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7761  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / [back up your HD] I am an idiot on: April 11, 2009, 05:27:53 PM
A month or so ago I purchased a 1TB backup drive. However, I never got around to backing up my computer. Last night, without warning, my HD appeared to die a horrible death (I can't even see the drive using my disk utility).

I am going to try some things, but based on what I am seeing I am not too hopeful. Luckily, due to current technology, it's not the end of the world. All of my e-mail is stored on Gmail, music can be retrieved off of my iPods, audiobooks can be redownloaded from Audible, etc. However, some things I will likely not be able to recover, including pictures I took during vacations and around my wedding that don't have backups, and some older documents that I might have wanted - I'm kind of furious with myself.

So here's your call to action - go back up your data.
7762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar/Apr 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: April 11, 2009, 05:09:25 PM
I'm currently
Spoiler for Hiden:
boarding the ship in the navy yard

I took a few days off because I was getting a little burned out, but I should play some more this weekend. If you read the setup to that visual walkthrough, the writer actually recommends playing through HK and then coming back at a later date to play the second half of the game, given its length. I'm not going to do that since I want to finish in the allotted time, but I thought it was interesting that what I was experiencing wasn't out of the ordinary.

I would pass on GoW because I pretty recently played both GoW2 and Chains of Olympus, but people should certainly vote it if they want it. I was browsing through the older 360 titles in the 75-85% rating category (similar to Gun) and spotted things like The Darkness and Lost Planet - there are games that got average reviews but people sometimes speak highly of.
7763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oldboy remake? With who? on: April 10, 2009, 08:03:03 PM

Quote from: kathode on April 10, 2009, 07:55:05 PM

Will Smith has shown he can do serious roles, but clearly it will be a very different movie.  More of a Battlestar Galactica type remake than a strict do-over is what I would imagine.  Anyway, you should see the original.  I really thought it was great.

I believe the reviews I have read that have said it is very good, but they have also led me to believe it might be a little too disturbing/gory for my tastes.
7764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII now on Japan PSN on: April 10, 2009, 06:13:43 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 10, 2009, 05:57:29 PM

They should remake the fucking game already! Not all of us got a chance to play the game, but it's too old to revisit. 3D simply does not age like 2D...

There's actually a Chinese 2D remake that they did for the Famicom. Pretty funny stuff.
7765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Oldboy remake? With who? on: April 10, 2009, 05:38:26 PM
Was reading Rottentomates and paused upon this tidbit:

Quote
Protosevich is also working on the Oldboy remake for Steven Spielberg to direct and Will Smith to star

 eek

I haven't seen the original movie, but I know enough about it for this to sound insane.
7766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamestop Article on: April 10, 2009, 03:57:04 PM
Coincidentally, this was posted yesterday

http://kotaku.com/5205385/gamestop-sells-played-games-as-new-sources-say-practice-could-be-illegal?skyline=true&s=x
7767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 Teaser Site...cool interactive features included! on: April 10, 2009, 03:49:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 10, 2009, 03:32:28 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 10, 2009, 03:11:04 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 10, 2009, 02:41:19 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 10, 2009, 02:20:33 PM

Here's Altair 2 (The image name says Ezio)





Interesting that 1) he's got two blades and 2) his fingers are intact.

2 blades is one of the new things I guess.  Also the fingers thing was Altair, so since this is a new "relative" he doesn't need to have his finger removed.

IIRC even the girl (can't remember future chicks name) from the first one also had her finger removed.  it had something to do with the blade needing an open spot to properly pop out. 

Yes, this is what I meant. It was a little unclear if Lucy actually was missing her finger or she was just making a gesture so Desmond would get the idea (I just finished the game last night). You'd think that if Lucy was missing her finger that the corporation would be a bit suspicious of her and not let her work on their top secret projects.
7768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 Teaser Site...cool interactive features included! on: April 10, 2009, 02:41:19 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 10, 2009, 02:20:33 PM

Here's Altair 2 (The image name says Ezio)





