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7881  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jury duty fail on: November 25, 2008, 05:05:59 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on November 25, 2008, 05:00:24 PM

I met my ex-girlfriend while reporting for jury duty. That's all I remember about that day. So many memories...

Did the two of you get cited for contempt of court?  unibrow
7882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which PS3 game (that I own) should I play first on: November 25, 2008, 04:55:18 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 25, 2008, 04:51:54 PM

You should play CoD:WaW on the 360 first. smile

I was just on, where were you? slywink I'm sure I will spend most of my time on the 360. Not like anyone is playing MP on the PS3 anyway. But I need to turn the thing on at least and look at the pretty graphics.
7883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does USPS ever give up? on: November 25, 2008, 04:49:53 PM
So, this finally arrived back in my mailbox today after 7 delivery attempts and nearly two full months bouncing around. Wow.
7884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which PS3 game (that I own) should I play first on: November 25, 2008, 04:44:35 PM
 biggrin Well, I am torn. Certainly, I am a huge Ratchet fan. However, I just played Banjo Kazooie and I'm currently playing COD5, a platformer and a shooter. So based on vote and prevention of genre burnout, Uncharted seems most likely.
7885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jury duty fail on: November 25, 2008, 04:38:31 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 25, 2008, 04:33:33 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 25, 2008, 04:10:29 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 25, 2008, 03:03:48 PM

So, I drive an hour in traffic and rain to get to the courthouse, only to be told that my jury duty had been canceled. Couldn't they have, you know, mailed me? Or emailed me since I confirmed online? Not only that, I don't get a credit for service for this, so they can call me again whenever they want.

They always tell me to call after 6pm the night before to find out if I still have to come in.  You're supposed to check with them before going, not the other way around. frown

yeah, you work for the Man, the Man doesn't work for you.

Pretty sure Massachusetts doesn't tell you to do that. The best part was that there was some note on the record that said that mail had been returned or something - they how did they get me the first notice? Nothing is wrong with my mail. On the bright side, 1) I was able to sneak in 2 rank upgrades in COD5 and 2) I am assured to be home to accept the delivery of my ps3.
7886  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jury duty fail on: November 25, 2008, 03:03:48 PM
So, I drive an hour in traffic and rain to get to the courthouse, only to be told that my jury duty had been canceled. Couldn't they have, you know, mailed me? Or emailed me since I confirmed online? Not only that, I don't get a credit for service for this, so they can call me again whenever they want.
7887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 12 on: November 25, 2008, 03:58:46 AM
So I go into tonight's fantasy game down 14 with Rodgers. He scores 14 in the first quarter. Then proceeds to throw 2 straight interceptions at the start of the second half. Now I am back down 3.
7888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which PS3 game (that I own) should I play first on: November 25, 2008, 03:33:30 AM
Looks like the new PS3 is showing up tomorrow. I've got 3 games. How should I break it in?
7889  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 24, 2008, 10:04:50 PM
Top 4 are hard for me, but I gave weight to the ones that have been around a while. I suppose over time they could change (I found Wall E to be really charming, but it's too recent).

1. Bugs Life
2. Toy Story 2
3. The Incredibles
4. Wall E
5. Toy Story
6. Ratatouille (may even be tied for 3rd)
7. Finding Nemo
8. Monsters Inc
9. Cars

Iron Giant is great. My all time favorite animated movie of any kind is probably Nightmare Before Xmas.

Edit: wow, can't believe the Bugs Life hate. I think it has the best balance of adult/kids content. Lots of clever stuff in it.
7890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: November 24, 2008, 09:55:49 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 24, 2008, 09:54:12 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on November 24, 2008, 09:08:30 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 24, 2008, 05:52:02 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 24, 2008, 05:43:25 PM

So they altered the shotgun and put in stopping power. Great, but they also added sticky grenades, and seemed to botch what happens when you charge with a chainsaw.

You hit it right on the head Teg.  The grenades are counterproductive to their original intent.  Grenade tags are harder. FTW!  Now we can tag walls. FTL!

That could be mediated- like a person can have only one grenade tagged to a wall at a time.

Or, I guess, we can adopt to the new techniques and be more cautious?  Not sure I care enough.

I believe there is a limit of 2 per person.   At least the other night when I was playing horde, one of my teammates tried to plant a 3rd.  When it happened, the 2 previous ones blew up in my face.  And yes, I did get damaged by it.

