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7921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MLB] Willie Randolph gets the boot on: June 17, 2008, 03:33:22 PM
Can't argue with that. It was really odd.  Maybe Willie has some friends on the West coast and Omar wanted to give him one last free plane ticket.
7922  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: June 17, 2008, 03:25:25 PM
Finally saw this on Sunday. I agree with most of the sentiments here, with the exception of the "omgz Spielberg/Lucas raped my childhood" posts.

Spoiler for Hiden:
the good:

The action - several Indy-worth action bits, like warehouse/rocket fight, the school chase and the jungle chase (with the exception of the monkey swinging. What were they thinking?)

The humor - it didn't take itself too seriously and was definitely in the "Last Crusade" mold. I am surprised that some people don't like "Last Crusade". I've always thought it was a solid number 2 (maybe even 1a) in the series.  It's extremely entertaining and it has held up very well (just watched a couple of weeks ago). I never liked "Temple of Doom" much and watching it recently, it felt so sloppy and really dragged at points.

The nostalgia - having Marion in the movie was great.

the bad:

The exposition - this has been mentioned.  If you go back and watch the older movies, you don't find a lot of scenes where there is just talking. If you remember the early scene with Indy and the govt reps at the school, Indy gets up on the chalkboard and draws up the lost ark story so we have a good idea of what he is talking about. Even in Temple of Doom (which I am not a big fan of), the story of the Thugee cult is interspersed within the dinner scene, so it doesn't drag.  However, several times in this movie, people are just sitting around talking. The scene in the diner where Mutt tells his life story was particularly bad, because he starts talking about "the Ox", almost like we should know who this character is.

The suspension of disbelief - there are plenty of fantastic things that happen in the Indiana Jones movies, but some of the events in this one were too much to not roll your eyes at. Falling out of a plane on a raft is one thing - you could conceive of it working. They even tried it on MythBusters.  Falling over three successive waterfalls in a row? You know they should be dead, if not from being crushed by the duck boat, then by crashing on the rocks. Mine car race - not likely, but at least a little believable. Surviving a nuclear blast? No way. They just went overboard.

The nostalgia - the other side of this is the things that were not done well. I like Marion when they first introduced her, but for the rest of the movie she just kind of hung out there with this weird grin on her face.  She should have been harder edged like the original Marion and warmed up slowly to Indy as the movie went on. I thought the Connery bit was awkward.  It almost implied that Connery himself were dead, instead of just the character.  And I agree that Denholm Elliot bit was poorly done.  Wouldn't it have been better if we saw the car crash into the statue from the statue's rear and then pan up to see it was Brody who saved Indy, even in death? Why cut his head off?

The crystal skull - that prop was huge and looked awful, especially being lugged around. I don't have a problem with an aliens plotline, but it could have been done a lot better.  I still don't understand that if the skeletons of 13 aliens have the power to take off in a spaceship, how exactly did they allow one of their heads to get stolen?


Overall, I enjoyed it, but it felt...clunky.  I went in with lowered expectations, but it was hard to really enjoy it, because you just have higher standards for Indiana Jones.
7923  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [MLB] Willie Randolph gets the boot on: June 17, 2008, 02:37:59 PM
About time.  Omar should be next. Willie was no great leader for the Mets, but it's Omar's fault that the 2007 team had no bullpen and still doesn't.
7924  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Dead Rising] Capcom has crappy QA on: June 15, 2008, 01:40:21 AM

Quote from: ATB on June 14, 2008, 07:43:23 PM

I don't know how you got through the whole game and only reached level 20.  I think I reached the level cap my first time through....or the high 40s at least.

I can think of a number of reasons why this might be the case.

1. I gave up on the escort missions pretty early on, although a bunch of times I got the points for having survivors join my party but let them go off to get eaten because I couldn't be troubled with babysitting them.

2. I only killed 2 psychopaths that weren't required by the storyline:
Spoiler for Hiden:
the fat female cop and the cult leader

3.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't discover the car and motorcycle until the bomb case, where the game leads you to them. If you have access to them early in the game you can run down a whole lot of zombies.

4. I spent the last 9 hours or so of game time literally standing on the helipad.
Spoiler for Hiden:
the few times I tried venturing out in the mall I was quickly captured by the soldiers, so I gave up.  I left the XBOX on and did some chores and came back in time to watch the aforementioned buggy ending.

