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8041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Brawndo Commericals on: January 09, 2009, 01:57:15 AM
For people not aware, this was originally a tie-in to the Mike Judge movie "Idiocracy". The movie was essentially buried by the studio, but somehow the drink lives on.
8042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why am I such a masochistic gamer, (or "Please sir, may I have another?") on: January 08, 2009, 06:31:25 PM
With CoD it's totally the level-up system for me. If I think I can level up by playing another 1 or 2 matches I will usually do it, even if I decided I should go to bed a half hour earlier. However, once I reached 1st prestige in CoD4 I felt like I had accomplished enough and moved on. I believe I am level 59 in CoD:WaW at the moment and haven't been as obsessive with it, probably because I don't enjoy the tank maps much. The other stupid thing I did for CoD2, 4 and WaW was play on hardened. I got some achievement points, but I think the games were less enjoyable because of it.
8043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: looks like 1up and EGM aren't any more on: January 07, 2009, 07:29:39 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 07, 2009, 07:13:00 AM

I guess, in retrospect, signing up for that 3 year subscription to EGM was a bad idea...

I didn't know anyone actually subscribed to EGM. I have been on free subscriptions for quite a few years. Every time one would run out, someone would post another free sub link. I figured they had gone to some kind of an ad supported model.

Regarding all the gaming news going to little blogs - I could see that somewhat, but I doubt game companies will send review copies to all of these sites.
8044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Critique my Vacation (New Orleans) on: January 07, 2009, 05:58:31 PM
The food down there is so good, enjoy! Make sure to have a hand grenade. Just to be able to say you had one.
8045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *SHOCKER* Gamestop pisses me off again on: January 07, 2009, 05:50:17 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 07, 2009, 05:29:18 PM

But, I am not completely dismissing your point of view and I even went so far as to subscribe to Gamestop's weekly email notification for store specials to keep an eye out for upcoming trade-in specials.  It is at least worth a try given how many games I have sitting in a closet doing little more than taking up space. 

Have to throw my standard plug for Goozex in here. Unless you are averse to playing used games at all, it's a great way to get value for the games you don't play anymore.

But staying on topic, I too have pretty much stopped shopping at Gamestop due to the used game policy and the generally uncomfortable feeling I get dealing with their staff. I had kind of limited myself to buying new games or extremely cheap used games there to limit (or hurt) their profit, but that seemed kind of vindictive, so I decided I would just generally take my business elsewhere. Kind of sucks because there is one right by my house and 3 by my office. But I can go to Circuit City or many other stores that aren't too inconvenient, or just order online if I am willing to give up the instant satisfaction. But if it's not a brand new release I will generally use Goozex.
8046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My girlfriend snores... on: January 07, 2009, 05:30:30 PM
Does she snore regardless of whether she is on her back or on her side?  I am a really bad snorer when I lie on my back (possibly sleep apneatic) but if I am on my side I am pretty much fine. I got one of the pillows from Brookstone and while it can take a while to get used to, it at least does a good job of keeping you on your side even if you aren't using it perfectly.
8047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So...Killzone 2? on: January 07, 2009, 02:50:37 AM
Will there be a good crowd of people playing this? Looks really good and perhaps a welcome break from CoD for a while. Of course I'll have to get a headset working.
8048  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Gilmore Girls Seasons 1-6 For Sale on: January 06, 2009, 10:14:34 PM
I'm not interested, but I will risk my man card and say that this is an excellent series, even for guys. If you have a wife/girlfriend you can score some points. And you avoid season 7, which kind of blew.
8049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV on: January 06, 2009, 03:12:08 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 06, 2009, 02:58:40 PM

Today is a really sad day... I had to cancel my order for the Tournament stick and the collector's edition of the game.  Not sure I'll get to play it now.

(lost my job today)

That sucks. Was this about the whole vacation issue?
8050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished in 2009- Console & PC on: January 06, 2009, 03:25:55 AM
Finished games in 2008: 28
Gamerscore earned: 9550

Finished games in 2009: 23
Gamerscore earned: 11150

About the Teggy 10 point scale: Ratings are for single-player only. This is not a perfect scale where 5 is average, but I try not to weigh it too heavily toward the high end.  A "10" is a perfect game and its doubtful you'll ever see one - I didn't have any 10s last year.  8s and 9s are games I enjoyed a lot, but there were some features I felt weren't perfect. 6s and 7s, we're talking average.  Below 6 is a failing grade.  Bottom line, 8 is still a really good game in my eyes.  "Completed" means viewed credits. Additional Gamerscore comes from partially completed games or casual games.

