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7481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] 1 year, 10,000 Gamerscore - an adventure on: December 10, 2008, 06:38:53 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on December 10, 2008, 06:18:48 PM

I've gained 45,541 gamerscore between Jan 1 2008 and today.  Do I have a problem?

Ha! Call me an achievement whore?

I believe the definition of an achievement whore is someone who has the Avatar game on their list.
 ninja (OK, I wanted to link to Fumble's list of Avatar achievements but I can't seem to do it)
7482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] 1 year, 10,000 Gamerscore - an adventure on: December 10, 2008, 06:01:09 PM
So, I got my 360 between xmas and new year's last year and a year later now stand at 9550 Gamerscore. I would not describe myself as an "achievement whore" but I will occasionally go out of my way for some points. Since I'll be away for the holidays, I have about 2 weeks to get 450 points, which means I may have to pry myself away from COD5 and work on some of my backlog. We'll see, I may fall short. But I thought it would fun to go back and look at some of the achievements I got this year and whether or not they were worth it.

Tomb Raider Legend - Collect 5 Bronze Rewards (10)
I believe this is the first achievement I ever...achieved. I enjoyed this game quite a bit and wound up playing through it basically twice, once on normal and once on hard. But not because I had gone back to get the achievement - about 3/4s through the game my save got corrupted and I had to completely start over, and since the combat wasn't very hard, I decided to up the difficulty. The achievements I didn't get were mostly time trials, because I don't have the patience for that.

Feeding Frenzy - Andy Champion (10)
I got this game free with my console. I can't believe they are making a sequel. It seemed kind of like one of those in-browser flash games. I did get this achievement just because I wanted to have some return for wasting my time.

Crackdown - High Flyer (10) and Base Jumper (10)
Getting to the top of the Agency tower is a really fun thing to do, and I might not have attempted it if not for the achievement. But getting to jump off? Even better.

Call of Duty 2 - Veteran of Stalingrad '42 (60)
This is where I found out that playing Call of Duty on veteran just isn't fun. 60 points is a really nice reward, but just not worth it. I hate that they make so many of the points in CoD games for beating the game on veteran.

Kameo - Beaten Thorn (100)
I really didn't like Kameo, which surprised me, because it is definitely up my alley. But the game pretty much bored me to tears when it wasn't making me frustrated. You get 600 points for just beating the game, but I had no interest at all in going back for any other, most of which required you to replay the missions really, really well.

The Orange Box - Zombie Chopper (25) and The One Free Bullet (40)
A bit of a philosophical argument here - does knowing about achievements change the game experience? I attempted both of these achievements (which require you to get through parts of the games using only limited weaponry) on my first run-through. So I have never used a shotgun in Ravenholm. Although I will play it again at some point. Notably missing from my list is Keep off the Sand (20) which I attempted numerous times but couldn't manage. I doubt I will ever do Little Rocket Man (30) because it just doesn't seem like much fun.

Tomb Raider Anniversary - Medium Game (25) NOT
The game glitched and didn't give me this achievement or the one for finishing on easy even thought I completed the game  icon_evil

GTAIV - You Got the Message (20)
This is the one for getting all the stolen cars.  It just reminds me of how much time I spent traveling all around Liberty City.

Battlefield: Bad Company - Get the Dog! (20)
Anyone who played BC with me knows how much of an idiot I made of myself trying to get dog tags. This is the most Gamerscore I have for a single game, 900 out of 1000.

Too Human - Valkyrie's Folly (5)
This is the achievement for dying 100 times. I did it in one playthrough. Yeah, fun game  Roll Eyes

and similarly...

Call of Duty: World at War - Purple Heart (5)
You get this for dying 20 times on a single level, and I did it on the very first level I played. (It was on hardened, at least)

It's been a fun ride to (almost) 10K. We'll see if can get to 20K next year...

7483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 survival rate thread on: December 10, 2008, 05:05:43 PM
On my first, but only have had it since December 2007. It's an arcade with a refurb HD attached, and not a falcon. I have had occasional crashes/lockups, but never any red rings.
7484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wives do the darndest things... on: December 10, 2008, 04:07:51 AM

Quote from: naednek on December 10, 2008, 12:52:00 AM

Last year we moved into a rental house.  We painted the kitchen, and had all the counter appliances on the ground.  My wife thought the microwave would be useful as a stool/bench to stand on to reach the high spots.  I come in the next day and noticed there's a nice dent on top of the microwave. 