5. As already mentioned, I am simply not as awesome as ATB.
7925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Dead Rising] Capcom has crappy QA on: June 14, 2008, 03:52:02 PM
I decided to give this another chance this morning (rather than give up on it forever). I went to
Spoiler for Hiden:
Creslip's
which I didn't do my first time through and found some weapons that I had never used before. There was some entertainment there, but when I went back to try some of the escort missions, they were just as unfun as before.  I finished my first game at level 20, so I think if I do go back and play it again I will just do the cases and psychopath bits
Spoiler for Hiden:
as well as running down zombies in the car
.
7926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Dead Rising] Capcom has crappy QA on: June 14, 2008, 03:36:33 AM

Quote from: onnel on June 14, 2008, 03:13:43 AM

I'm playing this through for the first time and loving it.  Is there anything non-spoilerish you can tell me to avoid the same problem.  I'm in the middle of day 2, just got back from getting medicine for the wounded agent and am level 18 or so.

Assuming you are planning to complete all the cases, just don't save your game after you get an ending unless you see that you've unlocked "overtime mode". So as not too spoil, I will let you figure out on your own what needs to be done to get to that point.

I was stupid and saved after I watched the ending and I could only start the game over again.  No, let me pass the buck and blame Capcom for only giving one save slot. I guess I understand why there is only one save slot, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

I liked the game enough, but I basically gave up on the escort missions once the hallways got crowded with zombies - I'm still not clear on how those are supposed to get easier, but I guess I could look at a guide.  I also thought the shooting controls were absolutely horrible and made the psychopath fights more frustrating than fun. I also apparently completely missed some of the more powerful guns.
7927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Dead Rising] Capcom has crappy QA on: June 14, 2008, 01:45:27 AM
Well maybe not, but they didn't think one of the Dead Rising endings through at all.  I got through all the cases and went to the heliport at noon on the third day.  The one thing I didn't do was
Spoiler for Hiden:
go back to Isabela after the last case, which I was apparently supposed to do.  No wonder I had nothing to do for so long!
But regardless, I was there when the helicopter was supposed to pick me up.  But instead, I get this lame cutscene that shows that I was not at the heliport.  What?!

I didn't really care to play the whole game over again, so I just watched all the cutscenes on YouTube.
7928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If men no longer know what they're looking at... on: June 12, 2008, 09:13:52 PM
Quote
When the last eagle flies
Over the last crumbling mountain
And the last lion roars
At the last dusty fountain
In the shadow of the forest
Though she may be old and worn
They will stare unbelieving
At the Last Unicorn...
7929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Reasons you don't play certain genres on: June 12, 2008, 02:39:48 PM
RTS - I am not quick enough. If I had a dollar for every time I have installed Starcraft and not gotten past the 5th or 6th mission...

4x/complex TBS/anything involving micromanagement - I just don't have the patience. There's only so much micromanagement I can do before I get ADD. Perfect example from 2 nights ago. I loaded up Icewind Dale because I had never installed it and felt like playing something on the PC.  Found out that it forces you to create 6 characters.  I figured out to autoroll the stats but I still had to choose names and voices and had to do all 6 characters separately.  I wound up naming them things like "Fighter Guy" and "Ranger Gal".  The only TBS I have ever gotten anywhere with is Combat Mission, because it only requires you to do one thing, and this is tell your guys where to fight.  No resource management, no politics, no nothing.
7930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help with Niagra Falls vacation on: June 12, 2008, 02:15:07 PM
Well, I don't have a great deal to offer, but I can tell you that when my wife and I stopped in Niagara for a couple of nights on the way back from our wedding, we stayed at the Sheraton Fallsview on the Canadian side.  Rate was reasonable and if you are staying on the appropriate side of the hotel (you can ask for it) you get a great view of the falls.  They also allow dogs on one floor, which was important to us, but you probably don't care about that smile
7931  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Mexico is for aliens on: June 11, 2008, 04:56:13 PM
This is an...interesting ad campaign.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=65SPG0_a7qo
7932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which is a bigger waste? on: June 11, 2008, 01:33:42 PM
I picked shorter game, mainly because I can then trade/sell that game if it's not a "keeper". Games that I don't finish tend to languish in my backlog serving very little utility.  Although I am getting better at cutting games loose that I think I will never get to.
7933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: using the Wii with a 16:9 tv? on: June 11, 2008, 12:26:57 PM
Yeah, I've got it set to "wide" and the tv reports that it is receiving the 480p signal. I've read some things suggesting that some HDTVs have a 16:10 ratio, and that's what causes the space on the sides, but according to the Vizio site my tv is native 16:9.
7934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: using the Wii with a 16:9 tv? on: June 11, 2008, 02:17:34 AM
I just put 10 or so minutes into Resident Evil 4.  It filled the same amount of screen as Madden, but looked a bit better. Still quite a big jaggy in spots.
7935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / using the Wii with a 16:9 tv? on: June 11, 2008, 01:47:26 AM
I bought a new tv a little while back for my consoles (a Vizio 32" LCD).  My 360 looks great on it and HD signal looks great on it. SD looks crappy, but that's ok, because the TV is really going to be used primarily for video games.

