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7561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The USFL is back! on: February 05, 2009, 03:17:39 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 05, 2009, 02:59:45 PM

Every year my wife and I joke about how sad the end of the football season really is and how we're left with only figure skating on TV.  A void is left in our lives until draft day and then preseason.  And on the Sunday before the Super Bowl, while we were saddened by the absence of football on TV, as we browsed through the channels what did we find?  You guessed it.  Figure skating.   icon_cry  Harsh reality set in.  No more football, and instead we're left with figure skating.

But even though we miss the NFL season, and figure skating is the typical indicator that the NFL season has come to a close, no other non-NFL football league has come even close to recreating the enjoyment we gain from the NFL.  It may be football, but it's not NFL football. 

But pitchers and catchers report in less than a week!
7562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 05, 2009, 03:03:05 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 05, 2009, 01:54:38 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 05, 2009, 01:52:16 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 05, 2009, 01:41:50 PM

When is the demo for Killzone 2 due out?

I think it's today if you have the game preordered at Gamestop (ie: if you're predisposed to liking it).  If not, you don't get it until the day before the game releases.  Call me jaded, but that seems like a blatant attempt to control the potential negative fallout from the demo.

They've said the demo is coming at @ 5PM, but they neglected to say what region that is.  I haven't heard about needing to have pre-ordered.

I have heard that in US you have to have pre-ordered at Gamestop to get in on the demo. Europe is for all.
7563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 05, 2009, 03:37:49 AM
I'm on my way to the factory, but I've been doing some exploration beforehand to get pearls. Actually, I can't recall how to get to the factory just yet, but don't tell me, I'll figure it out  icon_lol
7564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] anybody use the quick charge kit? on: February 04, 2009, 10:00:01 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on February 04, 2009, 09:54:14 PM

Why not just set the charged battery pack to the side of the kit? At the very least, you will use less power.

Well, that's what I am doing now, but if I leave it there too long it will start to drain.  I don't know what kind of "memory" these batteries have as far as using them when they are not fully charged or charging them before they are fully drained, etc.

And no, I don't believe the light goes out, because as the battery naturally lost charge it would have to start charging again. I don't know if it "trickle charges" like my phone does when the light is green.
7565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] anybody use the quick charge kit? on: February 04, 2009, 09:42:15 PM
This guy:


I was wondering how long people leave their batteries in it? Is it bad to leave batteries in with the green light on for long periods? (weeks, maybe?) Currently I have 3 batteries and I have one in a controller and 2 charged but out of the kit. I figure when the first battery is drained I can put it in the kit to charge and use one of the charged ones, which hopefully will not have been sitting around so long it has drained. Then I can keep rotating. But it seems like if it is not harmful and it is not using much power, it would be best to keep the 2 not in use fully charged in the kit.

And just as a word of advice, the reason I wound up with 3 batteries was because I thought my original battery was dead, but what was in fact broken was my play-and-charge cable. I believe I broke it by winding it around my controller when I would stow my controller away. I believe I broke a PS2 controller the same way. So don't do that.
7566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 04, 2009, 07:50:25 PM
Well if the single player is just ok and the MP (which he doesn't mention) is awesome (as all the reviews so far have said so) then basically you've got a CoD4/5 on your hands which I will not complain about.
7567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reaper survives on: February 04, 2009, 04:26:18 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 04, 2009, 03:29:17 PM

To quote TV columnist Alan Sepinwall, CW just "sacrificed" Reaper by swapping it's timeslot with 90210 so it could get 90210 out of the way of American Idol.  I seriously doubt it sees a third season. 

Sam's ex-girlfriend (and sister?) is a regular on 90210. I was hoping they were going to revisit that storyline but they seemed to just drop it.

7568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The USFL is back! on: February 04, 2009, 02:53:44 PM
Er...the UFL, that is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Football_League_(planned)

I heard about this this morning on the radio. A new pro football league that is going to play smack in the middle of the NFL season, in some NFL cities, except on Friday nights. Sounds like it will be about as successful as the USFL.
7569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free Radical Shuts Down on: February 04, 2009, 03:06:24 AM
Do the Timesplitters games hold up well? Are they worth playing now? Just single player.
7570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: February 03, 2009, 04:52:30 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 03, 2009, 04:19:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 03, 2009, 03:04:30 PM

Quote from: Moliere on February 03, 2009, 01:19:34 PM


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5) No surprise that Daniel Faraday's mom is the woman in LA working with Ben. Weird how they had differing loyalties: Daniel with Widmore and the mom with Ben.

It's very very likely that Faraday's mom appeared in a different situation in this episode. She's probably the woman who took Faraday to the bomb and said she didn't trust him.

Maybe Faraday is his own father!  eek  Tongue

No way would they let that happen. For one thing, it wouldn't fly on American TV. In addition, Faraday already seems to have deduced that she is his mother, hence his comments about her being familiar.