Did I tell you it was only a month or two old at the time?

The one thing that made my story not quite as bad was that I had had the microwave since 1997. So it had a good long lifespan.
7485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Luckiest Man Alive? on: December 10, 2008, 12:49:13 AM
I can't believe you people think this is fake.

You're clearly ignoring the second shooter. On the dusty knoll.
7486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RIP] Bob Petrillose on: December 09, 2008, 10:30:18 PM
OK, 99.99% of you guys don't know who this is. If you have ever been to Cornell, you hopefully experienced Hot Truck, the best late night food EVAR. Bob was the man behind the meal.

http://today.14850.com/1209bobpetrillose.html
7487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: December 09, 2008, 10:09:56 PM
Yeah, I guess I'm just too accustomed to games throwing in all sorts of twists that I'm just expecting them even when they're not there.  The one bit when you are in the circular room and you boost Elena up before the creatures start coming up through the floor, I was sure she was going to ditch Nate and run off to get the treasure for herself smile
7488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: December 09, 2008, 08:50:34 PM
Something I forgot to ask that I just thought about - did anyone get the feeling along the way that Elena might have been with the bad guys?

There were a couple of scenes that her actions seemed a little strange - one when she is out on the balcony and says she's going to stay there to check on some "things" and the other when she finally has to drop the camera - the camera seemed too important to her (although I can buy that if she is a reporter).

I had a feeling that the developers were going to throw some curves in.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Nate's friend still being alive seemed kind of obvious.
But I don't know if I was just looking for things when I thought Elena might be on the other side or if the intention was for the gamer to be unsure.
7489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wives do the darndest things... on: December 09, 2008, 07:24:17 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 09, 2008, 07:14:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 09, 2008, 03:42:27 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 09, 2008, 02:09:37 PM

Microwaves come and go, LEVERAGE is there to stay.

icon_twisted

dude, you know how it works, no matter what they do you've always done something worse.

sadly true.  even if the thing you did you don't remember.  or worse, don't remember her way.

milk this for all it's worth now teggy as you won't get a long time to use it.

Last night when we were in bed I jokingly suggested that she should go get me a bottle of water because she broke the microwave and she went and got one. That's probably all I'll get. And her birthday is on Monday and I'll probably underdeliver and that will definitely be the end of that. biggrin
7490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Luckiest Man Alive? on: December 09, 2008, 03:59:35 PM

Quote from: Hiccup on December 09, 2008, 03:55:45 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 09, 2008, 04:27:28 AM

Reminded me of this, which is real afaik.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyhgC4wF7MU


Can't see YouTube at work, is that the same as .50 Cal Ricochet?

Yes, same video.
7491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wives do the darndest things... on: December 09, 2008, 01:58:32 PM
I was playing COD with GT people last night and was getting ready to stop, when I heard some kind of commotion upstairs in the kitchen. Wife comes downstairs and says, "oh good, the spare microwave is still there" (wife had a smaller microwave from before we moved in together and had considered giving it away to a friend at some point). OK, now it was obviously time to finish up. I muted and asked her what was going on - the microwave wasn't working.

My wife is into crafts, and decided she would save money on gifts for friends by making them some kind of candle in a glass thing, which required molding this gel wax. The wax has to be heated up so you can mix color in. I asked how the package said to heat it up, and she says that it says to do it on the stove, but doesn't say not to do it in the microwave. Well, she used the microwave and the microwave is now dead, very warm to the touch like all the insides were burned out. So, I'm annoyed, because now this cheap gift idea is now way more expensive than had she bought them pre-made, but I can't really blame her if the package didn't warn against using in the microwave.

So I go about my business and a little later walk into the living room where she's working on stuff and she's giving me this "I'm really, really sorry" look. I ask what's up now? She says that she thought that the 2nd column of directions were the spanish version of the directions. I ask what she means and pick up the package. At the very top, in bold letters it basically says don't ever use the stuff in a microwave.

 icon_evil
7492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Luckiest Man Alive? on: December 09, 2008, 04:27:28 AM
Reminded me of this, which is real afaik.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyhgC4wF7MU
7493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the true story on Xbox 360 and Blu-Ray? on: December 08, 2008, 05:20:28 PM
I think the value for MS is that every blu-ray add-on for a 360 could be one less PS3 sold. That wouldn't be the case in reality, but it would apply in some cases. With Netflix and Media PC connections, I don't think that MS thinks that the 360 is purely a gaming machine.

