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7601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: November 18, 2008, 04:17:31 PM
Ah, I found out the info - having a Nuts & Bolts save on your HD is what reveals the hidden places, which would explain why I couldn't get to them until yesterday.
7602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: November 18, 2008, 03:57:15 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 18, 2008, 03:54:40 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 18, 2008, 03:36:39 PM

OK, curiouser and curiouser - I was just reading about the history of stop n swop and found out why I didn't find the egg in the cove world before. It's because the mountain was submerged every time I went there. When I went back there yesterday, it had emerged. My only guess is that it appeared because I used one of the cheat codes I found in the game. Bullwinkle, had you used a cheat code before you found the mountain?

Not at all.  Just saw it out there in the water and thought I'd fly over and check it out.

Wow, that is really weird - I wonder what triggered the mountain to rise for me and the other place to become unblocked.
7603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: November 18, 2008, 03:36:39 PM
OK, curiouser and curiouser - I was just reading about the history of stop n swop and found out why I didn't find the egg in the cove world before. It's because the mountain was submerged every time I went there. When I went back there yesterday, it had emerged. My only guess is that it appeared because I used one of the cheat codes I found in the game. Bullwinkle, had you used a cheat code before you found the mountain?
7604  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Countdown to Black Friday on: November 18, 2008, 02:26:08 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on November 18, 2008, 02:37:13 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on November 17, 2008, 07:33:06 PM

Sony always overprices it's products then refuses to lower them in a timely manner.

You think the PS3 is overpriced? If anything it's underpriced. It's an incredible piece of hardware that they are almost surely taking a significant loss on.

It may be underpriced in terms of the value of the parts, but there appears to be a maximum the average gamer is willing to pay for a console ($299 seems to be where people will give in en masse), and they have been over that price for the life of the console. They are kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place in that they need to lower the price to stimulate demand, but will end up with a greater loss per console.
7605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: November 18, 2008, 02:20:01 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 18, 2008, 02:02:05 PM

I suspect the same designer who made the krill shooting vehicle segment from GoW1 made that segment then.

They should have considered dynamically changing the difficulty during that segment instead of waiting until you had multiple deaths.  A company so focused on shooters should at least take a look at what Valve does to manage difficulty on the fly, especially in the infamous strider battle at the end of Episode 2.

The strider battle got easier the more times you got killed?  Could have fooled me - it took me forever to finish that part.
7606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: November 18, 2008, 01:38:12 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 18, 2008, 01:34:40 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 18, 2008, 06:33:12 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 18, 2008, 06:29:48 AM

Trying to defend that MF-ing comms array is the most frustrating gaming experience I've had in a long time.  What the f were they thinking making you have to pin point aim at moving targets with a gun that takes time to spin up to shoot and then overheats???  UGGH

Don't forget that you can repeatedly press A (at least I think that's the button, check the manual to be sure)  to cool down the gun more rapidly. 

But, yeah, that section definitely took me a couple of tries. 

It's the right bumber.  Also you can shoot some of the baddies when they land. Which makes it much easier.

Yeah, I hated that part as well. I even failed it several times on casual when I went back to get collectibles. As in the first time I did it, after failing several times, the reavers started to park themselves on the ground, as if the developers were admitting that they made that part too hard.
7607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: November 18, 2008, 03:32:07 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 18, 2008, 12:01:36 AM


Spoiler for Hiden:
It's inside the tall mountain that's out in the water.  You have to jump up a series of alcoves to get to it.



Well, that's ok, I had no idea they were there, so at least that brought them to my attention. It's kind of odd that I managed to get 3 or 4 worlds 100% without coming across one. They didn't show up in game progress until I grabbed the egg you revealed, and then it showed that there were 7. The floating key I mentioned before turned out to be one, and when I went back to get it, I could suddenly reach it, where before I couldn't. I don't understand that.