Yeah, I didn't think that would happen. However, it is possible that Widmore is Faraday's father.
7571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 03, 2009, 04:48:35 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 03, 2009, 04:23:10 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on February 03, 2009, 05:30:36 AM

The game sure seems to be on rails.

The main game is completely linear- the non-linear stuff is basically the different things you can do to earn orbs (or whatever they're called) for hovercraft upgrades. 

Yeah, it's really like a scaled-down Zelda: go to dungeon, beat boss, repeat. Open world in between to explore.
7572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: February 03, 2009, 03:04:30 PM

Quote from: Moliere on February 03, 2009, 01:19:34 PM


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5) No surprise that Daniel Faraday's mom is the woman in LA working with Ben. Weird how they had differing loyalties: Daniel with Widmore and the mom with Ben.

It's very very likely that Faraday's mom appeared in a different situation in this episode. She's probably the woman who took Faraday to the bomb and said she didn't trust him.

Maybe Faraday is his own father!  eek  Tongue
7573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: February 03, 2009, 03:00:44 PM
I have at least 2 extra pairs (they came in blocks of 4). PM me your address and I will send them along.
7574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What if Halo 1 had been a complete failure? on: February 03, 2009, 02:34:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 03, 2009, 01:40:47 PM

Quote from: warning on February 03, 2009, 12:30:56 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 03, 2009, 08:03:11 AM

I just realized that while we all think Dawn of War 2 is pioneering a new style of RTS without base building and tactics focused, Myth did it first, albeit in a fantasy setting.

And if I remember correctly, didn't Ground Control do the same in a sci-fi setting?  I don't remember much base management.

Ground Control came out after Myth.  I loved that game, though, and mostly because it dumped all the minutae and was more story-oriented.

I've been thinking about dusting off Myth (I stumbled on the Codex version right before this discussion started).  I never finished either I or II (though I dearly loved 'em both for what I played).

Does Myth allow you to pause? I have (or had? I need to check) the Total Codex and tried to play a bunch of times but could never deal with having to scan across the map real time. I loved the fact that it was all tactics, no resource gathering, but I still couldn't handle the RTS part. Combat Mission is the only strategy game I have been able to play for a significant amount of time.
7575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 03, 2009, 02:49:39 AM
Helpful hint if you are trying to get all the pictures. If you die fighting a boss, make sure to retake the picture when you start fighting again.
7576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl Commercials on: February 02, 2009, 10:17:18 PM

Quote from: naednek on February 02, 2009, 10:11:13 PM


Probably my favorite part of that commercial is that when Hammer says "my gold records" he has a power screwdriver in his hand ready to get them out of their frames.
7577  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl XLIII on: February 02, 2009, 09:33:05 PM

Quote from: Doopri on February 02, 2009, 09:16:46 PM

i understand why the vp said it, and why he had to say it... i even understand why it wasnt officially reviewed (and it wasnt - they may have looked at it, said it was a fumble and decided NOT to review it - but to claim it was officially reviewed is insane - in comparison, think how long it took to review holmes clear td catch - and this play was MUCH closer than that).  but you cant have a superbowl being decided on an overturn - i completely get that (it would bring the whole "review" process into question, which the nfl is already pretty cautious about)

and i get why the vp said he had to have total control - i just dont think that wording is anywhere in the rules.  id be surprised if it WASNT added in next year, but im pretty sure it isnt in there now.  if it were, thered be no need to have the empty hand rule, because any pass, arm forward or not, where the qb didnt have total control would be a fumble.  and ive seen many, many plays where the qbs arm was going forward while being hit, the ball was moving around and it wasnt even a question that it was an incomplete pass (or, if he basically just spiked it, was intentional grounding)

Do you have a copy of the official rulebook? The version that is online is just a digest of the rules and leaves out quite a lot of information. I'm not saying you don't, I'm just curious what you are using as your source.
7578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl XLIII on: February 02, 2009, 08:11:12 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 02, 2009, 08:05:37 PM

It made my day to be able to make the day about Jaime and her Steelers. 

waitwaitwaitwaitwait...she likes the Eagles and the Steelers? Is that allowed?
7579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero World Tour outsells Rock Band 2 2:1 on: February 02, 2009, 07:13:50 PM

Quote from: The_Man on February 01, 2009, 11:11:00 PM

Another thing, if Rock Band can make their older DLC work with Rock Band 2, why can't Guitar Hero do the same.  I hate still having to put Guitar Hero 3 in my system to play the DLC I got with that game.

Not taking anyone's side here, but this point isn't entirely fair. The songs that you can play in Rock Band 2 are from Rock Band 1, both full band games. Since Guitar Hero 1-3 were guitar-only games, if you were to somehow import the songs into GH:WT, you'd be restricted in how you could play them since there aren't drum/bass/vocal tracks. If they come out with GH:WT2 and you can't import the GH:WT tracks, then this point is more valid.
7580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 02, 2009, 06:47:13 PM
So do we get the review today?