I am curious if Blu-Ray is going to be the next DVD. (I hope so because I have bought some of them). It's a little different from DVD because adoption will require both the player and an HDTV. If I cared more I would look up how sales have been. smile If it does become the new standard for home video, one would expect the next XBOX will have one as the primary drive.

There is an article on Digg now about 400GB and terabyte Blu-Ray in the works, so they look to be future proofing the format, which is good. Although I don't know how many other players other than the PS3 will be able to play the bigger discs.
7494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the Wii... on: December 08, 2008, 02:55:03 PM

Quote from: Devil on December 08, 2008, 01:47:46 PM

Did more than 480p.

Oh yeah, +1 to that.
7495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 14 on: December 08, 2008, 02:26:42 PM
Wow, I didn't even realize that because Atlanta lost to the Saints, an NFC team, their conference winning percentage dropped below the Cowboys, who lost to the Steelers, and AFC team. So in losing, the Cowboys actually temporarily secured a playoff spot. But they pretty much blew it completely anyway, because it will take a minor miracle for them to beat the Giants and Ravens.
7496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the Wii... on: December 08, 2008, 04:16:16 AM
Had a usable online gaming system. Friend codes FTL.
7497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 14 on: December 08, 2008, 12:35:07 AM
Man, how does a team look so good for 3 quarters and then turn into a bunch of bumbling idiots? Where's the smacking your head into a brick wall smiley?
7498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 14 on: December 07, 2008, 11:36:48 PM
It looks like the Jets are going to go down to...San Francisco? If the Pats can't come back against Seattle, they are really going to be hating themselves.
7499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 14 on: December 07, 2008, 10:54:07 PM
Cowboys hanging in much better than I expected. They actually have a chance...
7500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 14 on: December 07, 2008, 02:51:52 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on December 05, 2008, 07:35:30 PM

Any predictions on the Steelers/Cowboys game in the cold city of Pittsburgh this weekend?

Sunday is supposed to be 25 degrees with about a 60% chance of snow.



I can't make a rational pick in a Cowboys/Steelers game right now. I'd love for the Cowboys to win, but I can't say I'm not worried.

New England is getting all NFC east/all the time today, with the Giants/Philly, Cowboys and Skins games.
7501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: December 06, 2008, 06:26:25 PM
Why oh why am I playing this game on hardened? I believe I spent an hour (no exaggeration) this morning doing just the last checkpoint on the flamethrower level. I don't know why I wouldn't give up - I just didn't want the game to beat me. And the difficulty level is so uneven - the early sniper level was a pain, the flamethrower level a big pain and then the later tank level was really easy.
7502  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 05, 2008, 10:06:44 PM
BTW, sorry for the ignore last night. I was wasting time on the phone with MS. I should be around for actual playing tonight, but may still have the stupid problem of getting kicked from games for having a moderate NAT.
7503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man makes working Gears of War gun/chainsaw on: December 05, 2008, 10:04:04 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 05, 2008, 09:41:43 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 05, 2008, 09:39:16 PM

There's actually a video of this thing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ljd_hUxCfI



You mean the same one in the OP?

Someone needs to be a Lancer test subject.

I MEAN YOU!

Um...where's that guy that says clicking on links is for pussies?   icon_redface icon_redface icon_redface icon_redface
7504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man makes working Gears of War gun/chainsaw on: December 05, 2008, 09:39:16 PM
There's actually a video of this thing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ljd_hUxCfI
7505  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 05, 2008, 07:13:39 PM
collector's editions are puppies.
7506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looks like the MGS4 360 port will be announced soon on: December 05, 2008, 05:33:48 PM
On a related, yet derailing note, I was flipping around the other night and came upon "Guyver 2", starring...David Hayter. Guy didn't look anything like what I expected, and didn't really even sound like Snake, except for moments when he would lower his voice and then you could totally hear it.
7507  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This is a scary map. on: December 05, 2008, 05:25:09 PM
My first impression was "hey that's not too bad". Then I saw the slider.
7508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: December 05, 2008, 05:18:21 PM
The interface seems fine, but it takes a long time for avatars to show up when you go to the friends section.
7509  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 05, 2008, 04:20:32 PM
You know, we all have our issues. You can always tell when I am on because you hear alternating "are you KIDDING me!" and loud exhales.

