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7561  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.
7562  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.
7563  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.
7564  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
7565  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.
7566  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
7567  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.
7568  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).
7569  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.
7570  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.
7571  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.
7572  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.
7573  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.
7574  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.
7575  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.
7576  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>)
7577  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.
7578  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?
7579  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.
7580  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.
7581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U.S. Airways plane has gone down in the Hudson River on: January 15, 2009, 10:06:41 PM

Quote from: Jeff on January 15, 2009, 09:26:57 PM

Quote from: walTer on January 15, 2009, 09:15:50 PM

Again they are reporting EVERYONE got off...holy shit!

Just heard on ABC, not only no deaths ... only 1 injury ... a small cut to one of the crew members.

?

Quote
"The engine blew. There was fire everywhere and it smelled like gas," Jeff Kolodjay, from Norwalk, Connecticut, told Reuters on a midtown Manhattan quay. "People were bleeding all over. We hit the water pretty hard. It was scary."
7582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Recommend me a headset/mic combo on: January 15, 2009, 06:38:37 PM

Quote from: lildrgn on January 15, 2009, 07:09:42 AM

The one with the Xbox is no good for me. I cut off the 2 little black tabs and now it works with my controller but it doesn't work with my RB1 drumz or guitar.

Kind of lame.

Suggestions please??

Which 2 little black tabs? This is an XBOX 360 wired headset you are referring to?  The 2 variations I have seen are the original one that has the mute slider down where it connects to the controller (and hence won't normally connect to a rock band guitar or the chat pad) and the newer version which has a standard mini connector and the mute slider on the cord.

The only XBOX headset that I have seen that is black is the original XBOX headset. Or did this come with an Elite so it is black?

EDIT: Oh, I guess I can see what you are talking about: http://www.keygoods.com/headset.html Since I got the chatpad I haven't used that headset so I guess I never noticed them.
7583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [English] Payed?? PAYED?!?! on: January 14, 2009, 10:14:41 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on January 14, 2009, 08:54:05 PM

You know how language changes over time?  Kind of like how it's hard to read Shakespeare era English?  My point is that there is no "right" when it comes to spelling, punctuation, grammar, or usage in the long term.  It will evolve where it will evolve to, even if that means in 20 years we will all type "u" instead of "you" and use chinese curse words.

 icon_wink



I won't be using any gorram IM shortcuts.

edit: that just reminds me of one of my favorite Robot Chicken bits where they are on Battlestar Galatica and one of the guys talks about needing to take a "shart".
7584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider Anniversary downloads for 360 on: January 14, 2009, 08:38:29 PM
I liked Legend more  ninja

Personal preference really. I like more story (or at least interaction, like you got with the radio calls in Legend) in my game and get a little restless with complicated puzzles. I remember I somehow managed to get through the Cistern level in the PS1 Tomb Raider without a guide and was dreading that level in Anniversary - I think they made it a little more straightforward this time around. I liked the paths that they offered in Legend that were pretty easy to recognize but still fun and challenging to execute. More like Sands of Time or the original Sly Cooper if any of you have played that game.

And oh yeah, the game glitched and didn't give me my achievement for finishing the game.  icon_evil

I know a lot of people like the more "explorey" Tomb Raider, though.
7585  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: January 14, 2009, 08:15:21 PM
I don't find that there is so much camping in HC because once everyone learned the maps they knew where people would hide. For example, there is usually someone lying down at the top of the steps on Castle, so you have to be careful approaching it. There's likely to be someone in Hark's window on Airfield. There's likely to be someone in Hellspawn's hideaway or on the airplane wing on Cliffside. Knowing these things, I approach those areas very carefully so I don't get shot, but I also check them out to see if I can get a kill. Once people know they can't stay somewhere indefinitely, they start to move.

But damn, you really can sit behind the fence on Makin for a long time sometimes.
7586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: January 14, 2009, 03:18:43 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 14, 2009, 12:19:18 AM

I haven't had any problems with either the rock band mic or the konami karoake rev mic with my mic stand.  maybe I have a non-standard stand though.