I hear there is clan support. GT clan, anyone?
7581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woman w/8 babies..already had 6.... on: February 02, 2009, 04:32:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 02, 2009, 07:54:48 AM

now, can we all just sack all of those cable shows about multiple kid households?  john and the bitch plus 8 and that other one with 10. 

I think you mean 18
7582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I Joe Update on: February 02, 2009, 03:51:35 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 02, 2009, 03:42:30 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 01, 2009, 05:51:50 AM

Guys jumping cars?  Uber effects heavy gun fights?  Looks like Transformers redux. No thanks from that trailer.  thumbsdown

G.I. Joe.....Serious Business.

An no one better die in the movie. I want to see every Cobra guy eject right before his plane explodes, just like the cartoon.
7583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl Commercials on: February 02, 2009, 03:08:56 PM

Quote from: Moliere on February 02, 2009, 02:58:07 PM

This Heroes sing-along was kind of cute.

The "Heroes vs. NFL legends" wasn't bad either. The bit where Elway shows up was pretty funny.
7584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Pick my next game! on: February 02, 2009, 03:05:56 PM
Burnout Paradise?
7585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: February 02, 2009, 02:53:58 PM
More coming tomorrow/Wednesday. Not supposed to be a huge load, but still, can't catch a break.
7586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl Commercials on: February 02, 2009, 05:15:11 AM

Quote from: Koz on February 02, 2009, 04:49:08 AM

Quote from: ScubaV on February 02, 2009, 04:43:48 AM

There were a few good ones, but that careerbuilder one where they kept repeating the same scenes over and over sucked giant sweaty donkey balls.  I wanted to ragesmash whoever came up with that.

It was until they got to the koala punching. That was hilarious.

Really, it was. I went and watched it again online and my wife calls in, "are you laughing at furry animals getting punched?"  And I said, "but it's a stuffed animal. With glasses. And a cup of coffee. And a British accent." I mean, it's just so absurd you can't help but laugh.
7587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl Commercials on: February 02, 2009, 03:46:40 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on February 02, 2009, 03:41:56 AM

The absolute BEST one of the night was the Pepsi MACGRUBER commercial. PEPSUBER!



Really? We thought that one was a bad SNL skit. The fact that Richard Dean Anderson was in it gave it a little respectability.
7588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl XLIII on: February 02, 2009, 03:36:43 AM

Quote from: Gromit on February 02, 2009, 03:28:10 AM

Quote from: Teggy on February 02, 2009, 03:23:38 AM

Rooney thanked Obama?

Obama was openly pulling for the Steelers..


[conspiracy theory]Exactly how hard was he pulling?[/conspiracy theory]
7589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl XLIII on: February 02, 2009, 03:23:38 AM
Rooney thanked Obama?
7590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl Commercials on: February 02, 2009, 02:04:12 AM
My wife and I were dying at the Koala punch.
7591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl XLIII on: February 02, 2009, 12:57:21 AM
So, I don't have a horse in this race, but that 100 yard run got me $125 in Superbowl squares, so you should have heard me when he was running back. smile
7592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What if Halo 1 had been a complete failure? on: February 02, 2009, 12:06:45 AM
What if Halo had stayed on the Mac?
7593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl Commercials on: February 01, 2009, 11:48:53 PM
Bud Light and Doritos were good for a chuckle.
7594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew + Super Bowl Ad on Sunday! on: February 01, 2009, 06:53:13 PM

Quote from: Sith Lord on February 01, 2009, 05:18:46 AM

Quote from: Teggy 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.


The Enterprise from Star Trek: The Motion Picture was the original tv-series enterprise after a significant refit that included upgraded engines and some other major modifications (such as routing the phasers through the warp drive). That same ship was used in the battle against Khan in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and was destroyed by Kirk & Co. to kill a bunch of Klingons in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The NCC-1701-A didn't appear until the very end of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and saw action in the god-awful Star Trek V: What the hell are we doing? as well as the far-superior Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

So the chart's not really inappropriate, since they had to choose between comparing the newest movie-ship against either the tv-show version of the original Enterprise or the movie-version of that same ship.

Sith


See, I'm not that nerdy after all slywink
7595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I Joe Update on: January 31, 2009, 11:13:01 PM
Destro doesn't have a silver head, what's up with that?
7596  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Resistance 2 co-op SATURDAY (1/31) afternoon-ish on: January 31, 2009, 11:01:18 PM
That was a lot of fun - I hope more folks will consider joining in, even if they didn't like the single player that much.
7597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Upcoming titles you are looking forward to.. on: January 31, 2009, 04:54:28 AM
Banjo Tooie, which is supposed to be coming sometime.
7598  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.
7599  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.
7600  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.
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