- shaggy

My first question would be: how close in proximity were you to your other planted nades? It's possible that you tripped one while setting the other (yes it's possible).  It's possible that someone came into range on it too...

I've seen guys plant upwards of six nades on a  map.

Also, the fact that they stay in place after the guy is killed is lame.  They should disappear a la the claymores in COD4.

I have also heard that there is a limit of 2 tags per person.
7891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 DLC: The Lost and The Damned on: November 24, 2008, 09:42:28 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 20, 2008, 05:11:55 PM

Unrelated to the topic but my brain just cramped up from seeing back to back posts from Kathode and Kadnod.   paranoid


Didn't he used to be "Kadoth Nodens"?
7892  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Amazon votes 2008 on: November 24, 2008, 06:24:58 PM
The new Amazon votes is up. If you are aiming for a cheap PS3, I recommend voting on the "family" bundle, as that one is leading right now by a wide margin.
7893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 24, 2008, 06:00:57 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 24, 2008, 05:56:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 24, 2008, 05:54:29 PM

Switching gears for a moment - I thought it was interesting that there was no tutorial level in the SP. What difficulty level are people playing at? I forgot that, after my experience with COD4, I was planning on playing the next COD on normal, and I started the game up on hardened. The first section was really hard for a first level and I'm thinking I'm going to get my butt kicked if I try to keep going.

Much like CoD4, I found the SP to be boring and frustrating from a gameplay standpoint so I just played through coop on regular and single on easy just to unlock nazi zombies.

Veteran is so hard and frustrating that it's more like a puzzle game than a shooter to me.

I did one act in COD2 on veteran and that was enough to never try it again. There were times I just crawled around trying to find paths to the next checkpoint.

How does the co-op work? How long is it? Can you join randoms like in Gears?
7894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 24, 2008, 05:54:29 PM
Switching gears for a moment - I thought it was interesting that there was no tutorial level in the SP. What difficulty level are people playing at? I forgot that, after my experience with COD4, I was planning on playing the next COD on normal, and I started the game up on hardened. The first section was really hard for a first level and I'm thinking I'm going to get my butt kicked if I try to keep going.
7895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 24, 2008, 05:45:14 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 24, 2008, 05:39:20 PM

Was auto aim on by default in COD4?

Yup.

Oh, and I guess the correct term is "aim assist".
7896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: November 24, 2008, 05:43:25 PM
I don't think that Epic thought at all about how their game would likely be played when they developed it. They have said many times that they didn't like the shotgun rolling from the first game and wanted it to be a tactical cover-based MP game. So they altered the shotgun and put in stopping power. Great, but they also added sticky grenades, and seemed to botch what happens when you charge with a chainsaw. If you play the game like Epic wanted you to, it would probably work great. But they seemed to fail to grasp the fact that a large part of the online community wants one thing, and one thing only, and that is to be at the top of the leaderboard, no matter the cost. They will find whatever exploit they can and use it, even if it makes the game a joke.

The perks system in COD4/5, while thought to be unrealistic by some, actually works to prevent this. If you want to sit in a room surrounded by mortars, I can see them with bomb squad. If you use juggernaut, I can use stopping power. If you use martyrdom...ok, I'm pretty much screwed there. Also, if you sit in a corner, you're not going to get any points and you'll never unlock any new guns.
7897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 24, 2008, 05:28:45 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on November 24, 2008, 04:29:32 PM

Wait a minute.  There is auto aim?  Is that on by default?  I see no "lock on" when I aim.

It's on by default. Try and hide somewhere and just point your gun out so that someone runs across the crosshairs. You'll see the crosshairs drag along with the character model. Kind of hard to do that without getting killed, though. You should notice it at some point.
7898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 24, 2008, 04:06:02 PM
Regarding the aiming, I think that you really have to get good at taking advantage of the auto aim (I am not). If your reticule is on a bad guy, the auto aim should lock on to him and then basically hitting left trigger and right trigger in close order should nail him. I've been able to pull this off better in the SP.

