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7681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band drums vs. guitar hero drums on: December 29, 2008, 05:03:14 PM
ah, are they readily available? how much do they cost? (sorry I only have phone internet access right now)
7682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band drums vs. guitar hero drums on: December 29, 2008, 04:41:01 PM
do you mean the standard rb2 set or with something attached? I guess I haven't seen what's changed between the rb and rb2 set.
7683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / rock band drums vs. guitar hero drums on: December 29, 2008, 12:33:03 AM
Do the raised cymbals on the guitar hero drums make them sufficiently more realistic/better to warrant buying the GH Hero set and then the RB disc separately?
7684  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: COD5 35.00 at Best Buy this week on: December 22, 2008, 04:08:44 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 22, 2008, 03:10:04 PM

Quote from: mikeg on December 22, 2008, 01:02:47 PM

If someone could confirm for me that the SP takes like 12 hours on normal, then I might be in at $35, but if it is 6-8 like I am hearing, fogettaboutit.   I will never ever try the multiplayer on it but have enjoyed CoD SP in every game.  The only one with a long enough campaign to warrant a purchase, for me anyways, was 2. 


Anyone know the length on normal for a average normal gameplayer?  PS3 version is on sale in the $30's this coming Sunday at Target and I just might bite. 

It might take 12 hours if you die 100000000000000 times

Just play on Veteran, problem solved.
7685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 16 on: December 22, 2008, 04:00:49 PM
Yahoo playoff scenario generator gizmo:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/playoffscenario;_ylt=AtymKT5qfGOfwpUO3sgJLJMZc9AF

I still can't believe, after how many times the Cowboys have screwed up, all they have to do to get into the playoffs is beat Philly.
7686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 22, 2008, 02:44:36 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on December 22, 2008, 02:17:24 PM

OMG!  Candace Kane's Candy Factory! (swoon)

Sounds kind of dirty. That's on the DS?
7687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: December 22, 2008, 12:49:45 AM
Wow, this snow just will not stop. News says that it should be tapering off soon, but I feel like its been snowing in some form or another since Friday afternoon. Between the two storms we definitely got more than I was expecting.
7688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 16 on: December 21, 2008, 04:29:08 AM
Well, I guess the answer to my question was yes, yes, they can play ever worse. Unbelievable.
7689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 16 on: December 21, 2008, 04:13:07 AM
Good grief, could the Cowboys be any worse?
7690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ratchet and Clank Release Impressions - with bug info (And Ron's Review!) on: December 21, 2008, 04:07:58 AM
So I am finally getting to play this since I got my PS3 recently. For the first 5 or planets it was feeling very much like more of the same, and in fact seemed a little smaller scale than the PS2 games (less sidequests per planet). However, now that I am 75-80% into the game I have started to really enjoy it. I really like the story - it seems a bit more substantial than the past stories, which have really been very jokey. There is still lots of humor, but we are now learning a lot about ratchet's backstory and even see some emotion around his relationship with Clank. There's also less of Qwark - he can be funny, but he's basically had the same exact role in every game and it's gotten kind of annoying.

It's been designed in the typical R&C manner, which allows the game to be almost easy if you want, but still fun. I like to play the game by maxing out all of my weapons and upgrading my armor such that I can roll over the bosses. The game is still challenging, because there are swarms of enemies and they require different weapons to beat. I am not dieing very often, but I am not bored because I am always jumping around dodging fire and switching up weapons. Simply getting to try out all the different weapons is fun in itself. If you take some of the optional quests you also get additional help, including hints for finding the collectibles. They've also cut out some of the excessive parts of the older games, such as the huge areas you need to search for raritanium. Now you get raritanium everywhere, and you can use it to upgrade weapons before you level them up.

I can compare it to something like Lego Star Wars, which is definitely an easy game, but it can get tiring because all you are doing is hack, hack, hack (and the occasional pew pew).

So, all in all, it really is more of the same, but new weapons and good story are enough to keep it fresh. I do wish they would give descriptions for skill points - some are so vague there is no way you could figure out what you are supposed to do. I'm sure some people think the boss battles are too bland. And of course the game looks great.

7691  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / UbiSoft holiday price cuts [PoP, Far Cry 2, EndWar] on: December 21, 2008, 02:05:26 AM
Not quite as good as the $20 prices on Sands of Time and Beyond Good and Evil from back when, but the new PoP, Far Cry 2 and EndWar have all been dropped to $40 for 360 and PS3.

http://kotaku.com/5114707/hope-you-didnt-buy-prince-of-persia-last-week
7692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new toy (and a chance to say "I told you so")... on: December 20, 2008, 10:19:49 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 20, 2008, 09:30:35 PM


 One issue I have with the vacuum is that when you're using the detail attachment the floor brush continues to spin. 