Well OK, technically, I don't know if there is really such thing as "standard" clip, but most stands I have ever used have had clips that pretty much matched a Shure SM57/58. I thought it was a little odd that they made their mic significantly fatter than the most common mic out there. In fact, I'm surprised they didn't work out some kind of endorsement deal like they did with the guitars.
7587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [English] Payed?? PAYED?!?! on: January 13, 2009, 10:53:23 PM
My wife and her family say "heigth" instead of "height". I guess that is supposedly a correct variation, but it drives me up a wall.
7588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 13, 2009, 10:39:56 PM
I'd be lying if I said that I didn't want the Eagles to lose. If the Cowboys can't go, then no one from the NFC east can. But I'll congratulate Pete if they win.
7589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: January 12, 2009, 05:16:13 PM

Quote from: godhugh on January 12, 2009, 04:54:41 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 11, 2009, 11:33:22 PM

OK, another newb question - how does the game release songs to practice mode? When I failed out of Battery, it asked me if I wanted to practice it, but when I went directly into practice mode to play it it wasn't there.

If I remember correctly they unlock when you beat the song in World Tour mode or unlock whichever challenge it's located in. Not 100% sure on that.

I wonder why they did it that way? If you want to practice it, you're forced to go back and play the set, fail out and lose fans.
7590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: January 12, 2009, 06:11:01 AM
OK, whose brilliant idea was to make the mic much larger than fits in a standard mic stand? However, I managed to balance it on the end of my stand so I could get the "along for the ride" achievement doing easy vocals while I played easy drums biggrin
7591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: January 11, 2009, 11:33:22 PM
OK, another newb question - how does the game release songs to practice mode? When I failed out of Battery, it asked me if I wanted to practice it, but when I went directly into practice mode to play it it wasn't there.
7592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: January 11, 2009, 08:05:21 PM
So I unlocked the Rolling Stone set this morning and took a quick look at the setlist to see what it had in store. Some stuff I already have no problem with, some stuff I haven't played yet, like Painkiller and Battery. I know Battery (the song) so I find a 1 song setlist that has it so I can check it out on medium drums. Oh, you can't play it on medium? OK, well lets just check it out. Intro is no problem. OK, the fast part is coming up.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5...fail out.  This might take a while biggrin
7593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance 2 Impressions on: January 10, 2009, 08:02:29 PM
So I finished this up this morning - I can see overall why people were disappointed in the game, but really don't get the complete hate.

The way the 2 weapon limit was handled definitely got a little silly, in that whenever large enemies appeared, you knew it was your job to go find where in the area the heavy weapon was. I understand their goal was to give access to all the weapons earlier in the game, but it wound up feeling contrived.

I missed the vehicles from the first game. In the first game, when they threw a monster at you that you felt that no one guy could take down, they often gave you access to a tank or other vehicle to use. Plus, it mixed things up and they were very fun to use.

There were still a lot of very big and tense firefights, and I thought the Leviathan fight was one of the cooler boss battle sequences I have ever played. The bosses themselves were not difficult (which I didn't mind, but I'm sure others did), but at least in a few cases beating the boss was not about running around and shooting the boss until it was dead.

I didn't like the Chameleons, and I was kid of torn on the Grim. I didn't always enjoy fighting them, but there is something to be said for the amount of tension the developers were able to create by having you walking through large areas filled with cocoons. And yes, the very end was definitely a little odd.

Played a little co-op this morning which was very cool, and of course there is a lot of good multiplayer in there.


7594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: January 10, 2009, 07:44:46 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 10, 2009, 03:34:35 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 07, 2009, 06:09:07 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 07, 2009, 04:54:33 AM

I'm a completist when it comes to game series that have an overarching story, and seeing as I never got around to finishing KZ1 I won't be grabbing KZ2 unless they re-release the original to run on the PS3's w/o BC on them or I pick up a PS2 slim to play some games like Kingdom Hearts.

I have a BC PS3, and I'm having a hard time getting through it, honestly. 