However, tonight I finally got around to hooking up my Wii to it, using the component cables.  I set the output to "ED 480p" and widescreen.  The menus looked pretty low resolution, but I figured that could just be the menus, but then I put in Madden 07 and it looked really crappy.  Incredibly jaggy and the picture didn't fill in the whole screen. Not like it was at 4:3, it was wider than that - the picture looked like it had the right dimensions, but it left about 2 inches of black on the left and right.

Does anyone know if I missed a setting somewhere, or is this just how the Wii looks on HD?
7936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's End War Beta signup for the 360 on: June 10, 2008, 02:29:59 PM
Does that mean I didn't get in? frown
7937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saint's Row (360) or Godfather: Blackhand Edition (Wii)? on: June 09, 2008, 11:28:14 PM
Godfather it is...
7938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Saint's Row (360) or Godfather: Blackhand Edition (Wii)? on: June 09, 2008, 08:50:46 PM
Looking to spend some Goozex points on a GTA clone.  Which should I go with?
7939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recharging health - Yay or Nay? on: June 09, 2008, 06:27:09 PM
I agree with what most people here are saying about regen and fancy spells or tech in sci-fi/fantasy settings.  Realistic settings are more of a quandry. I have always disliked the idea of health packs in modern/real history games - it's not like if I was shot I could find a box filled with medical supplies and I'd be ready to go in seconds. Regen suffers from the same problem in that it is unrealistic. Towards the other end of the spectrum you have the Xbox-style Rainbow Six games where you get about 4 shots before dying, and the older PC Rainbow Six games where you might get partially incapacitated with a shot and often one-shot killed.  In order to have a one-shot kill game the enemies can't act in the same way that they do in COD4, so it's paced a lot differently. If you want a game where there is a lot of running and gunning, you just have to put up with the unrealism.
7940  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much of your life have you lost to Gaming Trend? on: June 09, 2008, 01:31:21 PM
12 days, 15 hours and 19 minutes, but I am guessing it counts me logged in if I just have a tab open and I'm not even looking at the site, no?
7941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: June 09, 2008, 01:28:10 PM

Quote from: Travis on June 09, 2008, 06:33:34 AM

Quote from: Teggy on June 03, 2008, 06:18:36 PM

Well, I think the important thing to remember is that the badguys are really not very aggressive.  There are a few cases where you'll suddenly find yourself getting flanked and not understand how, but in most cases, if you stay behind cover you can take your time picking guys off. In most cases you don't need to rush.  Even in cases where you appear to be chasing someone through a building, the guy is programmed to stop and let you catch up, then start moving again when you hit a trigger point.  This helped me a lot with the gun battles.

That's good to know.  I am in the same boat.  First GTA game, and I am sucking badly.  The get in a car and chase missions are just killing me.  I usually end up damaging myself to no end or the opponent gets away...I really do wish there were save spots or an option to save in mission.

Yes, the chase missions do require you to go at a faster pace then you'd like at times. In a lot of cases, though, if you just start off slow and concentrate on not hitting anything, it's ok if you are not right on the guy's tail.  You can always catch up on straightaway after following the radar.  In almost all of those chases, the target will reach a point at which they will crash or leave the vehicle, so I concentrated on just staying close enough to keep the mission going. You'll also get to see some fun scripted events if you do the whole chase, and you'll get better at the driving.
7942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Four Things I Learned By Watching "G4TV Rewind" on: June 09, 2008, 02:20:08 AM
The only thing you need to know about G4s downfall is that they now have a show called "Hurl", in which several contestants compete in eating contests, after which they do different activities to see who can last the longest without throwing up.  I wish I was making that up.
7943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC Demo? on: June 09, 2008, 01:19:54 AM

Quote from: ATB on June 08, 2008, 11:32:09 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 08, 2008, 11:13:24 PM

I'm thinking I'm going to cancel my pre-order on this.  I'm just not enjoying the pace of the game, and I definitely don't like the max of 4 person communications.  A game like COD4 I feel comfortable playing with all strangers, this game it feels too lonely and disjointed if you aren't playing with a cohesive squad, and that would limit my playtime. There are a few other things too, not the least of which is the horrible lag. If they get the lag figured out, maybe I will Goozex it after release, but my new game dollar is a little too valuable right now to get in on this.

 crybaby

I'm sure the lag will be fixed. COD4 couldn't even be played on release or at Christmas...but you're right about communications. If no one is talking on your squad it's a lonely place to be...