That's surprising because I have a different Bissell model, and as soon as you put the handle higher than about 85 degrees, it stops the brush. In addition, it has a separate power switch for the brush, so if you want to make sure it is off no matter what, you can do that too.
7693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: December 19, 2008, 10:27:42 PM
Been coming down very steadily since around 2:30 or so. Trying to decide when I want to do out and do some shoveling. Doing it in the dark sucks but better than digging out all at once.
7694  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 19, 2008, 09:46:43 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 19, 2008, 09:15:50 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 19, 2008, 08:31:49 PM

I think I have definitely discovered why my k/d was higher in CoD4 - hardcore vs. standard. Was playing standard CoD4 today and noticed how often my team was able to have some semblance of a front against the enemy. Playing regular, you always know when your teammates are around you, and more often know where the enemy is, even if only by them showing up on the radar due to noise. In standard I can at least keep myself near even or better, while in hardcore I can wind up having those awful 1-12 type rounds because I'll just keep walking into the wrong place.

this isn't a matter of hardcore vs standard though, it's a matter of CoD4 spawns and CoD:WaW spawns.

CoD4 has team based spawn points that move with the team providing the ebb and flow of battle along with a front that occasionally flips.

CoD:WaW has random spawns that vaguely throw you possibly on the side that your team is but more often than not are completely random and spawn friendly and enemies in the same spawn cluster at the same time.

Even with that difference, my k/d is much much higher in WaW than CoD4, not sure why though.

Well, that's not very realistic. Pretty sure when you die in battle you don't respawn behind enemy lines.
7695  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 19, 2008, 08:31:49 PM
I think I have definitely discovered why my k/d was higher in CoD4 - hardcore vs. standard. Was playing standard CoD4 today and noticed how often my team was able to have some semblance of a front against the enemy. Playing regular, you always know when your teammates are around you, and more often know where the enemy is, even if only by them showing up on the radar due to noise. In standard I can at least keep myself near even or better, while in hardcore I can wind up having those awful 1-12 type rounds because I'll just keep walking into the wrong place.
7696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Here comes the snow...there goes the snow on: December 19, 2008, 03:43:08 PM
Massachusetts about to get hit with the first serious snowfall of the season. On the plus side, this allows me to go home from work early. On the negative side, I'm not really big on spending my friday afternoons shoveling.
7697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix on: December 18, 2008, 10:38:33 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on December 18, 2008, 10:28:49 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 18, 2008, 06:33:58 PM

pfft, I'm not paying someone else to play a game.  ninja

Aww, why not?

Ask Pete to pay it forward.
7698  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Does Caroline Kennedy want to be president? on: December 18, 2008, 10:29:45 PM
This whole Caroline Kennedy story is very interesting - it has to be very intriguing to the Democrats. Say she takes the Senate seat and stays in public office for the next 8 years. She could get experience, foreign policy chops, etc. When the 2016 election rolls around I believe she'll be 59, and a viable presidential candidate. You'd have to think she could generate a lot of excitement among women and the large group of people who love the Kennedys. I don't know if she has it in mind at all, but someone must be thinking this. The only thing I wonder is if Obama goes 2 terms, is Biden basically given the nomination?
7699  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 18, 2008, 08:59:27 PM
I'll be off Live for close to 2 weeks. I actually think it will be kind of good for me as CoD has been getting me kind of riled up. Although I will have my PSP (will probably leave the DS behind) and apparently the nieces and nephew will be getting a Wii for Christmas during our trip.
7700  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 18, 2008, 05:22:39 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 18, 2008, 05:13:40 PM

I actually played a game on Castle in FFA where nobody glitched... saywhat

I played opposite Hark on Castle last night - he started out 5-0 or something and since no one had seen him, the guys on my team assumed he was glitching. I didn't think he would glitch, and it turned out he was just picking people off from the roof.

A guy on my team used a different glitch that allowed him to float about 20 feet off the ground in clear sight. It didn't seem all that useful.
7701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pain threshold (probably not good for your appetite) on: December 18, 2008, 02:40:23 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 18, 2008, 01:23:42 PM

Arkon wins.  He's also apparently a walking disaster area, and we should all probably stay well away from him.