One switch they made in this game I don't like is the order in which you get attachments.  In COD4, 25 kills got you the red dot and you were good to go. Here, you get the silencer at 25 and the aperture at 75. I will say, though, that the iron sights on the beginning rifles are a whole lot easier to use than say, an M16 in COD4. Both the Thompson and MP40 are really easy to use without the aperture.
7899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 21, 2008, 08:26:46 PM
So...is the lesson always vote down Dome?
7900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Florida Teen Live-Streams His Suicide Online on: November 21, 2008, 08:25:27 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2008, 07:12:38 PM

wasn't there either a movie about this kind of event, or a tv show about it?  i know they have had stories involving a murder posted live, but this just sounds like a plot for a law & order episode (if not, it probably will be)

There was an L&O SVU episode that was basically a play on lonelygirl15 where they fake a kidnapping but wind up going a bit too far with it. There was that recent movie with Diane Lane where the killer sets up websites that kill their victim faster when more people visit.

This can't be the first time this has happened though?
7901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 21, 2008, 07:20:16 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 21, 2008, 06:52:17 PM

For reference, here's my profile.  Anyone on callofduty.com, feel free to add me as a friend.

http://www.callofduty.com/profile/1381541/stats#/s=battlecareer

Some of the stats are pretty wonky though, especially the weapon specific things.  

I do like the ability to check where on a map you died though.  This helps figure out high traffic areas that you should be able to shoot at, but not visit yourself slywink

They really took Halo 3's heatmaps to the next level - you can see where people died for any given minute during the match.
7902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 21, 2008, 06:14:21 PM
Curse you, forum effect. I was going to wait for a trade on this one, but I went out during lunch today and...

Are there the same number of ranks in this one as in 4? Getting to the first 4 ranks in the previous version was pretty quick if you had played a little bit.
7903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Alone in the Dark vastly improved on: November 21, 2008, 05:06:18 PM

It's a tough sell - how do you let people who don't read the articles on the net know that there were alot of improvements made to this version? A new subtitle isn't really enough. They kind of have to put a big bright sticker on the front that says "this version doesn't suck as bad as the 360 version!"
7904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 21, 2008, 04:51:44 PM

Quote from: Owain on November 21, 2008, 03:52:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 21, 2008, 02:48:11 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 21, 2008, 02:46:21 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 21, 2008, 02:15:27 PM

I do like that there's much more information presented about demos and downloadable games now: screenshots and big text boxes instead of that horrible uncontrollable tiny box of slow scrolling text.

Yes, and hallelujah you can finally manually scroll when there is more text than fits in the box.

I just noticed that this morning.  Such a necessary change.

My fear on this new system is that it would be form over function, but it functions pretty well.  There's no real slowdown in scrolling to the stuff you want.  The stuff on my HDD lists much faster.  There are some things that need to be quick, but Microsoft has proven to be effective in seeing what needs to be fixed and taking care of it, so I'm not worried.  One of the first changes needs to be an option to choose which row comes up first.  I would like it to be the My Xbox row, personally.

I know it will not happen but being able to hide/unhide anything that is not the My Xbox row would be nice as well.  We can do it with the welcome row, why not some of the others?  I could care less most of the time about Spotlight and Marketplace and mainly look at My Xbox and Friends which is why I use the guide a lot.

I do however absolutely love the install to HDD and it is amazing the difference it makes with noise.  One of my co-workers said he never realized some of the ambient sounds that were in FO3 until he did that.

Overall I like it and hope we get most of the features that were cut out.  I just wish I could pick the new guide and have it be my dashboard default.

Spotlight row is their only way to sneak ads in now (as opposed to on each blade in the old version), so I think they are going to resist letting people start at the games row. I don't think they will lose customers over it, so I think the likely outcome is that we'll have to suck it up.
7905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 21, 2008, 02:46:21 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 21, 2008, 02:15:27 PM

I do like that there's much more information presented about demos and downloadable games now: screenshots and big text boxes instead of that horrible uncontrollable tiny box of slow scrolling text.

Yes, and hallelujah you can finally manually scroll when there is more text than fits in the box.
7906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 20, 2008, 10:57:06 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 20, 2008, 10:47:57 PM

Quote from: Fuzzballx on November 20, 2008, 10:00:46 PM

Oh yea...you guys need to work on those avatars some more... smile

Mine has been compared to Neo.  My job is done.