I'm now 100% on all 7 worlds I've been to except for 1 darn honeycomb in Clanker's Cavern. I can't believe it, I've searched everywhere. There is one thing I am still wondering about in the area, but I don't know if it's just a red herring. It will suck if I have to look at a guide to find that one thing. I came very close to getting stuck after the 7th world, but I finally figured it out - that was very tricky and felt very good to solve.

I got N&B and loaded it up for like 15 minutes. I thought the intro was hilarious, especially the first achievement.
7608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: November 17, 2008, 10:13:09 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 17, 2008, 04:37:13 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 17, 2008, 04:32:13 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 17, 2008, 03:59:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 17, 2008, 01:22:29 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 17, 2008, 06:34:06 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 17, 2008, 05:31:19 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 17, 2008, 03:54:47 AM

I hope the bring the sequel to Live as well.

Not until they release Banjo Kazooie: Taxes & Spreadsheets.

Actually, it looks like a press release came out in september that said it was coming early 2009.

Hopefully, it'll link up with the original like the N64 games.

I think wires are crossed there.  I'm pretty sure the sequel he's talking about is an N64 game: Banjo Tooie, not a sequel to Nuts & Bolts.
 

I thought he was talking about Banjo Tooie and the "stop n' swop" feature. Although it was my understanding that "stop n' swop" didn't work on the N64. It is supposed to work with the arcade games. I think I saw one of the secret areas yesterday when I was playing. It was a room I couldn't get into and there was a big key rotating inside it.

Yep, no wires crossed here.  There are areas in the first Banjo Kazooie that only opened up after Banjo Tooie came out.  I never played them, so I don't know how it worked.  I do hope it works with the XBLA releases, though.

EDIT TO ADD:  Well, I found one of the eggs on the Treasure Cove level, and Banjo announced that it'll unlock something in Nuts & Bolts!  I wonder how they'll work that out with Tooie.

Nuts, I have 100% in that area and I don't think I found that. I did get a notice that I had unlocked a gamer picture when I was in that level, but that might not be related to level but because I had reach some threshold of collecting. Not sure.
7609  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does USPS ever give up? on: November 17, 2008, 10:04:13 PM
I can't even imagine what kind of shape the package is in at this point. It was one of the small form PC boxes in a large bubble wrapper (the label was official USPS prepaid, so if its messed up, it's their fault). Probably flat as a pancake.
7610  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Countdown to Black Friday on: November 17, 2008, 09:57:53 PM
I pulled the trigger on a deal with Amazon and Sony card where I will get an 80GB PS3, Resistance 2, Batman Begins Blu-Ray,  and Nightmare Before Xmas Blu-ray for $250. The games/movies were a choice from a set list. The one downside is that I had to open up a new credit card to do it, but I hadn't done that in quite a while and I'll pay it off in the first statement. I'm cashing in Goozex points to get Resistance 1, Ratchet and Clank and Uncharted, so I'll wind up with a nice holiday present for myself without going too crazy.

This was a Playstation Underground deal, but I haven't searched around to see if it can be had otherwise.
7611  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does USPS ever give up? on: November 17, 2008, 06:56:21 PM
Luckily it is a copy of Rainbow Six 3 for PC and not Final Fantasy VII or something. It's through Goozex, so the guy can even get his $5 worth of points back if it winds up lost in a black hole.
7612  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does USPS ever give up? on: November 17, 2008, 04:39:06 PM
I mailed a game to someone back in the beginning of October. Turned out the guy had given me the wrong address. We figured it would come back and I would resend. Here is what USPS has done with the package since then (bottom up)