While I read that, I kept thinking, "oh yeah, he's a Terminator." I mean, the only thing missing was, "this one time, I was sitting in my car and it blew up. I went to the doctor and they pulled the gear shift out of my chest and gave me some stitches and put bandages on my burns."
7702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pain threshold (probably not good for your appetite) on: December 17, 2008, 10:21:09 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 17, 2008, 10:14:51 PM

crazy stuff          

 icon_eek That was not very fabulous.
7703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pain threshold (probably not good for your appetite) on: December 17, 2008, 09:53:03 PM
I don't like pain. Pain bad. I have never broken a bone or been in any bad accidents or had any really bad medical ailments. So I probably have a very low threshold for pain. Probably the worst pain I can remember was kind of recently where I had a still unidentified pain in my side/back for most of a night while also being badly constipated. I would kind of alternate between sitting on the toilet and then curling up in a ball on the bathroom floor. Not really knowing what was going on probably added a fear element to it, which made the pain worse. But I didn't take anything other than advil for it and it probably didn't hurt anywhere near like the stories above. I definitely didn't have to pack gauze up my butt.

(and if you are wondering, I did go to the doctor afterwards and she didn't have an explanation other than maybe an air bubble in one of my muscles that resolved itself.)
7704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: December 17, 2008, 08:36:40 PM
I hadn't watched any of the episodes yet, so I deleted the whole season off my tivo. Maybe I will check it out during the summer, although these days I have felt more like playing games than watching tv, and I've got enough Law & Orders to keep me busy without needing new series smile
7705  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 17, 2008, 06:44:25 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 17, 2008, 06:30:21 PM

Quote from: msteelers on December 17, 2008, 06:22:32 PM

My time will be limited tonight, again. I'll probably only be on from about 5:00-6:30 est or so.

Apologies for looking to hop into your game with Teggy on Sunday and then logging off shortly after.  I was trying to get some game time in before my grandmother woke up and came downstairs but just as I was about to play in a game she came down for a cup of tea.  I couldn't bring myself to say, "Sit down and shut up, Nanny, I need to do some killin'." 

I also have Call-of-Duty-induced tourette's, and I worried about what might inadvertantly come out of my mouth while my grandmother was listening.   ninja

Isn't this the grandma who's into violence? Maybe she'd like to play too.
7706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Let's Play: Undying [thread in another forum] on: December 17, 2008, 05:43:51 PM
Yeah, pretty sure I'd poop my pants if I tried playing that game.
7707  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 17, 2008, 04:09:43 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 17, 2008, 03:02:44 PM

In order to kill them, wouldn't we first need to know who they are?

Well, I was mostly venting, since with 150K-200K people on, it didn't seem likely you would actually run into them. But if you must know, it was "ApaThyEulogy", "CrptoSMILEY", "DA 1300FINATER", "duowingtwo" and "lime disease yo". I don't remember the clan tag.

Something I noticed these guys would do a lot on maps like hangar, outskirts or castle is camp places that would allow them coverage of a large area of the map, so if someone came looking they'd probably wind up in someone's line of sight. But they didn't camp exclusively and were just really good at getting the drop on you. I was having particular trouble yesterday with my aiming. I'm not really sure why on some days I'll often bring my gun up at someone's feet or to their right and other days I'll be right on their head or chest.
7708  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 17, 2008, 02:59:17 PM
I had an awful session yesterday. I jumped into a hctd room that had 5 guys from a clan that were being jerks. After every match they'd go on about how it was too easy and that we should all leave their room. Being a principled sort, I stayed in anticipating the humbling experience they'd have when a group of randoms beat them. Except we kept losing, over and over and they kept jawing. Finally I left, my k/d down to .65. The all used second chance and kept healing each other, which made it doubly annoying.

So if you see those guys, kill them for me.

7709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: December 15, 2008, 10:29:10 PM
I am writing from my phone so I'm not sure what that link showed, but I saw on Live that they released 3 new maps today for 800 pts.
7710  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 15, 2008, 07:03:46 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 15, 2008, 06:44:31 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 15, 2008, 05:04:42 PM

The stats seem to be all messed up - this one says that I went 7-8 yet had 4 recons, and arty and a dog call. It's also seems to stop well short of where I was playing yesterday, and all the times (in the date/time) are "undefined".

interesting, since that match I didn't get  credit for my 4 recon calls, 1 arty and dogs and you did.  You stole my credit!  bastard!