I just watched the "Harvest Day" preview on live and they have all these great shots of squads working together with armor and coordinated attacks on objectives with Support guys running behind the line tossing out health.  That would be a very cool game to play. But with the way they have the communications set up the only way a game like that would be played would be with people planning beforehand, and even so, as soon as the plan broke down, no one would know.

I know there was a command position in BF 2, although I never played it.  That would be a good compromise - have one guy that can hear all squads and see them on the map and have him relay orders or status.
7944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC Demo? on: June 08, 2008, 11:13:24 PM
I'm thinking I'm going to cancel my pre-order on this.  I'm just not enjoying the pace of the game, and I definitely don't like the max of 4 person communications.  A game like COD4 I feel comfortable playing with all strangers, this game it feels too lonely and disjointed if you aren't playing with a cohesive squad, and that would limit my playtime. There are a few other things too, not the least of which is the horrible lag. If they get the lag figured out, maybe I will Goozex it after release, but my new game dollar is a little too valuable right now to get in on this.
7945  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DEMO IS UP: Battlfield: Bad Company Friday Night on: June 07, 2008, 12:28:19 AM
what time will people be playing?  I don't know what time zone most people are in.
7946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC Demo? on: June 06, 2008, 05:11:33 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on June 06, 2008, 04:46:22 PM

Based on some of the conversations going on, the game seems a bit more complex than your average MP shooter.  Can anyone shed some light on what the learning curve is like for a complete Battlefield n00b?  There seems to be a lot going on.  Repairing vehicles?  Med kits?  Demolition specialists?  I've never experienced so much in a shooter before.  I'm not even sure where to begin.  Fabulous

I'm in the same boat.  I played a little while as Assault yesterday, then switched over to Demolitions. They have a shotgun (one shot kills) and a rocket launcher that I could use to blow stuff up. Pretty simple, so I felt pretty comfortable. But I tried to fly a helicopter and couldn't get it to go forward (I don't think I was the only one because I got in the gunner seat on another chopper and the pilot never got us off the ground) and I have no idea how I was getting killed by artillery when I didn't see any artillery pieces.
7947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC Demo? on: June 06, 2008, 04:24:16 PM
Does anyone know what that weird little tagging gun does?
7948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC Demo? on: June 06, 2008, 02:30:11 AM
Joined Wonderpug in an in-progress match through Live and I was wondering what you guys were talking about with the lag. Turned out we were on an unranked server. When we moved to a ranked server, things got ridiculous.  I stayed on long enough to rank up 1 level. I'm definitely going to need some assurances that this is going to be fixed if I'm going to keep my preorder.

EDIT: This is up on the web site:
Quote
We have now opened up the demo to all players. The amount of people that are trying to play the demo online has beaten all expectations we had here at DICE....
....so there have been some minor hiccups online that we're trying to fix. If you are playing on Xbox 360, we're currently working around the clock to smooth out your online sessions. Check the in-game ticker for updates as well.
7949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC Demo? on: June 06, 2008, 12:12:37 AM
I played through the single player twice this evening. I liked that you could roam pretty far, and there were different weapons and tools to be found depending which direction you went.  The destructible environments are great, even though the amount of explosive barrels and crates hanging around is a little silly. I didn't feel that it took much more to take soldiers down than COD4, especially with headshots. However I think the soldiers blend in a little too well with the background, because I was having some trouble spotting them, and the aim is a bit too sensitive, because I was flailing around quite a bit.  That could probably be adjusted, though. Not a huge fan of the health system.

I tried to log on to an MP match and after about 30 seconds on the battlefield...it crashed my XBOX.
7950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV..first DLC due....Q1 2009!!??!! on: June 05, 2008, 09:22:40 PM
I wonder what they'll do? Personally I am hoping they go back and tell Michelle's story. I'm curious what bad things she did in a previous life and there's never been a female lead. I doubt it, though.
7951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Map Pack for the PC coming June 5th on: June 05, 2008, 07:13:02 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on June 05, 2008, 06:47:04 PM

Quote from: CeeKay
Oh, and almost forgot, games with 50+ people playing at once.