Bullet     Processed, November 15, 2008, 11:23 pm, BOSTON, MA 02205
Bullet    Processed, November 11, 2008, 9:13 pm, CHARLESTON, WV 25350
Bullet    Processed, November 08, 2008, 11:41 pm, BOSTON, MA 02205
Bullet    Processed, November 04, 2008, 11:45 pm, CHARLESTON, WV 25350
Bullet    Processed, November 03, 2008, 6:56 pm, NASHUA, NH 03062
Bullet    Processed, November 03, 2008, 3:38 am, BOSTON, MA 02205
Bullet    Processed, October 30, 2008, 5:15 pm, CHARLESTON, WV 25350
Bullet    Processed, October 28, 2008, 10:23 pm, BOSTON, MA 02205
Bullet    Processed, October 22, 2008, 11:40 pm, CHARLESTON, WV 25350
Bullet    Processed, October 21, 2008, 7:12 pm, NASHUA, NH 03062
Bullet    Processed, October 20, 2008, 3:28 am, BOSTON, MA 02205
Bullet    Processed, October 14, 2008, 11:38 pm, CHARLESTON, WV 25350
Bullet    Processed, October 13, 2008, 7:43 pm, NASHUA, NH 03062
Bullet    Processed, October 12, 2008, 9:06 pm, BOSTON, MA 02205
Bullet    Addressee Unknown, October 06, 2008, 8:56 am, MOUNT HOPE, WV
Bullet    Arrival at Unit, October 06, 2008, 6:34 am, MOUNT HOPE, WV 25880
Bullet    Processed, October 04, 2008, 5:05 pm, CHARLESTON, WV 25350
Bullet    Processed, October 02, 2008, 9:56 pm, BOSTON, MA 02205
Bullet    Electronic Shipping Info Received, October 02, 2008

It's bounced back and forth between Boston and West Virginia 6 times. Don't they think they should return to sender at this point?
7613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: November 17, 2008, 04:32:13 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 17, 2008, 03:59:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 17, 2008, 01:22:29 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 17, 2008, 06:34:06 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 17, 2008, 05:31:19 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 17, 2008, 03:54:47 AM

I hope the bring the sequel to Live as well.

Not until they release Banjo Kazooie: Taxes & Spreadsheets.

Actually, it looks like a press release came out in september that said it was coming early 2009.

Hopefully, it'll link up with the original like the N64 games.

I think wires are crossed there.  I'm pretty sure the sequel he's talking about is an N64 game: Banjo Tooie, not a sequel to Nuts & Bolts.
 

I thought he was talking about Banjo Tooie and the "stop n' swop" feature. Although it was my understanding that "stop n' swop" didn't work on the N64. It is supposed to work with the arcade games. I think I saw one of the secret areas yesterday when I was playing. It was a room I couldn't get into and there was a big key rotating inside it.
7614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Live is down! on: November 17, 2008, 04:28:30 PM

Quote from: mytocles on November 17, 2008, 04:12:15 PM

Time will tell - in the meantime, what are you all planning to do on the 19th? 

Um, making an awesome avatar?
7615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Live is down! on: November 17, 2008, 03:23:05 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on November 17, 2008, 11:16:56 AM

When does the new dealywhopper go live?

This Wednesday, I think.
7616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: November 17, 2008, 06:34:06 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 17, 2008, 05:31:19 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 17, 2008, 03:54:47 AM

I hope the bring the sequel to Live as well.

Not until they release Banjo Kazooie: Taxes & Spreadsheets.

Actually, it looks like a press release came out in september that said it was coming early 2009.
7617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: November 17, 2008, 03:54:47 AM
So, I didn't wind up receiving this from Amazon this weekend. With that and the Live problems, the one gaming bright spot was that I was able to put a really good chunk of time into XBLA Banjo Kazooie. I've got in the area of 16 hours into the game and still have 2 worlds to open up. I'm trying to go for full completion, and doing really well at that, although I have a feeling I'm going to need a guide to do that last little bit of cleanup.

Compared to games like Spyro or Mario 64, there is much less emphasis on killing enemies and much more emphasis on solving the puzzles that hide the collectibles. And the puzzles are often really clever, such that I get a nice feeling of accomplishment when figuring them out, if not just smiling.