Oh, sorry about that, I'll get them right back to you. They're in the mail.
7711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Might Start a New Hobby: Lock Picking on: December 15, 2008, 05:32:14 PM
You know, it would be funny if I hypothetically had a group of 9 other guys, who were hypothetically going to Vegas to hypothetically pull off the biggest heist in history. So Pug, how are you at safe cracking?  ninja
7712  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 15, 2008, 05:04:42 PM
The stats seem to be all messed up - this one says that I went 7-8 yet had 4 recons, and arty and a dog call. It's also seems to stop well short of where I was playing yesterday, and all the times (in the date/time) are "undefined".
7713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shoe in for best video of the year? on: December 15, 2008, 04:56:27 PM
An interesting (although coincidental) detail - the second shoe catches the American flag.
7714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 15 on: December 15, 2008, 03:06:43 PM
The Cowboys finally figured out that you have to play for 4 quarters, not 3.
7715  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 13, 2008, 03:34:03 PM
So I'm on this morning playing HC team deathmatch and Dome comes up. This guy in the room says "hold down your triggers and press x and the background picture will change". I think to myself, "no one will fall for that, right?" In a matter of 2 seconds, you see...2, 3, 4, 5, vote passed. Idiots.
7716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boston Red Sox...new logo? on: December 12, 2008, 09:42:57 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 12, 2008, 09:25:24 PM

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/baseball/mlb/12/12/redsox.logo.ap/index.html

Gone is the B, replaced by the hanging pair of Red Sox???  I don't even like them, but what the deuce??!

I'm not sure why they are calling them "new". They've appeared on a lot of Red Sox stuff, like BP hats. They have also often mowed them into the field.

EDIT: I see, they are just saying the specific use of the socks alone (without words around it) as a logo is new. Basically they just unveiled some new road jerseys, one alternate which includes the socks on the cap. And they will use the socks alone as a logo more often.
7717  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 09:39:12 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 12, 2008, 09:24:36 PM

What was the line about WWI soldiers using Metal Gear to lure troops out into the open?

I think it was Zanzibarian porn or something.
7718  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 09:23:53 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on December 12, 2008, 09:17:14 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 12, 2008, 08:11:54 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on December 12, 2008, 07:59:44 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 12, 2008, 05:18:08 PM

You were behind the wall when I fired.  You moved right to left across my field and a name never popped.  I hesitated, then shot when your feet clipped through the wall.  Now that I think about it, it appeared that you were prone and I was firing too high.  I'll make sure to remedy that next time I try to TK you... nod

I watched that whole thing happen.  I'm not sure what is worse: your aim, or the fact that I got so much amusement watching you empty a whole clip at a friendly, AFTER I told you who was up there.

I'm still chuckling about that "pr0ner is prone" comment.

Ahh, so that was you!  Tongue

I think Pug was the one who said it.
7719  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 08:11:54 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on December 12, 2008, 07:59:44 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 12, 2008, 05:18:08 PM

You were behind the wall when I fired.  You moved right to left across my field and a name never popped.  I hesitated, then shot when your feet clipped through the wall.  Now that I think about it, it appeared that you were prone and I was firing too high.  I'll make sure to remedy that next time I try to TK you... nod

I watched that whole thing happen.  I'm not sure what is worse: your aim, or the fact that I got so much amusement watching you empty a whole clip at a friendly, AFTER I told you who was up there.

I'm still chuckling about that "pr0ner is prone" comment.
7720  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 06:14:05 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 12, 2008, 04:54:47 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 12, 2008, 04:49:07 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 12, 2008, 04:34:37 PM

Well I had my two best games ever last night, going 20+ kills and 6-7 deaths.  I Love me that MG42!!!

I spectated enough of your kills last night to come to the conclusion that you do best with weapons that require little to no aiming. slywink  Was it you or Hadron that shot an entire friendly fire MG clip at me on the second floor of Hangar and only nicked me once?

In any case, you may be interested in looking into using the Overkill perk to get a four rifle grenade loadout. smile 

Hehehe that was Hadron.  I can't aim for shit though, that's the truth.  This gun is heaven-sent!

Wait until you get the FG (assuming you don't already). I put steady aim and stopping power and and just shoot from the hip, dragging it across in a quick burst. It seems to almost magically lock on. It needs to be reloaded more often, but you feel more agile carrying it and it has better sights (and you can get a sniper scope for it, which is crazy).

Many have commented on my ability to miss a target. I should have a lot more TKs. I'll often turn a corner and come face to face with a teammate before I realize it and squeeze off a few rounds, and somehow miss them.
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