewire) and it edits great with iMovie and I'm sure it could handle Final Cut.

Again, it kind of depends on exactly what they are planning to do.
7436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSM3 Review Scores on: May 30, 2009, 07:51:11 PM
Based on the general concensus for Infamous, at 71, Ghostbusters must be awesome at 85.
7437  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: recommend me a Mac Pro on: May 30, 2009, 07:44:16 PM
Just don't go with a an aluminum Macbook as they don't have firewire. What kind of video editing are they doing? Broadcast quality or other?
7438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RPG peeves on: May 29, 2009, 09:05:11 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 29, 2009, 08:57:39 PM

Why do you have to purchase your weapons, armor, spells, and items in every single MMO even though the entire populace knows you're the only group in the entire universe that can save them?

7439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG peeves on: May 29, 2009, 07:56:36 PM
Why do I have to wear a special bracelet or cast a spell in order to find out how many hit points a monster has or what element they represent? I hate that.
7440  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: When did you lose your religion? on: May 29, 2009, 04:53:12 PM
I was raised Jewish and followed the fairly typical suburban Jewish path - synagogue on high holidays, Hebrew school, bar mitzvah, etc. My parents were not particularly observant but at least tried to educate us to believe in god and respect our heritage.

I had a somewhat similar experience to DragonFyre in that while I had friends, I was certainly relegated to the more geeky outer circle. Being a good person yet seeing greater happiness go to people who do not seem to deserve it certainly makes you question how the world works. I have seen too many bad things happen to good people. My aunt, who was probably the nicest, most generous person I have ever met, was an observant Jew and died in her late 50's after an extremely painful, protracted battle with bone cancer. Based on all I had seen, it seemed that if there was a god, then he/she simply set the world spinning like a top and just watched to see what would happen. I had no real desire to take interest in a god that took no interest in me. On top of that I developed a general disdain for organized religion the more I learned how it had historically contributed to hate, death and destruction (particularly, knowing that I would have been killed in WWII Germany simply based on who my ancestors were hit home)

Freshman year in college I took a course in evolution (we read Sagan's "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" and he visited our class) and in a breakout session we went around the room describing our feelings on god. This was the first time I verbally stated that I was pretty sure I was an atheist. My friends and my family gave me everything I needed to feel purpose in life, and science explained my existence better than I felt religion could.

I once asked my uncle (husband of my aunt mentioned above) why he though that the old testament said what it did about keeping kosher - was it to help people avoid eating food that could make them sick, etc. He told me that you just have faith and do what it says. I really saw our differences right in front of me right then - blind faith is just something I can't subscribe to.
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