I'm actually still trying to plug through (though I'm guessing I'll do what Turtle said and watch the vids), and I have to say more than the imprecise aiming, the brown visuals, the ho-hum level design, the all-over the place difficulty...more than any of that what I hate the most about this game are the incidental voice overs.  There seem to be four things people say while in battle, "Kill him!" "Diiiiie!" "COME OOONNN" and the inexplicable "Over their heads!"  Add to that the faux Brit accents on the Hellghast troops, and it really becomes difficult to go through multiple battles in one sitting.

Quick question for those who played it, which character did you wind up using most and how often did you use them.  I'm finding the main guy, the average soldier to be a mild PITA.  The last level I played would have been better with the sniper, but I wonder if I can get through the levels faster with the tank (I've heard the last one is pretty useless).

I think I used the Helghan guy the most, occasionally used the girl and just about never used the heavy weapons guy (didn't like to be limited in where I could go). I think I pretty much stopped using the main guy once new people unlocked because I wanted to try them out and I liked the firepower of the Helghan guy. I might have used the main guy in the very last level, but I can't recall.
7595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And the Lettuce is not so Sensuous: 2009 Edition on: January 10, 2009, 05:45:34 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 10, 2009, 04:24:06 AM

So the arcade doesn't come with a mem card memory? where's the 256k memory then?
Huh. No headset either. Wow.


My arcade came with a mem card.
7596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: January 09, 2009, 07:19:09 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on January 09, 2009, 06:54:22 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 09, 2009, 05:50:15 PM

After reading some articles on Chris' site (and watching the associated videos) about what are considered the most fun songs for guitar, I think I am pretty sure I am never going to pick up the guitar controller again. That's ok, I'm happy to have "drum hero".

One of the great things about Rock Band 1/2 for me is that from time to time I will get sick of one instrument or another, but there are still things to do.  For a while I was playing drums all the time, then I burned out on the drums and have been playing guitar more recently.  I've even begun a vocal career on medium.  With so many different song/instrument combinations the game never gets old for me.

question: what is the difference between playing one instrument (by yourself) in a band career and playing that same instrument in a solo career?
7597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: January 09, 2009, 05:50:15 PM
Looks like my triple cymbal pack will be arriving today, so I'm pretty excited. I didn't find out until after that fact that I had apparently gotten a really good deal - I just popped on Amazon and they had them for $36 shipped, but I'm reading that they are frequently out of stock and much more expensive.

After reading some articles on Chris' site (and watching the associated videos) about what are considered the most fun songs for guitar, I think I am pretty sure I am never going to pick up the guitar controller again. That's ok, I'm happy to have "drum hero".
7598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Brawndo Commericals on: January 09, 2009, 04:00:31 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 09, 2009, 03:16:17 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 09, 2009, 03:42:18 AM

Quote from: Teggy on January 09, 2009, 01:57:15 AM

For people not aware, this was originally a tie-in to the Mike Judge movie "Idiocracy". The movie was essentially buried by the studio, but somehow the drink lives on.

....and the movie is funny and very true.

I tried giving Idiocracy a try a few weeks ago but it was just so incredibly heavy-handed.  Pretty much the entirety of the movie's humor was captured in the opening 4 minutes of Wall-E.

I agree, actually. It had its moments, but more often it was cheesy rather than funny. I think someone on the board should name their child Upgrayedd, though.
7599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Brawndo Commericals on: January 09, 2009, 01:57:15 AM
For people not aware, this was originally a tie-in to the Mike Judge movie "Idiocracy". The movie was essentially buried by the studio, but somehow the drink lives on.
7600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why am I such a masochistic gamer, (or "Please sir, may I have another?") on: January 08, 2009, 06:31:25 PM
With CoD it's totally the level-up system for me. If I think I can level up by playing another 1 or 2 matches I will usually do it, even if I decided I should go to bed a half hour earlier. However, once I reached 1st prestige in CoD4 I felt like I had accomplished enough and moved on. I believe I am level 59 in CoD:WaW at the moment and haven't been as obsessive with it, probably because I don't enjoy the tank maps much. The other stupid thing I did for CoD2, 4 and WaW was play on hardened. I got some achievement points, but I think the games were less enjoyable because of it.
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