Interesting that 1) he's got two blades and 2) his fingers are intact.
7769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII now on Japan PSN on: April 10, 2009, 01:50:07 PM
yeah, I just got rid of my green label copy for essentially $50. Guess it was good timing.
7770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: all you horror folks - "Drag Me to Hell"? on: April 10, 2009, 01:41:31 AM
So, it sounds like it does have comic bits? I'll have to wait to hear more.
7771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Bob Thornton is a douchebag on: April 09, 2009, 09:05:09 PM
Well, here's the thing - yesterday most people didn't even know BBT had a band, and today they do.
7772  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [GoGamer]Little Big Planet $21.90 on: April 09, 2009, 07:38:47 PM
Is there a demo on PSN?
7773  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [GoGamer]Little Big Planet $21.90 on: April 09, 2009, 07:25:41 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on April 09, 2009, 07:11:25 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 09, 2009, 07:05:28 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on March 18, 2009, 03:32:29 PM

Whoever owns a PS3 and doesn't own this game, you're seriously out of your mind.

Every week when you log on, there are new and fantastic levels to play.


What if I really don't enjoy 2D platformers? Is it good enough to overcome that? (I love 3D platfomers, but I've never been able to get into 2D platformers - I find the limited range of movement to be frustrating, especially if it requires you to deal with enemies).

I would say you probably won't like it.  It's more like 2.5D but plays like a 2D platformer with floaty controls. 

OK. I just want to make sure TML doesn't think I'm out of my mind slywink
7774  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [GoGamer]Little Big Planet $21.90 on: April 09, 2009, 07:05:28 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on March 18, 2009, 03:32:29 PM

Whoever owns a PS3 and doesn't own this game, you're seriously out of your mind.

Every week when you log on, there are new and fantastic levels to play.


What if I really don't enjoy 2D platformers? Is it good enough to overcome that? (I love 3D platfomers, but I've never been able to get into 2D platformers - I find the limited range of movement to be frustrating, especially if it requires you to deal with enemies).
7775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Angels' rookie pitcher killed in hit and run following first start of season on: April 09, 2009, 05:20:55 PM

Quote from: naednek on April 09, 2009, 05:18:13 PM

Quote
Adenhart, of Silver Spring, Md., was the Angels' No. 3 starter. He threw six scoreless innings Wednesday night in his fourth major-league start and first of the season. Oakland won the game 6-4.

Ok I'm not trying to be insensitive here, but this is confusing.  He's a rookie, to me that means this is his first year in MLB.  The season started on Sunday Night, but the article states that it's his fourth major-league start.  Are they talking about preseason?  I thought preseason doesn't count.

Well, they may be talking about the technical definition of rookie, as in eligible for rookie of the year. You are allowed a certain amount of playtime before losing rookie eligibility.

Quote
Eligibility requirements were set forth in 1971 and a rookie was formally defined as a player with less than one-hundred thirty at-bats, a pitcher with less than fifty innings pitched, or anyone with less than forty-five days on any Major League roster.
7776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Angels' rookie pitcher killed in hit and run following first start of season on: April 09, 2009, 04:52:30 PM
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/story/11612075

Pretty horrible, although equally horrible for the other 2 people killed in the crash.
7777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you playing this weekend [Long weekend edition] on: April 09, 2009, 04:39:28 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on April 09, 2009, 04:38:03 PM

I'm playing the heck out of TurboTax.

For a $60 game, the graphics sure suck. The story bites too. Apparently you play the role of a citizen in a country with the most convoluted tax laws, and you have to figure out how much money you owe the government. And they made some absolutely stupid design decisions. Get this: if you finish the game in the negative, you actually have to pay the country all the money you owe in real dollars!

Piece of crap game. Wish I never bought it.



That might be the GOTM for April.
7778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Bob Thornton is a douchebag on: April 09, 2009, 04:37:30 PM
OK, so what is the technical difference between a "douche" and a "douchebag"?
7779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: all you horror folks - "Drag Me to Hell"? on: April 09, 2009, 04:29:33 PM
This is a Sam Raimi written/directed horror film. I figured PR_GMR and those guys would be on top of it.
7780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you playing this weekend [Long weekend edition] on: April 09, 2009, 04:10:14 PM
I think they only people who are likely to get it (Good Friday) off in the US are teachers and I think the market is closed, so there is probably some impact there.  I will be finishing Assassin's Creed in the next couple of days and have to keep moving on Deus Ex. Assuming I finish up AC, I will probably play some Lost and Damned.