I thought it looked more like Agent Smith.
7907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: eHarmony update on: November 20, 2008, 10:08:44 PM
Without getting into that R&P discussion (or I guess the thread can be moved), can someone explain to me the legal reasoning behind this? I am pro gay-marriage, etc., but I'm not quite clear on why someone can't set up a site that only caters to heterosexual dating. If everyone in the world used one site on the Internet to get dates, I guess I could understand the discrimination argument, but there are plenty of alternatives both online and offline. Is it specifically because they didn't advertise it as "Eharmony, the dating site for heterosexuals"?
7908  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When Did The Shuttering of Bovine Conspiracy Occur? on: November 20, 2008, 07:14:44 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 20, 2008, 06:08:27 PM

It ain't easy keeping up with an active site.  I speak from experience on that!   Sad to see you guys close your doors though.

[secret KD thoughts]One less competitor! Mwahaha![/secret KD thoughts] slywink
7909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 20, 2008, 04:09:33 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 20, 2008, 03:40:56 PM

wedding ring

I added the wedding band to mine last night because they had one that is virtually identical to my actual ring. Thing is, I don't see how anyone will ever see it, since the hands are so small and you rarely see them from the right angle.

Oh, and I changed my clothes so I didn't look like the grunge horde.

7910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: November 20, 2008, 04:10:38 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 20, 2008, 04:07:00 AM

Glow Fruit = Dumb


Oh, come on, living cover is kind of cool. I did find out the hard way that they can bite you biggrin
7911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 20, 2008, 04:00:05 AM
So I guess the downside to party chat is that dead team members in shooters can tell their living team members where the enemy is?
7912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Green Wii - a more Eco Friendly System on: November 20, 2008, 01:42:06 AM
What is the distinction between "on" and "off".  Is "off" completely unplugged, or just shut down? If it's just shut down - who on earth leaves their console running 24-7?
7913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 20, 2008, 01:37:09 AM
I have seen the lockup problem - I went to look at a party and when I backed out it locked up. I took about 20-30 seconds to recover.

If you press the right stick when you are creating your avatar it burps.
7914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 19, 2008, 09:20:51 PM

Quote from: jblank on November 19, 2008, 09:10:33 PM

But I can see Roscoe's.

Some show up and some don't (mine does not). I wonder if there are different servers or something.
7915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 19, 2008, 09:09:34 PM
Xbox.com has been borked on and off all day. Avatars stopped showing up earlier and it hasn't come back yet.
7916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 19, 2008, 03:43:37 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 19, 2008, 03:34:53 PM

oh,i also like how you see some of your friends(or guest) Avatars all bunched up outside a jazz club or a halfpipe skateboarding ramp because they are in a party

I was wondering if there was any logic to the backdrops you see behind each friend - sometimes it's like an xbox sculpture, etc.

I've always thought it was ridiculous that they charged money for gamerpics, but I have to say, if they had a Mets shirt or something, I might consider it.
7917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 19, 2008, 02:52:28 PM



Looks a bit different when you see them together.


7918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 19, 2008, 02:48:58 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 19, 2008, 02:47:11 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 19, 2008, 02:43:56 PM

Yeah, they don't have nearly enough clothes choices.

I guarantee that'll change in the next few months. slywink

OK, they don't (and won't) have enough free clothing choices.
7919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 19, 2008, 02:43:56 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on November 19, 2008, 02:32:23 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 19, 2008, 01:57:27 PM

whee...





Dammit, my guy looks EXACTLY like yours, except I'm in a ballcap.

I might just scratch trying to make an avatar that looks like me and instead make the weirdest person possible, like an overweight midget in a pimp outfit or something.

Yeah, they don't have nearly enough clothes choices. I also would have done the hair a little different if I could.

There were some people on GAF complaining that you couldn't make the avatars fat enough.  biggrin
7920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: November 19, 2008, 02:41:27 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 19, 2008, 02:19:59 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on November 19, 2008, 01:49:09 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 18, 2008, 07:20:44 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 18, 2008, 07:15:15 PM

Oh hell no.  Everything I've heard about Gears 1 is that insane is strictly designed to be played on co-op. 

Yes. And that part was still impossible. Ike and I never got past it and I eventually sold the game off (though I kinda might rent it to give it another play through...)

Did not you and I play throught Gears on Insane and beat it?

Yes. But I wanted to do it as Dom too...

Oh, snap, you just dissed Ike's skillz.
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