Like I said before, this game looks really good in HD. Sure, it's low-poly, but it's crystal-clear. The camera is a big source of frustration, however. It's absolutely maddening sometimes. The controls can be a little muddy as well, causing trouble hitting the mark you mean to hit. But there's definitely a lot to like if you are into 3D platformers.  I hope the bring the sequel to Live as well.
7618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Live is down! on: November 17, 2008, 02:13:23 AM
So I finally got connected again by doing some serious voodoo on my router that I read about on the support board. I don't expect that the average person will be able to do the same, however.
7619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Live is down! on: November 16, 2008, 07:16:13 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 16, 2008, 06:08:02 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 16, 2008, 06:05:56 PM

I am now on day 2 of being unable to sign into Live  icon_evil

You may want to call XBL and do the whole router configuration thing again.  I got on with no problems last night and played for many hours.

Lots of people on the xbox.com forums are reporting the same issue, many have called to no avail (I called myself, but hung up after the message that told me to call back in an hour - doubtful they're going to tell me to try anything I haven't already tried). I literally unplugged my router and modem for over 30 minutes while I watched football and then tried again - no go.
7620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Live is down! on: November 16, 2008, 06:05:56 PM
I am now on day 2 of being unable to sign into Live  icon_evil
7621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Live is down! on: November 15, 2008, 10:15:31 PM
I see a bunch of people on my friends list playing but I still can't log on to Live. Rebooted my modem and router and everything.
7622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday the 13th Trailer on: November 15, 2008, 06:32:11 PM
But Jason wasn't even in the first Friday the 13th.
7623  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War Friday Nights Return on: November 15, 2008, 06:29:03 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 15, 2008, 04:57:25 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 15, 2008, 03:43:47 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 15, 2008, 07:56:37 AM



Was a good night, but I still can't get my skill with the non-aimed shotgun down...it's still a source of frustration.

I don't know if you should even be trying. There is a bug (or possibly done on purpose) that if you are moving at all and shoot an unaimed shotgun, the shot goes directly at your feet. There are videos that show it.

ORLY!?  Well this would explain a lot.  How in the heck would that get by QA?

Well, like I said, it might have been on purpose - Epic went a bit out of their way to try to get people to use the unaimed shotgun less in the sequel.
7624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Live is down! on: November 15, 2008, 06:23:01 PM
I haven't been able to get on Live since last night frown
7625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you believe? on: November 15, 2008, 03:47:03 PM
Wait, this topic isn't about the Mets?

On topic, no. My wife watches a ton of Ghost Hunters, but that show just makes me laugh.
7626  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War Friday Nights Return on: November 15, 2008, 03:43:47 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 15, 2008, 07:56:37 AM



Was a good night, but I still can't get my skill with the non-aimed shotgun down...it's still a source of frustration.

I don't know if you should even be trying. There is a bug (or possibly done on purpose) that if you are moving at all and shoot an unaimed shotgun, the shot goes directly at your feet. There are videos that show it.
7627  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War Friday Nights Return on: November 15, 2008, 05:34:37 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 15, 2008, 04:59:31 AM

Looks like mine and only my connection to live went down... Internets are ok...hope my 360 network adapter didn't just get cooked.

I don't know - it looked like the entire of Live went down. I was able to sign back in and everyone on my friends list was either offline or in the menu of whatever game they were playing. A short time later I got kicked off Live again.
7628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 on: November 15, 2008, 01:03:24 AM
How is it that there hasn't been a Palin joke in this thread yet?

I thought the "google search 2012" at the end was kind of interesting. If you do google search it, nothing specific related to the movie comes up outside of imdb. I was figuring they had done some complicated google bomb.
7629  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamestop - trade in 2 games, get new release for 19.99 on: November 14, 2008, 07:35:07 PM
[cough]Goozex[/cough]
7630  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 on: November 14, 2008, 05:24:50 PM
IMHO, The Rock is a good movie. I don't put it in the same category as Independence Day or Con Air. Good characters, good acting, good story. The only part that has bugged me on the reality scale in the past is when Cage gets in direct contact with the VX but saves himself by stabbing a needle into his heart.
7631  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 on: November 14, 2008, 03:44:54 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 14, 2008, 02:51:26 PM

The problem is, Emmerich had already given us another guilty pleasure in Independence Day, and while it was an absolutely awful movie, it's one of those guilty pleasures like Con Air or The Rock ... 