Completed in 2009
Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3) - completed 1/4 - 8 out of 10
Resistance 2 (PS3) - completed 1/10 - 8 out of 10
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (X360) - completed 1/31 - 175 GS in 2009 (300 total)  - 7 out of 10
Tomb Raider Underworld (X360) - completed 2/28 - 8 out of 10 - 850 GS out of 1250
          Beneath the Ashes - completed 3/23 - 7 out of 10
          Lara's Shadow - completed 3/23 - 9 out of 10
John Woo Presents Stranglehold (X360) - completed 3/3 - 340 GS out 1000 - 8 out of 10
Killzone 2 (PS3) - completed 3/9 - 8 out of 10
Prince of Persia (X360) - completed 3/21 - 8 out of 10 - 1040 GS out of 1250
          Epilogue - completed 3/23 - 5 out of 10
Assassin's Creed (X360) - completed 4/9 - 865 GS out 1000 - 7 out of 10
Heavenly Sword (PS3) - completed 4/12 - 7 out of 10
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (X360) - completed 5/29 - 430 GS out 1000 - 7 out of 10
Splinter Cell: Double Agent (XBOX) - completed 6/8 - 8 out of 10
Shadow Complex (X360) - completed 8/24 - 150 GS out of 200 - 9 out of 10
Prototype (X360) - completed 9/20 - 460 GS out of 1000 - 8 out of 10
Infamous (PS3) - completed 9/27 - 8 out of 10
Red Faction: Guerrilla (X360) - completed 9/29 - 735 GS out of 1250 - 9 out of 10
          Demons of the Badlands - completed 10/1 - 7 out of 10
Mass Effect (X360) - completed 10/10 - 520 GS out of 1050 - 8 out of 10
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3) - completed 10/18 - 10 out of 10
Halo 3: ODST (X360) - completed 10/25 - 525 GS out of 1000 - 7 out of 10
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time (PS3) - completed 11/1 - 9 out of 10
Batman: Arkham Asylum (X360) - completed 11/9 - 655 GS out of 1000 - 9 out of 10
Modern Warfare 2 (X360) - completed 11/13 - 740 GS out of 1000 - 8 out of 10
Dead Space (X360) - completed 12/19 - 650 GS out of 1000 - 7 out of 10
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (X360) - completed 12/26 - 715 GS out of 1000 - 8 out of 10
8051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance 2 Impressions on: January 05, 2009, 07:30:40 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 05, 2009, 07:27:02 PM

I am shocked you liked the graphics.  I thought the game looked absolutely terrible from the first minute.

Oh, you know the other thing I like is the way you now see the highlight of someone you tag with the bullseye.
8052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance 2 Impressions on: January 05, 2009, 07:08:36 PM
Well, since I only recently got my PS3, I have had the somewhat unique ability to start playing R2 immediately after finishing R1. I have only played through the prologue and a good chunk of chapter 1 so far, and I have liked what I have seen so far, so I hope that it doesn't go downhill like some of the comments here have implied.

I was surprised by the comments on the graphics. Playing through the first game, I was really surprised (in a negative way) by the graphics. It sort of felt like Half Life 2 looked on the 360 - a little old. A lot of the items like desks and chairs seemed to have very basic textures. When I popped in R2, I could really see the difference. Character models, grass, lighting, everything really looks at least a generation ahead. The view
Spoiler for Hiden:
when you come outside in chapter 1 and see the bridge and all the dropships was amazing

I mostly welcomed the control changes - being able to aim and move was a huge improvement. I don't think I ever used the aim in the first game, with the exception of the sniper rifle. Being able to sprint is great. Having the secondary fire on the right trigger feels a little awkward. Not sure why they couldn't leave melee on the triangle. I guess it can be quicker on the stick, but I think having it on both would be fine.

I get the complaint about carrying 2 weapons. Being able to carry 9 weapons is not realistic, but in the first game, the weapon selection worked just like in Ratchet and Clank in that you would switch to a certain weapon for the situation. Whenever I came upon those hatchling guys, I would lay down the mines; whenever I was in a tight tunnel I would switch to shotgun; long range, sniper; Hailstorm is the only one I probably wouldn't use often as the rebounds seemed too unpredictable. In R2, you can't do that, and I would guess they had to adjust they way enemies appeared accordingly.

A couple of gripes that aren't really about gameplay. They kind of Halo-ized the game with the 2 weapon limit, but they also did so with the menus. It's like the same layout and font as Halo 3 - kind of weird. And the other thing was that I kind of wished they didn't jump ahead so far technologically. Something like 2 years pass between the first game and the second game and now they have wireless microphone/earpieces and all this fancy stuff. What was an alternate history shooter now seems more like a sci-fi shooter, at least in the beginning part.
8053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: January 05, 2009, 06:35:07 PM
So I just got this as a present from my wife and set it up last night. This is my first guitar hero/rock band game, and I had always been reluctant to get them before because I play guitar, and memorizing patterns that didn't really correspond with playing the music didn't feel very enticing. But playing the drums is very, very cool. At medium/high you already actually playing an approximation of the actual drum track, and being able to learn to play some drums is very attractive. Too bad there is no way to do open/closed hi-hat, because it would be great if I could use the drums as a midi controller (which I have read can be done).

one question:

what is the game benefit (in tour mode or whatever) from playing on hard/expert? I am sticking pretty much to medium on drums right now as I get my coordination up, but are you prevented from unlocking songs/progressing unless you start playing on harder difficulties?
8054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 17 on: December 30, 2008, 05:01:43 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 28, 2008, 11:36:04 PM

44-3? Pete and Beefhamma must be dancing in the streets.

Teggy must be weeping bitter tears.

Turned it off slightly after halftime and then watched the Jets lose, eliminating the Patriots. Sunday sucked.
8055  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)
8056  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.
8057  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?
8058  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.
8059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 16 on: December 22, 2008, 04:00:49 PM
Yahoo playoff scenario generator gizmo:;_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.
8060  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?
8061  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.
8062  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.
8063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 16 on: December 21, 2008, 04:13:07 AM
Good grief, could the Cowboys be any worse?
8064  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.

8065  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.
8066  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.
8067  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.
8068  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.
8069  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.
8070  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.
8071  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.
8072  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?
8073  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.
8074  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.
8075  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."
8076  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.
8077  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.)
8078  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
8079  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.
8080  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.
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