EDIT: Finished AC today, so I guess I'll be playing other things.
7781  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Bob Thornton is a douchebag on: April 09, 2009, 02:58:33 PM

Quote from: Moliere on April 09, 2009, 02:53:47 PM

Its a well known fact that Billy Bob doesn't like it when people refer to his acting while he is in band mode. The interviewer was told by his Producers not to bring it up and he did it anyway. That's just going to ruin the mood for the whole interview. It was a stupid thing to do by the interviewer. There is no reason to "set the context" because everyone is going to know who Billy Bob Thornton is without him having to refer to Oscar winning actor/director/writer whatever.

That doesn't give him an excuse for being a total dick.
7782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / all you horror folks - "Drag Me to Hell"? on: April 09, 2009, 02:57:13 PM
What's the word on this? Is it a straight ahead horror film or is it supposed to be like Evil Dead 2? The hag in the movie looks just like the ones from the ED movies.
7783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BCR-esque: How Long Can You Go Without Buying A Game Thread on: April 09, 2009, 02:39:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 09, 2009, 02:16:03 PM

Quote from: kronovan on April 09, 2009, 01:52:08 PM

I doubt I'd win this thread, but because I have a lot of criteria around game purchases I'd could probably be a challenger. I don't agree though that all DLC should be counted. If you play in a clan and new maps are released, they're every bit as important as expansions are to a MMO guild member. So IMO DLC map packs should be excluded.

that would fall under the example of the MMO expansion pack clause I mentioned that I think they used.  Fallout 3 DLC definitely isn't required to play the game though.  IIRC trading was OK as no money leaves your hands for the game.

I could last for quite a while just using Goozex, except technically you pay $1 each time you make a trade. If I had the will power, I'm sure I could make it to at least the end of the year off of backlog. I have whittled my console game pile down a bit, but I have a whole box of old PC games.
7784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unusuals on: April 09, 2009, 01:29:53 PM
I recorded it but haven't watched it yet. The cast looked interesting - Amber Tamblyn, Adam Goldberg, Harold Perrineau, Terry Kinney (is there an 'OZ' connection to this show?). I believe the creator is the same guy behind Bones, which is a decent show.
7785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BCR-esque: How Long Can You Go Without Buying A Game Thread on: April 09, 2009, 01:23:56 PM
Is it buying, or just obtaining? If you traded for a game, would that be permitted? (Not by any means joining this, just wondering how badly you are planning to deprive yourself smile )
7786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killzone 2 sixaxis control problem on: April 08, 2009, 09:15:32 PM
I really don't understand why they included the sixaxis controls. I think the guideline should be that a motion control should actually involve some gameplay in order to be included. If I can just as soon press a single button to do exactly what I am doing with the sixaxis control, there's no reason to make it a sixaxis control.

A good comparison (although from a different console) are the door opening mechanics in Metroid Prime Corruption. In that case you have to twist the door control a few times to complete a minor puzzle, which opens the door. In Killzone, you just twist a wheel around.

I think the other time the sixaxis comes into play is when you are using the sniper rifle - if you don't hold it steady, the reticule bounces around. You hardly notice it, though, so it's just silly.

I kind of like that you can tilt the loading screens around. At least that keeps you a little distracted while you are waiting smile
7787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killzone 2 sixaxis control problem on: April 08, 2009, 05:40:51 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on April 08, 2009, 05:33:44 PM

Quote from: animeshk on April 08, 2009, 02:39:11 AM

I just started playing Killzone 2's campaign, and I encountered a problem with sixaxis control.  I was at a wheel that I needed to turn, but the game wasn't sensing the tilting controls at all.  I tried a different controller, and I had the same problem.  I then fired up Flower: sixaxis control was working fine there!  When I went back to Killzone 2, suddenly it worked correctly and the tilting was being read.

Has anyone encountered anything like this?  Is there a workaround?

Are you holding the buttons you're supposed to hold? IIRC, you have to hold L2 + R2 down? I could be entirely wrong, though.

I believe it is L1/R1, and the controller has to be held straight up and down. I think if it is tilted toward the tv it doesn't work as well.
7788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew + latest trailer! on: April 08, 2009, 05:26:50 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 08, 2009, 05:20:03 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 08, 2009, 05:01:57 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 08, 2009, 04:59:49 PM

I can't really see what they could effectively foreshadow.  The first picture was almost a throwaway story with no lasting impacts that I recall.  2-4 were a grand story arc, sort of, and after that, it kind of goes off the rails again into set piece stories. 