Well, we all have our issues except Wonderpug. That guy is always just calm as still water. He's just an extremely efficient killing machine smile
7510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looks like the MGS4 360 port will be announced soon on: December 05, 2008, 04:16:24 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 05, 2008, 03:36:29 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 05, 2008, 03:28:11 PM

The other point was that it is not the exact same green that's used in XBOX ads, so the fact that it is green may be a red herring.

But it's clearly the 360 power button.  Anyone trying to say this is anything but a MGS 360 announcement is a delusional PS3 fanboy. 

smile well but there is no exclamation point in the 360 power button and the same power button symbol exists on every console. I'm not saying it can't be MGS4 for the 360 (I would probably buy that version instead of the PS3 if it had extra content - don't suppose they want to come out with a version of MGS3 for the 360 too?). I just don't want people to feel disappointed if its not smile
7511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looks like the MGS4 360 port will be announced soon on: December 05, 2008, 03:28:11 PM
The other point was that it is not the exact same green that's used in XBOX ads, so the fact that it is green may be a red herring.
7512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looks like the MGS4 360 port will be announced soon on: December 05, 2008, 03:06:00 PM
Doesn't seem to be consensus that is in MGS4 for the 360. Some people think the fact that it says "the next metal gear" implies it is a new game and that the exclamation points possibly indicate it is a new AC!D game. Guess we'll have to wait and see...
7513  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon - 15 days 15 VG deals on: December 05, 2008, 02:42:19 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 05, 2008, 02:39:36 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on December 05, 2008, 02:18:48 PM

Golden Axe: Beast Rider for $10

Yeah. There's a reason for that.

Hey, it's rated higher than "Monster Jam", which is the same price.
7514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So what's the best JRPG for the Xbox 360? on: December 05, 2008, 01:43:32 PM
I haven't played any of them, but I read a thread over at GAF (sort of like staying at a Holiday Inn Express?) that discussed this very same question. The general consensus over there was Tales of Vesperia followed by Lost Odyssey.
7515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone know how to completely erase network settings on a 360? on: December 05, 2008, 01:43:53 AM
Ug, I just spent about an hour on the phone with xbox support trying to figure this out. The only thing we discovered was that if I unplugged the ethernet cable, it no longer thought that there was a wireless adapter connected, but as soon as I plugged the cable back in, it went back to thinking the wireless adapter was connected. They want me to try and connect my xbox directly to my modem, which would take some serious wrangling. What I really need to do is completely reinstall the OS, but they don't have any way to do that.
7516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Combat 2 confirmed! on: December 04, 2008, 10:06:51 PM
Only problem with WWI is that you're basically limited to rifles and (yes, they had machine guns, but they weren't really carrying them around). Doing MP with a bolt action rifle doesn't really appeal to me (and I haven't used any of them in WaW).
7517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Mouse and Keyboard adaptor on: December 04, 2008, 09:47:30 PM
You can't just plug a usb keyboard in?
7518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did your kids breastfeed? on: December 04, 2008, 08:46:59 PM
As someone who doesn't have kids, man this is a really weird thread to read. Interesting, but weird.  biggrin
7519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: December 04, 2008, 08:34:50 PM
Apparently there's some new winter clothes out
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/avatars/
7520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Gen Chronicles of Riddick still coming? on: December 04, 2008, 07:19:49 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 04, 2008, 07:03:06 PM

i thought it was only considered a decent movie when it came out.  i liked it and chronicles, but i really wish it had done well enough to warrant a sequel.  not sure how that would have panned out though, but maybe they could do a prequel or something?  further run ins with the bounty hunter would be kick ass.

efbb is a great part of the storyline and worth going through just for the intro (and ending too)

Have you seen the cartoon? That's the only part of the trilogy I haven't watched any of yet.
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