This is not an advantage.

CoD4's biggest maps are good to handle twenty people tops. Once you hit like 25 players it's just grenade spam from the start of the map until the end.

The only minor exception is creek, which seems big enough to handle 20 or maybe 25 ok. It still gets pretty stupid on 42 player servers though.

I saw a pretty funny video the other day of a 50 player match on Shipment. The guy doing the video was using an M60 and pointing it towards a spawn point and he racked up a 50 kill streak in about 30 seconds.
7952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC Demo? on: June 05, 2008, 06:34:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 05, 2008, 06:11:15 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 05, 2008, 06:04:31 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 05, 2008, 05:52:28 PM

Still haven't gotten my preorder code yet,
Sorry you didn't end up getting in early.
My email still hasn't come in either.  (Preordered online Tuesday afternoon).  Missing on the early demo access isn't a big deal to me, but I'll be grumpy if they don't give me my sniper rifle code.

If my skill with sniper rifles in COD4 is any indication, it's probably no big deal if I don't get the code biggrin
7953  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cineplexity, Game 1! Everyone welcome! on: June 05, 2008, 06:05:30 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 05, 2008, 02:51:39 PM

American Beauty - Kevin Spacey & the much younger Mira Sorvino (sp?). And of course the climactic ending sequence in the pouring rain.

Mena Suvari
7954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC Demo? on: June 05, 2008, 05:52:28 PM
Still haven't gotten my preorder code yet, but I downloaded the public demo this morning and just poked at the SP before leaving for work. I'll play through the SP tonight and then try some MP.
7955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero ridonkulousness on: June 05, 2008, 03:00:24 PM
I don't even play Guitar Hero, so I probably can't even fully appreciate this. I don't know whether to bow to this guy or pity him for putting in the time to be able to do this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5GpRJItqjw
7956  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What do you consider "camping"? on: June 04, 2008, 07:57:21 PM

Quote from: Mikagami on June 04, 2008, 07:51:46 PM

I will shoot you when you have that grey exclamation mark over your head.

I only started noticing that a couple of days ago.  I think it is a lightbulb?  Is that when someone is looking at the map or something? I also want to know what it means when you have dogtags next to your name - last kill or something?

I hate it when people hide in plants on top of corner tables or lie down on the ground out in the open and pretend to be dead. I think it's cheap and I would feel ashamed doing it. Not horribly ashamed, obviously, but it's just lame.
7957  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Teggy attempts to listen to the "A Clash of Kings" audio book, take 4 on: June 04, 2008, 04:39:42 PM
I swear, I'm going to do it this time. My best attempt so far has been to get about 8 hours in.  It's not that I don't like the book, it's just that it's hard to get 37 hours of listening done without getting sidetracked somehow.  And listening in bed just doesn't work well - suddenly you wake up and you've missed 15-30 minutes of book. This should be perfect motivation to get on the elliptical.
7958  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Vive la france! (can I say that?) on: June 04, 2008, 04:22:09 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 04, 2008, 02:44:29 PM

I wasn't aware that Muslims were a race.

Good point.  Race or religion.  Honestly, why does anyone else care who/what anyone else looks like / worships?

What's your opinion of the FLDS?
7959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Power Bills Soaring? Turn Off The Playstation 3 on: June 04, 2008, 03:23:01 PM

Quote from: Zimix on June 04, 2008, 03:20:06 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/technology/tech-power-electronics-study.html?em&ex=1212724800&en=149ee088890f38df&ei=5087%0A

Interesting quote:
Quote
Our tests found that leaving a Playstation 3 on while not in use would cost almost... five times more than it would take to run a refrigerator for the same yearly period.

It's not clear what they mean by "on".  Do they mean you need to pull the plug, or is using the power button enough?
7960  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Domination! on: June 04, 2008, 01:56:46 PM
Wow, I had one of those soul-crushing sessions last night. Logged on and wound up in a room with a few guys from the same clan.  A couple of them were good, but this one guy, he was unreal. 30-40+ kills every round of team deathmatch.  I would simply step out of cover and I was dead. No place seemed safe. I went 2 or 3 rounds with 2-3 kills and 10+ deaths. Somehow my ratio didn't drop, and I took that as a cue to drop off an go play some Gears of War SP.  I don't understand how people can be that good.  I would watch the kill cam and I couldn't even see myself on the screen, yet the guy had me pinpointed and would drop me with 2 M16 bursts.  crybaby
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