There are more than 4?   icon_eek

I had no idea.  I did know there were 15 or 20 different CSI/Law-and-Order type offshoots on television, but I didn't know there were so many films. 

And a cartoon.

There are six centered around the full original cast, and a seventh that bridges the original series with Next Generation...

It should be mentioned that First Contact is pretty awesome and should be seen if you haven't. The other two TNG movies are pretty meh.
7789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBLA codes now available on Amazon on: April 08, 2009, 05:21:22 PM
If you've ever been annoyed because you had to buy more points than you needed to get an XBLA game, there's a new alternative. You can now buy via Amazon at the exact price and they'll send you a code. Not sure if they will be offering DLC at some point (Lost and Damned is not on there, for example).

http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-Live/b?ie=UTF8&node=979417011
7790  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pirates Seize Ship Crewed by Americans on: April 08, 2009, 05:13:32 PM
Word is the Americans took the ship back. Very interested in hearing how this went down.
7791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew + latest trailer! on: April 08, 2009, 05:10:22 PM
Have they said if this movie fits into the existing storyline or if it is really a reboot?
7792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar/Apr 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: April 07, 2009, 02:46:54 AM
More progress tonight:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Did both Versalife missions and headed back to New York. I found the upload a little too fast, so I was forced to flee Versalife the first time without getting to find a lot of cool stuff (according to the visual walkthrough). Thankfully, I did better on the second trip in and was extremely happy to find the room full of upgrades. Taking out Maggie Chow was pretty fun.

Thing is, I rarely have used the augments I have. I never seem to find a place to use them, with the exception of the microfibral muscle I've used to move crates around. Maybe they will become more useful as I progress.
7793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 Teaser Site...cool interactive features included! on: April 07, 2009, 02:31:35 AM
I can't seem to get it to access my iSight frown
7794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist Gaming Plans - 4/3 on: April 06, 2009, 04:20:42 PM
Made more progress on Assassin's Creed, taking care of the 5th and 6th assassinations and getting a jump on the 7th. The game is still fun, but it's starting to drag a bit because I am going for all viewpoints and citizen saves. I'm also running out of achievements because I wound up in a big fight and wound up taking care of the 10 minute fight and 25 kills in one fight achievements. I think the only non-collection achievement (not going for those) I really have left is assassinate 100 guards.

For variety, I am working on the GOTM, Deus Ex. I am further into the game now than I have ever been in my prior attempts to finish it and am eager to move ahead.
7795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar/Apr 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: April 06, 2009, 02:51:00 AM
OK, I am now officially farther in to the game than I have ever been before. Everything from now on is brand new.

In the process I think I broke the game a bit, however

Spoiler for Hiden:
I went to Maggie Chow's to look for the sword, but rather than take a back way in (I looked on the 7th floor and that didn't look like it would be too easy, and I was in fact attacked attempting to go in) I just went up the elevator and talked to her. She says that Paul was actually working with her and that I should go to the police station vault for information that proves she's one of the good guys.

On my way out I sneak upstairs and find out that she's working for MJ12. I hack her security, but this seems to alert her guards in some way, because when I go back downstairs I am easily spotted, even though I have turned off the cameras. Her maid seems to be on to me, in fact. Very strange.

Fine, I reload, and this time I just take a detour on my way out from talking to her and steal the sword by hacking a keypad and a computer and staying out of sight of the cameras. I still, however, have a secondary objective to go check out the police vault.

For the hell of it, I break into the police vault (which has some nice gear) but find no evidence supporting Chow. In fact, there is a report that confirms she is a criminal.

Now, I understand there are a few endings you can get and I am guessing maybe one is where you work with Chow's side? Maybe if I went straight to the police station instead of checking our Chow's place I would have found something different? Not sure - I'll have to dig into that after I finish the story.

The sword, of course, is awesome. I somehow wound up getting the police outside the club mad at me (I think because I broke into the convenience store - nothing happened at the time, but maybe I didn't clean up after myself). When I came back to show the evidence to the triad boss, I was confronted by 4 cops. I tossed a gas grenade at them and then hacked away. I slice per kill. Curious if I'm going to be able to hold on to the thing. Tracer Tong hasn't taken it from me yet, but I haven't headed out to Versalife yet.


