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7521  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.
7522  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.
7523  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.

7524  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).
7525  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.
7526  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.
7527  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.
7528  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.
7529  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.
7530  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:

7531  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?
7532  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.
7533  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.
7534  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.
7535  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.
7536  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.
7537  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?
7538  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.
7539  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.
7540  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...
7541  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.
7542  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.
7543  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.
7544  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
7545  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.
7546  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
7547  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.
7548  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).
7549  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.
7550  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.
7551  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.
7552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Foundation Trilogy Movies..... on: January 20, 2009, 05:21:48 PM
I've always the thought that the robot books (Caves of Steel, etc.) would actually make pretty decent movies. They have pretty straightforward sci-fi mysteries and action. Might work well as something on the Sci-Fi channel, like they did with Dune.
7553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: January 20, 2009, 04:58:28 PM
Wow, that is so cool that there is a Belly song in Rock Band. I am definitely going to have to buy it. Have they ever revealed the cost to convert a song into Rock Band DLC? I imagine that the licensing differs by song, but the cost of doing the charting? It would be interesting to know generally how many downloads they need to break even on a song and how that determines which songs get chosen.
7554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator stuff that doesn't make sense on: January 20, 2009, 04:02:52 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 20, 2009, 03:13:38 AM

Within 1 second of sending a cyborg back in time, Skynet has to know it failed so why not send another instantly...or send 10,000. Hell why even bother. Skynet must be winning the war. But how does resistance always get access to a time portal when Skynet does? smile

Well because Skynet shouldn't know. If the past is changed it should affect an alternate branching timeline, not the one that the Terminator was sent from. So in fact, sending the Terminator back in time is useless for the Skynet that sent it.  Which means that the whole Terminator series makes no sense at all, unless the Skynet gets some satisfaction in some other Skynet getting to take over the world without as much of a fight.
7555  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 20, 2009, 02:27:25 AM
Double XP is indeed still on if people want are looking to rank up.
7556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator stuff that doesn't make sense on: January 19, 2009, 10:37:29 PM
Time paradoxes make my head explode. Bill and Ted had it right. Basically all you need to do is intend that in the future, you will go back in time and do something, and then you will have an effect on the present. All this fighting against Terminators is unnecessary.

(the other thing the makes my head explode is the question "what is the beginning of time? and what was before that?" <pop>)
7557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: January 19, 2009, 06:50:32 PM

Quote from: Jag on January 19, 2009, 06:39:16 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on January 19, 2009, 06:01:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 19, 2009, 05:24:41 PM

Quote from: Jag on January 19, 2009, 04:29:47 PM

Very in depth article on the episode with Moore. Answers a ton of questions.



The unfortunate part about that interview is that it confirms they were "making it up as they went along". Kind of lame.

Why is that lame?  They probably had the core story figured out from beginning to end, but new ideas and new storytelling opportunities presented themselves during the course of the series.  Can you imagine how boring it would be to have every plot for 4 seasons figured out ahead of time?  Can you imagine how weak that show would be as a result?

I thought it was lame too. Only because since day one they have said there is a "master plan" and all the little hints along the way led us to believe there was some deeper meaning that would eventually be revealed. We know now that they didn't even know what those hints meant.

For example, when they were on that planet with the temple and Deanna saw the 5th Cylon, she said "Oh, I'm so sorry". I was so intrigued by that simple statement. Who was it? Why was she apologizing??  Turns out the writers had no clue who it was or why she said it. Lame.

+1

Not every show has to have everything figured out way in advance, but this one appeared to. The fact that they retconned one of the characters into an extremely significant plot point is pretty disappointing. If it was Law and Order or something I wouldn't really care.
7558  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 19, 2009, 05:32:22 PM
has anyone verified if double XP is still on or did it end yesterday?
7559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: January 19, 2009, 05:24:41 PM

Quote from: Jag on January 19, 2009, 04:29:47 PM

Very in depth article on the episode with Moore. Answers a ton of questions.



The unfortunate part about that interview is that it confirms they were "making it up as they went along". Kind of lame.
7560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best way to learn console shooter controls? on: January 16, 2009, 02:56:30 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on January 16, 2009, 02:50:52 PM

Quote from: Jag on January 16, 2009, 02:29:22 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on January 16, 2009, 05:21:23 AM

Invert your Y axis.

Never thought of doing this. Will this help beginning console shooters? Why is it helpful?

Only if you like to pretend you are flying a plane.

I can see doing this if you do it on your pc games, but if you don't do it on your pc games, then it will just confuse you. I use the regular y-axis. Of course, that right there may be a reason to invert.
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