Hey, The Rock is not a guilty pleasure. Ed Harris is the man.
7632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: November 14, 2008, 03:32:17 PM
I put a couple of hours into the original game last night. The camera struggles at times, but I'm guessing that existed in the original game (no second analog stick on the N64 controller). The swimming controls are also pretty awful. Other than that it's a lot of fun - I've already run into a few puzzles I thought were very clever. Definitely a LOT of collecting. IMHO, against platformers from the same era, I like it more than Mario 64 but less than Spyro.

According to Amazon, I should have N&B today or tomorrow.
7633  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 11 on: November 14, 2008, 04:35:51 AM
I can't believe I didn't watch this game.
7634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Live is down! on: November 13, 2008, 06:31:53 PM

Quote from: mytocles on November 13, 2008, 05:21:55 PM

I also had no problems with XBL yesterday, but I have noticed - for a few weeks now - people signing in several times in a row. 

Sometimes that is just someone downloading an update to a game - I haven't had any recent troubles. Looking forward to NXE, although yeah, if my experience working for a software company has taught me anything, there's likely to be some trouble up front. Hopefully the people who got in early are weeding out any issues.
7635  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why I'd rather play online with GT/OO people on: November 13, 2008, 06:11:42 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 13, 2008, 05:39:43 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 13, 2008, 05:18:47 PM

BTW, I am again a temporary bachelor this weekend so I'm definitely up for having some beers and playing MP or co-op. I guess not having COD5 yet is going to be a limiting factor, but I'm trying to hold out and get it via trade.

But you do have Gears of War 2.  Let's see if we can get a MP game going.  If not, there's always two-player co-op.  I've never really played co-op very much, so it could be a lot of fun playing with a fellow forum member. 

Personally, I'm a big fan of co-op because it's really a social rather than competitive situation. And you get achievements for it and stuff slywink
7636  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why I'd rather play online with GT/OO people on: November 13, 2008, 05:18:47 PM
BTW, I am again a temporary bachelor this weekend so I'm definitely up for having some beers and playing MP or co-op. I guess not having COD5 yet is going to be a limiting factor, but I'm trying to hold out and get it via trade.
7637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: November 13, 2008, 05:13:20 PM

Quote from: Farscry on November 13, 2008, 04:40:06 PM

When does the original game hit XBLA for general purchase?

Looks like Nov 26.
7638  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why I'd rather play online with GT/OO people on: November 13, 2008, 04:25:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 13, 2008, 04:04:24 PM

I think another part of it is that the asshats have drowned out the normal people.  Those microphone-less people you see in the game may very well be normal people who're just as sick of the outspoken asshats as you are.

It does depend a lot on the game, though.  The Battlefield:BC crowd on the 360 was surprisingly mature for a FPS on Live.

True, although you were limited to exposure to a maximum of 3 asshats slywink
7639  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why I'd rather play online with GT/OO people on: November 13, 2008, 03:55:02 PM
I'm wondering if anyone has done any psychology studies on the behavior of people online. I've found that the number of asshats depends on the game you're playing - public matches on COD4 had an average number, Halo 3 and Gears have a high number, Burnout is low (but there's always that _one_ guy). But I wonder if the anonymity of it makes people say things that they would never otherwise say.
7640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: November 13, 2008, 01:32:30 PM
Got my code for the original game via email even though Amazon hasn't shipped my pre-order yet. Downloaded it this morning to take a look. They gave it the full HD treatment so it looks a lot better than something like Mario 64 on Virtual Console. Looking forward to playing it for the first time.
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