OK, I looked at the visual walkthrough site that GB posted (very cool site, btw) regarding the issue in my spoiler above

Spoiler for Hiden:
turns out if you go and get the info from the police station and bring it back to Chow, she attacks you. In fact, I think I may have done this the first time I played the game. So it has no impact on the end of the game, but is a different sidequest you can do for more skill points.

One odd thing did happen when I was stuck in the HK hangar with Jock. I decided to flood the basement with poison gas. I let it disperse and then went down there. 2 guys were dead on the ground, but 4 other guys were just going about their business like nothing happened! That can't be right.
7796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Adventureland on: April 06, 2009, 02:33:52 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on April 06, 2009, 02:08:08 AM

Is this movie based on that Adventureland in Farmingdale on Long Island, New York?

Man, I grew up going there!

I believe it is (based on something I read on IMDB), although the movie takes place in the Pittsburgh area. Not sure why, although there is something plot related I can think of which might have caused them to move the location.
7797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar/Apr 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: April 05, 2009, 10:25:09 PM
Oh, and regarding how fast I was able to progress - as I mentioned, I have made it through that part of the game at least 2 other times prior, and just recalling the major tasks helps a lot. I'm sure I will have to slow down a lot as I make it into areas I've never seen before.

Regarding the killswitch
Spoiler for Hiden:
I got to headshot Manderley to get access to his computer, which has half of the phrase. That felt pretty justified smile I'm not quite sure why Simons just left me there. I guess he just assumed I wouldn't do anything to Manderley (or didn't care) and that I would wind up dying at the hands of Navarre or my own killswitch.
7798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar/Apr 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: April 05, 2009, 07:34:32 PM
Kept going today:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Got captured with Paul and escaped the UNATCO headquarters. I saved after we took off from Liberty Island.

Some fun things I did:

Let the lizard guys out and watched them create pandemonium in the lab. They killed me, though so I wound up just stunning the MiB, grabbing the canister and getting out of there.

There is also a grate behind the MiB in the lab that gets you a 10 point exploration bonus. There is a lizard guy down there and a couple of weapons crates with not much in them.

Hacking the big bot in the robot repair bay to kill all the soldiers - fun to watch from the windows above.

I also let the big beasties out of their pen, but they just walked around and did nothing. I don't know if that was a bug - I am playing just the GOTY version, no additional patches. There's a grate in the middle of their pen that seems like it should go somewhere, but it is not interactive.

I checked out all the UNATCO computers to get Anna's killswitch. Killed her with two words, very cool smile
7799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I ran over a little doggy today :(.....sad story on: April 05, 2009, 04:44:49 PM
Sorry to hear that. I don't think that it was your fault and you did a lot more to help the dog than most people would. Just show's the importance of making sure your dog has tags and that you keep tabs on them at all times (keeping them fenced in being the best policy).
7800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] Adventureland on: April 05, 2009, 04:26:14 AM
Saw this tonight and really enjoyed it. If you are not aware, this is the next movie directed by Greg Mottola, who last did Superbad, although this one was also written by Mottola, based on his experiences as a twenty-something. I don't think that this movie will be loved by everyone, but this one was right in my wheelhouse.

If you were a "late bloomer", maybe were a bit awkward and lived a little on the outside or had a crush on that "cool" girl who was a bit different than everybody else, you'll probably relate to this movie. Bonus points if you grew up in the 80's. It's very real and does a great job demonstrating how people's emotions can wreak havoc on their relationships.

It is still a comedy, however, and very funny, but to the left "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" on the "Apatow genre" scale. The characters are great as well. Jessie Eisenberg does a great job playing the awkward guy who is trying his best to be cool, and Martin Starr is absolutely brilliant - he definitely channels a bit of Bill Haverchuk, but the character is also more mature and witty, and really likable. Kristin Stewart is that complicated girl you had the big crush on, and you can't help but like her. I still can't believe she was that little boy from "Panic Room" (yes, I know the character was a girl, but if you've seen the movie, you know what I mean).

Lastly, you have the soundtrack. The movie opens up with "Bastards of Young" by the Replacements, and from there I knew I was in for some quality nostalgia. Lou Reed, Husker Du, Big Star, a selection of fun 80's tunes and some really cool cues by Yo La Tengo. Very very cool.

Like I said, not necessarily for everyone, but definitely worth a look if what you've read here sounds intriguing. It definitely got to me.


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